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Schaefer, MSU women optimistic about 2013-14

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer joked Wednesday night that the honeymoon is over for his tenure as the Mississippi State University women's basketball coach. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant learned enough in their first seasons with Schaefer to know that things aren't going to change any as they and MSU move forward.

 

 

Caledonia's Humber signs with EMCC

Posted 3/28/2013 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Trent Humber knows his strengths. The Caledonia High School senior acknowledges his drives off the tee might not be as far as other players. That's OK, though, because Humber knows he can make up for what he lacks in driving distance with his putting and chipping.

 

 

BYU ends USM's run in NIT

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Brock Zylstra's fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU's bench broke out in wild cheers. The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars' prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss 79-62 in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

 

 

Alabama returns nearly entire cast after NIT run

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team navigated a miserable December, dealt with a couple of key injuries and lacked a consistent scoring threat in the post. Still, the Crimson Tide managed to win 23 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament while losing only one senior and no starters for next season.

 

 

Troy chooses former MSU assistant Cunningham as next coach

Posted 3/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After 18 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level, Phil Cunningham is ready to make that critical move one chair over.

 

 

MSU grabs quality mid-week win against Austin Peay

Posted 3/26/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In a 13-5 victory over a quality mid-major opponent Tuesday night, Mississippi State University baseball got some answers.

 

 

Hicks, Thompson sign soccer scholarship offers

Posted 3/26/2013 in High School Sports

Katelyn Hicks and Jessica Thompson proved Tuesday that experience and geography are only impediments to potential if they are allowed to be.

 

 

New Hope blanks West Point in prep baseball action

Posted 3/26/2013 in High School Sports

On a brutally cold night for baseball, New Hope High School remained hot Tuesday night.

 

 

Sturdivant, Mullis help Falcons soar

Posted 3/25/2013 in High School Sports

Stay within yourself.

 

 

Alabama faces Maryland in NIT quarterfinal

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Retin Obasohan are two of the biggest reasons Alabama is still playing this season.

 

 

Bulldogs look to shuffle pitching rotation

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has decided to rework its weekend pitching rotation in the search of finding a third weekend option with better command.

 

 

Unlucky No. 13: La Salle eliminates Ole Miss on last-second shot

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If anyone says the La Salle University men's basketball team is making its first trip to the round of 16 in a very, very long time, don't believe it. The last time the upstart Explorers got this far, the NCAA tournament didn't even have a round of 16. But now it does and the little school from Philadelphia is there.

 

 

Starkville drops close decision to Yazoo City

Posted 3/23/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Brian Jones couldn't ask much more of his starting pitcher Tanner Clanton - except for maybe the junior right-hander to get help from his friends.

 

 

Russell takes larger leadership role with MSU offense

Posted 3/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the revolving staff changes among the Mississippi State University football program, head coach Dan Mullen decided to make one more subtle switch to the offense.

 

 

Renth signs with Northwest Mississippi CC

Posted 3/23/2013 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Taylor Renth has learned from watching others get or miss opportunities.

 

 

Cohen will renew ties at Kentucky

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- From afar, the head coaches who will meet in a Southeastern Conference three-game series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., seem like polar opposites. A deeper look reveals Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen and University of Kentucky coach Gary Henderson might have more in common than just a professional respect for each other after having worked side by side for five seasons. Cohen will bring his No. 19 MSU (20-4, 1-2 SEC) team to Cliff Hagan Stadium for the first time since he left Kentucky to take the job at his alma mater to face Henderson and the No. 10 Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).

 

 

Ole Miss-Wisconsin offer contrast in styles

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It won't be the tortoise and the hare, but today's second-round NCAA matchup between flamboyant University of Mississippi and wary University of Wisconsin will feature a big difference in styles. After all, the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8) have been known to stop for breath every once in a while and play some half-court offense while averaging nearly 80 points. And the button-downed Badgers (23-11) did score 87 once.

 

 

Starkville Academy baseball team sweeps East Rankin

Posted 3/22/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Normally high school coaches are afraid of letting their teams have fun at the expense of opponents. Starkville Academy baseball coach Neal Henry isn't one of those people. In fact, Henry encouraged the brooms to come out in his dugout late Thursday evening in a 6-5 and 11-8 sweep of East Rankin Academy at Volunteer Field.

 

 

5 Keys for Mississippi State football in spring practice

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

Dispatch sports writer Matt Stevens examines five questions for the Mississippi State University football team as spring practice begins:

 

 

Dream comes true for EMCC with rodeo in West Point

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich felt like a proud parent Wednesday night. A dream four years ago becomes reality later today when EMCC plays host to an Ozark Region spring rodeo. The three-day event runs through Saturday at West Point's Eagle Ranch.

 

 

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