February 16th, 2014
Chance Cooper is proud to call Eupora home.
When people ask Cooper where he is from and he will gladly answer.
Being an Eagle is something that runs deep in Cooperâ€™s veins and inspires him to give 100 percent each time he steps on the court.
PELAHATCHIE â€“ All championships are different.
Some titles come easier than others. Some come with a little extra work involved.
That's the feeling the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers had Saturday after the team picked up its third Class AAA, Division II title in a row with a 48-40 victory over the Lady Cougars of Hillcrest Christian Academy.
Anna McKell had to sit on the bench with a shoulder injury while the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers were making their run in the postseason last year.
Although she wished there had been a way to contribute for the Lady Vols in 2013, McKell was patient and made sure she was healthy before resuming her basketball career.
That was key for the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday.
MSU pounded out nine hits on the way to a 6-1 win over Western Carolina at Dudy Noble Field for the first win of the season.
"We finally got some baseballs to fall for us and created a little bit of offense," MSU head coach John Cohen said.Â
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has come away with some nice wins at home in the Southeastern Conference this season.
Progress has been made for the Bulldogs with victories over Missouri 69-62 and Georgia 80-67 at Humphrey Coliseum.
As much as MSU takes pride in getting the job done in those games, it has some close to pulling off two more, but fell just short.
It took the Mississippi State offense eight innings to wake up, but that still wasn't good enough.
The No. 2 Bulldogs scored two runs in the ninth inning but couldn't overcome Western Carolina and lost to the Catamounts 3-2 Friday night at Dudy Noble Field to open the 2014 season.
PELAHATCHIE â€“ The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers entered the fourth quarter of their game against East Rankin Academy all tied up.
Starkville Academy broke the 27-27 score by outscoring East Rankin Academy 13-8 in the fourth quarter on its own floor and earned a 40-35 victory.
MABEN â€“ Basketball season in West Oktibbehaâ€™s gym came to a close Friday evening.
For Eddie Johnson, there is only one thing to do when you are facing the end and that is go out with a bang.
"We have to come out and give it all we got," Johnson said. "This is our last game and we are just going to play hard til the clock goes off."
There haven't been many positives to take away for the Mississippi State Bulldogs during a six-game losing streak.
When asked what positives the Bulldogs could take away after a 75-55 loss to Georgia at home on Wednesday, MSU head coach Rick Ray said there were none.
Although things haven't been good the last six games, the players are still trying to stay positive.
Some high school seniors are still wondering where the next few years will take them.
One Starkville Academy senior knows exactly where he is headed.
OnÂ Friday morning, Jamison McKee signed a soccer scholarship which will see him change his Volunteers jersey for that of the Meridian Community College Eagles.