It was a grand old night at the ballpark Thursday night. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy baseball team took turns driving grand slams into the rain in a doubleheader at Trip Carson Field.
Shawn Gates is proud of what he helped accomplish at Immanuel Christian. Now that Gates is looking to play a part in building something else, the timing is right for Greg Watkins to move into a new opportunity. Gates' resignation last week after two seasons as football coach at Immanuel Christian created an opening the school filled today when it named Watkins, the athletic director, football coach, and basketball coach at Hebron Christian, as its new football coach.
NEW YORK -- The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship. Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it, or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Miller's appreciation of the game won't let him indulge in the career milestone he's approaching. The Mississippi State softball coach has 997 career wins in a 29-year career in the college game. Miller could earn win No. 1,000 this weekend if the Bulldogs sweep their three-game series against the University of Mississippi. That series will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team scored a season-high Wednesday in an 18-0 victory against Alabama A&M. MSU secured its fifth shutout of the season in 6 1/2 innings, as the game was called due to a pre-arranged decision between MSU coach John Cohen and Alabama A&M coach Ed McCann.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Devin Jones has a world of potential. He just has to realize it. That's the message MSU coach John Cohen has had for Jones dating back to last season when the Eupora native struggled to find the strike zone against Southeastern Conference competition.
STARKVILLE -- Camp Pittman pitched a complete game Tuesday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to an 11-1 victory against Starkville Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's baseball team took another step backward down the division chain Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to Tupelo High. The Yellow Jackets, coming off back-to-back division losses to Columbus, gave up four runs in the first inning and spent the rest of he night playing catch-up.
McGee Ledbetter knew the Mississippi Association All-Star Boys Soccer game would be his chance to shine and to make a final impression on college coaches. The Heritage Academy senior midfielder didn't disappoint.
NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his team rather than watching his former team's incredible NCAA tournament run. After all, the Crimson Tide will play for a championship.
Bobby Berry has been blessed to be involved in high school athletics for more than 40 years. In that time, Berry has had reasonably good health and has taught many life lessons that have impacted student-athletes at a host of schools. But it dawned on Berry two months ago that it might be time to do something else.
MACON -- Scott Nash gets fired up when he talks about Will Disbrow.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's pitching staff threw its fourth shutout of the season Sunday in a 5-0 victory against No. 21 Auburn in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Nick Routt and Daryl Norris combined on a four-hit shutout. It was MSU's first shutout of a league opponent since Ricky Bowen threw a two-hit, 4-0 shutout against the University of Mississippi on March 16, 2008.
Nick Durrah and Dylan Patel were the hitting leaders, while Chris McCullough and Hunter Mullis earned victories Saturday to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to an 18-0 win against Aberdeen and a 19-2 win against Noxubee County. Noxubee County beat Aberdeen 8-4 in the other game.
Inconsistency is common through spring practice, and the Mississippi State football team's first spring scrimmage was no different.
STARKVILLE -- The rout was on after one inning. The Mississippi State baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning and five in the second to earn a 15-8 victory against Auburn University on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's first home track meet in four years Saturday ended with the Southeastern Conference falling to the Big Ten on the men's and women's sides. The results didn't take away from the excitement of MSU runners and field athletes, especially the ones who earned victories at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge at the renovated Carl Maddox Track Facility.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will jump at the opportunity to get more exposure. That was the thinking behind MSU's decision to accept the University of Memphis' offer to move their season-opening game in Memphis from Sept. 3 to Sept. 1 (Thursday).
HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest has home run power. Problem is, the left-handed hitting junior had only shown the ability to deliver the long ball that girls love in practice. But that all changed Saturday with one swing. Earnest's timing couldn't have been any better, as his two-run home run to right field sparked a four-run fifth inning that fueled the Hamilton High School baseball team to a 6-2 victory against Caledonia.
Columbus High School's youth-led baseball team earned an important trump card Friday in its victory against Starkville: A playoff tiebreaker. The Falcons (8-4, 2-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received two RBIs from freshman Chris McCullough and an RBI from freshman Greg Sykes to beat the Yellow Jackets 7-4 Friday night.