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Columbus' Knight will try to qualify for Saturday's Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Sports

One might think Shay Knight is struggling. He has had two DNFs in features and one in a heat race in his last three appearances at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Still, that hasn't been enough to discourage the Lowndes County native who, in his first full season racing Super Late Models, feels like his team is performing at its best level of the year. His reasoning is tangible: He's been fast, albeit unlucky.


Tomlinson emerges as force up front for Tide

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dalvin Tomlinson is Alabama's other defensive end. He should not be hard to miss at 6-foot-3, 310-pounds. He was a three-time Georgia state champion wrestler and former high school soccer player -- and he is a pretty good football player, too. Tomlinson, however, is often overshadowed by All-Southeastern Conference teammate Jonathan Allen.



Thomas steps in for injured teammate Forside

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

FULTON -- It was hard for Roger Thomas to see Kadarius Forside break his leg last week. The Itawamba Community College football running backs are more than teammates. The cousins played football together at West Point High School. They have a bond that goes deeper than your average junior college teammates who spend at the most two years together.



Fitzgerald eager for next chance to start vs. UMass

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald watched Saturday as Damian Williams nearly led the Mississippi State football team to a fourth-quarter comeback against then-No. 20 LSU. The sophomore starting quarterback lost his helmet before a crucial fourth-down play midway through the fourth quarter. Williams came in and led the Bulldogs to a touchdown. After an onside kick, Williams led another touchdown drive to cut the deficit to a field goal, but MSU lost 23-20.



Five Things to Watch for in Mississippi State-Massachusetts

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will step outside of the Southeastern Conference for a game against Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.



EMCC survives marathon against ICC

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Mario Lanier didn't look the least bit winded. He was in the minority. "I could play four more quarters," said Lanier, a former standout at Aliceville High School. "That was fun. Let's keep the lights on and keep going."



West Point looks for revenge against Oxford

Posted 9/23/2016 in High School Sports

With no field house to call home, West Point football players are having to do without the traditional countdown clock hanging on a side wall. However, if a clock existed, it might have been set to this game even before the season started. At 7 tonight, that time finally will arrive and give West Point a chance to end three years of misery to rival Oxford when the teams meet in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.


Rival Patriots-Volunteers open region play Friday

Posted 9/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rivalry games typically don't need any added drama to make them more appealing. That might be the case for the Heritage Academy-Starkville Academy matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener at J.E. Logan Field. But the Patriots' high-powered offense and the Volunteers' typically stingy defense adds a little spice to a rivalry that has seen the teams split the last 10 meetings.

Starkville Academy bounces back after him loss to Lamar School

Posted 9/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was no question in Chase Nicholson's mind that the Starkville Academy football team was going to respond. The only thing Nicholson didn't know was how Starkville Academy planned to bounce back following a 40-0 loss to Lamar School on Sept. 9.

MSU's Harris forces issue against LSU

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As Dez Harris forced two fumbles against LSU on Saturday, the Mississippi State linebacker thought about his mother. Overcoming three knee injuries wasn't easy for the junior. If he gave up the game and decided to focus on other things, nobody would blame him. But that's not Harris. He's a fighter. Even so, the recovery process wasn't easy. He had a great support system behind him, including his mother, Delaina.


MSU looks to open SEC play on right foot

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

David McFatrich is all about creating new habits. In his first year as Mississippi State volleyball coach, McFatrich guided the Bulldogs to a 17-15 finish and their first winning record since 2006. MSU capped its 2015 season with a victory against Ole Miss that gave the program its first back-to-back victories against the Rebels since 2009. The win heightened optimism that 2016 could be MSU's year to take the next step, to entertain thoughts of moving into the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference, and to compete for its first bid to the NCAA tournament.



Ole Miss will try to limit mistakes, get back to .500

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it can build big first-half leads against some of the best college football teams in the country. The 23rd-ranked Rebels have also shown they can lose those same leads in a hurry. Ole Miss blew a 22-point lead against Florida State on Sept. 5 and a 21-point lead against Alabama last weekend in two demoralizing losses that have put a serious dent in the program's lofty preseason aspirations. Now, coach Hugh Freeze is left trying to figure out what's going wrong.


Top area teams open region play Friday

Posted 9/22/2016 in Local Columns

This is a big week. Columbus, Starkville, New Hope, and West Point begin Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play Friday night. Those four teams are 11-5 as the curtain goes up on the most important part of the season.

Florida interested in hiring Stricklin

Posted 9/21/2016 in College Sports

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin is the lead candidate for the vacancy at Florida according to a report by

Return of athletics at MUW beginning to take shape

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

The next step for athletics at Mississippi University for Women is coming soon.

Walters column: Columbus looks to take flight in region play

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Columns

For the Columbus High School football team, the crossroads of the season have now been reached.


EMCC looks to extend division win streak at Itawamba C.C.

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

Each season, the East Mississippi Community College passing game finds a rhythm.



Durr making strides at cornerback position for MSU

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Lashard Durr saw two senior cornerbacks go down, he had to grow up fast.



West Point's Burris returns home with gold medal

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Sports

Being one of the best in the world has its perks. For West Point's John Burris, the hard work that went into helping the United States' 35+ Water Ski Team win the gold medal at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships this past weekend at the Sesena Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, gave him an opportunity few people realize.


Heritage Academy offensive line paves way for dominating night

Posted 9/20/2016 in High School Sports

In baseball, hitters are "seeing the ball well" when they're in a groove. In basketball, shooters are "in the zone" when that feeling comes over them that they can't miss. The Heritage Academy offensive linemen showed Friday night that even big boys up front in the trenches can get into a rhythm that makes an entire group feel like it can't do anything wrong. Judging by the numbers, the Patriots came pretty close to realizing that goal.


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