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SEC champ Hearn turns attention to nationals

Posted 6/4/2015 in College Sports



Starkville Academy looking for new baseball coach

Posted 6/4/2015 in High School Sports



Begley returns home as new coach of EMCC men's basketball

Posted 6/4/2015 in College Sports



Former New Hope softball star signs with Southern Miss

Posted 6/4/2015 in High School Sports



Former Caledonia standout Hopper headed to Blue Mountain

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

Even after years of playing softball, Cara Hopper knew she was going to have to make an adjustment when she started her college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.



Black leaves MSU men's basketball team

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's reinvention of the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues. Since becoming MSU's coach March 21, Howland has signed two highly touted recruits. He also has watched two players leave the program. Late Tuesday night, MSU's attrition continued when freshman Oliver Black, who saw action in all 31 games this past season, decided to leave the program. Black's departure was confirmed by a MSU spokesman.



Cohen recaps MSU's 'disappointing' season

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- During a week that will see 16 teams compete in eight super regionals for the right to advance to the College World Series, Mississippi State's 2015 baseball season was put to rest Tuesday, two weeks after a season-ending sweep at Tennessee. Early Tuesday afternoon, MSU coach John Cohen talked about the heartbreak involved with a 24-30 season. "We were very disappointed," said Cohen, whose team finished 11-30 after a 13-0 start. "If you look at all phases of the season in terms of our overall production and the health with our club, everything was pretty disappointing."



MSU-USM will have late start for opener

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the start of college football season a little more than three months away, Mississippi State learned the time for its first game time Monday. MSU will open its season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, against Southern Mississippi at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game.



MSU signee McCowan earns Parade All-America honor

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

Teaira McCowan set a goal to earn All-America honors during her senior year at Brenham (Texas) High School. When McCowan wasn't invited to the McDonald's All-American Game, the 6-foot-7 center thought the chances of realizing her goal had ended. But a phone call Monday afternoon from Mississippi State women's basketball associate head coach Johnnie Harris changed McCowan's thinking and informed her she was one of 30 girls named to the Parade All-America team.



Jones County J.C.'s Holifield earns top honor

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

ELLISVILLE -- For the second-straight year, the Dudley Softball National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Year is a Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat. Lauren Holifield, who recently completed her sophomore season, was named the national Player of the Year on Monday. "All I can say is that hard work pays off," the former New Hope High School standout said Monday afternoon. "I put a lot of hard work into my game in the offseason and this past season and it paid off.



Walters column: Starkville High remains model of athletic consistency

Posted 5/30/2015 in High School Sports

Under the leadership of outgoing Athletic Director Dr. Stan Miller, Starkville High School has quickly become one of the elite programs in the Mississippi High School Activities Association.



Bulldogs to share in record revenue from SEC

Posted 5/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - How much does the SEC Network mean to Mississippi State and the other 13 schools in the Southeastern Conference?



Crawley celebrates win at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 5/30/2015 in Local Sports

Tim Crawley had raced the Mike Ward-owned No. 88 sprint car just three times this season heading into "Fast Friday," presented by Carol Hogan Toyota at Magnolia Motor Speedway.



Michigan shuts out Alabama in WCWS

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lauren Sweet learned quickly after striking out in her first at-bat. The senior catcher hit a grand slam her next time up to help the No. 3 Michigan softball team beat No. 6 Alabama 5-0 on Thursday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Women's College World Series opener for both teams.



Heritage Academy's Fields earns second-team All-State honors

Posted 5/29/2015 in High School Sports

Mary Virginia "Gigi" Fields has been playing tennis for only three years. But it takes only a few seconds before the Heritage Academy rising freshman offers an important qualifier. "(It has been) two years seriously," Fields said. That's not a lot of time in any sport, but Fields' use of "seriously" shows how her thinking toward the sport changed following a conversation with Heritage Academy tennis coach Billy Clark. The talk came prior to Fields' seventh-grade year, which was her first season on the team.



MSU's Price moves from small town to big stage

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Everything about Rhianwedd Price is calculated. Price, a sophomore distance runner for Mississippi State's track and field team, works out at the same time each day. She runs the same distance every time. She wears the same color socks for each race. She has a well-rehearsed plan of attack in each race, and knows when to be patient, when to attack, and when to make her move. So how did someone as collected and organized as Price make the most important decision of her life? Blindly, of course.



Love for racing drives Turpen

Posted 5/29/2015 in Local Sports

Morgan Turpen competed in six sprint car races before reaching what many would consider a crossroads. During a race at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 2009, Turpen wrecked and was hospitalized for 18 days after busting a carotid artery in her neck. She was only 16. She'd started racing go-karts when she was 11 years old after watching her brother, Colt, race them several years prior. Racing was in her blood. She didn't want to do anything else, so she returned to her car.



New men's basketball coaches enhance SEC's profile

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings immediately noticed four new faces when he first stepped into the Southeastern Conference meeting room this week. Stallings also noticed one familiar face was missing. With longtime Florida coach Billy Donovan leaving college for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, Stallings is the new dean of SEC basketball coaches.



Smith introduced as Starkville High's new athletic director

Posted 5/27/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Officially, Tuesday morning's event at Starkville High School was listed as an introductory news conference for the Yellow Jackets' new athletic director and football coach. For Milton Smith, it was a homecoming. Smith, a 1986 graduate of Starkville High who spent 13 seasons as football coach at Laurel High, was welcomed back as Starkville High's athletic director. He was introduced with Ricky Woods, the school's new football coach.



State of Alabama will have strong presence at Women's College World Series

Posted 5/27/2015 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Clint Myers has swiftly fulfilled his promise to take the Auburn softball team to the Women's College World Series, while Alabama and Patrick Murphy are making a return trip. The rivals -- one a fast-rising program and other a more traditional power -- will make up a quarter of the eight-team field at the World Series, which will begin Thursday in Oklahoma City. No. 4 seed Auburn (54-9) and sixth-seeded Alabama (47-13) are on opposite sides of the bracket and wouldn't meet before the championship game.



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