Thomas Berkery jumped at the opportunity to work with Roy Oswalt.
Berkery had been away from catching for a few years when Oswalt, a longtime pitcher with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, called him and asked him if he would catch him in his bullpen sessions. Oswalt, who was traded from Houston to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, was trying to sharpen his skills in an effort to get back into the majors with the Texas Rangers.
Hitting always has been one of Will Golsan's strengths.
Whether it was at New Hope High School in Columbus or at Ole Miss, Golsan displayed a knack for getting a timely hit and reaching base.
The names didn't faze Blayze Berry or Beau Bates.
Berry and Bates also didn't let the schools their opponents had committed to bother them either because they knew they belonged on the same field with some of the nation's top prospects.
CALEDONIA -- James Reed doesn't mind that he was called "old school."
The longtime Caledonia High School teacher/coach also doesn't take offense to being told he is "blunt" in how he talks.
CALEDONIA -- Numbers tell only part of the story about John Wilson.
Whether it was in his office at the Caledonia High School baseball field or the facility's indoor complex, numbers defined Wilson's approach to the game.
On this occasion, the timing appears to be right for Michael Kelly.
After stints as an assistant coach or coordinator at four schools, Kelly is in line to be the next head football coach at Caledonia High School.
If you have watched any college softball or baseball in the last month, it's likely you have seen someone from the Golden Triangle playing a key role for their team.
DJ Sanders never has been one to celebrate her accomplishments.
The former New Hope High School multi-sport standout prefers to hone the skills that have made her one of the nation's best softball players. That's why Sunday was a perfect time for Sanders to relax and to visit with friends, coaches, teammates, and supporters at a going-away bash at the New Hope Community Center.
Shawn Gates is spreading the word.
After having success in January with the inaugural Friendly City Boxing Night at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus, Gates admits he was surprised to hear a lot of people in the Greater Golden Triangle area didn't know about the event.
Wednesday was a great day for Lee Boyd and Buddy Wyers.
The New Hope High School baseball coach and the former West Point High baseball coach had plenty of stories to relate after learning former NHHS standout Will Golsan and former WPHS multi-sport standout Steffon Moore were selected on the third and final day of the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
Jason Trufant continues to see endless possibilities for intercollegiate athletics at Mississippi University for Women.
Nicole Harris taught Kenneth Martin Jr. that if he wanted something to go get it.
The idea of being a national champion is still sinking in with Gracie McCleskey.
The former Caledonia High School softball standout knew she was in store for some of the best competition the state of Mississippi had to offer when she signed to play at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.
The stories started after Quintavin Williams received the text message from Brian Merkel.
It's one thing to play on your home course in the biggest event of the season.
CALEDONIA -- Houston Mims seized the opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Owens never envisioned the recruiting process would take this long.
But the Starkville Academy senior's patience paid off Wednesday when he celebrated his decision to play football at Belhaven University in Jackson.
There is power in numbers for the Heritage Academy girls tennis team.
In a sport where individual pursuits sometime overshadow team accomplishments, the Lady Patriots worked this season toward one goal: doing their part to help the squad win a state championship.
Playing for his teammates is second nature to Xavier Harrison.
The New Hope High School senior doesn't know how he came to possess a drive to track down opponents and a knack for making life miserable for attacking players.
Sisters and brothers have their ways of working through disagreements.
Some argue. Some don't talk to each other for hours or days until the silence becomes too much to bear.
Other siblings prefer to stay positive and to offer constant encouragement and support.
Count Drew Pounders and Xavier Harrison as part of the latter group.
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