New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd called his infield together to discuss bunt defense.
Don't expect a busy week in the news to change Robert Woodard Jr.
CALEDONIA -- The worst-case scenario, as far as Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore saw it, was that Cassie Obman was going to get hit.
STARKVILLE - It did not take Ben Howland long to make Mississippi State basketball's biggest recruiting splash in years.
CALEDONIA -- Jared Reed-Wood didn't know how or when he was going to find out if he made the USA Junior Nationals Mississippi/Louisiana All-State High School Basketball team.
STARKVILLE - Over the weekend, Mississippi State honored its softball seniors playing their final Southeastern Conference games at home.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Josh Skinner makes friends easily. He also possesses an ability to shoot a basketball. Those talents played integral roles in helping Skinner sign a basketball scholarship offer Tuesday with Hinds Community College in Raymond.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Connor Dunne is still thinking about what career path to choose for a living. However, he is happy soccer will continue to be a part of his life as he decides his next step. A standout defender for coach Brian Bennett and the Yellow Jackets, Dunne signed Tuesday to play soccer at Millsaps College in Jackson.
STEENS -- History sometimes has its fair share of potholes that make navigating the road to success a little tricky. The Columbus Christian Academy baseball team encountered one of those obstacles Tuesday night in a 15-0 loss to Benton Academy in Game 1 of its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A playoff series. The record will show that Dawson Shaw, LaQuinston Sharp, RJ Deloach, and BJ Shirley had hits for the Rams (11-6), who will try to keep their season alive at 5 p.m. Thursday in Game 2 of the best-of-three series in Benton. If needed, Game 3 would follow approximately 30 minutes after Game 2.
The numbers had been cleared from the scoreboard at Trojan Field, but they were still fresh in Lee Boyd's mind. The New Hope High School baseball coach didn't need to be reminded that his team committed four errors or that it had only three hits Monday night in its final regular-season home game.
The number has been something for Tabitha Beard to fear. Whether it has been wrists, ankles, backs, or a litany of other injuries, Jason Miller has found plenty of reasons to call Beard to update her on the latest malady to happen to a member of the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team. That's why Beard is almost to the point where she doesn't want to take a cell phone call from Miller, a certified athletic trainer who works with Rehab at Work in Columbus.
CALEDONIA -- Don't dismiss the benefit of a little extra work. Hope Burton knew she wasn't hitting like she wanted to, so she took Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore up on her offer to stay after the game against Noxubee County High and take some more swings. Burton wanted to capitalize on the opportunity because she knew a game against Houston, one of the team's biggest rivals and one of the contenders in Class 4A, Region 4, was next on the schedule, so she wanted to be at her best.
WEST POINT -- Scott Lashley can't talk right now. He's not being rude. He also isn't busy with schoolwork.
For the New Hope High School baseball team, the pitching and defense part are down pat.
Basketball has had a special place in La'Quesha Clemons' life for as long as she can remember.
PHEBA - How did Hebron Christian School's Bruce Franks react to the news he'd been named The Dispatch's Small Schools Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight season?
The Dispatch's Small Schools All-Area Boys Basketball team
ABERDEEN -- With his team mired in a three-game losing streak, Aberdeen High School first-year boys basketball coach Jaworski Rankin broke out a visual aid. "We printed out a picture of the (Mississippi) Coliseum and put it in each player's locker," Rankin said. "Sometimes, you can get lost during a basketball season. We just wanted the players to take a chance to visualize our goals.
ABERDEEN -- The bond with coach Jaworski Rankin wasn't immediate for Aberdeen High School senior basketball player Marcus Carouthers. However, once the standout player and first-year coach found common ground, the Bulldogs took flight.
The New Hope High School girls and boys golf teams finished first Monday in the Trojan Golf Classic at Lion Hills.
1. Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. New Hope wins baseball playoff opener in extra innings HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MACJC softball playoffs will have local flavor COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU baseball looks to snap slide on the road at Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS