All Jacquez Horsley wants is a chance. After suffering a series of injuries at Starkville High School, Horsley has waited patiently for that breakout season and, more importantly, a season of good health. With a senior college future to plan, Horsley feels the time is right for that breakout season. It could start Sept. 1 when East Mississippi Community College takes on Jones Junior College.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay walked off the football field slowly after a intense conditioning session Monday night. It wasn't the first time he had worked out or ran this summer. He has been hitting the weight room with enthusiasm and running to prepare himself for the grind of his final high school football season in the state of Mississippi.
When the Noxubee County High School football team played in the 2014 New Hope Jamboree, coach Tyrone Shorter challenged his team to make sure its preseason game and last game were played in the same venue. For the sixth time in seven seasons, Mississippi State will play host to the event, which showcases several area teams in their first live action of the season. In 2014, Noxubee County played in the jamboree. Four months later, it returned to MSU to win the first of back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State championships.
Thomas Stevens has a new appreciation of the word "busy." Following a standout junior season for the New Hope High School baseball team, Stevens set out to raise his profile in hopes of attracting an offer to play baseball in college. Despite hitting a team-best .381 and smacking seven home runs, Stevens entered the offseason without any college offers.
STARKVILLE -- Former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday morning, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office.
"If you build it, they will come." The famous line from the movie "Field of Dreams" can describe the 602 Late Model division at Magnolia Motor Speedway, only in reverse; drivers hope if they show up consistently, the track will add the division on a full-time basis.
STARKVILLE -- Alicia Mardis refuses to take the blame. After all, she was merely playing basketball as an eighth-grader at Coconut Creek High School in Florida when she noticed her sister, Jacaira Allen, watching her. She didn't realize she was making an impression on a younger sister whose only athletic claim to fame to that point was playing football in the street with the local boys.
OXFORD -- Erika Sisk usually is too quick to take a hip check in practice. Whether it's the Ole Miss senior's track and field background or the boundless energy she brings to the basketball court, Sisk can zig and zap and push tempo with the best guards in the Southeastern Conference.
It's difficult to fathom the lengths a team has to go to win a championship when it has to compete against 343 others from across the country. But Eric Dubose, Joe Caruso, Thomas Wilson, and their East Coast Sox Diamond 16-and-under baseball team didn't focus on the enormity of the challenge they faced earlier this month.
IRVING, Texas -- Senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley was one of six Southern Mississippi football players named Wednesday to the Conference USA preseason team.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd said Wednesday an NCAA suspension "is definitely in play" for Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze. Dodd made the comments on "SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly," a syndicated radio show in Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- In the last two seasons, Dan Mullen saw how a veteran quarterback could elevate the program.
Well, it is that time of year.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon already has started to take stock of his stuff. From books, to furniture, to paperwork, to mementos, Gordon has accumulated plenty of things since he was hired as Mississippi State women's soccer coach on Nov. 27, 2012. If the start of the 2016 season didn't provide enough reasons to be excited, Gordon is anxiously awaiting another announcement: the date he and his team will move into their new home.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen doesn't see his defense changing. Since last season, the Mississippi State football coach has replaced all four of the defensive coaches on his staff and has hired a new defensive coordinator for the third-straight year. Despite all of the new faces, Mullen expects MSU to play defense like it always has under his watch.
Riley Hickman avoided "the big one" and clinched his second Southern All-Stars Super Late Model win of the season Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Hickman narrowly missed a lap seven pileup that claimed then-leader Wendell Wallace and two others, including eventual race runner-up Jack Sullivan, who said his spoiler was knocked off and his quarter panel was knocked in because of the wreck.
Grant Pearl had grown tired of second place. The Anniston, Alabama, native and NeSmith Crate Late Models regular had finished second three times in as many races entering action Saturday night, including a second-place finish to Evan Ellis two weeks ago at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
The Dispatch's 2016 Prep Baseball All-Area Team
STARKVILLE - For Starkville Academy's Caleb Griffin, the high point and low point of his senior baseball season came against the same opponent on the same field.
Todd Griffin doesn't recall how he came to be the baseball coach at Hebron Christian.
1. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
2. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS