STARKVILLE -- All Travis Garner could do was shake his head. The Starkville High School baseball coach strongly believes in a team not beating itself and giving itself great opportunities to win. For most of the year, that's what his Yellow Jackets did.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School softball second baseman Makayla Taylor knows when her squad started believing it could win a state championship.
Thomas Cooper wishes he could explain it. From his perspective, he isn't doing anything out of the ordinary when he takes the field. Cooper isn't a rah-rah guy who causes people to turn their heads because he is the loudest on his team.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School rising junior Marcus Murphy went from an unknown to one of the state's top quarterback prospects last season. During his sophomore season, Murphy competed for the starting job and won the respect of the team's upperclassmen. Along the way, Murphy ran for 1,615 yards, threw for 770, and scored 25 touchdowns.
MENDENHALL -- The Starkville Academy baseball team might replay some of the final moments from the last three innings of their game against Simpson Academy on Tuesday night. But the Volunteers don't have long to dwell in the past because they will need to rebound with two wins if they want to make it to the next round of the postseason.
TUPELO -- It was natural for Jason Garrett to break into a jog.
STARKVILLE -- Despite taking only one person to state last season, Steven Griffin was encouraged. The Starkville High School boys track and field coach carried Patton Little to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state meet last season, where Little finished first in the 1,600 meters. This season, Griffin felt the Yellow Jackets were going to have even more success.
STARKVILLE -- After leaving Meridian in November, Jacey Williams didn't know what was in her future. The Starkville Academy girls soccer player tried out for the Meridian Community College team, but she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and was left thinking her playing days were over.
Syboris Pippins, Courtney Stovall, and the rest of the West Lowndes High School boys track and field team weren't going to let a few holes in the team's lineup prevent it from getting a clean sweep. Buoyed by a strong showing from Pippins in the sprints, from Stovall in the distance events, and a 1-2-3 showing in the 110-meter hurdles, West Lowndes continued its run of success Saturday by winning the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State title at Madison Central High.
Pitching and defense have been integral parts of the New Hope High School baseball team's championship tradition for years. If Noah Brock and Peyton Buckner continue dealing like they have been for the past two weeks, the Trojans just might be able to entertain title hopes after a third-place finish in their region in the regular season.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks really liked his personnel when he took over the Starkville Academy baseball team. But the former Mississippi State standout admits he knew practically nothing about the baseball teams in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 16 Missouri softball team scored nine unanswered runs Sunday to beat Mississippi State 9-2 and sweep their Southeastern Conference weekend series at Nusz Park.
Peyton Buckner was disgruntled and felt "unwanted."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Saturday's first loss was tough for John Cohen to take.
There is talent in numbers at Heritage Academy.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have drafted a quarterback for the first time since 2009 and added a Baylor basketball star who last played football when he was in eighth grade.
AMORY - Stan Ostrowski had had enough baseball for one day.
CALEDONIA -- While the Amory High School baseball roster lists Aubrey Gillentine as a sophomore, Saturday afternoon, he pitched well past that standing.
STARKVILLE -- Lynn Moorehead needed a rock for the Starkville Academy tennis program. As a junior, Will Christiansen decided to step into that leadership role. Moorehead noticed a difference in Christiansen's attitude and how he related to other players after the change.
CALEDONIA -- Alexis Pace has learned how to set the pace. Starting as a middle schooler, Pace watched the older competitors on the Caledonia High School cross country and track and field teams.
1. West Lowndes wins South State to complete sweep HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Parks likes Starkville Academy's chances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Brock, Buckner push New Hope into Round 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS