HAMILTON -- Support comes in all varieties.
In baseball, teammates can back their pitchers with solid defense, timely hitting, and a selfless approach.
The Hamilton High School baseball team is fortunate because it has five seniors who provide that support in every facet of the game.
Left-handed pitcher Dylan Earnest and outfielder Kevin McCartney probably are the two of Hamilton's most recognized players, but designated hitter Devin Hopper, shortstop Nathan Cockerham, and outfielder Cole Johnson have played integral roles in the Lions' success this season.
Survive and advance.
It sounds simple, but nothing is easy in high school athletics.
Even the most "outmanned" teams can give an opponent a test to remember.
Neshoba Central reminded the New Hope High School baseball team of that fact in the first round. The Rockets used stingy pitching and stout defense to stretch the Division 2, District 1 champions to three games before Blake Roberts' complete-game effort pushed the Trojans to the second round.
EUPORA -- Ten runs usually is enough for any fast-pitch softball team to win comfortably.
The way the Hamilton High School Lady Lions have been playing, scoring double-digit runs virtually guarantees a victory.
"If you would have told me we were going to score 10 runs I would have thought we would have won," Hamilton coach Jason Cobb said.
But funny things happen at playoff time.
Anna Holley does everything at game speed.
Whether she's hustling to second base to take infield grounders or she's catching her pitcher and popping the ball back to the circle, Holley helps set the tone for the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team.
HAMILTON -- The pieces usually come together at this time of the season for the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team.
Led by seniors Katie Beth Dahlem, Lyndsey Williams, Shelby Savage, and Chauncia Willis, the Lady Lions are focused on adding another title to the slow-pitch crown they won in the fall.
Two pitchers have helped the South Lamar High School softball team keep opponents off stride at the plate.
The Lady Stallions hope the trend continues when they play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A North-Central Regional Tournament.
Reclassification meant opportunity for the Noxubee County High School boys track and field team.
Coach Tyrone Shorter knew the Mississippi High School Activities Association's decision to add a sixth classification and the subsequent moves of Oxford and Pearl high schools from Class 4A to Class 5A would favor his program.
STARKVILLE — Clay Stringer can feel it. But Starkville Academy’s golfers must avoid another late hiccup to win a state championship. Today’s Mississippi Association of Independent School Class AAA state tournament at Jackson Country Club will tell if Stringer’s senior-driven squad can close on a championship level after finishing four points from the top at North State. Last week at Colonial Country Club’s Deerfield course, the Volunteers missed out on a chance for a second-straight North State championship.
Starkville Academy’s golfers must avoid another late hiccup to win a state championship. Today’s Mississippi Association of Independent School Class AAA state tournament at Jackson Country Club will tell if Stringer’s senior-driven squad can close on a championship level after finishing four points from the top at North State.
STARKVILLE — The football building blocks are being laid at Starkville Academy. Jeff Terrill’s return to the prep ranks for the first time since 1993 brought him to a rebuilding project that has a dubious number hanging over the last two seasons. Fifteen straight losses and a winless 2009 campaign did more than evoke a coaching change — players defected.
Noxubee County School District Superintendent Kevin Jones said Tuesday that the district's school board accepted the resignation of former football coach M.C. Miller but didn't approve the hiring of a new football coach at its Monday meeting. Jones said the school board will meet two more times this month, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday. The hiring of Tyrone Shorter to replace Miller as Noxubee County High School football coach is expected to be on the agenda at one of those meetings. Shorter was an assistant coach for 12 or 13 years to Miller, who left Noxubee County High to take a job as head football coach at Harrison Central. Miller later reconsidered that opportunity and was hired to become the football coach at Louisville High School. He replaces Brad Peterson, who is the new football coach at Btrandon.
Landon Ellis struck out eight and allowed one hit in five innings Tuesday to lead the Victory Christian Academy baseball team to an 11-1 victory against Victory Baptist (Millbrook, Ala.) in the Alabama Christian Educators Association playoffs. The victory pushes Victory Christian (10-1) into the ACEA Final Four at 3 p.m. Friday at Northside in Dothan, Ala. The Eagles likely will play Northside. Victory Christian was forced to play Tuesday after it lost a coin flip with Tuscaloosa Christian. The teams split two regular-season meetings and were tied for the top spot in the region. The No. 1 seed received an automatic bid to the Final Four.
ITTA BENA — The Caledonia High School girls and the Noxubee County High School boys track and field teams won Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A Region 1 championships Tuesday at Mississippi Valley State University. The Lady Confederates scored 109 points to outdistance Amory (81 points) and Noxubee County (75). The Noxubee County boys had 119 points to run away from Caledonia, which was second with 80.
Lee Boyd hopes to see a little more fire from his team tonight. The first-year New Hope High School baseball coach opened his team’s game against Neshoba Central on Saturday night by asking his players to get him five runs in the fifth inning. Instead, the Trojans went scoreless in the first, had only six hits, and and scuffled through a 3-2 loss in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A opening-round playoff series.
Brent Harris knew this season could be special for the Victory Christian Academy baseball team. After watching many of the team’s younger players take their lumps, Harris watched as an assistant coach as those players slowly matured and gained confidence. This season, in his first as the Eagles’ head coach, Harris thought things could come together provided the upperclassmen delivered solid leadership.
Lee Boyd left the quick hook in the dugout this time — if only for another batter. That’s about as much margin for error as Blake Roberts had remaining when Boyd sprinted to the mound for a discussion with his starting pitcher in the top of the second inning Monday night.
Richard Christopher didn’t want to relive history. A year after a shoulder injury helped prevent him from winning a state title, the Heritage Academy senior realized a goal Saturday when he won the AAA shot put title at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State Championship at Mississippi College.
OXFORD — New Hope High School’s Kelli Petty won the 100 and 200 meters and the high jump Monday at the Class 5A-Region 1 meet at Oxford High School.
M.C Miller believes the Noxubee County High School football program has its man. Tonight, that man, Tyrone Shorter, is expected to take Miller’s place and become the head football coach at Noxubee County. Shorter’s hiring is expected to be approved at the Noxubee County School District School Board meeting. Shorter worked the past 12 years as an assistant coach to Miller, who left Noxubee County to accept the head football coaching job at Harrison Central. He reconsidered that decision last month and was hired as the head football coach at Louisville High School.
CLINTON –– Heritage Academy’s Richard Christopher and Starkville Academy’s Joseph Macgown and Will Goodwin won individual titles Saturday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State Championship at Mississippi College. Christopher won the AAA shot put with a mark of 46 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Macgown won the AAA 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 58.49 seconds, while Goodwin won the AAA triple jump with a mark of 42-11 1/2.
1. More younger pitchers having Tommy John surgery COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Bradley becomes New Hope's first Scholar-Athlete HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. White beats Crimson in A-Day Game COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Mitchell's complete game propels MSU past Missouri COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus, New Hope, Heritage Academy gearing up for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS