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.
The Dispatch's 2016 Prep Baseball All-Area Team
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.
Matt Sykes is a man of faith. A year ago, faced with an uncertain future in soccer, Sykes contemplated his options and listened to God. After a lot of prayer and patience, Sykes said God told him to go William Carey University in Hattiesburg to play soccer. Earlier this year, Sykes faced more uncertainty and was called to return home to Columbus. Although he wasn't sure why God wanted him to leave William Carey and end his soccer career, he believed something would work out.
Andrew Olsen was a varsity starter on New Hope High School's soccer team before he ever stepped foot on campus.
CALEDONIA - Louis Alexander is coming home.
Gym rats come in all shapes and sizes. Usually the student-athletes you find toiling away long after their teammates have went home are a step slower or a few inches shorter than the standouts that grab all the headlines. Those stalwarts likely attracted their share of stars and are on the watch lists of most local colleges, and maybe even some of the national powerhouses.
SCOOBA -- Jimmy Gilford quickly stepped away and immediately shouted encouragement at high school football players.
1. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
2. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL 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