MILLPORT, Ala. -- The success of Year 2 of the Lane Wright era at South Lamar High School was crafted well before the season started. When the 10-year coaching veteran made the switch from Sulligent to South Lamar, he inherited a team that lost eight seniors from a squad which reached the semifinals of the Alabama Class 1A state playoffs.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson knew more would be placed on his shoulders this season at Pickens Academy. Just one of three seniors, the Pirates' ace pitcher would enter his final prep campaign without the run support that propelled the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 2A squad to a 16-7 record and a second-round playoff berth in 2010.
Travis Outlaw, an eight-year NBA veteran and product of Starkville High School, will host his second annual basketball camp June 28-30 at the Starkville SportsPlex.
After logging more than an estimated 1 million miles of travel during his 58 years as voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil will help usher fans to Starkville via the Jack Cristil Highway.
Things will stay pretty much the same this season for the Noxubee County High School football team. Like last season, coach Tyrone Shorter feels the way to go is to run the ball. In 2010, the Tigers had the luxury of having an experienced offensive line.
HAMILTON -- Once you've won it all, second place is hard to accept.
Austin Braddock is the Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year as much for what he accomplished as what he had to overcome.
HAMILTON -- Being "that guy" often comes with the challenge of getting every opponent's best effort.
Boyd and Branch. Or call them Branch and Boyd.
The Mississippi Brawl Stars are one of the newest sports teams to the Golden Triangle, but with a twist: envision one hour of fast-break basketball on an oval course. Add in the physicality of hockey, the injury risks of water skiing on concrete and the wardrobe of punk rockers.
It's hard to imagine Demi Menotti being quiet.
Mary Nagy can do it all with a smile.
Prep boys soccer: Coaches nominations
STARKVILLE -- If the Bulldogs head into next season with rising seniors Devin Jones and Nick Routt, their pitching staff will be the most experienced its been under coach John Cohen.
STARKVILLE -- If every MSU player comes back from their summer league assignment like Caleb Reed did, MSU coach John Cohen will have 12 players ready to have breakout seasons in 2012.
The Noxubee County and Louisville high school football programs will take center stage this season. The tradition-rich programs will be featured Thursday, Oct. 20, in Macon in the third season of Cellular South's "Y'all vs. Us" television broadcast package.
STARKVILLE -- The twists and turns of a baseball season can prevent teams from reaching their goals, while others can turn a once bleak situation into an unexpected postseason run.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a two-run lead in the seventh inning Sunday, Mississippi State second baseman Nick Vickerson could smell the midwest breeze of Omaha, Neb. Then, much like Vickerson did Saturday, the University of Florida baseball team changed the game with one swing. Preston Tucker's three-run home run helped Florida regain the lead and send it to an 8-6 win in Game 3 of the NCAA tournament's Gainesville Super Regional.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- At the beginning of the season, no one anticipated the Mississippi State baseball team coming within nine outs of making it to the College World Series.
1. New Hope rolls past West Point to complete region play HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. No. 11 MSU finds way to beat No. 21 Missouri COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Dillingham sparks MSU's victory with key defensive plays COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Player of Week: Rogers helps fuel success for Columbus Lady Falcons HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS