Tabitha Beard isn't going to make excuses. For years, defense has been the foundation for the New Hope High School softball program. Whether it has been slow- or fast-pitch, the Lady Trojans have relied on their defensive execution to give them an advantage against opponents.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State desperately needed a lift on the softball diamond Sunday afternoon, head coach Vann Stuedeman turned to a freshman.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Johnson's first act as Mississippi State's new quarterbacks coach was to humble his star pupil.
STARKVILLE -- Unfortunately for Mississippi State coach John Cohen there's only three starting outfield spots in a lineup.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell will be the head coach of Team Mississippi in the 2014 Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game.
STARKVILLE -- As shooters go, Kendra Grant knows the mantra: The only way to get out of a slump is to keep shooting.
STARKVILLE -- When Jamie Mitchell took the head coaching job at Starkville High School, he mentioned first the program's potential for the state's best facilities.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior second baseman Heidi Shape knew it had been a long time since she had hit a grand slam.
HAMILTON -- Dominating.
STARKVILLE -- The signs of growth are everywhere.
STARKVILLE -- "Who'd a thunk it?" After 50 minutes of draining, back-and-forth basketball and another 20 minutes of questions from the media, Vic Schaefer spoke the truest words of the evening.
STARKVILLE --The Mississippi State coaching staff isn't getting the pitching it thought it would get for Southeastern Conference weekends. It's better than the coaches imagined.
A little more than two weeks ago, Mercedes Mattix still had basketball on her brain.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School cross country and track and field performer Walker Mattox needs extra motivation, she doesn't have to call or text a teammate. Instead, she calls throughout the house for her sister, Kate, who has emerged as one of the Yellow Jackets' top performers in each of the past three seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter is eager for a second chance.
STARKVILLE -- Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin left Dudy Noble Field on Sunday relieved his team wasn't swept out of Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones got tired of telling everybody he is a defensive end. This spring, he intends to show everybody.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter arrived in Starkville as an apparent ideal fit for Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer's system.
STARKVILLE -- There will be a time Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede will laugh about his Friday night in Starkville. It won't be any time soon. The No. 21 Mississippi State baseball team touched one of the nation's top pitchers for 11 runs and recorded just eight outs against him en route to a 17-2 victory against No. 6 Vanderbilt at Dudy Noble Field.
With East Mississippi Community College having established itself as a national championship in contender in football and men's basketball, baseball coach Chris Rose is excited to see his program join that elite level. If early season success is any indication, the Lions are well on their way.
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2. Vivians finds rhythm in second quarter for Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU men will try to end losing skid COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Maturation continues for Columbus High's White HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS