New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd frequently referred to his team as being a special group of players.
With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.
For most of his adult life, Tony Stanford has coached high school football.
Vic Schaefer likes to talk about working with the best coaching staff in America to build the Mississippi State women's basketball program into a contender for championships.
For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.
STARKVILLE -- When Brandon McBride was 16-years-old, he realized he was really fast.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State just completed its third softball season under head coach Vann Stuedeman.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd stood with a couple of booster club members outside the baseball stadium at Pearl High. Boyd and the boosters were making notes and taking photos of the bullpen area adjacent to the first base dugout. While two pitchers' mounds were present at Pearl, Boyd said he wanted three and went into great detail about how nice the Pearl bullpens were and how he would appreciate something similar. New Hope had just defeated Pearl to advance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs. Two weeks later, New Hope dispatched West Jones to become the first team in the program's rich history to repeat as baseball state champions. On another side of Lowndes County, Columbus High was busy washing uniforms and putting away mementos from one of the best seasons in program history. After watching nine seniors suit up for the final time, coach Jeffrey Cook was thinking about his future.
OMAHA, Neb. -- A night off from catching re-charged Will Allen at the plate. Allen, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter Thursday night to rest a sore shoulder, snapped out of a mini-slump with three hits and three RBIs to lead the Ole Miss baseball team past TCU 6-4 in an elimination game at the College World Series. The victory helped Ole Miss (48-20) advance to play No. 3 national seed Virginia at 7 tonight (ESPN). The Rebels will need to beat the Cavaliers (51-14) tonight and Saturday to reach next week's best-of-three championship series.
Drivers have started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack nearing the midway point of the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series. Rick Rickman, of New Hope, is in first place with a five-point lead over David Breazeale. Rickman's brother, Brian, is 55 points behind in third, while Neil Bagget and Chase Washington are fourth and fifth, just 95 and 120 points out of first.
Jeffrey Cook arrived in Columbus hoping to build a family atmosphere that would help him establish a winning tradition with the school's baseball program. Nearly eight years later, the Columbus High School baseball team is looking for a new patriarch.
STARKVILLE -- West Point's Old Waverly Golf Club, one of the South's premier golf destinations, will become the new home to Mississippi State men's and women's golf programs, the MSU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.
OMAHA, Neb. -- The top NCAA administrator who oversees the College World Series isn't as anxious about the dearth of home runs at the CWS as others in the baseball community.
STARKVILLE -- Three seasons ago, Beth Mullins took an assistant softball coaching position on new coach Vann Stuedeman's staff at Mississippi State.
You only need to call Bruce Allsup to tell he is back doing what he feels is in "his blood." A quick listen to the voice mail greeting that begins with, "Coach Allsup" indicates the former Heritage Academy and Brookhaven Academy basketball coach will be back on the sidelines later this year.
Hunter Renfroe has to be smiling. Nearly one year ago, Renfroe hit the last home run in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park to lead the Mississippi State baseball team to a victory against Oregon State. It will be interesting to see how long Renfroe remains the answer to a trivia question as another power-starved CWS approaches its second week of action in Omaha, Nebraska.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's golf team -- care of Ally McDonald -- has taken the best season in program on the road.
OMAHA, Neb. -- In a College World Series where hits have been few and far between for Mississippi, none was more timely than the one John Gatlin delivered Tuesday.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Brandon McBride is an NCAA champion times two. On Friday evening in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU and a raucous crowd at historic Hayward Field, Mississippi State's McBride won his second NCAA title after holding off Florida's Ryan Schnulle.
STARKVILLE -- If you didn't know any better, it would be easy to think the Mississippi State women's basketball team's five incoming freshmen were enjoying a day at the beach.
1. Starkville Academy beats Heritage Academy to reach title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU seniors earn rousing send-off COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Moorhead adds coach; MSU baseball team promotes Brown COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU softball team splits first two games in California COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Heritage Academy wins boys' basketball state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS