There's no better time than the month of July to make an impression.
WEST POINT -- When completing his degree work at Mississippi State University, Stan Hughey thought he was preparing for a long baseball coaching career.
PHEBA -- Hebron Christian School basketball player Tori Nichols was not persuaded by Southern Arkansas University's athletic facilities. Instead, an animal or two helped tip the scales.
STARKVILLE -- Marcus Green will be in a Mississippi State University football jersey in 2012. MSU officials announced Thursday morning the NCAA granted the 24-year-old tight end a sixth-year of eligibility after the school applied for it on his behalf.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's résumé shows he's a football coach. It also indicates he also is some sort of magician.
Hunter Renfroe earned the reputation for being a power hitter early in his Mississippi State University baseball career. The rising junior may be primed to realize that potential thanks to a record-setting summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
PEARL -- Ben Sheets appeared exactly the way he and everybody expected he would look Wednesday night -- rusty. It had been nearly 22 months since the four-time All-Star had taken the mound in a professional baseball game, and the layoff caused him to make mistakes in his return to the game. The Jackson (Tenn.) Generals capitalized on those mistakes in a 4-2 victory against the Mississippi Braves in a Double-A minor league game at Trustmark Park.
Jennifer Latham and the Columbus Lady Celtics aren't concerned about making history. Instead, Latham and her basketball teammates from Columbus and the Tupelo area are more focused on being part of an annual event that gives back to the military and family members.
Former Mississippi State University forward Arnett Moultrie already has suffered his first professional setback before getting a chance to suit up for his new team.
FULTON -- Itawamba Community College women's head basketball coach Nanci Gray announced sophomore Shay Bonner signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Montevallo in Alabama next season.
STARKVILLE -- Jenny Hazelwood has assembled a challenging 2012 schedule for one reason: RPI. In college volleyball, the Ratings Percentage Index is a crucial element used to rank schools and to determine at-large selections for the NCAA tournament. Hazelwood, who was a setter at MSU, is determined to make sure the program continues to improve.
Franqua Bedell was ready to take the next step. After Vic Shaefer replaced Sharon Fanning-Otis as women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, Bedell applied for and had several interviews for a number of coaching vacancies throughout the nation.
FULTON -- Former Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Community College basketball standout Jameika Hoskins has been recognized for her final season at ICC by having her jersey as part of the Ring of Honor display at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Magnolia Motor Speedway is preparing for The Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau Clash at the Mag on Thursday through Saturday. The event will feature Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors attempting to tame the "Black Ice" in pursuit of a $20,000-to-win top prize and a purse of more than $70,000.
Multiple reports have former Mississippi State University guard Rodney Hood heading to Duke University. ESPN.com and Fox Sports reported Saturday evening the former Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi has decided to transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse coached by Mike Krzyzewski, Division I men's college basketball's all-time leader in wins.
It's never too hot to make an impression. Baking on a day in which temperatures soared into triple digits, Josh Stillman made sure he gave New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd something to remember him by for the 2012-13 school year.
STEENS -- Immanuel Christian senior boys basketball player Ross Moore never doubted he would return to the court. However, Moore wasn't sure his shooting touch would return when he was back in uniform. Immanuel Christian coach Billy Thomas shared those concerns. Thomas knew Moore would bring leadership to the squad, but he knew the team also needed the offensive touch Moore could provide to help put the Rams over the top.
STEENS -- When making dinner arrangements with Columbus businessman Billy Thomas, you might want to call well in advance. In addition to being a owner of Benco Foods, Thomas devotes quite a bit of time at his other job: boys basketball coach at Immanuel Christian.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in 16 years, Mississippi State University produced a first round pick in the 2012 National Basketball Association draft.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University head men's basketball coach Rick Ray has already started looking to the 2014 recruiting class.
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