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Walters will try to build girls basketball program at Columbus Christian Academy

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

Billy Thomas didn't know Terry Walters had retired from coaching when he called him earlier this summer. Thomas, the school board president at Columbus Christian School in Steens, called Walters to see if he would be interested in bringing his Hatley High School girls basketball team to a basketball camp in Steens. When Thomas discovered Walters no longer was coaching at Hatley High, the wheels started turning.



New Hope's Davis excited about opportunity at South Alabama

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

Wells Davis admits he didn't know anything about the South Alabama baseball program in June.



Winston Academy comes together to beat Starkville Academy

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Winston Academy softball players, peace and harmony came when it was finally time to play a game. After a couple of difficult weeks of practice, Winston Academy earned a 15-11 victory against Starkville Academy Tuesday afternoon.



Hughes ready to contribute after missing most of 2013 season

Posted earlier today in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes had to be there. He had to be there for his teammates, for his team, and for himself.



Hebron Christian outlasts Oak Hill Academy

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Hebron Christian School fast-pitch softball coach Cass Tapley could only smile. Oak Hill Academy coach Nathan Ellis just shook his head. That's the difference between winning and losing.



Walters, Oswalt back together to play catch

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Macy Walters didn't look like someone who was playing catcher for the first time Monday. Maybe it was muscle memory that helped the Heritage Academy junior recall when she and Kaitlyn Oswalt were in elementary school and they would play catch. Back then, Oswalt didn't throw nearly as hard as she does now as a junior on the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team. But the speed or the movement of Oswalt's arsenal didn't appear to faze Walters, as she framed and blocked pitches and moved like a veteran behind the plate in Heritage Academy's 8-5 victory against Oak Hill Academy in its season opener.



Pigg, McKell will lead Starkville Academy girls soccer

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Anna McKell and Janiece Pigg are ready for new perspectives. A year ago, a shoulder injury forced Pigg, a longtime goalkeeper, to the sidelines and pushed McKell, a forward, into an emergency replacement. This season, it's easy to read the smile on McKell's face as a sign Pigg is healthy and ready to play goalkeeper again for the Starkville Academy girls soccer team.



Tapley excited about new season for Hebron Christian

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

It's easy to recognize the excitement in Cass Tapley's voice. The start of a new season typically rekindles the enthusiasm and anticipation in every coach and player, but it is different for Tapley. In his second season back as coach of the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team, Tapley sees signs of potential in this year's team that resemble some of the school's best squads in recent memory.



Mullen's 2014 squad has homegrown flavor

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has been true to his word. From the moment he accepted the Mississippi State job nearly six years ago, Mullen has stressed the importance of building a championship program with in-state talent.



Unheralded, Undaunted: McKinney leads experienced MSU defense

Posted 7/26/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Flying under the radar is nothing new to Benardrick McKinney. A two-star recruit from Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, McKinney had the size, speed, and athletic ability to play at any Division I school. But when only one came calling, McKinney took it in stride.



Heritage Academy softball will try to take next step

Posted 7/26/2014 in High School Sports

Softball practice at Heritage Academy is an all ages event.



Mixed reaction to decision to move MHSAA football title games

Posted 7/26/2014 in High School Sports

After waiting several months for the Mississippi High School Activities Association to change venues for its high school football state championships, the move has been met with mixed reviews from area coaches.



Ray, Sudduth remain in close race for street stock points lead

Posted 7/26/2014 in Local Sports

Big money brings out the big guns.



Bulldogs land commitment from McLaurin at Collins

Posted 7/24/2014 in Local Sports

For the eighth time in less than a week, Mississippi State has added another member to its prospective 2015 signing class.



Walters column: Noxubee County rarely backs away from challenge

Posted 7/23/2014 in High School Sports

Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter will never be accused of taking shortcuts.



MSU men's basketball releases non-conference schedule

Posted 7/23/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Rick Ray doubled his win total in non-conference games during his second season in Starkville, improving from 5-7 in non-league games in 2012-13 to 10 non-conference wins in 2013-14.



Oak Hill Academy softball hopes to build on win column

Posted 7/23/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- When asked about his team's record a season ago, Oak Hill Academy softball coach Nathan Ellis just grins and shakes his head.



Central Academy softball looks for return to state tournament

Posted 7/23/2014 in High School Sports

MACON -- Coach Sammy Lindsey hit a bunch of ground balls to a giddy group of sixth graders Wednesday afternoon.



All-Area Large Schools Girls Basketball: Sanders carries New Hope basketball back to Jackson

Posted 7/22/2014 in High School Sports

Former New Hope High School basketball player D.J. Sanders remembers her ninth grade year.



All-Area Large Schools Girls Basketball: Schaefer makes lasting contributions at Starkville

Posted 7/22/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Blair Schaefer feels like she got an ample amount of coaching during her two seasons as point guard for the Starkville High School girls basketball team.



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