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Behind Brown, Starkville baseball rolls past West Point

Posted 3/27/2015 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE - Starkville High baseball coach Travis Garner knows his team's key to success this season.


MSU's RPI still high as No. 3 Florida prepares to visit

Posted 3/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - This past weekend, the Mississippi State softball team lost a Southeastern Conference series to arch-rival Ole Miss and subsequently its first national ranking in six seasons.


Oxford shuts out New Hope in prep baseball action

Posted 3/25/2015 in High School Sports

Oxford High School baseball coach Chris Baughman talked about the importance of treating all nine region games equal.


MSU softball faces in-state rival Ole Miss

Posted 3/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has spent the past six seasons trying to earn another national ranking in softball.


Seniors leading way for New Hope baseball

Posted 3/17/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior first baseman Wells Davis had been looking forward to the opportunity to become a team leader. "The seniors have really accepted the leadership role in everything we do," Davis said. "For me, it's like a dream come true because we have been waiting on this moment. I have always looked forward to this. There is a lot of tradition around here, so we aren't going to take the expectations of being a leader lightly."


MSU softball earns walk-off victory

Posted 3/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had a surprise visitor to her office Sunday morning. Sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood dropped by and admitted a few gaps in her mental outlook Saturday in a loss to No. 19 Texas A&M. "She told me she was too focused on the end result and lost track of the process," Stuedeman said. "She told me she was ready to pitch again (Sunday) and that she would be ready to deliver a stronger performance because she was going to focus on the process."


MSU carries confidence into softball series with Texas A&M

Posted 3/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's Katie Anne Bailey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, she only wanted one thing.


Walters: Yellow Jackets in familiar position

Posted 3/11/2015 in High School Sports

Another March finds the Starkville High School boys basketball team in a familiar spot.


Bailey's home run lifts MSU past No. 8 Georgia

Posted 3/9/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior softball player Kayla Winkfield frequently talks about her team's motto: "Win the late innings." The Bulldogs did just that Sunday at the MSU Softball Field. Sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey hit a game-winning home run in the bottom half of the ninth inning to lift MSU to an 8-7 win against No. 8 Georgia in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series.


MSU men's basketball wins on Senior Day

Posted 3/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On Mississippi State's senior day, a junior stole the show.


Starkville boys pack state championship dreams for Jackson

Posted 3/5/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Raphael Leonard is enjoying his team's run.


MSU softball knocks off Kennesaw State in mid-week action

Posted 3/5/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey has talked frequently about the Mississippi State softball team's new aggressive mentality on offense.


Starkville girls make long-awaited return to Jackson

Posted 3/5/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams claims she rarely feels pressure or nervousness.


Rankin has Aberdeen boys focused on state title

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

In the town of Aberdeen, basketball is a way of life. These days, the living is good. The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team is back in the running for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state championship. The Bulldogs (24-6) already have qualified for the Jackson proceedings and are three wins away from a title.


MSU softball looks to build on strong weekend

Posted 3/4/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Van Stuedeman felt like her squad was at a crossroads Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida. Fortunately for the fourth-year coach, junior shortstop Kayla Winkfield -- one of the team's most vocal leaders -- sensed the same thing.


Veteran coaches reflect on Ole Miss-MSU rivalry

Posted 2/28/2015 in College Sports

It has been more than 18 years since Van Chancellor last coached in an Ole Miss-Mississippi State women's basketball game.


MSU softball set for Citrus Classic

Posted 2/26/2015 in College Sports

Pardon Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman if she goes around looking for a night light or two this weekend.


New Hope boys win home finale

Posted 2/25/2015 in High School Sports

Shemar Johnson downplayed his emotions Tuesday night. Playing in front of a packed New Hope High School student section for the final time, Johnson jammed home two monster dunks for old times sake.


MSU softball team sweeps Penn State

Posted 2/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Samantha Ricketts started earning her keep very early as the new hitting coach for the Mississippi State softball team. Ricketts has instilled a positive attitude and a new belief system at the plate. Both have paid dividends early as MSU is off to a 12-1 start after a 9-3, 10-5 doubleheader sweep of Big Ten Conference foe Penn State on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.


Starkville girls beat Columbus for third time to take region crown

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams commonly refers to the season as a marathon instead of a sprint. Friday night had to feel like two marathons. For the third time this season, Starkville was taken to the brink by archrival Columbus. Again, the Lady Jackets survived.



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