It took four years of trying, but Meridian native Tyson Pompelia finally took home a victory in the fifth-annual Possum Town Triathlon held near the Columbus Lock and Dam.
SCOOBA -- Even though he has played football for virtually his entire life, East Mississippi Community College freshman quarterback Timorrius Conner is still learning.
There is no questioning Hunter Atkins' love for golf.
STARKVILLE -- Josiah Phillips' journey to the Mississippi State football team is almost unbelievable.
STARKVILLE -- Austin Morris wanted to hold on to the football. But it didn't matter Morris didn't catch the ball because he broke up a would-be touchdown to seal the Starkville High School football team's 24-21 victory against Noxubee County High on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Columbus High School senior defensive end Tahj Sykes heard the criticism. Then he heard the praise and admiration.
Tyson Pompelia never considered he had an addictive personality. But the 36-year-old Meridian native quickly discovered he was like so many other athletes who became addicted to sprint triathlons and triathlons after he competed in his first event.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White was all set to have a great summer. As a rising senior, White was gearing up for his third season as a starter on the Caledonia High School football team. White had a little extra pep in his step because he knew the Confederates had plenty of experience coming back for the 2016 season, so optimism was high that the program could get back to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) playoffs after a one-year absence. Then everything came crashing down.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's biggest concern is experience entering his second season as the Mississippi State men's basketball coach. In addition to losing five seniors, standout freshman Malik Newman transferred to Kansas. The departures leave Howland with three players -- point guard I.J. Ready, guard/forward Quinndary Weatherspoon, and forward Aric Holman -- who played on last season's team.
STARKVILLE -- Coming out of junior college, Donald Gray thought his skills were going to translate well to the Division I level. After a stellar season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Gray joined the Mississippi State football team in the spring of 2015. He had big plans for his first season, and thought he could show up and rely on his athleticism. Gray learned a valuable lesson after a few games.
STARKVILLE -- After serving one season as the Starkville Academy baseball coach, Jarrod Parks announced Thursday he has accepted a job as assistant coach with the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- Jamoral Graham thought offense was where he was going to fit in when he signed with the Mississippi State football team in February 2014. The Newton County High School standout was a reserve wideout in his first season at MSU. He also was used as a punt returner on special teams. But his time with the offense ended after his freshman season. Last spring, he began the transition to cornerback.
Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you. While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.
MACON -- If you're a defensive player, you might not want Tyrone Shorter grading your performance. Shorter was a standout defensive back who spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Austin Peay. He was invited to the San Diego Chargers' training camp in 1996 and made the practice squad before he was hurt. He then spent a year playing defensive back in Canada (1997) before he returned to the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position. Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.
We have finally made it. When the sun sets, the prep football regular season will have started in the state of Mississippi. The opening weeks always provide intriguing matchups. The area is full of title contenders this season, so the run to championship weekend should be fun. Here is what we are watching for in Week One:
Heritage Academy beat Columbus Christian 8-0 Tuesday night in prep soccer action at the Columbus Soccer Complex.
Gary Griffin knows what it means to pay his dues.
Don't get Sean Harrison wrong because the Heritage Academy football coach was pleased with his team's performance Friday night.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS
5. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS