TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jonathan Holder had to make a lot of choices in his first semester at Mississippi State University. Some of those decisions included what classes to take, where would he eat on and off campus, and how best to enjoy his free time away from academics and athletics.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior outfielder Dusty Dyson decided his team didn't need to wait long to score Saturday afternoon.
It only takes one mistake. The state championship signs on the outfield wall at Lady Trojan Field attest to the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team's ability to capitalize when given another chance.
STARKVILLE -- If there was emotion, the dark sunglasses Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle wore hid it.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High took hosting to a new extreme Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets helped Mississippi State University play host to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A, Class 5A, and Class 6A North State championships.
Focused. When you have to wait three and a half to four hours in between games, there is no other way to describe the mentality that a team needs to win a championship.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School Sports Boosters honored student-athletes in 12 sports at their annual all-sports banquet Friday evening in the school cafeteria.
The South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball team won two of three games Friday to advance to the North Central Regional tournament next week in Vestavia Hills.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Kendra Wilson has heard the story plenty of times. Five years later, Wilson sighs and smiles when she hears her coach has told it again. As much as the South Lamar High School senior would like to forget it, she can't help but admit it goes a long way in describing how far she has come as a pitcher.
HAMILTON -- First team to one wins. Fortunately for the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team, two is the only number that matters.
HAMILTON -- A sweat-stained Jay King flipped the game ball to coach Josh Dowdy as he moved toward the field. Dowdy looked at it and didn't hesitate to toss it back to King. Deservedly so.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy junior right-hander Drew Pellum returned normalcy to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II baseball playoffs Thursday night. Pellum fired a one-hitter to help Starkville Academy eliminate Heritage Academy 3-0 in a semifinal matchup before a capacity crowd at Volunteer Field.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows what some of his players will go through this weekend. Nine members of the Mississippi State University baseball team are from the state of the Alabama. Those Bulldogs and Cohen, who is from Tuscaloosa, Ala., expect to see a lot of friends and family this weekend when MSU meets the University of Alabama for a three-game series. Game one will be at 6:35 tonight.
Jim Hamilton is curious. The Columbus High School boys track and field coach had expectations last week entering the Class 6A, Region 1 meet last week at Tupelo High School.
Ten months is an eternity in athletics. Repetitions in practice and execution in games can help even the youngest player lose the butterflies and learn things she never imagined. It has been 10 months since Central Academy softball coach Sammy Lindsey took the field with a fast-pitch team that featured 11 underclassmen.
JACKSON -- East Mississippi Community College men's basketball standouts Deon Bedford, of West Oktibbeha County High School, and Curtis Hall, of West Point, signed scholarships earlier this week to play basketball at Belhaven University.
STARKVILLE -- According to reports, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray is close to signing a fourth member of his first recruiting class. Paul Jones of 247sports.com reported Wednesday that MSU is expected to sign Olney Central (Ill.) College point guard Trivante Bloodman today during his official campus visit.
Bruce Branch and Neal Henry admit they were wrong. The Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy baseball coaches thought they would see pitching and defense emerge as leading storylines for their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff series.
STARKVILLE -- Nathan Pugh and the rest of the seniors on the Starkville High School baseball team don't like to think about what's next for them and their coach after this season. They know they're all in this together.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS