Starkville Academy athletics

Taylor Arnold of Starkville Academy takes his lead off second base during a game last season.

Chase Nicholson saw the improvement he wanted to see at Starkville Academy in his first year as athletic director.

That was his vision when he took over the program and it has happened across the board.

The best example of that in Nicholson’s mind was in baseball.

Even though the Volunteers had been a regular visitor to the playoffs, Nicholson said they took the next step last season by reaching the semifinals of the AAA State playoffs.

He credits the work of coach Thomas Berkery for “raising the bar higher and continue to push higher.”

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