Coaches at small schools often have little time to prepare for the change in sports seasons. Things were no different this year for Brent Harris at Victory Christian. By the time the Eagles' boys basketball season ended, baseball season was ready to start days later. As Harris transitioned from zone defenses to bunt defenses, one word entered his mind about the upcoming baseball season: Pitching.
The Heritage Academy golf team is the defending Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA champion, but coach Ed Lott feels his team will be the hunter instead of the hunted when it defends its title Tuesday at Old Waverly.
Laura Lee Holman had plenty of memorable moments as a standout softball and basketball player at New Hope High School. Holman also has worked hard as the school's girls basketball coach to build that program into a contender.
Brian Meggs has fond memories of Joe Harvey. Like most coaches who lose seniors, Meggs hates he won't have Harvey for another season as a member of the New Hope High School boys soccer team. Not only was Harvey a steady leader in the back, but he also was a versatile and talented leader who encouraged the Trojans always to be at their best.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior outfielder Dusty Dyson decided his team didn't need to wait long to score Saturday afternoon.
It only takes one mistake. The state championship signs on the outfield wall at Lady Trojan Field attest to the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team's ability to capitalize when given another chance.
STARKVILLE -- If there was emotion, the dark sunglasses Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle wore hid it.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High took hosting to a new extreme Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets helped Mississippi State University play host to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A, Class 5A, and Class 6A North State championships.
Focused. When you have to wait three and a half to four hours in between games, there is no other way to describe the mentality that a team needs to win a championship.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School Sports Boosters honored student-athletes in 12 sports at their annual all-sports banquet Friday evening in the school cafeteria.
The South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball team won two of three games Friday to advance to the North Central Regional tournament next week in Vestavia Hills.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Kendra Wilson has heard the story plenty of times. Five years later, Wilson sighs and smiles when she hears her coach has told it again. As much as the South Lamar High School senior would like to forget it, she can't help but admit it goes a long way in describing how far she has come as a pitcher.
HAMILTON -- First team to one wins. Fortunately for the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team, two is the only number that matters.
HAMILTON -- A sweat-stained Jay King flipped the game ball to coach Josh Dowdy as he moved toward the field. Dowdy looked at it and didn't hesitate to toss it back to King. Deservedly so.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy junior right-hander Drew Pellum returned normalcy to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II baseball playoffs Thursday night. Pellum fired a one-hitter to help Starkville Academy eliminate Heritage Academy 3-0 in a semifinal matchup before a capacity crowd at Volunteer Field.
Jim Hamilton is curious. The Columbus High School boys track and field coach had expectations last week entering the Class 6A, Region 1 meet last week at Tupelo High School.
Ten months is an eternity in athletics. Repetitions in practice and execution in games can help even the youngest player lose the butterflies and learn things she never imagined. It has been 10 months since Central Academy softball coach Sammy Lindsey took the field with a fast-pitch team that featured 11 underclassmen.
Bruce Branch and Neal Henry admit they were wrong. The Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy baseball coaches thought they would see pitching and defense emerge as leading storylines for their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff series.
STARKVILLE -- Nathan Pugh and the rest of the seniors on the Starkville High School baseball team don't like to think about what's next for them and their coach after this season. They know they're all in this together.
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