Mercedes Mattix talks about track and field like she has been competing for years. Mattix's matter-of-fact approach to her success stems from the fact the New Hope High School loves competition. Her desire to reach her best explains why hard work has been the foundation of a successful season.
Sitting at a lunchroom table at West Lowndes High School, talking to the state-bound boys track relay teams. So, who's the fastest?
HAMILTON -- The fate of Hamilton High School baseball team's bid to win what has proved to be an elusive state baseball championship might rest tonight on the arm of Austin Earnest. Earnest is scheduled to start Game 2 of Hamilton's Class 2A North State title playoff series against Mantachie, one day after being a part of sloppy infield play that led to a 9-7 loss in eight innings -- not the way coach Lewis Earnest wanted to open this best-of-three series at home.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Imagine getting a second chance, of sorts.
At Heritage Academy, they call Brandon Bell "The Beast." Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler compares his rising senior to a bull, which is fitting because of his 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame.
The trip turned out to be a homecoming for Tyquan Lucious.
MABEN -- There was a point in the season when Katie Gordon couldn't connect with a softball and keep from popping out.
STARKVILLE -- As Jalan Catledge approached the finish line in the 400-meter dash last week at the Class 6A North State meet, he counted all seven opponents ahead
HAMILTON -- Several months ago, Graham Pritchett was prepared to walk away from the game he had played since he was a youth, a game that brought him satisfaction and purpose.
CRAWFORD -- Last year, East Oktibbeha County High School didn't have a girls track team. A year later, the Lady Titans are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A South State meet. The team will look to finish in the top five at the state meet Friday at Pearl High.
CALEDONIA -- Aches and pains are part of a runner's life. Sometimes a good stretch or a long run can ease that discomfort and make everything right.
RIDGELAND -- The New Hope High School baseball team never counted itself out in the 2011 season. Regardless of the size of the deficit, the Trojans somehow rallied or worked themselves out of holes all season. New Hope followed a familiar pattern Monday, rallying from an early deficit. This time, though, Ridgeland had an answer New Hope couldn't respond to.
Dillon Hawkins stared ahead, exhaled, and gave himself a quick pep talk Saturday evening on the mound, one that helped the New Hope High School baseball team force a third and final game in its third-round playoff series against Ridgeland. With the bases loaded, Hawkins kept Southern Mississippi signee Nick Johnson in the on-deck circle by striking out Mark Varnado for the final out in a 5-1 win.
It's not that the pitch was high. It just wasn't high enough. Carla Avant reached down with her bat to get under D.J. Sanders' riseball in the sixth inning, sending it over the left-center field fence to give Lake Cormorant a lead it didn't surrender in final game of a best-of-three fast-pitch softball series Saturday afternoon against New Hope High School.
Senior Tyler Farnham stood in the breezeway at Trip Carson Field, facing the baseball diamond where his high school career ended just minutes earlier. His eyes, still watery, focused on nothing in particular. After several minutes, his hands moved to his hips and his body hunched slightly, the signs of nearly seven hours of baseball that ended the wrong way.
STARKVILLE -- Six individual champions were crowned and one relay team from the area earned North State titles Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A/6A North State meet at Mississippi State.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School baseball team showed the late-inning magic Saturday it hopes will carry it back to Trustmark Park for a chance to win a state title.
HOUSTON -- Austin Halford hit a solo home run to send the game into extra innings, and Scott Johnson executed a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to send the East Webster High School baseball team to a 4-3 victory against Mantachie in Game 2 of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoff series.
HAMILTON -- Lewis Earnest sat in a deer stand as a cell phone vibrated in his pocket.
Junior Rachel Hollivay wants to end her career at Heritage Academy with a girls basketball state championship.
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2. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Caledonia softball continues playoff push HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Murphy, others will miss West Point spring football game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Walk-off home run lifts Simpson Academy past Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS