CALEDONIA -- Brandon Fikes is far from intimidating on the mound. His stature more closely resembles a pinch runner than a starting pitcher for one of the state's perennial baseball powers. Then he throws his fastball -- far from the fastest, but it gets where it needs to be.
STARKVILLE -- It's a good sign when a team has its best performance of the season in the heart of division play. Columbus High School fast-pitch softball coach Rusty Greene left Starkville a happy man after watching the Lady Falcons beat Starkville High 7-0 on Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- With the No. 4 University of Florida baseball team coming to town for Super Bulldog Weekend, it helps to have some momentum. Mississippi State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday in Pearl. The victory helped ease the sting of a lost weekend at Georgia in which MSU was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series for the first time this season.
STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo's college recruitment officially ended Wednesday when the Starkville High striker signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. The decision put to rest any chance he'd sign with any of the schools that had hoped to secure his services.
STARKVILLE -- Garrett Batson had no idea he'd have an opportunity to play college soccer. The 6-foot-3 Starkville High School right back had yet to have a season in which he'd "put it all together."
Bruce Allsup didn't see it coming. When it did, seven years at Heritage Academy ended in an instant.
The grandeur of the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational didn't get to Korey Wilson. With more than 40 squads competing in MSU's first prep meet at the refurbished Maddox Track Facility, there were plenty of distractions Saturday, so it was easy for someone to get lost. Wilson discovered he fit right in.
STARKVILLE -- Area high school track teams got a good feel Saturday for how their respective state meets will go after competing in the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational Seven area schools competed in the meet, which featured the top teams from all classifications in Mississippi and powerhouses from surrounding states.
STARKVILLE -- After a string of disappointing division losses, the Starkville High School baseball team earned a much-needed 10-4 win against Calhoun City on Saturday. Nathan Pugh went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to help Starkville (5-8) rally from a 4-3 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets entered Saturday's game having lost five of their last six.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy Athletics Director Glenn Schmidt said finding quality candidates to fill the school's two head coach vacancies has been the easy part of the process. The school hasn't done much searching to replace boys basketball coach Chris Lyle and softball coach Jessica Dickens because many of its leading candidates have come to them.
It was a grand old night at the ballpark Thursday night. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy baseball team took turns driving grand slams into the rain in a doubleheader at Trip Carson Field.
Shawn Gates is proud of what he helped accomplish at Immanuel Christian. Now that Gates is looking to play a part in building something else, the timing is right for Greg Watkins to move into a new opportunity. Gates' resignation last week after two seasons as football coach at Immanuel Christian created an opening the school filled today when it named Watkins, the athletic director, football coach, and basketball coach at Hebron Christian, as its new football coach.
STARKVILLE -- Camp Pittman pitched a complete game Tuesday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to an 11-1 victory against Starkville Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's baseball team took another step backward down the division chain Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to Tupelo High. The Yellow Jackets, coming off back-to-back division losses to Columbus, gave up four runs in the first inning and spent the rest of he night playing catch-up.
Bobby Berry has been blessed to be involved in high school athletics for more than 40 years. In that time, Berry has had reasonably good health and has taught many life lessons that have impacted student-athletes at a host of schools. But it dawned on Berry two months ago that it might be time to do something else.
MACON -- Scott Nash gets fired up when he talks about Will Disbrow.
Nick Durrah and Dylan Patel were the hitting leaders, while Chris McCullough and Hunter Mullis earned victories Saturday to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to an 18-0 win against Aberdeen and a 19-2 win against Noxubee County. Noxubee County beat Aberdeen 8-4 in the other game.
HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest has home run power. Problem is, the left-handed hitting junior had only shown the ability to deliver the long ball that girls love in practice. But that all changed Saturday with one swing. Earnest's timing couldn't have been any better, as his two-run home run to right field sparked a four-run fifth inning that fueled the Hamilton High School baseball team to a 6-2 victory against Caledonia.
Columbus High School's youth-led baseball team earned an important trump card Friday in its victory against Starkville: A playoff tiebreaker. The Falcons (8-4, 2-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received two RBIs from freshman Chris McCullough and an RBI from freshman Greg Sykes to beat the Yellow Jackets 7-4 Friday night.
Fredrico Moody is used to doling out hits on the football field. But it's his penchant for making contact on the baseball field that will allow the West Lowndes High School senior to take his athletic skills to the next level. On Thursday, the multi-sport standout Moody signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
1. Adams brothers back together again on field at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go to 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Cherry, West Point open season against West Point HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Four Bulldogs named to Preseason Coaches All-SEC team COLLEGE SPORTS