South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball coach Matt Newman likes his team's chances this week in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State tournament.
There is power in numbers for the Heritage Academy girls tennis team. In a sport where individual pursuits sometime overshadow team accomplishments, the Lady Patriots worked this season toward one goal: doing their part to help the squad win a state championship.
Playing for his teammates is second nature to Xavier Harrison. The New Hope High School senior doesn't know how he came to possess a drive to track down opponents and a knack for making life miserable for attacking players.
Sisters and brothers have their ways of working through disagreements. Some argue. Some don't talk to each other for hours or days until the silence becomes too much to bear. Other siblings prefer to stay positive and to offer constant encouragement and support. Count Drew Pounders and Xavier Harrison as part of the latter group.
Thomas Berkery is "hyped." Baseball always has been part of the former Mississippi State standout's life for as long as he can remember. He coaches his son's travel ball team as part of the Swing Elite organization based in Starkville. Berkery also owns The Swing, a 10,000-square foot facility on Industrial Road in Starkville, where he and other instructors give lessons for baseball and softball.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior baseball player Jonathan Evans recently received a lesson in why first impressions matter. Evans had low expectations when he attended a tryout last week at Holmes Community College. Turns out, the Bulldogs coaches liked what they saw and offered him an opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the biggest moment of Game 3 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A fast-pitch softball state championship on Saturday, Hamilton High School pitcher Anna Claire Stahl knew the importance of her battle with Megan Lowery.
Travis Garner has a good memory. But it wasn't until John Wilson told Garner he coached him years ago at the Mississippi State baseball camp that the coach who is "getting older" remembered he had received instruction from the "old" coach.
KOSCIUSKO -- Payton Springfield knew the New Hope High School baseball team needed him. If Springfield was good enough Friday night, he could help the Trojans secure a spot in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State championship series at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
STARKVILLE -- After the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team beat Myrtle in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A State championship series, Hamilton coach Bryan Loague felt fortunate.
STARKVILLE -- Aspen Wesley and the rest of her Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball teammates closed the deal Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Hamilton High School sophomore third baseman Faith Fontenot knows which teammates help keep her team loose. "We have that group that keeps us going," Fontenot said. "Nobody gets tense. We don't allow that around here. When the pressure mounts, we are at our best because of our attitude. We have some players who know how to find fun out of any situation." The Lady Lions found the fun late Thursday afternoon.
Some of Nick Sims' teammates were busy running circle-like patterns in left field. It was understandable why some of the members of the New Hope High School baseball team would be celebrating a dramatic victory in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A North State championship series. Sims was having none of it.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Slater Richardson knew this was his final opportunity. After finishing second in the 1,600 meters at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship track and field meet, Richardson knew he had one final chance to exit the program as a state champion. Richardson made the most of that shot minutes later when he won the 800 for the school's only state title in the sport this season.
STEENS -- Bill Beck is used to wearing a lot of hats. From coaching football, working as athletic director, and coaching boys basketball, track and field, and cross country in the last 15 years at DeSoto School in West Helena, Arkansas, Beck has learned staying busy isn't a problem.
Things are much easier the second time around for Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones. A year ago, Jones' first work as the Yellow Jackets' football coach came during three weeks of spring practice sessions.
Josh Hill and Blayze Berry showed Tuesday night why they are two of the best pitchers in the state of Mississippi.
There have been times this season when the New Hope High School baseball team has been its worst enemy.
STEENS -- The maturation is complete.
The fight was what Wade Goodman was looking for all season.
1. Mississippi State hires new pitching coach COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Carter ready to put footwork to use during MSU career COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Fitzgerald tweaks throwing mechanics COLLEGE SPORTS
4. No mohawk, blond tips for Fitzgerald at SEC Media Days COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Lemonis hires Foxhall to complete MSU staff COLLEGE SPORTS