Martha Alwal is discovering life as a prospective professional athlete can make you feel like you're in a whirlwind.
In a five-day span in the past two weeks, the Mississippi State senior center went from anxious to disappointed to excited -- without hearing her name called in the WNBA draft.
The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) softball playoffs will have plenty of spice from the Golden Triangle to liven things up.
Don't expect a busy week in the news to change Robert Woodard Jr.
Camps are an annual endeavor for the Columbus Falcons youth football organization.
Doubt doesn't come easily for Austin Braddock.
Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.
STEENS -- History sometimes has its fair share of potholes that make navigating the road to success a little tricky.
The Columbus Christian Academy baseball team encountered one of those obstacles Tuesday night in a 15-0 loss to Benton Academy in Game 1 of its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A playoff series.
The record will show that Dawson Shaw, LaQuinston Sharp, RJ Deloach, and BJ Shirley had hits for the Rams (11-6), who will try to keep their season alive at 5 p.m. Thursday in Game 2 of the best-of-three series in Benton. If needed, Game 3 would follow approximately 30 minutes after Game 2.
The numbers had been cleared from the scoreboard at Trojan Field, but they were still fresh in Lee Boyd's mind.
The New Hope High School baseball coach didn't need to be reminded that his team committed four errors or that it had only three hits Monday night in its final regular-season home game.
The number has been something for Tabitha Beard to fear.
Whether it has been wrists, ankles, backs, or a litany of other injuries, Jason Miller has found plenty of reasons to call Beard to update her on the latest malady to happen to a member of the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team. That's why Beard is almost to the point where she doesn't want to take a cell phone call from Miller, a certified athletic trainer who works with Rehab at Work in Columbus.
CALEDONIA -- Don't dismiss the benefit of a little extra work.
Hope Burton knew she wasn't hitting like she wanted to, so she took Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore up on her offer to stay after the game against Noxubee County High and take some more swings.
Burton wanted to capitalize on the opportunity because she knew a game against Houston, one of the team's biggest rivals and one of the contenders in Class 4A, Region 4, was next on the schedule, so she wanted to be at her best.
Super Bulldog Weekend was memorable for the Mississippi State women's basketball team even though it didn't see any action.
While MSU didn't take the court, coach Vic Schaefer and his coaches and players were busy playing host to recruits they hoped to add to another nationally ranked recruiting class.
MSU received the news it wanted to hear Sunday, when 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and Oklahoma State transfer Roshunda Johnson, a 5-7 guard, signed on to join Schaefer's program.
Claude Long has made an impact in Columbus in less than three months.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal still can't grasp the enormity of her situation.
Four years ago, Alwal was a shy, 6-foot-4 center then-Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis "found" and offered a scholarship to leave Worthington, Minnesota, to come to Starkville to play basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
Vanilla is OK with Billy Clark.
In Clark's time as teaching professional at Twin Rivers Recreation Center in Greenwood and at Cleveland Country Club, he played integral roles in helping the facilities to play host to events.
Things have been a little more involved -- and tasty -- in Clark's three and a half years in Columbus.
Basketball has had a special place in La'Quesha Clemons' life for as long as she can remember.
STARKVILLE -- Legacy.
Years from now, Vic Schaefer hopes historians will be able to look back on the 2014-15 season and call it the year the Mississippi State women's basketball team re-established itself on the national scene.
Josh Stillman didn't need an adjustment period.
Most pitchers would need several games to settle their nerves and to learn how to maintain their composure after being asked to move from the middle of the rotation to the front of the line. There's more pressure as a team's No. 1 starter. That title also earns a pitcher first crack at the best teams on a squad's schedule.
Yandell Harris wasn't thinking about coaching basketball three weeks ago.
Zaria Jenkins was scared.
Jay Jay Swanigan was nervous.
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