Patience has been a theme of Craig Barham's racing career since he first climbed into a Street Stock car in 2001. From joking with friend Scott Stripling before races to biding his time to set up numerous passes over the years, Barham always has taken a slow and steady approach to racing. These days, each week is an exercise in patience.
If Hunter Rasdon hoped to win the Comp Cams Super Late Model race Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, he had just a narrow window to do it. Rasdon, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, started second and opened a multi-second lead over the field, moving freely between the high and low sides of the track before Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, of Northport, Alabama, climbed from fifth to second by lap 10 and took Rasdon on the high-side in turns 3 and 4.
Scott Dedwylder is back. Not that the 2012 Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series points champion ever left, at least not entirely. In October 2013, Dedwylder, of Vossburg, lost his home to a fire. Priorities realigned, he couldn't afford to chase points full time in Super Late Models. He filled in for Chase Washington for several races before returning to the track full time in 2014, his final season in Super Late Models, a division in which he'd competed since 1998.
JACKSON -- The Columbus Christian Academy boys track and field team won the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA State title on Saturday at Jackson Prep.
It had been resting in the woods for nearly 10 years. The No. 47 1978 Chevrolet Camaro was a regular in victory lane at Columbus Speedway when Danny Gable competed in Street Stocks in the early 2000s.
Evan Ellis wasn't going to make a mistake.
CALEDONIA -- Forty pounds isn't a lot to an experienced powerlifter.
When Tony Silvestri wasn't racing his No. 24 Chevrolet S-10 Street Stock, he'd watch Super Late Models.
The dream had life years earlier, but on Nov. 7, 2011, Rachel Hollivay gave voice to the road she hoped to travel when she gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for coach C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers. "I think it will be great to play for coach Stringer," Hollivay said. "I'm excited about playing for her, and I can't wait to play for her. I think she is a great coach and that Rutgers is the place I need to be to be successful and to follow my dreams (to play professional basketball)."
Tennis is still in the blood of James Carr. Nicknamed the "Coach," Carr, 90, still finds time several days a week to practice his ground strokes for about an hour a day at the Magnolia Tennis Club in Columbus. He said his movement has slowed to the point where he no longer plays in tournaments, but he still enjoys watching the sport and attending events, like the Heritage Academy tennis team's matches at the club. Tennis also is something that helps keep Sunny Logan going.
There's a good reason Neil Baggett has forgotten about the 2015 season. The Super Late Model racer experienced more valleys than peaks last year. At one point, Baggett took a few weeks off from running weekly shows and State Series races due to chronic misfortune and mechanical issues.
STARKVILLE -- When his team needed a defensive lift, Starkville boys' basketball coach Greg Carter knew who to turn to.
Sean Harrison feels a little seasoning is going to serve him well in his new position as athletic director/football coach at Heritage Academy in Columbus.
Jamie Tollison needed just one race for affirmation that he'd made the right decision to buy a new race car.
Seconds after Spencer Hughes exited his No. 11 car following his Street Stocks feature win Saturday, he was greeted by the first of many admirers in the pits. Hughes, 15, probably should still be driving go-karts. That is what most of his counterparts were doing when they were his age, which might explain the adulation expressed toward Hughes at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Columbus Christian Academy classmates Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak made sure they knew what they were getting into Saturday. Prior to the Columbus Pilgrimage 5-K race, the two surveyed the downtown course Friday on wheels to see what they would need to do to finish it first.
Meggan Franks ran the 13 miles in the Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon on Saturday morning. She then had to run some more. Franks finished ninth overall in the third-annual Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon and 5-Kilometer Road Race, and was the first area female to cross the finish line. Franks made the hilly downtown trek in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 45 seconds. She then ran back down hill to her vehicle to lead some 1,000 Mississippi State students in The Big Event service day.
There's a good chance a blue Chevrolet Malibu wagon will finish in the top three if it is competing in a Street Stock race. At driver Jay Burchfield's current pace, his odds of landing in victory lane are even better.
Running is still fun for Meggan Franks. From 5-Kilometer races to half marathons to marathons, Franks enjoys the high she gets from pushing herself and competing. Even after completing a career as a cross country runner and a track and field athlete at Mississippi State in 2006, Franks has found a way to keep running as an integral part of her life. It doesn't matter that work, teaching, family life, and motherhood sometimes make finding time to run challenging because Franks' competitive fire still drives her to find time to run.
Each time Ronald Dunn climbs into his No. 17 Street Stock car, he slides his racing boot into a flip-flop that's strapped to the brake pedal.
1. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
2. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS