It takes a lot of practice, a lot of luck, and a really good car to win a race. Ellie Hughes has been racing since she was 8 years old. She started out in go-karts, worked her way up to Hot Shots, and has been racing Factory Stocks for the last two years. The 16-year-old has had to rebuild cars after wrecks, but after her latest crash totaled her car at Whynot Motorsports Park a few weeks ago, Hughes' racing experience was tested unlike any other period.
The last week has been a whirlwind for Justin Atkins. Between being surprised at home by friends and doing a handful of radio and newspaper interviews, Atkins finally is getting time to savor the reality that he is a champion.
Chris LeBrun loves competition. When LeBrun started running 10 years ago, he immediately found something he loved. He soon found himself competing in longer and longer events, like the Boston Marathon and ultra marathons, which refer to any footrace longer than 26.2 miles.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former New Hope High School, East Mississippi Community College, and Mississippi State fishing team member Justin Atkins landed a bag of 22 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to win the Fishing League Worldwide Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.
Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.
Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.
The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.
Craig Barham was out after the second roll. The Columbus native was running in the top 10 midway through the NeSmith Late Model race May 13 at Magnolia Motor Speedway when he entered turn one and didn't make it out of turn two. Barham's GRT car hit a rut and flipped three times. His car was totaled. He had two cracked ribs, a bruised back, and swollen knee. He was knocked out.
NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.
STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.
Spencer Hughes is about to reach the top of the ladder.
Along with sweltering heat, another certainty of the summer is success for the Starkville Little League All-Stars. The baseball team made up of 11- and 12-year-olds won their third-straight state tournament Thursday night with a 14-0, four-inning victory against Brookhaven at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg.
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.
WEST POINT -- Caledonia High School's Hunter Logan shot a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to win the boys 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club.
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.
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.
Eric Cooley has a grudge to settle with himself and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Cooley was leading the Governor's Cup in 2013 when a late caution killed his momentum and he finished second. He has finished fifth and seventh in the last two editions of the race.
Golfer Hunter Logan was aware of the feeling. After all, he calls it "the best feeling in sports."
Andy McElhannon didn't make it more than four laps at Columbus Speedway before getting knocked out of the USCS race in 2012.
Morgan Turpen is usually still searching for her first feature win by the midway point of the season.
1. Starkville Academy beats Heritage Academy to reach title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU baseball team bounces back, beats Jackson State COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU baseball team focused on moving forward COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Ranked tests await MSU softball team COLLEGE SPORTS