CLINTON - A 12-run fourth inning by the nation's top-ranked team spelled doom for the East Mississippi Community College softball team in a 16-2 loss to LSU-Eunice on Thursday afternoon in opening-day action of the 2011 NJCAA Region 23 tournament at Traceway Park.
Yolanda Moore knew this day would come. She just didn't know when it would be. At 3:30 p.m. today, the words of former University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Van Chancellor likely will reverberate in Moore's head when she is announced as the new girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy.
Chris Rose knew he was in for a challenge when he became baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College.
MABEN -- The response to tragedy was natural. The baseball and softball teams of East Webster High School had sports put into perspective when a powerful tornado -- one of dozens across Mississippi and Alabama -- ripped through the Cumberland community and left their school in rubble.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Swayze Hollenhead made a difficult position switch she knew was coming. For the first two years of her high school career at East Webster, she starred at third base and helped lead the Lady Wolverines to a pair of Class 1A state titles.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban spends much of his spare time in tornado-ravaged parts of Tuscaloosa. Former NBA star Charles Barkley had never seen anything like the destruction in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier gazed out the office window at the perfectly manicured practice fields at Minnesota Vikings headquarters, fields just waiting for some action.
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State baseball team scored 10 times in the seventh inning Tuesday night to rally past South Alabama 15-9 in a non-conference college game at Stanky Field. The Bulldogs improved to 18-5 in non-conference games this season and 26-18 overall. South Alabama fell to 22-22.
GREENWOOD -- The Heritage Academy golf team was up for the challenge. Stalled by rain and soggy conditions Tuesday at Greenwood Country Club, the Patriots fought off the elements and the hunters en route to a score of 318 that was good enough to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA championship.
Pitchers often are put on a pedestal. Right-handers can be referred to a left-handers, and lefties have a special way of doing things that makes them unique. Those qualities are magnified in fast-pitch softball, especially at the elite levels of Division I, where pitchers usually are asked to do one thing: Pitch. Lauren Holifield and D.J. Sanders are breaking that mold.
Every team needs glue. Squads also need leaders who pick teammates up and help keep spirits elevated in trying times. Tyler Farnham is all of that in one player.
Sometime Saturday before the Class 6A North State track meet, Sammy Doughty will retrieve a bottle of green alcohol and Epsom salt from his bathroom closet. He will pour the contents in a foot tub, add hot water, and sit back on his bed and watch television.
STARKVILLE -- Not many eighth-graders have a shot at winning a state title, much less in Class 6A, the state's highest classification. But anyone who knows Starkville High School's Walker Mattox could see her rise to the top of the distance running chain coming from the longest straightaway.
Football always has fascinated Gerald "Tri" Nason III.
STARKVILLE -- George Coupland had a strong feeling the Mississippi State men's tennis team would land in Atlanta for the first round of the NCAA tournament. When the selection show confirmed the No. 21 Bulldogs' destination, Coupland couldn't help but focus on host team Georgia Tech.
A New Hope man will spend his weekends in the Oktibbeha County Jail for the next six months after pleading guilty to assault with a cowbell.
Beware of the curveball. It's a tricky, temperamental pitch that coupled with a few fastballs could help the Heritage Academy baseball team advance through the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has resisted the urge to move sophomore reliever Luis Pollorena into the starting rotation. With the Bulldogs' window to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament shrinking by the week, Pollorena "has a very good chance" of starting Friday or Saturday in a three-game series at the University of Tennessee, Cohen said Monday.
Parker Dunaway is a state champion triple jumper without a regulation-sized pit to practice in. Imagine a basketball player with half a court, or a rim and no net, a quarterback with a football and only 30 yards to play on, or a forward in hockey or soccer without a court or field.
Being away from baseball hasn't diminished Stacy Hester's love for the sport. Now he hopes his latest opportunity will help him get a chance to return to the game he loves.
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