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Cook fought for eight years at Columbus before word no became too much

Posted 6/20/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd stood with a couple of booster club members outside the baseball stadium at Pearl High. Boyd and the boosters were making notes and taking photos of the bullpen area adjacent to the first base dugout. While two pitchers' mounds were present at Pearl, Boyd said he wanted three and went into great detail about how nice the Pearl bullpens were and how he would appreciate something similar. New Hope had just defeated Pearl to advance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs. Two weeks later, New Hope dispatched West Jones to become the first team in the program's rich history to repeat as baseball state champions. On another side of Lowndes County, Columbus High was busy washing uniforms and putting away mementos from one of the best seasons in program history. After watching nine seniors suit up for the final time, coach Jeffrey Cook was thinking about his future.

 

 

Cook resigns as baseball coach at Columbus High

Posted 6/19/2014 in High School Sports

Jeffrey Cook arrived in Columbus hoping to build a family atmosphere that would help him establish a winning tradition with the school's baseball program. Nearly eight years later, the Columbus High School baseball team is looking for a new patriarch.

 

 

Allsup back in coaching at Starkville Academy

Posted 6/18/2014 in High School Sports

You only need to call Bruce Allsup to tell he is back doing what he feels is in "his blood." A quick listen to the voice mail greeting that begins with, "Coach Allsup" indicates the former Heritage Academy and Brookhaven Academy basketball coach will be back on the sidelines later this year.

 

 

Sturdivant, Sykes sign baseball offers at CHS banquet

Posted 5/27/2014 in High School Sports

Columbus High School celebrated one of its most successful baseball seasons with awards and good food Tuesday night at the school's baseball banquet.

 

 

MSU standout Wilson returns to coaching position at Starkville High

Posted 5/27/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE-- Two things Darryl Wilson loves are basketball and Starkville, Mississippi.

 

 

Postseason honors continue for Columbus High baseball

Posted 5/26/2014 in High School Sports

The most successful season in Columbus High School baseball history officially ended last week with another flurry of success.

 

 

Prep Player of Week: New Hope celebrates repeat state title

Posted 5/26/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School's baseball team made the seemingly impossible look might easy this season.

 

 

Champions again: New Hope wins first back-to-back titles

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- New Hope High School senior baseball player Taylor Stafford had a feeling his team's bats were going to come alive Saturday night at Trustmark Park.

 

 

Redden, Trojans shut out Mustangs

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- The New Hope High School baseball team approached its playoff game Friday night like any other. The Trojans quickly learned facing elimination can turn the intensity up a notch.

 

 

New Hope takes care of business to force finale

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- Let the waiting game begin. It's never easy to relax, especially one day after you surrender a 4-0 lead in what seems like a manner of minutes. But the New Hope High School baseball team played Friday afternoon like it was on a business trip. J.C. Redden and the Trojans didn't do anything too flashy and relied on a workmanlike effort to earn a 3-0 victory against West Jones in Game 2 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship series at Trustmark Park.

 

 

Trojans win Class 5A baseball title game

Posted 5/24/2014 in High School Sports

The repeat is complete for New Hope.

 

 

Mustangs' surge jolts Trojans

Posted 5/23/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- Forty-three minutes is an eternity in baseball. Whether its pickoff attempts, foul balls, or trips to the mound, there are myriad ways to slow the pace of a game. But the West Jones High School baseball team showed Thursday how quickly and how difficult it can be to turn momentum once it gets going.

 

 

New Hope will try to rebound from loss in title series opener

Posted 5/23/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- For the first time in nearly two months, the New Hope High School baseball team will play a game coming off a loss. Junior designated hitter Payton Lane said don't look for anything to change for the Trojans.

 

 

New Hope baseball stands two wins from history

Posted 5/22/2014 in High School Sports

If nothing else, the world of sports can teach the participants there are no guarantees in life. While the New Hope High School baseball team set the modest goal of repeating as Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champions this season, the Trojans knew one injury or other bad fortune could turn the dream into a nightmare.

 

 

West Jones will try for first title

Posted 5/22/2014 in High School Sports

West Jones High School baseball coach Joey Ward feels like his Mustangs will have a chance this weekend if they can play some tight games. West Jones (24-10) will try to put that plan into action at 7 tonight when it takes on defending state champion New Hope (30-3) in Game 1 of a best-of-three series for the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 5A state championship at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

 

 

New Hope stands two wins away from first-ever repeat championship

Posted 5/21/2014 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School baseball team is back in a familiar position.

 

 

Prep Player of Week: Stafford helps carry New Hope back to state championship series

Posted 5/19/2014 in High School Sports

Talk about terrible timing.

 

 

Middleton will coach boys and girls basketball at Oak Hill Academy

Posted 5/19/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy basketball coach Brian Middleton has had so much fun coaching the boys team at the school, he has decided to double that pleasure.

 

 

New Hope baseball repeats as North State champions

Posted 5/17/2014 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- It would just serve to reason New Hope High School senior Taylor Stafford would make fans of rival Oxford miserable.

 

 

Stafford, New Hope beat Oxford in Game 1

Posted 5/16/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior pitcher Taylor Stafford felt good and in complete control on the mound Thursday night. That was really bad news for the Oxford baseball team.

 

 

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