Cass Tapley never really was "away" from the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team. As the father of two girls who played softball at the school and with a son who was a multi-sport standout completing his high school career in 2016, Tapley always seemed to be at an event supporting the Eagles, whether it was as a parent, as a fan, as a photographer, or as an assistant coach.
WEST POINT -- Mitch Bohon appears to be in an ideal situation entering his second season as the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball coach.
MACON -- The T-shirts have a two-part message: "DON'T QUIT. DO IT."
STARKVILLE -- Music is a great way to bring people together.
McKenzie Bumgarner has grown up with the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball program.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay walked off the football field slowly after a intense conditioning session Monday night. It wasn't the first time he had worked out or ran this summer. He has been hitting the weight room with enthusiasm and running to prepare himself for the grind of his final high school football season in the state of Mississippi.
When the Noxubee County High School football team played in the 2014 New Hope Jamboree, coach Tyrone Shorter challenged his team to make sure its preseason game and last game were played in the same venue. For the sixth time in seven seasons, Mississippi State will play host to the event, which showcases several area teams in their first live action of the season. In 2014, Noxubee County played in the jamboree. Four months later, it returned to MSU to win the first of back-to-back Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State championships.
Thomas Stevens has a new appreciation of the word "busy." Following a standout junior season for the New Hope High School baseball team, Stevens set out to raise his profile in hopes of attracting an offer to play baseball in college. Despite hitting a team-best .381 and smacking seven home runs, Stevens entered the offseason without any college offers.
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STARKVILLE - For Starkville Academy's Caleb Griffin, the high point and low point of his senior baseball season came against the same opponent on the same field.
Todd Griffin doesn't recall how he came to be the baseball coach at Hebron Christian.
Maegen Ellis' dream came true last month.
STARKVILLE -- Former Starkville High School baseball and football standout A.J. Brown added to his workload Friday.
Travis Garner was shocked when he returned to the state of Mississippi in 2013.
STARKVILLE -- After leading the Southeastern Conference with 88 catches in 2015, Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross was named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by the media, the league announced Friday.
Danny Crawford appreciates the opportunity he had to work at West Lowndes High School for the 2015-16 school year. In one of the school's most successful seasons, Crawford led the boys basketball team to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State title game and the girls basketball team to the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
Tom Velek has faced plenty of challenges in 12 years of coaching soccer in the state of Mississippi. Velek's decision last month to accept the job as girls soccer coach at Heritage Academy created an opportunity to face a new challenge: coaching the game in the summer heat of Mississippi.
As the scholarship offers and showcase invitations mount, Starkville High School All-State linebacker Willie Gay never skips a day of counting his blessings.
STARKVILLE -- After spending three days in the hospital, Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter is back home. Carter had a heart attack early Saturday morning and had surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus later in the day to clear a complete blockage of his right coronary artery. He returned home Monday afternoon.
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter had a heart attack Saturday morning and underwent surgery later in the day, Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams confirmed.
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