For some, running is a necessary evil. The activity often elicits groans from those forced to do it for various reasons: to keep the waistline in check, doctor’s orders, offseason training for soccer.

Jerry Boatner wasn’t quite sure what to expect in his final year at West Lauderdale with his two most experienced pitchers out with injuries.

When Neshoba Central defeated Pearl River Central earlier this month, the win not only gave the Lady Rockets the 2018 MHSAA Class 5A state championship, it also preserved an undefeated 34-0 season.

Jerry Boatner wasn’t quite sure what to expect in his final year at West Lauderdale with his two most experienced pitchers out with injuries.

When Neshoba Central defeated Pearl River Central earlier this month, the win not only gave the Lady Rockets the 2018 MHSAA Class 5A state championship, it also preserved an undefeated 34-0 season.

When Chad Bond was informed midfielder Joel Hill was named The Meridian Star’s Premier Preps boys soccer player of the year for 2017-18, he wasn’t surprised.

The Lamar girls soccer team is coming off its third-consecutive state championship, and midfielder Darby Gillette had a huge hand in the most recent one.

Bill Smith entered last season with lofty expectations after his Lady Warriors squad won the Class 3A crown in 2017. Smith and Choctaw Central more than exceeded those expectations — they smashed them.

If Lamar School was going to win its third golf state title in a row, it needed Eli Mitchell to play like the Raiders’ No. 1 golfer.

If you’ve watched a Choctaw Central game at some point in the last four years, there’s a good chance that you thought you had a case of double vision upon watching the Lady Warriors play.

It hasn’t taken Ron Norman long to establish his brand of basketball at Meridian High School. In two years, Norman has already made two MHSAA Class 6A state title appearances, and one of his fingers is occupied with a 2017  state championship ring.

For the last four years, Meridian’s Miles Miller has been a model high school student-athlete. And when he graduates this week, not only will he do so with honors, but he’ll do so with a basketball scholarship to the United States Naval Academy.

Ladarious Hardy is described by Newton track coach Ed McGowan as a hard-working individual who never seems to tire.

Those who follow Newton County softball already know the danger Jada McDougle presents when she’s on the basepaths. This year alone, McDougle, a sophomore, stole 32 bases and swatted several inside-the-park home runs.

Around age 5 or 6, Ava Durgin started taking tennis lessons after being inspired to play by her mother, Kristi Durgin.

If you were an opposing offensive lineman or a quarterback last season, it’s safe to say Jamond Gordon’s name probably still instills fear into your heart. 

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One common theme for this year’s Premier Preps baseball team was playoff appearances. Of the 11 players who made the 2018 squad, 10 of them played for a team that made it to at least the second round of the playoffs. All 11 members were on a team this spring that made the playoffs. Here are …

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Players from seven schools comprise this year’s Premier Preps of East Mississippi softball team, which also includes a two-time Mississippi Gatorade softball player of the year and four future college softball players. Through the different athletic seasons, coaches nominate players from the…

The Meridian Star is pleased to announce Joni Taylor as keynote speaker for its May 21 Premier Preps of East Mississippi presented by Mississippi Power banquet and award ceremony.

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This year’s Premier Preps boys basketball team was a mix of old and new faces, but a common theme was how much each of these players meant to their teams individually. Whether it was their next-level talent or leadership that helped them make — and in some cases, go deep into — the postseaso…

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Two Division I commits, three state champions and one eighth grader from five schools comprise the 2018 Premier Preps of East Mississippi girls basketball team. Through the different seasons, coaches nominate players from their teams, and the Star’s sports staff selects from the pool of nomi…

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Nine seniors and two juniors from eight schools comprise this year’s Premier Preps of East Mississippi boys soccer team. Through the different seasons, coaches nominate players from their teams, and the Star’s sports staff selects from the pool of nominees which players will make the squads.…

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Three seniors, three juniors, three sophomores, one freshman and one eighth-grader from seven area schools comprise this year’s Premier Preps of East Mississippi girls soccer team.  Through the different seasons, coaches nominate players from their teams, and the Star’s sports staff selects …

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Twenty-eight players from nine schools comprise this year’s Premier Preps of East Mississippi football team. Through the different seasons, coaches nominate players from their teams, and the Star’s sports staff selects from the pool of nominees which players will make the squads. 

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Sometimes, all-area teams can be flooded with upperclassmen, as the more experienced players are naturally more adjusted to high school competition levels and put up better numbers.

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A common theme for this year’s Premier Preps baseball team: versatility. Numerous players excelled both with bats and with their arms on the mound for their respective teams. Further, a number of underclassmen posted stellar outings this season, ensuring that local teams should remain formid…

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The Meridian Star is pleased to announce Michael Spurlock as keynote speaker for the May 22 Premier Preps of East Mississippi banquet and awards ceremony.

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The 2016-17 basketball season saw 14 area teams receive berths in the postseason, with several getting to at least the third round and three making it all the way to a state championship game.

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While winning a state championship wasn’t a prerequisite for a spot on this year’s Premier Preps basketball team, players from championship-winning squads are peppered throughout the roster.

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Playoff success was one of several themes when examining the makeup of the 2016-17 Premier Preps boys soccer team.

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This year’s Premier Preps girls soccer team had a mix of several different factors in its makeup.