WEST POINT -- Two weeks before the West Point High School baseball team earned its first playoff berth in a decade, coach Buddy Wyers watched his team continue to make mental errors that threatened to transform another promising season into just another losing campaign.
HAMILTON -- Parker Rye has tried to gain weight. He really has. Rye increased his eating habits, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bedtime. During the fall, he lifted weights with his father at the local wellness center. Still, his metabolism is winning this competition, keeping his 5-foot-5 frame around 140 pounds
STARKVILLE -- Five members of the Mississippi State men's tennis team received All-Southeastern Conference honors, and coach Per Nilsson was named SEC Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Malte Stropp also was named SEC Freshman of the Year.
Money is usually on the mind of a professional football prospect who has a chance to be a first-round draft pick. The farther you slide down, the more money you could lose on your first contract. None of that fazes Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod.
Jeffrey Cook didn't think the idea was crazy. After all, Hunter Mullis had just delivered a performance beyond his wildest expectations to help keep the Columbus High School baseball team's season alive.
About 21 years ago, Louis Sherrod looked at his son, Derek, and noticed something very different from other children. "He was an average-sized baby, but his chest was so big," Louis said. "It was like he had already been doing pushups or something."
Now the real fun begins. Judging from its performance Monday, the New Hope High School baseball team appears ready to make some noise. Taylor Stafford and Kameron Bryan hit home runs to back the pitching of Dillon Hawkins in a 16-1 victory against Jackson Lanier in game two of the opening-round Class 5A North State playoff series at Trojan Field.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson is used to the silent treatment. The Pickens Academy senior typically likes to be to himself in the dugout when he pitches, and his teammates usually oblige by giving him a wide berth. Last week, the Pirates went out of their way to make Davidson feel alone. Davidson didn't notice, though, just like he didn't realize he was throwing a no-hitter against Southern Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chris Smith suffered a broken jaw in a weekend altercation in Meridian and will have surgery today.
STARKVILLE -- The left side of Mississippi State's infield has been injured for most of the 2011 season. Still, third baseman Jarrod Parks and shortstop Jonathan Ogden have started all but one game.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't build on early momentum Sunday as the No. 2 University of South Carolina rallied for a 13-4 victory in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has a budding duo of standout relief pitchers. Luis Pollorena and Caleb Reed proved their worth again Saturday night, combining for more than five quality innings in a 5-3 win against the No. 2 University of South Carolina.
VICKSBURG -- The Columbus High School baseball team was two innings from an improbable comeback Saturday before Warren Central rallied for a 9-4 victory in the deciding game of its best-of-three Class 6A playoff series. Columbus (13-15), which lost game one 6-5 on Friday in Columbus, won game two 5-2 and led 2-1 in the fifth inning before Warren Central rallied. The Falcons cut the lead to 6-3 but had a runner called out at first base for interference that helped snuff out a potential rally.
First, the good news. The Columbus High School football team has ended the past two seasons within reach of the playoffs. Now, the not-so-good news.
STARKVILLE -- The memories of losing five of six games by a touchdown or less doesn't go away easily. Losing 23 seniors from a breakout season is another thing.
Michael Bradley has been coaching long enough to know the terms. Rebuilding. Reloading. Both words mean essentially the same thing, just with a different slant.
How do you want to be remembered? That's one of the many messages West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is delivering in the offseason. His job title also makes him a de facto psychologist.
The Aberdeen High School football team needs a motto for the 2011 season. The motto will be utilized this summer as the Bulldogs prepare mentally for fall drills, and will continue through the fall.
STARKVILLE -- Disappointment is an obvious way to describe Starkville High School's baseball season. But a closer look from outside observers -- a view players and coaches are trying to accept -- reveals a team on the cusp of a winning record, a playoff spot, and, quite possibly, a successful playoff run.
With defending national champion and No. 2 University of South Carolina kicking off a three-game series at 7:06 tonight at Dudy Noble Field, this weekend would be a good time for things to start going the Bulldogs' way.
2. Georgia's Frazier knocks out MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU's Stricklin says cost of attendance right way to go COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus Christian boys beat rival Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope boys, West Point girls earn wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS