STARKVILLE - The scene looked all too familiar at the Newell-Grissom Building in late August. The Mississippi State University volleyball team had lost its first game 30-28 to an unheralded Sun Belt Conference school in their season opening tournament.
The bruising nature of Austin Foster combined with the play up front of Joey Ard, Troy Arnold, and Jacob Ware and the elusive running of Will-Corben Rogers and Taylor Coggins helped Hebron Christian cruise to a 48-20 victory against Victory Christian in an eight-man game at Coleman Robertson Field in Columbus.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi first-year head coach Hugh Freeze and the football team continued preseason preparation Thursday afternoon on the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach Dan Mullen said he needed time to find the short- and long-term solution to the wide receivers coach position. Less than four days after the resignation of Angelo Mirando, MSU found a solution with the hiring of former University of Minnesota coach Tim Brewster.
Sherise Williams didn't know she still had a chance. Once she learned she still could become academically eligible to play basketball at Mississippi State University, Williams wasn't sure she believed she could do it. Johnnie Harris did. As a result, MSU will have another freshman on its roster who could contribute this season.
The process has just started for Barrett Donahoe. The initial steps for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach and his assistant coaches have involved tearing things down to build a foundation.
A lot has changed in the past year for the West Lowndes High School football team. More than 13 months ago, Anthony King returned to his alma mater to take over for Bobby Berry as the school's football coach. As excited as King was to wear the navy and gold that he did as a player at Motley High, he realized that the approval of his hiring in July left him little time to prepare his players and the program for the 2011 season.
It looks so simple. Four bounces, a short toss, an angled arm, and an explosion. When everything is working right, Natalie Hardy's serves can be a challenge to receive.
STARKVILLE -- Just about every emotion has run through the body and mind of Mississippi State University freshman volleyball player Taylor Scott this week.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell had to think the news would have to only get better after his team's 29-8 loss to Noxubee County last week. It got worse -- a lot worse.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman doesn't mince words when he looks back at 2011. "Last season was a disappointing year for us. We finished 3-7," Gartman said. "We had a very difficult schedule. That was part of it, and we also had a team."
The Oak Hill Academy football team snapped a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season Friday night in a season-opening 13-6 win at Newton County Academy. Now, the Raiders want to start a winning streak.
STARKVILLE -- Meet the new loud and in-your-face leader of the Mississippi State University football team's offense: Tyler Russell.
ABERDEEN -- Two Columbus High School punt returns and a lackluster effort on the offensive front that led to seven turnovers and a blocked punt played key roles in the Aberdeen High School football team's season-opening 21-0 loss last week.
After the opening week of the prep football season, one thing is clear.
STARKVILLE -- While steadily improving, Heritage Academy had been looking for that break-out game in fast-pitch softball.
New Hope High School won its slow-pitch softball game Tuesday night on a walk-off walk. Four straight hits and a walk led to two runs and a 6-5 victory for the Lady Trojans against Grenada.
One moment you're standing with your hands on your hips watching ... wondering if the ball is ever going to come your way.
STARKVILLE -- In lieu of the timing and sudden nature of Angelo Mirando's resignation as receivers coach, Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen had to come up with multiple solutions.
MACON -- For the third time in the past two years, the Noxubee County High School football team will represent the state of Mississippi in a showcase event.
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2. Hill, Gholar fuel Falcons' flight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Stricklin expected to take Florida AD job today COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy excited about big win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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