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October 4th, 2012
The Starkville Academy Volunteers spent a great amount of emotion last week.
Keeping the focus was coach Chad Peterson's number one priority.
"We preached to them," Peterson said. "They showed up every day to practice and we had a great week of practice. (We) came out focused (Thursday)."
It showed in the Volunteers 28-6 victory over Parklane Academy at J.E. Logan Field.
There are several little powerhouse teams that's making the Powerhouse Football League a success in its first season of existence.
Fred Tate, Powerhouse board member and spokesman for the league, is happy with the way the season is progressing to this point and especially with the success of the Starkville teams.
This is elimination day for the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Not only will the season come to an end for either the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers or Baltimore Orioles, there will be individuals with ties to Mississippi State baseball that will be going home for the winter.
Mississippi State senior defensive back Johnthan Banks received much deserved praise entering the season.
His pursuit of the MSU career interception record while being one of the top cornerbacks in all of college football simply made the spotlight brighter.
The Ridgeland Titans have many options in the playbook and with personnel.
After playing the power I offense that Provine presented last week, the Starkville Yellowjackets know they have to be ready for anythng when the Titans come to down for Class 5A, Regin 2, District 6 action on Friday. Kickoff for the first October game is set for 7 p.m.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer put his team through a four-hour workout to begin preseason practice Wednesday.
Even though the practice was long, it was just a hint of what the Lady Bulldogs can expect as they train for the season under the new head coach.
MSU sophomore Kendra Grant admitted the practice was tough, but something the players needed.
Prior to the opening of Class 5A, Region 2, District 6 play for the Starkville Yellowjackets, it was the desire of defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley to see his unit play more like it did toward the end of last season.
It was the effort of the defense that contributed to Starkville's run all of the way to the Class 5A State Championship game in 2011.
When it comes to defense Brad Butler has always been conservative.
In his first year as the Starkville Academy defensive coordinator, his approach to defending has not changed.
One year ago against the Kentucky Wildcats, Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell was splitting time with Chris Relf.
Russell performed well in relief of Relf by having one of his best games of the season. He had nine completions out of 12 attempts for 172 yards and one touchdown.
For one group of seniors at Starkville High School, they waited a long time to have their night in the lights.
Michaela Mills, Jamiyah Covington and Stacie Young are the only three seniors on the SHS volleyball team, and they played their last regular season match in the Beehive on Tuesday night.