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Schaefer leads MSU's award winners

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team piled up the Southeastern Conference honors from league coaches Tuesday. MSU coach Vic Schaefer was named SEC co-Coach of the Year as well as one of 10 semifinalists for Naismith National Coach of the Year.



MSU announces pricing plans for new Dudy Noble

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Athletics unveiled pricing information for fans interested in purchasing seats at the new Dudy Noble Field. MSU also announced fans can make premium area deposits toward their seats. The new $40 million project aims to remake the Bulldogs' home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.



MSU men need two wins, help to get SEC bye

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray insists he isn't looking forward. At this point, there's not much else to do. MSU (12-17, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) is mathematically alive for a first-round bye in the SEC tournament next week in Nashville, Tennessee. To accomplish that goal, the Bulldogs will have to turn in a flawless final week of the season. That run will start at 8 tonight when MSU takes on Vanderbilt (SEC Network) at Memorial Gym in Nashville.



Arkansas-Pine Bluff hands MSU its first loss

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Each coach needed only a few words to sum up what happened Tuesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball coach Carlos James insisted his team came to Starkville expecting to win. Mississippi State coach John Cohen bemoaned the fact that the Bulldogs "just didn't compete. Didn't fight for it." With that, the Golden Lions left town with a 3-2 win and saddled the No. 9 Bulldogs with their first loss.



Moody leads Ole Miss past Alabama

Posted yesterday in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Stefan Moody scored 25 points, 22 in the second half, and Ladarius White added 19 to help the Ole Miss men's basketball team beat Alabama 82-74 on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Moody hit 13 of 14 free throws, White made 4 of 5 3-pointers, and Aaron Jones added 10 points to help Ole Miss (20-10, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) record its seventh 20-win in nine years. The victory also snapped a two-game losing skid and bolstered the team's resume for the NCAA tournament.


Rankin has Aberdeen boys focused on state title

Posted yesterday 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 yesterday 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.



Carouthers' 40-point night sparks Aberdeen

Posted 3/3/2015 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The knock on Marcus Carouthers has been he can't shoot. Naysayers also have said the Aberdeen High School senior is an "average" post player. If you subscribe to either of those notions, be sure not to tell Carouthers you feel that way because he will make you pay. It might not be right away, but Carouthers will smile and file your comment away. Come game time, he will dissect you from inside and outside and on the fast break to make you pay.



Vivians, Faleru lead list for state's top award

Posted 3/3/2015 in College Sports

Victoria Vivians already has played a major role in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's record-breaking season. On Monday, the 6-foot-1 guard from Carthage set an individual first when she was named the first freshman finalist for the Gillom Award, which goes to the best women's college basketball player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss senior forward Tia Faleru and Southern Mississippi senior forward Tamara Jones also were selected as finalists in a vote of statewide media who cover college basketball. The award is named after former Ole Miss great Peggie Gillom-Granderson.



Nineteen Bulldogs will work out at Pro Day

Posted 3/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't shy about sharing his opinion about the NFL Scouting Combine. The 2012 winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back, Banks, by his own admission, turned in a disappointing performance at the Combine two months after his final season with the Mississippi State football team.



Ole Miss begins spring football today

Posted 3/3/2015 in College Sports

Coming off a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the inaugural New Year's Six, the Ole Miss football team begins spring practice today looking to continue its climb into the upper echelon. Hugh Freeze is the first Ole Miss coach to lead his teams to bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons at the helm, and the Rebels have increased their win total each year under him.



MSU baseball team moves up in polls; Game time today changed

Posted 3/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team has won its first 13 games to open the season. Outside observers are taking notice.



MSU baseball complete another weekend sweep

Posted 3/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Vance Tatum capped a weekend of brilliant pitching for the No. 13 Mississippi State baseball team. Tatum allowed two hits eight-plus innings Sunday as MSU completed its third-straight, four-game weekend series sweep with a 6-2 win against Samford at Dudy Noble Field.



Insell makes Rebels' NCAA case

Posted 3/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell couldn't leave town Sunday without a rant. The Ole Miss women's basketball coach didn't go off on the official who issued him a technical foul in the second half of his team's 55-47 loss to No. 11 Mississippi State before a record crowd of 7,326 at Humphrey Coliseum. Insell also didn't downplay his team's effort and credited the Bulldogs for their performance and a rousing atmosphere in the state's biggest rivalry.



Signs of growth everywhere for MSU in record win

Posted 3/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The signs of growth were everywhere. From the fact that the Mississippi State women's basketball team battled back from another slow start to the fact that a single-game program record crowd of 7,326 turned out at Humphrey Coliseum, the Bulldogs had every reason to celebrate another special day in a history-making season.



MSU softball closes solid weekend in Florida

Posted 3/2/2015 in College Sports

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After having its schedule shifted due to a Saturday washout, the Mississippi State softball team defeated Miami University and No. 23 Notre Dame on Sunday at Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.



West Lowndes bows out of girls basketball playoffs

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

Pressure defenses are designed to give teams plenty of chances to create separation.



Starkville girls return to Big House

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kristie Williams, welcome to the "Big House."



Starkville boys top Murrah to reach Class 6A quarterfinal round

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

All year long, the Starkville Yellow Jackets have had one thing on their mind - getting to Jackson and competing for a state championship.



Lady Falcons fall in Class 6A playoffs

Posted 2/28/2015 in High School Sports

The Hernando High School girls' basketball team had a narrow glimmer of hope of when it cut Columbus' lead to 10 by halftime on Friday night.



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