Columbus High School junior Robert Woodard, II has never received a dime for teaching at the school.
STARKVILLE - Typically, a high school basketball player can seek out a teammate or coach when words of encouragement or needed.
STARKVILLE - During a standout coaching career at Starkville High School, boys' basketball coach Greg Carter has always been able to push the right buttons.
STARKVILLE - For Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams, the challenge is to reinvent herself as a coach and to reinvent her next team.
WEST POINT - Sometimes West Point girls' basketball coach Dashmond Daniel reminds himself to take a deep breath.
Michael McCleod has found his calling.
A school year that started with a debilitating injury will last one more day for Dawson Shaw. Today, the Columbus Christian Academy senior will be one of a handful of local standouts who will play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Senior All-Star games at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Even the best coaches sometimes need a lift from another source.
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.
COLUMBUS -- West Lowndes High School has never hurt for students with natural athletic talent. The only problem, as West Lowndes softball coach Anthony King sees it, is most of the female athletes have gravitated toward basketball and track and field.
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