The Starkville All-Stars are swinging to survive. After losing during the opening night of the Dizzy Dean 10-and-under South state tournament, the team has recovered, beating Fulton on Friday and defeating Hamilton and Caledonia on Saturday to advance through the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
The Columbus Cyclones and Caledonia Sassy Sluggers departed their softball diamonds at Propst Park on Saturday afternoon with medals around their necks.
STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.
Baseball first excited Savion Price at age 3. His favorite player is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, who shares his position of shortstop.
The Columbus 10-and-under Dizzy Dean All-Stars are two wins closer to advancing to the World Series.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell has a pair of familiar faces joining his staff. Mitchell announced Thursday the hiring of Chris Walters as defensive line coach and Justin Moss as offensive line coach.
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.
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