It's easier to be aggressive when you're having fun.
CALEDONIA -- Jorden Hollowell hoped to be a starting pitcher this season. Coming off a sophomore year in which he logged 7 1/3 innings for the Caledonia High School baseball team, Hollowell wanted to play a bigger role as a junior in the 2015 campaign. As much as he hoped to see more innings as a pitcher, Hollowell, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander, wasn't sure how much work he was going to have to put in to realize that goal. He figured it would take a while in part because he was switching from a sidearm delivery he used as a sophomore back to the overhand motion he had used prior to last season.
Oxford High School baseball coach Chris Baughman talked about the importance of treating all nine region games equal.
Wendell Rieves has area-code range on the basketball court. But Rieves' skills and accomplishments in sneakers pale in comparison to the versatility and potential the West Lowndes High School senior has in cleats. Last week, Rieves had an opportunity to showcase those skills for a chance to earn a scholarship to play baseball. He didn't disappoint.
India Yarborough doesn't use words like "empower" and "leader" lightly. From being a co-captain on the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science girls soccer team to being an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church to working as a volunteer to sponsoring a mentoring program for eighth-grade girls at Columbus Middle School, Yarborough understands the importance of setting an example for others. It's something she has done for 10 years on the soccer field and throughout her time as a student at Columbus High School and now at MSMS, a public residential high school for academically gifted students in Columbus on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women.
PHEBA -- Asked Monday morning to name his favorite sport, Channing Tapley shrugged his shoulders. It was just after 9 a.m. and Tapley was missing Algebra II to talk about his exploits on the football field, on the basketball court, and on the diamond at Hebron Christian School. It's a scenario Tapley is getting used to.
STARKVILLE -- Jace Hobart doesn't recall feeling out of place on a golf course. Maybe all of the time he spent with his father, Hobie, using sand wedges on the family's yard helped him develop an appreciation for the skills he needed to develop.
JACKSON -- Greg Carter's answer was perfect. Asked "How did you do it?" Thursday following a victory against Meridian, the Starkville High School boys basketball coach said he didn't do anything and that all of the credit went to his kids. It was a fitting comment because the Yellow Jackets had three players score in double figures and two more add eight points to help them advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State title game against Madison Central.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior first baseman Wells Davis had been looking forward to the opportunity to become a team leader. "The seniors have really accepted the leadership role in everything we do," Davis said. "For me, it's like a dream come true because we have been waiting on this moment. I have always looked forward to this. There is a lot of tradition around here, so we aren't going to take the expectations of being a leader lightly."
JACKSON -- Defense probably isn't the first thing that pops into your head when you consider the athletic exploits of Raphael Leonard. If you have seen the Starkville High School senior on the football field or on the basketball court, you likely would recall him elevating to highlight-reel levels to catch a touchdown pass from Brady Davis or snaring an alley-oop pass from Tyson Carter and delivering a rim-shaking dunk.
JACKSON -- The spark finally ignited.
Jay Jay Swanigan will get a chance today to make an impression.
JACKSON -- Sometimes knowing a whirlwind is coming doesn't make it any easier to stop it.
JACKSON -- Keith Harris' shot hung on the rim for what seemed like longer than a few seconds.
JACKSON -- Point guards aren't made overnight.
Another March finds the Starkville High School boys basketball team in a familiar spot.
JACKSON -- Plan B turned out to be quite an effective alternative Wednesday night for the Horn Lake High School girls basketball team.
STARKVILLE You have to love it when a plan comes together.
JACKSON -- Jaworski Rankin knows any successful team has to play to its strengths.
1. New Hope baseball advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Prep Softball: Caledonia advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU's Smith anticipates draft call COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bulldogs land game changer in Newman COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prep Baseball: Starkville falls in Class 6A playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS