STARKVILLE -- George Brooks has learned the value of patience since becoming an assistant coach for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. In the past five years, the former Bulldog player twice has found himself in limbo, as two MSU head coaches he served under were let go. The first time came when Rick Stansbury stepped down after the 2011-12 season. The second came in April, when Rick Ray was fired after three losing seasons. Both times Brooks wondered if he would have a job in Starkville, or if he would have to look somewhere else, so he had to exercise patience in unsure times.
There already is a legacy set to play out this season for the Mississippi State basketball team. There could be a second for the 2016-17 season. On Tuesday, Starkville High School's Tyson Carter received a scholarship offer from MSU after he attended a MSU basketball camp last week. The offer is Carter's second from a Division I school, but it is his first from a Southeastern Conference team. Murray State also has offered Tyson Carter a scholarship.
STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference men's basketball will see several new faces roaming the sidelines later this year. Those faces are pretty recognizable at the national level. Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida all hired new head coaches this offseason, and all four received high praise from college basketball experts.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks spent three years in Starkville as a student-athlete with the Mississippi State baseball team. He has found his way back to the home of the Bulldogs, but this time he will work at one of the area high schools. Earlier this week, Parks was hired as the new Starkville Academy baseball coach. Parks' first job as a head coach became official Wednesday.
Jeremy Shaw didn't sound like a driver willing to chalk up a 15th-place finish to bad luck. Midway through a Limited Late Model race at Columbus Speedway on June 6, Shaw's No. 1s car slowed after its battery died. After the race, Shaw, who'd won a race at Columbus earlier this season and finished second twice at Magnolia Motor Speedway, knew he had more unnerving issues.
For Terryonte Thomas, the grind begins each day around 6 a.m. The New Hope High School rising junior is determined to play football or basketball on the Division I level. Putting in long hours during the summer will be the key to making that dream a reality.
IRVINE, Calif. -- Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana-Lafayette rising sophomore DJ Sanders is three games into her first international experience with the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. Through three games at the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, California, Sanders is 3-for-7 for the JWNT program, which is making its first appearance in the World Cup.
Allison Woolbright can recall being in gymnasiums as far back as her memory allows. If Woolbright had to guess, that's probably where she developed her love for sports and her competitive spirit. It also helped that Woolbright's mother, Rachel Prater Meacham, worked as a volleyball coach at Millport (Ala.) and South Lamar high schools, which is where Allison honed her skills as a volleyball and as a basketball player.
STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun "Jazz" Holmes isn't going to let her relative inexperience hold her back. Going up against speedsters like Morgan William and Roshunda Johnson every day in practice should be just the test Holmes needs to make a quick adjustment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE - Few men truly get to live out their dreams.
STARKVILLE -- Two positions of need for the Mississippi State football team took unexpected hits Tuesday. MSU's offensive line lost three of five starters from last season, and both starting safeties graduated, leaving questions at both spots. Those questions remain following the transfers of offensive lineman Kent Flowers and defensive back Jahmere Irvin-Sills.
STARKVILLE -- Zion Campbell usually is one of the tallest players on the basketball court. At 6-foot-3, Campbell has grown accustomed to having her way in the post, whether it has been at Riverdale Baptist School (Md.), St. John's College (Washington, D.C.) High School, or Hilton Head (S.C.) High. Part of "owning" the paint involves knowing how to throw your weight around and to bang bodies with opponents to get position for rebounds or to set yourself up close to the basket for an easy shot. It has taken only a few weeks for Campbell to realize she likely will have to try to new way to utilize her size to help her make an impact on the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
For a longtime player in the National Basketball Association, it might seem a little odd that three of Travis Outlaw's favorite days of the year take place at the Starkville Sportsplex. Outlaw will again serve as host for the The Elite "Travis Outlaw" Basic Skills and Fundamentals Basketball Camp on Tuesday through Thursday at the Outlaw Center at the Sportsplex. The camp is open to all age groups and will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $75 per person.
When New Hope High School started its 2015 baseball season, senior Josh Stillman knew the Trojans had tradition.
WEST POINT -- The stories have blended into each other throughout the years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's starting rotation will feature a different look next season.
"You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful." -- a tweet by Mississippi State women's basketball transfer Roshunda Johnson on May 27 STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson knows the power of social media. That knowledge was part of her motivation for the tweet that served as her unofficial welcome announcement to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Robert Woodard II has seen a lot of sights and learned plenty of valuable lessons in the past month. Between traveling to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and to Bahia Blanca, Argentina, to represent the United States in the FIBA Americas Championship, many of those lessons involved basketball. Each time, the Columbus High School rising sophomore passed his test and played an integral role in helping the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team win its fourth championship in the biennial tournament that was launched in 2009. Team USA's 77-60 victory against Canada on Sunday night presented Woodard II and his teammates with a new challenge: Getting their gold medals through airport security.
BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina -- Fighting back from a 20-point second quarter deficit, the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team defeated Canada 77-60 to earn the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal on Sunday night. The gold medal marked the fourth gold in as many editions of the U16 tournament. The USA is 20-0 in U16 play since the biennial tournament launched in 2009. Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley High School/Apple Valley, Minnesota) scored all 19 points of his points in the second half and earned tournament MVP honors. Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep School/Houston, Texas) added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Georgia) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tre Jones (Apple Valley High /Apple Valley, Minnesota) had five steals and finished the tournament with a USA U16 competition record 19 steals, breaking Malik Newman's record of 14 set in 2013. Columbus High rising sophomore Robert Woodard II had two points and one rebound in four minutes in the title game. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game in the five-game tournament. He was 10-for-22 from the field (45.5 percent).
1. Starkville Academy names Parks its new baseball coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Starkville High's Carter gets offer from Mississippi State HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Howland leads strong group of new coaches in SEC COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Daily grind has purpose for New Hope's Thomas HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS