STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown and Raphael Leonard would help the Starkville High School football team rank high on a recent list of the state's top wide receivers.
WEST POINT -- There were times when West Point High School senior Chris Calvert thought his football career was over. Diagnosed with the concussion-like symptoms after West Point's third game last season, Calvert found the road back to playing time to be longer and more challenging than first thought.
WEST POINT -- While the coaches have many accolades for West Point High School senior Jason Brownlee, he likes one label above all others. "Two-way player."
STARKVILLE -- Xavier Tillman has an advantage most first-year head coaches lack. Since she was with the Starkville High School volleyball program for six years before getting the team's head coaching job over the summer, she knows the team's strengths: up the middle and its assistant coaches.
Sean Harrison was looking for an edge. With concerns about injuries affecting the Heritage Academy football team's depth this season, Harrison wanted something to help his players get in the best shape possible for the 2017 campaign. Beth Jeffers was more than willing to help him.
When New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle is in position to receive praise for the success of the annual New Hope Jamboree, he quickly deflects the credit.
New Hope High School senior wide receiver Jeremy Tate isn't concerned about catching balls from a new quarterback this season. In some ways, the new quarterback also is the old quarterback.
STARKVILLE -- Even though the school year is just beginning, Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner already feels like it has been a great year. Over the summer, the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of two coaches for the school's baseball program.
Bring on the season.
Makayla Sanders sees the progress.
MACON -- This season, everything is different for Noxubee County quarterback Maliek Stallings.
Dontae Gray has had success with a simple, straight-forward mind-set, so he sees no point in changing now.
WEST POINT -- Kenzie Jukes looks quite stylish in her hot pink Crocs. Adorned with a button of a yellow smiley face with sunglasses and another of Piglet, the best friend of Winnie the Pooh, Jukes is feeling more comfortable every day she wears the synthetic fiber clogs with a strap around the ankle and holes in the front.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Natrone Brooks hasn't taken any classes in leadership. However, the senior defensive back has seen what works and what doesn't.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball coaches will tell you two sets don't get you all the way home.
After watching the largest senior class in program history leave the locker room, one might be worried about the Columbus football team.
WEST POINT -- The yellow towel was in its customary spot in his left pocket. A wristband with this season's signs fit nicely in a familiar place on the left wrist. The only thing that looked out of place in Sammy Lindsey's wardrobe Saturday morning was the color.
WEST POINT -- Anna Grace Reed knows she is a work in progress at catcher. When you have played behind the plate for a year-and-a-half, there are bound to be things that are going to give you problems. In Reed's case, Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball coach Mitch Bohon is going to be happy to be the voice in her ear to remind her what she needs to do.
WEST POINT -- When the recruiting process gets to be too much, West Point High School senior Marcus Murphy can't go to his mother for shelter.
WEST POINT -- The numbers are there for Rob Barron. Now the Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball coach can begin the building process he hopes will help make the program competitive after a year without having a team.
1. Cohen: Construction on schedule at Dudy Noble COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Rousing rout for West Point in opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope putting pieces together on offense HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Kendrick, Caledonia set for county showdown vs. West Lowndes HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS