It's all about the attitude for Tori Weir. Two years ago, something clicked with Weir and volleyball that convinced her she wanted to play the sport at the next level. It was a frequent topic of conversation and motivation, so much so that Columbus High School volleyball coach Tiffany Jefferson said Weir has talked about the subject for the last three years.
Essays motivate Robert Woodard II just as much as lock-down defenders. But the assignment Woodard received from Gatorade in March after being named the Mississippi Boys Basketball Player of the Year needed a little more attention, just like an opponent who knows his favorite moves on the court. Woodard's experiences with the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle helped him write an award-winning essay as easily as he rises up over defenders to drain a jump shot.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd knows what a state championship team looks like. Boyd has both played on and coached state title squads. Boyd feels like the work of a state championship team takes nine months of relentless effort and a lot of self-motivation. This season, the Trojans are making up for lost time.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White knew the numbers, so 35 pounds wasn't a big gap to close. But even an otherwise manageable weight can become even heavier when you're competing in the final meet of your career on the state's biggest stage. White remained unfazed. The Caledonia High School senior answered the challenge of lifting 550 pounds on his second dead lift and then eclipsed that mark with a lift of 575 on his third attempt to win the 198-pound weight class at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State Powerlifting meet on Friday in Jackson.
Brandon Bishop couldn't have scripted it any better. Coming off a second-place finish last season in the 242-pound weight class at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A Powerlifting meet, Bishop set his sights on making his mark in his final high school meet. The New Hope High School senior stayed focused on that goal by working out four times a week to make sure he was ready for the 2017 meet and his chance to win a state championship.
STARKVILLE -- To say Dalton Dempsey had options would be an understatement. The Starkville Academy senior was a standout running back on the football team, a key forward on the boys soccer team, and is one of the best track and field runners in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. He could have used any of those skills to earn a college scholarship.
The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team couldn't hold on to an early lead and lost to Saltillo 9-3 on Thursday night at Lady Trojan Field. New Hope committed four errors, which helped Saltillo score five runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
STARKVILLE -- The pitch to get Lake Spradling to transfer from Starkville Academy to Starkville High School started with Patton Little. Spradling and Little knew each other outside of their respective schools. Entering the fall of 2015, with Spradling set for his junior year and Little for his senior year, Little made his case to get Spradling to move from the Volunteers to the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter remembers Jesse Little, Darrious Agnew, and Markedric Bell as freshmen. The veteran coach didn't rule out the possibility, but he didn't guarantee they were going to play college basketball, either. After all, Little had plenty of room to grow into his body and Agnew and Bell had plenty to learn to make up for their lack of experience.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Senior Landen Rogers took the mound and delivered an outstanding performance to lead the Starkville Academy Volunteers over the Heritage Academy Patriots 13-2 in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 action at Tripp Carson Field.
The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Anthony Carlyle to be the new boys basketball coach at Columbus High School on Monday night at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
STARKVILLE -- Landen Rogers isn't one to raise his voice. After playing four seasons of varsity baseball at Starkville Academy, Rogers has earned that right. Instead, his leadership style is more laid back. He leads by example instead of words.
Courtney Stovall isn't your typical post player.
JaBorris Frazier wanted a higher level of exposure. As a junior, Frazier was a key member of the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA State championship team.
Chad Brown couldn't help but smile prior to the start of the season. The New Hope High School girls basketball coach liked his team's chances for the 2016-17 season, but he felt even better about them after a conversation with senior Lanoria Abrams.
Camry Sturdivant continued to have faith even as the doubt crept in. As the days passed and Sturdivant counted down to the end of her Columbus High School soccer career, she wondered if she was going to realize her goal to play soccer in college. But Sturdivant said she leaned on her faith and believed God would help her find a school where she could study and continue to play the game she loves.
SALTILLO -- The New Hope High School baseball team continued its busy stretch by dropping a 4-2 decision to Saltillo on Tuesday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 game.
CALEDONIA -- Bradley Tate has high demands for high school golfers. Parker Humber shows what's possible if one meets them.
STARKVILLE -- Jack Perry has given Travis Garner some thinking to do. Garner, Starkville High's baseball coach, thought he had his rotation of starting pitchers set for the all-important district schedule. But Perry, a freshman, continues to pitch well and make life tough on Garner.
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