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.
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.
The coming out party for Noxubee County football player Kyziah Pruitt was slightly delayed.
STARKVILLE -- Luke Adkins fell in love with Starkville when he played baseball at Mississippi State University.
Nicole Harris taught Kenneth Martin Jr. that if he wanted something to go get it.
The trial date for the leading candidate to be the next Caledonia High School football coach who was charged with careless driving and refusing to submit to a test for driving under the influence has been continued until July 31 in D'Iberville Municipal Court.
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.
New Hope High School finds its baseball season hanging in the balance today at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A state championship series.
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.
PEARL -- New Hope High School senior catcher Cade Odom had a feeling how his team's baseball game might turn out Wednesday night. That didn't make the experience any less painful to endure.
South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball coach Matt Newman likes his team's chances this week in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State tournament.
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.
Thomas Berkery is "hyped." Baseball always has been part of the former Mississippi State standout's life for as long as he can remember. He coaches his son's travel ball team as part of the Swing Elite organization based in Starkville. Berkery also owns The Swing, a 10,000-square foot facility on Industrial Road in Starkville, where he and other instructors give lessons for baseball and softball.
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