Kasey Stanfield doesn't intend for the rest of her senior season to go quietly. Whether it is creating a commotion at the plate or raising a ruckus in the dugout, the New Hope High School catcher wants to do everything she can to help the school's fast-pitch softball team make history.
The consensus among area coaches is Ricky Kendrick had the Caledonia High School football program going in the right direction. Not only did Kendrick provide stability to a program that had shuffled through a host of coaches in recent years, but he also helped instill a new confidence and optimism in the program. Andy Crotwell hopes to continue Kendrick's work and to help the Confederates become even more competitive.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard had no idea how much he would grow to love the cones and what they represented. Littered throughout the Starkville recreation field, the cones were defenders or obstacles Howard and his Select teammates had to work their way through with the ball to develop the deft touch needed to move with pace and vision.
Bruce Branch feels blessed. There's no other way for the Heritage Academy baseball coach to describe his feeling when he learned his program would acquire the services of Cody Mordecai. It's one thing to welcome a player back to the team from injury, but Branch had no idea to expect his program would benefit from the transfer of Mordecai, a junior pitcher/infielder, from Clover, S.C.
Encouragement and unity are core components of Ben Moore's philosophy. Those two aspects explain why the Columbus High School soccer coach believes so much in teamwork.
STARKVILLE -- Reagan Hern and Cailee Helen McClain are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Now its time for college coaches to find a way to stop Addie Forbus.
Columbus High School junior pitcher/outfielder Hunter Mullis couldn't recall playing a baseball game that lasted that long.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd speaks highly of his junior shortstop Will Golsan.
The Dispatch's 2012-13 All-Area boys and girls basketball teams:
Columbus High School senior Devin Berry is spending this spring readying for graduation and preparing for the next stage of his basketball career.
When the typical student moves to college, it takes two or three carloads to transport the clothes and furnishings. Columbus High School senior Kiki Patterson won't have to do that much packing. She will be able to hurry home at a moment's notice.
STARKVILLE -- There weren't too many teams that tested the chemistry and the togetherness that binded Starkville Academy girls basketball team this season.
STARKVILLE -- Together Everyone Achieves More. Glenn Schmidt has used countless phrases, sayings, and motivational tactics in 30-plus years of coaching basketball. But none of the words Schmidt has used sums up the 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball team better than the acronym T.E.A.M. It may be cliché, but the Lady Volunteers epitomized team play in every facet of the game.
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.
1. New Hope's James signs with Itawamba C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU Notebook: Schaefer back to normal for No. 2 Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 2 MSU women play for outright SEC championship COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus basketball squads win pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope beats Leake Central to win Region 4-4A title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS