HAMILTON -- Clay Atkins never imagined he would follow in the footsteps of pitchers like Dylan Earnest and Chase Reeves.
HAMILTON -- Alison Atkins and Taylor Hyland are wise beyond their years. The Hamilton High School sophomores have played together long enough and in enough games to think pressure is just another word.
On a night when Starkville Academy had 25 base runners, a defensive play may have saved the Volunteers' season.
When you have been a member of the New Hope High School baseball program for as long as Joe Harvey and Thomas Woodruff, you know inexperience is a relative term.
Tabitha Beard knows how important family is to the New Hope High School softball program.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University sophomore outfielder C.T. Bradford will likely be out of the active lineup this weekend as the Bulldogs travel to the University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Danny Carlisle to turn a celebratory roast into an entertaining argument where he gets the last word in.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's tennis program has one goal -- bring the national championship trophy back to Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe Luis Pollorena should be the last to know every time he's getting a start for the Mississippi State University baseball team.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For the second time this season, Mississippi State University junior Chris Stratton, of Tupelo, has been honored as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week.
STARKVILLE -- Archrivals Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy have played each other in numerous sporting events through the years. However, one would be hard-pressed in recent memory to find a more important baseball game than the one scheduled for 6 tonight in the opener of a best-of-three series in the semifinal round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs at Trip Carson Field in Columbus. The series winner will play next week for the state championship.
Bruce Branch didn't panic. The Heritage Academy baseball coach knew Mother Nature wasn't doing his team or any other squads in the state any favors early in the season keeping it from getting outdoors.
Parker Dunaway had concerns. But as much as Dunaway wanted to have a junior season to remember, he didn't want to disappoint his teammates on the Heritage Academy baseball team. Dunaway also didn't want his track and field efforts to suffer, either, but he still wasn't sure how he would fare returning from an elbow injury.
STARKVILLE -- A quick glance of the Southeastern Conference softball standings reveals that the University of Tennessee is riding a conference-best 17-game win streak. That seems quite fitting since the Volunteers are ranked No. 7 in the nation. The team that has the league's second longest win streak, though, may be a surprise.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball program added a local talent Monday its coaches hope can make an immediate impact next season. East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White confirmed to The Dispatch on Monday evening forward Colin Borchert signed with new MSU coach Rick Ray.
CRAWFORD -- This isn't the best time of year to ask East Oktibbeha County High School football and track and field coach Randy Brooks to take a fishing trip or to help with a fix-up project.
The South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball team went 5-2 in the final week of the regular season to prepare for the area tournament. South Lamar (30-7, 7-1 area) will play Berry at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parrish.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen talks constantly to his Mississippi State University baseball team about finding ways to win games. His squad's 4-2 victory against the University of Mississippi in the third game of a three-game weekend set was a direct reflection of that idea. After all, it isn't often a team gets two hits and wins.
A new April Sykes took the court Sunday primed to take the next step in her basketball career. The former East Oktibbeha County High School All-American who went on to have a standout career with the Rutgers University women's basketball team worked in her first practice with her new team, the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
STARKVILLE -- The injury list continues to grow for the Mississippi State University baseball team. Three key contributors are fighting serious injuries as the Bulldogs enter the final month of the regular season.
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