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New Hope sweeps West Lowndes in basketball

Posted 12/12/2017 in High School Sports

New Hope High School boys' basketball coach Drew McBrayer hopes his team will learn how to win close games this season.


A Dispatch Special Report: Lack of stability offers challenge for CMSD athletics

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

While 11 years have passed since his graduation, Tyson Lee remains passionate about his high school alma mater, Columbus High.


MSU men improve to 8-0

Posted 12/9/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland feels like it is opening day all over again. Howland's team will be at full force Tuesday when the Bulldogs play on the road for the first time in a nationally televised game at No. 17 Cincinnati (6 p.m., ESPN2).


EMCC dedicates championship to Clemons

Posted 12/5/2017 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens calls the death of one of his players the most difficult thing he has encountered in a long coaching career.


EMCC remembers Clemons in victory

Posted 12/4/2017 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- One of East Mississippi Community College's best victories Sunday was dedicated to the memory of a fallen player. Sophomore defensive lineman Tyone Clemons was killed in an automobile accident two weeks ago in Jones County. The final weeks of bowl practice and the Mississippi Bowl were played in his memory.


EMCC wins fourth national title

Posted 12/4/2017 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Brandon Rodgers looked like he was in his element for a long time Sunday. Rodgers was barking out orders and his teammates were listening carefully for where to stand and where to look for a series of team photos.


Scott Jr. realizes expectations, leads EMCC to championship

Posted 12/4/2017 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- When Lindsey Scott Jr. decided in August to leave LSU for a new junior college football home, one thing stood out about East Mississippi Community College.


Walters column: Starkville poised for big 2018

Posted 12/3/2017 in High School Sports

For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.


No. 1 EMCC plays for national title today

Posted 12/2/2017 in College Sports

Since it has been 36 months without a football national championship, players and coaches are ready to get to work at East Mississippi Community College.


No. 1 EMCC set to arrive in Perkinston for Mississippi Bowl

Posted 11/30/2017 in College Sports

When the calendar hits December, it usually means the East Mississippi Community College football team is ready to play for a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship.


McCowan has big night in Jackson

Posted 11/30/2017 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer really enjoyed Wednesday night. There were a lot of numbers that made post-game box score notations last longer than usual.


Local teams dominate state title matchups

Posted 11/30/2017 in Local Columns

What started in the long, summer hours of July will end this weekend at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is ready to close the 2017 football season with six state championship games on Friday and Saturday in Oxford.


Columbus sweeps Noxubee County in basketball doubleheader

Posted 11/29/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior Casey Smith had a feeling it might be his night when he hit his first 3-pointer. When his second 3-pointer hit the iron, bounced in the air, hit the iron again, bounced high one more time, bounced off the glass, and then rolled for a few seconds before finding home, he knew for sure.


Final set of questions for state title games

Posted 11/29/2017 in High School Sports

In July, we asked several questions prior to the prep football season. Twenty weeks have passed and we are set for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State championship weekend.


Brownlee helps balance West Point attack

Posted 11/28/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless feels a little twinge when his team passes the football. Chambless isn't worried about the outcome of the play because his top-ranked team is strong in the passing game. Instead, it is the veteran coach's dislike of passing the ball in general that causes the reaction.


Quinndary Weatherspoon's 3-pointer lifts MSU

Posted 11/27/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues to languish at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference 3-point statistics, Quinndary Weatherspoon hit the one that mattered Sunday afternoon. Weatherspoon's off-balanced 3-pointer from the left side of the lane with 0.7 seconds remaining lifted MSU past Jacksonville State 59-56 at Humphrey Coliseum.


Defense continues dominance for West Point

Posted 11/26/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior defensive back Tyler Rupert had been waiting patiently for his first two-interception game. The time finally arrived Friday night at Hamblin Stadium.


Brownlee's receiving complements ground game

Posted 11/26/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School coach Chris Chambless doesn't call it "opening up the playbook." However, he knows his squad has talent and lots of options on offense.


Brown sets record in Ole Miss' victory

Posted 11/24/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It took almost two full seasons before Starkville native A.J. Brown played a collegiate game at Davis Wade Stadium. The Ole Miss sophomore wide receiver made up for lost time Thursday night.


Defense has helped pave way for West Point to reach North State title game

Posted 11/24/2017 in High School Sports

The mind-set was established early. "From the beginning of the season, it has been about pride," West Point senior lineman Terence Cherry said. "We won the championship (in 2016) and that made us want another one. You can really establish yourself as being the best ever by winning two championships. For the seniors, this is very important to us."



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