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September 20th, 2012
It was fitting that the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers won in senior Mary Austin Barber's final home softball game.
It was fitting that Barber drove in three runs with a double in her final home at-bat for the Lady Vols.
It was fitting that Barber threw a bullet to first base to record the final out of the game for SA.
It doesn't surprise Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen when Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith, Cameron Lawrence, Darius Slay or Johnthan Banks make their presence felt on the field.
Mullen said those seniors have put in the work for the Bulldogs over the years and know how to lay it on the line when necessary.
The Jackson Prep Patriots are coming in on a roll and a little history.
Last week, the Patriots (5-0, 1-0) beat Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A opponent Pearl 9-0. Prep head coach Ricky Black got his 300th win.
The Patriots look to make it 301 for Black this week as they travel to Starkville Academy (3-2, 1-0) for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Growing up, Von Smith had a love for the quarterback position.
As a senior at West Oktibbeha, he is playing the position and the game he loves.
"When I was young, I always wanted to be the guy that threw the ball," Smith said. "Coach (Adam) Lowrey has taught me how to read defenses. I can step out on the field and look at a defense and know what we can use."
Justin Williams found out during the summer that he was going to be the next starting quarterback of the East Oktibbeha Titans.
Since then he has worked on being the type of leader that East Oktibbeha coach Randy Brooks expects him to be.
Through the first four games for the Titans this season, Brooks likes what he sees from the junior signal caller.
There are some big division football games on the schedule this Friday for area high school teams.
When a squad starts experiencing a little bit of success, the importance of games becomes bigger and bigger.
Take the East Oktibbeha Titans for example.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs collectively took a sigh of relief over the weekend after escaping Troy, Ala., with a 30-24 football win on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs found out they were ranked 23rd nationally and they look to make corrections to the flaws which were exposed against the Troy Trojans.
Starkville High School volleyball coach Lauren Love had a simple message for her team prior to Monday's afternoon match against Class 5A, Region 2 opponent Canton.
"Let's start from the beginning," Love told the Lady Yellowjackets at courtside before they assumed their positions.
It turned out that there wasn't much time from the beginning until the end of the match.
Mississippi State took the football field against the Trojans of Troy, Ala. and when the game was over, the Bulldogs left the field with a six-point win and a game film that would provide the teachable lessons coach Dan Mullen was looking for.
The Georgia Bulldogs went on the attack against Mississippi State in Southeastern Conference volleyball on Sunday.
There wasn't much the homestanding Bulldogs could do about it at Newell-Grissom Building as Georgia won a 3-1 decision.
Georgia was the aggressor by making good on a .303 hitting percentage, while Mississippi State's percentage dipped to .190 by the end of the match.