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Gordon comes through for East Webster softball

Posted 5/12/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- There was a point in the season when Katie Gordon couldn't connect with a softball and keep from popping out.

 

 

Catledge shines as anchor for Starkville

Posted 5/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- As Jalan Catledge approached the finish line in the 400-meter dash last week at the Class 6A North State meet, he counted all seven opponents ahead

 

 

Pritchett delivers in clutch for Hamilton baseball

Posted 5/11/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Several months ago, Graham Pritchett was prepared to walk away from the game he had played since he was a youth, a game that brought him satisfaction and purpose.

 

 

East Oktibbeha girls shooting for titles

Posted 5/11/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- Last year, East Oktibbeha County High School didn't have a girls track team. A year later, the Lady Titans are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A South State meet. The team will look to finish in the top five at the state meet Friday at Pearl High.

 

 

Comer working back into form for Class 4A State meet

Posted 5/10/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Aches and pains are part of a runner's life. Sometimes a good stretch or a long run can ease that discomfort and make everything right.

 

 

Ridgeland baseball eliminates New Hope

Posted 5/10/2011 in High School Sports

RIDGELAND -- The New Hope High School baseball team never counted itself out in the 2011 season. Regardless of the size of the deficit, the Trojans somehow rallied or worked themselves out of holes all season. New Hope followed a familiar pattern Monday, rallying from an early deficit. This time, though, Ridgeland had an answer New Hope couldn't respond to.

 

 

Hawkins pitches New Hope into Game 3

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

Dillon Hawkins stared ahead, exhaled, and gave himself a quick pep talk Saturday evening on the mound, one that helped the New Hope High School baseball team force a third and final game in its third-round playoff series against Ridgeland. With the bases loaded, Hawkins kept Southern Mississippi signee Nick Johnson in the on-deck circle by striking out Mark Varnado for the final out in a 5-1 win.

 

 

Lake Cormorant softball beats New Hope in Game 3

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

It's not that the pitch was high. It just wasn't high enough. Carla Avant reached down with her bat to get under D.J. Sanders' riseball in the sixth inning, sending it over the left-center field fence to give Lake Cormorant a lead it didn't surrender in final game of a best-of-three fast-pitch softball series Saturday afternoon against New Hope High School.

 

 

Copiah Academy uses 13-run inning to beat Heritage Academy

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

Senior Tyler Farnham stood in the breezeway at Trip Carson Field, facing the baseball diamond where his high school career ended just minutes earlier. His eyes, still watery, focused on nothing in particular. After several minutes, his hands moved to his hips and his body hunched slightly, the signs of nearly seven hours of baseball that ended the wrong way.

 

 

Championships fill day for track and field teams

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Six individual champions were crowned and one relay team from the area earned North State titles Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A/6A North State meet at Mississippi State.

 

 

Hamilton rallies in seventh to eliminate Eupora

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School baseball team showed the late-inning magic Saturday it hopes will carry it back to Trustmark Park for a chance to win a state title.

 

 

East Webster baseball forces Game 3

Posted 5/7/2011 in High School Sports

HOUSTON -- Austin Halford hit a solo home run to send the game into extra innings, and Scott Johnson executed a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to send the East Webster High School baseball team to a 4-3 victory against Mantachie in Game 2 of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoff series.

 

 

Earnest has built Hamilton baseball into power

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Lewis Earnest sat in a deer stand as a cell phone vibrated in his pocket.

 

 

Moore will set big goals for Heritage Academy girls basketball

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

Junior Rachel Hollivay wants to end her career at Heritage Academy with a girls basketball state championship.

 

 

New Hope baseball will look to leaders

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

Call Jared Shelton selfish. You also can describe the New Hope High School baseball team's senior infielder as a leader, always prepared to add to his list of gameday heroics.

 

 

Starkville, Columbus set to battle at North State meet

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's first chance to play host to a North State track meet won't be on its campus, but make no mistake: It's a home meet. The Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A/6A North State meet will take place Saturday at Mississippi State's Carl Maddox Track facility.

 

 

Noxubee County track and field wants to build on success

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Depending on the season, sports talk in Noxubee County typically veers toward high school football or basketball. But the Noxubee County High School boys and girls track and field teams are doing their best to get people talking about their success.

 

 

Central Academy slow-pitch softball wants to finish with crown

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Seniors have a keen eye for detail. So even though Kendall Taylor is standing down the left-field line, more than a few hundred feet away from a billboard that displays the years and titles won by previous Central Academy teams, she knows the sign is incomplete.

 

 

Starkville High's Bostic has titles in sight

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kamau Bostic is leading Starkville High School's charge to another boys track and field state title. The junior distance runner logs the most minutes on the track as a miler, half-miler, and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team.

 

 

Starkville Academy's Ward signs with Mississippi College

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Every coach likes to see the heart and soul of his football team get a shot to play at the next level. An emotional leader and example of sacrifice and intensity, Starkville Academy's Matt Ward was rewarded for a breakout season with an offer to play at Mississippi College.

 

 

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