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August 3rd, 2013
It was a good start to the Starkville Academy Invitational Saturday for the home team.
Pitcher Karlie Lockhart hurled a two-hitter and the offense provided enough run support as the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers defeated the Jackson Victors 6-3 in the opening game of the event at the Starkville Sportsplex.
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers have shown signs of playing good softball this season.
There have been some rough spots early and the weaknesses of the Lady Vols have been exposed at times.
The key for Starkville Academy is to keep the bad innings to a minimum and build on the good frames.
If you happen to be watching the cornerbacks at Mississippi State's open practices, you may see a coach doing pushups when he does something wrong.
First-year cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend was running through drills with his defensive backs on Saturday morning, when all of a sudden he drops to the ground and starts doing pushups.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has harped on how young his football team is with just 10 seniors on the rosters.
That may give some young guys an opportunity to step up and get a decent amount of playing time this season.
Ally McDonald burst onto the scene this year with the Mississippi State women's golf team.
The junior will be playing in the U.S. Women's Amateur this upcoming week.Â
The event will be held at the par-71, 6,488-yard Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. McDonald will tee off at 11:50 a.m. Monday and 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday.Â
Starkvilleâ€™s Sportsplex will be bursting with action Saturday as it plays host to the Starkville Academy Softball Invitational.
â€śThis is the second year with the Sportsplex as the venue,â€ť Lady Volunteers coach Kayla Mosley said. â€śThey do a really good job of getting everything together and it is really convenient because it is easy to find.
Dan Mullen was looking for one thing on the first day of practice from his football team.
That one thing was excitement.
The fifth-year Mississippi State head coach saw that Thursday on the practice fields and was pleased with the effort he saw from his Bulldogs.
Starkville Academy's first football practice on Thursday was on the light side as the Volunteers opted to go without pads in favor of simply shorts and helmets.
It's a tactic that certainly played into the fast and upbeat tempo which highlighted the return to the field.
There are times in the midst of athletic competition that one team has to give credit to an opponent.
That's what Starkville Academy softball coach Kayla Mosley chose to do on Thursday afternoon.
After the Lady Volunteers gave up 13 hits and lost a 16-3 decision to the Pillow Academy Lady Mustangs, Mosley said it was an impressive offensive display by the visitors.
The long dog days of summer see many people in the south longing for the new college football season.
For Mississippi State fans, the wait is almost over, at least for practice.
The Bulldogs hit the field today for the first fall practice of the 2013 campaign.
"I'm very excited about this year coming back," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said in July at Southeastern Conference Media Days.