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Columbus All-Star teams confident about their chances

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus age-group All-Star teams enter their respective state tournaments today with a sense of optimism about their chances to advance to the World Series.

 

 

Starkville All-Stars relying on experience

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's normal for a coach to tout his team and expect to win every game. Keith Lawrence doesn't mind wearing the cap of the mega-confident, if not braggadocios baseball coach.

 

 

Caledonia team shows how cheering plays part in success

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

Starting Friday, Propst Park will as much resemble the host of an outdoor music festival as a youth baseball and softball tournament. The cheers, loud and proud, will derive from dozens of girls, perhaps hundreds, from throughout the state, ranging in age from tiny tots to teenage veterans of Amateur Softball Association of America competition. Unlike baseball -- make that just about any other American sport -- an unofficial prerequisite of playing softball is cheering. Seriously. You cheer in the dugout while a teammate is at the plate.

 

 

West Point, Caledonia All-Stars set for action

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

Jason Edwards, coach of West Point's 10-and-under baseball team, watched from outside the dugout as Brandon Lairy made contact and raced to first base.

 

 

Maye hopes to use experience at MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.

 

 

Riek leaves MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.

 

 

Starkville High will have to replace Milling

Posted 7/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mimi Milling wasn't looking to leave her building project as Starkville High School's fast-pitch softball coach, but family comes first. The third-year coach recently accepted a job to teach math at Northeast Lauderdale High, a move that will see her teach in the same district as her husband, Dane, who will teach at West Lauderdale High.

 

 

Baseball, softball tournaments will invade Columbus

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Sports

It's nearly time. After months of planning, cleaning, primping, and organizing, Roger Short and the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority are ready to roll out the welcome mat to all of the players, parents, relatives, and fans who will invade Propst Park for four Dizzy Dean slow-pitch softball age-group tournaments and the 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.

 

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series coming to Columbus

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Sports

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete this weekend at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.

 

 

Ole Miss team hopes to land big haul

Posted 7/5/2011 in Local Sports

Andy Halford has fished long enough to know some searches prove fruitless.

 

 

Helpful hints to help you use your braking system like a pro

Posted 7/5/2011 in Local Columns

Baitcasting reels have seen major changes throughout the years.

 

 

Support system plays key role in Outlaw's life in NBA

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Sports

It takes a village to support Travis Outlaw -- make that an older brother and two cousins.

 

 

Kosciusko rallies to beat Caledonia Diamond Divas

Posted 7/2/2011 in Local Sports

It looked like "if" was going to turn into "when." Then the Kosciusko's bats kicked into gear and ended an afternoon in the sun with some championship relief.

 

 

MSU rewards Cohen with extension, raise

Posted 7/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen, who led the Bulldogs to within one game of the College World Series and a No. 15 national ranking, has received a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.

 

 

Columbus All-Star softball team kicks off play tonight

Posted 7/1/2011 in Local Sports

The unknowns will crystallize tonight. Columbus 8-and-under Dizzy Dean softball coach Jay Cook hopes his players are ready when everything comes into focus. Cook and his players will put their efforts to the test at 7 tonight when they take on the Nettleton Diamond Divas on the Redbird A field in the double-elimination, coach-pitch North State tournament at Propst Park.

 

 

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.

 

 

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