Nick Christy has worked at bigger schools and coached in higher classifications.
Christy also has taken time away from coaching, which has helped him appreciate how much he enjoys working with student-athletes.
Christy hopes to continue that work for a long time at West Lowndes High School.
Sam Taylor has overcome naysayers who thought he was too small.
Taylor also persevered through injuries that threatened to derail his senior season at New Hope High School and decrease his chances of earning a chance to play college baseball.
WEST POINT -- Mitch Bohon is fired up.
The growth continues for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball program.
MACON -- The picture still hasn't found a home.
Looking at himself and James Patterson showing off their state championship rings, Tyrone Shorter scans his office and sees Patterson in other images reaping the rewards of the Noxubee County High School football program's success.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team is still the national runner-up.
Pinch yourself MSU fans if you thought the last month of the 2016-17 season was a dream. Don't worry, it wasn't. A lot of the memories from MSU's run through the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City and its victory against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut have come back into focus this month after MSU won the Best Upset ESPY for its 66-64 overtime victory against UConn in the national semifinals.
Next man up.
In the case of the Heritage Academy football team, coach Sean Harrison would like to see as many as 15 players step into bigger roles this season. If that happens, Harrison feels confident the Patriots will be able to make up for their key graduation losses, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines.
A few pretty good weeks gave Hunter Logan a little confidence entering the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club earlier this week.
Little did Logan know he was going to have a lot more confidence after the opening round.
Wendell Rieves always believed he was going to play baseball at a four-year school.
But the former West Lowndes High School standout acknowledged he had to make an adjustment when he arrived at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. A freshman season in which he hit .257 and had two home runs provided Rieves plenty of motivation, so he set out with renewed enthusiasm to show he was capable of realizing his dream.
Rieves' sophomore campaign more than proved he was ready.
Tatjana Matthews couldn't have scripted it any better.
When you love something as much as Matthews loves softball, she couldn't have imagined a better way to spend the last eight-plus months than driving throughout the state of Mississippi and the Southeast recruiting players for the Mississippi University for Women's softball program.
Timmy Bowers is gearing up for the next phase in his life.
The former Mississippi State standout also is preparing for his 14th season as a professional basketball player. Slated to return to
Italy, where he has played the last eight years, Bowers credits a solid fundamental base for enabling him to have such a long career following his success in Starkville.
Cara Hopper is almost back.
The former Caledonia High School and Itawamba Community College standout has recovered from foot surgery that cost her what would have been her senior season with the Blue Mountain College softball team.
Hopper also has returned to Lowndes County to finish work on her physical therapy degree at the Mississippi University for Women.
Change is usually unavoidable in coaching.
Matt Wolfenbarger is looking for players who want to do big things.
That mind-set helped Wolfenbarger build a 35-player roster for the inaugural season of baseball at the Mississippi University for Women in 2018. As the countdown continues to the start of the 2017-2018 school year next month, a lot of work remains to make sure the program is on solid ground when the first pitch is thrown
It's all about showing out when you want to attract attention.
Logan Canerdy, Jeremy Tate, and Eli Acker have learned that in what has turned out to be a busy summer for the three local prep football standouts.
The road to the Mississippi University of Women has had plenty of twists and turns for Anthony Sharp and Heath Ford.
While Sharp and Ford have gone to places like Blue Mountain and Clarksdale and Mayhew before deciding to call Columbus their new collegiate homes, Brandon Jones only had to make a 10-minute drive to find the school for him.
CALEDONIA -- Seeing her name with some of the state's best volleyball players makes Bailie Cross smile.
It also helps her realize this year will be the last season she plays volleyball for the Caledonia High School, so she plans to make the most of it.
WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill can't point to one thing when asked to describe the difference at the plate between his junior and senior seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Caleb Griffin doesn't mind the pressure of having to prove himself.
Networking has been a priority for Roxanne Hernandez for a long time.
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