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.
CALEDONIA -- Talented is the first word that comes to Nicole Kifer's mind when she is asked about the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team. The senior outfielder isn't being cocky. Instead, her answer is an honest assessment of a team that has won two playoff series and is playing some of its best ball of the season.
Cullen McDonough knows tennis isn't at the top of the list when people think about things associated with the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. MSMS, the state of Mississippi's only public, residential high school designed to meet the needs of the Mississippi's most academically gifted students, prefers to keep academic pursuits as the main focus for all of its students. But McDonough, Eliza Barrow, and the rest of the MSMS tennis team are doing their best to raise the sport's profile at the school. Today, MSMS will take on Alcorn Central in the third round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A State tournament. This is the first time MSMS has advanced to the third round of the state tournament. Victories against North Pontotoc and Kossuth have helped the Blue Waves make history.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd does not use the phrase "title defense."
Jaylon Bardley waited ... and then waited some more. After receiving recruiting interest from East Central Community College in Decatur in December 2014 and then in January of this year, Bardley didn't talk to many coaches for what seemed to be the longest time. For a senior who wanted to play basketball at the next level, the wait was difficult.
Brittni Beard was back in the zone. Usually, the New Hope High School right-hander refrains from showing emotion when she is in the circle. Even though she is an freshman, Beard has been pitching for years and knows how important it is not to get frustrated and not to let the other team know when she is. That's why Monday was so difficult for Beard. Not only did she walk seven, Beard also hit two but persevered in a complete-game effort to lead New Hope past Vicksburg in Game 1 of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A first-round playoff series.
PEARL -- New Hope High School sophomore pitcher Peyton Buckner admits he was nervous before his first postseason start. The nerves vanished when he saw his teammates ready to lend support.
CALEDONIA -- Alex Burns wasn't going to lower her head after the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team made one mistake. Hope Burton shared the sentiment and knew she had to forget the error and do her job if Caledonia was going to recapture the momentum. The Lady Confederates accomplished that goal is rousing fashion.
WEST POINT -- Marion Bratton has been coaching long enough to know not to buck tradition. But the Oak Hill Academy baseball coach also has learned that sometimes it's better to do things differently if you sense an opportunity to lift the spirits of an individual or to snap your team out of its doldrums. Bratton accomplished both of those goals last week with one talk.
GRENADA -- Starkville High School freshman Austin Campbell really delivered for the Jackets. Campbell threw a complete-game shutout in Starkville's 3-0 win over Grenada in the opening game of a best-of-three series in the play-in round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs. Starkville (14-12) can clinch the series with a win at 6 p.m. today at home.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd called his infield together to discuss bunt defense.
GRENADA --Starkville High School built an early six-run lead Saturday afternoon.
AMORY -- "All things are possible with God." That mind-set helped carry the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team to a victory against Leake Central in its regular-
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