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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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