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All-Stars make final night of tournament play fun

Posted 7/10/2012 in Local Columns

Perfection is a matter of opinion.

Columbus 10-year-old All-Stars take title

Posted 7/10/2012 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Terry Fitch knew his team had a bull's eye on its back. Entering the championship game of the 10-year-old Dizzy Dean South State tournament, Fitch realized his team's 4-0 record to that point wouldn't guarantee success.

Lessons learned on Dizzying weekend

Posted 7/9/2012 in Local Sports

"Earn everything." No better words were spoken on and around a diamond on a weekend packed with softball and baseball action in the Greater Golden Triangle area.


Recruiting picks up for area players

Posted 7/7/2012 in High School Sports

There's no better time than the month of July to make an impression.



Hughey makes Oak Hill winner

Posted 7/7/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- When completing his degree work at Mississippi State University, Stan Hughey thought he was preparing for a long baseball coaching career.



ACHIEVING HER GOALS: Hebron Christian's Nichols ready for next step

Posted 7/7/2012 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Hebron Christian School basketball player Tori Nichols was not persuaded by Southern Arkansas University's athletic facilities. Instead, an animal or two helped tip the scales.



NCAA grants MSU's Green sixth year of eligibility

Posted 7/6/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Marcus Green will be in a Mississippi State University football jersey in 2012. MSU officials announced Thursday morning the NCAA granted the 24-year-old tight end a sixth-year of eligibility after the school applied for it on his behalf.



Freeze embarks on biggest challenge at Ole Miss

Posted 7/6/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's résumé shows he's a football coach. It also indicates he also is some sort of magician.


MSU's Renfroe shows summer power stroke

Posted 7/5/2012 in College Sports

Hunter Renfroe earned the reputation for being a power hitter early in his Mississippi State University baseball career. The rising junior may be primed to realize that potential thanks to a record-setting summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer Baseball League.


Sheets begins road back to majors in Pearl

Posted 7/5/2012 in Local Sports

PEARL -- Ben Sheets appeared exactly the way he and everybody expected he would look Wednesday night -- rusty. It had been nearly 22 months since the four-time All-Star had taken the mound in a professional baseball game, and the layoff caused him to make mistakes in his return to the game. The Jackson (Tenn.) Generals capitalized on those mistakes in a 4-2 victory against the Mississippi Braves in a Double-A minor league game at Trustmark Park.



Locals gear up for third annual Hoops for Troops tournament

Posted 7/4/2012 in Local Sports

Jennifer Latham and the Columbus Lady Celtics aren't concerned about making history. Instead, Latham and her basketball teammates from Columbus and the Tupelo area are more focused on being part of an annual event that gives back to the military and family members.



Former MSU standout Moultrie won't play in 76ers summer league

Posted 7/4/2012 in Local Sports

Former Mississippi State University forward Arnett Moultrie already has suffered his first professional setback before getting a chance to suit up for his new team.



Starkville High, ICC standout Bonner signs with Montevallo

Posted 7/4/2012 in College Sports

FULTON -- Itawamba Community College women's head basketball coach Nanci Gray announced sophomore Shay Bonner signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Montevallo in Alabama next season.



MSU volleyball will play stronger schedule in 2012

Posted 7/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jenny Hazelwood has assembled a challenging 2012 schedule for one reason: RPI. In college volleyball, the Ratings Percentage Index is a crucial element used to rank schools and to determine at-large selections for the NCAA tournament. Hazelwood, who was a setter at MSU, is determined to make sure the program continues to improve.



Former MSU assistant coach Bedell hired at VCU

Posted 7/4/2012 in College Sports

Franqua Bedell was ready to take the next step. After Vic Shaefer replaced Sharon Fanning-Otis as women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, Bedell applied for and had several interviews for a number of coaching vacancies throughout the nation.



ICC's Hoskins to be honored at Women's Hall of Fame

Posted 7/4/2012 in College Sports

FULTON -- Former Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Community College basketball standout Jameika Hoskins has been recognized for her final season at ICC by having her jersey as part of the Ring of Honor display at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.



Racing to return to Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 7/3/2012 in Local Sports

Magnolia Motor Speedway is preparing for The Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau Clash at the Mag on Thursday through Saturday. The event will feature Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors attempting to tame the "Black Ice" in pursuit of a $20,000-to-win top prize and a purse of more than $70,000.



Reports: Hood will transfer to Duke

Posted 6/30/2012 in College Sports

Multiple reports have former Mississippi State University guard Rodney Hood heading to Duke University. and Fox Sports reported Saturday evening the former Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi has decided to transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse coached by Mike Krzyzewski, Division I men's college basketball's all-time leader in wins.



Stillman pitches New Hope to title

Posted 6/30/2012 in Local Sports

It's never too hot to make an impression. Baking on a day in which temperatures soared into triple digits, Josh Stillman made sure he gave New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd something to remember him by for the 2012-13 school year.


Moore, Thomas led Immanuel Christian

Posted 6/30/2012 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Immanuel Christian senior boys basketball player Ross Moore never doubted he would return to the court. However, Moore wasn't sure his shooting touch would return when he was back in uniform. Immanuel Christian coach Billy Thomas shared those concerns. Thomas knew Moore would bring leadership to the squad, but he knew the team also needed the offensive touch Moore could provide to help put the Rams over the top.


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