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It's one thing to hope to be able to play for a state championships.
It's another to put the time and effort in and really believe that such a achievement can be reached.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers have done what it takes to make that type of season a reality.
Mississippi State is still alive for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Or at least that's what the week four rankings showed that were released Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1) are ranked No. 4, after spending the first three weeks as No. 1.
JACKSON â€“ One step into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and it is clear that football has a storied history in the Magnolia State.
On Monday, a group of Starkville Academy athletes got to experience the Hall of Fame as they took part in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football state championship press conference.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen needed two wins in the final two regular season games to get bowl eligible a year ago.
The Bulldogs won those games and knocked off Rice to win the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. There was mention of Mullen being on the hot seat entering those final two games.
Mississippi State put on a shooting clinic inside Humphrey Coliseum Monday night.
The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field as they routed in-state foe Mississippi Valley State 89-68.
It wasn't the type of offensive effort that coach Mark Horstemeyer wanted, but the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars played well enough defensively to make up for it on Monday.
The Lady Cougars frustrated the visiting Central Academy Lady Vikings, especially on the inside, and won a 52-41 decision at home.
College football still has two weeks left in the regular season and then conference championship week takes place, so there is still a good bit to be decided.
For Mississippi State, the season isn't over by a long shot.
If Mississippi State's first-year women's players are blinded by the bright lights of college basketball, they haven't shown it yet.
The ability to lose weight physically is not the only thing that's helped Gavin Ware become a better player with the Mississippi State basketball team.
Even though the former Starkville Yellowjacket has dropped some pounds that has made him a better player on the college level, there is less pressure on him to perform because of more Bulldogs on the roster.
Anyone who has been to Starkville High lately has noticed the new addition of artificial turf. EachÂ Friday nightÂ the football team takes their turn on the new field, but a big reason for that new surface was not only improved elements for football, but also to assist with Yellowjacket soccer to prevent the cancelation of games while also enhancing the playing surface for matches.