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New Hope softball wins region opener

Posted 4/4/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School fast-pitch softball coach Tabitha Beard can be difficult to please. Tuesday night was not one of those nights.



New Hope baseball walks-off against Saltillo

Posted 4/4/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior Dusty Dyson is in quite a groove right now.



Lee, Dale do their part with defense to fuel Falcons

Posted 4/3/2012 in High School Sports

Trace Lee and Christian Dale are going to do everything in their power to help get the Columbus High School baseball team back to the postseason. While both players make solid contributions in the field and at the plate, Lee and Dale likely will make their presence felt the most on the mound. Combined with left-hander Hunter Mullis, Columbus (11-6, 2-2 Class 6A, Region) has three starting pitchers who can stop a team's momentum.



New Hope's Brown signs with Belhaven

Posted 3/28/2012 in High School Sports

You have to look good for your big day. After waiting this long, Lawrence Brown was going to make sure he had everything right. Still, as of Monday the New Hope High School senior didn't know what colors he was going to wear to celebrate the next step in his football career.



Prep baseball: West Point knocks off New Hope

Posted 3/28/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- After losing six straight, West Point High returned to the baseball win column in resounding fashion Tusesday night. Behind the complete-game effort of starting pitcher Tez Lane, the Green Wave knocked off New Hope, 3-2.



Wind can't push Lott from first

Posted 3/27/2012 in High School Sports

It takes a lot to get Cade Lott flustered. Whether it's football, basketball, or golf, Lott typically plays with a positive attitude and always has a smile ready to go. But Mother Nature put the Heritage Academy junior's attitude to the test Tuesday.



Patience paying off for Oak Hill's Shempert

Posted 3/27/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Jacob Shempert knows the importance of patience. As a member of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, which recognizes the state's top baseball players in the state of Mississippi, Shempert knows his reputation precedes him. The senior pitcher/catcher/infielder also understands pitchers and coaches read newspapers and the Internet to keep up with who is hot.



Starkville's Mattox top area finisher at MSU meet

Posted 3/27/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Kate Mattox was the only winner Saturday in a bunch of top-10 finishes by local competitors at the Mississippi State University High School Track and Field Invitational. Mattox won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 34.85 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:34.49).



Starkville High honors longtime coach Carlisle

Posted 3/24/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle had a pretty good day at the office Saturday afternoon. In pregame ceremonies at the Starkville High baseball field, Carlisle received a 52-inch flat screen TV from the school's baseball booster club. More than 40 former players attended the pregame ceremony, taking a stroll down memory lane of Carlisle's 35 years at the school.



Starkville High honors baseball coach with Carlisle Day

Posted 3/22/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High assistant baseball coach Ronald Campbell had an opportunity to return to his alma mater as a coach, he did not have to think twice about the invite. Campbell, a baseball standout at the school from 1982 through 1984, is in his sixth season as an assistant coach on head coach Danny Carlisle's staff.



Kingery, Jackets rememebr fondly state championship run

Posted 3/20/2012 in High School Sports

For Starkville High soccer player Kase Kingery, winning a state championship was simply a matter of time.



New Hope's Sarah Hern transitions to defense to help lead team

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School soccer player Sarah Hern did her best this season to help motivate her teammates.



Starkville's Hardin shows leadership on, off field

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Noa Hardin takes great delight when her teammates look to her for leadership and guidance on the soccer field.



Edwards helps Mitchell rebuild Starkville's football tradition

Posted 3/14/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Even though he admits he is a "Starkville transfer," Jamie Mitchell knows the tradition behind Starkville High School football.



Hopper makes big impact on Caledonia softball team

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Physical maturation only partially explains Cara Hopper's improvement in the circle. In eighth grade, Hopper was a "tiny" 85 pounds, but she already had dreams of playing softball in college, so she knew she needed to work hard to get better. Now a junior, Hopper has benefited from working with a pitching coach and her father, Tony, and now has five pitches in her arsenal.



Caledonia rolls past East Webster, 15-1

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

The Caledonia High School baseball team took revenge on East Webster on Monday afternoon with a 15-1 victory at Columbus High's Falcon Field.



Pickens County boys celebrate third state title in a row

Posted 3/8/2012 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team lost its best player to graduation. The Tornadoes also had to replace a coach who led them to back-to-back state titles. But change didn't scare Patrick Plott, De'Marko Hall, and the rest of the Pickens County High program. Expectations didn't faze the Tornadoes, either, so when thoughts turned to winning a third consecutive state championship in 2011-12, they accepted the challenge and didn't let anything stop them.



Pickens Academy's Dawkins signs with EMCC

Posted 3/8/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Corey Dawkins holds out her hand to illustrate just how tall she was when she started playing ball. It might have been T-Ball, and she might have only been a few feet tall, but the small beginnings created a big love.



ONE TOUGH TROJAN: New Hope's Boyd shuts down Columbus, 8-1

Posted 3/7/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior outfielder Austin Oglesby never sweats his name being in the lineup. A mainstay in the outfield, Oglesby knows his defensive abilities could loom large in another potential victory.



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