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Caledonia's McCleskey plays key role in JCJC national title

Posted yesterday in College Sports

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.


Victory Christian's Williams stays local to play basketball at MUW

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

The stories started after Quintavin Williams received the text message from Brian Merkel.


New Hope's Crosson repeats as state champion in golf

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

It's one thing to play on your home course in the biggest event of the season.


Caledonia's Mims picks Copiah-Lincoln C.C. in baseball

Posted 5/19/2018 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Houston Mims seized the opportunity.


Patience pays as Starkville Academy's Owens gets chance at Belhaven

Posted 5/17/2018 in High School Sports

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.


Heritage Academy girls, Caledonia High's Logan win titles

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

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.


New Hope's Harrison signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

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.


Brotherly bonds help push New Hope back to state title series

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

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.


Berkery will replace Roberts at Starkville Academy

Posted 5/16/2018 in High School Sports

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.


Garner leaves Starkville to take job at Caledonia

Posted 5/12/2018 in High School Sports

Travis Garner has a good memory. But it wasn't until John Wilson told Garner he coached him years ago at the Mississippi State baseball camp that the coach who is "getting older" remembered he had received instruction from the "old" coach.


Beck brings experience to CCA football

Posted 5/10/2018 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Bill Beck is used to wearing a lot of hats. From coaching football, working as athletic director, and coaching boys basketball, track and field, and cross country in the last 15 years at DeSoto School in West Helena, Arkansas, Beck has learned staying busy isn't a problem.


Heritage Academy drops heart-breaker in extra innings to Indianola Academy

Posted 5/8/2018 in High School Sports

Josh Hill and Blayze Berry showed Tuesday night why they are two of the best pitchers in the state of Mississippi.


New Hope baseball set for North State title series

Posted 5/8/2018 in High School Sports

There have been times this season when the New Hope High School baseball team has been its worst enemy.


Parker shines for Columbus Christian Academy track team

Posted 5/8/2018 in High School Sports

STEENS -- The maturation is complete.


Pickens Academy softball team finishes second in state

Posted 5/8/2018 in High School Sports

The fight was what Wade Goodman was looking for all season.


Heritage Academy baseball begins North State title series tonight

Posted 5/7/2018 in High School Sports

Chemistry is at the heart of everything the Heritage Academy baseball team has accomplished this season.


Player of Week: Webber finishes prep track career on strong note for CCA

Posted 5/7/2018 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Chris Webber wanted to go out on a high note.


Tackett 'intrigued' by potential of New Hope football

Posted 5/4/2018 in High School Sports

Wade Tackett sees the potential at New Hope High School. Tackett knows about the community's support of its sports programs from his years as a coach at Grenada High. When he interviewed for the school's football coach opening, Tackett saw the facilities, including a new field house, and a new school that is set to open for the 2018-19 school year.


New Hope targets Simmons' Tackett as new football coach

Posted 5/3/2018 in High School Sports

Wade Tackett is in line to be the next football coach at New Hope High School.


Nickens' decision forces Caledonia to move fast

Posted 5/3/2018 in High School Sports

Andy Stevens doesn't have a lot of time. Following the resignation Tuesday of Tim Nickens as Caledonia High School's football coach, Stevens, the school's principal, hit the phones and began the search for the Confederates' new coach.



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