Kris Pickle has a picture in his head that is going to take time to develop.
The New Hope High School football coach doesn't have all of the pieces to the puzzle to complete that picture, but he believes it has the potential to be a powerful vision once it is finished.
Ricky Kendrick is ready for round two.
Kendrick will kick off his second stint as Caledonia High School football coach at 7 tonight when his team takes on West Lowndes in a battle of Lowndes County programs.
Chris LeBrun loves competition.
When LeBrun started running 10 years ago, he immediately found something he loved. He soon found himself competing in longer and longer events, like the Boston Marathon and ultra marathons, which refer to any footrace longer than 26.2 miles.
WEST POINT -- Antrayvious Brownlee dreamed of the feeling ever since seventh grade.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter loves defenses.
But the Noxubee County High School football coach can't help but smile when asked about the state of his team's offense prior to its season opener against Starkville at 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Macon.
Sean Harrison can rest a little easier.
Harrison was concerned with how the Heritage Academy football team started its first preseason scrimmage against Benton Academy earlier this month. The Patriots came out on top in the end, but Harrison would have loved to have seen his players come out flying and set the tone for the 2017 season.
STARKVILLE -- It all starts with Mallory Eubanks.
That might be putting too much pressure on one player when 11 or more are counted on each match, but that's the kind of attitude Mississippi State women's soccer coach Tom Anagnost wants Eubanks to take entering her senior season.
CALEDONIA -- If given the final vote, Samantha Brooks would have to go with Ansley Brown.
STARKVILLE -- Some things aren't meant to be.
STARKVILLE -- Relentless confidence.
STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich isn't going to make any bold statements about the 2017 season.
It's not that Mississippi State's third-year volleyball head coach isn't optimistic about the campaign, which officially begins Monday with the start of practice. It's just that McFatrich has been coaching long enough to know there are a lot of pieces that go into a program reaching the NCAA tournament.
Sean Harrison was looking for an edge.
With concerns about injuries affecting the Heritage Academy football team's depth this season, Harrison wanted something to help his players get in the best shape possible for the 2017 campaign.
Beth Jeffers was more than willing to help him.
Bring on the season.
Makayla Sanders sees the progress.
Dontae Gray has had success with a simple, straight-forward mind-set, so he sees no point in changing now.
WEST POINT -- Kenzie Jukes looks quite stylish in her hot pink Crocs.
Adorned with a button of a yellow smiley face with sunglasses and another of Piglet, the best friend of Winnie the Pooh, Jukes is feeling more comfortable every day she wears the synthetic fiber clogs with a strap around the ankle and holes in the front.
While most see the gaudy numbers, DJ Sanders sees a chance to get better.
Sanders' take on her 2017 season -- one that saw her lead the nation in runs per game, home runs, home runs per game, RBIs, RBIs per game, total bases, and slugging percentage at the completion of regular-season play -- offers a glimpse into why the former New Hope High School product has become one of the country's best softball players at Louisiana-Lafayette.
WEST POINT -- The yellow towel was in its customary spot in his left pocket.
A wristband with this season's signs fit nicely in a familiar place on the left wrist.
The only thing that looked out of place in Sammy Lindsey's wardrobe Saturday morning was the color.
WEST POINT -- Anna Grace Reed knows she is a work in progress at catcher.
When you have played behind the plate for a year-and-a-half, there are bound to be things that are going to give you problems. In Reed's case, Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball coach Mitch Bohon is going to be happy to be the voice in her ear to remind her what she needs to do.
WEST POINT -- The numbers are there for Rob Barron.
Now the Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball coach can begin the building process he hopes will help make the program competitive after a year without having a team.
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