STARKVILLE -- Danny Carlisle still feels the excitement as he prepares to kick off his 29th season as a high school baseball coach. "You always look forward to opening day," said Carlisle, who will lead the Starkville High School baseball team in practice today on the official start of the Mississippi High School Activities Association season. "The excitement is as great for this year and it was for my first year. The excitement is there. The enthusiasm is there. Whether it's the first practice or, later on, the first game, there is an anticipation for opening day like no other sport."
The Columbus United Soccer Club continues to grow and to help its players make inroads into the highest levels of soccer in the state of Mississippi. Ten Columbus United players recently validated that statement when they received invitations to the state's Olympic Development Training pool.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football coaching staff is using its 2012 recruiting class to define a philosophy.
CALEDONIA -- Lindsey Burton and Nick May have shared a passion for soccer for many years. The Caledonia High School soccer standouts have used that love for the sport to push themselves each year closer and closer to their dreams. On Monday, they finally realized those goals when they signed scholarships to play soccer at Itawamba Community College.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury denied reports a decision has been made on the future of junior center Renardo Sidney. According to an SNY.tv unnamed source, Sidney will not return to MSU for his final year of eligibility and could pursue either a transfer or professional opportunities. Stansbury, who is in his 14th year season at MSU, said he has not had a conversation with the 6-foot-10 former McDonald's All-American selection out of high school.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High sophomore Juan Salazar knows he has a couple of more chances to be on a state championship soccer team. However, for Salazar, now seems like as good a time as any to help bring the school its first-ever soccer state championship.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys soccer coach Brian Bennett worked the phones Sunday afternoon trying to find out some information about Hernando. Bennett was thrilled to still have his down time filled with soccer.
STARKVILLE -- Statistics can be used to prove nearly every point. When it comes to the 2011-12 Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it's hard to ignore two statistical categories that have played significant roles through the first 20 games. Not only is MSU last in the Southeastern Conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, but it also is 11th in rebounding margin. At first glance, the 41.6-41.5 total appears inconsequential. But when you consider only SEC games, the difference climbs to 44.1-36.4.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The safe bet was the University of Florida men's basketball team would be tired on the back half of a Thursday-Saturday turnaround. The common fan wouldn't have thought No. 14 Florida would have its legs after it rallied from a 16-point deficit to win at the University of Mississippi. All of those assumption were proved incorrect early and often Saturday as Florida dismantled No. 18 Mississippi State 69-57 for its 16th straight win in the O'Connell Center.
The Ridgeland High School girls soccer team didn't want any margin for error Saturday night. The Lady Titans made sure their season would continue with an onslaught that left the New Hope Lady Trojans with little room to do much of anything. Haley Britt and Shannon Locke each had three goals as Ridgeland rolled to a 10-0 victory against New Hope in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State second-round match.
OXFORD --Looking to avenge regular-season losses, the Oxford High School girls and the Starkville High boys soccer teams earned wins in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs on Saturday. In the first of two games at Oxford's Bobby Holcomb Field, the Oxford girls controlled possession to upend Starkville 2-0. In the second game, the Starkville boys dominated the pace of play and smothered Oxford's attack in a 4-2 victory. Starkville's win allows it to play host to Hernando on Tuesday in the Class 5A North Half final, while the Oxford girls will hit the road to play Ridgeland.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The one perceived advantage the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had entering its game Saturday against the University of Florida was at power forward. That wasn't the case Saturday.
OXFORD -- The University of South Carolina men's basketball team knows the University of Mississippi's Murphy Holloway better than any other team. That doesn't mean the Gamecocks could figure out a way to stop him. The 6-foot-7 junior forward scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against his former team, helping Mississippi beat South Carolina 66-62 on Saturday night.
Sarah Hern is accustomed to running and running and running -- as a forward. The New Hope High School senior also has seen playing time in the midfield. Either way, most of her time as a Lady Trojan has been spent in an attacking position.
Tick, tick, tick. Laura Lee Holman will be counting the minutes until the next time her New Hope High School girls basketball team plays Oxford.
The highly anticipated first news of the 2012 recruiting season is finally official. Mississippi State University announced Friday morning that defensive end Denico Autry, defensive tackle Quay Evans, center Dylan Holley, offensive lineman Charles Siddoway and offensive lineman Justin Senior officially were enrolled into school this month allowing them to sign financial aid papers and making them eligible for spring practices beginning on March 22.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Somehow depth always seems to be a concern for Mississippi State men's basketball when the Florida Gators pop up on the schedule. It took only four MSU players in last year's contest to stop them. The Bulldogs got every one of its points from starters Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney, Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson in route to an 71-64 upset victory in a nationally-televised atmosphere at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Kelsi Dunne had so much fun learning from Vann Stuedeman she decided she wanted to keep doing it at a different address. Dunne and Stuedeman are back together, hoping to lead the Mississippi State University softball team back to national prominence. A four-time All-American at the University of Alabama, Dunne said Stuedeman has been a major influence on her as an amateur player and now working with her as a coach.
STARKVILLE -- Fans in Starkville are wondering by the Mississippi State University baseball team was absent from two major preseason polls released this week. MSU, which finished 15th in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll last season, wasn't ranked in the 2012 preseason coaches' poll or the Baseball America preseason rankings despite returning 14 of 16 pitchers who took the mound last season. "(The rankings are) not what we're focused on or worried about," MSU coach John Cohen said Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- As much as she tried, Diamber Johnson wasn't herself. Up since 5:30 a.m. Thursday to take care of her mother, Adella, who suffered a heart attack, the Mississippi State University senior guard didn't realize she hadn't eaten anything all day until she returned to Humphrey Coliseum later in the day.
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2. Starkville High's Carter gets offer from Mississippi State HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Howland leads strong group of new coaches in SEC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Daily grind has purpose for New Hope's Thomas HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS