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Magnolia Motor Speedway will play host to event Sunday

Posted 7/1/2011 in Local Sports

Magnolia Motor Speedway will host a Fourth of July program Sunday that will feature the P.R.O. Dirt Car Series Super Late Models in a 40-lap, $2,000-to-Win/$150-to-Start in the third and final round of the annual Firecracker Three Crown Nationals.

 

 

Columbus All-Star baseball teams set for action

Posted 6/30/2011 in Local Sports

Jay Stacy feels his Columbus 9-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team is warmed up and ready to go for the state tournament.

 

 

Former Major Leaguer Hackman coaching All-Stars

Posted 6/30/2011 in Local Sports

Unsettling. Imposing. Dominating. Luther Hackman Sr. has played all of those roles from 60 feet, 6 inches away and 10 1/2 inches above home plate.

 

 

First-year softball coach polishing Caledonia Diamond Divas

Posted 6/30/2011 in Local Sports

Every now and then, from just outside the dugout, Donna Glasgow reminds her husband where he's at and who he's coaching, especially when the score of his softball game is close, or a practice isn't progressing the way he'd prefer. You need to calm down. You need to remember, these are 7- and 8-year-old girls. They're not your boys. No, this isn't one of the youth baseball teams Sean Glasgow coaches.

 

 

Shepherd signs with Colorado Rockies

Posted 6/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Add senior outfielder Jaron Shepherd to the list of Mississippi State baseball standouts to move on this offseason to professional baseball. Shepherd, a 33rd-round selection earlier this month in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, became the sixth player from the Bulldogs' 2011 NCAA Super Regionals squad to sign a professional baseball contract when he agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies.

 

 

Coaches will discuss ways to improve Dizzy Dean tournament

Posted 6/29/2011 in Local Sports

What's in a name? Baseball players in the Golden Triangle will find out after area coaches sit down to discuss the latest Dizzy Dean Senior tournament and to begin planning for the event in 2012.

 

 

Speedy outfield, depth will lead Starkville All-Stars

Posted 6/29/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Defense is pivotal to a championship run, and Starkville 11-year-old All-Star baseball coach Steve Wylie thinks his team is primed to make a serious run at a title.

 

 

MSU football needs game for 2012

Posted 6/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking for a new non-conference opponent to complete its 2012 schedule. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana Tech bought its way out of its agreement to play at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

 

MSU mascot Bully XIX euthanized Tuesday

Posted 6/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- TaTonka Gold, Mississippi State's beloved mascot from 2001-09, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the MSU campus after his health had steadily declined the past few years.

 

 

SEC uncertain how schedule will play out

Posted 6/29/2011 in College Sports

The Southeastern Conference will transition from a two-division format to a 12-team arrangement for men's basketball for the 2011-12 season. The lingering issue is the number of conference games teams will play.

 

 

Bulldogs don't have issues in offseason

Posted 6/29/2011 in College Sports

At this time last year, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over the Mississippi State's men's basketball program.

 

 

Carter led Starkville back to states

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After winning a state title and having two of the state's best players, how does a team come close to matching that goal without those leaders? If you're Starkville High, replacing talent is rarely an issue. But when it's young, inexperienced talent, a coach has to focus more on mental preparation than skill-building.

 

 

Noxubee County's Mallard was more than scorer

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Someone give Daquarius Mallard a chance to play college basketball. The former Noxubee County High School guard is unbelievably quick and can score in bunches, as evidenced by his 20-point outburst in the final seven minutes against Starkville High in a game earlier this season.

 

 

Caledonia finishes against New Hope, shows improvement

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Everyone noticed. Now the Caledonia High School baseball players have to build on what they accomplished in the summer and this weekend at the Dizzy Dean tournament.

 

 

Zachary (La.) wins two to complete title run

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Sometimes it helps to know the obstacle you're going to face so you can have the right mind-set. After throwing three innings Saturday night against New Hope, Zachary (La.) Dizzy Dean baseball coach Sam Adams removed starting pitcher Evan Tidwell to make sure he was prepared to take to the mound again if the team advanced to the title game of the Dizzy Dean tournament.

 

 

Story shows need to wear life jackets, kill switch lanyard

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Columns

I just read another "horror story" of a close call involving anglers and life jackets. Last month at The Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Murray, professional angler James Niggemeyer came across an unmanned boat in the middle of the lake that was idling toward a man and small boy in the water. The little boy had a life jacket on but the father didn't.

 

 

Chemistry came together for Schmidt, Lady Vols

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Basketball teams can win with eight players. Rarely can a team remain competitive through a season with eight players on its roster. Starkville Academy's girls basketball team did just that this season, finishing 19-14 after losing three senior starters from the previous season.

 

 

West Point's Ewings matured into leader

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A Division I player has to have "it." Scoring, rebounding, passing -- all facets of basketball are important -- but there's something about a player who can be a team leader and push it to even greater heights.

 

 

Caledonia, Columbus players use summer to improve

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.

 

 

Boyd pleased with New Hope's play

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.

 

 

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