STARKVILLE -- Normally coaches are concerned about their players letting the emotion of a pre-game moment take away from their concentration on the field.
Tina Hines' decision to lead the Columbus High School volleyball team could give Terrica Jefferson the time she needs to become a beast.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill prefers to play a challenging season opener. Starkville Academy will do that at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it travels to Ridgeland to take on St. Andrew's High School.
STARKVILLE -- It was just time for Jake Thomas to end the unnecessary drama. The four-star offensive tackle from Columbus High School called the Mississippi State University coaching staff Wednesday to confirm his verbal commitment to the program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless admits preseason scrimmages and jamborees aren't high on his to-do list.
For West Lowndes High School, the scoreboard did not reflect victory Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Keavy Noblin showed Tuesday that a no-no moment can turn into a positive just as easily on the soccer field as it can on the basketball court.
Mary Douglass Kerby didn't think Harli Sesser was serious. It's small talk, she thought. Why else would Sesser be talking and talking to her about volleyball?
D.J. Sanders doesn't try to hit home runs. She never has and never will. Instead, she and her teammates step into the batter's box with the mind-set to "hit it hard and wish it well."
Barrett Donahoe wants physical play to be the calling card for the Heritage Academy football team this season. Coming off a scrimmage at East Rankin Academy last week in which he felt that trait was lacking, Donahoe was pleased with how his team responded Saturday in a 12-0 victory against Winston Academy in Louisville.
Signs that West Point High School and Philadelphia High School were playing a practice football game were apparent early Saturday.
After playing home matches at the Starkville Sportsplex last season, the Starkville High School volleyball team returned to its home court with a vengeance Tuesday night.
CALEDONIA -- The promise is there. Cara Hopper and Sarah Freeman saw glimpses of it last season. They have seen it in the preseason workouts and in the Caledonia High School volleyball team's first practices of the 2012 season.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Central Academy earned its first fast-pitch softball victory over Starkville Academy Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- For Starkville High volleyball coach Lauren Love, the season is off to a strong start even though Lady Jackets haven't played a match.
Gary Harris isn't afraid of change.
STARKVILLE -- The movements reflect experience. Shuffle step, shuffle step, pause, read ... go. Maegen Ellis slides safely into third base and springs up ready for more. She inches off the base while looking at second base. When she sees the throw go there in an attempt to retire a teammate, she is off again. Just like the last time, Ellis' speed catches the defense off guard and she slides in safely with the first run of the game.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell knows what is priority number one going into the 2012 season.
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