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It's now only one month and counting before Mississippi State begins the 2012 football season.
Only one month before fans from all over the state arrive on campus with cowbells in hand to support the Bulldogs as they host the Jackson State Tigers on Sept. 1.
Newly hired coaches usually have a philosophy of how to change the sport they are coaching and make it better.
For Patrick Nutt, who was hired as the new Ackerman baseball coach last week, has a philosophy for the entire school and community.
Monday saw the heat index soar well above the 100-degree mark, but that didnâ€™t stop the Starkville Yellowjackets from opening their training camp for the 2012 football season.
SHS head Coach Jamie Mitchell seemed pleased with first day of work for the Class 5A North Half champions, but quickly admitted the heat did have an impact on his team.
A 7 a.m. football practice is something some high school students don't tackle with a lot of enthusiasm.
For the Starkville Academy football players, Monday's first football practice of the year was something they were anticipating.
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers have an experienced soccer team coming back this season.
Starkville Academy soccer coach Robert Gardner has eight of 11 starters returning which helps in the chemistry of what's happening on the field and he likes the way preseason workouts have been going.
Starkville Academy was hoping for a good start to the season to give its young players a confidence boost.
The Lady Volunteers schedule didn't help and SA fell to the Oak Hill Lady Raiders 18-0 Monday afternoon at Lady Volunteer Field in the first fastpitch softball game of the season.
SA came back to win the junior varsity game 8-4 in the nightcap.
Coach John Cohen and the Mississippi State Diamond Dogs continue to ride the momentum of their Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.
State picked up its seventh commitment of the 2013 signing class on Monday in right hander Avery Geyer.
The Pensacola, Fla. hurler recently made a trip to Starkville where he fell in love with Mississippi State and the baseball program.
Improvement seems to be the them for the East Oktibbeha football team this fall.
The Titans start practice today in Crawford and are hoping for a better season than last year.
The Titans ended last year with a 5-6 record. Although East Oktibbeha did not achieve a winning record, several players from last year's squad will be missed.
The Starkville Academy fastpitch softball team may have to rely on young talent this year.
The Lady Volunteers open the season at home today against Oak Hill with varsity at 4 p.m. and junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.
SA head coach Kayla Mosley is not too concerned with her young players and is ready to meet the new season head on.
The first couple of days of practice are usually the ones that set the tone for the entire season in any sport.
That is no different for high school football, and the Starkville Academy Volunteers are hoping to get off to a great start.