STARKVILLE -- There weren't too many teams that tested the chemistry and the togetherness that binded Starkville Academy girls basketball team this season.
STARKVILLE -- Together Everyone Achieves More. Glenn Schmidt has used countless phrases, sayings, and motivational tactics in 30-plus years of coaching basketball. But none of the words Schmidt has used sums up the 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball team better than the acronym T.E.A.M. It may be cliché, but the Lady Volunteers epitomized team play in every facet of the game.
Being a graduate of Mississippi State University, Mark Alexander already had a pulse on the boys basketball program at Starkville Academy. Alexander knew the Volunteers had experienced more struggles than happy times. In the past decade, the squads have battled to break even and postseason success was nonexistent.
STARKVILLE -- In the eyes of the Mississippi State University football coaching staff, Justin Cox is the kind of player that can benefit from spring practice the most. As a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Cox is trying to get everything down so he can be a starter for in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs also have little time to develop Cox, who only two years of college eligibility left.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With his team needing a lift, senior right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman answered the call. Throwing his fourth complete game, Graveman played a key role Saturday in the No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team's 4-1 victory against No. 15 University of Arkansas in game two of their Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- While it remains to be seen if Sam Lenahan saved the Mississippi State University softball team's season, there is no question the junior catcher saved Easter weekend. Lenahan's two-run home run in the seventh inning kick-started a rally as MSU worked its way past Auburn 4-3 in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series Saturday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.
WEST POINT -- If only the game of baseball could be as easy it is for New Hope High School's Will Golsan right now. The right-handed hitting junior, who is batting .489 in the leadoff spot, has developed a simple approach when he steps in the batter's box. "Swing at fastball and yeah, as hard as I can," Golsan said.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore, who played and coached under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, has passed away. The university said the 73-year-old Moore died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems.
STARKVILLE -- Who knew sliding inside a few feet would represent a different world for Kaleb Eulls. The Mississippi State University defensive lineman is spending the spring football season learning everything about how to play in defensive tackle.
Focus is an essential part of athletics. Whether it's staring down a pass rush, eyeing a soccer players movements while setting up for a penalty kick, or trying to read a pitcher's hands to determine what pitch is coming, Tyler Aldridge has faced all of those situations and has learned to tune out the distractions that prevent other athletes from being successful.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team knows it will be without its starting catcher this weekend at No. 15 University of Arkansas, but it also could be without its ace pitcher.
When schedules are finalized, many prep baseball coaches circle prom night and approach that night with fear and anxiety. Columbus High School coach Jeff Cook isn't in that group. Cook likes the Falcons' current winning streak on prom night. Columbus made it three straight on the special occasion with a 7-3 come-from-behind victory against Class 6A, Region 2 rival South Panola on Thursday night at Sammy Fletcher Field.
STARKVILLE -- A play here, a play there. Brian Jones has seen his first Starkville High School baseball team fall on the wrong side of a thin margin for error more than a half dozen times this season.
OXFORD -- Matt Insell, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked University of Kentucky women's basketball program, was named Thursday new women's basketball coach at the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Natural is often used to describe Hunter Renfroe's skills on the diamond. That description couldn't be more false. Renfroe is constantly working on the finer points of his game so he can have weekends like last week in Lexington, Ky., against then-No.10 University of Kentucky. Despite all of the attention to details, the Mississippi State University outfielder, a nominee for the Golden Spikes Trophy this season, is difficult to please. Sometimes, in fact, it seems nothing is good enough for Renfroe, who is his biggest critic. The constant self-evaluation drives MSU coaches crazy.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer joked Wednesday night that the honeymoon is over for his tenure as the Mississippi State University women's basketball coach. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant learned enough in their first seasons with Schaefer to know that things aren't going to change any as they and MSU move forward.
CALEDONIA -- Trent Humber knows his strengths. The Caledonia High School senior acknowledges his drives off the tee might not be as far as other players. That's OK, though, because Humber knows he can make up for what he lacks in driving distance with his putting and chipping.
HATTIESBURG -- Brock Zylstra's fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU's bench broke out in wild cheers. The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars' prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss 79-62 in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team navigated a miserable December, dealt with a couple of key injuries and lacked a consistent scoring threat in the post. Still, the Crimson Tide managed to win 23 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament while losing only one senior and no starters for next season.
STARKVILLE -- After 18 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level, Phil Cunningham is ready to make that critical move one chair over.
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