STARKVILLE -- To say Dalton Dempsey had options would be an understatement. The Starkville Academy senior was a standout running back on the football team, a key forward on the boys soccer team, and is one of the best track and field runners in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. He could have used any of those skills to earn a college scholarship.
STARKVILLE -- The most coveted gloves in the Mississippi State baseball program aren't of the batting or fielding variety. They also already have been defaced by multiple writings in black marker.
FRENCH CAMP -- It has been a rough first two months in Super Late Models for Shelby Sheedy. After three years racing Crate Late Models, Sheedy, 23, fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing Super Late Models when he sold his sealed motor and bought an open motor in the winter.
STARKVILLE -- The crowd gathered around Jasmine Lee as she served to Sara Lizariturry after practice. When the phones came out, Lee knew something was off. Lee thought she was serving to Lizariturry so she could work on returning wide serves. What she didn't know was her boyfriend, Stanton Price, was coming from his spot in the elevated bleachers with four balls, each with one word written on them. Will, you, marry, me.
STARKVILLE -- The A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre is a sea of maroon and tan divided by the white lines that surround the courts -- with one exception. On the far right of the court on the far right, a blue kiosk stands out. The small, blue support structure houses a tablet that receives information from five cameras. It is Mississippi State's portal to the future of college tennis.
The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team couldn't hold on to an early lead and lost to Saltillo 9-3 on Thursday night at Lady Trojan Field. New Hope committed four errors, which helped Saltillo score five runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
STARKVILLE -- When Jessica Cooley signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Mississippi State in 2009, she had no idea she was signing up for the eight-year program. "This is home. This program means so much to me," Cooley said. "To have seen the growth and the transformation. You take pride that you have been here to watch this program take so many steps."
STARKVILLE -- The pitch to get Lake Spradling to transfer from Starkville Academy to Starkville High School started with Patton Little. Spradling and Little knew each other outside of their respective schools. Entering the fall of 2015, with Spradling set for his junior year and Little for his senior year, Little made his case to get Spradling to move from the Volunteers to the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter remembers Jesse Little, Darrious Agnew, and Markedric Bell as freshmen. The veteran coach didn't rule out the possibility, but he didn't guarantee they were going to play college basketball, either. After all, Little had plenty of room to grow into his body and Agnew and Bell had plenty to learn to make up for their lack of experience.
STARKVILLE -- The national runner-up Mississippi State women's basketball team signed Australian forward Chloe Bibby on Wednesday. Bibby, a native a Warracknabeal, Victoria, has been playing against some of the country's best competition in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) and the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).
April will be a busy month for Andy Crotwell. Crotwell is honoring the final months of his contract at Caledonia High School, where he served as football coach and still teaches, while tending to the details of his new job of head football coach at North Pontotoc High.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Seconds after New Hope closed out Oxford 8-5 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) prep baseball contest Tuesday night, a wild celebration erupted.
Senior Landen Rogers took the mound and delivered an outstanding performance to lead the Starkville Academy Volunteers over the Heritage Academy Patriots 13-2 in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 action at Tripp Carson Field.
STARKVILLE -- Jacob Billingsley is more than a starting pitcher for Mississippi State, he's the definition of an innings eater.
STARKVILLE -- Safety is, "second nature," to Mississippi State's J.T. Gray. "It's what I've been growing up on." It was the position that got him to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and to the second round of the playoffs in his senior year of high school.
STARKVILLE -- In a matter of weeks, the summer of transformation is set to begin for Mississippi State men's basketball. It's the summer where the youngest team in America is supposed to make the big jump expected of freshmen and sophomores, in theory enough to compete among the top of the Southeastern Conference.
The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Anthony Carlyle to be the new boys basketball coach at Columbus High School on Monday night at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
With two losses to teams with Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPIs) higher than 50 and two more to teams with RPIs higher than 100, the Mississippi State baseball team gave its fans reason to doubt. Home losses to Morehead State, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, and Marist allowed the curiosity that accompanies a team at the start of a season to turn into skepticism.
Mississippi State's Brent Rooker leads the Southeastern Conference in nine offensive categories and is on track to have the greatest season by any player in the conference since new bat standards went into effect in 2011. The redshirt junior first baseman might look back at Saturday as his signature performance. He hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and went 4-for-4 with six RBIs in a 10-6 victory against Kentucky.
1. Caledonia softball continues magical postseason run HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. New Hope advances in baseball playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Starkville falls to DeSoto Central in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU drops doubleheader, SEC series to Auburn COLLEGE SPORTS