The future looks bright for the Heritage Academy tennis team. With only one senior -- Stella Kate Nichols -- on the girls squad and three -- Bryce Kennedy, Jacob Parker, and Mason Cline -- on the boys half of the team, coach Billy "Gip" Clark is excited about the youth movement on the court. Clark is equally upbeat about the present.
Ryan Burt was looking for something he could handle. On a night Andrew Peugh kept hitters off balance with a steady diet of changeups and curveballs, Burt didn't have much success in his first at-bat (pop up) or his second (hit by pitch).
KOSCIUSKO -- Senior catcher Houston Mims had no idea what was in his store for his final season playing baseball at Caledonia High School. He knew a small, close-knit group of seniors would have to lead and that several young players would have to make major contributions to give the team a chance.
MOOREVILLE -- The New Hope High School baseball team scored three times in the first inning and never looked back in recording a 9-4 victory over Mooreville in a second round Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A playoff game. The victory evened the best-of-three series at a game apiece. The teams will play at 6 tonight in New Hope to decide which team will play Pontotoc or Ripley in the next round, which will begin Thursday.
CALEDONIA -- Dalton Cantrell crunched the numbers all season.
When the final out was recorded at Trojan Field Friday night, the New Hope High School baseball team would gladly have accepted a do-over.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia dropped the middle games of its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A playoff series, falling 4-3 to Kosciusko Saturday night.
WEST POINT -- Collins Brown feels like he has been at Oak Hill Academy forever. When you have been a fixture on the school's athletic teams since the eighth grade, it's easy to see how one player can become the face of baseball or a football team.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy baseball coach Brooks Roberts has no problem praising the play of catcher Will Holley.
Kelsi Speed's first routines were for reserved for family members.
Nothing worked for Kenzie Ray.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School softball coach Andy Halford likes to call his team the "comeback kids."
CALEDONIA -- Cade Stacy is a creature of habit. The Caledonia High School junior leaves the dugout the same way every time. Not to call Stacy superstitious, but he hops over the foul lines going out to the field and coming off it.
WEST POINT -- Gray Berry's smile is infectious. You can feel the enthusiasm of the West Point High School sophomore when his face lights up with a big grin.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams had an idea four seasons ago. While her theory sounded good to her, there was still some selling to do.
WEST POINT -- After returning to the postseason for the first time since 2011, the West Point High School baseball team wants to make this an extended stay.
LOUISVILLE -- Blayze Berry had three hits and an RBI, and Seth Harris pitched 5 1/3 strong innings Thursday night to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 9-6 victory against Winston Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game.
Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner tells his team to embrace every playoff berth. The players and coaches at West Point High can agree with that statement.
STEENS -- Billy Thomas knows how driven Chris Webber is to realize his goals.
The confidence was there.
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