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April 22nd, 2014
PEARL â€“ Wes Rea needed something good to happen when he stepped to the plate with two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning.
The Mississippi State junior first baseman delivered with a two-run double down the third base line to give the Bulldogs a lead. A lead they never surrendered.
Games cancelled due to weather conditions are all but a thing of the past for Starkville High.
When the football, soccer, and track teams as well as the band take to its respective fields and oval, it will be on a brand new surface and it isÂ one that makes athletic director Dr.Â Stan Miller extremely proud.
Three coaches, an athletic director and a band director sat around a table in the conference room at Starkville High School Tuesday morning with smiles on their faces.
While considering what the new turf and track surface being installed at Yellowjacket Stadium means to the athletic program, they have a reason to be excited about what's coming.
The Starkville Yellowjackets broke the final huddle on the first day of spring practice Monday with the words "hard work."
According to head coach Jamie Mitchell, the Jackets can't afford to approach each day any other way.
Starkville has 20 total practices this spring and Mitchell plans to use each one wisely.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss will renew its rivalry on the baseball diamond again today.
The No. 20 Bulldogs (26-15) and the No. 12 Rebels (30-11) meet at Trustmark Park in Pearl tonight in the Governor's Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at the home of the Mississippi Braves.
MABEN â€“ A productive sixth inning filled with five runs propelled the East Webster Wolverines to an 8-2 victory over the visiting Bruce Trojans.
Mississippi State will not be punished over alleged illicit benefits that some players were provided with that was first reported by Yahoo! Sports last year.
A source close to the situation said the NCAA cleared the matter on MSU's end.
However, Mississippi State officials didn't have an official comment on the situation and the NCAA does not comment on investigative matters.Â
Tennis season is beginning the downhill stretch for the Starkville Academy Volunteers.
As the regular season winds down, coach Lynn Moorehead is anticipating getting in some good court time for her athletes.
â€śI am looking forward to getting more experience for my players,â€ť Moorehead said. â€śThis gets them in a competitive situation so they get their minds ready for district.â€ť
It worked in football so the French Camp Panthers decided to try it in another sport.
French Camp coach Nathan Wright saw how playing a tough non-region schedule helped his football team last fall. He thought the same plan might benefit the baseball team.
Wright was right.
The final four weekends of the Southeastern Conference baseball season promises to be fun.
Last season saw Vanderbilt and LSU run away with both the SEC East and West, respectively, with the Commodores winning the entire league.