Recruiting is all about finding the right fit.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knew the Mississippi State women's basketball team was going to have an adjustment period this season with five freshmen and a sophomore seeing her first action.
Kris Pickle needed something to help his team re-focus after a loss to Saltillo in the regular-season finale.
MACON -- You'll have to excuse the Noxubee County High School football team for having Lafayette on the brain last week.
So much for the nerves.
Wells Davis and Hunter Sykes took care of those butterflies months ago when they made their verbal commitments to play baseball at South Alabama and Mississippi College, respectively. That's why Tuesday was a day to leave the anxiousness behind and to celebrate with the New Hope High School and Heritage Academy baseball standouts as they held signing ceremonies with friends and families to mark the next step in their athletic careers.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Boyer has had plenty of success against Southeastern Conference opponents in his time as women's basketball coach at Arkansas State.
STARKVILLE -- Don't try to tell Morgan William not to do something.
It also has become quite apparent after two games that you better bring plenty of help if you're going to attempt to stop the freshman.
STARKVILLE -- Hustle, attitude, work, and grit.
Those four qualities very easily could apply to the Starkville High School football team this season.
STARKVILLE -- It's time to put the expectations to the test.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has been looking forward to a new campaign ever since it suffered a season-ending loss to South Florida in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on March 30. While the postseason run -- the program's first since a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2010 -- reflected the growth of the players in the second year under coach Vic Schaefer and his staff, the Bulldogs had even more to be excited about considering a talented recruiting class led by Victoria Vivians, the state's all-time leading high school scorer, was on its way.
STARKVILLE -- A week ago, Vic Schaefer said the 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has 14 players who bring something to the table.
Schaefer then singled one of those players out to make sure she knows what is expected of her this season.
Two things came together at just the right time to disrupt the New Hope High School football team's momentum.
Coach Kris Pickle's challenge will be to help his team regroup from a 32-29 loss to Saltillo in its regular-season final in time to play Callaway at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
MACON -- A fast start doesn't guarantee success in the playoffs.
That's one of the messages Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has tried to impress to his players this week following a 35-0 victory against Senatobia in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs. The Tigers opened the game with a long touchdown drive on their opening possession and then appeared to let up, according to Shorter. That loss of focus coupled with four turnovers can spell disaster in the postseason, which is why Shorter and his assistant coaches have worked hard this week to get the players to re-focus.
STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams is doing everything she can to make her presence felt this season for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Anthony Sharp hasn't had much time to think about the final football game of his prep career.
STARKVILLE -- As a point guard, Jerica James knows how to direct traffic.
The senior is familiar with all of the hand signals and the subtle eye maneuvers that allow teammates to work their magic without using words. If there is one signal James and all point guards know, it is when a player grabs the ball and uses one arm to wave everyone off to one side of the floor as if to say, "Get out of my way. I got this."
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has enough weapons to make opponents pay inside, outside, or against any kind of defense.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Seventy.
In Eight-Man football, that's not such a big number.
But when your archrival puts that number up against you in rallying from a 29-point deficit for a victory, that can lead to frustrating times.
Sam Caldwell believes Zion Campbell has the potential to help his Riverdale Baptist (Md.) girls basketball team build on its national championship from last season.
Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State women's basketball coaches have seen that potential, too, and they hope Campbell can continue to develop and push the Bulldogs closer to championships of their own.
MACON -- Approach. Focus. The little things.
One more win.
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