Two years ago, Justin Verner was a self-proclaimed "chubby" kid who was trying to master powerlifting techniques. Only a sophomore, Verner knew he had the potential to accomplish big things in the sport. His strategy for realizing those goals was simple: He was going to listen to his coaches and work as hard as he could.
PEARL -- Mississippi State University's Luis Pollorena loves pitching in a big ballpark on a big stage. The Bulldogs' 5-foot-6 left-hander has had three successful outings at Trustmark Park, the home of the Double-A Mississippi Braves.
PEARL -- The University of Mississippi baseball team has had trouble closing games this season. On Tuesday night, freshman right-hander Hawtin Buchanan provided an answer. Buchanan earned game Most Valuable Player honors and his first win as Ole Miss defeated Mississippi State 6-3 in the sixth Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park.
STARKVILLE -- Malte Stropp has been waiting for this moment all season. Stropp endured the awkwardness of being a shy kid from Germany in a new place, withstood the weird looks when he arrived in the United States, and is looking forward to being the star of "the show."
OXFORD -- For the second time this spring, weather forced the University of Mississippi football team indoors for practice Tuesday, but the change in scenery didn't affect the team's intensity and energy.
Peyton Lee wasn't sure what his role was going to be on the 2012 New Hope High School baseball team. Coming off a junior season that left him wanting more, Lee was focused on having an impact in his final season as a Trojan.
The piece of paper doesn't jangle in the breeze like the medals around the necks of his student-athletes.
Tiacara McCoy didn't let cancer stop her.
STARKVILLE -- Without much tangible evidence to support his claim, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen is convinced this is the time his club will shine.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman preaches "living in a moment." In her opinion, now is the moment for Mississippi high school softball to take the next step and to become a power on the national stage. While Stuedeman builds MSU into a perennial contender, she hopes improved play by teams in the state of Mississippi will help facilitate her program's growth.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Mississippi State University baseball team scored two runs in the ninth inning Sunday but couldn't muster enough offense to overtake the No. 7 University of South Carolina in a 6-4 loss at Carolina Stadium. MSU (21-15, 5-10 Southeastern Conference) suffered its first sweep in league play this season, while the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks improved to 27-10 and 8-7.
OXFORD -- Cranking out a team-high 14 hits in a Southeastern Conference game, the Mississippi State University softball team completed a three-game series sweep of the University of Mississippi with a 10-3 victory Sunday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The win helped MSU (25-19, 8-14 Southeastern Conference) surpass last year's win total of 24 in 56 games.
The Starkville Academy girls basketball team used a group approach all the way through a historic season.
CALEDONIA -- West Point High School baseball coach Buddy Myers saw his team simply going through the motions.
On senior night at Sammy Fletcher Field, Columbus High left-handed pitcher Tyler Blevins took the baseball and completely shut down a confident Caledonia High lineup.
With just a week left until the start of the postseason, Caledonia High School softball coach Robin Elmore was eager for a crisp performance at the New Hope High School tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Under the lights of Davis Wade Stadium, Mississippi State senior defensive back Darius Slay was still able to remain in the shadows of the coverages to cause multiple turnovers in a Friday night spring football scrimmage.
STARKVILLE -- The tight end classroom at the Mississippi State University football team's practice facility doesn't have many people in the seats. However, just because position coach Scott Sallach doesn't have a lot of bodies doesn't mean player development has taken a dip.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball team had a lot of time to contemplate its starting pitcher for game three Sunday of its weekend series against the University of South Carolina. It still hasn't come up with an option.
At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Jake Thomas is a quarterback's best friend anywhere on the offensive line. But Thomas figures to become an even more imposing presence in a number of areas for the Columbus High School Falcons as he continues to mature into his body.
1. Youth will be served for Caledonia track team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. After scare, No. 3 MSU pulls away to beat Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville Academy's Christiansen signs with Brevard College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Brown's hit in ninth lifts Caledonia past Amory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Ole Miss biggest loser after Round 1 of NFL draft COLLEGE SPORTS