New Hope High School boys' basketball coach Drew McBrayer boasts a senior-laden squad this season.
BATESVILLE -- It was late in the evening and that sinking feeling had set in on the Oxford sidelines.
MACON -- New Hope High School seniors Tyler Stevenson and Kyree Fields realize no major changes are coming to their basketball team.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School basketball coach Danny Crawford is happy his Tigers will get a second chance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 tournament tonight.
Crawford was quick to remind the Tigers there will be no such second chance next week.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys' basketball coach Greg Carter is having to do less coaching of Jordan Temple these days.
STARKVILLE -- While the season is way too young to make projections, it is safe to say the Mississippi State pitching staff is off to a good start.
BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School junior Greg King has never enjoyed playing basketball more.
When one asks about his toughness playing defense for one of the state's premier teams, a bright smile lights up his face.
While it is easy to get caught up in the accomplishments of the East Mississippi Community College in Buddy Stephens' 10 seasons as head coach, Stephens likes to warn of the pitfalls of success.
Starkville Academy junior Aubree Campbell believes her team can compete for championships when it chooses to play defense.
"When we put our mind to playing defense, we can be really good," Campbell said. "Playing great defense for four quarters has not come easy for this team. When we lock down, we can compete with anybody."
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Russ Whiteside wasn't worried at halftime of his team's game Thursday night.
Concerned? Yes. Worried? No.
STARKVILLE -- With Division I softball programs being allowed 56 regular-season games, coaches always have a backup plan in case replacement opponents are needed late in the season.
MACON -- Despite coaching several state championship teams, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter believes his favorite day each year takes place in February.
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State freshman Marcus Murphy stopped by his old school to see how some friends were doing Wednesday morning.
Starkville High School senior Tabreea Gandy knows the look of a state championship team.
BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School boys basketball coach Anthony Carlyle didn't like the first half of his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 game against South Panola on Friday night.
Carlyle especially didn't care for his squad's performance on offense.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has given her current team a unique way to make up for the graduation of All-Southeastern Conference performer Caroline Seitz.
Most coaches have a firm grasp on their basketball team's identity entering the final weeks of the season.
Coaches know the realistic chances of their teams competing for a state championship. More often than not, a coach can list the character traits of their team. They also know the few extra things that might have to happen to help a team when the games matter the most.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior softball player Kat Moore quickly found an organization worthy of her time.
"We call ourselves 'TBOIT'," Moore said. "Every day in practice, we are striving to become 'The Best Outfield in the Southeastern Conference.' That's worth getting up every day and working hard for. It's like hair on fire defense. Every ball that is hit we are going to try to get."
Columbus High School senior Denijay Harris felt like he owed his teammates a strong performance.
Columbus High School girls' basketball coach Yvonne Hairston may watch the tape to make sure it was her team on the floor Tuesday night.
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