STARKVILLE -- Shareda Brown never saw the offer coming. After all, the Starkville High School fast-pitch softball player batted just .191 and had a .296 on-base percentage this season.
Coach Brad Butler watched a group of Heritage Academy Patriots move through a defensive drill on a recent Wednesday afternoon.
Kashaeyla Brooks felt queasy Saturday after placing second in Class 6A in the 300-meter hurdles at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State track meet. Nerves? Maybe. Perhaps it was something she ate?
Backup quarterback Preston Davis was pressed into action during the Trojans' scrimmages against Northeast Lauderdale and Southeast Lauderdale. Davis took over for starter E.J. Jenkins, who suffered a mild concussion when he hit his head on the turf in the first quarter of the opening game, coach Michael Bradley said.
STARKVILLE -- "Mr. Clutch" is coming to a college baseball field near you. Starkville Academy baseball coach Neal Henry gave shortstop Kyle Henson the nickname after coaching him the past two seasons. Henson's ability to deliver key hits and plays will be welcomed at East Central Community College next season.
Columbus High School's football team had 23 starters back from last year's team. Starkville High lost all of its starting skill-position players and three starting offensive linemen. On paper, the Falcons should have been the more experienced and more polished club Thursday in their home scrimmage against the Yellow Jackets.
Mercedes Mattix talks about track and field like she has been competing for years. Mattix's matter-of-fact approach to her success stems from the fact the New Hope High School loves competition. Her desire to reach her best explains why hard work has been the foundation of a successful season.
Sitting at a lunchroom table at West Lowndes High School, talking to the state-bound boys track relay teams. So, who's the fastest?
HAMILTON -- The fate of Hamilton High School baseball team's bid to win what has proved to be an elusive state baseball championship might rest tonight on the arm of Austin Earnest. Earnest is scheduled to start Game 2 of Hamilton's Class 2A North State title playoff series against Mantachie, one day after being a part of sloppy infield play that led to a 9-7 loss in eight innings -- not the way coach Lewis Earnest wanted to open this best-of-three series at home.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Imagine getting a second chance, of sorts.
At Heritage Academy, they call Brandon Bell "The Beast." Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler compares his rising senior to a bull, which is fitting because of his 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame.
The trip turned out to be a homecoming for Tyquan Lucious.
MABEN -- There was a point in the season when Katie Gordon couldn't connect with a softball and keep from popping out.
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
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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