TUPELO -- It was natural for Jason Garrett to break into a jog.
STARKVILLE -- Despite taking only one person to state last season, Steven Griffin was encouraged. The Starkville High School boys track and field coach carried Patton Little to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state meet last season, where Little finished first in the 1,600 meters. This season, Griffin felt the Yellow Jackets were going to have even more success.
STARKVILLE -- After leaving Meridian in November, Jacey Williams didn't know what was in her future. The Starkville Academy girls soccer player tried out for the Meridian Community College team, but she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and was left thinking her playing days were over.
Syboris Pippins, Courtney Stovall, and the rest of the West Lowndes High School boys track and field team weren't going to let a few holes in the team's lineup prevent it from getting a clean sweep. Buoyed by a strong showing from Pippins in the sprints, from Stovall in the distance events, and a 1-2-3 showing in the 110-meter hurdles, West Lowndes continued its run of success Saturday by winning the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State title at Madison Central High.
Pitching and defense have been integral parts of the New Hope High School baseball team's championship tradition for years. If Noah Brock and Peyton Buckner continue dealing like they have been for the past two weeks, the Trojans just might be able to entertain title hopes after a third-place finish in their region in the regular season.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks really liked his personnel when he took over the Starkville Academy baseball team. But the former Mississippi State standout admits he knew practically nothing about the baseball teams in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.
Peyton Buckner was disgruntled and felt "unwanted."
There is talent in numbers at Heritage Academy.
AMORY - Stan Ostrowski had had enough baseball for one day.
CALEDONIA -- While the Amory High School baseball roster lists Aubrey Gillentine as a sophomore, Saturday afternoon, he pitched well past that standing.
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.
1. West Lowndes wins South State to complete sweep HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Parks likes Starkville Academy's chances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Brock, Buckner push New Hope into Round 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS