It has been 30 years since his first visit to Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field, but LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said his return this weekend is special.
Mainieri’s first experience at the Bulldogs’ home came in 1979 as a player at the University of New Orleans. The Privateers played in the NCAA tournament in Starkville that season.
Mainieri’s relationship with the MSU fans took a positive turn in 2000 when he was the head coach at Notre Dame.
William Beckwith picked a good time to start swinging a hot bat for the Meridian Community College baseball team.
Beckwith, a 2008 graduate of West Lowndes High School, went 12-for-18 with eight RBIs in four games to help MCC win the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Baton Rouge, La., last weekend.
“I’d been waiting for that to happen,” Beckwith said of getting hot at the plate. “It felt great because I was helping my team get wins. (The ball looked) like a beach ball. It was a great feeling.”
Garrett Harris is looking forward to pitching for the University of South Alabama baseball team.
But before he does, his focus is on taking care of unfinished business at Meridian Community College.
Harris, a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School who has signed with South Alabama, welcomes an opportunity to pitch for MCC in the NJCAA South Central District Tournament.
Ladarrius Cole arrived at Itawamba Community College just wanting to contribute.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound outfielder from Nettleton High School has done much more than that, and the Indians are reaping the benefits.
Cole, who leads the team with a .456 batting average, was one of a handful of players chosen to the All-Region 23 squad on Wednesday.
Cole, Pontotoc’s Dustin Lunn (catcher), Auburn signee Justin Bryant (middle infielder), of Remlap, Ala,. and pitcher/second baseman Josh Chism were selected to the first team all-state squad.
With the support of her parents, Courtney Musgrove was able to open her own business.
For three years, the 22-year-old, Mississippi University for Women student has operated the Full Out Tumble and Cheer gymnasium.
The gym, which is in Columbus, provides students with opportunities to learn tumbling, cheerleading, and All-Star cheerleading, a competitive form of cheerleading.
STARKVILLE — Spring is a time for growth, especially for quarterbacks.
Jaquez Johnson showed signs of being a promising quarterback last season as a sophomore at Starkville High School.
After securing the starting job early in the schedule, Johnson had his ups and downs. In his first year leading the Yellow Jackets, he threw 15 interceptions and nine touchdowns, but he has committed to improving in the offseason.
STARKVILLE — Softball is serious business in Florida.
No one knows that better than Mississippi State sophomore outfielder Brittany Bell.
While growing up in the Tampa area, Bell discovered how important the game was in the Sunshine State.
Bell will accompany her Lady Bulldogs teammates to her home state this weekend for the NCAA tournament’s Tallahassee Regional. MSU will play California in the first round at 4 p.m. Friday. Florida State will play host to the double-elimination regional.
STARKVILLE — There was a gasp in the crowd at Pearl High School last Saturday afternoon when Starkville High School senior sprinter Tavaris Tate took the baton for the final leg in the 4×400 relay, rallied from third place and ran away from the pack in the final race of the Class 5A state track meet.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s men’s basketball program received good news Monday about a big man for the third week in a row.
After the signing of Renardo Sidney and the addition of John Riek, the Bulldogs learned Monday that center Jarvis Varnado plans to return for his senior season.
COLLINSVILLE — The New Hope High School baseball team always seemed to have the answer.
Whether it was timely hitting, clutch pitching, or sparkling defense, the Trojans put everything together in the past month to sweep their first three playoff series.
But one solution eluded them all season: How to solve Dustin McWilliams.
Jasmine Abrams has her eyes set on higher goals.
Her two seasons with the East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team have made those aspirations more realistic.
Now the former Columbus High School standout plans to take her game to the Division I level in hopes of taking the next step toward realizing her goal to play professional basketball.
On Tuesday, Abrams, a 6-foot forward, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball in the fall at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Heritage Academy Patriots went from nearly striking out completely to striking back before finally having their season come to an end Friday night.
Heritage was held scoreless on two hits with nine strikeouts through four innings before battling back in a 4-3 loss to Hillcrest Christian in the Mississippi Private School Association Class AAA playoffs.
The Patriots (10-16) finished with only three hits and 16 strikeouts and didn’t have an RBI hit, but had a chance to win when they scored a run and loaded the bases in their last at-bat.
PEARL –– Starkville High School boys track coach Cleveland Hudson never lost faith in his team’s chances to defend its Class 5A state championship despite consecutive second-place finishes in the division, region and North State meets.
That’s because Hudson had Tavaris Tate on his side.
Tate accomplished something that had never been done before in Class 5A by winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, and then pulling the 4×400 relay team through to victory as Starkville scored 66 points to overcome second-place Meridian’s 60.
Christian Dale will get an opportunity this summer to watch some of Major League Baseball’s future stars.
In the process, Dale also will get a chance to develop his skills so he might one day reach that level.
Last month, the Lee Middle School eighth-grader attended an Under Armour Tryout Event at Zephyr Field in New Orleans.
Dale did so well at the tryout that he earned an invitation to an Under Armour Baseball Factory Specialty Training Camp in Cape Cod, Mass.
STARKVILLE — It seems improbable that one team would have two runners with a chance to combine to win seven state championship gold medals?
But that’s what can happen Saturday for Starkville High School’s Tavaris Tate and Quartez Rogers at the Class 5A State Meet at Pearl High School.
COLLINSVILLE — Dustin McWilliams wiped out all of the New Hope High School baseball team’s momentum Thursday night.
Wes Stokes will try to finish the job tonight.
McWilliams pitched a complete-game five-hitter and West Lauderdale scored six unearned runs in an 11-4 victory in game one of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A North Half state title series at Jerry Boatner Field.
Game two will be at 4 p.m. today in Columbus.
The University of Mississippi baseball team has been known to unleash its “Power” on opponents the past four seasons.
As outfielder Logan Power has driven in runs, it has usually led to success for Ole Miss.
Since his arrival in 2006, Power has helped the Rebels to a four-season record of 159-86, trips to three NCAA Regionals, and appearances in two Super Regionals.
Mississippi State considers the new three-game contract to play South Alabama in football a win-win situation for both parties.
Considering the economics and benefits for the Bulldogs, the deal was too good for the school to pass up.
STARKVILLE — Signed, sealed, and delivered.
The much anticipated paperwork confirming the signing of 7-foot-2 center John Riek reached the Mississippi State men’s basketball office Wednesday afternoon.