There already is a legacy set to play out this season for the Mississippi State basketball team. There could be a second for the 2016-17 season. On Tuesday, Starkville High School's Tyson Carter received a scholarship offer from MSU after he attended a MSU basketball camp last week. The offer is Carter's second from a Division I school, but it is his first from a Southeastern Conference team. Murray State also has offered Tyson Carter a scholarship.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks spent three years in Starkville as a student-athlete with the Mississippi State baseball team. He has found his way back to the home of the Bulldogs, but this time he will work at one of the area high schools. Earlier this week, Parks was hired as the new Starkville Academy baseball coach. Parks' first job as a head coach became official Wednesday.
For Terryonte Thomas, the grind begins each day around 6 a.m. The New Hope High School rising junior is determined to play football or basketball on the Division I level. Putting in long hours during the summer will be the key to making that dream a reality.
Allison Woolbright can recall being in gymnasiums as far back as her memory allows. If Woolbright had to guess, that's probably where she developed her love for sports and her competitive spirit. It also helped that Woolbright's mother, Rachel Prater Meacham, worked as a volleyball coach at Millport (Ala.) and South Lamar high schools, which is where Allison honed her skills as a volleyball and as a basketball player.
When New Hope High School started its 2015 baseball season, senior Josh Stillman knew the Trojans had tradition.
WEST POINT -- The stories have blended into each other throughout the years.
Jeffrey Bryan Dean was ready for a new challenge two years ago. Dean's Letcher County Central (Ky.) High School baseball team was coming off a trip to the state tournament and a 29-win season. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which doesn't have size classifications to separate smaller schools from larger ones, it was natural for Dean's success with the Cougars attracted attention and earned him interest from other schools that were looking for a baseball coach.
Under the leadership of outgoing Athletic Director Dr. Stan Miller, Starkville High School has quickly become one of the elite programs in the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
Mary Virginia "Gigi" Fields has been playing tennis for only three years. But it takes only a few seconds before the Heritage Academy rising freshman offers an important qualifier. "(It has been) two years seriously," Fields said. That's not a lot of time in any sport, but Fields' use of "seriously" shows how her thinking toward the sport changed following a conversation with Heritage Academy tennis coach Billy Clark. The talk came prior to Fields' seventh-grade year, which was her first season on the team.
STARKVILLE -- Officially, Tuesday morning's event at Starkville High School was listed as an introductory news conference for the Yellow Jackets' new athletic director and football coach. For Milton Smith, it was a homecoming. Smith, a 1986 graduate of Starkville High who spent 13 seasons as football coach at Laurel High, was welcomed back as Starkville High's athletic director. He was introduced with Ricky Woods, the school's new football coach.
STARKVILLE -- New Starkville High School football coach Ricky Woods sees his latest career stop ending in one of two ways. "They will either fire me or retire me," Woods said. While the comment was made in jest, Woods used his introductory news conference at the Starkville Athletic Center to bring home the point that this would be the last job of his highly decorated coaching career.
STARKVILLE -- It's now official.
Eric Crawford II had worked too hard in pursuit of his dream to play college baseball not to continue to believe.
STARKVILLE -- Around the Starkville High School football program, the news traveled fast Thursday afternoon.
The Columbus Municipal School District is moving ahead with plans to fill several coaching vacancies at Columbus High School.
Lee Boyd is fond of saying the New Hope High School baseball team always has to have one guy step up. Will Godfrey took that notion to heart last week in one of the Trojans' biggest moments of the season. Locked in a scoreless tie with Oxford in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series, Godfrey turned on a fastball middle in and smacked it over the left-field fence to lift New Hope to a 1-0 walk-off victory. The win helped New Hope force a winner-take-all Game 3 in Oxford that originally was scheduled for Friday, but rain forced it to be delayed until Saturday. In Game 3, Oxford earned a 10-3 victory that ended New Hope's season and its quest for a third-straight Class 5A championship.