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November 11th, 2012
With two newcomers merging with the talent the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets already have on their roster, finding the right chemistry can mean a successful season.
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers are not dwelling on the past.
Even though last year's team enjoyed a successful season that including three State titles (Class AAA-Division 2, Class AAA and Overall), the focus is on this year and the possibilities that rest with this group of Lady Vols.
Coach Mark Alexander said time will tell about the exact identity of the Starkville Academy Volunteers on the court this season.
He likes the way the Vols have prepared during the offseason, but a lack of depth and size may hamper their progress.
Losing leaders like Austin Kinard, Zach Thomas and Ben Lomen from last year's squad also hurts Starkville Academy.
Alex Thompson is putting what he's learned to use with the Starkville Christian School Cougars.
After two years of serving as the head coach of the junior varsity and gaining knowledge from former varsity coaches Jonathan Little and Mark Horstemeyer, Thompson believes he is ready to see what he can do for the Cougars.
Luke Buckner has a specific goal in mind for his first season as coach of the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars.
For a program that has found wins hard to come by over the last couple of seasons, Buckner believes there's enough talent at Starkville Christian to achieve a winning season.
"I believe we will if everything comes together," Buckner said.
CRAWFORD â Senior leadership is one of the factors coach Barnett Robinson is looking for as the East Oktibbeha girls prepare for the 2012-2013 season.
MATHISTON â The East Webster boys team are one year removed from a playoff berth, but there is plenty of uncertainty coming into this season.
The Wolverines lost to Bassfield in the first round of last year's Class 2A playoffs. Head coach Corey Stidham is excited to start the season, but really doesn't know what to expect.
MATHISTON â Having a so called "sophomore slump," is something the East Webster girls' basketball team is not counting on.
After losing to Bay Springs in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs last season, the Lady Wolverines enter the 2012 campaign with high spirits.
EUPORA â Taking things one game at a time is the motto of the 2012-2013 boysâ basketball team.
âWe have a chance to be really good this year,â Eupora coach Bryant Thomas said. âWe competed with everyone last year, so this year we have a very good chance to be successful.â
EUPORA â Eupora may be returning everyone to its Lady Eagle basketball team, but there is one new addition to the team in 2012-2013.
With the retirement of Curtis Ford, Bryant Thomas not only coaches the boys but also enters his first stint at coaching girlsâ basketball.