A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.
The Columbus age-group All-Star teams enter their respective state tournaments today with a sense of optimism about their chances to advance to the World Series.
STARKVILLE -- It's normal for a coach to tout his team and expect to win every game. Keith Lawrence doesn't mind wearing the cap of the mega-confident, if not braggadocios baseball coach.
Starting Friday, Propst Park will as much resemble the host of an outdoor music festival as a youth baseball and softball tournament. The cheers, loud and proud, will derive from dozens of girls, perhaps hundreds, from throughout the state, ranging in age from tiny tots to teenage veterans of Amateur Softball Association of America competition. Unlike baseball -- make that just about any other American sport -- an unofficial prerequisite of playing softball is cheering. Seriously. You cheer in the dugout while a teammate is at the plate.
Jason Edwards, coach of West Point's 10-and-under baseball team, watched from outside the dugout as Brandon Lairy made contact and raced to first base.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.
STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.
STARKVILLE -- Mimi Milling wasn't looking to leave her building project as Starkville High School's fast-pitch softball coach, but family comes first. The third-year coach recently accepted a job to teach math at Northeast Lauderdale High, a move that will see her teach in the same district as her husband, Dane, who will teach at West Lauderdale High.
It's nearly time. After months of planning, cleaning, primping, and organizing, Roger Short and the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority are ready to roll out the welcome mat to all of the players, parents, relatives, and fans who will invade Propst Park for four Dizzy Dean slow-pitch softball age-group tournaments and the 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete this weekend at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.
Andy Halford has fished long enough to know some searches prove fruitless.
Baitcasting reels have seen major changes throughout the years.
It takes a village to support Travis Outlaw -- make that an older brother and two cousins.
It looked like "if" was going to turn into "when." Then the Kosciusko's bats kicked into gear and ended an afternoon in the sun with some championship relief.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen, who led the Bulldogs to within one game of the College World Series and a No. 15 national ranking, has received a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.
The unknowns will crystallize tonight. Columbus 8-and-under Dizzy Dean softball coach Jay Cook hopes his players are ready when everything comes into focus. Cook and his players will put their efforts to the test at 7 tonight when they take on the Nettleton Diamond Divas on the Redbird A field in the double-elimination, coach-pitch North State tournament at Propst Park.
Magnolia Motor Speedway will host a Fourth of July program Sunday that will feature the P.R.O. Dirt Car Series Super Late Models in a 40-lap, $2,000-to-Win/$150-to-Start in the third and final round of the annual Firecracker Three Crown Nationals.
Jay Stacy feels his Columbus 9-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team is warmed up and ready to go for the state tournament.
Unsettling. Imposing. Dominating. Luther Hackman Sr. has played all of those roles from 60 feet, 6 inches away and 10 1/2 inches above home plate.
Every now and then, from just outside the dugout, Donna Glasgow reminds her husband where he's at and who he's coaching, especially when the score of his softball game is close, or a practice isn't progressing the way he'd prefer. You need to calm down. You need to remember, these are 7- and 8-year-old girls. They're not your boys. No, this isn't one of the youth baseball teams Sean Glasgow coaches.
1. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Oak Hill Academy boys beat Columbus Christian for district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus basketball teams sweep Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS