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Good fortunate brings Handa Cup to Golden Triangle

Posted 5/17/2014 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- If George Bryan didn't pick up the phone, Jane Blalock might never have found a location for the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup.

 

 

Detz, No. 20 MSU beat No. 19 Alabama

Posted 5/16/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Five players had two hits or more and Alex Detz had a career-high five RBIs Thursday night to lead the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team to a 9-4 victory against No. 19 Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Bulldogs (34-19, 17-11 Southeastern Conference) scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break a 1-1 tie and remain one game behind Ole Miss in the SEC's Western Division.

 

 

Stafford, New Hope beat Oxford in Game 1

Posted 5/16/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior pitcher Taylor Stafford felt good and in complete control on the mound Thursday night. That was really bad news for the Oxford baseball team.

 

 

Starkville shows variety of weapons in win vs. Brandon

Posted 5/16/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team sent a message Thursday to the state of Mississippi that it is the team to beat after an easy victory against Class 6A power Brandon.

 

 

West Point's defense makes big play to beat Meridian

Posted 5/16/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After going through a season last year when his defense had difficulty stopping anybody, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless was pleased with how that unit performed in its first audition for the 2014 season.

 

 

Lopez hopes ISPS Handa Cup raises profile of women's golf

Posted 5/16/2014 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Nancy Lopez enjoys having a full calendar. Whether it is taking part in charity or corporate events, spending time with her new granddaughter, or visiting her youngest daughter at Auburn University, Lopez still manages to find time to play golf.

 

 

Sophomores have become bigger leaders as seniors for Hamilton

Posted 5/16/2014 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Sophomores aren't supposed to be leaders. But Alison Atkins, Taylor Hyland, Cheyenne Logan, Raimi Bryan, and Jordyn Jackson responded when pressed into service in 2012 for the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team. The program was in transition. Coming off a 2011 season in which it failed to advance to the playoffs, Hamilton also had to adjust to a new coach, Bryan Loague, who took over for Jason Cobb.

 

 

Noxubee County's Barnett grabs state championship in discus

Posted 5/14/2014 in High School Sports

MACON -- It's a good thing Qendarrion Barnett isn't superstitious.

 

 

Hamilton High's Heard relishes state championship

Posted 5/14/2014 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- So much for needing blocks to win a state title in the sprints.

 

 

MSU men's golf team starts regional play today

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Clay Homan goes into today's NCAA Regionals with the maturity of four seniors.

 

 

MSU women's golf wants more in this year's NCAA championship

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ji Eun Baik had a one-word answer to Mississippi State women's golf making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships.

 

 

New Hope baseball faces region rival Oxford for North State title

Posted 5/14/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School has a rare luxury when the Mississippi High School Activities Association's North Mississippi Class 5A baseball playoffs resume tonight.

 

 

Pitching leads charge as MSU softball begins play in Lafayette Regional

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has played and coached the game long enough to know that a quality pair of pitchers can go a very long way towards helping a team win a national championship.

 

 

Newcomer Laster gives Bulldogs' pitching staff major shot in arm

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While sitting around in meetings during the middle of this season, Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson brought up the idea of giving Lucas Laster more innings and opportunities

 

 

MSU bullpen finding its stride

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State associate head coach/pitching coach Butch Thompson is going to have a hard time convincing fans the way he uses his bullpen is still unconventional. But Thompson also doesn't need to encourage fans his philosophy works, either. No. 20 MSU (33-19, 16-11 Southeastern Conference) will have to find ways to win games in the next few weeks with a pitching staff that has once again been built from the back end.

 

 

Some of world's best will return to Old Waverly

Posted 5/14/2014 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Jester admits the Handa Cup initially was "foreign" to him. Jester, the PGA Director of Golf for Old Waverly Golf Club, knew all too well about the success of the 54th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship in 1999 at Old Waverly, but he wasn't well versed about the history of the Handa Cup.

 

New Hope baseball team comes together to try to make history

Posted 5/14/2014 in Local Columns

The New Hope High School baseball team is basking in its new role as the favorites to the win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.

 

Ole Miss, Alabama win non-conference games

Posted 5/14/2014 in College Sports

JONESBORO, Ark. -- The No. 11 Ole Miss baseball team used a four-run first inning and two other big innings Tuesday night to defeat Arkansas State 16-9 in front of a record crowd of 1,143 at Tomlinson Stadium.

 

 

Hitting comes alive for New Hope in sweep of Pearl

Posted 5/13/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- After a sluggish offensive performance in a playoff win Saturday afternoon, New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd said the time would come when the Trojans won a playoff game based on their offense. Two days later, the coach was proven correct.

 

 

Neshoba Central powers past New Hope to reach state title series

Posted 5/13/2014 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Leadoff hitters are meant to get things going. Hailey Lunderman took that part of her job description to heart Monday afternoon. Coming off a three-hit effort in a Game 1 victory against New Hope, the junior shortstop set the tone with a ringing triple off D.J. Sanders in the bottom of the first inning. Three batters later, Lunderman scored on a sun-aided double by Kayla Robertson as part of a four-run first that helped propel the Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball team to a 9-2 victory against New Hope in Game 2 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series.

 

 

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