Josh Stillman didn't need an adjustment period. Most pitchers would need several games to settle their nerves and to learn how to maintain their composure after being asked to move from the middle of the rotation to the front of the line. There's more pressure as a team's No. 1 starter. That title also earns a pitcher first crack at the best teams on a squad's schedule.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Kelsey Jones always has dreamed big. At the beginning of the season, Jones wanted to help the Lady Jackets advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows the pedigree of a championship coach. Schmidt has won state basketball championships at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy. In 1992, Schmidt carried Starkville High to the state championship. Schmidt was excited when the Lady Jackets broke their 23-year drought and returned to the Mississippi Coliseum this season under the direction of Kristie Williams, who played for Schmidt on that 1992 team.
The Dispatch's Large Schools All-Area Girls Basketball team
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior Ecurb Forest joins his classmates in anticipating prom and graduation.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior Tyson Carter conducted his research, created his plan, and executed it to perfection.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter admits he was surprised by his team's performance this season.
Yandell Harris wasn't thinking about coaching basketball three weeks ago.
Zaria Jenkins was scared. Jay Jay Swanigan was nervous.
STARKVILLE - When workouts began prior to this basketball season, Starkville High School senior Kayla Minor listed one of her goals as helping her team advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State Tournament in Jackson. Turns out, Minor returned in time to help that goal become a reality.
Infectious is a great way to describe La'Quesha Clemons' game. At 6-foot, Clemons wasn't always the tallest player on the court. The West Lowndes High School senior forward also didn't have the usual girth to bang bodies with other post players in the paint. But Clemons never let what she didn't have slow her down. Instead, she approached every minute on the basketball court as a challenge and a chance to let her love for the game shine in her performance. Although she might not have realized it, Clemons' energy and enthusiasm for the sport rubbed off on her teammates and helped push them to bigger things. On Wednesday, Clemons' high-energy style of play paid dividends for her, as she signed a letter of intent to play basketball at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy junior outfielder Colt Chrestman sensed his baseball team could be special long before it ever played a game this season.
STARKVILLE -- Senior pitcher Colbey Rivers felt like his Starkville High School baseball team was always on the verge of a winning streak. "The last couple of weeks, coach (Travis) Garner told us we had been through the rough stuff and we had a win streak coming on," Rivers said. Garner was correct on that prediction. The Yellow Jackets capped a busy week on the diamond with a 4-0 record. Starkville also enhanced its playoff position with two wins against Columbus in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 play.
Columbus High School is looking for a new boys basketball coach and a new boys soccer coach. On Wednesday, a job posting for a boys basketball coach on the Columbus Municipal School District website signaled the end of the tenure of Sammy Smith.
It's easier to be aggressive when you're having fun.
CALEDONIA -- Jorden Hollowell hoped to be a starting pitcher this season. Coming off a sophomore year in which he logged 7 1/3 innings for the Caledonia High School baseball team, Hollowell wanted to play a bigger role as a junior in the 2015 campaign. As much as he hoped to see more innings as a pitcher, Hollowell, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound right-hander, wasn't sure how much work he was going to have to put in to realize that goal. He figured it would take a while in part because he was switching from a sidearm delivery he used as a sophomore back to the overhand motion he had used prior to last season.
Oxford High School baseball coach Chris Baughman talked about the importance of treating all nine region games equal.
1. Harbin's slam lifts Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. New Hope wins baseball playoff opener in extra innings HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MACJC softball playoffs will have local flavor COLLEGE SPORTS