New Hope High School senior pitcher Peyton Buckner did not feel comfortable Friday night.
Brad Cox called a lot of timeouts in his seven seasons as West Point High School's boys basketball coach.
Now, Cox is calling a timeout on his coaching career. Beginning his fourth year in administration, Cox takes over this fall as the principal at West Clay Elementary.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman admits she might be a little harder on her pitchers.
After all, Stuedeman made a name for herself as a longtime pitching coaching at Alabama.
Now, Stuedeman is enjoying similar success stories with MSU's pitchers.
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.
Tennis really is a family affair for Edd and Kay Milam.
The Starkville couple has played tennis for a large part of their adult lives. The love for the game, combined with a passion for competition, has helped keep them at the top of their game.
STARKVILLE -- When Jessica Cooley signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Mississippi State in 2009, she had no idea she was signing up for the eight-year program.
"This is home. This program means so much to me," Cooley said. "To have seen the growth and the transformation. You take pride that you have been here to watch this program take so many steps."
April will be a busy month for Andy Crotwell.
Crotwell is honoring the final months of his contract at Caledonia High School, where he served as football coach and still teaches, while tending to the details of his new job of head football coach at North Pontotoc High.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Seconds after New Hope closed out Oxford 8-5 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) prep baseball contest Tuesday night, a wild celebration erupted.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Alexis Silkwood never imagined it would end quite like this.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore softball player Sarai Niu enjoys tailgating before football games.
A native of California, Niu has been blown away by the passion and celebratory nature of Southeastern Conference football weekends.
"Nothing is as exciting as a football weekend," Niu said. "There are so many people and so many things to do. The passion for football is not something I am used to being from the West Coast. Here it's so different. Every weekend is exciting."
The buzz has started.
Could all 13 Southeastern Conference softball-playing schools make the NCAA tournament?
The league has received an all-time best 11 invites in each of the last four seasons.
However, the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) figures indicate a higher number might be on the horizon.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team went looking for a pick-me-up Wednesday night.
MSU found what it needed in a 14-0, five-inning victory against Jackson State on a blustery night at Nusz Park.
Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew when it was a job well done.
When Shorter received a hug from assistant coach/offensive coordinator James Patterson, it meant things were right with the world.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his Mississippi State women's basketball team is right where it is supposed to be.
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy spent practice Wednesday working on being more aggressive and putting the ball in play with two strikes.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss junior Paige McKinney could feel the vibes from second base.
Ole Miss coach Mike Smith felt the vibes during a bullpen session.
Ole Miss pitcher Kaitlin Lee was sending those positive vibes, so the Rebels knew good things were coming.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd has spent a lot of quality time with his players coaching third base this season.
Boyd would like to see more of those players get from third base to home.
In a recurring theme for the season, the timely hit alluded New Hope in a 4-2 loss to Oxford on Tuesday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 game at Trojan Field.
Mississippi native Kat Moore made a diving catch in the outfield to help the Mississippi State softball team clinch an upset of No. 11 Alabama on Saturday at Nusz Park.
Moore later earned her 10 seconds of fame when the catch was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10" package, which highlights that day's best plays in sports.
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