Chase Taylor is like most student-athletes who takes his craft seriously: He expects the best from himself at all times.
As a new coach starting out in soccer, Tom Velek never understood why coaches tended to put stronger players up front and less experienced ones on defense.
Tina Seals is going to be busy with volleyball this summer.
STARKVILLE -- It's safe to say there will be contempt and dislike in at least one Southeastern Conference baseball series this weekend.
HERNANDO -- The New Hope High School baseball team is one step away from returning to the state's biggest stage.
LAKE CORMORANT -- The New Hope High School softball team lost to Lake Cormorant 3-2 in eight innings Thursday night in game one of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series.
PEARL -- The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented today and Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State track and field meets at Pearl High. Today, Classes 1A, 3A, and 5A will compete. On Saturday, Classes 2A, 4A, and 6A will compete.
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus Motor Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway will return to action Saturday night. Action at Columbus Motor Speedway will include the NASCAR All American Series Stock Cars and Late Models, Columbus Modifieds, Sport Stocks, Crazy Compacts, and the USAC Ignite Midget Series.
Will Pitts and Kaleb Holliness aren't surprised. Even though they are the only seniors on the Victory Christian baseball team, the veterans can look past the fact that the Eagles aren't the most experienced or the biggest team in the Alabama Christian Educators Association.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- All a team really wants is a chance when it faces one of the nation's top pitchers. The Mississippi State University softball team had those chances Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Several sources in the Major League Baseball scouting community told The Dispatch on Thursday night that professional organizations are confident in the willingness of Mississippi State University right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton to sign a professional contract.
STARKVILLE -- Not too long ago, it was assumed the Mississippi State University men's tennis program would get to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Thursday night was a homecoming for Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman.
Tabitha Beard is engaged in all aspects of the New Hope High School softball program. In the fall, Beard coaches the perennial state champion Lady Trojans slow-pitch team. In the spring, she coaches the fast-pitch program, which remains in the hunt for this year's state championship.
Stacy Hester had faith another coaching opportunity was going to come. The former New Hope High School baseball coach just didn't expect the call to happen when it did. After speaking with Brandon High School Athletic Director and football coach Brad Peterson, Hester was confident he had found a great fit to continue his career as baseball coach.
J'Marcus Brooks knew he had a chance. To make the most of that opportunity, the former Columbus High School standout realized he needed to make a commitment. As soon as the Mississippi College baseball team's 2011 season ended, Brooks laid out a plan. He would run, he would lift weights, he would practice his fundamentals -- and he would do it all as often as possible.
STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin is feeling "those nerves" in anticipation of his final weekend at the A.J. Pitts Center. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team's top player hopes to perform better in his finale than he did two weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Starkville.
Drew McBrayer has seen that look on Chase Taylor's face. The New Hope High School golf coach knows that there are several options once Taylor shows that expression mixed with frustration, anger, and disappointment.
Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has been suspended one game for violating Southeastern Conference sportsmanship rules.
Pitching and defense go together better than anything in baseball. But pitchers have to throw strikes to help their team maximize its potential on defense. The thinking is simple: If pitchers pitch to contact, their defense will be alive and on its toes to make more plays than it would if pitchers go deep in counts and have problems throwing strikes.
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