STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School cross country coach Caroline Woomer summed up the career of her senior star Kate Mattox quickly Tuesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a pretty good day for Mississippi State senior pitcher Alexis Silkwood.
Silkwood pitched a complete game in a 4-3 victory against No. 24 Arkansas to help MSU win a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore first baseman Sarai Niu said her first home run of the season Sunday night was a long time coming.
That home run might have started a trend.
Former West Point High School boys' basketball coach Brad Cox knew Jashun "Peedy" Johnson as a student before he worked with him as a basketball player.
STARKVILLE -- As the softball calendar hits the final two week of the regular season, the one-run losses cut a little deeper.
New Hope High School senior pitcher Peyton Buckner did not feel comfortable Friday night.
Brad Cox called a lot of timeouts in his seven seasons as West Point High School's boys basketball coach.
Now, Cox is calling a timeout on his coaching career. Beginning his fourth year in administration, Cox takes over this fall as the principal at West Clay Elementary.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman admits she might be a little harder on her pitchers.
After all, Stuedeman made a name for herself as a longtime pitching coaching at Alabama.
Now, Stuedeman is enjoying similar success stories with MSU's pitchers.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd knows what a state championship team looks like.
Boyd has both played on and coached state title squads.
Boyd feels like the work of a state championship team takes nine months of relentless effort and a lot of self-motivation.
This season, the Trojans are making up for lost time.
Tennis really is a family affair for Edd and Kay Milam.
The Starkville couple has played tennis for a large part of their adult lives. The love for the game, combined with a passion for competition, has helped keep them at the top of their game.
STARKVILLE -- When Jessica Cooley signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Mississippi State in 2009, she had no idea she was signing up for the eight-year program.
"This is home. This program means so much to me," Cooley said. "To have seen the growth and the transformation. You take pride that you have been here to watch this program take so many steps."
April will be a busy month for Andy Crotwell.
Crotwell is honoring the final months of his contract at Caledonia High School, where he served as football coach and still teaches, while tending to the details of his new job of head football coach at North Pontotoc High.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Seconds after New Hope closed out Oxford 8-5 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) prep baseball contest Tuesday night, a wild celebration erupted.
STARKVILLE -- Landen Rogers isn't one to raise his voice.
After playing four seasons of varsity baseball at Starkville Academy, Rogers has earned that right. Instead, his leadership style is more laid back. He leads by example instead of words.
STARKVILLE -- Alexis Silkwood never imagined it would end quite like this.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore softball player Sarai Niu enjoys tailgating before football games.
A native of California, Niu has been blown away by the passion and celebratory nature of Southeastern Conference football weekends.
"Nothing is as exciting as a football weekend," Niu said. "There are so many people and so many things to do. The passion for football is not something I am used to being from the West Coast. Here it's so different. Every weekend is exciting."
The buzz has started.
Could all 13 Southeastern Conference softball-playing schools make the NCAA tournament?
The league has received an all-time best 11 invites in each of the last four seasons.
However, the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) figures indicate a higher number might be on the horizon.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team went looking for a pick-me-up Wednesday night.
MSU found what it needed in a 14-0, five-inning victory against Jackson State on a blustery night at Nusz Park.
Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew when it was a job well done.
When Shorter received a hug from assistant coach/offensive coordinator James Patterson, it meant things were right with the world.
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