Jeffrey Cook is confident an offseason packed with baseball is going to benefit the Columbus High School baseball program in 2013.
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter is placing a little more emphasis on summer basketball this year.
Chris Ball knows the caliber of baseball played in the Greater Golden Triangle area. As an infielder, Ball was member of the New Hope High School baseball teams that won state titles in 1996 and 1998. He then went on to play baseball for two more seasons at East Mississippi Community College before becoming a coach.
The Heritage Academy, Starkville Academy, and Oak Hill Academy baseball teams had a host of performers who helped their teams advance to the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt has been blessed a number of ways as a coach.
Columbus High School girls basketball player Kiandria Patterson has a busy senior year lined up. Patterson plans to do her best in the classroom, to graduate from high school, and to find a place to play college basketball.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's player Anna Prestridge laughs when she talks about her early childhood memories.
Jaitra Abrams didn't realize her potential. After playing volleyball for four years in high school, Abrams didn't believe she was capable of playing at the next level.
The mind-set has changed at Pickens Academy.
The building process already has started. Gary Harris was in Columbus on Thursday surveying the Heritage Academy softball field and taking a look at the program's equipment.
RIDGELAND -- D.J. Sanders wasn't sure what had hit her.
RIDGELAND -- Read, react, win.
Tabitha Beard remembers. When you have played for coach who started the program and then taken her place, it is easy for Beard to recall the last time the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team played for a state title.
CALEDONIA -- Focus. That word played in Tyler Lowe's mind repeatedly Monday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State track and field meet at Pearl High School.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Friendship equals strength.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University student Jordan Billingsley readily admits he has been hard on his younger brother this past year.
STARKVILLE -- The final image members of the Starkville Academy baseball team will take from the 2012 season is another team celebrating on their home field.
Jim Hamilton has seen enough athletes in his time as a track and field coach to recognize one with a lot of potential. When Hamilton talks about Columbus High School's Byerson Cockrell, it's easy to tell Hamilton believes his senior sprinter has the makings of an elite performer.
Kashaeyla Brooks never used her youth as an excuse this season. But the Columbus High School sophomore admitted she was nervous Monday as she prepared for the finals of 300-meter hurdles in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State meet.
Korey Wilson doesn't believe in empty talk. So after Wilson finished third in the shot put at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State meet at Ridgeland High School, the West Lowndes High senior laid down a challenge to his closest competitors, especially the Hinds County Agricultural athletes who finished first and second.
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