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Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway will host races in 2016 after all.



Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

SALTILLO -- Clayton Knight threw three touchdown passes to Jason Brownlee to help the West Point High School football team beat Saltillo 48-6 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 game Friday night on the road.



Noxubee County beats Caledonia to extend region win streak

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA - Since 2007, Noxubee County has beaten Caledonia nine straight times. Over that same span, the Tigers have outscored the Confederates 368-41 (40.9 to 4.6), including a 55-0 whitewash last season.



West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School completed its undefeated run through Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 54-29 win over Billingsley Friday night.



Starkville Academy punches playoff ticket with win

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- In a must-win game for Starkville Academy, the Volunteer defense stepped up and carried their team to a playoff spot.



New Hope gets lift with home win over Lewisburg

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the New Hope High School football team.



Starkville runs over Murrah to keep playoff hopes alive

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Andreus Swanigan decided he was not going to feel sorry for himself.



Heritage Academy knocks off Leake Academy to win district title

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

A resolute stare can wear down even the most steadfast coach.



Columbus grabs key road win at Olive Branch

Posted 10/22/2016 in High School Sports

OLIVE BRANCH - Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery feels like his offense ranks as one of the best in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A.


Caledonia volleyball team loses to Lewisburg

Posted 10/21/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Kaylee Jernigan was disappointed, but not mad. After a post-match team meeting, she walked away with a smile on her face. She showed a bounce in her step as she ran off to help her teammates take down the volleyball net, gather up the volleyballs, and get the court ready to play basketball.

Seniors Richardson, Chapel poised to play key roles

Posted 10/21/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Young. Established. Re-focused. Timid. Maturing. Changed. A game of word association can be limiting and revealing at the same time. When Mississippi State seniors Breanna Richardson and Ketara Chapel are asked for one word to describe each of their first three seasons, it's illuminating to see how their choices reflect the ups and downs of their individual careers.


No. 3 EMCC shuts out Coahoma C.C.

Posted 10/21/2016 in College Sports

CLARKSDALE -- East Mississippi Community College freshman lineman Maleke Bell admits it took him about a month to adjust to playing on this level and feeling comfortable around his teammates. The same could be said for the Lions' defense as a whole. With the learning curve now firmly behind the squad, the former Starkville High standout is helping lead a defense that appears to be peaking at the right time.



Mullen will look to extend streak vs. Kentucky

Posted 10/21/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has never lost to Kentucky with Dan Mullen as its coach. The Bulldogs' eighth-year coach is 7-0 against the Wildcats, MSU's permanent Southeastern Conference Eastern division foe. Mullen and MSU (2-4, 1-2 SEC) will look to remain perfect against Kentucky (3-3, 2-2) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.



Patriots primed to secure district title

Posted 10/21/2016 in High School Sports

Sean Harrison has talked all season about how important it is for the Heritage Academy Patriots to play physical football. It says something about the Patriots' progress that Harrison can proclaim his players delivered the most physical week 10 of practice he has been a part of as a coach. Heritage Academy's ability to continue to play that brand of football will be crucial at 7 tonight when it plays host to Leake Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 regular-season finale at C.L. Mitchell Field.



Caledonia positioned to earn playoff berth

Posted 10/21/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Daily improvement has been a key for Andy Crotwell ever since he took over as head coach of the Caledonia High School football team.


Leadership will be key for MSU women

Posted 10/20/2016 in Local Columns

A year older and wiser with all of its pieces back is an enviable position to be in. Debbie Antonelli doesn't need nearly 30 years experience as a college basketball television analyst and commentator to know experience and depth have pushed the 2016-17 Mississippi State women's basketball team into the top 15 of all of the preseason rankings.


Noxubee County isn't looking past Caledonia

Posted 10/20/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- The march is nearly complete. But Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter doesn't want his team to look ahead to what is coming down the road. Instead of losing focus and jumping ahead a week to a showdown against Houston, the No. 2 team in the state's Class 4A rankings, or the start of the playoffs and a quest for a third-straight state championship, Shorter wants his players' attention solely on Caledonia.



Bulldogs want to build on defensive effort vs. Cougars

Posted 10/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Peter Sirmon just shook his head when asked about the forced fumble in overtime against BYU.



SEC coaches believe league in position for more NCAA bids

Posted 10/20/2016 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When talking to SEC coaches, the list of reasons why the league hasn't had a bigger presence recently in the NCAA tournament is long: Weak scheduling. Backlash for football dominance. Poor recruiting. Coaching turnover. Now, coaches say they've addressed all those hurdles but have one more to conquer -- perception.



High-profile men's coaches find it takes time to win in SEC

Posted 10/20/2016 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The increased star power of the Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaching fraternity hasn't made an immediate impact. Those high-profile coaches have discovered this isn't a conference conducive to quick turnarounds. One year ago, Mississippi State's Ben Howland, Tennessee's Rick Barnes and Alabama's Avery Johnson arrived in the SEC while Florida began the post-Billy Donovan era with Mike White arriving from Louisiana Tech. Howland and Barnes had combined for four Final Fours and 32 NCAA tournament berths, while Johnson had coached the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals.



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