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Mattox will run cross country at North Alabama

Posted 11/21/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Walker Mattox has always set big goals. The ability to set them and always to achieve more opened the door Thursday afternoon for the Starkville High School senior to sign a cross country scholarship with the University of North Alabama.

 

 

First win helped propel Oak Forest (La.) to title game

Posted 11/21/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Oak Forest Academy (La.) football team's dream season started on opening night. "We beat a team we lost to opening night the year before," Oak Forest senior linebacker Collin Kent said. "For the seniors, we knew that meant the season was going to be different. We had worked so hard during the offseason. We saw that hard work pay off and everybody was excited."

 

 

Starkville will look for another strong defensive effort

Posted 11/21/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell was happy to see the return of the Yellow Jackets defense last week. Thanks to a smash-mouth defense that left other teams helpless in its path, Starkville became the state's top-ranked team earlier this season. In the final two weeks of the regular season, though, Starkville had to overcome defensive deficiencies to beat Warren Central and Clinton to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 crown.

 

 

Alabama men beat Southern Mississippi

Posted 11/21/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph scored 23 points, Ricky Tarrant added 18 and Shannon Hale finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Alabama to an 81-67 win against Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.

 

 

Smith enjoys banner season for MSU defense

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - To hear Mississippi State defensive end Ryan Brown tell it, 2014 could go down as the Year of Preston Smith.

 

 

West Virginia also enjoying fast start

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

Recruiting is all about finding the right fit.

 

 

Youthful Bulldogs looking for defense during its fast start

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knew the Mississippi State women's basketball team was going to have an adjustment period this season with five freshmen and a sophomore seeing her first action.

 

 

New Hope hopes to hammer its way past Pearl

Posted 11/19/2014 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle needed something to help his team re-focus after a loss to Saltillo in the regular-season finale.

 

 

Noxubee County faces surprising foe Cleveland in the playoffs

Posted 11/19/2014 in High School Sports

MACON -- You'll have to excuse the Noxubee County High School football team for having Lafayette on the brain last week.

 

 

Davis, Sykes celebrate signing with South Alabama, Mississippi College

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

So much for the nerves. Wells Davis and Hunter Sykes took care of those butterflies months ago when they made their verbal commitments to play baseball at South Alabama and Mississippi College, respectively. That's why Tuesday was a day to leave the anxiousness behind and to celebrate with the New Hope High School and Heritage Academy baseball standouts as they held signing ceremonies with friends and families to mark the next step in their athletic careers.

 

 

MSU will face test vs. No. 17 West Virginia

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brian Boyer has had plenty of success against Southeastern Conference opponents in his time as women's basketball coach at Arkansas State.

 

 

Beckwith has traveled road from walk-on to starter

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Beckwith didn't know what to expect. A walk-on offensive lineman entering his junior season, Beckwith was going through his daily workout at Mississippi State's football facility one spring day in 2013. During the workout, though, Beckwith was told to report to MSU coach Dan Mullen's office. "I didn't know what it could be," Beckwith said. "It really caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting it. I didn't know if it was good news or bad news."

 

 

MSU slips to No. 4 in College Football Playoff rankings

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Moments after the Mississippi State football team suffered its first loss of the season at Alabama, tailback Josh Robinson was asked if the Bulldogs still belonged in the top four of the College Football Playoff Committee's weekly rankings. "Definitely we do," Robinson said. "We slipped up today, but we should still be in the top four." Robinson was right.

 

 

Mississippi State offensive keys vs. Vanderbilt

Posted 11/19/2014 in College Sports

Mississippi State offensive keys vs. Vanderbilt

 

Terrill leads Starkville Academy back to state title game

Posted 11/19/2014 in Local Columns

Jeff Terrill is having a good time. After some minor health issues last season, Terrill is back in the full swing of things. He will lead Starkville Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game Saturday against Oak Forest (La.) Academy.

 

Oak Hill Academy sweeps Heritage Academy

Posted 11/19/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- With 16 football players working to transition to another season, the Oak Hill Academy boys basketball team has been looking for an offensive flow. The flow came in the nick of time Tuesday night.

 

 

Alabama beats Western Carolina to move to 2-0

Posted 11/18/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph scored 19 points and Ricky Tarrant had 18 Monday night to help the Alabama men's basketball team hang on to beat Western Carolina 80-74 in the second round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Coleman Coliseum. Jimmie Taylor added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Shannon Hale had 10 points for Alabama (2-0).

 

 

Saban: Alabama lacks 'energy vampires'

Posted 11/18/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban is enjoying this team for more reasons than big wins, talent and depth. He also likes the second-ranked Crimson Tide because they don't have so-called "energy vampires" sucking time away from the coaches and perhaps affecting the team's focus or chemistry.

 

 

MSU will try to regroup for Vanderbilt

Posted 11/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, the Mississippi State football team must respond to a loss. Nearly two days after a 25-20 loss at Alabama, MSU coach Dan Mullen was asked about his team's ability to bounce back after surrendering the No. 1 ranking in the country it held for more than a month.

 

 

MSU uses size advantage to beat MVSU

Posted 11/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was a tale of two halves. Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray loved the first half of his team's game against Mississippi Valley State on Monday night. Ray watched his Bulldogs shoot 69 percent from the field and score 58 points -- the most in his three-year tenure at the school. But Ray didn't like the second half in which MSU committed 19 of a season-high 26 turnovers.

 

 

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