STARKVILLE -- The dream has been realized. When you play as many softball games as Mary Austin Barber has the past few years, sometimes you can lose the passion that initially drew you to the sport you love.
"Jake, Jake, Jake." The shouts came from all directions and within seconds of each other. The urgency behind the pleas indicated the players needed the ball immediately if they were going to make things happen.
The epiphany didn't come easily.
Sammy Smith can sit back, relax, and wait.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Years worth of hard work came to fruition Monday afternoon for Carolina Berryhill.
JACKSON -- After more than 23 years, Jamie Mitchell finally has a gold ball trophy.
JACKSON -- Gabe Myles capped his Starkville High School career in fine fashion Saturday night.
JACKSON -- Darrell Robinson has been the workhorse for the Noxubee County High School football team all season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley crouched on the 48-yard line and took a moment to reflect.
JACKSON -- Business as usual. That's the mind-set of the Noxubee County High School football team as it prepares to face Greene County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School football program can't think of a better way to end its time in Class 5A than by winning a new state championship trophy to put in its new fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team will finally be able to share sympathy with an opponent this weekend. When MSU travels to the Dunkin Doughnuts Center to take on Providence College at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the SEC-Big East Challenge, one of the first things it likely will notice is the number of players on the Friars bench.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the final seconds ticked off in last season's third-round playoff loss to Sweet Water, the Pickens County High School players vowed to return.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell heard from people he trusted why he shouldn't take the job as head football coach at Starkville High School.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the season began, Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knew Marion County would be the measuring stick for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A ranks this season. Plott was dead on with that prediction.
JACKSON -- Power of persuasion has a special meaning to David Fair Jr. It's not surprising considering how much Fair Jr. loves the game of football. After suffering his third knee injury and facing the possibility of having to give up the something that is such a big part of his life, Fair Jr. turned on the charm.
JACKSON -- Someone always is watching. Darrell Robinson knew his teammates were counting on him. His senior season was still months away, but Robinson wasn't going to waste any time. He knew backfield mate Ladarrell Hunt was on his way to Itawamba Community College, so he was going to have to shoulder an even bigger role in 2012 for the Noxubee County High School football team.
JACKSON -- Jamie Mitchell believes adversity can be a positive. That's a philosophy the Starkville High School football coach has had to espouse over and over and over again this season.
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