WEST POINT -- Chris Jester admits the Handa Cup initially was "foreign" to him. Jester, the PGA Director of Golf for Old Waverly Golf Club, knew all too well about the success of the 54th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship in 1999 at Old Waverly, but he wasn't well versed about the history of the Handa Cup.
The New Hope High School baseball team is basking in its new role as the favorites to the win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team used a four-run first inning and two other big innings Tuesday night to defeat Arkansas State 16-9 in front of a record crowd of 1,143 at Tomlinson Stadium.
PEARL -- After a sluggish offensive performance in a playoff win Saturday afternoon, New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd said the time would come when the Trojans won a playoff game based on their offense. Two days later, the coach was proven correct.
PHILADELPHIA -- Leadoff hitters are meant to get things going. Hailey Lunderman took that part of her job description to heart Monday afternoon. Coming off a three-hit effort in a Game 1 victory against New Hope, the junior shortstop set the tone with a ringing triple off D.J. Sanders in the bottom of the first inning. Three batters later, Lunderman scored on a sun-aided double by Kayla Robertson as part of a four-run first that helped propel the Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball team to a 9-2 victory against New Hope in Game 2 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series.
Brent Harris had a feeling about the 2014 Victory Christian Academy baseball team. In seven years as the squad's coach, Harris has seen plenty of talented players come through the program, but he quickly recognized something was special about this season's group. That's why Harris wanted to be honest with his players in an effort to help bring the best of out of all of them.
STARKVILLE -- Jeremey Chappelle is no longer a member of the Mississippi State football program. MSU football spokesperson Bill Martin confirmed to The Dispatch that Chappelle, who was entering his senior season this fall, has left the MSU team. The wide receiver had posted a message on Facebook saying he was leaving the program.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team and the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team each placed two finalists on the list of candidates for the 11th-annual C Spire Ferriss Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday.
STARKVILLE -- In a continued effort to add competitiveness to his team's non-conference schedule, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray on Monday announced another home-and-home deal with Florida State.
STARKVILE -- When Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman took over the program three seasons ago, her primary goal was to make postseason play an expected destination every year.
STARKVILLE -- Cody Walker wasn't sure how much more he would play this season. Before this weekend, the Mississippi State baseball team's third-string catcher had only played in three Southeastern Conference games. However, it was Walker, a .198 hitter, who earned a walk-off walk against reliever Andrew Lee to lift No. 21 MSU to a 4-3 victory against Tennessee in 12 innings at Dudy Noble Field.
For Columbus High School senior baseball player Michael Sturdivant, Saturday night quickly became more about celebration than dismay. "We did something Columbus High School has never done," Sturdivant said. "We were the best team that has ever come through this city. We were a special group of guys who really poured their hearts and souls into making it work. We won 23 games. We did things that had never been done before here and will probably be never done again. Making it to the third round of the playoffs is special. I am not bragging because the glory goes to God."
The New Hope High School baseball team is playing with the confidence of a defending state champion. "It's not a cocky confidence," New Hope senior left fielder Rooke Coleman said. "It's more of a confidence that comes from having been there and done that. Last season, our fans were doubting us and they didn't know if we could go all the way. This year is different. This year everybody expects us to (win a state championship)."
Tabitha Beard knew what to expect from seventh-grader Aspen Wesley. The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball coach compiled enough scouting reports on Neshoba Central's seventh-grade right-handed pitcher to formulate a game plan predicated on her hitters being aggressive early in the count and not swinging at any of Wesley's "junk."
Mercedes Mattix has passed possibly the biggest remaining hurdle in her high school career. For some reason, the New Hope High School senior has had difficulty in her career at North State meets. The latest one, which was Saturday in Oxford, was no different. You only have to ask Mattix about her times and a dissatisfied look covers her face.
The passage of time can go two ways when you are trying to attract attention to land an opportunity to play a sport in college. As college coaches sort through prospects and evaluate players, the process can be tedious, especially after an initial visit or a first tryout. But once coaches determine which players they want and the student-athletes decide if a school is the right fit, the process can pick up steam and be completed in a matter of hours.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitchers Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder earned a giant thank you from their coaches, players, and fans Saturday night.
NEW YORK -- Mississippi State All-American offensive guard Gabe Jackson fulfilled a lifelong dream by reaching the NFL as he was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 81st overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
An injury can't slow a softball brain. In the case of Taylor Blevins, her brain is itching to tell her legs to go. For the longest time, though, torn ligaments in her left thumb prevented the New Hope High School senior from playing a key role on the school's fast-pitch softball team. After seeing significant minutes in the girls basketball team's run to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state semifinals, Blevins' injury forced her to miss most of her final high school fast-pitch season.
Mackenzie Harvey understands what it is like to be called a "baby." The term is one New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard uses to describe the younger players who have come up through the slow- and fast-pitch programs and have grown into young ladies under her watch. It is a special word because Beard once was one of those "babies" for longtime New Hope softball coach Cary Shepherd.
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