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.
Josh Stillman didn't need an adjustment period. Most pitchers would need several games to settle their nerves and to learn how to maintain their composure after being asked to move from the middle of the rotation to the front of the line. There's more pressure as a team's No. 1 starter. That title also earns a pitcher first crack at the best teams on a squad's schedule.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Kelsey Jones always has dreamed big. At the beginning of the season, Jones wanted to help the Lady Jackets advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows the pedigree of a championship coach. Schmidt has won state basketball championships at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy. In 1992, Schmidt carried Starkville High to the state championship. Schmidt was excited when the Lady Jackets broke their 23-year drought and returned to the Mississippi Coliseum this season under the direction of Kristie Williams, who played for Schmidt on that 1992 team.
The Dispatch's Large Schools All-Area Girls Basketball team
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior Ecurb Forest joins his classmates in anticipating prom and graduation.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior Tyson Carter conducted his research, created his plan, and executed it to perfection.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter admits he was surprised by his team's performance this season.
Yandell Harris wasn't thinking about coaching basketball three weeks ago.
Zaria Jenkins was scared. Jay Jay Swanigan was nervous.
STARKVILLE - When workouts began prior to this basketball season, Starkville High School senior Kayla Minor listed one of her goals as helping her team advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State Tournament in Jackson. Turns out, Minor returned in time to help that goal become a reality.
1. Getting to the point: Newman buys into Howland's plan COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU's Alwal signs contract with WNBA's Atlanta Dream COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Stillman pitches shutout, New Hope takes 1-0 series lead HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Prep Roundup: Campbell tosses shutout, Starkville wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Caledonia has big answer in victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS