Kelsi Speed's first routines were for reserved for family members.
Nothing worked for Kenzie Ray.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School softball coach Andy Halford likes to call his team the "comeback kids."
CALEDONIA -- Cade Stacy is a creature of habit. The Caledonia High School junior leaves the dugout the same way every time. Not to call Stacy superstitious, but he hops over the foul lines going out to the field and coming off it.
WEST POINT -- Gray Berry's smile is infectious. You can feel the enthusiasm of the West Point High School sophomore when his face lights up with a big grin.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams had an idea four seasons ago. While her theory sounded good to her, there was still some selling to do.
WEST POINT -- After returning to the postseason for the first time since 2011, the West Point High School baseball team wants to make this an extended stay.
LOUISVILLE -- Blayze Berry had three hits and an RBI, and Seth Harris pitched 5 1/3 strong innings Thursday night to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 9-6 victory against Winston Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game.
Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner tells his team to embrace every playoff berth. The players and coaches at West Point High can agree with that statement.
STEENS -- Billy Thomas knows how driven Chris Webber is to realize his goals.
The confidence was there.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams reminded senior Kirsten Thompson this could be her breakout season before it ever started.
Daniel Talley has plenty of reasons to smile. Five years ago, Talley took over as New Hope High School tennis coach with little fanfare. Talley's decision to lead the program didn't make a big impact because, as he readily admits, some people didn't know the school had a tennis team.
Domination just might be a trigger word for Tyler Stevenson
Kris Pickle has had plenty of opportunities as a teacher and as a coach.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School baseball team defeated Southeast Lauderdale 6-2 on Thursday night at Carlisle Field. Starkville built a 2-1 lead after one inning and extended it with three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Carter Bentley led Starkville High's eight-hit attack with three hits. Caleb Stewart had two hits and two RBIs. Carter Hunter, Jack Perry, and Thomas Tucker also had hits
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman has known football holds a special place in Hugh Pate's heart for a long time. The Pickens Academy football coach recalls seeing Pate when he was in middle school and he was a little too small to be on the field every snap.
STARKVILLE -- When Kenny Rogers was asked to address the audience Wednesday, he had a story ready to go. Rogers talked about his son Blake's eighth-grade year in school.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- There is nothing routine about being dominant. But don't try to talk to Shelby Lowe about the statistics that offer indisputable evidence she is in control when she is in the circle. The only thing the Pickens Academy sophomore left-hander focuses on when she pitches is doing her job to help ensure her teammates can make the routine plays.
New Hope High School senior Drew Pounders didn't want to think the bad thoughts. However, they kept popping in his head.
1. Hill shows speed, strength in Maroon & White Game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. France offers strong relief outing as part of MSU's sweep COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Stacy staying in control for Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Berry leads West Point to playoff series victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Oregon's Sanders taken in NPF draft LOCAL SPORTS