Shawn Gregory has tried to give back wherever he has worked as a teacher and a coach. Whether it has been at the prep, college, or professional level, the New Hope High School graduate has gained invaluable insight about the best ways to relate to players and to teach them the lessons they need to succeed.
Columbus High School pitcher Hunter Mullis' confidence rarely wavers. His catcher, Gavonta Webb, has tried to emulate the pitcher's cool demeanor as he has worked through an early season hitting slump.
The New Hope High School football program extended its reach Tuesday throughout the state of Mississippi.
When New Hope High School baseball fans see Taylor Stafford stride to the mound, they know it is a serious point in the ballgame.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nora Kathryn Carroll admits she wasn't quite sure how sports fit into her future. While Carroll played key roles for the Starkville Academy girls soccer and girls basketball teams, she wanted to work on her skills, particularly on the basketball court, to make a bigger impact. Consider that goal accomplished and a bigger step left to take.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team closed the door Saturday in a most satisfying manner.
Matt Sykes believed.
CRAWFORD -- East Oktibbeha County High School hasn't had many things to be happy about on or off the athletic fields in the 2012-13 school year.
Snow, wind, rain - Bruce Branch wants his Heritage Academy baseball time to be ready to roll in any weather.
CLINTON -- Nora Kathryn Carroll is a stat stuffer.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team defeated Presbyterian Christian 54-33 on Saturday in the title game of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State tournament at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum. Maggie Proffitt scored a game-high 17 points and Sallie Kate Richardson added 12 to help the Lady Volunteers cap a 43-0 season, win their 52nd game in a row, and complete a three-peat of the MAIS Class AAA, Division II, Class AAA, and overall state championships. For more on this game, see Sunday's print edition of The Dispatch.
CLINTON -- Sallie Kate Richardson has eight points and Nora Kathryn Carroll has seven to help the Starkville Academy girls basketball team lead Presbyterian Christian 29-14 at halftime of the title game of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State tournament at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum. The Lady Volunteers (42-0) used a 22-1 run from the end of the first quarter into the second quarter to break the game open.
CLINTON -- When the Starkville Academy girls basketball team received a wake-up call during the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA State tournament last week, the Lady Volunteers didn't hit the snooze button. Starkville Academy responded from a close victory against Presbyterian Christian with one of its best efforts of the season in a victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy to capture the tournament's championship.
Versatility is Jimmy Cockrell's calling card. Whether it's on defense or offense or on the football field or the baseball field, Cockrell has been a constant in the starting lineup the past three seasons for the Columbus High School football and baseball teams.
STARKVILLE -- Junior Hunter Mullis is excited about the Columbus High School baseball team this season. "A lot of the guys on this team have been playing together since they were 8 years old at Propst Park," Mullis said. "We know each other. We play well together. I think we have a chance to have a special season."
JACKSON -- Tiffany Huddleston felt weird. Usually, the Starkville Academy standout is a center of attention. On the soccer field, Huddleston has a knack for creating scoring opportunities or finishing chances. On the basketball court, Huddleston has had a steady hand in directing the Lady Volunteers' offense and typically gets a fair share of attention because she is a conduit the team uses to get its offense going.
Oversized post players and foul trouble aren't any problem for Taylor Hairston and Alyka Hamm. While those two elements could prove to be stumbling blocks for other players, Hairston and Hamm showed they can overcome just about any obstacle when it comes to helping the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team complete a perfect season.
JACKSON -- The power of the assist can't be denied. The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed Saturday that sharing the basketball can be the best way to erase the memory of a forgettable afternoon. Maggie Proffitt scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures in Starkville Academy's 64-29 victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA championship game at Jackson Academy.
JACKSON -- "Here we go again." Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said the perfect words Friday afternoon after experiencing another Mississippi Association of Independent Schools roller-coaster playoff ride.
CANTON -- Seize the moment. After everything the Lanier High School girls basketball team has been through this season, that concept wasn't lost on Brittany Rose on Friday night. Despite her lack of success and the team's struggles form 3-point range early in the game, Rose received the green light from her coach and let another one fly with the game on the line.
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