STARKVILLE -- The movements reflect experience. Shuffle step, shuffle step, pause, read ... go. Maegen Ellis slides safely into third base and springs up ready for more. She inches off the base while looking at second base. When she sees the throw go there in an attempt to retire a teammate, she is off again. Just like the last time, Ellis' speed catches the defense off guard and she slides in safely with the first run of the game.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell knows what is priority number one going into the 2012 season.
STARKVILLE -- It's all about the attitude for the Mississippi State women's soccer team.
PHEBA -- David Hudson still is adjusting to hearing the word "coach" before his name. Not that Hudson doesn't know the game of fast-pitch softball. He assisted head coach Cass Tapley the past two seasons at Hebron Christian School. But when Tapley decided not to coach the team this season, Hudson stepped forward and accepted the offer to lead a young team.
Summer has developed a well-earned reputation for being a time to sit back, to relax, and to kick your feet up, or to travel to a fun-filled vacation getaway. If you ask Chris McCullough and Christian Dale, though, their travel plans have been filled with plenty of work.
Delynn Burkhalter has swam enough strokes, logged enough miles on a bicycle, and pounded enough pavement to know the elements that make a triathlon successful. In addition to a quality course and hours of planning and organization, Burkhalter knows the importance of having helpful and interested volunteers involved in the race. So while Burkhalter would be able to join the rest of the field for the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon on Aug. 18 in Columbus, the president and chief executive officer of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. plans to work behind the scenes as a volunteer in an effort to make sure competitors have a memorable experience.
OXFORD -- As preseason camp nears for the University of Mississippi's fall sports, fans should make their plans for the University of Mississippi Athletic Association "Meet The Rebels Day", presented By Baptist North Mississippi, on Aug. 18. Festivities begin with the football team scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Fans then will be able to make their way to the Indoor Practice Facility, which opens its doors at 11:30 a.m.
Columbus Speedway has seen a rebirth in many ways in its 50th year of operation. From new grandstands to new promoters to other improvements, there have been a lot of changes at the facility. Some have involved new items, while others have involved the rejuvenation of events that haven't been held in a few years. One event, the James Nickoles Memorial, will return Saturday with Columbus Nissan as the title sponsor.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School prospect Gabe Myles faced an interesting decision. Would Myles follow in the footsteps of his father, Eddie, and attend Mississippi State University, or would he try to play quarterback at a lower-tier Division I school?
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football coaches don't intend to rush senior offensive lineman Tobias Smith back into action.
WEST POINT -- Time has stood still for five years in the Oak Hill Academy baseball/softball fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- Consider the 2011 season a first step.
STARKVILLE -- Both Mississippi State University and the University of North Carolina will be bringing a majority of brand new faces to the Aloha state for the 2012 Maui Invitational.
STARKVILLE -- Adam Frazier and his teammates were told their experience this summer with the Team USA baseball team would be the perfect preparation for life as a professional player. Mississippi State University's standout leadoff hitter and shortstop disagrees after he spent a month wearing the red, white, and blue for the U.S. collegiate summer national team.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber understands she will need to take on a leadership role this season. However, since she is the only senior on the 2012 fast-pitch squad, Barber will be happy to get some help from her friends.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University guard Craig Sword was arrested last weekend for misdemeanor possession of a BB gun on a educational property. The freshman guard, who was on campus for the second semester of summer school, was arrested by university police after the BB gun was found in his dorm room.
Tyson Lee never allowed the word no to stop him from doing something.
MACON -- Confidence can work wonders with youth.
STARKVILLE -- With summer school classes winding down, activity on some parts of the Mississippi State University campus has slowed to a snail's pace. The same can't be said for the offices of radio station WMSV 91.1 FM, which is in the heart of the campus. Just outside the station's broadcast booth, Anthony Craven and Steve Ellis sit around a table and plan that day's edition of Southeastern Drive Time, a one-hour call-in sports show, heard at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
STARKVILLE -- One talks with his family, visits schools, and picks a college It often is one of the biggest choices teenagers make as they become adults. For some, that's when things only start to get interesting.
1. Columbus High basketball teams continue winning ways HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Johnson, Williams could be key pieces for No. 4 MSU women COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Tennessee routs Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Ole Miss holds on to beat Missouri COLLEGE SPORTS