MACON -- Going into the Mississippi Association of Indepent Schools Slow-pitch State Championship Saturday, the Central Academy Lady Vikings had one thing on their mind: winning the championship.
After going to the brink of elimination in the previous round, New Hope softball had no interest in going through that again.
The voice was relentless.
STARKVILLE -- The message is clear in the Mississippi State baseball locker room: The chemistry is good and not to be tampered with following a disappointing loss Wednesday night. MSU needs its chemistry to be solid as it prepares to face Auburn at 6 tonight in Game 1 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series in Auburn, Ala.
New Hope High School senior Taylor Stafford had a smile on his face and finally had color back in his cheeks. While battling a week-long sinus infection has been tough for the Mississippi State signee, a couple of immunizations helped him dress out Thursday night for the opening game against Center Hill in a best-of-three series to start the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
The severe storms that ripped through the region Monday affected people throughout the state of Mississippi. The community of New Hope was no exception.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior second baseman Heidi Shape admits it has taken a little bit longer than she and her teammates would have liked.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Charlie Henderson proudly labels himself "an adrenaline junkie." Henderson spent his grade school years in Colorado, where he enjoyed skiing and rock climbing. In 2006, he and his family moved to Starkville during his sixth-grade year.
Eddie Chapman enjoys having Moesha Brewer on the West Lowndes High School girls track and field team. Whether it's breaking out in an impromptu dance move or saying something amusing to a teammate, Brewer keeps the Lady Panthers loose in practice and at meets.
CLINTON -- The Columbus High School baseball team liked the feeling of playoff success so much it added to the best season in program history on Thursday night.
Drivers and their crews usually face an adjustment period when breaking in a new chassis, but veteran super late model driver and Golden Triangle native Rick Rickman won his second race of this season with a new chassis and has four top-3 finishes thus far.
Gevonta Webb never imagined himself as a catcher for the Columbus High School baseball team.
Josh Stillman was eager to see what role he could play as a junior with the New Hope High School baseball team.
Cody Mordecai made sure he and the Heritage Academy baseball team were "Sasser Strong" in their playoff debut Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- It's now becoming an alarming trend for the home team at Dudy Noble Field.
Ever since the beginning of the season, Laura Trenor believed the New Hope High School girls golf team could win a state title. The first-year coach did her best whenever she could to boost the confidence of her players and to convince them they were ready to take the next step after finishing fourth in their past two trips to the state's biggest stage.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans love to manage John Cohen's baseball team more than any other sport on campus. With so many unpaid coaches in the stands and watching from home, Cohen normally sounds like he is justifying his moves to fans who aren't at practice, aren't watching film of previous games, and haven't seen what he has seen in more than 20 years as a coach.
The Pickens County High School football team will have to defend its Class 1A state title without its head coach. On Monday, Patrick Plott started work as the new football coach and athletic director at Greenville (Ala.) High. Plott accepted the job offers April 17 and was approved by the school board that day.
MAYHEW -- East Mississippi Community College's second national football championship season in three years was celebrated Saturday night in a ring presentation banquet in the Lyceum auditorium on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus.
STARKVILLE -- The annual Mississippi State Road Dawgs Tour, featuring athletic department and university officials, will kick off Monday with stops in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.
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