COLLINSVILLE ó Dustin McWilliams wiped out all of the New Hope High School baseball teamís momentum Thursday night. Wes Stokes will try to finish the job tonight. McWilliams pitched a complete-game five-hitter and West Lauderdale scored six unearned runs in an 11-4 victory in game one of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A North Half state title series at Jerry Boatner Field. Game two will be at 4 p.m. today in Columbus.
The South Lamar High School softball team established a new standard Tuesday by winning the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A, Area 10 Tournament.
WEST POINT ó East Mississippi Community College baseball coach Tony Montgomery first saw Oak Hill Academyís Lance Portera as someone who could help the Lions as a outfielder. Montgomery likes Porteraís arm so much he chose to recruit him as a pitcher.
Mississippi State considers the new three-game contract to play South Alabama in football a win-win situation for both parties. Considering the economics and benefits for the Bulldogs, the deal was too good for the school to pass up.
STARKVILLE ó Signed, sealed, and delivered. The much anticipated paperwork confirming the signing of 7-foot-2 center John Riek reached the Mississippi State menís basketball office Wednesday afternoon.
The New Hope High School baseball team has found new life in the postseason. Whether it has been solid pitching, timely hitting, or sparkling defense, coach Stacy Hesterís Trojans (24-9) are playing their best baseball of the season entering game one of todayís (6 p.m.) best-of-three series against West Lauderdale for the North Half state title.
Itís difficult enough for an athlete to come back from one torn labrum. Mississippi State freshman outfielder Brent Brownlee has suffered that injury three times, and has had to have surgery on each occasion.
Bob McCrory had reason to be both pleased and disappointed Tuesday as he made his season debut with the Baltimore Orioles. McCrory pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, but the team didnít fare as well by suffering a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at St. Petersburg, Fla. ďThe way I look at it, you have a job to do and thatís go out there and try to get outs,Ē McCrory said. ďItís disappointing we didnít win, but I had a job to do to go out there and try to get outs. Iím happy I pitched well, but I was disappointed we didnít win.Ē
Mississippi State menís basketball coach Rick Stansbury understands that there is no such thing anymore as a quiet offseason. This year, it seems to be louder than usual. First, junior center Jarvis Varnado applied for early entry into the National Basketball Association draft. Then this past Thursday, Mississippi State signed McDonaldís All-American Renardo Sidney, from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Now it looks like Mississippi State is on the verge of signing 7-foot-2 center John Riek, of Khartoun, Sudan, via IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Travis Frembgen was accustomed to being the starting catcher for five years on the Hamilton High School baseball team. But a year after graduating from Hamilton, Frembgen is learning what it means to have patience as a freshman backup catcher to sophomore Dustin Lunn at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. ďIím day-to-day, basically,Ē Frembgen said. ďI didnít play in many division games, but the guy in front of me does great behind the plate, and heís a good hitter, also. ďIím just waiting my turn. I know I probably could have started at other junior colleges, but Iím happy Iím here.Ē
Zachary Patterson and Adam Powers thought everything was going just fine. Up a set and leading 3-0 in the second set, Patterson and Powers felt confident about their chances to repeat as Class 3A No. 1 doubles champions. But an old kick serve called momentum turned against them. Corinthís Austin McElwain and Charlie Curtis rallied to win the second set and forced Patterson and Powers to regroup. The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science duo used the 10-minute break between sets to analyze their mistakes and to formulate a game plan that would help them rally.
CALEDONIA ó†The Caledonia High School boys golf team is ahead of schedule. Thatís fine with coach Bradley Tate and his players because their success this season has extended their season to the State Tournament. Zac Taylor will lead district champion Caledonia next week when it plays at the Class 4A state tournament May 12-13 at River Birch Country Club in Amory. The team will use Monday as a practice round to familiarize itself with the course. Play in the 16-team event begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
STARKVILLE ĖĖ There is a special motivation for Shay Bonner, of Starkville High School, to get back on the track for the Class 5A state meet. After injuring her knee during hurdles competition at North State, Bonner missed practice early this week in preparation for the state†that takes place Saturday in Pearl. Bonner, who qualified for state in the 100 and 300 hurdles, is also a leg in Starkvilleís 4x200 relay team that has a chance to break a state record.
STARKVILLE ó Jayson Keel has accomplished quite a bit as a four-year starter on the Starkville High School baseball team. After signing Monday to play baseball at Holmes Community College, Keel knows there is plenty more ahead for him.
MABEN ó Caitlyn Williamson knows how to make an exit. Down to what could have been the next-to-last at-bat in her prep career, the East Webster High School standout didnít go to the plate looking to hit a home run.
MABEN ó East Webster High School baseball coach Wes Johnson preached all season to his pitchers about the importance of throwing strikes. The inability to do that Monday cost the Wolverines. East Webster took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning only to lose to Stringer 7-5 in game two of the Mississippi High School Activities Association best-of-three Class 1A South playoff series.
STARKVILLE ó Getting Renardo Sidney on the basketball court at Mississippi State might be more difficult than the Bulldogs anticipated. MSU will use sports attorney Mike Glazier to evaluate Sidneyís amateur status.
By Steve Hancockís count, the Heritage Academy baseball team was 2-52 in Mississippi Private School Association AAA games the past three seasons. Still, the veteran coach was optimistic heading into his first season in MPSA.
SALTILLO ó The New Hope High School baseball teamís magical playoff run added enough highlights Monday night to fill an installment of SportsCenter. Brent Younger and Phillip Tice played the roles of defensive stalwarts, diving to make run-saving plays.
Bob McCrory got an unexpected birthday present this weekend when he learned he will get another opportunity to pitch in the major leagues. The Baltimore Orioles recalled McCrory, 27, on Sunday, and he rejoined the team in Toronto on his birthday.
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5. Player of Week: Davis, Starkville off to fast start HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS