STARKVILLE -- Basketball teams can win with eight players. Rarely can a team remain competitive through a season with eight players on its roster. Starkville Academy's girls basketball team did just that this season, finishing 19-14 after losing three senior starters from the previous season.
WEST POINT -- A Division I player has to have "it." Scoring, rebounding, passing -- all facets of basketball are important -- but there's something about a player who can be a team leader and push it to even greater heights.
Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.
Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.
MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Trey Rickman grins when he thinks about the response he gets after telling friends he drives race cars. He's just 14 -- not old enough for a driver's license.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Hand shakes aren't enough for Vann Stuedeman. Ann Carr had an inkling about Stuedeman's enthusiasm and reputation for being a "people person," but she had no idea what was in store when she met her latest candidate for a job.
Cary Shepherd is more than special to Kathi Coleman. It's just that it is so difficult for Coleman to find one word that encapsulates everything Shepherd did in her time as softball coach at New Hope High School.
STARKVILLE -- The Gavin Ware show will remain a local production. The 6-foot-8 Starkville High School center gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for Mississippi State on Thursday in a press conference at SHS.
STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
STARKVILLE -- When the all-state and all-star soccer lists were released, there was a glaring omission: Alvaro Pichardo.
Here is the schedule for the Dizzy Dean Senior Baseball Tournament that will begin Friday and run through Sunday at Caledonia, Columbus, New Hope, and West Point high schools:
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.
Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.
A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
WEST POINT -- Jemmye Ann Helms has experienced success at multiple levels of organized basketball. In the past 20 years, the game has been in her blood, as a player in high school and college and as a coach. So when the 13-year coaching veteran decided to step away from her role as girls basketball coach at West Point High School, she made sure to give the move careful consideration.
MABEN -- Swayze Hollenhead left East Webster High School as a four-time state champion softball player.
1. No. 3 MSU faces key series at Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Hamilton High's Evans signs with Blue Mountain College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Youth will be served for Caledonia track team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. After scare, No. 3 MSU pulls away to beat Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville Academy's Christiansen signs with Brevard College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS