CALEDONIA -- Trey Lancaster's slow shake of the head is a telling sign for anyone who has swung a bat. Whether it is fastballs or curveballs, pitchers with command of the strike zone, or pesky mechanical quirks, hitters have a variety of things that can wreak havoc with their batting averages and cause them to second- or triple-guess their approach.
HAMILTON -- Don't worry if you don't see a baseball. Be more concerned with the noise you hear from the Hamilton High School baseball team.
Andy Kirk didn't know what to expect from Kristyn Atkins and Anna Holley. On one hand he had a pitcher who was coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in her shoulder. On the other hand the first-year Itawamba Community College softball coach had a high school standout who was recruited to be an infielder win the starting job as catcher.
PEARL -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said his team needed to make it easier to manufacture runs. It can't get much easier than hitting the ball over the fence.
PEARL -- Nick Routt knew he wouldn't have any excuses if he didn't perform Tuesday night after a long layoff.
The New Hope High School baseball team may be strongest up the middle. Any coach will tell you that they like their squad's chances if they have dependable players at catcher, pitcher, center field, and in the middle infield positions.
STARKVILLE -- In his 29 seasons as baseball coach at Starkville High School, Danny Carlisle knows pitching and defense can carry a team in the postseason. That is why he's excited as he prepares for his final playoff run as leader of the program. The Yellow Jackets have two senior pitchers they can count on to give them a chance against any team.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team took the first step Tuesday night to settle unfinished business. Rising senior quarterback Gabe Myles threw two touchdowns to lead Starkville to a 17-8 victory against Columbus High in a spring football game.
SCOOBA -- Kate Neely and the East Mississippi Community softball team are ready for a clean slate. The EMCC coach and the Lions will get just that Thursday when they will take on fifth-ranked Jones Junior College (36-7, 22-2 MACJC South Division) at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the MACJC state tournament. The eight-team, single-elimination tournament will run through Friday at Itawamba C.C. in Fulton.
STARKVILLE -- Neil Henry has the football program at Starkville Academy to thank for his team's baseball success in 2012.
CALEDONIA - Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore kept her squad in the outfield for a lengthy heart-to-heart talk Monday night.
Yvonne Hairston and Jim Hamilton are going to do their best to make sure the members of the Columbus High School track and field teams are peaking in time for the state meets.
Johnny Fisher has made a lot of decisions in his life.
STARKVILLE - While most Mississippi State University students have already started planning for next week's final examinations, the softball team is getting geared up for a busy of week of competition.
STARKVILLE -- This is the point in which freshman are supposed to figure out how to perform at this new level of competition.
STARKVILLE -- A Super Bulldog Weekend that began Thursday with the Mississippi State University baseball team winning in walk-off fashion ended Sunday afternoon with the MSU softball team doing the same thing.
OXFORD -- After taking the first two games of the weekend series, the No. 22 University of Mississippi baseball team missed a chance for a sweep Sunday, losing to the No. 15 University of Arkansas 11-3.
STARKVILLE -- While the concept of a difference-maker is thrown around loosely in big-time college football, two Mississippi State University receivers showed the potential Saturday to earn that billing. Sophomore athlete Jameon Lewis and freshman wide receiver Joe Morrow made a instant impact on MSU's passing game in the annual Maroon-White spring game.
STARKVILLE -- It's a well-known fact the Mississippi State baseball team has walked away from Southeastern Conference weekends thinking it could've won one or two more games. This wasn't one of those weekends.
Jeffrey Cook had a feeling. Like any coach armed with a hard-throwing pitcher capable of going on back-to-back days, the Columbus High School baseball coach guessed Warren Central was going to come back with Cody Waddell in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoff series.
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2. MSU football player Hankerson arrested again COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Defense comes up big for West Point LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Mullen working on extension with MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Murphy, Gay leads locals on MAC All-State teams HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS