MACON -- The picture still hasn't found a home. Looking at himself and James Patterson showing off their state championship rings, Tyrone Shorter scans his office and sees Patterson in other images reaping the rewards of the Noxubee County High School football program's success.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones' office is a popular place before practice or workouts. At one point Monday afternoon, the office of the first-year Starkville High School football head coach was filled with quarterback Malik Brown, running back Chase Naylor, and two defenders. Some were there with equipment questions, but the conversations they had with Jones didn't stay on that topic for long.
Next man up. In the case of the Heritage Academy football team, coach Sean Harrison would like to see as many as 15 players step into bigger roles this season. If that happens, Harrison feels confident the Patriots will be able to make up for their key graduation losses, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines.
Well, we are quickly getting to that time of year.
Change is usually unavoidable in coaching.
CALEDONIA -- Seeing her name with some of the state's best volleyball players makes Bailie Cross smile. It also helps her realize this year will be the last season she plays volleyball for the Caledonia High School, so she plans to make the most of it.
During the prep baseball playoffs, some media members took to Twitter and began the insane countdowns for the start of football season.
Everyone needs a reminder every now and then.
WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill can't point to one thing when asked to describe the difference at the plate between his junior and senior seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Caleb Griffin doesn't mind the pressure of having to prove himself.
Oak Hill Academy and Starkville Academy were part of a banner season in baseball for the area in 2017.
Koby Harcrow has made it a habit to push through highs and lows. When you're not the biggest, fastest, or strongest player on the field, it sometimes can be difficult to attract attention, but Harcrow never used his physical makeup as an excuse. In fact, the New Hope High School standout pushed even harder so he could get noticed so one day he could realize his dream to play college baseball.
STARKVILLE -- While Kelsey Jones has lofty college goals, her high school coach Kristie Williams sets the bar even higher.
STARKVILLE -- Stat stuffers don't slack off.
WEST POINT -- There is a lot of responsibility when you're the only senior on a team.
Bruce Franks doesn't have to yell during games.
Columbus High School junior Robert Woodard, II has never received a dime for teaching at the school.
STARKVILLE - Typically, a high school basketball player can seek out a teammate or coach when words of encouragement or needed.
2. Stephens making changes COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Loss of Patterson one of several Shorter has had to fill HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Jones brings new energy to Starkville football program HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Luke has dream job at Ole Miss, but he is in tough spot COLLEGE SPORTS