STARKVILLE -- In November, Andy Cannizaro took the kind of job he had been dreaming of. At 4 p.m. Friday, Mississippi State's first-year baseball coach will begin it in earnest when his team opens his inaugural season against 2016 College World Series participant Texas Tech at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Gridley is the self-proclaimed expert on the last year of Konnor Pilkington's development. After playing with Pilkington last season at Mississippi State, Gridley was a teammate of his with the Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps before returning to Starkville for the fall and spring.
STARKVILLE -- What would become the biggest day of Sarai Niu's life didn't begin or end as planned. A talented high school softball-playing senior, Niu had fought back great reservations and decided to take an official visit to Mississippi State.
JACKSON -- Jesse Little played a big role in Starkville High's semifinal-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 3 tournament ... despite what his surname might suggest.
Columbus boys basketball coach Gary Griffin and junior player Robert Woodard II came to the same conclusion at halftime of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.
Columbus High School had a 45-second stretch where it stole the basketball seven times against Hernando at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.
As they say, the third time is a charm.
West Point girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel does not hesitate to call Jamia Hollings, "the heartbeat," of his team. So, when he rested her with a high ankle sprain for three weeks, even when she could have played earlier than that, he did it for a reason.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Yante Maten scored 24 points in his return to high-scoring form and Georgia pulled away with a 12-3 run late in the game to beat Mississippi State 79-72 on Tuesday night.
Relentless. Selfless. Those are qualities coaches covet in any sport. But finding players who have those traits is a dream come true for a soccer coach who needs someone to work hard on the outside to keep opponents in check.
STARKVILLE -- It's no secret that Wes Johnson loves velocity.
STEENS -- Six more wins. The Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team took care of the first two steps on its journey back to Clinton last week. Wins against Winona Christian School and Oak Hill Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 tournament in Steens have put CCA in position to take the next step in its journey as a No. 1 seed. That journey will begin at 5:15 p.m. today when CCA (22-8) takes on Marshall Academy at Delta Academy at the Class AA North State tournament.
OXFORD -- Will Golsan didn't seemed bothered by having to answer so many questions. After all, the Ole Miss junior understood the curiosity from all of the reporters who wanted to ask him about his new position. After playing second base as a freshman and first base as a sophomore, the former New Hope High School standout will move to right field for his third season with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- Continuity has been a big piece of the puzzle this season for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team. After biding their time for injuries to heal in the first few months, the Volunteers have come together in January and February to play some of their best basketball. Versatility and depth have been keys for a team that can rely on a number of players to carry the load on any given night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State catcher Elih Marrero throws a lot more than he used to. The added responsibility is part of the job description of catching for MSU first-year head coach Andy Cannizaro. "He loves to run, run, run, run, run," said Marrero, a sophomore. "I think we throw out about 75 percent. It's something like that, but he doesn't care. He wants us to go, go, go, and go."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's backcourt already was a man down Saturday when Lamar Peters limped off the court in the second half.
As the close losses mounted in January, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer never lost confidence in his team. One of the preseason favorites to compete for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship, the Trojans had to fight through a series of tough losses in a difficult schedule. McBrayer feels like his team learned from those opportunities and can put that knowledge to use tonight when New Hope plays host to the Class 5A, Region 2 tournament.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin is ready for the payoff. While playing a difficult non-region schedule, Griffin stressed the challenges were designed to help his young squad be at its best when postseason play arrived.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer has a two-headed monster at just about every position. That depth has propelled the Mississippi State women's basketball team to new heights in The Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches polls. On Sunday, No. 4 MSU received three solid efforts off the bench in its 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- The numbers continue to pile up at a dizzying pace for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. On Sunday, Teaira McCowan made sure to add an exclamation point to the latest additions to the Bulldogs' best regular season to date. McCowan made her impact felt in every facet, scoring 17 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots to propel No. 4 MSU to a 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The 44 points is the second-lowest total MSU has allowed in the 93-game series.
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