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Bates, Berry have strong showings at Junior Sunbelt Classic

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

The names didn't faze Blayze Berry or Beau Bates. Berry and Bates also didn't let the schools their opponents had committed to bother them either because they knew they belonged on the same field with some of the nation's top prospects.


Reed's message hit home in, out of school

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- James Reed doesn't mind that he was called "old school." The longtime Caledonia High School teacher/coach also doesn't take offense to being told he is "blunt" in how he talks.


Wilson's way based on team approach

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Numbers tell only part of the story about John Wilson. Whether it was in his office at the Caledonia High School baseball field or the facility's indoor complex, numbers defined Wilson's approach to the game.


Kelly in line to be next football coach at Caledonia High

Posted 6/15/2018 in High School Sports

On this occasion, the timing appears to be right for Michael Kelly. After stints as an assistant coach or coordinator at four schools, Kelly is in line to be the next head football coach at Caledonia High School.


Certified with a smile: Sanders set to embark on pro career

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Sports

If you have watched any college softball or baseball in the last month, it's likely you have seen someone from the Golden Triangle playing a key role for their team.


Columbus has going-away party for softball standout Sanders

Posted 6/11/2018 in Local Sports

DJ Sanders never has been one to celebrate her accomplishments. The former New Hope High School multi-sport standout prefers to hone the skills that have made her one of the nation's best softball players. That's why Sunday was a perfect time for Sanders to relax and to visit with friends, coaches, teammates, and supporters at a going-away bash at the New Hope Community Center.


Gates eager to grow boxing with second event in Columbus

Posted 6/8/2018 in Local Sports

Shawn Gates is spreading the word. After having success in January with the inaugural Friendly City Boxing Night at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Gates admits he was surprised to hear a lot of people in the Greater Golden Triangle area didn't know about the event.


Ole Miss' Golsan, West Alabama's Moore drafted

Posted 6/7/2018 in College Sports

Wednesday was a great day for Lee Boyd and Buddy Wyers. The New Hope High School baseball coach and the former West Point High baseball coach had plenty of stories to relate after learning former NHHS standout Will Golsan and former WPHS multi-sport standout Steffon Moore were selected on the third and final day of the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.


MUW enjoys return to college athletics, wanting to build on success

Posted 5/29/2018 in College Sports

Jason Trufant continues to see endless possibilities for intercollegiate athletics at Mississippi University for Women.


Martin caps high school career with state track championship

Posted 5/29/2018 in High School Sports

Nicole Harris taught Kenneth Martin Jr. that if he wanted something to go get it.


Caledonia's McCleskey plays key role in JCJC national title

Posted 5/26/2018 in College Sports

The idea of being a national champion is still sinking in with Gracie McCleskey. The former Caledonia High School softball standout knew she was in store for some of the best competition the state of Mississippi had to offer when she signed to play at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.


Victory Christian's Williams stays local to play basketball at MUW

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

The stories started after Quintavin Williams received the text message from Brian Merkel.


New Hope's Crosson repeats as state champion in golf

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

It's one thing to play on your home course in the biggest event of the season.


Caledonia's Mims picks Copiah-Lincoln C.C. in baseball

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Houston Mims seized the opportunity.


Patience pays as Starkville Academy's Owens gets chance at Belhaven

Posted 5/17/2018 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Owens never envisioned the recruiting process would take this long. But the Starkville Academy senior's patience paid off Wednesday when he celebrated his decision to play football at Belhaven University in Jackson.


Heritage Academy girls, Caledonia High's Logan win titles

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

There is power in numbers for the Heritage Academy girls tennis team. In a sport where individual pursuits sometime overshadow team accomplishments, the Lady Patriots worked this season toward one goal: doing their part to help the squad win a state championship.


New Hope's Harrison signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

Playing for his teammates is second nature to Xavier Harrison. The New Hope High School senior doesn't know how he came to possess a drive to track down opponents and a knack for making life miserable for attacking players.


Brotherly bonds help push New Hope back to state title series

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

Sisters and brothers have their ways of working through disagreements. Some argue. Some don't talk to each other for hours or days until the silence becomes too much to bear. Other siblings prefer to stay positive and to offer constant encouragement and support. Count Drew Pounders and Xavier Harrison as part of the latter group.


Berkery will replace Roberts at Starkville Academy

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

Thomas Berkery is "hyped." Baseball always has been part of the former Mississippi State standout's life for as long as he can remember. He coaches his son's travel ball team as part of the Swing Elite organization based in Starkville. Berkery also owns The Swing, a 10,000-square foot facility on Industrial Road in Starkville, where he and other instructors give lessons for baseball and softball.


Garner leaves Starkville to take job at Caledonia

Posted 5/12/2018 in High School Sports

Travis Garner has a good memory. But it wasn't until John Wilson told Garner he coached him years ago at the Mississippi State baseball camp that the coach who is "getting older" remembered he had received instruction from the "old" coach.



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