Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner tells his team to embrace every playoff berth.
The players and coaches at West Point High can agree with that statement.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams reminded senior Kirsten Thompson this could be her breakout season before it ever started.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team has made the final three weekends of the season meaningful.
WEST POINT -- Once again, Dusty Smith happened to be there for the biggest moment of Garrett Johnson's round.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State said one final goodbye to its most successful senior class in the history of the women's basketball program Monday night at The Mill.
While the goodbyes were heartfelt and a lot of tears flowed, MSU coach Vic Schaefer was quick to point out the time is now for this junior class to keep the program's tradition alive.
After a winless 2017 season, new Caledonia High School football coach Tim Nickens knows he and his players might face some challenges along the way as he starts to rebuild the program.
However, lack of personnel isn't one of them.
STARKVILLE -- The good news is the No. 23 Mississippi State softball team doesn't play a ranked opponent this weekend.
The bad news is MSU's opponent is its biggest rival.
With huge NCAA regional ramifications on the line, No. 23 MSU takes on Ole Miss in a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
STARKVILLE -- When Kenny Rogers was asked to address the audience Wednesday, he had a story ready to go.
Rogers talked about his son Blake's eighth-grade year in school.
New Hope High School senior Drew Pounders didn't want to think the bad thoughts.
However, they kept popping in his head.
New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd loves sending in the outfield signs at Trojan Field for a new paint job.
Boyd earned the right to send in another sign Tuesday night as New Hope beat Kosciusko 6-4 to clinch the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 championship.
When New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer sat Tyler Stevenson down for a visit back in the fall, the meeting served two purposes.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy sophomore Garrett Lewis calls his team "goofy, laid-back, and a little whacky."
Those traits keep the Volunteers calm when the odds are stacked against them.
The month of April typically means Twitter is over-run by prom photos and that graduation invitations pile up at the post office.
It also means the end of the prep baseball regular season. In this state, baseball has one of the nation's shortest regular seasons before the start of a postseason that almost is as long as the regular season.
Mississippi State has turned Nusz Park into one of the most difficult places to play this season.
The Bulldogs have won 20 of their first 23 games at home. Two of those losses were by a run and another was by two runs.
As the stakes grow higher, the Bulldogs hope to use the home field to their advantage as the softball season hits the final homestretch.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School softball player Hope Harbin needed an explanation from new head coach Andy Halford.
"Early in the season, I told her to create chaos on the bases," Halford said. "I wanted her to create some major havoc, change the game up if you will."
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School first-year softball coach Andy Halford knows where his defense starts.
"My philosophy is a good defense starts with great play at third base," Halford said. "We certainly have that this year. We feel like the left side of the infield is on lock down. It's a big challenge because you have a lot of teams trying to slap."
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy baseball coach Brooks Roberts feels his team is at its best in late-inning situations.
Heritage Academy coach Justin Flake feels his team is at its best when it has to respond to adversity.
Both coaches saw their teams play to those identities Tuesday night in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 doubleheader split at Volunteer Field.
When Starkville Academy's Kyle Faver is in the field and teammate Taylor Arnold is pitching, it creates quite the Catch-22.
When Taylor Arnold starts on the mound for the Starkville Academy baseball team, coach Brooks Roberts knows his squad has a little time to assemble an offensive game plan.
STARKVILLE -- Junior first baseman Sarai Niu can sense the difference in the Mississippi State softball team this season.
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