With one glance underneath a table at his commitment ceremony on Friday afternoon, five-star guard Malik Newman may have changed the fortunes of Mississippi State's basketball program.
The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) softball playoffs will have plenty of spice from the Golden Triangle to liven things up.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has no choice now. If a seaon-saving turnaround is going to happen, it's going to have to happen on the road.
Don't expect a busy week in the news to change Robert Woodard Jr.
Camps are an annual endeavor for the Columbus Falcons youth football organization.
Doubt doesn't come easily for Austin Braddock.
CALEDONIA -- The worst-case scenario, as far as Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore saw it, was that Cassie Obman was going to get hit.
STARKVILLE - It did not take Ben Howland long to make Mississippi State basketball's biggest recruiting splash in years.
CALEDONIA -- Jared Reed-Wood didn't know how or when he was going to find out if he made the USA Junior Nationals Mississippi/Louisiana All-State High School Basketball team.
For Jay Hughes, the days are different now. And they are the same.
Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.
STARKVILLE - Over the weekend, Mississippi State honored its softball seniors playing their final Southeastern Conference games at home.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Josh Skinner makes friends easily. He also possesses an ability to shoot a basketball. Those talents played integral roles in helping Skinner sign a basketball scholarship offer Tuesday with Hinds Community College in Raymond.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Connor Dunne is still thinking about what career path to choose for a living. However, he is happy soccer will continue to be a part of his life as he decides his next step. A standout defender for coach Brian Bennett and the Yellow Jackets, Dunne signed Tuesday to play soccer at Millsaps College in Jackson.
OXFORD -- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, the Ole Miss baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 18-4 on Tuesday at Swayze Field. The 18 runs were a season high for the Rebels (21-20), who kicked off a five-game homestand with a win against the Bears (19-15).
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts and John Holland haven't given up on this Mississippi State baseball team. With the regular season winding to a close and MSU reeling from being swept by then-No. 8 Florida, Fitts and Holland were asked Saturday about MSU's postseason possibilities. "I know we are running out of games," Fitts said. "But I really feel like we're right there. I really like this team. I know we are not showing it at all times, but I think we've got a good team. If we put ourselves in such a hole that we will have to win the SEC tournament just to get a bid, then that's what we will have to do. I think we can do it."
STARKVILLE -- Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's men's basketball staff at Mississippi State as director of operations. Ludwig spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State. Ludwig and Howland know each other well, as Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.
STEENS -- History sometimes has its fair share of potholes that make navigating the road to success a little tricky. The Columbus Christian Academy baseball team encountered one of those obstacles Tuesday night in a 15-0 loss to Benton Academy in Game 1 of its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A playoff series. The record will show that Dawson Shaw, LaQuinston Sharp, RJ Deloach, and BJ Shirley had hits for the Rams (11-6), who will try to keep their season alive at 5 p.m. Thursday in Game 2 of the best-of-three series in Benton. If needed, Game 3 would follow approximately 30 minutes after Game 2.
The numbers had been cleared from the scoreboard at Trojan Field, but they were still fresh in Lee Boyd's mind. The New Hope High School baseball coach didn't need to be reminded that his team committed four errors or that it had only three hits Monday night in its final regular-season home game.
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