January 21st, 2012
By ANGIE CARNATHAN
The Starkville Central Neighborhood Foundation hosted its first Annual Historic Starkvegas 10k/5k, Family Fun Run and Pet Parade last year.
It was only fitting that Friday night's girls game against Pillow Academy ended with a steal by the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers.
The defense displayed by the Lady Vols was instrumental in picking up a 40-25 victory over the Lady Mustangs at the SA gymnasium.
"It was as good a defense as we've played all year," Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. "I don't think either one of us played particularly well offensively, but I think it's because of pretty good defense."
Senior point guard Anna Prestridge said the Lady Vols did place special emphasis on defense in practice this week.
The Starkville High School Yellowjackets received a performance from the usual cast.
Jacolby Mobley and Gavin Ware helped the Jackets turn away the Canton Tigers 77-56 in the Beehive Friday night.Â
SHS improved to 16-3 this season thanks to the intensity on both ends of the floor.Â
âThatâs something we talked about coming into the game,â said Head Coach Greg Carter of the Jackets. âThey were going to play fast and we like that tempo. We wanted to make a special effort to get out and run. In the first half, we ran really well but we missed some opportunities too.â
The 18th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to âMusic Cityâ tonight to face the Vanderbilt Commodores following a disappointing 75-68 loss to in-state rival Ole Miss.
Nashville, Tenn., was the site of the most recent football success for MSU after winning the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest in December. Â
For the Bulldogs to pull off a Southeastern Conference win there in basketball against the Commodores, theyâll have to deal with Memorial Gymnasium, one of the more unique settings in college basketball.Â
âThereâs no question Vanderbilt is one of the more difficult places to play in the country,â said MSU coach Rick Stansbury, who is 10-8 all-time against the Commodores. âThat setup makes it very difficult, but you know that going in. But more than the setup is the fact Vanderbilt is a very good team. Itâs going to be a challenge.â
The Starkville High School girls' soccer team was able to get a much needed Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 victory Friday on senior night.
The Lady Yellowjackets shut out the New Hope Lady Trojans 3-0 to win and take first place in the district.
The Lady Trojans won the first match up between the two teams on Wednesday 2-1 at home. SHS head coach Anna Albritton did not change her gameplan much, but did tweak it a little bit.
MATHISTON â The East Webster Wolverines expect to have a strong pitching staff for the 2012 season.
One of the indications of that is two of those pitchers have attracted attention from the next level.
On Friday morning, Ty Hendrix and Conner Burton signed letters of intent to continue their careers at junior colleges. Hendrix will take his talents to East Central Community College in Decatur, while Burton will join the program at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
Burton is excited about what coaches Chris Rose, Michael Wallace and Jim Wells have brought to the Lions.
"Coach Rose is a very nice coach and the big thing was coach Wells coming from Alabama," Burton said. "That inspired me a lot.
"They've got nice facilities and nice dorms. Everybody down there are real nice people. I think I can go down there and make an impact. That's what I will try to do. I hope the coaches can teach me enough to get me to the next level."
It's Burton's hope to improve enough to have a chance to join Mississippi State.
Burton is the second high school player in as many days with pitching skills to sign with EMCC. The Lions were able to get Starkville High School's Nick Brooks on Thursday.
"We're excited to get guys from the 100-mile radius of East Mississippi," Wallace said. "We're going to look at (Brooks) in the outfield, middle infield and possibly pitching because with the aluminum bats, you can never have enough. We're always looking for pitching."
Weather in the middle of January for Starkville can be somewhat hard to predict.
It has been a rainy winter season so far and the temperatures has been up and down.
One thing is for sure, there's always a Frostbite.
The 27th Frostbite Half Marathon will take place today and race officials expect the event to be run no matter the conditions.
"Rain, shine, sleet or snow and that's why we call it the Frostbite," said Eddie Myles of the Wellness Connection. "The weather for me being that it is the Frostbite, I want it to be a little bit colder and think we have a forecast of 63 degrees."
By RUTH MORGAN
For Starkville Daily News