April 26th, 2015
De'Runnya Wilson was standing on the sideline for many days of Mississippi State's spring practice.
He was nursing a knee injury and for the most part wasn't able to participate in drills with the Bulldogs this spring, but he showed during the Maroon and White Game that it didn't matter.
Luke Templeton was just trying to do his job on the mound for Starkville Academy.
It turned out to be some special.
On Thursday night in the second game of a doubleheader against Pillow Academy, Templeton tossed a five-inning perfect game.
Templeton wanted to give his best effort for the Volunteers and as the game progressed, he saw that he was on the way to an outing to remember.
EUPORA â€“ Coach Michael Knight saw his Eupora Eagles perform well in all phases of the game in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
In a doubleheader at home last Friday, the Eagles defeated H.W. Byers 9-0 and 12-0.
Knight said it's going to take the same effort on offense, defense and on the mound to get past Mantachie in the second round that begins Monday at home against Mantachie.
Mississippi State didn't have to worry about the tight end position the last two seasons.
Malcolm Johnson played as a true freshman and was a regular in the starting lineup for the Bulldogs in his final two falls in Starkville.
He has since moved on, and the Bulldogs have to not only replace a player, but also a leader.
There comes a time when all must hang up their cleats and call it a day.Â
For me that time has come. In this case, it's hanging up the pen and putting away the computer.
The final out has been called, the buzzer has sounded, the whistle has been blown, the story has been written and my three year ride with the Starkville Daily News has come to an end.
Ben Howland was hired by Mississippi State a little over a month ago and he has been hard at it since.
Howland was out of coaching the last two seasons after being fired by UCLA at the end of the of the 2012-13 season, but MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin scooped him up after letting Rick Ray go.
Colbey Rivers of Starkville and Riev Wood of Grenada were locked into quite a pitcher's duel for four innings in their Class 6A postseason clash on Friday night.
The only run given up during that span was in the third by Wood when the Yellowjackets were able to score without the help of a base hit.
The Mississippi State softball team will be stepping out of the Southeastern Conference for a road series this weekend.
That doesn't mean it is any less important for coach Vann Stuedeman and her team.
The Bulldogs would like to get as close to the 40-win mark as possible before the start of postseason play and two games this weekend at Georgia Southern are important in that quest.
The Starkville Yellowjackets opened up their new track Friday and right away put it to good use with Class 6A Regional Meet preparations.
The city of Starkville will be able to take the next step in a long-dormant redevelopment plan for a portion of Highway 12, thanks to recently-appropriated funding from the Mississippi legislature.