STARKVILLE -- After winning a state title and having two of the state's best players, how does a team come close to matching that goal without those leaders? If you're Starkville High, replacing talent is rarely an issue. But when it's young, inexperienced talent, a coach has to focus more on mental preparation than skill-building.
MACON -- Someone give Daquarius Mallard a chance to play college basketball. The former Noxubee County High School guard is unbelievably quick and can score in bunches, as evidenced by his 20-point outburst in the final seven minutes against Starkville High in a game earlier this season.
STARKVILLE -- Basketball teams can win with eight players. Rarely can a team remain competitive through a season with eight players on its roster. Starkville Academy's girls basketball team did just that this season, finishing 19-14 after losing three senior starters from the previous season.
WEST POINT -- A Division I player has to have "it." Scoring, rebounding, passing -- all facets of basketball are important -- but there's something about a player who can be a team leader and push it to even greater heights.
STARKVILLE -- The Gavin Ware show will remain a local production. The 6-foot-8 Starkville High School center gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for Mississippi State on Thursday in a press conference at SHS.
STARKVILLE -- When the all-state and all-star soccer lists were released, there was a glaring omission: Alvaro Pichardo.
WEST POINT -- Jemmye Ann Helms has experienced success at multiple levels of organized basketball. In the past 20 years, the game has been in her blood, as a player in high school and college and as a coach. So when the 13-year coaching veteran decided to step away from her role as girls basketball coach at West Point High School, she made sure to give the move careful consideration.
MABEN -- Swayze Hollenhead left East Webster High School as a four-time state champion softball player.
MABEN -- As a senior pitcher at Bogue Chitto High School, Meleah Brown ended her star-studded prep career with a 1-0 loss to East Webster in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State title game.
Tyler Jones wants to study a profession in college which allows him to work with his hands. Makes sense.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- The success of Year 2 of the Lane Wright era at South Lamar High School was crafted well before the season started. When the 10-year coaching veteran made the switch from Sulligent to South Lamar, he inherited a team that lost eight seniors from a squad which reached the semifinals of the Alabama Class 1A state playoffs.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson knew more would be placed on his shoulders this season at Pickens Academy. Just one of three seniors, the Pirates' ace pitcher would enter his final prep campaign without the run support that propelled the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 2A squad to a 16-7 record and a second-round playoff berth in 2010.
Things will stay pretty much the same this season for the Noxubee County High School football team. Like last season, coach Tyrone Shorter feels the way to go is to run the ball. In 2010, the Tigers had the luxury of having an experienced offensive line.
HAMILTON -- Once you've won it all, second place is hard to accept.
Austin Braddock is the Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year as much for what he accomplished as what he had to overcome.
HAMILTON -- Being "that guy" often comes with the challenge of getting every opponent's best effort.
Boyd and Branch. Or call them Branch and Boyd.
It's hard to imagine Demi Menotti being quiet.
Mary Nagy can do it all with a smile.
Prep boys soccer: Coaches nominations
1. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. EMCC football faces challenging schedule in 2016 COLLEGE SPORTS