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Trufant has been busy in first six months at The W

Posted earlier today in College Sports

The last six months have been a whirlwind for Jason Trufant. Whether it has been hiring coaches, doing paperwork, unveiling a new athletic logo, compiling manuals, or traveling throughout the Golden Triangle, the new director of athletics at Mississippi University for Women has had plenty to do to increase awareness about the school's plan to bring back women's intercollegiate athletics and to introduce men's sports for the 2017-18 school year.

Defense comes up big for West Point

Posted earlier today in Local Columns

West Point High School football players one after another said the same thing in the preseason interviews in August. The buzz words were "pride" and "tradition." The phrases included "long time coming" and "ready to win state."

 

Coaches name MSU's Ross to All-SEC team

Posted earlier today in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A day after accepting an invitation to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, Mississippi State senior wide receiver Fred Ross was named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team by the league's coaches, the league announced Tuesday. Ross is the 22nd player to earn All-SEC Coaches' honors under MSU coach Dan Mullen.

 

 

Murphy, Gay leads locals on MAC All-State teams

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

West Point High School junior Marcus Murphy was named Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, and Starkville High senior linebacker Willie Gay was named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Murphy and Gay are two of 22 local players recognized by the MAC on its Class 1A-6A All-State teams.

 

 

Washington could be toughest test for Alabama's defense

Posted earlier today in College Sports

Alabama's stingy defense will face perhaps its toughest test against Jake Browning and Washington. The top-ranked Crimson Tide, fresh from facing teams with pedestrian passing games, will play the Huskies Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. That's where Alabama (13-0) just dispatched Florida 54-16 in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

 

It's all in attitude for West Point

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Continuity is the life blood of most championship programs. While coaches are fond of talking about how great teams have great players, they often don't discuss the importance of having leaders who understand what it take to make a program special. It doesn't matter if you call it a mind-set or an identity. Championship programs need leaders who can establish a foundation, get their players to buy into that concept, and attack it every day with a relentlessness that dares someone -- anyone -- to stop them.

MSU women climb to program-best No. 5 in AP poll

Posted yesterday in College Sports

Coaches savor every win. That's why it's difficult for Vic Schaefer to pick one he would call the best, even if his Mississippi State women's basketball team has played only eight games. The dilemma Schaefer faces is understandable considering MSU (8-0) has played seven games away from the comfortable confines of Humphrey Coliseum. The game MSU did play at home -- a 79-68 victory against then-No. 8 Texas -- ranks with a victory against Oregon in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

Pickens Academy's Colvin will play softball at ICC

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Abigail Colvin might be a little hard on herself. But the Pickens Academy senior has a knack for picking out the right memory to illustrate how much she has matured as a softball player since she was a sixth-grader.

 

EMCC football team finishes No. 2 in nation

Posted yesterday in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team almost climbed back to the top of the junior college mountain this season. Instead, the Lions finished second nationally in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings released Monday. It is EMCC's first final ranking of No. 2. Under Buddy Stephens, EMCC won the NJCAA national championship in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The Lions have finished in the top 10 in seven of Stephens' nine seasons as coach at the school.

 

 

Ross, Clayborn will play in All-Star games

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two Mississippi State football players will play in postseason All-Star games. Wide receiver Fred Ross accepted an invitation to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, and center Jamaal Clayborn will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

 

 

Howland, MSU men will take advantage of time off

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland is excited about the next week and a half. The Bulldogs won't play any games while the players study for final exams that run through Friday. After giving his team Monday and Tuesday off, Howland will get MSU back on the court for practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

 

EMCC wins Mississippi Bowl

Posted 12/5/2016 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team only had one thing it could control Sunday. No. 3 EMCC took care of its business Sunday with a 27-17 victory against No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College 27-17 in the Mississippi Bowl on a blustery, overcast, damp Sunday afternoon at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium. The victory helped EMCC win its fourth Mississippi Bowl and likely secured it a No. 2 ranking when the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll is released today.

 

MSU will play Miami (Ohio) in St. Petersburg Bowl

Posted 12/5/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Despite finishing 5-7, the Mississippi State football team is going to a school-record seventh-straight bowl game. Thanks to an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 971, MSU and North Texas earned the right to go bowling despite having 5-7 records. MSU will play Miami (Ohio) at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the bowl and both schools announced Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Peters has career day in Bulldogs' victory

Posted 12/5/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters' week didn't start on a strong note. The Mississippi State freshman guard overslept for a 6 p.m. game against Northwestern State on Monday. MSU coach Ben Howland sent a manager to Peters' dorm and when the manager informed him Peters had overslept, Howland told the manager to tell Peters not to show up to the gym. It was the second time Peters was suspended for a game. He missed the game against Central Florida on Nov. 17 for undisclosed reasons.

 

 

Alabama women rally to beat Kansas in OT

Posted 12/5/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hannah Cook didn't know how to describe her fancy footwork. Was it a juke step? Did she know how much time she had to get the shot off? The junior guard knew she had only seconds remaining in regulation to launch a 3-pointer from the top of the key, so she calmly executed a step back move to free herself from Kansas' Kylee Kopatich.

 

 

Johnson, Pounds earn top honors in bowl win

Posted 12/5/2016 in College Sports

PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College quarterback De'Andre Johnson grabbed some more hardware going out the door. Johnson earned Most Valuable Player honors in EMCC's 27-17 victory against Kilgore (Texas) College on Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium.

 

Green Wave end years of frustration, take eighth crown

Posted 12/4/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Frustrating. That's how West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless described the last six years. The Green Wave won Mississippi High School Activities Association Class (MHSAA) 5A State championships in 2009 and 2010. But with Oxford and Starkville as formidable opponents, it was hard for West Point to get a chance to play for a title, let alone win one.

 

West Point's defense dominates in title effort

Posted 12/4/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE --Dominate. The West Point High School football team's defense did just that Saturday, limiting Laurel to 98 yards in a 29-8 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship game at a rain-soaked Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State University.

 

 

No. 6 MSU women rally from 17-point deficit to beat Iowa State

Posted 12/4/2016 in College Sports

AMES, Iowa -- The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team found itself five minutes away from its first loss -- and a big one at that. The Bulldogs showed their character down the stretch, surviving a tough road environment to stay unbeaten. Morgan William scored 24 points, Victoria Vivians had 16, and Mississippi State overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Iowa State 85-81 in overtime Saturday.

 

 

No. 3 EMCC will try to close season with bowl win

Posted 12/4/2016 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team will have to settle for dominance in the state of Mississippi. Cut out of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship picture, No. 3 EMCC will fight for a top-three finish when it plays No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College at 2 p.m. today in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston.

 

 

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