Shemar Johnson downplayed his emotions Tuesday night. Playing in front of a packed New Hope High School student section for the final time, Johnson jammed home two monster dunks for old times sake.
STARKVILLE -- Jesse McCord just wanted another chance. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman right-hander from Spanish Fort, Alabama, made the most of it Tuesday afternoon. McCord rebounded from a disappointing debut in the Mississippi State baseball team's third game of the season to throw 5 2/3 innings in a 10-2 win against Alcorn State at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- While his team's offensive problems have been front and center in a stretch of four losses in five games, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray still believes his team has arrived defensively.
MABEN -- If you were to look on paper at the West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team's 81-51 victory against Dexter in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State tournament Tuesday night, it might seem like just another ordinary first-round victory.
GRENADA -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team opened the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament with a 67-47 win against Grenada on Tuesday night.
Wendell Rieves wants to get back to the "Big House." Last season, Rieves was a junior on the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team that advanced to play in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State tournament at Mississippi Coliseum. A disappointing loss to Shaw left a bad taste in the mouths of all of the West Lowndes players and provided ample motivation for the 2014-15 season.
MABEN -- Danny Crawford had a feeling about his West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team. Even though the Timberwolves only have eight players, Crawford knew his team's size on the front line would serve it well as it made a playoff push in the second half of the season.
There are no more reprieves. There also are no more third-place games to help teams extend their seasons. Starting tonight, area boys and girls basketball teams will have to win or they will have to go home. The New Hope (Class 5A), Aberdeen (Class 3A), West Oktibbeha and West Lowndes (Class 1A) high school boys basketball teams will play host to Mississippi High School Activities Associations games tonight, while Columbus (Class 6A), West Point (Class 5A), East Oktibbeha and Hamilton (Class 1A) will go on the road to try to extend their seasons.
Even if others were mistaken, John Calipari had no problem remembering who is next on the No. 1 Kentucky men's basketball team's schedule. As Calipari joined the Southeastern Conference's weekly basketball teleconference Monday morning, the conference call moderator introduced the Kentucky coach and said he and his team were preparing to face Texas A&M on Wednesday night. "I thought we were playing Mississippi State," Calipari said. "These goofballs have me watching Mississippi State tape. Should I go watch Texas A&M tape?"
Initially, the fact that was Mississippi State safety Justin Cox received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine was a surprise. His performance in Indianapolis, Indiana, was anything but.
OXFORD -- Tia Faleru had a team-high 16 points, and Danielle McCray had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for her first double-double of the season Monday night to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 67-59 victory against No. 13 Kentucky at Tad Smith Coliseum. The victory was the first for Ole Miss (16-11, 6-8 Southeastern Conference) against a top-15 team since 2009-10. It also marked the first time Ole Miss has defeated two ranked teams in the same season since the 2009-10 campaign.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Around 1 a.m. Sunday, Vic Schaefer and his Mississippi State women's basketball team were three hours into powerless pitch darkness. The team hotel had lost power ahead of MSU's 2 p.m. tip at Alabama, a team that, on paper, didn't pose the heavyweight threat MSU encountered at Kentucky and what it likely will face Thursday at Southeastern Conference co-leader South Carolina. When daybreak came, Schaefer knew his No. 14 Bulldogs would be in for a fight.
One choice didn't force Daniel Merchant to turn his back on his alma mater. Instead, when Merchant learned in January that the head football coach position at Sulligent High School was open again, the 2004 graduate of the school re-applied for the position.
Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney arrived at the NFL Combine as one of the nation's top inside linebacker prospects. He did nothing to change that fact Sunday. But MSU defensive end Preston Smith might have changed his situation for the better.
STARKVILLE -- Picking up where it left off after a Saturday sweep, the Mississippi State softball team used a nine-hit attack Sunday to earn a 10-2 victory against Penn State in five innings at the MSU Softball Field.
WEST POINT -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team nearly made everyone forget its slow start. Somehow after scoring only four points in the first quarter and trailing by 16 points, New Hope found itself in the lead, 55-54, following a steal by Jaylon Bardley and a thunderous dunk by Shemar Johnson with 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game at West Point High. But that would be the only lead the Trojans would taste.
OXFORD -- Stefan Moody scored 22 points and the Ole Miss men's basketball team survived two field goal misses in the final 10 seconds Saturday night to defeat Tennessee 59-57.
STARKVILLE -- There is nothing about Mississippi State center fielder Jacob Robson that screams middle-of-the-order hitter. Maybe that's why it's working so well. Robson, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound speedster out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, isn't a threat to hit a home runs. And with his slender build and contact-hitting approach, he doesn't seem like a typical run producer. But there he is, the sweet-hitting left-hander anchored at the No. 5 spot in MSU's batting order.
STARKVILLE -- Samantha Ricketts started earning her keep very early as the new hitting coach for the Mississippi State softball team. Ricketts has instilled a positive attitude and a new belief system at the plate. Both have paid dividends early as MSU is off to a 12-1 start after a 9-3, 10-5 doubleheader sweep of Big Ten Conference foe Penn State on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.
Terry Tate tip-toed along the West Oktibbeha sideline repeatedly Friday night. The Timberwolves' point guard was often flushed to that side by the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team's 2-2-1 press. The pressure forced the eighth-grader into a string of turnovers in the second half of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 5 championship game Friday night at West Lowndes High.
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