STARKVILLE -- Kate Mattox strives for perfection. That is why some parts of the track and field season for this Starkville High School sophomore have been a disappointment. "I really want to always get better," Mattox said. "This season has been difficult. I feel like I haven't performed as well as I wanted to. I was behind some of my personal times. That is really when my sisters and my teammates have picked me up. They have kept me encouraged through the good and the bad times."
WEST POINT -- There are so many pieces needed to have success in the playoffs. While there was plenty of timely hitting and fielding in the Oak Hill Academy baseball team's second come-from-behind series victory in a row in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA last week, the Raiders also received two dominating pitching performances to help it win the North State title.
It's time for the New Hope High School baseball team to take the next step. Granted, this one will be the team's toughest. New Hope (24-5) will play for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship for the fourth-straight season. Top-ranked Oxford (31-0) will be the opponent when the best-of-three series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Edwin Moak Field in Oxford. Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. Friday at New Hope. If needed, Game 3 would be at 7 p.m. Saturday in Oxford.
WEST POINT -- Frozen between second and third base, Ken Dill knew he better make a decision quickly. If you have seen the Oak Hill Academy baseball team play this season, it shouldn't be difficult to figure out which way Dill decided to go. True to the Raiders' aggressive style of play, Dill went to his right to third base, even though Prairie View catcher Nolan Wharton had scooped the pitch in the dirt and was holding the baseball with Dill in his sights.
HAMILTON -- Ray Weeks never forgot the words. After more than 20 years as a coach, Weeks always kept the advice of Jerry Crowe, his first coaching boss at Bayou Academy in Cleveland, somewhere in the back of his mind to help him stay grounded. "You will know when it is the right time" to step aside," Crowe said, undoubtedly in one of those teaching moments veteran coaches have with young coaches.
PEARL -- Zabasjia Price didn't think anyone would pass her after getting a great start in the 100-meter hurdles. But when you're competing against the best athletes in the state, you never know what is going to happen, so the best plan is to run as fast as you can to the finish. That's what the West Lowndes High School sophomore did Friday en route to a first-place time of 18.25 seconds to win the state title.
New Hope High School got its postseason wish list granted Thursday night.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School baseball team had its chances Thursday night.
CALEDONIA -- The video says all you need to know about Cassie Obman.
Stability. The Oak Hill Academy football program hasn't has a lot of it in the past seven seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Crooked numbers on a scoreboard don't faze "bulldogs." That's why it didn't take long for Jeb Malley to regroup after he surrendered the lead and allowed three runs in the bottom of the first inning. "I just thought, 'Come out, throw strikes, and see how far they can hit it,' " Malley said. "I wanted to see if they could put the ball in play and let my defense do the work."
Zabasjia Price knew she had it in her. Thanks to more repetitions and a heavier load in practice, Price had a feeling she was going to deliver a faster time in the hurdles this season. The only problem was the West Lowndes High School sophomore didn't know when it was going to come. Price showed last weekend she has a great sense of timing.
OLIVE BRANCH -- New Hope High School senior pitcher Brody Stokes revealed his keys to success Tuesday night. There were eight.
WEST POINT -- Rookie is a perfect baseball nickname. But Chance Wilson could need a new one if he continues to perform like he did Friday night.
Whether the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team was "tearing the roof off" or the Lady Confederates were picking each other, there were plenty of memorable moments to the 20015 season.
Courage. Loyalty. Fight. Dedication.
SENATOBIA -- Caledonia High School saw its softball season end with an 8-4 loss to Senatobia in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.
Josh Stillman knows his teammates have confidence in him. But every pitcher likes a little reassurance, especially in a tight situation. That's the dilemma Stillman and the New Hope High School baseball team faced Thursday night with a three-run lead against Pearl in the top of the sixth inning. Dalton Sullivan and Jeremy Johnson had singled to force New Hope coach Lee Boyd to call time to visit the mound for a chat with his senior right-hander.
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