There is a different kind of energy at West Lowndes High School. Maybe it has something to do with all of the hills that the Panthers have been running to get them in shape for the start of the 2014 football season.
WEST POINT -- Fans attending the "Meet the Green Wave" event Thursday night at McAllister Field experienced more than they bargained for.
During fall camp, sports writers are frequently hit by coaches not willing to boast about their ballclubs.
Dallas Flippo intends to continue the Columbus High School baseball tradition Jeff Cook started. Flippo doesn't have a secret plan for how he intends to accomplish that goal. He is going to do the only thing he knows how to do: Work hard.
Strikeouts don't define Kaitlyn Oswalt. As impressive as the Heritage Academy junior right-hander has been through the first 12 games of the fast-pitch season, she doesn't get too caught up in the fact she entered this week with 96 strikeouts and 13 walks in 58 1/3 innings. That is the kind of ratio coaches love.
While Trace Lee put together his standout career in football, baseball and soccer at Columbus High School, he felt like he was part of something more than a trio of athletic teams.
When the 2014 high school baseball season began, New Hope's Josh Stillman knew he would have a much larger role for the Trojans.
Joe Caruso knows how much baseball talent there is in the state of Mississippi.
Bob Reeves recalls seeing the spark in Jared Garrett's eyes.
CALEDONIA -- Kacy Lovett wants to focus on volleyball. As she prepares for her final season at Caledonia High School, Lovett doesn't want to hear the word drama. She doesn't want to deal with anything that causes her or any of the Lady Confederates to lose their concentration on what it will take to make the team successful. That's why Lovett is doing everything she can as a one of Caledonia High's six seniors this season to make sure the squad has a team-first mind-set.
The New Hope High School volleyball team's lessons will have to continue this year without one of its best teachers.
Khris Carr, Shelby Adair, and Vicky Vo can't help but feel old.
MACON -- Don't let the fact that the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team draws from one of the smallest enrollments in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fool you.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy won its home opener in prep soccer action with an 8-0 win over Bayou Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Billy Thomas didn't know Terry Walters had retired from coaching when he called him earlier this summer. Thomas, the school board president at Columbus Christian School in Steens, called Walters to see if he would be interested in bringing his Hatley High School girls basketball team to a basketball camp in Steens. When Thomas discovered Walters no longer was coaching at Hatley High, the wheels started turning.
Wells Davis admits he didn't know anything about the South Alabama baseball program in June.
STARKVILLE -- For Winston Academy softball players, peace and harmony came when it was finally time to play a game. After a couple of difficult weeks of practice, Winston Academy earned a 15-11 victory against Starkville Academy Tuesday afternoon.
PHEBA -- Hebron Christian School fast-pitch softball coach Cass Tapley could only smile. Oak Hill Academy coach Nathan Ellis just shook his head. That's the difference between winning and losing.
WEST POINT -- Macy Walters didn't look like someone who was playing catcher for the first time Monday. Maybe it was muscle memory that helped the Heritage Academy junior recall when she and Kaitlyn Oswalt were in elementary school and they would play catch. Back then, Oswalt didn't throw nearly as hard as she does now as a junior on the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team. But the speed or the movement of Oswalt's arsenal didn't appear to faze Walters, as she framed and blocked pitches and moved like a veteran behind the plate in Heritage Academy's 8-5 victory against Oak Hill Academy in its season opener.
STARKVILLE -- Anna McKell and Janiece Pigg are ready for new perspectives. A year ago, a shoulder injury forced Pigg, a longtime goalkeeper, to the sidelines and pushed McKell, a forward, into an emergency replacement. This season, it's easy to read the smile on McKell's face as a sign Pigg is healthy and ready to play goalkeeper again for the Starkville Academy girls soccer team.
1. Bulldogs turn attention to UAB COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Player of Week: Davis, Starkville off to fast start HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy looks to build on first win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS