STARKVILLE -- Caleb Griffin needed to prove himself.
WEST POINT -- Qiayon Bailey knew at a young age she wanted to play basketball.
Cameron Douglas and Javontae McDavid believed they could make a splash in their final season with the Columbus High School boys basketball team.
CALEDONIA -- Coby Coleman saw the excitement on National Signing Day in the Golden Triangle and waited. The Caledonia High School senior had hoped to be one of many local standouts who received an opportunity in February to play football in college, but Coleman didn't get an offer. Undaunted, Coleman and Caledonia High football coach Andy Crotwell continued to work to keep the dream alive.
A run to a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State championship continues to prove fruitful for members of the Columbus High School boys basketball team. After all of the parades, ceremonies, and awards Columbus has received since defeating Starkville 37-33 on March 12 in Jackson, the players on the team have enjoyed the attention that accompanies being a member of the state title team in the state's biggest classification.
STARKVILLE -- Patton Little made a life-changing decision in the summer of 2014 when he gave up tennis to focus on cross country and track and field. The decision wasn't easy for the Starkville High School student-athlete because he loved tennis, but he knew he had a future in the other sport.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy senior right-hander Caleb Griffin made good on his pledge Tuesday night. "They weren't going to beat me again," Griffin said. "I knew I was going to get the start for this game, and I promised myself there was no way I was going to let them beat me twice. I was going to shut them down through seven innings. That was the goal. I am proud of it." Griffin threw a one-hitter and Starkville Academy took over first place in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 race with a 6-0 victory against Heritage Academy at Volunteer Field.
PHEBA -- Setting the tone has come naturally for Channing Tapley. When you have been in a key role on numerous teams for as many years as Tapley, you come to understand how you need to prepare and how you need to play with confidence to set the example for your teammates. Hitting the long ball only has helped Tapley accentuate his approach to the game.
GAINESVILLE -- Cody Brown hit a grand slam and Ryan Rigby allowed one run in five relief innings as the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball team beat No. 1 Florida 10-4 Saturday at McKethan Stadium to even up a Southeastern Conference series and snap Florida's 29-game home winning streak.
Friday morning had the celebratory feel of a wedding for Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston.
STARKVILLE--Having a leader that can make clutch plays when they are needed the most helped the Starkville Academy baseball team defeat visiting Leake Academy 10-4 on Thursday night at Volunteer Field.
CALEDONIA -- Jantsen Glasgow and Zach O'Neil like to keep it simple. While other players might twist themselves up in knots tweaking swings or deliveries, Glasgow and O'Neil have learned to embrace the tenets of hitting the ball the other way and throwing strikes.
BRANDON -- Ben Burrell hit a two-run home run Tuesday night to help the Starkville High School baseball team beat Northwest Rankin 4-2 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 game.
STARKVILLE -- Justin Conner understands his limitations.
While most championship runs usually boast a talented senior or pair of seniors helping a team get over the hurdle, the exact opposite was true for the Columbus Falcons.
Another district clash with Oxford High, and another mistake-ridden inning that doomed New Hope's upset bid.
Monday night was tough for Jarrod Parks.
CALEDONIA -- Alexis Pace knows what it is like to be part of a team.
STARKVILLE -- Some surprises are better than others. The surprise Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner received Tuesday night at Carlisle Field might not be topped. Behind a two-hit pitching performance from senior left-hander Justin Conner, Starkville blanked Madison Central 10-0 in its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 opener.
Drew Pounders received word to be ready a few days prior to the New Hope High School baseball team's doubleheader Saturday against Winfield (Ala.) and Lamar County (Ala.). Pounders had a feeling he might get a chance for his first varsity start against Winfield because Koby Harcrow, the team's starting shortstop, was scheduled to pitch, so the heads up from New Hope coach Lee Boyd helped Pounders get his mind right.
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