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West Point's Murphy commits to MSU

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Although Marcus Murphy has two seasons of high school football left, he already is thinking about playing at the next level. On Tuesday, the West Point High School football rising junior gave a verbal commitment to Mississippi State via Twitter.


Top-seeded MSU focused on Alabama in SEC tournament opener

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Many experts believe the Mississippi State baseball team has locked up a national seed for the NCAA tournament. Winning the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship with a 21-9 record, No. 2 MSU's resume includes series wins at Vanderbilt, at Florida, and at LSU.



Woodman leads Ole Miss; Alabama eliminates Kentucky

Posted yesterday in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Tracking down balls in the outfield gaps and knocking in three runs, All-Southeastern Conference outfielder J.B. Woodman led the No. 7 seed Ole Miss baseball team to a 5-1 victory against Georgia in the first round of the SEC tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.



MSU men's, women's tennis starts singles play at NCAAs

Posted yesterday in College Sports

TULSA, Okla. -- The Mississippi State men's and women's tennis teams will have three players compete today to the NCAA Singles Championship at the Michael Case Tennis Center. Men's tennis junior Rishab Agarwal, ranked 54th nationally, will play No. 109 Jack Findel-Hawkins, of North Florida, at 9 a.m. today. will provide live stats and video of the NCAA Individuals Championships.


Starkville's High Gee caps state championship career by signing with Ole Miss

Posted 5/23/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ralesheia Gee sat in front of friends, family, teammates, coaches and schoolmates Monday and was quiet as a church mouse.

MSU's Mangum wins state's top honor, league's top honor in same day

Posted 5/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was arguably the biggest day in in the young life of Jake Mangum. But you wouldn't know it by looking at him.


Cohen brings home conference coach of year honors

Posted 5/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Mingione will never forget what John Cohen did after winning the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2006.


Loss to Alabama helped MSU baseball re-focus

Posted 5/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team left Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 30 wondering what if. After beating Alabama in Game 1 of the Southeastern Conference series, a rainout forced MSU to play two seven-inning games on that day. The Bulldogs led 2-0 after the top of the fourth inning in the first game of the doubleheader, and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But four walks and a walk-off RBI single from Chance Vincent gave the Crimson Tide the victory. The Bulldogs bounced back in the nightcap for a 2-1 victory.


Alabama softball team advances; Ole Miss eliminated

Posted 5/23/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Leona Lafaele had four RBIs, including a two-run home run in the first inning, and five other players had multi-hit performances Sunday to lead the No. 6 national seed Alabama softball team to an 8-0 victory against California in the championship game of the Tuscaloosa Regional of the NCAA tournament at Rhoads Stadium. The victory helped Alabama (49-12) secure its 12th-straight ticket to the NCAA Super Regional Round, where it will play host to Washington next weekend. Game dates and times are yet to be announced.


SEC Champions: Bulldogs call hogs, before being called champions

Posted 5/21/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two separate cheers erupted at Dudy Noble Field Saturday night.

Rich wins Crappie Masters tournament at Tennessee-Tombigbee

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Sports

Harold Rich is an "old-school" crappie angler.


Change of boats leads to fruitful day for Caledonia fishing team

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Sports

Imagine going 60 mph on the water and coming to a stop.



All-Area Boys Basketball: Carter leads Starkville to back-to-back title games

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - When he began his junior year at Starkville High School, Tyson Carter knew the expectation was there for him to become a leader on the basketball team.



All-Area Girls Basketball: Jones, Williams team up as Starkville makes return trip to Final Four

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - As Kelsey Jones begins her senior season, she is one of the state's top basketball prospects.



All-Area Girls Basketball: Bailey, Daniel help West Point basketball turn corner

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - When Dashmond Daniel began his coaching career four seasons ago at West Point High School, he quickly identified the best player on the girls' basketball team.



All-Area Girls Basketball: Middleton, Dill go out together with state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Oak Hill Academy senior basketball player Sarah Dill received some encouraging words from her coach Brian Middleton during her junior season.



All-Area Boys Basketball: DeLoach leads Columbus Christian to state title

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Finding your voice sometimes can be difficult.



All-Area Boys Basketball: Crawford pushes both West Lowndes teams back to Jackson

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

If nothing else, Danny Crawford has learned patience during his coaching career.


Walters column: Riley, Falcons find perfect match for first state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Columns

Today, The Dispatch presents its annual All-Area Prep Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year.

Patience continues to be key for Barham in Crate Late Models

Posted 5/20/2016 in Local Sports

Patience has been a theme of Craig Barham's racing career since he first climbed into a Street Stock car in 2001. From joking with friend Scott Stripling before races to biding his time to set up numerous passes over the years, Barham always has taken a slow and steady approach to racing. These days, each week is an exercise in patience.


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