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Starkville, Mississippi sure has been getting a lot of media attention this football season. Not only is Starkville home to the No. 4 Mississippi State Bulldogs, it is also home to the undefeated Starkville High School Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets are currently the top-ranked school in the state of Mississippi and sitting at No. 3 nationally in the MaxPreps High School football rankings.
As high school football playoffs are now well underway across the nation, the Starkville Yellow Jackets have advanced to the second round of the Mississippi 6A playoffs. They advance to the second round after an impressive 30-0 win over Tupelo High School last Friday. A win that was a result of two touchdown passes from quarterback Brady Davis to Wide Receiver AJ Brown, two 40+ yard field goals from Michael Godley (fingers crossed Miss. State has this senior on lock as a future field goal kicker for the Bulldogs), and a 12-yard run from Jacquez Horsley. This was their fifth shut-out of the season.
On the receiving end of those two touchdown passes from Davis was Junior Wide Receiver, AJ Brown. Brown graduates in 2016, and has received offers from Mississippi State, The University of Mississippi, and Alabama.
Starkville HS faces the Southaven Chargers tonight in the second round of the 6A playoffs. The Chargers are 10-2 this season. Good luck to the Yellow Jackets from this Mississippian (and MSU Bulldog) out here in Seattle, WA!
-Thanks to our blog contributor Anne Jordan! Anne Jordan is a Mississippi native and die-hard Mississippi State fan.
Last season the Iowa State Cyclones entered the NCAA tournament as perhaps the hottest team in college hoops. Unfortunately, they crossed paths with the eventual National Champions, University of Connecticut, in the Sweet Sixteen. Still, Iowa State had much to be proud of during their 2013-2014 campaign. Their accomplishments included 28 wins and a Big 12 tournament championship! This season they hope to make another run at a Big 12 regular season championship, even though they are now without stud Guard, DeAndre Kane.
Even with the loss of Kane, the Cyclones return with experienced talent at all positions. Leading scorer Melvin Ejim and Forward, Georges Niang, will combine to be, maybe, the most talented front court in all of college basketball. The Big 12 will again be up for grabs this season with four teams ranked in the Top-20, including Iowa State which enters the season ranked #14. Can the Cyclones pass preseason Top-10 teams, Texas and Kansas, to win arguably the toughest conference in the nation? Their season begins this Friday at home against Oakland.
Although it ended earlier than hoped, the Wichita State Men’s Basketball team is coming off a historic, undefeated 2013-2014 regular season. The No. 1 seeded Shockers lost in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament to the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats. Heading into the tournament, Wichita State hoped to become the first Missouri Valley Conference school to win a National Championship in Men’s Basketball. Although they lost to the eventual national runner-up, the Shockers are looking for a better finish this year. Hopes are high in the heart of Kansas!
Looking forward into the 2014-2015 season, the defending MVC champions will have a great chance of repeating their championship run with two of their three leading scorers, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker, returning. The 11th ranked team in the nation will need to elevate their game with the loss of last year’s leading scorer Cleanthony Early who contributed 16.4 PPG last year. The Shockers will start their 2014 campaign by hosting New Mexico St. on November 14, before they square off against University of Memphis on November 18. Can VanderVleet and Baker lead Wichita St. on a deep run in the tournament dance this year, or will they once again get caught up in the madness of March?
-Thanks to the Prep Sportswear’s very own sports guru, Erik H. for contributing!