STARKVILLE -- Every coach likes to see the heart and soul of his football team get a shot to play at the next level. An emotional leader and example of sacrifice and intensity, Starkville Academy's Matt Ward was rewarded for a breakout season with an offer to play at Mississippi College.
STARKVILLE -- Ty and Hayden Hendrix aren't the first family members to play baseball together at East Webster High School. The cousins want to be the latest to lead the Wolverines to a state title.
Yolanda Moore knew this day would come. She just didn't know when it would be. At 3:30 p.m. today, the words of former University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Van Chancellor likely will reverberate in Moore's head when she is announced as the new girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy.
MABEN -- The response to tragedy was natural. The baseball and softball teams of East Webster High School had sports put into perspective when a powerful tornado -- one of dozens across Mississippi and Alabama -- ripped through the Cumberland community and left their school in rubble.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Swayze Hollenhead made a difficult position switch she knew was coming. For the first two years of her high school career at East Webster, she starred at third base and helped lead the Lady Wolverines to a pair of Class 1A state titles.
GREENWOOD -- The Heritage Academy golf team was up for the challenge. Stalled by rain and soggy conditions Tuesday at Greenwood Country Club, the Patriots fought off the elements and the hunters en route to a score of 318 that was good enough to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA championship.
Pitchers often are put on a pedestal. Right-handers can be referred to a left-handers, and lefties have a special way of doing things that makes them unique. Those qualities are magnified in fast-pitch softball, especially at the elite levels of Division I, where pitchers usually are asked to do one thing: Pitch. Lauren Holifield and D.J. Sanders are breaking that mold.
Every team needs glue. Squads also need leaders who pick teammates up and help keep spirits elevated in trying times. Tyler Farnham is all of that in one player.
Sometime Saturday before the Class 6A North State track meet, Sammy Doughty will retrieve a bottle of green alcohol and Epsom salt from his bathroom closet. He will pour the contents in a foot tub, add hot water, and sit back on his bed and watch television.
STARKVILLE -- Not many eighth-graders have a shot at winning a state title, much less in Class 6A, the state's highest classification. But anyone who knows Starkville High School's Walker Mattox could see her rise to the top of the distance running chain coming from the longest straightaway.
Football always has fascinated Gerald "Tri" Nason III.
Beware of the curveball. It's a tricky, temperamental pitch that coupled with a few fastballs could help the Heritage Academy baseball team advance through the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs.
Parker Dunaway is a state champion triple jumper without a regulation-sized pit to practice in. Imagine a basketball player with half a court, or a rim and no net, a quarterback with a football and only 30 yards to play on, or a forward in hockey or soccer without a court or field.
OXFORD -- The New Hope High School girls track and field team placed second Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 meet at Oxford High School.
Please excuse Josh Grimes' heroic moment Saturday night in the New Hope High School baseball team's 11-1 win against Lake Cormorant.
WEST POINT -- Ben Boykin wasn't comfortable. Between fidgets and an inability to get his breaking ball over consistently, the Ridgeland High School starting pitcher was searching for his groove. It's comforting how a bunch of runs can help someone settle in.
Brittany Brantley has spent most of her senior year on the bench for New Hope High School's fast-pitch softball team. But Saturday afternoon's Senior Day -- albeit in Game 2 of the Lady Trojans' first-round playoff series -- gave Brantley a chance not only to start, but also to make a contribution as the program continued its latest journey to earn what has become an elusive fast-pitch state title.
Parker Dunaway spent Thursday night playing left field for Heritage Academy's baseball team, which hosted a doubleheader to end the regular season.
BLUE SPRINGS -- The Hamilton High School baseball team pounded out 19 hits Saturday in a 15-2 victory against East Union in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoff series.
STARKVILLE -- The football offseason brought nothing but good news for Starkville Academy. The Volunteers gained 10 more players and will open spring practice Monday with 37 players. The addition of former Columbus High head coach Bubba Davis bolstered the conditioning program and gives Starkville Academy an experienced and successful defensive coach.
1. West Point's Edwards, Knight will go to EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Stovall, Self help MSU close weekend with two wins COLLEGE SPORTS
3. West Point girls beat New Hope for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope boys use defense to beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS