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Pompelia sees long wait end at Possum Town Triahtlon

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Sports

It took four years of trying, but Meridian native Tyson Pompelia finally took home a victory in the fifth-annual Possum Town Triathlon held near the Columbus Lock and Dam.

Noxubee County's Conner part of quarterback mix at EMCC

Posted 8/20/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Even though he has played football for virtually his entire life, East Mississippi Community College freshman quarterback Timorrius Conner is still learning.

 

Oak Hill Academy's Atkins chooses Southern Miss for golf

Posted 8/20/2016 in High School Sports

There is no questioning Hunter Atkins' love for golf.

 

 

Bulldogs reward pair of walk-ons with scholarships

Posted 8/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Josiah Phillips' journey to the Mississippi State football team is almost unbelievable.

 

 

Starkville edges Noxubee County in battle of 2015 champions

Posted 8/19/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Austin Morris wanted to hold on to the football. But it didn't matter Morris didn't catch the ball because he broke up a would-be touchdown to seal the Starkville High School football team's 24-21 victory against Noxubee County High on Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

 

Columbus envisions history in making

Posted 8/19/2016 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior defensive end Tahj Sykes heard the criticism. Then he heard the praise and admiration.

Addictive nature of triathlons has Pompelia in grasp

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Sports

Tyson Pompelia never considered he had an addictive personality. But the 36-year-old Meridian native quickly discovered he was like so many other athletes who became addicted to sprint triathlons and triathlons after he competed in his first event.

 

White, Confederates optimistic about 2016

Posted 8/19/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Kody White was all set to have a great summer. As a rising senior, White was gearing up for his third season as a starter on the Caledonia High School football team. White had a little extra pep in his step because he knew the Confederates had plenty of experience coming back for the 2016 season, so optimism was high that the program could get back to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) playoffs after a one-year absence. Then everything came crashing down.

 

 

MSU men go 4-0 on trip to Italy

Posted 8/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's biggest concern is experience entering his second season as the Mississippi State men's basketball coach. In addition to losing five seniors, standout freshman Malik Newman transferred to Kansas. The departures leave Howland with three players -- point guard I.J. Ready, guard/forward Quinndary Weatherspoon, and forward Aric Holman -- who played on last season's team.

 

 

MSU's Gray knows more as junior

Posted 8/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Coming out of junior college, Donald Gray thought his skills were going to translate well to the Division I level. After a stellar season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Gray joined the Mississippi State football team in the spring of 2015. He had big plans for his first season, and thought he could show up and rely on his athleticism. Gray learned a valuable lesson after a few games.

 

 

Parks leaves Starkville Academy for Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 8/19/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After serving one season as the Starkville Academy baseball coach, Jarrod Parks announced Thursday he has accepted a job as assistant coach with the Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team.

 

Graham wants to play bigger role for Bulldogs

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamoral Graham thought offense was where he was going to fit in when he signed with the Mississippi State football team in February 2014. The Newton County High School standout was a reserve wideout in his first season at MSU. He also was used as a punt returner on special teams. But his time with the offense ended after his freshman season. Last spring, he began the transition to cornerback.

 

Schaefer appears to have found key piece with Scott

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you. While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.

 

 

Champion Tigers, Yellow Jackets meet in opener

Posted 8/18/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- If you're a defensive player, you might not want Tyrone Shorter grading your performance. Shorter was a standout defensive back who spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Austin Peay. He was invited to the San Diego Chargers' training camp in 1996 and made the practice squad before he was hurt. He then spent a year playing defensive back in Canada (1997) before he returned to the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Gordon, MSU want to create identity

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.

 

 

EMCC defense will have different look

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position. Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.

 

Enticing prep football matchups await Friday

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

We have finally made it. When the sun sets, the prep football regular season will have started in the state of Mississippi. The opening weeks always provide intriguing matchups. The area is full of title contenders this season, so the run to championship weekend should be fun. Here is what we are watching for in Week One:

Heritage Academy soccer shuts out Columbus Christian

Posted 8/17/2016 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy beat Columbus Christian 8-0 Tuesday night in prep soccer action at the Columbus Soccer Complex.

 

Griffin hopes to keep Falcons soaring high

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Gary Griffin knows what it means to pay his dues.

 

 

Heritage Academy prepares for season opener at Columbus Christian

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Don't get Sean Harrison wrong because the Heritage Academy football coach was pleased with his team's performance Friday night.

 

 

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