JACKSON -- The little things. Anyone who has watched the New Hope High School girls basketball team this season knows coach Laura Lee Holman has preached about the importance of the details that define victories. On most nights, the Lady Trojans paid attention to the finer points and boxed out, rotated on defense, hit free throws, executed on offense, and hummed like a finely tuned machine. On nights when things didn't go so smoothly, New Hope relied on its pressure defense to create offense that helped it snap it out of its funk.
JACKSON -- South Jones High School girls basketball coach Sherri Cooley made some mental notes when her team played New Hope nine months ago in a summer league game.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray chose Monday to talk more about players no one has seen play in a game. With only seven Southeastern Conference victories in two seasons, Ray hopes transfers and incoming freshmen will help reverse the fortunes of a program that finished the regular season 13-18 and 3-15 in the Southeastern Conference. In his first two years at MSU, Ray has had to make do with seven and eight scholarship players. He said the lack of depth has changed his way of coaching and has impacted the program.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Caudle couldn't have asked for a better battery than Kacy Noland and Lizzie Shirley. The Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball pitcher and catcher even came with their own nicknames -- the "silent killer" and the "singing sophomore" -- to help Caudle make a smooth transition in his first year as the school's coach.
Taylor Baudoin couldn't help but smile. Asked if New Hope High School girls basketball coach Laura Lee Holman was prone to harp on the "little things" in practice, Baudoin smiled and looked to teammate D.J. Sanders. She and Sanders could afford to laugh about Holman's tendency to go over and over things in practice until the Lady Trojans get them right. On this night, a 46-38 victory against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope listened to Holman in the second half and put those details into action.
STARKVILLE -- Player development has been the one thing that has given the Mississippi State men's basketball program hope the past two seasons. Look no further than sophomore guard Fred Thomas.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dominating performance by Jonathan Holder was the storyline Sunday as the No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team defeated Arizona 6-4 at the Hi Corbett Classic.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior first baseman Logan Foulks had preconceived notions about the newcomers on this year's softball team.
Coaches can tell when their teams need a jolt.
Kris Pickle always believed he was going to be a head coach. The way Pickle sees it, every good football coach has a desire to be a head coach. After getting a chance to experience his first taste as life as a head coach, Pickle will get a second chance to do it a little closer to home.
JACKSON -- The Shaw High School boys basketball had too much of everything for West Lowndes on Saturday morning. Whether it was on the offensive boards, on the 3-point arc, in the passing lanes, or out in transition, Shaw asserted control early and never let off the gas en route to a 64-31 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A state semifinal game at Mississippi Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- It's deja vu in year two. The Mississippi State men's basketball secured a second-consecutive 13-game losing streak Saturday with a 74-62 loss to South Carolina in the regular-season finale before a crowd of 6,105 at Humphrey Coliseum.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Jeremy Shaw didn't have the type of results he anticipated in 2013. The Millport native switched the chassis on his 1S crate late model car from a Trak-Star chassis to a GRT chassis last season, and though he had five wins, he didn't match his form of 2012, when he won 10 races. Success in dirt-track racing, though, can come down to the most minor of adjustments.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team closed its first week of spring football practice Friday morning with the first workout in full pads inside the Manning Center.
OXFORD -- Moments after the final buzzer sounded, the Ole Miss men's basketball fans rushed down to the tunnel where the players leave the court, cheering for Marshall Henderson one last time. One of the most popular and polarizing players in program history had left a winner.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A much improved offensive effort by the No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team still didn't lead to victory Saturday afternoon.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped Friday with an 8-3 loss to California-Santa Barbara in the opening game of the Hi Corbett Classic. Arizona beat MSU 12-3 in the second game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford closed his final Alabama home game with a milestone basket and a surprisingly one-sided victory. Releford scored 24 points and moved into the Crimson Tide's top-5 in career scoring with a late 3-pointer in Saturday's 83-58 victory against Arkansas on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State took a large amount of confidence from playing No. 12 Baylor to an extra-inning defeat last weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Four years ago Colin Borchert's mother had a four-word message to any college coach that would listen: Please save my son.
1. Epiphany helps Holman return to New Hope HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Lady Trojans fall a little short HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Ray looks to newcomers to improve depth COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Thomas' development gives MSU positive for future COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Defense does job for South Jones HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS