MABEN ó Aaron Herrington isnít the hardest thrower in the state of Mississippi. But the junior right-hander has learned to make up for what she doesnít have by enticing hitters to swing at her pitches.
The Heritage Academy baseball team won two games in its last at-bat Thursday to sweep a Mississippi Private School Association Class AAA District 1 doubleheader from Jackson Academy.
Stacy Hester knows his New Hope High School baseball team has plenty of confidence. Comments from senior outfielder/catcher Will McReynolds last week highlighted how much the Trojans believe in themselves.
STARKVILLE ó Nick Klaskala and Josh Senter wanted to keep their options open. Klaskala considered a number of schools and debated which one was the best fit for him academically.
The South Lamar High School baseball team hasnít lost to a team in its classification this season. South Lamar will attempt to keep that trend going Friday when it begins play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A playoffs.
MABEN ó Bill Brand isnít feeling any pressure. The East Webster High School fast-pitch softball coach has earned a degree of confidence after helping lead the program to Class 1A state titles the past two seasons.
The West Lowndes High School baseball team wants to make a deeper run in the Class A playoffs than it did last year. After being eliminated in the first round by Natchez Cathedral, the Panthers believe they have a team that can go far if things fall into place.
Chris Stratton used a little help from Uncle Charlie on Tuesday night to make things look easy. The Mississippi State signee struck out 10 in five innings to lead the Tupelo High School baseball team to a 15-0 victory against Columbus in a Class 5A, Division 2, District 4 game at Sammy Fletcher Field. The victory coupled with South Panolaís 15-5 victory against Starkville on Tuesday helped put Tupelo (19-5, 6-2 division) in the driverís seat for the district title. A victory at South Panola at 7 p.m. Thursday would give the Golden Wave the district championship.
The Starkville High School baseball team didnít find anything magical at the end of the rainbow Monday night, only another victory. After the clouds that brought a late-inning shower moved south, a rainbow formed just as Starkville third baseman Todd Phillips ran toward it to catch the baseball for the gameís final out in a 16-6 victory against West Lowndes.
Kelli Petty doesnít want any debate. As much success as she and the New Hope High School softball program have on the diamond, the junior standout says track and field is her No. 1 sport.
Will McReynolds doesnít want his senior season to end with a whimper. On Thursday, he had two doubles and scored two runs against Donnie Tabb and did everything he could to get his teammates pumped up. Unfortunately, the New Hope High School baseball team lost to Neshoba Central and dropped to third place in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4. On Saturday, McReynolds added two hits in the first three innings to help propel New Hope to an 11-5 victory against Columbus on Senior Day at Trojan Field.
Jessica Moore admits she had butterflies. The sophomore outfielder arrived Saturday morning at Lady Trojan Field to discover teammate and starting right fielder Haley Tutor was suffering from an ulcer in her right eye and wouldnít be able to play against Hernando. Moore accepted the news with concern for her teammate and excitement that she would get a chance to play.
MABEN -- Senior Jacob Harris showed what four years of hard work could do as a powerlifter at East Webster High School, and sophomore Timakis Bell is following the same path. Harris and Bell both won Class A state powerlifting championships in their weight class and gave East Webster quite a lift. Bell said it was the effort and support of the entire†team that made individual success possible.
Paul Henry is going home to realize a dream. The Columbus High School athletic director and assistant principal was hired Monday night to be the principal at New Site High School in Prentiss County. Henry will start June 1 at the Class 2A school that has a little less than 300 students.
The Neshoba Central High School baseball team could be hitting its stride at the perfect time. New Hope High School coach Stacy Hester hopes he will be able to say the same for his team. Unfortunately, the Trojans will have to go on the road next week to play the deciding games of their first-round playoff series on the road. New Hopeís 5-2 loss to Neshoba Central on Thursday night at Trojan Field cost it a chance to clinch second place in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4.
Once upon a time, Brach White didnít like it when Central Academy lost a baseball game. It was a different story Tuesday. White didnít mind when Central Academy lost to Pickens Academy (Ala.) 12-1.
STARKVILLE ó Starkville High Schoolís Tay Odneal and Kierra Jones kept it within the family when it came to choosing their basketball future. As cousins, the Lady Yellow Jackets wanted to go down the same path together. They joined coaches, family members, and friends in the school library Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony in which they signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Meridian Community College.
CALEDONIA ó Itís all in the pacing for Jessica Comer. As a freshman last year, the Caledonia High School distance runner learned about heartbreak when she was nudged out at the tape in the 800 meters at the Class 4A state meet. This season, Comer is using that third-place finish as motivation as she builds toward another run at a state title.
Perseverance and commitment are words Cole Vaughan lives by every day. Through family tragedies, injuries, and life-changing diseases, Vaughan has used sports as an escape and a way to reinvigorate himself to face the challenges that life has thrown at him.
There is no substitute for hard work. That might sound like a clichť coaches and players trot out in an effort to explain their success. But that mentality has served Nashedra Barry and Natalie Tate well for the past four years, so they donít see any reason to stop now.
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