STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the bitter disappointment of a loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Tournament stayed with Vic Schaefer for a long time.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Barnes finally got the most precious commodity from his head coach: confidence.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jon Keller threw a complete-game seven-hitter Sunday to lead the Alabama baseball team to a 3-1 victory against No. 13 Ole Miss at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- One turn. It sounds simple. If Kendra Grant had it to do over again, she would have tried to get in front of Courtney Williams in an effort to steer her clear of the right wing.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 16 Mississippi State baseball team relied on its pitching depth Sunday for a third-straight Southeastern Conference series victory. After a doubleheader Saturday in which it used three pitchers, MSU turned to its new secret weapon out of the bullpen: Jacob Lindgren.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his coaches are using the spring season to do a lot of experimenting with drills, formations, personnel, and style of coaching.
STARKVILLE -- Derrick Armstrong has eased the concerns of Mississippi State baseball fans who were worried about C.T. Bradford's injury. The senior outfielder went 6-for-8 Saturday and had a key two-out hit in Game 2 that sparked No. 16 MSU to a 5-1 victory against Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas' Jalen Beeks scattered nine hits in eight innings to lead the Razorbacks to a 4-0 victory in Game 1.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James is happy to be ahead of the curve. In her first two seasons as a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team, James was already looking ahead to the next season on March 30.
Jose Fernandez knows how difficult it is to change the culture and the mind-set in and surrounding a basketball program. In the 10 seasons before Fernandez became head coach of the South Florida women's basketball team, the Bulls had only two winning seasons. Fernandez began the reconstruction in October 2000, when he was named interim head coach. Two months later, Fernandez was named head coach of a team that went on to finish 4-24 and 1-15 in Conference USA.
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.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Bulldogs clinch SEC Championship COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Defense hitting stride for Schaefer's Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU softball team beats Drake in Freezer finale COLLEGE SPORTS