STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior baseball player Jonathan Evans recently received a lesson in why first impressions matter. Evans had low expectations when he attended a tryout last week at Holmes Community College. Turns out, the Bulldogs coaches liked what they saw and offered him an opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the biggest moment of Game 3 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A fast-pitch softball state championship on Saturday, Hamilton High School pitcher Anna Claire Stahl knew the importance of her battle with Megan Lowery.
Travis Garner has a good memory. But it wasn't until John Wilson told Garner he coached him years ago at the Mississippi State baseball camp that the coach who is "getting older" remembered he had received instruction from the "old" coach.
KOSCIUSKO -- Payton Springfield knew the New Hope High School baseball team needed him. If Springfield was good enough Friday night, he could help the Trojans secure a spot in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State championship series at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
STARKVILLE -- After the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team beat Myrtle in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A State championship series, Hamilton coach Bryan Loague felt fortunate.
STARKVILLE -- Aspen Wesley and the rest of her Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball teammates closed the deal Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Hamilton High School sophomore third baseman Faith Fontenot knows which teammates help keep her team loose. "We have that group that keeps us going," Fontenot said. "Nobody gets tense. We don't allow that around here. When the pressure mounts, we are at our best because of our attitude. We have some players who know how to find fun out of any situation." The Lady Lions found the fun late Thursday afternoon.
Some of Nick Sims' teammates were busy running circle-like patterns in left field. It was understandable why some of the members of the New Hope High School baseball team would be celebrating a dramatic victory in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A North State championship series. Sims was having none of it.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Slater Richardson knew this was his final opportunity. After finishing second in the 1,600 meters at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship track and field meet, Richardson knew he had one final chance to exit the program as a state champion. Richardson made the most of that shot minutes later when he won the 800 for the school's only state title in the sport this season.
STEENS -- Bill Beck is used to wearing a lot of hats. From coaching football, working as athletic director, and coaching boys basketball, track and field, and cross country in the last 15 years at DeSoto School in West Helena, Arkansas, Beck has learned staying busy isn't a problem.
Things are much easier the second time around for Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones. A year ago, Jones' first work as the Yellow Jackets' football coach came during three weeks of spring practice sessions.
Josh Hill and Blayze Berry showed Tuesday night why they are two of the best pitchers in the state of Mississippi.
There have been times this season when the New Hope High School baseball team has been its worst enemy.
STEENS -- The maturation is complete.
The fight was what Wade Goodman was looking for all season.
HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School is back in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A state championship series after a 4-2 win over Vardaman Monday night.
Chemistry is at the heart of everything the Heritage Academy baseball team has accomplished this season.
STEENS -- Chris Webber wanted to go out on a high note.
New Hope High School junior Rye McGlothin is not your everyday No. 7 hitter.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's Kyle Faver is the kind of player that puts in the extra work. Coach Brooks Roberts saw it all the time.
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