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New Hope boys win home finale

Posted yesterday 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.

 

Starkville boys win region title

Posted 2/21/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Josh Skinner breaks down the formula for the boys basketball team's success at home this season as a three-step process. "It starts with being excited and ready at the tip," Skinner said. "Then all five guys on the floor play some great defense. Everybody is active and we get some easy steals and get the other team rattled a little bit."

 

MSU softball squeezes past Southeastern Louisiana

Posted 2/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the sixth inning, Cassady Knudsen found herself in a tight spot.

 

Prep basketball playoffs resume tonight

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith knows his team can deliver a better effort than it gave Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament.

 

MSU softball faces Southeastern Louisiana, Penn State

Posted 2/18/2015 in College Sports

A challenging non-conference schedule has helped pave the way for the Mississippi State softball team to make three straight NCAA regional tournament appearances.

 

Fast start pushes Starkville boys past Columbus

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Early in the second quarter, Starkville High School senior Raphael Leonard leaped through the air, snagged a loose basketball, and threw it over his back to a waiting teammate. Seconds later, the improbable save led to an easy basket. Leonard made several similar catches in a standout career at wide receiver for the school's football team. On Tuesday night, he was clearing a baseline instead of a goal line, but his effort epitomized the grit and determination of all of his teammates. A lightning-fast start carried Starkville past Columbus 62-49 in an opening-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament being at Starkville High.

 

Jones sparks Starkville High girls

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore center Kelsey Jones knew her team needed a lift Tuesday night. Jones stepped up and provided it. Scoring nine points in a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, Jones helped Starkville work its way past Madison Central 47-28 in an opening-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament Tuesday night at Starkville High.

 

Columbus High girls roll to victory to set up meeting with Starkville

Posted 2/18/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew her team was capable of winning its opening game in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament. Still, there is no way she could have envisioned victory happening the way it did. Down three points in the final minute of the second half, Columbus went on a 27-0 run to defeat Northwest Rankin 69-39 in the tournament's opening game Tuesday at the Starkville High.

 

Walters Column: Mitchell building Starkville football into annual contender

Posted 2/14/2015 in High School Sports

Last Wednesday, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell looked like a tired man.

 

MSU softball slips past Louisiana Tech

Posted 2/12/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE --Mississippi State third baseman Caroline Seitz joked that she might wear Katie Anne Bailey's batting helmet and swing her bat for the rest of the weekend.

 

Starkville Academy's McGee going to Meridian C.C.

Posted 2/12/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Jody Britt took over the Starkville Academy baseball program two years ago, he knew a talented junior class would help the Volunteers turn the corner. After a season together, a talented senior class is ready to carry Starkville Academy to an elite level in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. At the same time, these Volunteers are preparing for the next level.

 

Strong pitching leads MSU softball to 4-0 start

Posted 2/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has made her name nationally known as a pitching expert. When Stuedeman was hired four seasons ago to revitalize the program, it was easy to assume going to the next level would involve getting a game-changing pitcher.

 

Starkville Academy's Arnold signs with Gulf Coast C.C.

Posted 2/5/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy baseball player Harper Arnold knows a good opportunity when he sees it.

 

EMCC, ICC add football signees

Posted 2/5/2015 in College Sports

Minutes after East Mississippi Community College won the Mississippi Bowl and captured its third National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in football, coach Buddy Stephens was looking ahead to the 2015 season.

 

MSU softball wins season opener

Posted 2/5/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball players feel like they will be a part of a much better offensive team this season. So far, so good.

 

Six more signees add to Noxubee County tradition

Posted 2/5/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Some coaches stop coaching their players after the final game of their senior seasons. Noxubee County High School coach Tyrone Shorter isn't like some coaches.

 

Division I signees lead Starkville signing group

Posted 2/5/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior wide receiver Raphael Leonard said there were a number of reasons for choosing to play senior college ball at Florida Atlantic.

 

West Point girls, New Hope boys split doubleheader

Posted 2/4/2015 in High School Sports

Early in the fourth quarter, New Hope High School senior Jaylon Bardley and his teammates had seen enough. "We knew we had to pick it up or we were going to lose the game," Bardley said. "On defense, we were bad for a long time. We didn't play with the defensive intensity we needed to until the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, we were really good." Blowing open a tight game in the final six minutes, the New Hope boys basketball team defeated West Point 72-57 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 matchup Tuesday night in Columbus.

 

 

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