Andrew Olsen was a varsity starter on New Hope High School's soccer team before he ever stepped foot on campus.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has never hosted a game show.
STARKVILLE -- It was just a typical Friday night in Starkville, but the stands and the berm at the Mississippi State Soccer Field were filled to near capacity.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball fans filed into Dudy Noble Field on a Wednesday afternoon to see their Bulldogs take on Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Watching Adam Frazier in 2013, Mississippi State baseball fans knew he was destined for big things.
A lot of familiar faces could be found when Sporting News magazine released its preseason junior college football national rankings.
PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.
STARKVILLE -- As Scott Stricklin sits at his desk in the Bryan Building on an early summer morning, a mockup of the new court for Humphrey Coliseum sits in front of him.
For fans of college baseball, this year was mighty good inside this state.
STARKVILLE -- Even eight years removed, Greg Dombrowski vividly recalls learning from Gary Henderson.
CALEDONIA - Louis Alexander is coming home.
MLB.com's Jim Callis reported Monday that Mississippi State baseball junior Gavin Collins has signed with the Cleveland Indians for $100,000.
Darrell Lanigan hadn't raced at Magnolia Motor Speedway in nearly 10 years. There was hardly an adjustment period Saturday for the former World of Outlaws champion and driver of the No. 15 Georgia Boots Super Late Model car. Lanigan started sixth in the Country Pleasin' Clash at The MAG and sprung past Jimmy Owens on lap 49 to win the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model race and a $12,000 prize.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen officially announced the hiring of Gary Henderson as the team's new pitching coach Saturday. A source said Thursday the two were close to coming to a deal. Cohen also promoted volunteer assistant and coordinator of camps Will Coggin to a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Qualify well, make smart decisions, and relax. Sounds easy enough for the Super Late Model drivers hoping to make the Country Pleasin' Sausage Clash at the MAG, which begins tonight with qualifying and heat races that will lead up to a full-slate of feature races Saturday. The Clash is highlighted by a 100-lap Lucas Oil Super Late Model race, an opportunity to win a portion of largest purse of the year -- $20,000 to the winner and more than $85,000 in total payouts -- and a chance for the local guys to show they can hang with the full-time racers.
STARKVILLE -- Marta Freitas came oh so close to a second-straight year with a disappointing finish. After falling in the 1,500 meters last year at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Mississippi State track and field athlete was ready for redemption this season. The heavy favorite, she led early in the 2016 race. But as she neared the finish line, she lifted her arms in celebration a little too early.
STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson is close to becoming the new Mississippi State baseball pitching coach, a source said Thursday. The deal is expected to be finalized today. The source also said volunteer assistant Will Coggin will be promoted to a full-time assistant and gain the title of recruiting coordinator. Henderson, who stepped down after eight seasons as the Kentucky coach, will fill a void left by Wes Johnson. Johnson, who spent one season at MSU, was announced as Arkansas' new pitching coach Wednesday.
Gym rats come in all shapes and sizes. Usually the student-athletes you find toiling away long after their teammates have went home are a step slower or a few inches shorter than the standouts that grab all the headlines. Those stalwarts likely attracted their share of stars and are on the watch lists of most local colleges, and maybe even some of the national powerhouses.
STARKVILLE -- Curtis Thompson had an idea of what it would feel like to be a national champion.
While the initial season at Nusz Park proved action-packed for the Mississippi State softball team, one final piece of business remains on the docket.