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New Hope sends six to college

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

Wednesday was a good day to be a Trojan. Michael Bradley and his New Hope High School football program celebrated National Signing Day in style with the announcement that six players would continue their football careers in college.

 

 

Columbus' Brown, Wolfe going to EMCC, ICC

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

Chris Wolfe's mother taught him he needed to be the best at whatever he wanted to do. With five older brothers and sisters, Wolfe missed out on a lot of the friendly competitions that usually exist between siblings. But the valuable lessons Wolfe learned from his mother, brothers, and sisters paid off Wednesday when the Columbus High School football senior signed a scholarship to play football at Itawamba Community College.

 

 

Caledonia's Comer signs with MSU

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Running always has been fun for Jessica Comer. Four years ago, Comer didn't realize she could run and compete in a sport at the same time Caledonia High School. Since then, Comer has logged hundreds and hundreds of miles and has had fun winning her share of races and state titles.

 

 

Resurgent Starkville has solid signing class

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a resurgent season under first-year coach Jamie Mitchell, Starkville High School followed Wednesday with a banner signing class. Headlined by defensive end Chris Prater signing with Louisiana-Lafayette, the Yellow Jackets had seven players sign college scholarships.

 

 

West Point sends nine on to next level

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Wednesday was a big day for the Class 5A champs. The West Point High School football program saw nine players from its 2010 Mississippi High School Activities Association state championship team sign to play football in college level. The signings included three to Division I schools.

 

 

Noxubee County's Shorter proud to send seven to college

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

Tyrone Shorter was as proud Wednesday as any of the parents and family members in attendance for the Noxubee County High School football team's National Signing Day ceremonies. The first-year coach was enjoying the morning so much because seven players he first coached in seventh and spent the past six years helping to mold into young men realized their dreams when they signed to play football in college.

 

 

Victory Christian's Ellis going to EMCC

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

Landon Ellis realized Wednesday the reward of an offseason filled with sweat, aches, and pain. After working hard to get stronger in preparation for his senior season on the Victory Christian football team, Ellis used the momentum from a standout season to sign to play football at East Mississippi Community College.

 

 

Aberdeen's Ward, Smith going to ICC

Posted 2/3/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- There is no substitute for hard work. When you're part of a program that has had some success, you need players who are going to adopt that mind-set and build on it to push future teams to even greater heights.

 

 

MSU satisfied with class of 22

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Unmoved by how others rate his 2011 recruiting class, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen locked up 22 players Wednesday he feels "fit" the program standard. Never mind the stars next to their names on recruiting websites or the hoopla surrounding their National Signing Day decisions -- Mullen doesn't keep up with that.

 

 

Alabama men sweep MSU

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's road woes continue. After beating then-No. 24 University of Florida on Saturday at home, MSU thought it had cured the ills of an up-and-down start to league play. Instead, it reverted to the form that saw it lose by 22 at Georgia and dropped its second-straight Southeastern Conference road game Wednesday night at Alabama.

 

 

MSU lands big recruiting haul in secondary

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's 22-player signing class might not have been highly touted, but coach Dan Mullen feels it addressed needs. Though MSU inked just one linebacker -- Rosa Fort's Bernardrick McKinney -- to help cope with the loss of All-Southeastern Conference players KJ Wright and Chris White, the Bulldogs signed four offensive linemen and three running backs. The Bulldogs' biggest haul was in the secondary, where they signed five defensive backs, led by Stone County safety Dee Arrington. Athlete Taveze Calhoun also could wind up at defense back.

 

 

Ole Miss signs top in-state talent

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi endured a difficult football season in the fall, stumbling to a 4-8 record and last place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. Coach Houston Nutt said his program went a long way toward rectifying those problems Wednesday, when the Rebels announced a 22-person signing class that fills needs in almost every area.

 

 

Alabama gets split signing day decisions

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama coach Nick Saban went in search of athletic defensive linemen and a few imposing blockers on offense. The Crimson Tide has stocked up on both and apparently isn't giving up hope of bringing in the two biggest lineman prizes.

 

 

Rector hopes to work into bigger role for MSU women

Posted 2/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Danielle Rector is getting closer. The junior has shown in flashes she has the ability to contribute to the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Whether it is stretching defenses with her 3-point shooting or keeping post players honest with her driving ability, the 6-foot-1 forward has provided positive minutes on the offensive end.

 

MSU/Starkville sports blog: State falters in Tuscaloosa

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mississippi State's road woes continue. After beating No. 24 Florida at home Saturday, the Bulldogs thought they had cured the ills of an up-and-down start to league play.

 

MSU/Starkville Sports blog: Mullen not fazed by rankings

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen isn't concerned with recruiting rankings. Nor does he care about anyone's perception of why his Mississippi State Bulldogs had six players de-commit and only land two Dandy Dozen players -- the least they've signed since 2006. To him, the 22 players in the 2010 class fit his mission of landing the top players in-state and filling needs.

 

 

Mississippi State signees

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

Dan Mullen's third recruiting class at Mississippi State includes 22 signees (as of 11:25 a.m.). Fifteen players are from the state of Mississippi, and two are junior college transfers. Rivals.com currently rankes MSU's class 42nd in the country, while Scout.com has the Bulldogs at No. 40.

 

 

Area college football signees list

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

This list will be updated throughout the day.

 

 

Sidney, MSU front court face tough task against 'Bama bigs

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney once claimed to be "unstoppable" in the post. "No one in the nation or the world," Sidney proclaimed in December, could match him on the block. Except maybe University of Alabama forward JaMychal Green. Sidney was held to two points and five turnovers in a loss to the Crimson Tide on Jan. 8, the worst performance of his eight-game college career.

 

 

MSU/Starkville sports blog: MSU looks to close strong on signing day

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's football recruiting class has taken some hits in recent weeks, and national signing day could provide more surprises. MSU has had six de-commitments this recruiting season, including All-Americans C.J. Johnson and Nick Brassell.

 

 

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