STARKVILLE -- "Find a way." Laura Lee Holman's words served as a reminder this wasn't an ordinary day for the New Hope High School girls basketball team. Not only was leading scorer D.J. Sanders finding it difficult to make a shot, but the Lady Trojans also were battling foul trouble and the pesky tandem of Starkville High's Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery.
STARKVILLE -- One coach hopes to help his team find an ingredient that will propel it to greater heights in 2014. Another coach plans to use his team's three-game stint against Mississippi teams as a bonding exercise that will help his squad come together for the stretch run.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team spent the first half losing the tempo battle in its opening-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament. The Yellow Jackets found clear sailing to victory after they resolved that problem.
Taylor McHargue is living the dream. The Rice fifth-year senior quarterback defines having it all. An athletic 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, McHargue is recognized by everybody on campus and is believed to have a bright future after he graduates.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen always used to frustrate his wife, Nelle, when he'd talk about winning a national championship.
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WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless remembers inserting ninth-grader Aeris Williams into his first varsity game and telling him to hang on to the ball and to try not to do anything special.
MACON -- Eric Hunt plays football for one reason. "I play because it's fun," Hunt said. "I know that sounds like what everybody says, but I get a lot out of it."
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knew from the opening play of the 2013 season he couldn't panic.
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STARKVILLE -- According to all physical and mental indicators, Nick James is taking full advantage of his redshirt opportunity.
Taylor Stafford felt the emptiness. New Hope High School lost its hopes for a state championship in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's North State championship series in 2012. For Stafford, the pain was double because he was the losing pitcher in his team's final game of the season.
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First-time watchers of the New Hope High School girls basketball team, don't be alarmed. There is nothing wrong with D.J. Sanders.
HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School senior quarterback Quinshay Heard was ready to make the most of his second opportunity. After suffering a rotator cuff tear during his junior campaign, Heard returned to quarterback this season and led the Lions on a historic run.
WEST POINT -- When he was an eighth-grader at Oak Hill Academy, Joseph Caskey decided to give football a try.
LOUISVILLE -- At the end of the 2012 season, the cloud lifted for Louisville High School football coach M.C. Miller. Three years ago, Miller left his job as Noxubee County High's football coach to take the same position at Harrison Central High. In less than a week's time, Miller was on the move again, taking over at perennial power Louisville.
Very few players can impact a game at a high level on both ends of the field. Whether it's denying penalty kicks on one end or tormenting goalkeepers on the other, Michael Godley is one of the state's most versatile soccer players.
LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV men's basketball team is starting to find its groove. Playing two games on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip from its campus, UNLV played perhaps its two best games of the season.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier looked glum. His voice sounded softer than usual.
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