STARKVILLE -- Every graduate school student has to complete an internship. Kelsi Dunne is taking a unique route to fulfilling her obligations.
Promoters at the Columbus Speedway have refurbished the facility hoping to pump life into an aging masterpiece. Now, the drivers are ready to do their part in re-energizing "The Baddest Bullring in the South." After the season-opening James King Memorial two weeks ago, racing returns to the speedway Saturday for the first of several weekly races scheduled for 2012. Among the competitors in the late model racing series will be Fulton's Eric Cooley.
The East Mississippi Community College baseball team received the atypical Saturday off Thursday afternoon. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ordered the Lions to forfeit Saturday's scheduled North Division doubleheader at Coahoma C.C.
Will Dupler knows how to fish in tournaments. Dupler, who lives in Columbus, has been fishing since his early years in Florida, and he knows the saying "nothing beats time on the water" holds true in the tournaments.
STARKVILLE -- In less than a week, Bryce Drew went from beginning discussions with Mississippi State University about its opening for a men's basketball coach to taking his name out of consideration for that position. After talking with MSU officials Monday in Atlanta, Drew has decided to remain men's basketball coach at Valparaiso University.
STARKVILLE -- One picture says a lot about Vic Schaefer. Perched on the top shelf of a corner organizer, the only picture in his new office at Mississippi State University captures Schaefer, his wife, Holly, and their 16-year-old twins, Blair Nicole and Charles Logan, standing on a ladder to the side of a nearly cut down net waving to fans after the Texas A&M women's basketball team won the 2011 national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Few secrets will be held in reserve this weekend when the Mississippi State University softball team will play host to the No. 2 University of Alabama in a Southeastern Conference three-game series.
STARKVILLE -- In tennis, it may take a novice fan longer to identify a program's best overall player than it does its best drawing card. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team has the best of both worlds with Artem Ilyushin.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson always calls Tuesday's practice "the first days out of the pajamas and into some work clothes". Welcome to the first day of shoulder pads at MSU spring football practice. "It's sort of what I expected out there today with the pads on and people moving at a different speeds out here," Wilson said. "You get to see who really wants to play when you're getting bodies on bodies."
You have to look good for your big day. After waiting this long, Lawrence Brown was going to make sure he had everything right. Still, as of Monday the New Hope High School senior didn't know what colors he was going to wear to celebrate the next step in his football career.
New Hope sophomore pitcher D.J. Sanders was really proud that no opposing batters got hit Tuesday night. Actually, Columbus got no hits and did not get hit, either one. However, it was more of the latter than had Sanders happy in the postgame.
WEST POINT -- After losing six straight, West Point High returned to the baseball win column in resounding fashion Tusesday night. Behind the complete-game effort of starting pitcher Tez Lane, the Green Wave knocked off New Hope, 3-2.
STARKVILLE -- The final scoreboard didn't seem to please Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen in the least.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney's three-year stint with the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is over. The school confirmed the junior center has signed with an agent and will forego his final season of eligibility in an attempt to play professional basketball.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a day to cross potential candidates off the list for Mississippi State University's next men's basketball coach. Steve Prohm, who Murray State University officials confirmed in multiple reports was approached by the search firm on Mississippi State's behalf, signed a contract extension that will pay him $300,000 per year to stay with the Racers through May 2016.
It takes a lot to get Cade Lott flustered. Whether it's football, basketball, or golf, Lott typically plays with a positive attitude and always has a smile ready to go. But Mother Nature put the Heritage Academy junior's attitude to the test Tuesday.
WEST POINT -- Jacob Shempert knows the importance of patience. As a member of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, which recognizes the state's top baseball players in the state of Mississippi, Shempert knows his reputation precedes him. The senior pitcher/catcher/infielder also understands pitchers and coaches read newspapers and the Internet to keep up with who is hot.
Gene Brown, Don Hitchcock, and the Lowndes County Bass Club overcame tough conditions this past weekend to take titles at the two-day Mississippi Bass Federation State Championship event in Columbus. On the boater side, Brown, the leader after the first day, failed to keep the pace of day one but still managed a weight of 6.66 pounds. He finished with a total weight of 22.46 pounds to take first in the individual angler category.
OXFORD -- After five straight years of NCAA tournament appearances and Western Athletic Conference championships at Fresno State University, Adrian Wiggins is ready to move to the Southeastern Conference. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Mississippi will officially introduce Wiggins as its next women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Kate Mattox was the only winner Saturday in a bunch of top-10 finishes by local competitors at the Mississippi State University High School Track and Field Invitational. Mattox won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 34.85 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:34.49).
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