For the second-consecutive season, the screams from a bus leaving Lady Trojan Field will ring in the ears of the New Hope High School players. This time, though, there was a weightier sense of finality for four seniors who saw their prep careers end without another shot at an elusive state championship.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy baseball and softball teams had plenty of ways to turn for contributions this season. Six of the standouts for both teams were recognized recently for their performances with Alabama Independent School Association All-Star awards.
STARKVILLE -- For many, a pair of state championships would signal the end of a promising high school career.
PHILADELPHIA -- Championship programs respond.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker feels like he is back home.
PEARL -- The Golden Triangle had three individuals win gold medals Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State Outdoor Track and Field meet. Starkville High School's Kate Mattox and Damian Grady each won two events, while New Hope High's Mercedes Mattix won the 400 meters.
RIDGELAND -- The New Hope High School used two three-run doubles Saturday night to beat Ridgeland 9-4 in game one of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State semifinals.
Don't let the record fool you. The New Hope High School baseball team has experienced its share of adversity this season. The Trojans haven't had to recover from devastating injuries. Instead, coach Lee Boyd's team had to survive a late-season swoon that nearly derailed a solid start.
Wanted: Creative, self-starter who can help four New Hope High School softball players find a nickname that captures their skills and the relationship they share.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- All Hunter Booth wanted was a chance. Like a lot of high school seniors, the Pickens Academy standout wanted to continue his football career in college. Unfortunately, the hard-working linebacker/offensive linemen didn't receive a lot of interest from schools despite a season in which he played an integral role in leading the Pirates back to the championship level.
As the first few weeks of the season turned into a month, Ed Lott remained optimistic.
YAZOO CITY -- New Hope High School kept its quest alive for a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A baseball state championship Tuesday afternoon.
WEST POINT -- If there is a sport to be played, West Point High School's Peair Howard wants to be involved.
The weather wasn't conducive to championship performances this past weekend at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State meet.
OXFORD -- The Oxford High School baseball team used a solid pitching combination of Steven Whitfield and Jason Barber on Monday night to earn a 3-1 victory against Starkville in game three of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff series.
HATTIESBURG -- The Heritage Academy boys golf team did it again Monday.
It's a simple philosophy, but Cade Lott knows how well it can work.
On a day of rest for most, the New Hope High School baseball team was hard at work.
The temptation was there all day for Kaitlin Bradley and the rest of the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team. Bradley and the Lady Trojans knew McComb High pitcher Kamry Creel wasn't overpowering. They also learned from a scouting report that Creel likes to work the outside corner and dares hitters to remain disciplined.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School baseball coach John Wilson made an ominous prediction that unfortunately came true. Wilson warned his team it had to take better care of the little details and had to improve dramatically on defense to have a chance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
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