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Oak HIll Academy ready to take next step in softball

Posted less than 6 hours ago in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Mitch Bohon appears to be in an ideal situation entering his second season as the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball coach.

Central Academy looks to build on standout season

Posted less than 6 hours ago in High School Sports

MACON -- The T-shirts have a two-part message: "DON'T QUIT. DO IT."

Starkville Academy soccer searches for leadership

Posted less than 6 hours ago in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Music is a great way to bring people together.

Heritage Academy softball continues to build

Posted less than 6 hours ago in High School Sports

McKenzie Bumgarner has grown up with the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball program.

 

Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl

Posted 7/26/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay walked off the football field slowly after a intense conditioning session Monday night. It wasn't the first time he had worked out or ran this summer. He has been hitting the weight room with enthusiasm and running to prepare himself for the grind of his final high school football season in the state of Mississippi.

 

Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree

Posted 7/26/2016 in High School Sports

When the Noxubee County High School football team played in the 2014 New Hope Jamboree, coach Tyrone Shorter challenged his team to make sure its preseason game and last game were played in the same venue. For the sixth time in seven seasons, Mississippi State will play host to the event, which showcases several area teams in their first live action of the season. In 2014, Noxubee County played in the jamboree. Four months later, it returned to MSU to win the first of back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State championships.

Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers

Posted 7/26/2016 in High School Sports

Thomas Stevens has a new appreciation of the word "busy." Following a standout junior season for the New Hope High School baseball team, Stevens set out to raise his profile in hopes of attracting an offer to play baseball in college. Despite hitting a team-best .381 and smacking seven home runs, Stevens entered the offseason without any college offers.

 

All-Area Baseball: Dispatch's 2016 All-Area Team

Posted 7/18/2016 in High School Sports

The Dispatch's 2016 Prep Baseball All-Area Team

 

All-Area Baseball: Griffin earns player of year honors

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - For Starkville Academy's Caleb Griffin, the high point and low point of his senior baseball season came against the same opponent on the same field.

All-Area Baseball: Griffin elevates Hebron Christian program

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

Todd Griffin doesn't recall how he came to be the baseball coach at Hebron Christian.

Former Oak Hill ace Ellis signs with Nicholls State

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

Maegen Ellis' dream came true last month.

 

Former Starkville HIgh standout Brown signs contract with Padres

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Former Starkville High School baseball and football standout A.J. Brown added to his workload Friday.

 

 

Pitch counts on minds of area coaches

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

Travis Garner was shocked when he returned to the state of Mississippi in 2013.

 

 

Ross earns preseason all-conference honors

Posted 7/16/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After leading the Southeastern Conference with 88 catches in 2015, Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by the media, the league announced Friday.

 

Crawford resigns from positions at West Lowndes High

Posted 7/15/2016 in High School Sports

Danny Crawford appreciates the opportunity he had to work at West Lowndes High School for the 2015-16 school year. In one of the school's most successful seasons, Crawford led the boys basketball team to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State title game and the girls basketball team to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

 

Velek excited about work to be done at Heritage Academy

Posted 7/14/2016 in High School Sports

Tom Velek has faced plenty of challenges in 12 years of coaching soccer in the state of Mississippi. Velek's decision last month to accept the job as girls soccer coach at Heritage Academy created an opportunity to face a new challenge: coaching the game in the summer heat of Mississippi.

 

 

Starkville High's Gay shines at combine in Oregon

Posted 7/12/2016 in High School Sports

As the scholarship offers and showcase invitations mount, Starkville High School All-State linebacker Willie Gay never skips a day of counting his blessings.

 

 

Starkville High coach Carter back home after surgery

Posted 7/6/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After spending three days in the hospital, Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter is back home. Carter had a heart attack early Saturday morning and had surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus later in the day to clear a complete blockage of his right coronary artery. He returned home Monday afternoon.

 

 

SHS coach Carter recovering after heart attack

Posted 7/2/2016 in High School Sports

Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter had a heart attack Saturday morning and underwent surgery later in the day, Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams confirmed.

 

Sykes' faith leads him to coach at Starkville Academy

Posted 6/30/2016 in High School Sports

Matt Sykes is a man of faith. A year ago, faced with an uncertain future in soccer, Sykes contemplated his options and listened to God. After a lot of prayer and patience, Sykes said God told him to go William Carey University in Hattiesburg to play soccer. Earlier this year, Sykes faced more uncertainty and was called to return home to Columbus. Although he wasn't sure why God wanted him to leave William Carey and end his soccer career, he believed something would work out.

 

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