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January 25th, 2013
Shots inside the Beehive were not falling as frequently as the rain was outside for the Starkville Yellowjackets Friday night.
Battling a tough Yazoo City team, the Jackets were not able to overcome the slow pace of the Indians and following a last minute shot the Jackets fell 36-34.
MCCOMB â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers met no resistance Friday night in improving their record to 28-0 as they defeated Parklane Academy 61-20.
Starkville Academy jumped out to a 25-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady Vols held a 35-11 advantage at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Lady Vols outscored their host 26-9.
Fred Thomas came to Mississippi State with the reputation of being a shooter.
The freshman struggled early in the season, but he has finally been able to find his shot.Â
Thomas was 6-of-12 from the field in Wednesday's 96-70 loss to Arkansas on the road. He made 2-of-5 3-pointers and led the team with 17 points.
Starkville Academy's Drew Pellum can throw a football well and he's also pretty good at kicking a soccer ball.
When it came time to chosing a sport for the next level, Pellum picked baseball and he's taking that talent to Mississippi Delta Community College.
Pellum signed earlier this week and celebrated the moment Friday morning at the SA's media center with family and friends.
Athletes in the sport of soccer are instructed not to use their hands unless they are a goalkeeper or throw the ball in from out of bounds.
On Friday morning, Starkville Academy soccer players Zach Slaughter and Colby Henderson were encouraged to use their hands.
Slaughter and Henderson took a pen and signed their names to continue their soccer careers at Meridian Community College.
Basketball is a family affair when it comes to West Oktibbehaâ€™s coach and premier athlete.
For Dantaveous Crawford and his coach Danny Crawford, who also happens to be his uncle, basketball runs deep, so deep that the pair made a pact to only discuss the game when inside the gym.
The Starkville Christian School Cougars could have given up to the pressure when the visiting Immanuel Christian Rams came back from a huge deficit to tie Thursday night's game.
However, the Cougars had worked too hard to establish a lead to let the Rams leave Starkville with a victory.
It's hard to get much going offensively when a team cannot hold onto the basketball.
On Thursday night, the Mississippi State women's basketball team struggled scoring and gave the opposition plenty of opportunities.
MSU (8-11, 0-6) fell to the No. 16 (Associated Press) Texas A&M Aggies (15-5, 5-1) 81-33 inside Humphrey Coliseum in a Southeastern Conference matchup.
Despite excellent individual performances, the Starkville Academy Volunteers were not able to fend off Jackson Prep as the Volunteers fell 4-0 on the soccer field.
The Starkville Yellowjackets know the effort has to step up a notch in the Class 5A playoffs if they are to match what they done last season in winning a state championship.
That's why SHS junior Justin Gordon said, "we had to put our best foot forward."