STARKVILLE -- Brian Jones can attest that the job as baseball coach at Starkville High School always has had cachet.
CALEDONIA -- Trey Lancaster's slow shake of the head is a telling sign for anyone who has swung a bat. Whether it is fastballs or curveballs, pitchers with command of the strike zone, or pesky mechanical quirks, hitters have a variety of things that can wreak havoc with their batting averages and cause them to second- or triple-guess their approach.
HAMILTON -- Don't worry if you don't see a baseball. Be more concerned with the noise you hear from the Hamilton High School baseball team.
The New Hope High School baseball team may be strongest up the middle. Any coach will tell you that they like their squad's chances if they have dependable players at catcher, pitcher, center field, and in the middle infield positions.
STARKVILLE -- In his 29 seasons as baseball coach at Starkville High School, Danny Carlisle knows pitching and defense can carry a team in the postseason. That is why he's excited as he prepares for his final playoff run as leader of the program. The Yellow Jackets have two senior pitchers they can count on to give them a chance against any team.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team took the first step Tuesday night to settle unfinished business. Rising senior quarterback Gabe Myles threw two touchdowns to lead Starkville to a 17-8 victory against Columbus High in a spring football game.
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.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS