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May 20th, 2015
The 2015 season may be over for Mississippi State, but that doesn't mean baseball is over for many of the Bulldogs.
Seventh-year head coach John Cohen will send 18 of his players to compete in summer ball this year. Of the 18, eight will play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, the most in Cohen's tenure.
Mark Johnson became a successful head baseball coach at Texas A&M.
That opportunity may not have come his way if it had not been for the time spent under the leadership of coach Ron Polk at Mississippi State.
Johnson was an assistant coach with Polk for six seasons (1976-82) with the Bulldogs, then went on to College Station, Tex.
Year two at the helm for Starkville Academy baseball was a phenomenal one for coach Jody Britt.
After an 8-16 finish last year, Britt and the Volunteers improved to 23-10 overall and booked a trip to the playoffs before falling to Oak Forest (La.).
Mississippi State track and field coach Steve Dudley had a feeling his men's squad was going to move up in the rankings after their finish in the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.
They made a huge jump.
The Bulldogs finished eighth in the three-day event that was held at the Mike Sanders Track and Field Complex on the campus of MSU this past weekend.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs just finished a very poor baseball season.
Two years removed from what was considered the best season in MSU history when it finished second in the nation, the Bulldogs had one of the worst.
From Cumberland to Pearl, the stage gets increasingly bigger.
At 1 p.m. today, the East Webster Wolverines get their chance in a state championship setting as theyâ€™re two wins away from taking home the Class 2A title.
East Webster head coach Wes Johnson is no stranger to the higher stakes and that attitude could be translating to his players.
It's difficult to win back to back state championships in any sport.
When it comes to enduring long and competitive matches on the tennis court, the feat is a little bit more difficult to achieve.
The East Webster Wolverines were able to accomplish their second-consecutive Class 2A State championship last week with a 6-1 win over Clarkdale in Jackson.
Mississippi State's Seth Heck may be the definition of a student-athlete.
The Bulldog senior was honored as the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. He is only the second player to win the award in back-to-back years â€“ Alabama's Emeel Salem won the award in 2006 and 2007.
RIDGELAND â€“ As the final speck of dust settled back into the red dirt at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland on Saturday and the East Webster Lady Wolverines hoisted the gold trophy, the 2015 season came to a close.
It was hard for Zach Taylor to put into words his feelings on finishing second in the decathlon at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships this weekend.
His mind kept going back to his late father.
Taylor lost his father, J.T., last November and it hit him really hard. His weight went up by 20 pounds, but he dropped nearly 15 pounds getting ready for the spring.