Austin Braddock wasn't perfect on the mound Thursday afternoon in the Heritage Academy baseball team's 9-1 win against Jackson Academy. The senior right-hander gave up hits to start his first few innings. Yet it's how Braddock handled his pitches after those hits that made his performance a memorable one for Patriots fans at Trip Carson Field. Three days after his baseball team lost 10-0 at Jackson Academy, he returned the favor at home, scattering seven hits in six innings to help Heritage Academy secure the top seed in Class AAA, Division II by winning the first game of a doubleheader.
Landon Boyd grew up at Trojan Field. Not only did the future New Hope High School baseball player learn the ins and outs of the sport watching his brothers Lee and Russ at the park, he also enjoyed countless rides on the "gator," or the mower coaches used to drag the infield before and after games. Peyton Lee gleaned the same tradition-rich habits watching former Trojans, including his brother, Davis, who was a senior on the 2010 New Hope High baseball team.
Brandi Brantley and Anna Holley have spent their high school careers immersed in tradition. Their senior softball season started the same way: with another state title. The New Hope High School slow-pitch team won its fourth championship in a row, and second in a row in Class 5A, in October, closing an illustrious chapter in their career.
STARKVILLE -- Meridian Community College women's basketball coach Hilary Allen describes his team's fast-paced playing tempo as "chaotic." He feels he added two ideal fits for that system Thursday when Starkville High School seniors Courtney Moore and Chelsey Johnson-Weaver signed with MCC.
NEW YORK - The University of Alabama had a school-record four players selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday evening. Junior Marcell Dareus was taken by the Buffalo Bills with the No. 3 overall pick, while junior wide receiver Julio Jones went to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 6. Senior offensive lineman James Carpenter went No. 25 to the Seattle Seahawks, and junior running back Mark Ingram was selected with the 28th pick of the first round by the New Orleans Saints.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- University of Alabama long snapper Carson Tinker was injured in the storms that bombarded Tuscaloosa and other parts of the state, forcing Auburn's national championship football team to reschedule a trip to the White House. The weather also led to cancellations of high school and college sporting events.
STARKVILLE -- Derek Sherrod had to wait until the final pick of the first round of the NFL Draft to hear is name called. Boy was it worth it.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's football program could reach significant milestones in this year's NFL draft. Four Bulldogs are projected to be drafted in the three-day event that starts at 7 tonight (ESPN), including All-America left tackle Derek Sherrod, who many analysts predict will be selected in the first round.
STARKVILLE -- Experience and knowledge of the game won't be a problem for Starkville Academy's new softball coach Kayla Mosley. The former University of Mississippi outfielder was announced Wednesday as Starkville Academy's varsity softball coach and assistant girls basketball coach.
WEST POINT -- Two weeks before the West Point High School baseball team earned its first playoff berth in a decade, coach Buddy Wyers watched his team continue to make mental errors that threatened to transform another promising season into just another losing campaign.
HAMILTON -- Parker Rye has tried to gain weight. He really has. Rye increased his eating habits, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bedtime. During the fall, he lifted weights with his father at the local wellness center. Still, his metabolism is winning this competition, keeping his 5-foot-5 frame around 140 pounds
STARKVILLE -- Five members of the Mississippi State men's tennis team received All-Southeastern Conference honors, and coach Per Nilsson was named SEC Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Malte Stropp also was named SEC Freshman of the Year.
Money is usually on the mind of a professional football prospect who has a chance to be a first-round draft pick. The farther you slide down, the more money you could lose on your first contract. None of that fazes Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod.
Jeffrey Cook didn't think the idea was crazy. After all, Hunter Mullis had just delivered a performance beyond his wildest expectations to help keep the Columbus High School baseball team's season alive.
About 21 years ago, Louis Sherrod looked at his son, Derek, and noticed something very different from other children. "He was an average-sized baby, but his chest was so big," Louis said. "It was like he had already been doing pushups or something."
Now the real fun begins. Judging from its performance Monday, the New Hope High School baseball team appears ready to make some noise. Taylor Stafford and Kameron Bryan hit home runs to back the pitching of Dillon Hawkins in a 16-1 victory against Jackson Lanier in game two of the opening-round Class 5A North State playoff series at Trojan Field.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson is used to the silent treatment. The Pickens Academy senior typically likes to be to himself in the dugout when he pitches, and his teammates usually oblige by giving him a wide berth. Last week, the Pirates went out of their way to make Davidson feel alone. Davidson didn't notice, though, just like he didn't realize he was throwing a no-hitter against Southern Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chris Smith suffered a broken jaw in a weekend altercation in Meridian and will have surgery today.
STARKVILLE -- The left side of Mississippi State's infield has been injured for most of the 2011 season. Still, third baseman Jarrod Parks and shortstop Jonathan Ogden have started all but one game.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't build on early momentum Sunday as the No. 2 University of South Carolina rallied for a 13-4 victory in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.