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Dizzy Dean baseball tournament in Columbus set to crown winner

Posted 7/12/2011 in Local Columns

Congratulations to the city of Columbus. For the past five days, the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and Propst Park have played host to the Dizzy Dean 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.

 

Don't be a litter bug when you're on water

Posted 7/12/2011 in Local Columns

Have you noticed trash on the sides of the road each morning when you go to work or in the afternoon when you return home? For all of you who enjoy our waterway each weekend boating, skiing, and fishing, do you notice the soda bottle floating or the plastic bag in the water?

 

 

Sidney sheds weight, regains focus

Posted 7/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Expect a much different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent over a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas to shed weight and improve his conditioning. Sidney returned to campus last week 23 pounds lighter after weighing 320 pounds when he showed up in Houston in May.

 

 

King returns home to coach at West Lowndes

Posted 7/9/2011 in High School Sports

Tradition resonates with Anthony King. When he looks back on his athletic career, King has fond memories of when he wore the navy and gold of Motley High School. He also recalls the lessons he learned from coaches like Felix Wicks and Bobby Berry.

 

 

Starkville trying to work back through losers' bracket

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Sports

The Starkville All-Stars are swinging to survive. After losing during the opening night of the Dizzy Dean 10-and-under South state tournament, the team has recovered, beating Fulton on Friday and defeating Hamilton and Caledonia on Saturday to advance through the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

 

 

Columbus, Caledonia softball deliver strong efforts

Posted 7/9/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus Cyclones and Caledonia Sassy Sluggers departed their softball diamonds at Propst Park on Saturday afternoon with medals around their necks.

 

Still in the race: Al Schmidt's life saved by quick action of an athletic trainer

Posted 7/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.

 

Coaches try to increase interest in baseball in Macon

Posted 7/8/2011 in Local Sports

Baseball first excited Savion Price at age 3. His favorite player is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, who shares his position of shortstop.

 

 

Columbus 10-year-old Dizzy Dean team wins two games

Posted 7/8/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus 10-and-under Dizzy Dean All-Stars are two wins closer to advancing to the World Series.

 

 

Starkville High's Mitchell adds two coaches

Posted 7/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell has a pair of familiar faces joining his staff. Mitchell announced Thursday the hiring of Chris Walters as defensive line coach and Justin Moss as offensive line coach.

 

Fans bless football season with Running of the Bulldogs

Posted 7/7/2011 in College Sports

A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.

 

Columbus All-Star teams confident about their chances

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus age-group All-Star teams enter their respective state tournaments today with a sense of optimism about their chances to advance to the World Series.

 

 

Starkville All-Stars relying on experience

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's normal for a coach to tout his team and expect to win every game. Keith Lawrence doesn't mind wearing the cap of the mega-confident, if not braggadocios baseball coach.

 

 

Caledonia team shows how cheering plays part in success

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

Starting Friday, Propst Park will as much resemble the host of an outdoor music festival as a youth baseball and softball tournament. The cheers, loud and proud, will derive from dozens of girls, perhaps hundreds, from throughout the state, ranging in age from tiny tots to teenage veterans of Amateur Softball Association of America competition. Unlike baseball -- make that just about any other American sport -- an unofficial prerequisite of playing softball is cheering. Seriously. You cheer in the dugout while a teammate is at the plate.

 

 

West Point, Caledonia All-Stars set for action

Posted 7/7/2011 in Local Sports

Jason Edwards, coach of West Point's 10-and-under baseball team, watched from outside the dugout as Brandon Lairy made contact and raced to first base.

 

 

Maye hopes to use experience at MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.

 

 

Riek leaves MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.

 

 

Starkville High will have to replace Milling

Posted 7/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mimi Milling wasn't looking to leave her building project as Starkville High School's fast-pitch softball coach, but family comes first. The third-year coach recently accepted a job to teach math at Northeast Lauderdale High, a move that will see her teach in the same district as her husband, Dane, who will teach at West Lauderdale High.

 

 

Baseball, softball tournaments will invade Columbus

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Sports

It's nearly time. After months of planning, cleaning, primping, and organizing, Roger Short and the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority are ready to roll out the welcome mat to all of the players, parents, relatives, and fans who will invade Propst Park for four Dizzy Dean slow-pitch softball age-group tournaments and the 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.

 

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series coming to Columbus

Posted 7/6/2011 in Local Sports

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete this weekend at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.

 

 

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