STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Connor Dunne is still thinking about what career path to choose for a living. However, he is happy soccer will continue to be a part of his life as he decides his next step. A standout defender for coach Brian Bennett and the Yellow Jackets, Dunne signed Tuesday to play soccer at Millsaps College in Jackson.
STEENS -- History sometimes has its fair share of potholes that make navigating the road to success a little tricky. The Columbus Christian Academy baseball team encountered one of those obstacles Tuesday night in a 15-0 loss to Benton Academy in Game 1 of its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A playoff series. The record will show that Dawson Shaw, LaQuinston Sharp, RJ Deloach, and BJ Shirley had hits for the Rams (11-6), who will try to keep their season alive at 5 p.m. Thursday in Game 2 of the best-of-three series in Benton. If needed, Game 3 would follow approximately 30 minutes after Game 2.
The numbers had been cleared from the scoreboard at Trojan Field, but they were still fresh in Lee Boyd's mind. The New Hope High School baseball coach didn't need to be reminded that his team committed four errors or that it had only three hits Monday night in its final regular-season home game.
The number has been something for Tabitha Beard to fear. Whether it has been wrists, ankles, backs, or a litany of other injuries, Jason Miller has found plenty of reasons to call Beard to update her on the latest malady to happen to a member of the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team. That's why Beard is almost to the point where she doesn't want to take a cell phone call from Miller, a certified athletic trainer who works with Rehab at Work in Columbus.
CALEDONIA -- Don't dismiss the benefit of a little extra work. Hope Burton knew she wasn't hitting like she wanted to, so she took Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore up on her offer to stay after the game against Noxubee County High and take some more swings. Burton wanted to capitalize on the opportunity because she knew a game against Houston, one of the team's biggest rivals and one of the contenders in Class 4A, Region 4, was next on the schedule, so she wanted to be at her best.
WEST POINT -- Scott Lashley can't talk right now. He's not being rude. He also isn't busy with schoolwork.
For the New Hope High School baseball team, the pitching and defense part are down pat.
Basketball has had a special place in La'Quesha Clemons' life for as long as she can remember.
PHEBA - How did Hebron Christian School's Bruce Franks react to the news he'd been named The Dispatch's Small Schools Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight season?
The Dispatch's Small Schools All-Area Boys Basketball team
ABERDEEN -- With his team mired in a three-game losing streak, Aberdeen High School first-year boys basketball coach Jaworski Rankin broke out a visual aid. "We printed out a picture of the (Mississippi) Coliseum and put it in each player's locker," Rankin said. "Sometimes, you can get lost during a basketball season. We just wanted the players to take a chance to visualize our goals.
ABERDEEN -- The bond with coach Jaworski Rankin wasn't immediate for Aberdeen High School senior basketball player Marcus Carouthers. However, once the standout player and first-year coach found common ground, the Bulldogs took flight.
The New Hope High School girls and boys golf teams finished first Monday in the Trojan Golf Classic at Lion Hills.
Josh Stillman didn't need an adjustment period. Most pitchers would need several games to settle their nerves and to learn how to maintain their composure after being asked to move from the middle of the rotation to the front of the line. There's more pressure as a team's No. 1 starter. That title also earns a pitcher first crack at the best teams on a squad's schedule.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Kelsey Jones always has dreamed big. At the beginning of the season, Jones wanted to help the Lady Jackets advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows the pedigree of a championship coach. Schmidt has won state basketball championships at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy. In 1992, Schmidt carried Starkville High to the state championship. Schmidt was excited when the Lady Jackets broke their 23-year drought and returned to the Mississippi Coliseum this season under the direction of Kristie Williams, who played for Schmidt on that 1992 team.
The Dispatch's Large Schools All-Area Girls Basketball team
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior Ecurb Forest joins his classmates in anticipating prom and graduation.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School junior Tyson Carter conducted his research, created his plan, and executed it to perfection.
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