Mary Douglass Kerby didn't think Harli Sesser was serious. It's small talk, she thought. Why else would Sesser be talking and talking to her about volleyball?
D.J. Sanders doesn't try to hit home runs. She never has and never will. Instead, she and her teammates step into the batter's box with the mind-set to "hit it hard and wish it well."
Barrett Donahoe wants physical play to be the calling card for the Heritage Academy football team this season. Coming off a scrimmage at East Rankin Academy last week in which he felt that trait was lacking, Donahoe was pleased with how his team responded Saturday in a 12-0 victory against Winston Academy in Louisville.
Signs that West Point High School and Philadelphia High School were playing a practice football game were apparent early Saturday.
After playing home matches at the Starkville Sportsplex last season, the Starkville High School volleyball team returned to its home court with a vengeance Tuesday night.
CALEDONIA -- The promise is there. Cara Hopper and Sarah Freeman saw glimpses of it last season. They have seen it in the preseason workouts and in the Caledonia High School volleyball team's first practices of the 2012 season.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Central Academy earned its first fast-pitch softball victory over Starkville Academy Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- For Starkville High volleyball coach Lauren Love, the season is off to a strong start even though Lady Jackets haven't played a match.
Gary Harris isn't afraid of change.
STARKVILLE -- The movements reflect experience. Shuffle step, shuffle step, pause, read ... go. Maegen Ellis slides safely into third base and springs up ready for more. She inches off the base while looking at second base. When she sees the throw go there in an attempt to retire a teammate, she is off again. Just like the last time, Ellis' speed catches the defense off guard and she slides in safely with the first run of the game.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell knows what is priority number one going into the 2012 season.
PHEBA -- David Hudson still is adjusting to hearing the word "coach" before his name. Not that Hudson doesn't know the game of fast-pitch softball. He assisted head coach Cass Tapley the past two seasons at Hebron Christian School. But when Tapley decided not to coach the team this season, Hudson stepped forward and accepted the offer to lead a young team.
Summer has developed a well-earned reputation for being a time to sit back, to relax, and to kick your feet up, or to travel to a fun-filled vacation getaway. If you ask Chris McCullough and Christian Dale, though, their travel plans have been filled with plenty of work.
WEST POINT -- Time has stood still for five years in the Oak Hill Academy baseball/softball fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- Consider the 2011 season a first step.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber understands she will need to take on a leadership role this season. However, since she is the only senior on the 2012 fast-pitch squad, Barber will be happy to get some help from her friends.
MACON -- Confidence can work wonders with youth.
The indecision was eating at Anna McCrary.
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