Stacy Hester knows his New Hope High School baseball team has plenty of confidence. Comments from senior outfielder/catcher Will McReynolds last week highlighted how much the Trojans believe in themselves.
STARKVILLE — Nick Klaskala and Josh Senter wanted to keep their options open. Klaskala considered a number of schools and debated which one was the best fit for him academically.
STARKVILLE — John Cohen has had what he calls “weird” experiences in coaching. The first came when he was an assistant at Florida under Pat McMahon and coached against former Mississippi State coach Ron Polk, who he played for from 1988-90.
STARKVILLE — Run, run, run. Tyson Lee, of Columbus, and the other Mississippi State quarterbacks have heard those words shouted at them several times this spring. In coach Dan Mullen’s new spread offense, there are opportunities for the quarterback to call his number for a running play.
The South Lamar High School baseball team hasn’t lost to a team in its classification this season. South Lamar will attempt to keep that trend going Friday when it begins play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A playoffs.
MABEN — Bill Brand isn’t feeling any pressure. The East Webster High School fast-pitch softball coach has earned a degree of confidence after helping lead the program to Class 1A state titles the past two seasons.
The West Lowndes High School baseball team wants to make a deeper run in the Class A playoffs than it did last year. After being eliminated in the first round by Natchez Cathedral, the Panthers believe they have a team that can go far if things fall into place.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury emphasizes winning championships. He believes strongly enough in winning titles that last month he made sure everyone saw the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship trophy on the table for his press conference prior to the NCAA tournament.
The Mississippi State football team said goodbye to Russell Athletics on Wednesday and hello to adidas. Football players Derek Sherrod, Anthony Dixon, Jamar Chaney, and Bo Walters sported their new adidas uniforms for the first time in front of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus. The school reached a new apparel agreement with adidas a few weeks ago.
Chris Stratton used a little help from Uncle Charlie on Tuesday night to make things look easy. The Mississippi State signee struck out 10 in five innings to lead the Tupelo High School baseball team to a 15-0 victory against Columbus in a Class 5A, Division 2, District 4 game at Sammy Fletcher Field. The victory coupled with South Panola’s 15-5 victory against Starkville on Tuesday helped put Tupelo (19-5, 6-2 division) in the driver’s seat for the district title. A victory at South Panola at 7 p.m. Thursday would give the Golden Wave the district championship.
PEARL –– Senior left-hander Brett Bukvich struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not walk one on the way to Most Valuable Player honors as he helped Ole Miss beat Mississippi State 8-1 to claim the Governor’s Cup. The fifth largest crowd in Trustmark Park history (7,458) watched Bukvich (5-1) pitch six innings and allow only one run on five hits with no walks as Ole Miss (26-10) claimed the annual non-conference contest between Southeastern Conference rivals.
STARKVILLE -- Kyle Roberts is happy to be practicing football in Oktibbeha County again. After taking a detour to East Mississippi Community College for two years, the former East Oktibbeha High School player has walked on at Mississippi State for spring practice. Roberts has been primarily a slot receiver in Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense and has worked his way up to second team.
Rachel Baucom is accustomed to winning when it comes to playing softball. She played on six state championship teams at New Hope High School and back-to-back state championship teams at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. Baucom isn’t on a team that good this season, but she’s helping revive the softball program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
The Starkville High School baseball team didn’t find anything magical at the end of the rainbow Monday night, only another victory. After the clouds that brought a late-inning shower moved south, a rainbow formed just as Starkville third baseman Todd Phillips ran toward it to catch the baseball for the game’s final out in a 16-6 victory against West Lowndes.
Kelli Petty doesn’t want any debate. As much success as she and the New Hope High School softball program have on the diamond, the junior standout says track and field is her No. 1 sport.
It has almost been 20 years since Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has competed as a player against the University of Mississippi. During his playing career with the Bulldogs (1988-90), Cohen remembers the rivalry with the Rebels wasn’t as intense as it is today.
The appearance of former Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill at spring football practice last week has caused quite a stir. Sherrill’s possible interaction with the Bulldogs at Friday’s workout might have violated an NCAA bylaw regarding the limitation of coaches taking part in on-the-field teaching.
Will McReynolds doesn’t want his senior season to end with a whimper. On Thursday, he had two doubles and scored two runs against Donnie Tabb and did everything he could to get his teammates pumped up. Unfortunately, the New Hope High School baseball team lost to Neshoba Central and dropped to third place in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4. On Saturday, McReynolds added two hits in the first three innings to help propel New Hope to an 11-5 victory against Columbus on Senior Day at Trojan Field.
Jessica Moore admits she had butterflies. The sophomore outfielder arrived Saturday morning at Lady Trojan Field to discover teammate and starting right fielder Haley Tutor was suffering from an ulcer in her right eye and wouldn’t be able to play against Hernando. Moore accepted the news with concern for her teammate and excitement that she would get a chance to play.
MABEN -- Senior Jacob Harris showed what four years of hard work could do as a powerlifter at East Webster High School, and sophomore Timakis Bell is following the same path. Harris and Bell both won Class A state powerlifting championships in their weight class and gave East Webster quite a lift. Bell said it was the effort and support of the entire team that made individual success possible.
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