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Woods officially takes over at Starkville High

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's now official.



Cohen, Bulldogs look for answers after 2015 season

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's baseball team, the questions about next season's team started before MSU's disappointing 2014 season ended.



New Hope standout Johnson signs with East Tennessee State

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

It's hard to be patient when you're traveling trying to find the right fit.



Shaw picks up pace in Limited Late Model race

Posted 5/21/2015 in Local Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- Like a high-level ball player, Limited Late Model driver Jeremy Shaw was getting by on ability.



Alabama, Southern Mississippi win in conference tournaments

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Will Haynie's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Alabama beat Missouri 4-3 Thursday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.



West Lowndes' Crawford signs baseball offer with Tougaloo

Posted 5/21/2015 in High School Sports

Eric Crawford II had worked too hard in pursuit of his dream to play college baseball not to continue to believe.



MSU men's basketball adds four-star prospect Holman

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The transformation of Mississippi State's basketball program under new coach Ben Howland continues.



Excitement abounds as Starkville HIgh is set to name Woods new coach

Posted 5/21/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Around the Starkville High School football program, the news traveled fast Thursday afternoon.



WALTERS: Falcons looking ahead to big football season

Posted 5/21/2015 in High School Sports



Columbus High moving to fill coaching vacancies

Posted 5/21/2015 in High School Sports

The Columbus Municipal School District is moving ahead with plans to fill several coaching vacancies at Columbus High School.



Schaefer, Insell discuss proposed rule changes for women's game

Posted 5/20/2015 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer always is prepared to coach better and to teach better. Matt Insell's teams are going to continue to play defense and a full-court trapping style. As much as the Mississippi State and Ole Miss women's basketball coaches like to have time to study and to adjust to changes in their game, they are ready for a host of changes that could be enacted next month when the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel meets for a conference call June 8. That's when that panel will discuss rules changes that were recommended earlier this month by the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee.



Southern Miss baseball team riding 13-game winning streak

Posted 5/20/2015 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Connor Barron grew up just a few miles from Southern Mississippi, watching in high school as the Golden Eagles went to the NCAA tournament year after year, even advancing to the College World Series in 2009. By the time he arrived on campus, he figured making the postseason was a birthright in Hattiesburg. It's not that easy.



Bramblett leads Alabama past Ole Miss

Posted 5/20/2015 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Sophomore right-hander Geoffrey Bramblett scattered nine hits in a complete-game effort Tuesday morning to lead the 11th-seeded Alabama baseball team to a 6-1 win against sixth-seeded Ole Miss in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. With the win, Alabama (31-26) advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and will take on third-seeded Texas A&M at 9:30 a.m. today (SEC Network). Ole Miss (30-26) will wait to see about a possible destination for the NCAA tournament. The field will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday (ESPNU).


After another regional appearance, time for MSU softball to take next step

Posted 5/20/2015 in Local Columns

On the ride home from the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional, one had to think long and hard for the right words to sum up the Mississippi State softball team's season. The Bulldogs finished 36-21 after going 1-2 in the regional. Playing as the No. 3 seed, MSU beat No. 4 seed Weber State and dropped two hard-fought games to No. 2 seed Baylor.


New Hope's Godfrey hopes to build on home run

Posted 5/19/2015 in High School Sports

Lee Boyd is fond of saying the New Hope High School baseball team always has to have one guy step up. Will Godfrey took that notion to heart last week in one of the Trojans' biggest moments of the season. Locked in a scoreless tie with Oxford in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series, Godfrey turned on a fastball middle in and smacked it over the left-field fence to lift New Hope to a 1-0 walk-off victory. The win helped New Hope force a winner-take-all Game 3 in Oxford that originally was scheduled for Friday, but rain forced it to be delayed until Saturday. In Game 3, Oxford earned a 10-3 victory that ended New Hope's season and its quest for a third-straight Class 5A championship.



Victory Christian's Sharp will play basketball at Blue Mountain

Posted 5/19/2015 in High School Sports

Brent Harris didn't want Anthony Sharp to become complacent. With multi-sport standouts Landon Ellis and Tyler Jones set to graduate from Victory Christian Academy, Harris knew no other way to get his point across to Sharp than to challenge the rising sophomore.



West Point High's Lashley backs off commitment to MSU

Posted 5/19/2015 in College Sports

WEST POINT -- In the span of two hours Monday night, Mississippi State's football program landed one of the nation's hottest high school prospects and then lost him. Scott Lashley, a four-star prospect from West Point High School, committed to the Bulldogs at approximately 6 p.m. Monday after making an unofficial visit to MSU. He is believed to have made his only public comments about his decision moments later, when a message on his personal Twitter account said, "Thanks to all the schools who recruited me, but I am committing to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs." By 8 p.m., that message had been deleted. Those closest to Lashley said the 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle had backed off his commitment.



MSU's Gridley, Heck honored

Posted 5/19/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's baseball team had its share of disappointments on the field this season. Off the field, one Bulldog added to an impressive legacy. Senior Seth Heck, a junior college transfer from Tacoma (Washington) Community College, was named the Southeastern Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball for the second consecutive season. This season, Heck started 27 games at shortstop and 21 games at third base.



Tulane cancels football game vs. MSU in 2016

Posted 5/19/2015 in College Sports

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin suddenly has work to do to finish MSU's 2016 football schedule. A slate that originally looked finalized when MSU announced a home-and-home deal with BYU in March now has a hole in Week 3, as Tulane informed MSU that it is canceling the Sept. 24, 2016, game in Starkville between the teams.



EMCC baseball players honored

Posted 5/19/2015 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Freshman David Pimentel was one of six members of the East Mississippi Community College baseball team to receive Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State honors on Monday.



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