CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins was concerned. On paper, Collins knew the Caledonia High School volleyball team lost key pieces from the 2010 team that advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Division I State Tournament.
PHEBA -- Making adjustments sounds simple. But it's easy to lose sight of the little things when the adrenaline is flowing and the pitcher is rushing the ball to the plate. Three times Katlyn Petty tried to get a hit against Chloe Tapley. Three times she struck out. Her fourh at-bat was different in a big way.
STARKVILLE -- James Carmon has soaked up every piece of advice and studied tirelessly to complete his offseason transition from backup defensive tackle to starting offensive tackle.
STARKVILLE -- One phone call is all it took for Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen to be assured each of his three drafted high school signees would arrive on campus this month. MSU signee Jacob Lindgren, a left-handed pitcher from St. Stanislaus High School, confirmed in a text response Wednesday afternoon he would be "coming to college" instead of taking a contract offer from Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs.
STARKVILLE -- Accountability is paramount in college soccer.
STEENS -- Football is football. It sounds simple, but that's how Greg Watkins has approached his transition from Hebron Christian to Immanuel Christian.
STEENS -- The bar has been raised. A loss in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division II tournament gave the Immanuel Christian girls soccer team a taste of the postseason in 2010.
The best advice my parents gave me was to find a profession that suited my personality and passion. It was easy for me to see that's what they did. My mother worked for years as a registered nurse, while my father was employed as a chef at country clubs, restaurants, and health care facilities.
OXFORD -- Newcomers to the University of Mississippi football team will report Thursday and varsity players will report to campus Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Anxious to return to the field, members of Mississippi State's football team reported to campus Monday. Players unanimously agree maintenance to sustain the team's intensity and work ethic wasn't needed despite new-found success and accolades after a 9-4 season and a top-25 ranking.
Opposing quarterbacks beware. Blake Sharp is a changed man, and he is about to drop some knowledge on you.
WEST POINT -- Mamie Allen didn't look different. But when you factored in temperatures near 100 degrees with a weekend off following a season-opening victory, something appeared not right with the junior right-hander.
The summer is Chloe Tapley's time. Ever since she can remember, the time after one school year and the period before the beginning of another season has been one to relax, to recharge, and to improve.
STARKVILLE -- The motto of Mississippi State's football team has been "go from good to great." When players report to campus Monday for preseason camp, they'll be in an unfamiliar position coming off a winning season and a bowl victory.
Michael Bradley wants to make sure you highlight Aug. 13 on your calendar. The New Hope High School football coach and five other local coaches will come together at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium on that Saturday to provide one final appetizer before the start of the Mississippi High School Activities Association regular season.
If a 10-team jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium is an ideal way to kick off the 2011 prep football season, there's no better way to open the regular season than with two state champions. At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, South Panola High School will travel to Clay County to take on West Point High.
The excitement is building in Noxubee County.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team lost eight seniors from the 2009-10 squad that reached the third round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A playoffs.
STEENS -- While Wade Lee had enough height to soar over opponents, his back hasn't allowed him to do so for the past two years. So the senior forward at Immanuel Christian found other ways to excel, to overcome his back injury, and to earn The Dispatch Small Schools Player of the Year honors.
CRAWFORD -- If he's lucky, East Oktibbeha County High School girls basketball coach Randy Brooks will spend his winter cleaning up around the house and hunting rabbits.
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