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Wetherbee helps keeps MSU organized

Posted 10/3/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Wetherbee arrived at Mississippi State University to take over at the school's senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, and with the Bulldogs' football team off to a 4-0 start, that means he's a busy man. Serving as MSU's point of contact for the SEC Network, which will broadcast its weekly college football lead-in show, SEC Nation, from MSU's Junction on Saturday morning, Wetherbee has plenty to discuss. The Dispatch sat down with Wetherbee to discuss the SEC Network, the football team's start, and MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.

 

 

Parking changes this weekend at Mississippi State

Posted 10/3/2014 in College Sports

With the eyes of the nation's college football audience focused on the state of Mississippi this weekend as Mississippi State University hosts the Texas A&M Aggies in a key Southeastern Conference Western Division battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday, some changes will come to the normal game-day routine at Davis Wade Stadium and in the Junction.

 

EMCC will honor Hall of Fame inductees

Posted 10/3/2014 in Local Columns

Tom Goode always demanded excellence. Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.

 

Starkville wants to keep momentum going

Posted 10/3/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Starkville High School football team's offensive numbers may been among the state's best, the Yellow Jackets may have made the biggest strides on defense.

 

 

Heritage Academy sports go worldwide on WiFi

Posted 10/2/2014 in High School Sports

William Cooper and Gary Harris are in the press box and on the air. Their headsets are on. The rosters of the Heritage Academy and Hillcrest Christian Academy football teams are in front of them as they overlook the field.

 

 

Montgomery, Columbus focused on getting better

Posted 10/2/2014 in High School Sports

It's impossible to miss. No exclamation points or bold print are needed. Two pieces of paper taped to the windows of the doors to the Columbus High School football team's field house make that message clear with a pink highlighted line: Columbus (HC).

 

 

New Hope wants to build on 5-0 start

Posted 10/2/2014 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle hoped the roots would take hold quickly. Like all new coaches moving to a new school, Pickle thought a fresh start could work wonders with the New Hope High School football team. The former Aberdeen High assistant coach and head coach at Morton High knew New Hope had talent, but he also knew the program hadn't had a lot of success under two coaches in the past three seasons.

 

 

Vivians ready to shoulder big load for MSU

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch profiles Victoria Vivians, the fifth and final member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's freshman class. The class was nationally ranked and hopes to propel MSU back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.

 

 

MSU will try to put pressure on Texas A&M's Hill

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings never had a chance.

 

 

MSU Defensive Keys vs. Texas A&M

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

MSU Defensive Keys vs. Texas A&M

 

 

Ole Miss baseball team will face challenging schedule

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss baseball team will play 21 games against teams that competed in the NCAA tournament last season, including five games against teams that advanced to the 2014 College World Series, coach Mike Bianco announced Wednesday. The Rebels will play a 56-game schedule in 2015, featuring 21 games (37.5 percent) against teams with an Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) inside the top 30 last season. Of the Rebels' 56 games, 31 will be at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, where the Rebels went 27-7 last season and won the NCAA Oxford Regional.

 

 

Ole Miss will lean on defense vs. Alabama

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's offense is a little inconsistent and the special teams suddenly have some problems. But through four games, one thing has been clear: These 11th-ranked Rebels are capable of playing outstanding defense. Ole Miss (4-0) ranks third nationally and first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense, giving up 8.5 points per game. Ole Miss held Memphis to 104 yards in a 24-3 victory Saturday night.

 

 

Former Rebel Walls will be honored

Posted 10/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday they will honor Wesley Walls with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Saturday during the game between No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 3 Alabama. Coverage of the game will start at 2:30 p.m. (WCBI).

 

 

Youthful Pickens Academy gearing up for stretch run

Posted 9/30/2014 in High School Sports

Pickens Academy football coach Josh Thacker knew he had some very valuable players to replace this season.

 

 

MSU offense gearing up for showdown with Texas A&M

Posted 9/30/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Technically, Mississippi State center Dillon Day doesn't have much to do this Saturday, the result of a one-game suspension handed down by the Southeastern Conference following a pair of in-game incidents in MSU's 34-29 win at LSU.

 

 

Heritage Academy hits critical stretch of schedule

Posted 9/30/2014 in High School Sports

The gauntlet is down to six.

 

 

Jones leads new-look defensive line for top-ranked EMCC

Posted 9/30/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA - D.J. Jones flashes a smile wider than the defensive tackle's 315-pound frame.

 

Walters Column: Starkville High, Starkville Academy, MSU off to fantastic starts

Posted 9/30/2014 in Local Columns

The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.

 

Ole Miss overlooks hype, readies for No. 1 Alabama

Posted 9/29/2014 in College Sports

Ole Miss has been waiting for a day like this for quite some time.

 

 

Fulgham's leadership helps pace undefeated Victory Christian

Posted 9/29/2014 in High School Sports

Arm strength. Poise. Vision.

 

 

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