Being a graduate of Mississippi State University, Mark Alexander already had a pulse on the boys basketball program at Starkville Academy. Alexander knew the Volunteers had experienced more struggles than happy times. In the past decade, the squads have battled to break even and postseason success was nonexistent.
WEST POINT -- If only the game of baseball could be as easy it is for New Hope High School's Will Golsan right now. The right-handed hitting junior, who is batting .489 in the leadoff spot, has developed a simple approach when he steps in the batter's box. "Swing at fastball and yeah, as hard as I can," Golsan said.
When schedules are finalized, many prep baseball coaches circle prom night and approach that night with fear and anxiety. Columbus High School coach Jeff Cook isn't in that group. Cook likes the Falcons' current winning streak on prom night. Columbus made it three straight on the special occasion with a 7-3 come-from-behind victory against Class 6A, Region 2 rival South Panola on Thursday night at Sammy Fletcher Field.
STARKVILLE -- A play here, a play there. Brian Jones has seen his first Starkville High School baseball team fall on the wrong side of a thin margin for error more than a half dozen times this season.
CALEDONIA -- Trent Humber knows his strengths. The Caledonia High School senior acknowledges his drives off the tee might not be as far as other players. That's OK, though, because Humber knows he can make up for what he lacks in driving distance with his putting and chipping.
Katelyn Hicks and Jessica Thompson proved Tuesday that experience and geography are only impediments to potential if they are allowed to be.
On a brutally cold night for baseball, New Hope High School remained hot Tuesday night.
Stay within yourself.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Brian Jones couldn't ask much more of his starting pitcher Tanner Clanton - except for maybe the junior right-hander to get help from his friends.
CALEDONIA -- Taylor Renth has learned from watching others get or miss opportunities.
STARKVILLE -- Normally high school coaches are afraid of letting their teams have fun at the expense of opponents. Starkville Academy baseball coach Neal Henry isn't one of those people. In fact, Henry encouraged the brooms to come out in his dugout late Thursday evening in a 6-5 and 11-8 sweep of East Rankin Academy at Volunteer Field.
When New Hope High School senior right-hander Landon Boyd takes the mound, the Trojans don't have to make all the defensive plays.
Just imagine what Mercedes Mattix will be able to accomplish when she has more time to practice. With only two days of practice and coming off a long basketball season, the New Hope High School junior kicked off her outdoor track and field season in style Saturday, winning the 100, 200, and 400 meters at the Mississippi State University High School Invitational at Maddox Track.
CALEDONIA -- Confidence is contagious.
Shawn Gregory has tried to give back wherever he has worked as a teacher and a coach. Whether it has been at the prep, college, or professional level, the New Hope High School graduate has gained invaluable insight about the best ways to relate to players and to teach them the lessons they need to succeed.
Columbus High School pitcher Hunter Mullis' confidence rarely wavers. His catcher, Gavonta Webb, has tried to emulate the pitcher's cool demeanor as he has worked through an early season hitting slump.
The New Hope High School football program extended its reach Tuesday throughout the state of Mississippi.
When New Hope High School baseball fans see Taylor Stafford stride to the mound, they know it is a serious point in the ballgame.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nora Kathryn Carroll admits she wasn't quite sure how sports fit into her future. While Carroll played key roles for the Starkville Academy girls soccer and girls basketball teams, she wanted to work on her skills, particularly on the basketball court, to make a bigger impact. Consider that goal accomplished and a bigger step left to take.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team closed the door Saturday in a most satisfying manner.
1. EMCC mourns loss of Clemons COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Offensive line fuels Noxubee County's winning streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys will face nationally ranked Memphis East tonight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Hard work pays off for Campbell on MSU women's team COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Phillips, MSU seniors prepare for final game Thursday COLLEGE SPORTS