It looks so simple. Four bounces, a short toss, an angled arm, and an explosion. When everything is working right, Natalie Hardy's serves can be a challenge to receive.
STARKVILLE -- Just about every emotion has run through the body and mind of Mississippi State University freshman volleyball player Taylor Scott this week.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell had to think the news would have to only get better after his team's 29-8 loss to Noxubee County last week. It got worse -- a lot worse.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman doesn't mince words when he looks back at 2011. "Last season was a disappointing year for us. We finished 3-7," Gartman said. "We had a very difficult schedule. That was part of it, and we also had a team."
The Oak Hill Academy football team snapped a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season Friday night in a season-opening 13-6 win at Newton County Academy. Now, the Raiders want to start a winning streak.
STARKVILLE -- Meet the new loud and in-your-face leader of the Mississippi State University football team's offense: Tyler Russell.
ABERDEEN -- Two Columbus High School punt returns and a lackluster effort on the offensive front that led to seven turnovers and a blocked punt played key roles in the Aberdeen High School football team's season-opening 21-0 loss last week.
After the opening week of the prep football season, one thing is clear.
STARKVILLE -- While steadily improving, Heritage Academy had been looking for that break-out game in fast-pitch softball.
New Hope High School won its slow-pitch softball game Tuesday night on a walk-off walk. Four straight hits and a walk led to two runs and a 6-5 victory for the Lady Trojans against Grenada.
One moment you're standing with your hands on your hips watching ... wondering if the ball is ever going to come your way.
STARKVILLE -- In lieu of the timing and sudden nature of Angelo Mirando's resignation as receivers coach, Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen had to come up with multiple solutions.
MACON -- For the third time in the past two years, the Noxubee County High School football team will represent the state of Mississippi in a showcase event.
MACON -- Don't let the glare fool you. Whether it's from the left, the right, or the middle, Dylan Bradley will be watching. He may take a conventional three-point stance. He may stand up on the end and try to fool you into thinking he is going to take a play off.
Ricky Kendrick always has been honest with his Caledonia High School football players. Three years ago, Kendrick told the Confederates it would take time to build a program when he took over a program that went winless in 2009.
SCOOBA -- Quez Johnson always had dreams of playing football at the highest level. While it has taken much longer than he anticipated, the dream is still alive. Fully recovered from a serious shoulder injury, the former Starkville High School standout will be back in the limelight this fall as quarterback for East Mississippi Community College, the nation's top-ranked junior college football team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned Sunday evening for "personal reasons" 13 days before the football team's season opener.
Dreams came true in multiple ways Saturday morning. While some competitors eclipsed their time goals and others took pride in finishing, Brad Atkins surveyed the scene at the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon and smiled.
If Brad Rollins didn't know it, he would have thought the Possum Town Triathlon was a long-standing event with a load of history.
Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Ellie Jeffreys may not remember an overcast morning on Aug. 18, 2012, in Columbus, Miss., when she grows up, but maybe it will come back to her in a few years when she is in the water, or on a bicycle, or pounding the road.
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