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January 26th, 2013
It was quite an afternoon for Starkville High School soccer player Taylor Wise on Saturday.
After signing with Hinds Community College earlier in the day, Wise scored a pair of goals to lead the Yellowjackets to a 2-0 victory over Hernando in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Starkville Academy soccer coach Robert Gardner was looking for a complete match from his squad.
He saw that on Saturday.
The Volunteers were able to do something they had never done in beating Presbyterian Christian School 2-0 at the Starkville Sportplex soccer field.
Gardner was pleased with the way his players worked together to accomplish the desired result.
It was quite a day of soccer in Starkville on Saturday.
Three high school matches, three wins and all by the same 2-0 score.
Call it the day of the Starkville shutout trifecta.
It has been tough sledding for the Mississippi State men's basketball team since opening up 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference.
The Bulldogs dropped their fourth-straight conference contest Saturday night.
MSU (7-11, 2-4) fell to the No. 7 (Associated Press) Florida Gators (16-2, 6-0) 82-47 inside Humphrey Coliseum.
There hasnâ€™t been much doubt surrounding the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers this season, and for good reason.
With their record standing at 28-0 after Fridayâ€™s road win at Parklane, the Lady Vols have established themselves as one of the toughest teams in the state.
ACKERMAN â€“ There was no such thing as a lazy Saturday for a few of the areaâ€™s basketball teams.
Taking part in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge were the Eupora Lady Eagles, the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets, as well as the East Webster Lady Wolverines and host team the Ackerman Lady Indians.
The first game between Ackerman and J.Z. George saw the Lady Indians pick up a decisive 42-19 victory.
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.