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.
STARKVILLE -- Patrick Reagan always looks for the perfect fit. As coach of the cross country team at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Reagan knows the recruits he might attract to the NAIA school in Savannah, Ga., are a specialized group of talented athletes and artists.
A career in marketing or business appears to be perfectly suited for Brandon Spann.
STARKVILLE -- Throwing the first punch isn't easy, but you can catch an opponent off guard if you come out with an attacking mind-set. Landing a second punch can be just as simple, especially if it comes immediately after the first and follows with equal authority.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen believes Preston Brown is ready for the challenge. If the coach of the No. 21 Mississippi State baseball team didn't, he would have picked someone else to pitch at 6:30 tonight in Game 1 of his squad's Southeastern Conference weekend series against No. 6 Vanderbilt at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman knew the struggles might come for a deep and talented crop of newcomers. However, she hoped the confidence her team gained from winning its first 15 games this season was going to be enough to keep the momentum going through the toughest of times.
STARKVILLE -- Katia May pursed her lips as if to let out a whistle.
STARKVILLE -- Rufus Warren was always trying to desperately shed weight to get back into a tight end type body before spring and fall camp.
Even after all of these years, there is still something special about the Mississippi Coliseum.
This is the first step. As much as Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer would like to point to a victory against No. 11 Georgia last season or a win against Vanderbilt at home this season, the announcement late Monday night that MSU (19-13) had received a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament was the first tangible sign of progress for Schaefer in his second season as the head coach of the program.
Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore has a checklist of items she wants her team to accomplish every game.
STARKVILLE -- It took Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen a few minutes to remember the frustrations of a lack of depth at quarterback last spring.
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