Kiara Conner admits she was nervous.
Typically, the pitcher is the one who is uneasy when Conner is in the batter's box. This time, though, Conner wasn't playing in a game. In fact, her softball career at Columbus High School already was over and she was trying to find a place to continue playing a sport she started when she was 4 or 5 years old. That's why Conner was positioned next to a batting tee and prepared to impress East Mississippi Community College coach Kyndall White.
Roger Short wants to make sure the people of Columbus and Lowndes County understand the Columbus Recreation Authority will continue to offer programs.
Short wants to make that perfectly clear because there might be some uncertainty about the status of the city's recreation authority now that he is on the job as interim recreation manager for Lowndes County.
Two years ago, Kanisha Hodges first realized she might have a chance to play softball in college.
WEST POINT -- Some of the most fun Phil Ferguson has had working in schools has been the time spent with students in sports.
CALEDONIA -- Gary Griffin always heard good things about Caledonia High School.
The possibility of a return home to Durant has had Torrey Dale smiling for most of the last month.
Terryonte Thomas looked long and hard to find coaches and a school that made him feel like a priority.
That search often can be difficult for high school standouts looking to find the right fit for the next step in their life.
But following a recruiting process that included its share of twists and turns, Thomas is relaxed after finding the fit he was looking for with coach Billy Begley and the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball program.
Jake Crosson needed a second opinion.
Coming off a bogey, Crosson knew he couldn't afford another if he wanted to have a chance to win the Mississippi High School Activities Region 1, District 2 tournament at the Ole Miss Golf Club in Oxford. That's why the New Hope High School junior called coach Albert McBrayer out to the fairway to ask for some advice. Crosson faced a dog leg to the right of No. 14 and a water hazard in front of the hole. He knew he probably could reach the hole with a more aggressive shot, but he had been strong on his wedges all day, so he wanted to ask McBrayer what he thought he should do.
Jason Forrester admits he didn't know a thing about soccer when he started coaching it at Caledonia High School.
Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey said Monday that decisions were made following Game 2 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North State title series between Oxford and New Hope that didn't uphold the school district's standards of "first in class" and that there would be a re-evaluation of what is important about interscholastic athletics.
New Hope High School Lee Boyd would have loved to have said something more profound Saturday night following a season-ending 11-5 loss to Oxford in Game 2 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North State title series at Trojan Field.
The opportunities were there.
Kyla Temple wasn't going to let anything keep her from realizing her goal to play basketball at the next level.
If convincing others she could play basketball in college was part of it, overcoming injuries proved to be a bigger hurdle. Whether it was knee or shoulder injuries, Temple wondered if she ever would be healthy enough to test her skills after high school.
Ken "Buddy" Dill will get a chance to cap his senior year in style.
The multi-talented Oak Hill Academy senior will join teammate Powell Tabor and Oak Hill Academy baseball coach Mitch Bohon in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Senior All-Star game on May 26 at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.
STEENS -- Greg Watkins and Chris Webber poured over the numbers for hours.
It didn't matter which way the coach or standout distance runner crunched the times, the conclusion was the same: The Columbus Christian Academy boys track and field team was in a tough spot.
Michael Lotief loves the long ball.
In 2006, the Louisiana softball coach's hitting system yielded the first 100-home run season in school history (102). Danyele Gomez, Ashley Evans, and Lacey Bertucci ranked in the top 10 of all NCAA Division I hitters.
All apologies to Allen Iverson, but a little extra practice doesn't hurt when you're preparing to win another state title.
MACON -- Jack VanDevender has heard the questions for years.
Whether it has been queries about whether Central Academy is going to field a football team or whether he has heard if and when the school is going to close, VanDevender has shrugged off the questions and went about his business like many of the students at the small, private school in Noxubee County.
The pressure and the expectations didn't faze the Caledonia High School boys golf team.
Loaded with the burden of being the reigning state champion and coming off a season of strong play, Caledonia entered the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State Championship with a bull's eye squarely on its back. But thanks to solid play by medalist Hunter Logan and a strong supporting cast, Caledonia carded a two-day total of 653 last week to beat St. Stanislaus by 22 strokes to win its second-straight state title.
Balancing team and individual goals sometimes can be a difficult proposition in sports like golf, swimming, and tennis.
But the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science tennis team hasn't had any of those issues.
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