A month ago, if you had asked Jermaine Thomas, Ronnie Porter, or Antonio Wilson the location of Bacone College, they would have stared at you and scratched their heads.
The Heritage Academy baseball team may be finding its stride at the right time of the season.
On a night where the stakes were a little high and mistakes were a little more magnified, the Columbus High School baseball team made too many errors to win a Class 6A, Region 2 championship.
The New Hope High School girls golf team won Monday in spite of the weather.
The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team made sure to finish what it started Monday night. Thanks to timely hitting and solid pitching and fielding by D.J. Sanders, New Hope defeated Neshoba Central 4-1 at Lady Trojan Field to clinch the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 title. "They recovered well, and D.J. did a good job of staying composed on the mound," New Hope coach Tabitha Beard said. "That's all I can ask for."
Kasey Stanfield doesn't intend for the rest of her senior season to go quietly. Whether it is creating a commotion at the plate or raising a ruckus in the dugout, the New Hope High School catcher wants to do everything she can to help the school's fast-pitch softball team make history.
The consensus among area coaches is Ricky Kendrick had the Caledonia High School football program going in the right direction. Not only did Kendrick provide stability to a program that had shuffled through a host of coaches in recent years, but he also helped instill a new confidence and optimism in the program. Andy Crotwell hopes to continue Kendrick's work and to help the Confederates become even more competitive.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard had no idea how much he would grow to love the cones and what they represented. Littered throughout the Starkville recreation field, the cones were defenders or obstacles Howard and his Select teammates had to work their way through with the ball to develop the deft touch needed to move with pace and vision.
Bruce Branch feels blessed. There's no other way for the Heritage Academy baseball coach to describe his feeling when he learned his program would acquire the services of Cody Mordecai. It's one thing to welcome a player back to the team from injury, but Branch had no idea to expect his program would benefit from the transfer of Mordecai, a junior pitcher/infielder, from Clover, S.C.
Encouragement and unity are core components of Ben Moore's philosophy. Those two aspects explain why the Columbus High School soccer coach believes so much in teamwork.
STARKVILLE -- Reagan Hern and Cailee Helen McClain are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Now its time for college coaches to find a way to stop Addie Forbus.
Columbus High School junior pitcher/outfielder Hunter Mullis couldn't recall playing a baseball game that lasted that long.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd speaks highly of his junior shortstop Will Golsan.
The Dispatch's 2012-13 All-Area boys and girls basketball teams:
Columbus High School senior Devin Berry is spending this spring readying for graduation and preparing for the next stage of his basketball career.
When the typical student moves to college, it takes two or three carloads to transport the clothes and furnishings. Columbus High School senior Kiki Patterson won't have to do that much packing. She will be able to hurry home at a moment's notice.
STARKVILLE -- There weren't too many teams that tested the chemistry and the togetherness that binded Starkville Academy girls basketball team this season.
STARKVILLE -- Together Everyone Achieves More. Glenn Schmidt has used countless phrases, sayings, and motivational tactics in 30-plus years of coaching basketball. But none of the words Schmidt has used sums up the 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball team better than the acronym T.E.A.M. It may be cliché, but the Lady Volunteers epitomized team play in every facet of the game.
Being a graduate of Mississippi State University, Mark Alexander already had a pulse on the boys basketball program at Starkville Academy. Alexander knew the Volunteers had experienced more struggles than happy times. In the past decade, the squads have battled to break even and postseason success was nonexistent.
1. Howland excited to have Nebraska coming to Starkville COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Shorter smiling again as Tigers try to clinch district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy focused on bounce-back effort HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Oak Hill Academy will go on road to try to win district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS