Archive - Jul 31, 2010 - Latest Sports
Less than a week after beginning preparations for the 2010 football season, it's evident there's a buzz around the Starkville High football program.
First-year SHS coach Jamie Mitchell led the Yellowjackets through a nearly two-hour long scrimmage on Saturday, and plenty of eyes captured it all.
"(The crowd) was awesome," said Mitchell. "We want people to come see us. I'm gonna say there were probably 100 fans here today, and for us that's big. That matters to these kids. They know who's over there and we're just tickled to death."
Before he committed to Mississippi State Saturday afternoon, Gulfport High School senior-to-be Jonathan Holder already knew he can hit at Dudy Noble Field.
The 17-year-old prospect that stands 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds impressed scouts and coaches in a home run derby before an all-star game on MSU's campus by hitting two balls deep over the walls of Polk-Dement Stadium.
"Today Mississippi State got one of the best baseball players in the state that has a chance to be a major contributor at the next level," Gulfport head coach Tim Dowdy said.
The first day Scott Stricklin took the job as athletic director, he said Mississippi State needed to dream big.
Heâ€™s now putting his words into something concrete, or maybe brick, but definitely something solid.
â€śMore than anything else, itâ€™s important to have a plan. Weâ€™re in the stages of working to put that plan together,â€ť Stricklin said in an exclusive interview with the Starkville Daily News Tuesday. â€śI hope when weâ€™re done with the plan we can then figure out what the first
steps are to start making that vision a reality."