Jessica Moore admits she had butterflies. The sophomore outfielder arrived Saturday morning at Lady Trojan Field to discover teammate and starting right fielder Haley Tutor was suffering from an ulcer in her right eye and wouldnít be able to play against Hernando. Moore accepted the news with concern for her teammate and excitement that she would get a chance to play.
MABEN -- Senior Jacob Harris showed what four years of hard work could do as a powerlifter at East Webster High School, and sophomore Timakis Bell is following the same path. Harris and Bell both won Class A state powerlifting championships in their weight class and gave East Webster quite a lift. Bell said it was the effort and support of the entire†team that made individual success possible.
Paul Henry is going home to realize a dream. The Columbus High School athletic director and assistant principal was hired Monday night to be the principal at New Site High School in Prentiss County. Henry will start June 1 at the Class 2A school that has a little less than 300 students.
The Neshoba Central High School baseball team could be hitting its stride at the perfect time. New Hope High School coach Stacy Hester hopes he will be able to say the same for his team. Unfortunately, the Trojans will have to go on the road next week to play the deciding games of their first-round playoff series on the road. New Hopeís 5-2 loss to Neshoba Central on Thursday night at Trojan Field cost it a chance to clinch second place in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4.
Once upon a time, Brach White didnít like it when Central Academy lost a baseball game. It was a different story Tuesday. White didnít mind when Central Academy lost to Pickens Academy (Ala.) 12-1.
STARKVILLE ó Starkville High Schoolís Tay Odneal and Kierra Jones kept it within the family when it came to choosing their basketball future. As cousins, the Lady Yellow Jackets wanted to go down the same path together. They joined coaches, family members, and friends in the school library Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony in which they signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Meridian Community College.
CALEDONIA ó Itís all in the pacing for Jessica Comer. As a freshman last year, the Caledonia High School distance runner learned about heartbreak when she was nudged out at the tape in the 800 meters at the Class 4A state meet. This season, Comer is using that third-place finish as motivation as she builds toward another run at a state title.
Perseverance and commitment are words Cole Vaughan lives by every day. Through family tragedies, injuries, and life-changing diseases, Vaughan has used sports as an escape and a way to reinvigorate himself to face the challenges that life has thrown at him.
There is no substitute for hard work. That might sound like a clichť coaches and players trot out in an effort to explain their success. But that mentality has served Nashedra Barry and Natalie Tate well for the past four years, so they donít see any reason to stop now.
WEST POINT ó Demontez Calvert believes he will realize his potential in Scooba. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, the West Point High School senior baseball standout already has the physical tools to be an impact player on the diamond. In two years, Calvert hopes he can become what his soon-to-be coach first saw in him.
STARKVILLE ó†Senior Night is usually reserved for the final regular season home game. However, the Starkville High School baseball team decided to recognize its senior class Tuesday against Columbus in its second-to-last home game. That was just fine with Starkville starting pitcher Colin Olsen, who pitched a complete-game five-hitter to help beat the Falcons 9-4.
Easton Key used to be a distraction on the golf course. Unable to control his emotions, the Lamar School golfer was apt to throw his clubs if a shot didnít break his way. The outburst would unravel even the most successful round and force his parents to threaten to or to take away his golf clubs. But Key has changed. If something goes wrong these days, he pauses, takes a breath, and chalks the experience up to the highs and lows of the game of golf. Key exhibited that new-found maturity Tuesday when he earned medalist honors with a 73 to lead Lamar School to the team championship at the East Mississippi Community College Invitational at Columbus Country Club.
STARKVILLE -- Finishing second doesnít exist in Tavaris Tateís vocabulary. The goal for the Starkville High School senior sprinter is to win every race, whether it is the 100, 200 or 400 meters, or as a member of the 4x400 relay team. Tate stepped up his competitive drive after finishing second to JaíVell Bullard in the 400 meters at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals last June.
Dillon Hawkins and Austin Stovall gave their baseball teams exactly what they needed Saturday. Unfortunately, Caledonia High School was on the receiving ends of both efforts. In the afternoon, Hawkins threw a six-inning, one-hitter, and Philip Tice had three hits and two RBIs in New Hopeís 11-1 victory against Caledonia in a Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 game at Trojan Field. In the evening, Stovall survived a 12-hit attack and pitched a complete game to lead Columbus to a 13-7 victory.
Alex Sherrod doesnít want to settle for second place this year. One season after being the runner-up in his weight class at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Powerlifting meet, Sherrod has his sights set Saturday on a championship. A stint with the Caledonia High School boys basketball team might have delayed his training, but he has regrouped and made significant progress and said he is ready to win a state title.
Now that the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team has taken care of its Senior Night festivities, it can focus on adding another state title to the programís list of accomplishments. New Hope (17-2) still has a game at 5 p.m. today against Neshoba Central, weather permitting, before it can focus on the state tournament. As of Friday morning, the Lady Trojans still didnít know their opponent. New Hope coach Tabitha Beard said New Hope will play Lafayette County or Center Hill at 2 p.m. Saturday in the first two games of a best-of-three series.
Dustin McWilliams likes to talk to himself on the mound. The West Lauderdale left-hander feels his verbal repartee helps keep him focused and prepared for any situation. Thatís why a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday night didnít faze him.
Haley Tutor isnít ready to say goodbye to her senior teammates. Thatís why she is going to do everything in her power to see that the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball teamís season ends, fittingly, with a state title. Tutor had a home run, two singles, and six RBIs Wednesday to lead New Hope to a 12-2 victory against West Point in a Class 4A-District 4 game at Lady Trojan Field.
The Lamar County softball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at South Lamar High School in Millport, Ala. But after a tragic car accident Monday took the life of South Lamar seventh-grader Madison Orr, South Lamar coach Tony Seals doesnít know when the tournament will be played.
There wasnít a defining pop. A piercing pain didnít course through the elbow. Instead, Blake Roberts saw a dispiriting loss in velocity on his fastball and control that signaled something wasnít right.
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