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Starkville Academy will try to clinch district title

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson won't be in a hurry today. The Starkville Academy football coach will begin his Thursday like every other day. He'll drink plenty of coffee and sweet tea to start the day. Nicholson will have lunch with some of the other coaches at the school and then he will prepare for another practice that will include a lot of the same things the Volunteers do every week.

Brooks leads Caledonia back to playoffs

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks has to think for a few seconds. Now in her 11th season as coach of the Caledonia High School volleyball team, Brooks needs a moment to reflect back on her first season as coach at the school. Brooks said earlier this year she had "some of the best times of my life" when she played volleyball at the Mississippi University for Women from 1996-2000, so she understands the role coaches can play in creating lifelong memories and opportunities for their student-athletes.

Calvert fuels West Point's ground assault

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Calvert isn't into bragging rights. That doesn't mean the West Point High School senior running back doesn't enjoy a little friendly competition with backfield mates and classmates Marcus Murphy and Nate Montgomery.

 

Couch wants to make most of his chances at WR

Posted earlier today in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Statistically, the Mississippi State football team ranked in the top half in the Southeastern Conference last week prior to its game against BYU.

 

 

Williams emerges as force for Starkville High's defense

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team has plenty of go-to players. Coach Chris Jones doesn't hesitate to call on any of those playmakers on offense. On the other side of the football, Starkville defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson has one player he looks to when he needs a play to be made. In those cases, Thompson looks to middle linebacker Jacob Williams and says "stop the bleeding."

 

 

Kentucky top pick in SEC again

Posted earlier today in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks. Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters against the talented, but young Wildcats.

 

EMCC has competition for MACJC title

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

The tide had been building. Members of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) had been waiting to see when -- or if -- someone would knock the East Mississippi Community College football team from the top perch.

 

Caledonia opens volleyball playoffs at New Albany

Posted 10/17/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- It's OK. Go ahead. If members of the Caledonia High School volleyball team can say they're short and their overall height leaves a little be desired, what's stopping you from joining in and calling the Lady Confederates short, too?

 

 

Collier, Victory Christian end regular season on positive note

Posted 10/17/2017 in High School Sports

Variety is Kenny Collier's specialty.

 

Walters column: Region races in clear focus as regular season winds down

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

With our first official burst of fall weather ongoing, that means the prep football season is beginning to wind down.

 

No. 7 EMCC looks to regroup against Coahoma C.C. for Homecoming

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

While the East Mississippi Community College football team had to feel dejected Thursday night, spirits had to be lifted slightly Tuesday.

 

 

Hudson column: Howland looks for experience to pay dividends this season

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

At the lowest of times, it was a statement of the unfortunate fact; in others, it was reason for optimism for the future. In either case, every time Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said it -- and he said it often -- it was true.

 

 

Walk-on Wednesday: O'Connor wins clothing battle on most Saturdays

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As soon as Logan Burnett heard the word, 'interesting,' he pulled out his phone and went to Instagram.

 

 

Carlyle wants Falcons to believe hype entering for 2017-18 season

Posted 10/17/2017 in High School Sports

Believe the hype. Anthony Carlyle is accustomed to the noise that accompanies events like Purple Madness, the season-opening spectacle for the Columbus High School basketball teams.

 

MSU women make history before playing a minute

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season. That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

 

Fields helps push New Hope into playoffs

Posted 10/17/2017 in High School Sports

Kyree Fields hoped Friday was the night. After limping off the field after making a catch against Caledonia on Sept. 22, Fields did everything he could in the next two weeks to rehabilitate his sprained left ankle. Still, he wasn't sure if he would be at 100 percent last week against Leake Central.

 

 

MSU expects to face versatile threat in Kentucky QB

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of all defensive coordinators qualified to discuss quarterbacks who are difficult to sack, Todd Grantham has to be near the top of that list.

 

 

Williams capable of being MSU's workhorse RB

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless knows Aeris Williams' durability better than most. The West Point High School football coach saw Williams work at practice on a daily basis. He also watched Williams carry the football 22 carries per game as a junior and a senior.

 

 

Ole Miss, Nutt resolve lawsuit

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

Ole Miss and former football coach Houston Nutt say they have reached an agreement to resolve Nutt's lawsuit against the school.

 

Balance on offense fuels MSU's victory against BYU

Posted 10/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With Elgton Jenkins in front of him and Aeris Williams walling off a defender to his right, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald took off down the right side.

 

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