EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings had an obvious need at wide receiver. They filled it, literally, in a big way.
Laremy Tunsil tumbled down the NFL draft board Thursday night after a bizarre video of him was posted on his Twitter account minutes before the start of the proceedings, potentially costing the offensive lineman millions of dollars. The approximately 30-second video, which showed him smoking from a mask equipped with a bong, was posted to his verified Twitter account before quickly being deleted. The entire account was deactivated about 30 minutes later but the video was another indicator of Tunsil's off-the-field problems.
HAMILTON -- Hayden Evans isn't going to let a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee be a final chapter to his baseball career. A few weeks ago, though, Evans admitted he had doubt if he was going to get a chance to keep playing after suffering the setback March 29 in a 19-1 victory at Houlka.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows how good the Mississippi State baseball team has been on the road. Cohen has seen No. 3 MSU earn series wins at Vanderbilt, Florida, and LSU (all ranked in the top five at the time), but his confidence received a boost after he received compliments from former MSU pitching coach and current Auburn coach Butch Thompson and former pitching coach and current Kentucky coach Gary Henderson.
CALEDONIA -- Junior Gracie McCleskey has experienced good and bad moments playing softball for Caledonia High School. The month of April is rolling out with some good times for McCleskey and the Lady Confederates. McCleskey had four hits Tuesday night to help Caledonia beat Cleveland 13-3 in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A best-of-three second-round playoff series.
STARKVILLE -- Devin Brown pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the South Alabama softball team to a 2-1 victory against Mississippi State on Tuesday night at Nusz Park.
CALEDONIA -- Parker Humber feels there is no denying the talent on the Caledonia High School boys golf team. Before you think the junior is a little too confident about the abilities of the 10 players on the squad, consider Caledonia shot a 304 last week at Lion Hills in Columbus to beat Kosciusko and Houston to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 3 title. The score, which Caledonia coach Bradley Tate said was the best his team has shot in his 10 years as its coach, secured the squad a place in the Class 4A State tournament on May 4-5 at Diamondhead Country Club in Diamondhead, which is between New Orleans and Gulfport/Biloxi on Interstate 10.
PEARL -- Jacob Billingsley couldn't find the strike zone two weeks ago. Pitching against Memphis on April 13, the Mississippi State right-hander threw four pitches to right-handed hitting Damo DeMatteo that landed in the left-handed batting box. But Billingsley didn't dwell on it. Instead, he gained confidence from outings against Louisiana-Monroe and LSU.
Makenzie Barnett, Madalyn McMahon, and Rivers Gray had three hits Tuesday to lead the Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball team to a 14-0 victory against New Hope in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association best-of-three second-round playoff series at Lady Trojan Field.
CALEDONIA -- A new set of buckets awaits the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team. A few weeks ago, coach Jonathan Jones wasn't sure if the Lady Confederates were still going to be alive at this point in the season, but a six-game winning streak at the tail end of the regular season gave the team new life in its hunt for a playoff bid. A victory by Kosciusko against West Lauderdale helped Caledonia secure the No. 3 seed out of Class 4A, Region 4.
Sometimes a victory is the best medicine. After all, there is only so much you can say and so long you can talk before the time comes to go out on the field and perform. Following losses in four of his squad's last five regular-season games, New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd hoped his team was going to be able to find a way to re-focus. In the unfamiliar position of being a No. 3 seed, New Hope faced the prospect of going on the road to play at No. 1 seed Neshoba Central in Game 1 of its best-of-three opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State tournament series.
Deonteau Rieves learned from some of the best Columbus High School had to offer. Whether it was Christian Dale, Isaiah Farmer, Trace Lee, Chris McCullough, Hunter Mullis, Greg Sykes, or Gavonta Webb, Rieves spent his first two years on the school's varsity baseball team with plenty of talented players who helped Columbus establish a school-record streak of four consecutive playoff appearances under coach Jeffrey Cook.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker didn't know what to think. The Mississippi State baseball redshirt sophomore stepped on a teammate's foot and sprained his right ankle two weeks before the season started. Coach John Cohen called it a "freak accident," but it swelled up and Rooker went to the emergency room. Rooker was relieved to hear he suffered only ligament damage. Rehabilitation helped Rooker get ready for opening day, but his ankle flared up again and caused him to miss a few games.
STARKVILLE -- Kate Mattox and Patton Little don't have to look far for motivation. The Starkville High School track and field athletes are two of the top runners in the state of Mississippi. Instead of turning their status into a friendly rivalry, they work together and use their talents to push one another.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State softball team lost to No. 1 Florida 3-1 Sunday in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. A multiple-hit game from freshman Sarai Niu and a pitching gem from junior Alexis Silkwood wasn't enough to lift MSU (24-23, 3-15 SEC) past Florida (45-3, 15-3).
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jake Mangum had three hits to lead six players with multiple hits Sunday, but the No. 7 Mississippi State baseball team lost to No. 5 LSU 11-8 on Sunday in Game 3 of the three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Alex Box Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams feels her program should send at least one player to the collegiate level on an annual basis.
Evan Ellis wasn't going to make a mistake.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Junior right-hander Austin Sexton stood tallest in a dynamic Southeastern Conference pitcher's duel Saturday night.
STARKVILLE--Both teams pitched lights out, but only one team could come out on top as defending 6A state champions DeSoto Central (16-10) defeated Starkville High (17-9) 4-1 on Saturday night at Carlisle Field.
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. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High has big group going to State meet HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS