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MSU baseball gearing up for 'Super' series against Florida

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the No. 4 University of Florida baseball team coming to town for Super Bulldog Weekend, it helps to have some momentum. Mississippi State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday in Pearl. The victory helped ease the sting of a lost weekend at Georgia in which MSU was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series for the first time this season.



Starkville's Pichardo makes it official, signs with Mobile

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo's college recruitment officially ended Wednesday when the Starkville High striker signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. The decision put to rest any chance he'd sign with any of the schools that had hoped to secure his services.



Starkville High's Batson going to ICC

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Garrett Batson had no idea he'd have an opportunity to play college soccer. The 6-foot-3 Starkville High School right back had yet to have a season in which he'd "put it all together."



Heritage Academy forced to cut positions; Allsup let go

Posted 4/5/2011 in High School Sports

Bruce Allsup didn't see it coming. When it did, seven years at Heritage Academy ended in an instant.



West Lowndes' Wilson has eyes on state title

Posted 4/5/2011 in High School Sports

The grandeur of the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational didn't get to Korey Wilson. With more than 40 squads competing in MSU's first prep meet at the refurbished Maddox Track Facility, there were plenty of distractions Saturday, so it was easy for someone to get lost. Wilson discovered he fit right in.



SHS, CHS track and field teams hold own against top competition

Posted 4/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Area high school track teams got a good feel Saturday for how their respective state meets will go after competing in the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational Seven area schools competed in the meet, which featured the top teams from all classifications in Mississippi and powerhouses from surrounding states.



Starkville baseball earns much-needed win

Posted 4/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a string of disappointing division losses, the Starkville High School baseball team earned a much-needed 10-4 win against Calhoun City on Saturday. Nathan Pugh went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to help Starkville (5-8) rally from a 4-3 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets entered Saturday's game having lost five of their last six.



Starkville Academy closing in on new coaches

Posted 4/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy Athletics Director Glenn Schmidt said finding quality candidates to fill the school's two head coach vacancies has been the easy part of the process. The school hasn't done much searching to replace boys basketball coach Chris Lyle and softball coach Jessica Dickens because many of its leading candidates have come to them.



Heritage-Starkville split; Oak Hill loses; Central wins

Posted 4/1/2011 in High School Sports

It was a grand old night at the ballpark Thursday night. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy baseball team took turns driving grand slams into the rain in a doubleheader at Trip Carson Field.



Immanuel Christian hires Watkins after Gates resigns

Posted 4/1/2011 in High School Sports

Shawn Gates is proud of what he helped accomplish at Immanuel Christian. Now that Gates is looking to play a part in building something else, the timing is right for Greg Watkins to move into a new opportunity. Gates' resignation last week after two seasons as football coach at Immanuel Christian created an opening the school filled today when it named Watkins, the athletic director, football coach, and basketball coach at Hebron Christian, as its new football coach.



Heritage Academy baseball beats Starkville Academy

Posted 3/30/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Camp Pittman pitched a complete game Tuesday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to an 11-1 victory against Starkville Academy.



Tupelo High baseball beats Starkville

Posted 3/30/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's baseball team took another step backward down the division chain Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to Tupelo High. The Yellow Jackets, coming off back-to-back division losses to Columbus, gave up four runs in the first inning and spent the rest of he night playing catch-up.



West Lowndes' Berry will retire at end of school year

Posted 3/29/2011 in High School Sports

Bobby Berry has been blessed to be involved in high school athletics for more than 40 years. In that time, Berry has had reasonably good health and has taught many life lessons that have impacted student-athletes at a host of schools. But it dawned on Berry two months ago that it might be time to do something else.



Disbrow's willingness to listen, learn spark Central Academy baseball

Posted 3/29/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Scott Nash gets fired up when he talks about Will Disbrow.



Columbus baseball team wins two games

Posted 3/28/2011 in High School Sports

Nick Durrah and Dylan Patel were the hitting leaders, while Chris McCullough and Hunter Mullis earned victories Saturday to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to an 18-0 win against Aberdeen and a 19-2 win against Noxubee County. Noxubee County beat Aberdeen 8-4 in the other game.



Earnest's home run, Fikes' pitching lead Hamilton past Caledonia

Posted 3/26/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest has home run power. Problem is, the left-handed hitting junior had only shown the ability to deliver the long ball that girls love in practice. But that all changed Saturday with one swing. Earnest's timing couldn't have been any better, as his two-run home run to right field sparked a four-run fifth inning that fueled the Hamilton High School baseball team to a 6-2 victory against Caledonia.



Columbus baseball beats Starkville again

Posted 3/26/2011 in High School Sports

Columbus High School's youth-led baseball team earned an important trump card Friday in its victory against Starkville: A playoff tiebreaker. The Falcons (8-4, 2-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received two RBIs from freshman Chris McCullough and an RBI from freshman Greg Sykes to beat the Yellow Jackets 7-4 Friday night.



WLHS' Moody hopes to bring power to EMCC

Posted 3/25/2011 in High School Sports

Fredrico Moody is used to doling out hits on the football field. But it's his penchant for making contact on the baseball field that will allow the West Lowndes High School senior to take his athletic skills to the next level. On Thursday, the multi-sport standout Moody signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.



Columbus baseball beats Starkville

Posted 3/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Columbus High School baseball team used a six-run sixth inning and a stellar outing from pitcher Christian Dale to top Starkville High 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Falcons (7-4, 1-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received a two-run home run from senior Nick Durrah in the second and RBI hits from Aaron Cooks and Trace Lee in the sixth to turn a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 lead.



Starkville's Pichardo will play soccer at Mobile

Posted 3/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo couldn't wait on the "big names" to recognize his talent.



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