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Loss of Patterson one of several Shorter has had to fill

Posted 7/25/2017 in High School Sports

MACON -- The picture still hasn't found a home. Looking at himself and James Patterson showing off their state championship rings, Tyrone Shorter scans his office and sees Patterson in other images reaping the rewards of the Noxubee County High School football program's success.


Jones brings new energy to Starkville football program

Posted 7/25/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones' office is a popular place before practice or workouts. At one point Monday afternoon, the office of the first-year Starkville High School football head coach was filled with quarterback Malik Brown, running back Chase Naylor, and two defenders. Some were there with equipment questions, but the conversations they had with Jones didn't stay on that topic for long.


Harrison optimistic about Heritage Academy's chances

Posted 7/22/2017 in High School Sports

Next man up. In the case of the Heritage Academy football team, coach Sean Harrison would like to see as many as 15 players step into bigger roles this season. If that happens, Harrison feels confident the Patriots will be able to make up for their key graduation losses, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines.


Walters column: Five Prep Football Questions - Week 2

Posted 7/18/2017 in High School Sports

Well, we are quickly getting to that time of year.


Pickle, New Hope looking forward to challenge of Class 4A

Posted 7/17/2017 in High School Sports

Change is usually unavoidable in coaching.

Caledonia High's Cross will play in All-Star game

Posted 7/13/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Seeing her name with some of the state's best volleyball players makes Bailie Cross smile. It also helps her realize this year will be the last season she plays volleyball for the Caledonia High School, so she plans to make the most of it.

Walters column: Five Prep Football Questions

Posted 7/11/2017 in High School Sports

During the prep baseball playoffs, some media members took to Twitter and began the insane countdowns for the start of football season.


All-Area Baseball: Buckner, Stevens, Boyd help New Hope to 21-win season

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

Everyone needs a reminder every now and then.



All-Area Baseball: Dill leads Oak Hill Academy, earns Player of Year honors

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill can't point to one thing when asked to describe the difference at the plate between his junior and senior seasons.



The Dispatch 2017 All-Area Baseball Team

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports



Former Starkville Academy pitcher Griffin continues comeback

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Caleb Griffin doesn't mind the pressure of having to prove himself.



Local academy baseball players earn all-state honors

Posted 6/24/2017 in High School Sports

Oak Hill Academy and Starkville Academy were part of a banner season in baseball for the area in 2017.


New Hope's Harcrow will get shot at Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 6/21/2017 in High School Sports

Koby Harcrow has made it a habit to push through highs and lows. When you're not the biggest, fastest, or strongest player on the field, it sometimes can be difficult to attract attention, but Harcrow never used his physical makeup as an excuse. In fact, the New Hope High School standout pushed even harder so he could get noticed so one day he could realize his dream to play college baseball.

Starkville High's Jones signs with Southern Mississippi

Posted 6/21/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- While Kelsey Jones has lofty college goals, her high school coach Kristie Williams sets the bar even higher.


All-Area Basketball: Futral helped build foundation at Starkville Academy

Posted 6/3/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Stat stuffers don't slack off.



All-Area Basketball: Grubbs provided leadership at Oak Hill Academy

Posted 6/3/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- There is a lot of responsibility when you're the only senior on a team.



All-Area Basketball: Franks continues state championship tradition at Hebron

Posted 6/3/2017 in High School Sports

Bruce Franks doesn't have to yell during games.



2016-17 Dispatch All-Area Basketball Team

Posted 6/3/2017 in High School Sports


All-Area Basketball: Woodard II guides Columbus to winning season, return trip to playoffs

Posted 5/27/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School junior Robert Woodard, II has never received a dime for teaching at the school.

All-Area Basketball: Jones caps career with three trips to Jackson with Lady Jackets

Posted 5/27/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Typically, a high school basketball player can seek out a teammate or coach when words of encouragement or needed.


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