ABERDEEN -- With his team mired in a three-game losing streak, Aberdeen High School first-year boys basketball coach Jaworski Rankin broke out a visual aid. "We printed out a picture of the (Mississippi) Coliseum and put it in each player's locker," Rankin said. "Sometimes, you can get lost during a basketball season. We just wanted the players to take a chance to visualize our goals.
ABERDEEN -- The bond with coach Jaworski Rankin wasn't immediate for Aberdeen High School senior basketball player Marcus Carouthers. However, once the standout player and first-year coach found common ground, the Bulldogs took flight.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Southeast Missouri State Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt introduced Rick Ray as the school's new head men's basketball coach Monday. Ray spent the past three seasons as men's basketball coach at Mississippi State. In his three-year tenure at MSU, Ray went 37-60. He led the Bulldogs to a 2-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference tournament, including an upset win against Vanderbilt in 2013-14. Ray helped the development of two All-SEC Freshmen in Craig Sword and Gavin Ware, as his recruiting classes received national attention.
The New Hope High School girls and boys golf teams finished first Monday in the Trojan Golf Classic at Lion Hills.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team is running out of time. MSU (22-16, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) lost to then-No. 2 Texas A&M 13-5 Sunday. The loss helped the Aggies (33-3, 11-3) win their second game in the three-game weekend series and handed the Bulldogs their fourth SEC series loss in five weekends. The win also catapulted Texas A&M to No. 1 in this week's Baseball America poll.
STARKVILLE -- Three months after his playing career with the Mississippi State football team ended, Jamerson Love was arrested last week and charged with simple domestic violence.
Josh Stillman didn't need an adjustment period. Most pitchers would need several games to settle their nerves and to learn how to maintain their composure after being asked to move from the middle of the rotation to the front of the line. There's more pressure as a team's No. 1 starter. That title also earns a pitcher first crack at the best teams on a squad's schedule.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Kelsey Jones always has dreamed big. At the beginning of the season, Jones wanted to help the Lady Jackets advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows the pedigree of a championship coach. Schmidt has won state basketball championships at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy. In 1992, Schmidt carried Starkville High to the state championship. Schmidt was excited when the Lady Jackets broke their 23-year drought and returned to the Mississippi Coliseum this season under the direction of Kristie Williams, who played for Schmidt on that 1992 team.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The No. 21 Missouri softball team used a six-run first inning Sunday to pull away en route to a 10-2 victory against Mississippi State in five innings at University Field. The victory helped Missouri (26-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) take the best-of-three series from the Bulldogs (31-12, 9-9). Natalie Fleming had two hits and three RBIs, while Kirsten Mack had a home run and four RBIs to lead Missouri.
The Dispatch's Large Schools All-Area Girls Basketball team
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Mississippi State baseball team surrendered a pair of grand slams Sunday in a 13-5 loss to No. 1 Texas A&M 13-5 in a Southeastern Conference game at Blue Bell Park. The victory helped Texas A&M (32-3, 10-3 SEC) win the best-of-three series, while MSU fell to 22-15 and 6-8. The Bulldogs have dropped four of five conference series this season.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior Ecurb Forest joins his classmates in anticipating prom and graduation.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior Tyson Carter conducted his research, created his plan, and executed it to perfection.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter admits he was surprised by his team's performance this season.
Timely hitting and a dominant performance from senior closer Trevor Fitts landed Mississippi State's baseball team its biggest win of the season on Saturday, and brought the Bulldogs an opportunity to earn their biggest series win of the year.
OXFORD -- New quarterback Chad Kelly took the snap, dropped back a few steps and threw a tight spiral over the middle to a wide-open Taz Zettergren, who ran untouched 43 yards for a touchdown.
STARKVILLE - What's old is new again in Starkville.
Yandell Harris wasn't thinking about coaching basketball three weeks ago.
1. Jones producing up front for Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Howard, Bibby helping No. 6 MSU build an identity COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Top-10 recruit Jackson picks Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Dantzler adjusting as key member of secondary COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Carter growing into defensive presence in post COLLEGE SPORTS