HAMILTON -- Lewis Earnest sat in a deer stand as a cell phone vibrated in his pocket.
Junior Rachel Hollivay wants to end her career at Heritage Academy with a girls basketball state championship.
Call Jared Shelton selfish. You also can describe the New Hope High School baseball team's senior infielder as a leader, always prepared to add to his list of gameday heroics.
STARKVILLE -- On paper, the Mississippi State baseball team's weekend series at the University of Tennessee looks like an opportunity to get a much-needed series sweep.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's first chance to play host to a North State track meet won't be on its campus, but make no mistake: It's a home meet. The Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A/6A North State meet will take place Saturday at Mississippi State's Carl Maddox Track facility.
MACON -- Depending on the season, sports talk in Noxubee County typically veers toward high school football or basketball. But the Noxubee County High School boys and girls track and field teams are doing their best to get people talking about their success.
MACON -- Seniors have a keen eye for detail. So even though Kendall Taylor is standing down the left-field line, more than a few hundred feet away from a billboard that displays the years and titles won by previous Central Academy teams, she knows the sign is incomplete.
STARKVILLE -- Kamau Bostic is leading Starkville High School's charge to another boys track and field state title. The junior distance runner logs the most minutes on the track as a miler, half-miler, and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team.
STARKVILLE -- Every coach likes to see the heart and soul of his football team get a shot to play at the next level. An emotional leader and example of sacrifice and intensity, Starkville Academy's Matt Ward was rewarded for a breakout season with an offer to play at Mississippi College.
STARKVILLE -- Ty and Hayden Hendrix aren't the first family members to play baseball together at East Webster High School. The cousins want to be the latest to lead the Wolverines to a state title.
CLINTON - A 12-run fourth inning by the nation's top-ranked team spelled doom for the East Mississippi Community College softball team in a 16-2 loss to LSU-Eunice on Thursday afternoon in opening-day action of the 2011 NJCAA Region 23 tournament at Traceway Park.
Yolanda Moore knew this day would come. She just didn't know when it would be. At 3:30 p.m. today, the words of former University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Van Chancellor likely will reverberate in Moore's head when she is announced as the new girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy.
Chris Rose knew he was in for a challenge when he became baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College.
MABEN -- The response to tragedy was natural. The baseball and softball teams of East Webster High School had sports put into perspective when a powerful tornado -- one of dozens across Mississippi and Alabama -- ripped through the Cumberland community and left their school in rubble.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Swayze Hollenhead made a difficult position switch she knew was coming. For the first two years of her high school career at East Webster, she starred at third base and helped lead the Lady Wolverines to a pair of Class 1A state titles.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban spends much of his spare time in tornado-ravaged parts of Tuscaloosa. Former NBA star Charles Barkley had never seen anything like the destruction in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier gazed out the office window at the perfectly manicured practice fields at Minnesota Vikings headquarters, fields just waiting for some action.
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State baseball team scored 10 times in the seventh inning Tuesday night to rally past South Alabama 15-9 in a non-conference college game at Stanky Field. The Bulldogs improved to 18-5 in non-conference games this season and 26-18 overall. South Alabama fell to 22-22.
GREENWOOD -- The Heritage Academy golf team was up for the challenge. Stalled by rain and soggy conditions Tuesday at Greenwood Country Club, the Patriots fought off the elements and the hunters en route to a score of 318 that was good enough to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA championship.
Pitchers often are put on a pedestal. Right-handers can be referred to a left-handers, and lefties have a special way of doing things that makes them unique. Those qualities are magnified in fast-pitch softball, especially at the elite levels of Division I, where pitchers usually are asked to do one thing: Pitch. Lauren Holifield and D.J. Sanders are breaking that mold.
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