STARKVILLE -- Neil Henry has the football program at Starkville Academy to thank for his team's baseball success in 2012.
CALEDONIA - Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore kept her squad in the outfield for a lengthy heart-to-heart talk Monday night.
Yvonne Hairston and Jim Hamilton are going to do their best to make sure the members of the Columbus High School track and field teams are peaking in time for the state meets.
Jeffrey Cook had a feeling. Like any coach armed with a hard-throwing pitcher capable of going on back-to-back days, the Columbus High School baseball coach guessed Warren Central was going to come back with Cody Waddell in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoff series.
FULTON -- "It wasn't pretty." Those were Caledonia High School baseball coach John Wilson's words as he watched his team struggle to be patient at the plate in a game two loss to Itawamba Agricultural High on Saturday.
WEST POINT -- "It's go time" for the Oak Hill Academy baseball team. That saying coined by seniors Jacob Shempert and Clay Henley is appropriate considering the Raiders came up with a dramatic victory Friday afternoon to keep their season alive.
A year ago, Trace Lee was watching from the sidelines with an injury.
CALEDONIA -- Cody Allsup and Brandon Darling wanted to make a statement in their senior year. After missing out on the playoffs earlier in their career, Allsup and Darling have teamed this season to be a potent 1-2 punch for the Caledonia High School baseball team.
Let the fine-tuning begin.
TUPELO -- The Columbus High School baseball team earned a signature win Wednesday night on the home field of one of its biggest rivals.
Two years ago, Justin Verner was a self-proclaimed "chubby" kid who was trying to master powerlifting techniques. Only a sophomore, Verner knew he had the potential to accomplish big things in the sport. His strategy for realizing those goals was simple: He was going to listen to his coaches and work as hard as he could.
Peyton Lee wasn't sure what his role was going to be on the 2012 New Hope High School baseball team. Coming off a junior season that left him wanting more, Lee was focused on having an impact in his final season as a Trojan.
The piece of paper doesn't jangle in the breeze like the medals around the necks of his student-athletes.
Tiacara McCoy didn't let cancer stop her.
The Starkville Academy girls basketball team used a group approach all the way through a historic season.
CALEDONIA -- West Point High School baseball coach Buddy Myers saw his team simply going through the motions.
On senior night at Sammy Fletcher Field, Columbus High left-handed pitcher Tyler Blevins took the baseball and completely shut down a confident Caledonia High lineup.
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.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Plenty of big region matchups set for Friday LOCAL COLUMNS