It's finally here, and it just so happens it will be played on an even bigger stage. Six area teams will participate today in the second annual New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
It isn't Tabitha Beard's style to sugar coat things, so she isn't going to start this season. Beard grew up in a New Hope High School softball program that prided itself on winning championships. As coach, she has continued that tradition, leading the Lady Trojans' slow-pitch team to its fourth state title in a row (second in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A), and 13th overall, last season.
RIDGELAND -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team went 3-1 and tied for third in the two-day Set It Off Challenge that wrapped up Saturday.
Bryan Loague has faced Hamilton High School enough times in softball to know about the program's tradition. That's why Loague didn't waste any time once he learned slow-pitch assistant coach and fast-pitch coach Jason Cobb was stepping down to take another job outside of the school.
If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.
MACON -- Scott Parenteau's job is to keep the momentum rolling. Word already is out that the Noxubee County High School football team will play host to Louisville High as part of season three of Cellular South's "Y'all vs. Us" prep football series.
There's bad and then there's really bad. From Madison Clark's perspective, the Heritage Academy girls soccer team had left bad behind in its first games at the Lee University Soccer Camp and was trying to avoid having multiple uses of really associated with its play. Then something changed.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins was concerned. On paper, Collins knew the Caledonia High School volleyball team lost key pieces from the 2010 team that advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Division I State Tournament.
PHEBA -- Making adjustments sounds simple. But it's easy to lose sight of the little things when the adrenaline is flowing and the pitcher is rushing the ball to the plate. Three times Katlyn Petty tried to get a hit against Chloe Tapley. Three times she struck out. Her fourh at-bat was different in a big way.
STEENS -- Football is football. It sounds simple, but that's how Greg Watkins has approached his transition from Hebron Christian to Immanuel Christian.
STEENS -- The bar has been raised. A loss in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division II tournament gave the Immanuel Christian girls soccer team a taste of the postseason in 2010.
Opposing quarterbacks beware. Blake Sharp is a changed man, and he is about to drop some knowledge on you.
WEST POINT -- Mamie Allen didn't look different. But when you factored in temperatures near 100 degrees with a weekend off following a season-opening victory, something appeared not right with the junior right-hander.
The summer is Chloe Tapley's time. Ever since she can remember, the time after one school year and the period before the beginning of another season has been one to relax, to recharge, and to improve.
Michael Bradley wants to make sure you highlight Aug. 13 on your calendar. The New Hope High School football coach and five other local coaches will come together at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium on that Saturday to provide one final appetizer before the start of the Mississippi High School Activities Association regular season.
If a 10-team jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium is an ideal way to kick off the 2011 prep football season, there's no better way to open the regular season than with two state champions. At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, South Panola High School will travel to Clay County to take on West Point High.
The excitement is building in Noxubee County.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team lost eight seniors from the 2009-10 squad that reached the third round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A playoffs.
STEENS -- While Wade Lee had enough height to soar over opponents, his back hasn't allowed him to do so for the past two years. So the senior forward at Immanuel Christian found other ways to excel, to overcome his back injury, and to earn The Dispatch Small Schools Player of the Year honors.
CRAWFORD -- If he's lucky, East Oktibbeha County High School girls basketball coach Randy Brooks will spend his winter cleaning up around the house and hunting rabbits.
1. Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope wins baseball playoff opener in extra innings HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. New Hope baseball advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Smith anticipates draft call COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prep Softball: Caledonia advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS