CALEDONIA -- The bug bit Hope Harbin early. Harbin doesn't remember exactly when it happened, but she recalls something about softball clicking with her when she was as young as 7 years old playing T-ball.
Most coaches have a firm grasp on their basketball team's identity entering the final weeks of the season. Coaches know the realistic chances of their teams competing for a state championship. More often than not, a coach can list the character traits of their team. They also know the few extra things that might have to happen to help a team when the games matter the most.
CALEDONIA - Jake Crosson is at home in Caledonia.
STARKVILLE -- One thought kept pounding in Brady Richardson's head: District champs.
STARKVILLE -- Lex Rogers is sticking to his story.
Columbus High School senior Denijay Harris felt like he owed his teammates a strong performance.
Columbus High School girls' basketball coach Yvonne Hairston may watch the tape to make sure it was her team on the floor Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The best version of the Starkville boys basketball team is a serious danger for anyone trying to contend for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A championship. Tuesday night gave such contenders a glimpse of what that looks like.
STARKVILLE -- The gymnasium at Starkville High School was in a full-on celebration after Jariyah Covington's lay-up put the Lady Jackets up two with 11 seconds left. Everyone around the court knew the Starkville girls basketball team had just clinched a revenge victory over the Murrah team that snapped its 13-game winning streak and handed Murrah its first loss of the season.
You name it. Robert Woodard II can do it.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy basketball teams used strong efforts on both ends of the floor and balanced scoring Tuesday night to sweep a doubleheader from Winston Academy in Mississippi Association of Independent Association (MAIS) Class AAA, Region 2 action.
TUPELO -- Columbus High School senior Aaron Johnson knew a little about his current basketball team before he received a uniform.
TUPELO -- When she is on the court, Columbus High School freshman D.J. Jackson is working hard with her teammates to try to find a way to win a game. Away from the court, Jackson feels slightly overwhelmed by what is going on in her young life.
Andrew Olsen has confidence in the voice.
Football coaches typically start games with 10 to 15 scripted plays.
Russ Whiteside isn't a big fan of camouflage.
Have glove will travel. In Alex Melton's case, two gloves will do just fine, even though she is apt to move from catcher to pitcher to infield to outfield in the same game.
Hannah White didn't know what to think. A phone call from your coach in the middle of the school day usually doesn't mean good news, so White had a touch of anxiety when she started her conversation with Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston.
It didn't take long for Maddie Beard and Chrisi Godfrey to make an impression. Following the New Hope High School girls soccer team's match against Corinth on Dec. 9, Beard and Godfrey met Southwest Mississippi Community College women's soccer coach Betty Casey. It didn't matter that New Hope lost 3-2. Casey wanted them to come to Summit to tour the campus. She also hoped she could convince both players to join her program.
Admiral Ackbar should have warned the New Hope High School boys basketball team what was coming against the Columbus High Falcons on Saturday night.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Holman's status unclear for tonight's game COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU men stun Texas A&M in College Station COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope edges Ripley in Class 4A playoff thriller HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS