STARKVILLE -- Even the best coaches sometimes need a lift from another source.
STARKVILLE -- Last August, Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman was encouraged because her senior class wanted to leave a legacy.
The legacy was fulfilled Sunday night as MSU returned to NCAA tournament regional play with a berth in the Salt Lake City Regional. No. 3 seed MSU (36-20) will face No. 2 seed BYU (44-11) at 5 p.m. Thursday at Dumke Family Softball Stadium on the University of Utah campus.
OXFORD -- New Hope High School junior third baseman Nick Sims represents the new-look Trojans.
Sims ripped a two-strike, two-out double to tie his team's Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North State championship series opener with Oxford on Thursday night.
Minutes later, Oxford won the game 5-4. However, the Trojans erased a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh at Edwin Moak Field.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Brett Favre made things look easy throughout most of his collegiate and professional career.
After starring at Southern Mississippi, Favre embarked on a record-breaking NFL career, which included three MVP awards, success in the Super Bowl, and enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd calls it "a fitting ending."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior outfielder Amanda Ivy said her team is approaching postseason play with the mentality of "shocking the world."
First, MSU will get a chance to shock the state.
Caledonia High School senior Gracie McCleskey wanted to make the most of her senior campaign.
The Caledonia High fast-pitch softball team saw its best season since 2005 end Saturday night with an 8-3 loss to Kosciusko in the deciding game of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A North State championship series.
STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference didn't schedule the Mississippi State and Ole Miss softball teams to play one another in conference action this season.
That changed Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior center fielder Amanda Ivy is always looking to provide a spark for her team.
When trailing by more than a run, there is only so much a player can do at the plate, so Ivy tried to give her team a lift on defense.
"The thing about our team is we go all out," Ivy said. "We are going to compete until there are no more outs. If there is a play to be made, we are going to try to make it. Stay in the process. Play a game one pitch at a time. Make plays. I love the fight in this team. We are going to battle."
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School softball players used the word destiny.
STARKVILLE -- Amanda Ivy had one thought when she Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman for the first time.
Ivy wondered if Stuedeman had that much energy all of the time.
After taking more time to think about it, West Point High School rising senior Marcus Murphy still likes his original decision.
After de-committing from Mississippi State in January, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star athlete by 247, re-committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday afternoon. He made the announcement on his Twitter page.
WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy senior Powell Tabor spent a little extra time at practice Monday working on his bunting.
"We knew (Canton Academy) had some slow players on the corners," Tabor said. "That is something we noticed last year. I knew if I could get some bunts down, it would help my team win."
STARKVILLE -- While the season was great, the ending was not for the Starkville High School baseball team.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman re-thought part of her coaching philosophy when last season ended.
When MSU struggled in the second half of the season, practice time became even harder. This season, the Bulldogs have been able to take some time away from the diamond. A refreshed outlook has helped the team find the win column on more occasions.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School cross country coach Caroline Woomer summed up the career of her senior star Kate Mattox quickly Tuesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a pretty good day for Mississippi State senior pitcher Alexis Silkwood.
Silkwood pitched a complete game in a 4-3 victory against No. 24 Arkansas to help MSU win a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore first baseman Sarai Niu said her first home run of the season Sunday night was a long time coming.
That home run might have started a trend.
Former West Point High School boys' basketball coach Brad Cox knew Jashun "Peedy" Johnson as a student before he worked with him as a basketball player.
STARKVILLE -- As the softball calendar hits the final two week of the regular season, the one-run losses cut a little deeper.
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