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Stratton earns another honor; MSU moves into poll

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For the second time this season, Mississippi State University junior Chris Stratton, of Tupelo, has been honored as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week.



Starkville Academy excited to be back in playoff hunt

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Archrivals Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy have played each other in numerous sporting events through the years. However, one would be hard-pressed in recent memory to find a more important baseball game than the one scheduled for 6 tonight in the opener of a best-of-three series in the semifinal round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs at Trip Carson Field in Columbus. The series winner will play next week for the state championship.



Heritage Academy baseball rebounds after slow start

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

Bruce Branch didn't panic. The Heritage Academy baseball coach knew Mother Nature wasn't doing his team or any other squads in the state any favors early in the season keeping it from getting outdoors.



Dunaway comes back strong in baseball, track after injury

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

Parker Dunaway had concerns. But as much as Dunaway wanted to have a junior season to remember, he didn't want to disappoint his teammates on the Heritage Academy baseball team. Dunaway also didn't want his track and field efforts to suffer, either, but he still wasn't sure how he would fare returning from an elbow injury.



RPI numbers still strong for MSU softball

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A quick glance of the Southeastern Conference softball standings reveals that the University of Tennessee is riding a conference-best 17-game win streak. That seems quite fitting since the Volunteers are ranked No. 7 in the nation. The team that has the league's second longest win streak, though, may be a surprise.



EMCC's Borchert signs with MSU

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball program added a local talent Monday its coaches hope can make an immediate impact next season. East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White confirmed to The Dispatch on Monday evening forward Colin Borchert signed with new MSU coach Rick Ray.



East Oktibbeha's Brooks staying busy with track, football

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- This isn't the best time of year to ask East Oktibbeha County High School football and track and field coach Randy Brooks to take a fishing trip or to help with a fix-up project.



South Lamar softball prepares for area tournament

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

The South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball team went 5-2 in the final week of the regular season to prepare for the area tournament. South Lamar (30-7, 7-1 area) will play Berry at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parrish.



MSU beats Ole Miss despite getting only two hits

Posted 4/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen talks constantly to his Mississippi State University baseball team about finding ways to win games. His squad's 4-2 victory against the University of Mississippi in the third game of a three-game weekend set was a direct reflection of that idea. After all, it isn't often a team gets two hits and wins.



Sykes ready to take next step to realize dream

Posted 4/30/2012 in Local Sports

A new April Sykes took the court Sunday primed to take the next step in her basketball career. The former East Oktibbeha County High School All-American who went on to have a standout career with the Rutgers University women's basketball team worked in her first practice with her new team, the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.



Injury list continues to grow for MSU baseball

Posted 4/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The injury list continues to grow for the Mississippi State University baseball team. Three key contributors are fighting serious injuries as the Bulldogs enter the final month of the regular season.



Ole Miss, MSU tied after pair of pitching gems

Posted 4/28/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The state of Mississippi's biggest college baseball series is tied after two games to a pair of special pitching performances. The only problem is the efforts came at different times and in different ways.



Errors cost MSU in loss to Ole Miss

Posted 4/28/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen is convinced his club gave the game away from third base.



Starkville beats Center Hill to advance

Posted 4/28/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Debbie Carlisle knew some information her husband would have love to have known Saturday afternoon. Sitting in the stands on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Carlisle Field, Debbie predicted the Starkville High baseball team was going to turn a double play to escape a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.



New Hope's Holifield no-hits Pearl

Posted 4/28/2012 in High School Sports

The samurai is back and ready to do some damage. In slow-pitch softball season, Lauren Holifield took to wearing a yellow bandana around her head to signify she and New Hope High School were ready for battle.



Cleveland smacks walk-off grand slam to beat Caledonia

Posted 4/28/2012 in High School Sports

CLEVELAND -- There are a lot of ways to lose a baseball game. A walk-off grand slam is one you don't normally see. Unfortunately, that's how the Caledonia High School baseball team saw its season end Saturday.



Three Columbus United teams advance to state tournament

Posted 4/28/2012 in Local Sports

The Columbus United Under-12 and U-14 boys and the U-16 girls soccer teams qualified for the Mississippi Soccer Association State Championships May 5-6 in Meridian.



MSU's Ballard, Mitchell; Ole Miss' Massie drafted

Posted 4/28/2012 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- Mississippi State University's Vick Ballard and Charles Mitchell and the University of Mississippi's Bobby Massie were selected Saturday on the third and final day of the NFL draft. Ballard was selected in the fifth round by the Indianapolis Colts, while Mitchell was taken in the sixth by the Atlanta Falcons. Massie, an offensive lineman, was selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals.



Ravens take Alabama's Upshaw; Sims will transfer

Posted 4/28/2012 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama football team had its fifth player selected in the 2012 NFL draft Friday evening at when the Baltimore Ravens used the No. 35 overall pick, the third pick in the second round, to select senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw.



Bulldogs add latest signee in men's basketball

Posted 4/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In what many people sees will be a rebuilding project for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray, the one quality he values the most in his newest signee is considered uncoachable.



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