STARKVILLE -- Lynn Moorehead needed a rock for the Starkville Academy tennis program. As a junior, Will Christiansen decided to step into that leadership role. Moorehead noticed a difference in Christiansen's attitude and how he related to other players after the change.
CALEDONIA -- Alexis Pace has learned how to set the pace. Starting as a middle schooler, Pace watched the older competitors on the Caledonia High School cross country and track and field teams.
AMORY -- From the bottom of the order, Seth Brown has the Caledonia High School baseball team on top. Brown's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Thursday gave Caledonia a 2-1 win against Amory in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association second-round best-of-three Class 4A playoff series.
HAMILTON -- Hayden Evans isn't going to let a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee be a final chapter to his baseball career. A few weeks ago, though, Evans admitted he had doubt if he was going to get a chance to keep playing after suffering the setback March 29 in a 19-1 victory at Houlka.
CALEDONIA -- Junior Gracie McCleskey has experienced good and bad moments playing softball for Caledonia High School. The month of April is rolling out with some good times for McCleskey and the Lady Confederates. McCleskey had four hits Tuesday night to help Caledonia beat Cleveland 13-3 in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A best-of-three second-round playoff series.
CALEDONIA -- Parker Humber feels there is no denying the talent on the Caledonia High School boys golf team. Before you think the junior is a little too confident about the abilities of the 10 players on the squad, consider Caledonia shot a 304 last week at Lion Hills in Columbus to beat Kosciusko and Houston to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 3 title. The score, which Caledonia coach Bradley Tate said was the best his team has shot in his 10 years as its coach, secured the squad a place in the Class 4A State tournament on May 4-5 at Diamondhead Country Club in Diamondhead, which is between New Orleans and Gulfport/Biloxi on Interstate 10.
Makenzie Barnett, Madalyn McMahon, and Rivers Gray had three hits Tuesday to lead the Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball team to a 14-0 victory against New Hope in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association best-of-three second-round playoff series at Lady Trojan Field.
CALEDONIA -- A new set of buckets awaits the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team. A few weeks ago, coach Jonathan Jones wasn't sure if the Lady Confederates were still going to be alive at this point in the season, but a six-game winning streak at the tail end of the regular season gave the team new life in its hunt for a playoff bid. A victory by Kosciusko against West Lauderdale helped Caledonia secure the No. 3 seed out of Class 4A, Region 4.
Sometimes a victory is the best medicine. After all, there is only so much you can say and so long you can talk before the time comes to go out on the field and perform. Following losses in four of his squad's last five regular-season games, New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd hoped his team was going to be able to find a way to re-focus. In the unfamiliar position of being a No. 3 seed, New Hope faced the prospect of going on the road to play at No. 1 seed Neshoba Central in Game 1 of its best-of-three opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State tournament series.
Deonteau Rieves learned from some of the best Columbus High School had to offer. Whether it was Christian Dale, Isaiah Farmer, Trace Lee, Chris McCullough, Hunter Mullis, Greg Sykes, or Gavonta Webb, Rieves spent his first two years on the school's varsity baseball team with plenty of talented players who helped Columbus establish a school-record streak of four consecutive playoff appearances under coach Jeffrey Cook.
STARKVILLE -- Kate Mattox and Patton Little don't have to look far for motivation. The Starkville High School track and field athletes are two of the top runners in the state of Mississippi. Instead of turning their status into a friendly rivalry, they work together and use their talents to push one another.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams feels her program should send at least one player to the collegiate level on an annual basis.
STARKVILLE--Both teams pitched lights out, but only one team could come out on top as defending 6A state champions DeSoto Central (16-10) defeated Starkville High (17-9) 4-1 on Saturday night at Carlisle Field.
"Baseball is a crazy game."
Todd Stanley was pleased to see his offense fight back and tie things up in the middle of the game.
CALEDONIA -- Jantsen Glasgow didn't know the game was over.
STARKVILLE -- Football always was an option for Colt Chrestman.
CALEDONIA -- Avery Pool admits she wasn't playing as good as she wanted to.
STARKVILLE -- When Chuck Friend got the chance to return to Starkville, he took it.
STARKVILLE -- Travis Garner wants the Starkville High School baseball program to become known for sending players to college every year.
1. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS