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Starkville Longhorns will compete in World Series

Posted 7/22/2011 in Local Sports

Second baseman Nyjal Johnson packed his bags earlier this week -- technically, he and his cousin did the packing -- in preparation for a trip to the World Series. He is one of 12 members of the Starkville Longhorns 8-and-under squad that qualified for the annual tournament, which will be in Southaven this year. Teams are scheduled to report today and to play their first games Saturd



Starkville Academy girls will move on without Wofford

Posted 7/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kayla Mosley has inherited an experienced Starkville Academy softball team that returns all but one starter. Normally, that scenario would allow a coach to make a smooth transition into her first year on the job, but finding a replacement for catcher Bailey Wofford will be Mosley's biggest undertaking this preseason.



Fishing tournament expected to boost economy by $5.5M

Posted 7/21/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is bringing a national fishing tournament to the area, with the promise of generating $5.5 million in local impact.



Relf ready to push Bulldogs up SEC ladder

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- A year ago at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Chris Relf was the unpolished, untested quarterback of a burgeoning Mississippi State football team. The bulk of questions he entertained reflected his rise from obscurity, as he was grilled about his passing ability -- or lack thereof.



MSU's Cox knows he will play bigger role

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Fletcher Cox may be the best defensive lineman on his team. He's just fine with that.



SEC Commissioner Slive outlines possible changes

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive utilized the opening press conference of SEC Football Media Day to announce plans Wednesday to strengthen academic requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers.



Montgomery leaves Columbus to return to EMCC

Posted 7/21/2011 in Local Sports

Tony Montgomery didn't want to leave East Mississippi Community College. After not being retained last year as baseball coach, Montgomery never envisioned he would get a chance to go back to the school he loves.



Starkville Academy girls soccer has sights set higher

Posted 7/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For each of the past two seasons, the Starkville Academy girls soccer team has been built around talented underclassmen. That trend will continue this season, as the team's hopes of making it out of the first round of the playoffs will rest on its underclassmen.



Huddleston will stick with commitment to MSU

Posted 7/21/2011 in High School Sports

Tiffany Huddleston knows she will be asked the question. But being a "bulldog at heart" made it easier for the Starkville Academy rising junior to give a verbal commitment to play soccer at Mississippi State.



Muschamp hopes to re-energize Florida

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The rookie head coach strolled into the second-floor ballroom at The Wynfrey Hotel like he'd been there before. He hadn't -- at least not in front of this microphone, not while addressing a media contingent in the hundreds. "Great to be here," Will Muschamp said. "Great to be back in the Southeastern Conference and at the University of Florida." Moments like that one, captured in front of the laptops and pens and digital tape recorders and a Gators helmet near the podium, convinced Muschamp to go from coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas to coach-right-now.



Former Rebel Warren will play in Australia

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Throughout his exceptional high school and college career, Chris Warren dreamed of taking his basketball talents to the professional level. On Wednesday, the former University of Mississippi point guard was earned that opportunity when he signed with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.



Cobb leaves Hamilton for job at Severstal

Posted 7/20/2011 in High School Sports

Jason Cobb knew he was going to have to make a decision. Faced with a choice of remaining a teacher and a coach or getting into administration, Cobb was focused on finding a better situation for his family.



Harrell will go to Michigan to play baseball

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

Baseball knows no boundaries. And when you make an impression on someone, there's no telling where your hard work will help you wind up. Blake Harrell finalized his destination of choice Tuesday, signing a scholarship to play baseball at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich.



Ole Miss Athletics assists Smithville

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

SMITHVILLE -- After collecting household goods the past two weekends, University of Mississippi Athletics personnel delivered Tuesday a load of items to the Smithville community as part of the Rebel Relief Project.



Time for U.S. Soccer to change thinking

Posted 7/19/2011 in Local Columns

All is not lost. Soccer will have life in this country after the United States' women's National Team lost to Japan in penalty kicks Sunday in the World Cup title game in Germany.



Mixing crankbaits, soft plastics will help ensure success

Posted 7/19/2011 in Local Columns

The hot days of summer tend to make fishing slow. I look at summer bass fishing almost like winter time. Even though the water is warm and the metabolism of the fish is high, the fish don't go chase food all day.


Would you have a plan to save someone's life?

Posted 7/16/2011 in Local Columns

Ron Courson has made a life helping others prepare for competition.

Basketball tournament raises money for for the Family Readiness Group fund

Posted 7/16/2011 in Local Sports

The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.


Columbus will play host to Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament

Posted 7/15/2011 in Local Sports

Mark Box isn't the only person who has fallen under the spell of disc golf. Friends Clayton Nash and Chip Strain also admit to being "hooked" by the game after being introduced to it. Box, Nash, and Strain hope more people in the Greater Golden Triangle area will be affected by the sport this weekend when the Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament comes to Columbus this weekend.



MSU's Saulsberry does internship with SPD

Posted 7/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- You might have noticed a familiar face in an unfamiliar uniform around Starkville. Mississippi State senior lineman Quentin Saulsberry has spent the past month and a half interning at the Starkville Police Department. In that time he has been the most popular person to step out of a squad car.



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