Brad and Melissa Atkins are raring to go. If they were training for the second annual Possum Town Triathlon, the husband and wife likely would be fine-tuning their techniques for each of the three phases of the event. As much as Brad Atkins would love to compete in the event he and his wife helped organize and pull off last year, he knows plenty remains to be done to make sure the next installment of the sprint triathlon at 7 a.m. Aug. 17 goes off just as well as the first one.
The Dispatch's All-Area prep baseball team for the 2013 season:
Maegen Ellis thought she has missed her chance.
Even though he does not play or coach, Danny Browning looks forward to the fourth Hoops for Troops benefit basketball tournament.
John Davis believes the opportunity to be a head coach outweighs the uncertainty that accompanies his move from Lawrence County High School to East Oktibbeha County High.
Cass Tapley doesn't know how it happened.
Competition never gets old.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball coach Kayla Mosley went recruiting in the offseason.
MACON -- Unfinished business is a mantra the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team hopes provides enough motivation for it to make a title run this season.
Columbus Walmart General Manager Ernest Robinson dreamed big when he put together the Hoops for Troops basketball project.
The pings off the aluminum bats were welcome sounds to Scott Hannon and Lance Conn.
Gary Harris doesn't know where the next step will take the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team.
Seeing traffic lights, pulling bibs, and mimicking sounds of race cars don't sound like traditional lessons.
Nathan Ellis discovered Monday just how quickly the coaching carousel can turn, even at the high school level.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Any hit above the shoulder pads will receive special attention this season.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Auburn University football coach Gus Malzahn spent part of his first turn at Southeastern Conference Media Days calling concerns about the hurry-up offense causing more injuries "a joke."
HOOVER, Ala. -- The legal problems of current and former SEC players -- from ex-University of Florida and NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez to LSU running back Jeremy Hill -- cast a negative light on the league that has won seven consecutive national championships.
SOUTHAVEN -- The Columbus Nationals All-Star baseball team surrendered 10 unearned runs Saturday in an 11-7 loss to Valdosta (Ga.) in its opening game of the Dizzy Dean 12-year-old World Series.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's golf team will try to build on a trip to the NCAA Championships this season with a schedule that features some of the nation's premier events and the second-annual Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
FULTON -- The No. 19 Itawamba Community College football team will kick off the 2013 season Thursday, Aug. 29, against East Central C.C. at Easton Field in Fulton.