CALEDONIA -- Maddy Suggs knows to be prepared. Ever since Suggs started playing softball, she always has played a variety of positions, from catcher to second base to third base. That's why a few years ago she decided to buy a multi-purpose glove she could use in the infield to go along with her catcher's mitt. She didn't know for sure, but she had a feeling she would see action at several positions during her Caledonia High School fast-pitch career.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Some days you just have to force yourself to smile. Kacy Noland hasn't had many outings in the circle like that, though, since she started pitching when she was 8 years old. Even though Noland was told she wasn't big enough to pitch, she persevered and hit a growth spurt that sent her on her way to becoming one of the most accomplished pitchers in the history of the Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball program. But even the best of pitchers can have days when things don't work.
WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy senior Powell Tabor spent a little extra time at practice Monday working on his bunting. "We knew (Canton Academy) had some slow players on the corners," Tabor said. "That is something we noticed last year. I knew if I could get some bunts down, it would help my team win."
CALEDONIA -- Kevin Stewart is back in a familiar place.
CALEDONIA -- Just this once, Kevin Stewart would prefer to live in ignorance. If Stewart has it his way, he will never know if Gracie McCleskey rounded third base with the intent of scoring or of colliding with the third baseman in her path, trying to draw an obstruction call. Stewart doesn't plan on asking because it doesn't matter: The umpire called obstruction and awarded the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team a 3-2 victory against West Lauderdale on Monday in Game 1 of their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) third-round Class 4A playoff series.
STEENS -- Greg Watkins feels the doubt has been removed. A year ago, the Columbus Christian Academy boys track and field team rallied from a 30-point deficit to win its first Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA State title. The championship came on the heels of a second-place finish at the MAIS Class AA North State meet.
STARKVILLE -- While the season was great, the ending was not for the Starkville High School baseball team.
New Hope High School advanced in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A baseball playoffs with a 3-2 win over Neshoba Central Saturday night at Trojan Field.
WEST POINT -- Jonah Caskey pitched five strong innings, and the Oak Hill Academy baseball team scored in every inning Thursday en route to a 12-2 victory against West Memphis Christian to clinch their best-of-three Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA first-round playoff series.
STARKVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College's men's basketball team has a need on the offensive end of the floor. It found help at Starkville Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Torin Hamilton was not the prototypical high school football player that was destined for the next level as soon as he set foot on Starkville Academy's campus. He was far too small for such a distinction. Later in high school career, that finally changed -- and, along with it, his plans for college.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School cross country coach Caroline Woomer summed up the career of her senior star Kate Mattox quickly Tuesday afternoon.
Five fielding errors proved costly in the Heritage Academy baseball team's game against Simpson Academy in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA playoff series. Simpson Academy chased starting pitcher Carter Putt in the second inning, and Heritage Academy's offense couldn't keep up in a 9-7 loss Tuesday night.
COLUMBUS -- Yvonne Hairston looks pretty comfortable hosting a signing ceremony. The Columbus High School girls basketball coach should because she has had plenty of practice the last few years. After sending two of its three seniors to play college basketball following the 2015-16 season, Columbus sent four more off to the next level Monday in signing ceremony in the school's gym. Guards Kaylyn Wilson and Zaria Jenkins will continue their careers at Itawamba Community College, while Briona Green will stay local at East Mississippi C.C. and Kennedi Stephens will play at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Following a victory against Columbus and a complete game no-hitter against New Albany, Caledonia High School pitcher Logan Suggs has been named The Dispatch's Prep Player of the Week.
STARKVILLE -- Carlos Kemp Jr. and the Starkville High School baseball team made quick work of Murrah in a 24-0 victory Monday in Game 3 of the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs.
Former West Point High School boys' basketball coach Brad Cox knew Jashun "Peedy" Johnson as a student before he worked with him as a basketball player.
CALEDONIA -- Just three weeks after being cleated and receiving 28 stitches, Caledonia High School senior Spencer Unruh stepped on the mound and delivered a complete game shutout over New Albany.
New Hope High School senior pitcher Peyton Buckner did not feel comfortable Friday night.
Carter Bentley led way as Starkville cruised past Murrah 15-0 in an opening-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs Friday night at Carlisle Field.
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