With just a week left until the start of the postseason, Caledonia High School softball coach Robin Elmore was eager for a crisp performance at the New Hope High School tournament.
At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Jake Thomas is a quarterback's best friend anywhere on the offensive line. But Thomas figures to become an even more imposing presence in a number of areas for the Columbus High School Falcons as he continues to mature into his body.
WEST POINT -- Wilma Davis watched, learned, and waited as a junior. With a point guard like Kelsei Ewings, sometimes you only need to make sure you were running to get open looks at the basket.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore was pleased with almost every aspect of her team's game Thursday night. Elmore enjoyed everything except the final score.
At first, winning big baseball games came as a surprise to Columbus High. Now, a youthful Falcons squad is basking in such a position. Tyler Blevin's two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning Tuesday as Columbus turned back Grenada 3-2 in a Class 6A, Region 2 matchup at Sammy Fletcher Field.
STARKVILLE -- One of the best shooters in Mississippi high school basketball has been assured the same offensive freedom at his next stop on the hardwood.
New Hope High has been on the search for offensive consistency throughout the fast-pitch softball season. The Lady Trojans found lots of it Tuesday night, as New Hope pounded out 13 hits in a 17-0 rout of Columbus.
HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest was looking forward to big things at the beginning of the season. After working through shoulder surgery and back spasms that kept him from throwing a lot of innings in the past two seasons, Earnest wanted to make a mark in his senior season with the Hamilton High School baseball team. But sometimes bad luck follows you.
CALEDONIA -- Ashley Langford understood what her father, Michael, meant when he told her years ago someone always would be watching when she was on the softball field. But the Caledonia High School senior catcher didn't fully appreciate those words of advice until earlier this year when she kept receiving emails from Mississippi Delta Community College softball coach Vanessa Farrell.
Todd Stanley didn't want to have any regrets.
STARKVILLE -- In the seventh inning Thursday night, New Hope found much-needed separation in in fast-pitch prep softball game with Starkville and in the Class 5A, Region 3 race.
The power of performance is a big motivator for Justin Verner.
New Hope High School fast-pitch softball coach Tabitha Beard can be difficult to please. Tuesday night was not one of those nights.
New Hope High School senior Dusty Dyson is in quite a groove right now.
Trace Lee and Christian Dale are going to do everything in their power to help get the Columbus High School baseball team back to the postseason. While both players make solid contributions in the field and at the plate, Lee and Dale likely will make their presence felt the most on the mound. Combined with left-hander Hunter Mullis, Columbus (11-6, 2-2 Class 6A, Region) has three starting pitchers who can stop a team's momentum.
You have to look good for your big day. After waiting this long, Lawrence Brown was going to make sure he had everything right. Still, as of Monday the New Hope High School senior didn't know what colors he was going to wear to celebrate the next step in his football career.
WEST POINT -- After losing six straight, West Point High returned to the baseball win column in resounding fashion Tusesday night. Behind the complete-game effort of starting pitcher Tez Lane, the Green Wave knocked off New Hope, 3-2.
It takes a lot to get Cade Lott flustered. Whether it's football, basketball, or golf, Lott typically plays with a positive attitude and always has a smile ready to go. But Mother Nature put the Heritage Academy junior's attitude to the test Tuesday.
WEST POINT -- Jacob Shempert knows the importance of patience. As a member of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, which recognizes the state's top baseball players in the state of Mississippi, Shempert knows his reputation precedes him. The senior pitcher/catcher/infielder also understands pitchers and coaches read newspapers and the Internet to keep up with who is hot.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Kate Mattox was the only winner Saturday in a bunch of top-10 finishes by local competitors at the Mississippi State University High School Track and Field Invitational. Mattox won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 34.85 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:34.49).
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