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Starkville Academy football generating enthusiasm

Posted 8/31/2011 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill appreciates the excitement that suddenly surrounds his football team. Buoyed by a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy last week, Starkville Academy (2-0) will try to match last season's win total at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays host to Magnolia Heights at J.E. Logan Field.

 

 

EMCC to christen new football stadium Thursday

Posted 8/31/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- In the midst of a recession, when most schools are scrambling to cut costs, East Mississippi Community College committed nearly $5 million last year to build a brand-new football stadium.

 

 

Plenty of competition for QB at EMCC

Posted 8/31/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team appears to have the answer at quarterback this season for any defense. Coach Buddy Stephens' biggest dilemma could be how he plans to utilize the skills of Bo Wallace, Termarcus Conner, and Jaquez Johnson. The EMCC coach will get his first chance to experiment with quarterbacks at 7 p.m. Thursday when No. 16 EMCC plays host to defending state champion and No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.

 

 

Summerlin will start for Memphis vs. MSU

Posted 8/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The only sure thing about University of Memphis quarterback Andy Summerlin's season-opening performance against No. 20 Mississippi State on Thursday night likely will be that he will be the oldest player on the field.

 

 

Sanders eager to contribute for Ole Miss

Posted 8/31/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Vincent Sanders is ready to make an impact. With the University of Mississippi football team's season opener against BYU looming at 3:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN), Sanders appears primed to get the first chance to make a play. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is listed behind freshman Donte Moncrief at split end. Ja-Mes Logan or Nickolas Brassel, Tobias Singleton, or Terrell Grant are listed at flanker.

 

 

No vanilla packages in MSU's defense

Posted 8/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nothing will be basic about the No. 20 Mississippi State football team's defense after the first play this season. As he prepares for his first game as defensive coordinator, MSU coach Chris Wilson said his unit won't leave any schemes unused in its season opener Thursday at the University of Memphis (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net).

 

 

Central Academy rallies past Heritage Academy

Posted 8/31/2011 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team appeared poised for a victory Tuesday night. Central Academy had other ideas.

 

 

Relf ready to lead Bulldogs

Posted 8/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's quarterback position is in a much better shape than last year as the team prepares for its season opener at 7 p.m. Thursday (Fox Sports Net) at the University of Memphis.

 

 

Wilson keeps starting MLB spot

Posted 8/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson made it clear Monday why junior linebacker Brandon Wilson is still where he is on the Bulldogs' opening week depth chart.

 

 

Pickens County's Hall has record-setting night

Posted 8/30/2011 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- De'Marko Hall didn't have an illusions of grandeur Friday night. But the Pickens County High School standout believed he could find a way to help the Tornadoes upset preseason No. 2 American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., despite being at less than 100 percent and missing a preseason scrimmage because of a left shoulder injury.

 

 

Locals will play key roles for ICC football

Posted 8/30/2011 in College Sports

FULTON -- The foundation has been laid. Jon Williams knows the next step is to put players in the right positions so they can make plays.

 

 

Mullen adapting Oregon tactics to MSU offense

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Go ahead and let Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen describe the way he see the give-and-take relationship among coaches.

 

 

Hazelwood will try to find seven

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There already is a bit of desperation, a lot of frustration, and some shock in the voice of Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood. After a 1-2 weekend in its season-opening Maroon Classic tournament at Newell-Grissom Gymnasium, there's legitimate arguments all of those feelings are justified.

 

 

Stephens feels EMCC has pieces

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

Buddy Stephens is apprehensive, curious, and confident all at the same time. If that sounds difficult, the East Mississippi Community College football coach will tell you it isn't.

 

 

Starkville High swimming has fast start

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

BRANDON -- The Starkville High School swimming team opened its season Saturday with several strong finishes at the Brandon Relays. Due to a computer scoring glitch, no official team finishes were available. However, Starkville coach Angela Hobart believes her squad was in a position to finish second in the boys and girls competition.

 

 

Noxubee County can't hold lead, falls to Spain Park (Ala.)

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Noxubee County High School football team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Saturday night in a 24-20 loss to Spain Park (Ala.). "We simply made too many mistakes," Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said. "We had three turnovers -- all in the second half. Three times, we drive inside the 20-yard-line and can't score. Against a good team, you have to take advantage of your chances and not make mistakes."

 

 

Brown, Clay County team win fishing tournament

Posted 8/27/2011 in Local Sports

West Point's Gene Brown had a good feeling after the opening round of the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship. On Saturday, the good feeling was rewarded as Brown built on his opening-round lead to secure championship honors in the annual event held at Columbus Lake, Aliceville Lake, and Aberdeen Lake.

 

 

Rebels hold dress rehearsal for opening day; Alabama practice indoors

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- With the season opener one week away, the University of Mississippi football team took the field inside Vaught-Hemingway for a two-plus hour dress rehearsal Saturday morning.

 

 

Ole Miss hopes to surprise in SEC

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Houston Nutt has been known to turn a team with low expectations into one of the Southeastern Conference's best in his 14-year coaching career in the Southeastern Conference.

 

 

Alabama working on to-do list

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's August to-do list: Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It's almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk.

 

 

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