Unsettling. Imposing. Dominating. Luther Hackman Sr. has played all of those roles from 60 feet, 6 inches away and 10 1/2 inches above home plate.
Every now and then, from just outside the dugout, Donna Glasgow reminds her husband where he's at and who he's coaching, especially when the score of his softball game is close, or a practice isn't progressing the way he'd prefer. You need to calm down. You need to remember, these are 7- and 8-year-old girls. They're not your boys. No, this isn't one of the youth baseball teams Sean Glasgow coaches.
What's in a name? Baseball players in the Golden Triangle will find out after area coaches sit down to discuss the latest Dizzy Dean Senior tournament and to begin planning for the event in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- Defense is pivotal to a championship run, and Starkville 11-year-old All-Star baseball coach Steve Wylie thinks his team is primed to make a serious run at a title.
Everyone noticed. Now the Caledonia High School baseball players have to build on what they accomplished in the summer and this weekend at the Dizzy Dean tournament.
Sometimes it helps to know the obstacle you're going to face so you can have the right mind-set. After throwing three innings Saturday night against New Hope, Zachary (La.) Dizzy Dean baseball coach Sam Adams removed starting pitcher Evan Tidwell to make sure he was prepared to take to the mound again if the team advanced to the title game of the Dizzy Dean tournament.
Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.
Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.
MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."
Trey Rickman grins when he thinks about the response he gets after telling friends he drives race cars. He's just 14 -- not old enough for a driver's license.
Cary Shepherd is more than special to Kathi Coleman. It's just that it is so difficult for Coleman to find one word that encapsulates everything Shepherd did in her time as softball coach at New Hope High School.
Here is the schedule for the Dizzy Dean Senior Baseball Tournament that will begin Friday and run through Sunday at Caledonia, Columbus, New Hope, and West Point high schools:
Travis Outlaw, an eight-year NBA veteran and product of Starkville High School, will host his second annual basketball camp June 28-30 at the Starkville SportsPlex.
The Mississippi Brawl Stars are one of the newest sports teams to the Golden Triangle, but with a twist: envision one hour of fast-break basketball on an oval course. Add in the physicality of hockey, the injury risks of water skiing on concrete and the wardrobe of punk rockers.
WEST POINT -- Clay Homan played the teacher. Despite struggling Sunday for most of the final round of the Mississippi State Amateur Championship, Homan kept swinging until his shots -- or his luck -- improved.
WEST POINT -- Now that Nicholas Brown has the lead all to himself, his goal today in the final round of the Mississippi State Amateur Championship is to keep it. If Brown repeats his performance Saturday, which saw him finish with a 4-under par 68 -- the best round of the day at Old Waverly Golf Club -- he could earn his first championship at the annual event in four tries.
WEST POINT -- To Barrett Edens, beating his college coach this weekend is nearly as important as winning the Mississippi State Amateur Championship. "It makes you try a little harder," said Edens, who will be a redshirt freshman this fall at Mississippi State. His coach, Clay Homan, is tied for second with Alex Rowland -- another Bulldog golfer -- entering today's final round at Old Waverly Golf Course.
David Bartimus likes a challenge. Starting today, West Point's Old Waverly will oblige when Bartimus and a field of 143 of the state's top amateur golfers will hit the course in the first round of the 96th State Amateur Championship.
Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson put on a late-race clinic Saturday to overtake David Breazeale with five laps remaining and win the Governor's Cup at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The victory helped Johnson become the first repeat winner of the Governor's Cup.
Zac Hallaway shot a low round of 68 Saturday to take the lead in the championship flight at the annual Atwell Atkins golf tournament at Green Oaks Golf Course.
1. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS