Sharon Fanning-Otis raring to go. It's less than two months before the start of practice before the 2011-12 season, but the Mississippi State women's basketball coach already is geared up for bigger and better things.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman is accustomed to whirlwinds. When you're a coach who prefers hugs over handshakes and you can energize a room when you walk in, it's easy to see why Stuedeman has felt comfortable in her new job as Mississippi State softball coach.
With the odds reaching their longest Tuesday night, the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team dug down and found a way. Columbus scored three runs in the home half of the seventh inning to rally for a stunning 14-13 victory against New Hope at Lady Falcons Field.
Liz Fields and Liz Byrne never could have imagined their construction project would go like this. As volleyball veterans who played the sport in college, Fields and Byrne brought enthusiasm and a love for the game to their initial practices with Heritage Academy's first-year volleyball program.
With her team struggling offensively and defensively, Hebron Christian junior pitcher Chloe Tapley took matters into her hands. Tapley struck out seven and allowed five hits to help Hebron Christian hold off Heritage Academy 4-2 in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fast-pitch softball game Tuesday at Harper-Hutchins Field.
STARKVILLE -- If there's a position concern for the Mississippi State football team entering the season it's tight end. Last season, MSU coach Dan Mullen would admit the Bulldogs didn't have a reliable dual-threat player at that spot after Marcus Green suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's quarterback race warmed up Tuesday as the Rebels went through another day of preseason camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team held a two-hour practice session Tuesday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields, marking its 14th training session of the 2011 camp.
OXFORD -- Joe Getzin knows the perils of involved in reaching the pinnacle of his profession. He also realizes it sometimes is even tougher to remain at that elite level.
STARKVILLE -- Allow Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning to properly describe his team's practice Monday morning. "It wasn't good," the 53-year-old coach said. "We didn't execute, and if we executed there was always one person doing something wrong."
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School volleyball team made its new home feel like its old home Monday night. Playing for the first time at the Starkville SportsPlex, Starkville put an exclamation point on its 2011 home opener, rolling past Heritage Academy 25-21, 25-12, 25-10 on Monday night. The match was the first for the Heritage Academy volleyball program.
STARKVILLE -- In her first fall practice, Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood always discusses goals for the upcoming season. It isn't a new tradition, but MSU's third-year coach said her players had a different reaction when she informed them of the expectations.
Kasey Stanfield isn't going to let a power surge go to her head. The third baseman also doesn't feel any added pressure to deliver the long ball hitting in the cleanup spot in the batting order.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Scott Marchant looks good in blue. After spending the past nine years wearing the cardinal, black, and white of Pickens County High School, Marchant now patrols the sidelines at Sulligent High wearing royal blue.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe this is the season Columbus High School becomes part of the playoff conversation in Class 6A football. Columbus sent a message quickly to the Class 4A North Half finalists Noxubee County with a 27-12 victory Saturday in the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- As junior defensive end Juan Cedano began to grab the football and rumble 95 yards for a touchdown, every New Hope High School football fan was trying to figure who that was winning the game for their team. After the fumble recovery and touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the contest, the Trojans earned a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The template is set, and David Fair doesn't care if it means he has to be everywhere to execute it. On Saturday, Fair showed he and his teammates on the Starkville High School defense are up to the challenge.
STARKVILLE -- The difference in the huddles was noticeable. On one side, a coach told his players they are a "four-quarter team" and encouraged the silent bunch to keep its head up. Down the left sideline, a giddy group of Wildcats couldn't contain themselves as they celebrated.
STARKVILLE -- Josh Williams hasn't taken a lot of snaps with the Aberdeen High School varsity football team. But Williams doesn't need to spend a lot off time under center to know size when he sees -- and feels -- it.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team took to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night for a 105-play scrimmage in front of a crowd of approximately 2,000 fans, including 250 former Ole Miss student-athletes on campus for the M-Club reunion weekend.
1. Erby makes big play despite hearing voice in his head HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp LOCAL SPORTS
3. Noxubee County takes positives from season-opening loss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Former Starkville High standout Davis suffers knee injury COLLEGE SPORTS