STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter remembers Jesse Little, Darrious Agnew, and Markedric Bell as freshmen. The veteran coach didn't rule out the possibility, but he didn't guarantee they were going to play college basketball, either. After all, Little had plenty of room to grow into his body and Agnew and Bell had plenty to learn to make up for their lack of experience.
The big inning came at just the right time for the New Hope baseball team Tuesday night.
Senior Landen Rogers took the mound and delivered an outstanding performance to lead the Starkville Academy Volunteers over the Heritage Academy Patriots 13-2 in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 action at Tripp Carson Field.
The Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Anthony Carlyle to be the new boys basketball coach at Columbus High School on Monday night at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
STARKVILLE -- Landen Rogers isn't one to raise his voice. After playing four seasons of varsity baseball at Starkville Academy, Rogers has earned that right. Instead, his leadership style is more laid back. He leads by example instead of words.
Courtney Stovall isn't your typical post player.
JaBorris Frazier wanted a higher level of exposure. As a junior, Frazier was a key member of the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA State championship team.
Chad Brown couldn't help but smile prior to the start of the season. The New Hope High School girls basketball coach liked his team's chances for the 2016-17 season, but he felt even better about them after a conversation with senior Lanoria Abrams.
Camry Sturdivant continued to have faith even as the doubt crept in. As the days passed and Sturdivant counted down to the end of her Columbus High School soccer career, she wondered if she was going to realize her goal to play soccer in college. But Sturdivant said she leaned on her faith and believed God would help her find a school where she could study and continue to play the game she loves.
SALTILLO -- The New Hope High School baseball team continued its busy stretch by dropping a 4-2 decision to Saltillo on Tuesday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 game.
CALEDONIA -- Bradley Tate has high demands for high school golfers. Parker Humber shows what's possible if one meets them.
STARKVILLE -- Jack Perry has given Travis Garner some thinking to do. Garner, Starkville High's baseball coach, thought he had his rotation of starting pitchers set for the all-important district schedule. But Perry, a freshman, continues to pitch well and make life tough on Garner.
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy spent practice Wednesday working on being more aggressive and putting the ball in play with two strikes.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Poise in the circle can lead to perfection. But Shelby Lowe doesn't think in grandiose terms like that. It doesn't matter she is a freshman because the Pickens Academy freshmen is mature beyond her years. You only need to talk to the left-hander pitcher for a few minutes to realize she knows her stuff and can handle herself in tough situations.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd has spent a lot of quality time with his players coaching third base this season. Boyd would like to see more of those players get from third base to home. In a recurring theme for the season, the timely hit alluded New Hope in a 4-2 loss to Oxford on Tuesday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 game at Trojan Field.
Logan Sneed dominated on the mound and at the plate Tuesday night to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 6-2 win against Starkville Academy Volunteers on the opening night of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, Region 2 play.
JACKSON -- As the clock moved inside three minutes remaining in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship game, quite a battle was going on between two of the state's top players. Olive Branch's Myah Taylor and Starkville's Kelsey Jones were trying to power their teams to a title in their final high school games. The teams were trading slim one-point leads and the capacity crowd was hanging on every possession. Jones then fouled out and Starkville never recovered. Fourteen second-half turnovers provided the difference as the Olive Branch girls beat Starkville 57-54.
JACKSON -- West Point High School girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel coaches in an intense manner. Never one to sit down, Daniel coaches every possession whether his team is up 10 or down 10. The passion is obvious, as is the burning passion to compete. With one minute left in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship game Friday night, Daniel sat down, looked at West Point High boys basketball coach Brad Cox and shook his head.
JACKSON -- West Point High School junior Aamiya Rush felt a big game was coming. "It was the state championship game, so I really wanted to bring it," Rush said. "The way our team has played this season, someone is going get the job done. It was just a matter of coming out and playing our game. I was excited for this opportunity, so I wanted to make some type of statement."
JACKSON -- When he entered the coaching profession, West Point High School girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel took advice from several coaches. One suggestion was to build offseason conditioning around a theme. Daniel found his latest theme Friday in the Mississippi Coliseum. In its first state championship appearance, West Point dropped a 56-45 decision to Neshoba Central in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship.
1. Changes to mental approach, swing have helped Rooker COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Starkville Academy's Hamilton signs with EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Oak Hill Academy beats West Memphis to reach second round HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville Academy's Futral signs with EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. McArthur, Ole Miss beat No. 16 Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS