The Falcons started summer workouts Tuesday -- more than a month after Heritage Academy, New Hope, Caledonia and others -- but Columbus coach Joshua Pulphus won't push his players to catch up.
Velek will now be tasked with leading both the Patriots' boys and girls programs. He replaces veteran coach Joe Asadi, who stepped down this spring.
Seals coached for 30 years in Alabama before working as an assistant at New Hope for the past five seasons.
The Vols pulled a first-round upset in the playoffs last fall and hope to achieve the same success again.
The crafty combo guard picked the Owls over Mississippi State and East Mississippi, Itawamba and Northwest Mississippi community colleges.
"I just knew that was the place I needed to be," said Banks, who played for the Buccaneers, Lions, Bears and Texans during a five-year NFL career.
The Yellow Jackets kicked things off this week, but getting used to the restrictions didn't happen overnight. "Every day's an adjustment period," coach Chris Jones said.
The outbreak of the virus affected recruiting contact, visits and communication but ultimately did not stop the pair of 'Feds standouts from becoming future Bears.
Additionally, Columbus softball coach Eric Thornton has left for another position.
The team, which features 11 area players, is still getting into a routine when it comes to hitting, coach Jeffrey Cook said.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks knows there's pressure -- some of it from her -- for her team to keep up the momentum after a historic season last fall.
Givens became the school's first softball signee since a player two years ago went to Coahoma Community College.
Heritage Academy, Starkville Academy, Caledonia and Hebron Christian are among the local schools that have begun workouts for the fall season. Each program is still getting used to the new conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ball takes over from Justin Flake a program that won the 2019 MAIS Class AAA championship. The Patriots also hired new head coaches for softball and volleyball.
Berryhill announced his retirement Wednesday, but it didn't last long. The five-time state champion with the Wolverines will now be coaching the Vols.
Basketball player Branden Stevenson and tennis player Jacob Davis will be continuing their athletic careers.
On Tuesday, the soccer and football player was named one of 16 seniors in the state to be named a Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete. The MHSAA award includes a $1,500 scholarship.
STARKVILLE -- Amariyon Howard's workouts amidst the COVID-19 crisis have come out of sight.
One team in the wood bat summer league features 11 local players and is coached by former Columbus High School coach Jeffrey Cook. Cook said the league is a way for incoming and current college players to face talented competition and for uncommitted players to earn college looks.
A leader on and off the field for the Jackets, Stone left the football team at Northeast Mississippi Community College to start his own sports video business.