STARKVILLE -- Kristie Williams recalls hearing the whispers as early as six or seven years ago.
WEST POINT -- Demarius Calvert doesn't mind doing the "dirty work."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State offense brought its week-long momentum from Columbia, Mo., through Pearl and to Dudy Noble Field Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball coaches are encouraged by the news they're getting about Preston Brown and believe he could return for the stretch run to the team's season. MSU coach John Cohen said Brown (3-1, 1.95 ERA), who hasn't pitched since March 29 due to shoulder soreness, could pitch Saturday against Texas A&M in Game 3 of the three-game Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.
Aberdeen High School boys basketball coach Cornelius Gilleylen is still in shock. After leading the tradition-rich Bulldogs to a 24-8 record and the semifinal round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs, Gilleylen learned this week he won't be back as the team's coach for a second season.
Many tradition-rich baseball programs can argue which team or group is that school's best. The same can't be said at Columbus High School. More than likely, the best group of Falcons is set for one last stretch run at 6 p.m. today when Columbus (19-6) plays host to Olive Branch (10-14) in a best-of-three series in the play-in round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs. The teams will play Friday at Olive Branch. If necessary, the teams will come back to Columbus on Saturday for Game 3.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury has heard and seen the reports he is a candidate for the job of men's basketball coach at Southern Mississippi. The former MSU men's basketball coach told The Dispatch on Wednesday he won't pursue the opening in Hattiesburg. The Dispatch reported earlier Wednesday that multiple sources close to the situation said Stansbury wasn't involved in the search at Southern Mississippi.
In the preseason, Mississippi State senior softball players Alison Owen and Logan Foulks talked about their team's chances to make a Super Regional for the first time in program history.
PEARL -- John Cohen loves to talk about how the game of baseball can be unfortunate to a player or a team. Cohen hopes the emergence of Gavin Collins and possible slump-busting hit by Wes Rea will help bring good fortune to his Mississippi State baseball team. Collins and Rea had two-run hits Tuesday to lead No. 20 MSU to a 5-3 victory against No. 16 Ole Miss in the Governors Cup game before a crowd of 8,496 at Trustmark Park.
CALEDONIA -- In a sport where numbers add to its allure, Caledonia High School baseball coach John Wilson credits all the kids who have played for him in helping him to achieve his latest milestone.
STARKVILLE -- The starting pitcher for the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team's game at 6:35 tonight against No. 16 Ole Miss in the Governors Cup matchup at Trustmark Park remains a mystery.
New Hope High School found its baseball season at a crossroads last month. Longtime Mississippi High School Activities Association nemesis Oxford had just handed the defending Class 5A state champion Trojans a beating in a Region 2 game on New Hope's turf.
Wells Davis is doing a good job being himself. Whether Davis has found the right balance at the plate by "changing his approach" or by shortening his swing is open for debate. After all, there are so many moving parts involved in hitting that sometimes all it takes is one good game for a player to start seeing the ball well.
WEST POINT -- Juan Davis Jr. has traveled the route to East Mississippi Community College many times. As the designated drive sent from West Point to Scooba to pick up his sister, Wilma, a standout on the EMCC women's basketball team, Juan was able to map out all of the back roads to find the quickest way to EMCC.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive wants to know the future of his league's football teams to set their schedules before the conference meetings.
STARKVILLE -- According to a national report, the Mississippi State football program won't be disciplined after an investigation involving former Alabama player Luther Davis.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The No. 24 Mississippi State baseball team took delight in working a few extra hours on the holiday weekend. Winning its second extra-inning game of the weekend, MSU used a two-run single by Reid Humphreys in the top half of the 11th inning to beat Missouri 9-7 in the final game of a three-game Easter weekend Southeastern Conference series at Taylor Stadium.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second time in as many Sundays, the Mississippi State softball team clinched a Southeastern Conference series with a victory. This time, MSU used a seven-run sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit en route to an 11-7 victory against No. 4 Tennessee. MSU had led 4-1 going to the bottom of the fifth before the Lady Volunteers scored four times to take a 5-4 lead.
This week will be an important week for three Lowndes County baseball teams. While Columbus High School already has secured a playoff spot and will begin postseason action later this week, Heritage Academy and New Hope High will have one more week to prepare for what they hope will be runs to championships.
Jerrod Bradley believes there's an order to things. Between football, soccer, baseball, studies, community service work, and hanging out with friends, there hardly seems to be enough time in a day to do everything that needs to be done -- let alone just take a breath and relax. But Bradley's plan helps him keep it simple. In his mind, there is no other way.
1. Heritage Academy wins boys' basketball state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus boys move within three wins of state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU men knock off South Carolina in overtime HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. West Lowndes drops playoff contest at home HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope earns trip to Jackson HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS