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July 15th, 2014
One Starkville area all-star team has added the title of state champions to their resume and it was no easy, nor short, of a task to do so.
On average, baseball is not known to be a fast moving sport, but for a game to last four hours is almost unheard of, especially when that game involved 10-year-olds.
There is story after story about teamâ€™s coming from the underdog position to do great things.
This weekend Starkville's 12-year-old squad became one of those.
After dropping into the loserâ€™s bracket on day two of the Dizzy Dean North State Tournament, Starkville battled its way back to a spot in the championship game.
No matter what the results are for a previous tournament, there's usually another opportunity right around the corner.
That's how the Longhorns Baseball team out of Starkville are treating the United States Sports Specialty Association 11-year-old AA World Series in Gulf Shores, Ala., this week.
The Northeast Mississippi Clippers are looking to take the momentum of winning the United States Sports Specialty Association 12-and-under State AAA Tournament into the World Series this week in McDonough, Ga.
After sweeping five games to win the state tournament in Tupelo, the Clippers are a confident group headed to the Atlanta area for World Series competition.
WEST POINT â€“ It may not have been the result that the Starkville 8-year-old All-Stars wanted to have on Monday, but the weekend proved they had gotten better.
Starkville finished second at the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament to Columbus after having the fifth-place showing it had the year before.
"I'm proud of the boys because it was an improvement," Starkville coach Brent DeWeese said.
The Starkville 12-year olds haven't given up yet.
Starkville rattled off its fifth-straight win as it eliminated Greenwood 14-5 Monday night to stay alive in the Mississippi Dizzy Dean 12-year old North State Championship.
"They won't quit," Starkville coach Leonardo Thompson said. "It seems like the more we play, the stronger they get."
They always say you save the best for last.
For Khristian Carr or â€śKhrisâ€ť as she is better known to her teammates and friends, that statement could not be any more true.
After wrapping the volleyball regular season last fall, the upcoming Starkville High senior is closing out her summer by participating in the 2014 Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Volleyball Game.
The launching of the SEC Network is one month away and the new television opportunity for Southeastern Conference sports seems to be generating more and more interest.
Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin addressed the subject at Monday's Rotary Club meeting at the Starkville Country Club.
Benardrick McKinney continues to rack up preseason recognition.Â
The Mississippi State junior linebacker found his name on two different preseason award watch lists on Monday with the Butkus Award and Rotary Lombardi Award.
The Butkus is given to the top linebacker in college football, while the Lombardi is awarded to the top collegiate lineman or linebacker.
Starkville 8-year-old Brent DeWeese has been satisfied with the defensive play of his team throughout the Dizzy Dean South State Tournament in West Point.
That's why Starkville finds itself in the championship game against Columbus today.