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May 27th, 2015
Ricky Woods stood in front of a large crowd of patrons, administrators and media on Tuesday for the first time back in Mississippi high school football in nearly 10 years.
The coach who has already forever made his mark in the state is back for one last round.
This year's Women's College World Series will almost be like a Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Of the eight teams competing in the event in Oklahoma City, Okla., this weekend, five are from the SEC â€“ Florida, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn and Alabama.
"With five teams in the Word Series, it's the best league in the country," MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman said.Â
Starkville High Schoolâ€™s long tradition of success includes a handful of State Championships including one just two years ago under Jamie Mitchell but more could be on the way.
The Yellowjackets officially added a coach on Tuesday that has no idea what it means to lose and he walks into an ideal situation with a proven winner like Starkville.
Milton Smith is Starkville through and through.
The new Starkville High School Athletic Director won a state title in football and baseball as a player with the Yellowjackets in 1984 and 1986 respectively.
After high school, he stayed in Oktibbeha County and attended Mississippi State where he played football for the Bulldogs.
Tuesday was not just about announcing a new football coach and new athletic director at Starkville High School.
It was treated more like a homecoming, and the Yellowjackets sure know how to throw a party.
Few teams had the fire power of an offense mixed in with suffocating defense quite like Starkville High School in 2014.
The Yellowjackets cruised through their regular season before slipping up late against South Panola in the Class 6A North State championship, and a game away from playing for it all.
It was a challenging spring for East Webster football coach Doug Wilson.
Instead of having his full team out in practice, he was missing 20 players. The reason was a good one.
The Wolverine baseball team won the Class 2A State championship this past Saturday and there were 20 football players who had a hand in the title run.
Tyler Barnes became an example of what can happen when summer baseball is taken seriously.
Barnes earned a spot on the field for the Starkville Yellowjackets and had an All-Star caliber senior season.
He led the Jackets with 31 hits, nine doubles and 27 RBI, was second on the team with a .344 batting average and made the NEMCABB All-Star Game roster.
It was only human nature for East Webster head coach Wes Johnson to be slightly concerned coming into Saturdayâ€™s winner-take-all state championship game in Class 2A.
The long-time coach had probably seen it before. A young team lets an emotional loss linger and affect its play moving forward.
Stephen Edwards didn't become the head football coach of the Eupora Eagles to change everything.
Eupora was successful during the tenure of Junior Graham and Edwards doesn't anticipate doing very much different.
Spring practice was run pretty much the same for the Eagles, but with the youth of the squad, new faces do exist.