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March 15th, 2014
Basketball is life for Blair Schaefer.
Since a very early age, the Starkville Lady Yellowjacket has had a basketball in her hand and has been working to improve her game. The work has paid off resulting in Schaefer being selected the Starkville Daily News Area Player of the Year.
During tryouts last May, Starkville Daily News' Area Coach of the Year selection Kristie Williams and her new crop of Lady Yellowjackets basketball players made a pact.
No matter what was ahead, the coach and players were going to give it their all in hopes of achieving success for SHS.
Mississippi State head men's basketball coach Rick Ray is excited about what the future holds for his program.
In Ray's first two seasons, the Bulldogs struggled and had 13-game losing streaks in Southeastern Conference play in both seasons. Ray has had to work with a decimated roster as well.
It takes quite a bit of time from the end of a women's conference tournament until Selection Monday.
That's what is facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but they don't mind the wait too much.
It has been over a week since MSU was eliminated in the Southeastern Conference Tournament by Florida on March 6.
The Starkville Yellowjackets showed on Friday afternoon that if there's a 'Will', there's a way.
Will Murphree scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and Will Prewitt pitched three innings of scoreless relief as the Jackets defeated the Gordo (Ala.) Green Wave 2-1.
Blair Schaefer began the season as a Mississippi Dandy Dozen basketball player.
Later in the year, she signed on to play for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Now the Lady Yellowjacket senior has added another accolade by being selected to participate in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.
On the first day Starkville coach Travis Garner met sophomore A.J. Brown, he asked him did he want to be good or did he want to be great.
Brown quickly answered great.
Garner remembers that day well and from the moment the conversation ended, Brown got to work.
Coach Jody Britt is finding ways to keep the Starkville Academy baseball team in competition over spring break.
Before the Volunteers traveled to Ridgeland to play two tough games during the midweek, he worked out a visit to French Camp on Monday to play coach Nathan Wright's Panthers.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman knows one thing for sure during the second Southeastern Conference series of the season.
"I expect nothing less than some good ole dog fights," Stuedeman said.
That's because it will be bulldog against bulldog as MSU competes against Georgia in Athens.
Ben Bracewell considers baseball in the Southeastern Conference a grind.
The Mississippi State senior right hander has been through four â€“ including a medical redshirt year â€“ rugged SEC seasons.
"It's a grind for sure," Bracewell said. "That's a great word for it."