Every team needs glue. Squads also need leaders who pick teammates up and help keep spirits elevated in trying times. Tyler Farnham is all of that in one player.
Sometime Saturday before the Class 6A North State track meet, Sammy Doughty will retrieve a bottle of green alcohol and Epsom salt from his bathroom closet. He will pour the contents in a foot tub, add hot water, and sit back on his bed and watch television.
STARKVILLE -- Not many eighth-graders have a shot at winning a state title, much less in Class 6A, the state's highest classification. But anyone who knows Starkville High School's Walker Mattox could see her rise to the top of the distance running chain coming from the longest straightaway.
Football always has fascinated Gerald "Tri" Nason III.
STARKVILLE -- George Coupland had a strong feeling the Mississippi State men's tennis team would land in Atlanta for the first round of the NCAA tournament. When the selection show confirmed the No. 21 Bulldogs' destination, Coupland couldn't help but focus on host team Georgia Tech.
A New Hope man will spend his weekends in the Oktibbeha County Jail for the next six months after pleading guilty to assault with a cowbell.
Beware of the curveball. It's a tricky, temperamental pitch that coupled with a few fastballs could help the Heritage Academy baseball team advance through the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has resisted the urge to move sophomore reliever Luis Pollorena into the starting rotation. With the Bulldogs' window to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament shrinking by the week, Pollorena "has a very good chance" of starting Friday or Saturday in a three-game series at the University of Tennessee, Cohen said Monday.
Parker Dunaway is a state champion triple jumper without a regulation-sized pit to practice in. Imagine a basketball player with half a court, or a rim and no net, a quarterback with a football and only 30 yards to play on, or a forward in hockey or soccer without a court or field.
Being away from baseball hasn't diminished Stacy Hester's love for the sport. Now he hopes his latest opportunity will help him get a chance to return to the game he loves.
STARKVILLE -- Cody Freeman's go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday lifted the Mississippi State baseball team to an 8-5 win against the University of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game at Dudy Noble Field.
OXFORD -- The New Hope High School girls track and field team placed second Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 meet at Oxford High School.
Please excuse Josh Grimes' heroic moment Saturday night in the New Hope High School baseball team's 11-1 win against Lake Cormorant.
WEST POINT -- Ben Boykin wasn't comfortable. Between fidgets and an inability to get his breaking ball over consistently, the Ridgeland High School starting pitcher was searching for his groove. It's comforting how a bunch of runs can help someone settle in.
Brittany Brantley has spent most of her senior year on the bench for New Hope High School's fast-pitch softball team. But Saturday afternoon's Senior Day -- albeit in Game 2 of the Lady Trojans' first-round playoff series -- gave Brantley a chance not only to start, but also to make a contribution as the program continued its latest journey to earn what has become an elusive fast-pitch state title.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't hold on to a late lead as the University of Alabama rallied to a 5-4 Southeastern Conference baseball win in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field. The Crimson Tide took both ends of the twinbill while clinching their first conference series in four weekends. Brett Whitaker hit a pinch-hit home run in the top half of the 10th inning to give Alabama a 5-4 victory in the opener.
Parker Dunaway spent Thursday night playing left field for Heritage Academy's baseball team, which hosted a doubleheader to end the regular season.
BLUE SPRINGS -- The Hamilton High School baseball team pounded out 19 hits Saturday in a 15-2 victory against East Union in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoff series.
RENTON, Wash. -- K.J. Wright wanted to scream. The situation dictated he whisper. When Wright wasn't taken in the third round of the NFL draft Friday, the Mississippi State linebacker knew that Saturday could get a little odd and a little awkward. Wright knew he was going to get drafted. The problem came with the timing. Would Wright get the phone call he's always wanted to receive in the middle of his college graduation ceremonies?
STARKVILLE -- Waiting to see how NCAA selection committees set national tournament brackets can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if your team is on the bubble. Mississippi State's 20th-ranked men's tennis team doesn't have to worry about making the tournament, but the Bulldogs hope the committee doesn't tax them for losing to the University of Florida in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
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