Mary Douglass Kerby didn't think Harli Sesser was serious. It's small talk, she thought. Why else would Sesser be talking and talking to her about volleyball?
D.J. Sanders doesn't try to hit home runs. She never has and never will. Instead, she and her teammates step into the batter's box with the mind-set to "hit it hard and wish it well."
Barrett Donahoe wants physical play to be the calling card for the Heritage Academy football team this season. Coming off a scrimmage at East Rankin Academy last week in which he felt that trait was lacking, Donahoe was pleased with how his team responded Saturday in a 12-0 victory against Winston Academy in Louisville.
STARKVILLE -- When Kyle Hann arrived on campus this week, the Mississippi State University baseball program secured one of the best middle infield prospects from Canada in years.
STARKVILLE -- LSU's dismissal last week of Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu has created positive repercussions for Johnthan Banks. Sports Illustrated added Banks, a senior cornerback for Mississippi State University, to a revised All-America list after LSU kicked Mathieu, a junior defensive back nicknamed the Honey Badger, off the team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule.
Ketara Chapel sounds like Vic Schaefer's kind of player. Schaefer, the new Mississippi State University women's basketball coach, has used his defensive acumen to earn the nickname "Secretary of Defense." Schaefer's tough, in-your-face style of defense was an integral component of Texas A&M University's march to the 2011 national title.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace knows a little about timing.
Signs that West Point High School and Philadelphia High School were playing a practice football game were apparent early Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in letting Mississippi State University men's basketball fans get too comfortable with the make-up of his first schedule.
CALEDONIA -- All John Wilson wanted was someone to give Cody Allsup a chance.
CALEDONIA -- If you're a baseball fan, you might have heard of the "Cardiac Kids" or the "Whiz Kids." The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies earned those nicknames thanks in part to their youth. The average age of a player on that roster was just over 26, but it didn't prevent the Phillies from winning the National League pennant.
STARKVILLE -- Everything that happened since the minute Joe Morrow arrived at Mississippi State University is about lowering the expectations.
STARKVILLE -- The equation for Chris Wilson is simple: Better players equal better coaches and, therefore, a better football team.
STARKVILLE -- Denico Autry remembers playing backyard football when he was in third grade.
STARKVILLE -- Geoff Collins never has to wonder where his linebackers are on campus at given point and time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood had motivation for her players when they started preseason practice Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Four years removed.
OXFORD -- Vince Sanders said the words Friday that makes all of the receivers on the University of Mississippi football team very happy.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball doesn't discriminate.
1. MSU's Jung wears No. 3 to honor great-grandmother COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Victory Christian shows it has potential to have dominating D line HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Starkville's ground game too much for Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Gray leds Heritage Academy past Kirk Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville Academy earns redemption against Lamar School HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS