STARKVILLE - Starkville High baseball coach Travis Garner knows his team's key to success this season.
STARKVILLE - This past weekend, the Mississippi State softball team lost a Southeastern Conference series to arch-rival Ole Miss and subsequently its first national ranking in six seasons.
Oxford High School baseball coach Chris Baughman talked about the importance of treating all nine region games equal.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has spent the past six seasons trying to earn another national ranking in softball.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior first baseman Wells Davis had been looking forward to the opportunity to become a team leader.
"The seniors have really accepted the leadership role in everything we do," Davis said. "For me, it's like a dream come true because we have been waiting on this moment. I have always looked forward to this. There is a lot of tradition around here, so we aren't going to take the expectations of being a leader lightly."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had a surprise visitor to her office Sunday morning.
Sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood dropped by and admitted a few gaps in her mental outlook Saturday in a loss to No. 19 Texas A&M.
"She told me she was too focused on the end result and lost track of the process," Stuedeman said. "She told me she was ready to pitch again (Sunday) and that she would be ready to deliver a stronger performance because she was going to focus on the process."
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's Katie Anne Bailey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, she only wanted one thing.
Another March finds the Starkville High School boys basketball team in a familiar spot.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior softball player Kayla Winkfield frequently talks about her team's motto: "Win the late innings."
The Bulldogs did just that Sunday at the MSU Softball Field.
Sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey hit a game-winning home run in the bottom half of the ninth inning to lift MSU to an 8-7 win against No. 8 Georgia in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series.
STARKVILLE -- On Mississippi State's senior day, a junior stole the show.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Raphael Leonard is enjoying his team's run.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey has talked frequently about the Mississippi State softball team's new aggressive mentality on offense.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams claims she rarely feels pressure or nervousness.
In the town of Aberdeen, basketball is a way of life.
These days, the living is good.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team is back in the running for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state championship. The Bulldogs (24-6) already have qualified for the Jackson proceedings and are three wins away from a title.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Van Stuedeman felt like her squad was at a crossroads Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida.
Fortunately for the fourth-year coach, junior shortstop Kayla Winkfield -- one of the team's most vocal leaders -- sensed the same thing.
It has been more than 18 years since Van Chancellor last coached in an Ole Miss-Mississippi State women's basketball game.
Pardon Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman if she goes around looking for a night light or two this weekend.
Shemar Johnson downplayed his emotions Tuesday night.
Playing in front of a packed New Hope High School student section for the final time, Johnson jammed home two monster dunks for old times sake.
STARKVILLE -- Samantha Ricketts started earning her keep very early as the new hitting coach for the Mississippi State softball team.
Ricketts has instilled a positive attitude and a new belief system at the plate.
Both have paid dividends early as MSU is off to a 12-1 start after a 9-3, 10-5 doubleheader sweep of Big Ten Conference foe Penn State on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams commonly refers to the season as a marathon instead of a sprint.
Friday night had to feel like two marathons.
For the third time this season, Starkville was taken to the brink by archrival Columbus. Again, the Lady Jackets survived.
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