In his first eight seasons as coach of the East Mississippi Community College football program, there is little question Buddy Stephens has created a national image.
The Lions have won three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships and made headlines on and off the field.
Even still, the program has found new platitudes to explore.
For the East Mississippi Community College football team, the challenges will come early and often this season.
Teams are now gathering for photo shoots.
All Jacquez Horsley wants is a chance.
After suffering a series of injuries at Starkville High School, Horsley has waited patiently for that breakout season and, more importantly, a season of good health.
With a senior college future to plan, Horsley feels the time is right for that breakout season. It could start Sept. 1 when East Mississippi Community College takes on Jones Junior College.
When the Noxubee County High School football team played in the 2014 New Hope Jamboree, coach Tyrone Shorter challenged his team to make sure its preseason game and last game were played in the same venue.
For the sixth time in seven seasons, Mississippi State will play host to the event, which showcases several area teams in their first live action of the season. In 2014, Noxubee County played in the jamboree. Four months later, it returned to MSU to win the first of back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State championships.
Well, it is that time of year.
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STARKVILLE - For Starkville Academy's Caleb Griffin, the high point and low point of his senior baseball season came against the same opponent on the same field.
STARKVILLE -- Former Starkville High School baseball and football standout A.J. Brown added to his workload Friday.
If national publications are correct, it will be business as usual for the East Mississippi Community College football team this season.
As we look toward the end of July, it is time to think about back to school sales and the return of the prep football season.
Once again, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools feel the need to start the football season with jamboree games on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Hopefully, we will soon skip the summer and start the season in late June.
That being said, players have been hitting the weight room hard and it is time for coaches to put their practice plans together for their two-a-day workouts.
As the scholarship offers and showcase invitations mount, Starkville High School All-State linebacker Willie Gay never skips a day of counting his blessings.
Jack and Laura Clark felt the need to increase their personal travel budget this year.
The couple owns a business in Jackson. During the 2015-16 school year, they estimate they made roughly 60 trips to Starkville to see their alma mater, Mississippi State University, play athletics.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has never hosted a game show.
A lot of familiar faces could be found when Sporting News magazine released its preseason junior college football national rankings.
For fans of college baseball, this year was mighty good inside this state.
While the initial season at Nusz Park proved action-packed for the Mississippi State softball team, one final piece of business remains on the docket.
Casey Finch was a 22-year-old nursing student at Mississippi University for Women when she got a life-changing phone call.
STARKVILLE -- A two-hour, 10-minute rain delay Sunday couldn't stop Mississippi State's party.
Playing host to a baseball regional for the second time in four seasons, No. 4 Mississippi State stamped its super regional invite with a 4-0 victory against Louisiana Tech that finished a few minutes shy of Monday morning.
STARKVILLE -- One more win.
The top-seeded and No. 4 Mississippi State University baseball team moved into the championship round of the Starkville Regional with a 4-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field.
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