STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Richard Evans feels a lot of familiarity when he looks around the court.
VICKSBURG -- The New Hope High School girls soccer team didn't have to go to overtime this year.
Mercedes Mattix loves to run. Whether it is the 100, 200, or 400 meters, Mattix has made her mark as one of the state's top sprinters. But Mattix also loves to ball. Whether it is flying up and down the court in a fast break or hawking the ball in pressure defense, the New Hope High School senior has made herself into more than just a sprinter who plays basketball.
Missed shots don't bother Brad Cox. The West Point High School boys basketball coach is more concerned about the process his players take to get those shots. That's why Cox couldn't help but clap when he saw Juan Davis drive the middle of the New Hope High defense Friday night and kick to the ball to his right. Davis' penetration created a wide-open look for Trey Williams on the right wing, but the 3-pointer missed. Still, Cox applauded his team's efforts and knew execution like that was going to pay dividends.
STARKVILLE -- Noa Katherine Hardin can't help herself. Maybe it is the fact she is a red head. Maybe it is her love for the game of soccer. It also could the combination of both of those factors. Regardless of the reason, Hardin smiles when asked what it is about her that makes her a "firecracker" when she is on the field playing soccer.
HAMILTON -- Jordyn Jackson realized as a sophomore she had work to do if she was going to realize her dream of playing softball in college.
In coaching circles, first impressions are always important.
CALEDONIA -- The numbers point to a bright future for Caleb Brown.
MACON -- Sammy Lindsey has six-plus years of stories to tell about Blake Rigdon.
Wednesday was a day of celebration at New Hope High School.
CALEDONIA -- McKellar Fishel won the award for the best potential Vine in the Golden Triangle on Tuesday night.
Randal Montgomery has never been one to back down from a challenge.
Mark Box wanted to see for himself. As a first-year head coach, Box spent some of his first practices with the Caledonia High School boys soccer team moving players to different positions to see if he could find the best fit.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team has played several games since its 38-33 loss to Columbus in early December. However, the Jackets were ready to reflect and to move forward Friday night at the Bee Hive.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams preaches to her team to battle through adversity. The adversity began Friday night before her squad's Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 6A, Region 3 game against archrival Columbus.
New Hope High School Principal Matt Smith and the school's football program are trying to move on. On Wednesday, Smith met with members of the New Hope High football team to talk to them about his decision not to renew first-year head coach Shawn Gregory as football coach. The move came in the afternoon after Gregory turned in his keys to the field house to Smith and Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright.
Wednesday was another good day for the baseball teams in the Golden Triangle.
Gary Harris always has been honest with his players at Heritage Academy. In 2012, when Harris arrived in Columbus, he didn't mince words with Caitlin McLain when he learned the catcher/infielder wanted to play softball in college.
The state of the New Hope High School football program is clouded in uncertainty.
The juniors on the New Hope High School football team want to be heard.
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