STARKVILLE -- The countdown continues.
STARKVILLE -- Sometimes you never know what you're going to get in recruiting.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White has been part of the family for so long that the success doesn't surprise him.
As a senior, White has worked with many of the members of the Caledonia High School powerlifting team for four years. In that time, they have become accustomed to winning trophies.
It's all about confidence for the Heritage Academy boys basketball team.
Buoyed by its first playoff victories in six years, Heritage Academy will look to extend its season at 7:45 tonight when it takes on Simpson Academy in its first game at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State tournament at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
STARKVILLE -- One day after moving up to No. 2 in the third and final NCAA Reveal, the Mississippi State women's basketball team achieved a new record Tuesday when it climbed to No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The ranking eclipses the No. 3 ranking in that poll MSU earned last week and the No. 3 ranking it has achieved in The Associated Press poll.
WEST POINT -- Carl Middleton has seen weight training and conditioning evolve from doing three sets on the bench press and running wind sprints into something much bigger.
As regional sales manager of Total Strength and Speed, which is based out of Columbia, South Carolina, Middleton works to educate coaches and student-athletes about how to use equipment and training methods to get the most out of their workouts. The company he works for also played an integral role in helping the West Point High School football team furnished the weight room in its new field house.
WEST POINT -- DeMarrio Edwards and Clayton Knight didn't panic after National Signing Day came and went and they hadn't picked a college.
When you're part of a championship program, schools tend to come calling, even after the first wave of players make their commitments official.
Teams take on different identities in the postseason.
Some, like in the case of the Ridgeland High School girls basketball team, are forced upon them.
As the No. 2 seed behind Lanier in Class 5A, Region, Ridgeland had its sights set on a bye or at least a chance to play at home Monday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs.
The air continues to get thinner, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team keeps climbing.
On Monday, MSU remained at No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Hours later, though, MSU learned it had moved from No. 4 to No. 2 in the third and final NCAA Reveal by the NCAA tournament selection committee. The NCAA Reveal is a projection of the top 16 seeds for the NCAA tournament if the event was scheduled to start today.
Ginny Swedenburg knows all about the history.
As a member of the first New Hope High School junior high slow-pitch softball team, Swedenburg, whose maiden name is Lowery, helped a fledgling program led by former coach Cary Shepherd become a state powerhouse with 14 championships.
At 5 p.m. Thursday, Swedenburg knows Shepherd, who died in 2015, will be with her at Lady Trojan Field when the New Hope fast-pitch softball program plays its first junior high games against Kosciusko.
If he had his druthers, Jeff Norwood probably wouldn't have the Tupelo High School boys basketball team shoot a lot of 3-pointers.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has found a way all season.
STARKVILLE -- Things rarely have been as tough as they were for the Mississippi State women's basketball team on Thursday night.
Stunted, stalled, stymied -- you name it and No. 3 MSU had to overcome it against Georgia in one of those knock-down, drag-out Southeastern Conference fights Vic Schaefer knows all too well.
STARKVILLE -- November seems like a long time ago.
But as the regular season runs its course this month and turns toward March Madness, the Mississippi State women's basketball team can look back to the first month of the season for one of its signature accomplishments. On Nov. 20, then-No. 10 defeated then-No. 8 Texas 79-68 at Humphrey Coliseum. A national television audience on the SEC Network watched junior point guard Morgan William score a game-high 23 points to lead MSU a victory that was part of a program-record 20-0 start.
Eric Sherrod knows what it's like not to be noticed.
At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, it's pretty hard not to see Sherrod. But the Columbus High School offensive lineman entered his senior without much to go on. He hadn't seen much playing time as a junior, so even though he harbored dreams of playing football in college, he wasn't really sure if he could attract the attention of college coaches.
"I thought I wasn't going to sign," Sherrod said.
Those are qualities coaches covet in any sport. But finding players who have those traits is a dream come true for a soccer coach who needs someone to work hard on the outside to keep opponents in check.
STARKVILLE -- Continuity has been a big piece of the puzzle this season for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team.
After biding their time for injuries to heal in the first few months, the Volunteers have come together in January and February to play some of their best basketball. Versatility and depth have been keys for a team that can rely on a number of players to carry the load on any given night.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer has a two-headed monster at just about every position.
That depth has propelled the Mississippi State women's basketball team to new heights in The Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches polls.
On Sunday, No. 4 MSU received three solid efforts off the bench in its 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- The numbers continue to pile up at a dizzying pace for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
On Sunday, Teaira McCowan made sure to add an exclamation point to the
latest additions to the Bulldogs' best regular season to date.
McCowan made her impact felt in every facet, scoring 17 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots to propel No. 4 MSU to a 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The 44 points is the second-lowest total MSU has allowed in the 93-game series.
Jason Trufant takes pride in being a process-oriented individual.
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