New Hope High School senior pitcher Taylor Stafford felt good and in complete control on the mound Thursday night. That was really bad news for the Oxford baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team sent a message Thursday to the state of Mississippi that it is the team to beat after an easy victory against Class 6A power Brandon.
STARKVILLE -- After going through a season last year when his defense had difficulty stopping anybody, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless was pleased with how that unit performed in its first audition for the 2014 season.
WEST POINT -- Nancy Lopez enjoys having a full calendar. Whether it is taking part in charity or corporate events, spending time with her new granddaughter, or visiting her youngest daughter at Auburn University, Lopez still manages to find time to play golf.
HAMILTON -- Sophomores aren't supposed to be leaders. But Alison Atkins, Taylor Hyland, Cheyenne Logan, Raimi Bryan, and Jordyn Jackson responded when pressed into service in 2012 for the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team. The program was in transition. Coming off a 2011 season in which it failed to advance to the playoffs, Hamilton also had to adjust to a new coach, Bryan Loague, who took over for Jason Cobb.
MACON -- It's a good thing Qendarrion Barnett isn't superstitious.
HAMILTON -- So much for needing blocks to win a state title in the sprints.
STARKVILLE --Clay Homan goes into today's NCAA Regionals with the maturity of four seniors.
STARKVILLE -- Ji Eun Baik had a one-word answer to Mississippi State women's golf making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships.
New Hope High School has a rare luxury when the Mississippi High School Activities Association's North Mississippi Class 5A baseball playoffs resume tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has played and coached the game long enough to know that a quality pair of pitchers can go a very long way towards helping a team win a national championship.
STARKVILLE -- While sitting around in meetings during the middle of this season, Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson brought up the idea of giving Lucas Laster more innings and opportunities
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State associate head coach/pitching coach Butch Thompson is going to have a hard time convincing fans the way he uses his bullpen is still unconventional. But Thompson also doesn't need to encourage fans his philosophy works, either. No. 20 MSU (33-19, 16-11 Southeastern Conference) will have to find ways to win games in the next few weeks with a pitching staff that has once again been built from the back end.
WEST POINT -- Chris Jester admits the Handa Cup initially was "foreign" to him. Jester, the PGA Director of Golf for Old Waverly Golf Club, knew all too well about the success of the 54th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship in 1999 at Old Waverly, but he wasn't well versed about the history of the Handa Cup.
The New Hope High School baseball team is basking in its new role as the favorites to the win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team used a four-run first inning and two other big innings Tuesday night to defeat Arkansas State 16-9 in front of a record crowd of 1,143 at Tomlinson Stadium.
PEARL -- After a sluggish offensive performance in a playoff win Saturday afternoon, New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd said the time would come when the Trojans won a playoff game based on their offense. Two days later, the coach was proven correct.
PHILADELPHIA -- Leadoff hitters are meant to get things going. Hailey Lunderman took that part of her job description to heart Monday afternoon. Coming off a three-hit effort in a Game 1 victory against New Hope, the junior shortstop set the tone with a ringing triple off D.J. Sanders in the bottom of the first inning. Three batters later, Lunderman scored on a sun-aided double by Kayla Robertson as part of a four-run first that helped propel the Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball team to a 9-2 victory against New Hope in Game 2 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series.
Brent Harris had a feeling about the 2014 Victory Christian Academy baseball team. In seven years as the squad's coach, Harris has seen plenty of talented players come through the program, but he quickly recognized something was special about this season's group. That's why Harris wanted to be honest with his players in an effort to help bring the best of out of all of them.
STARKVILLE -- Jeremey Chappelle is no longer a member of the Mississippi State football program. MSU football spokesperson Bill Martin confirmed to The Dispatch that Chappelle, who was entering his senior season this fall, has left the MSU team. The wide receiver had posted a message on Facebook saying he was leaving the program.
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