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Smaller weights expected for Crappie Masters event

Posted 5/17/2013 in Local Sports

Paul Alpers had a lot of praise last year for the city of Columbus and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Alpers, who is the president of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail, was in Lowndes County last August to award a Crappie Masters National Championship to Charlie and Travis Bunting, of Jefferson City, Mo. Alpers was on hand to watch the Buntings land a two-day haul of 19 pounds that helped them win two Tracker Marine Nitro Z7 boats with 150 horsepower Mercury Motors. In all, 141 teams averaged catching crappie that weighed just less than a pound.



Alabama welcomes Curry as women's basketball coach

Posted 5/17/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kristy Curry has worked with some of the most successful coaches and at schools that have some of the best traditions in women's college basketball.



New Hope wants to close out Hernando at home

Posted 5/17/2013 in High School Sports

HERNANDO -- When a team wins a big postseason road game, it usually has at least a couple of hours to celebrate. That's not the case for the New Hope High School baseball team.



MSU softball faces tough draw in opener

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

Mississippi State University's softball team has a rare assignment in the opening round of the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional. MSU (32-22), the No. 3 seed in the regional, will take on Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season conference champion Florida State (41-16), the No. 2 seed, at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the opening game of the four-team, double-elimination event.



Becker wants to make most of MSU's trip to regional

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Last season, Stephanie Becker made her first trip to a NCAA Regional as a cheerleader in a player's uniform.



Nilsson confident MSU can move forward

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

Right after the Mississippi State University men's tennis players arrived in Champaign, Ill., coach Per Nilsson told them to get comfortable because he intended to make an extended stay.



AISA recognizes three Pickens Academy students

Posted 5/16/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Phil Fikes doesn't consider himself a "jock." That moniker is typically used to label individuals who are more accomplished in athletics that in the classroom.



Neshoba Central ends New Hope's season again

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

For the second-consecutive season, the screams from a bus leaving Lady Trojan Field will ring in the ears of the New Hope High School players. This time, though, there was a weightier sense of finality for four seniors who saw their prep careers end without another shot at an elusive state championship.



Ties to Alabama strong for MSU softball team

Posted 5/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It may be a long wait if you're on the pass list for Mississippi State University softball player Jessica Cooley. Cooley and her Bulldogs were scheduled to leave this morning for Mobile, Ala., where they will begin play Friday in the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional of the NCAA tournament. MSU (32-22) will face Florida State (41-16) at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the four-team, double-elimination event.



Pickens Academy baseball, softball players honored

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy baseball and softball teams had plenty of ways to turn for contributions this season. Six of the standouts for both teams were recognized recently for their performances with Alabama Independent School Association All-Star awards.



Prep Player of Week: Mattox caps banner season with pair of championships

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For many, a pair of state championships would signal the end of a promising high school career.



New Hope softball stands one win away from state title series

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Championship programs respond.



Pickens Academy tabs Thacker as new football coach

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker feels like he is back home.



Former Penn State quarterback plans visit to MSU

Posted 5/14/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Steven Bench is officially a college football free agent and currently touring his future destinations.



Renfroe chosen as finalist for Ferriss Award

Posted 5/14/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the month Mississippi State University junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe will begin to accumulate individual honors.



Rally helps MSU salvage finale vs. Ole Miss

Posted 5/13/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Twelve outs away from being swept by its archrival, a pre-game image appeared in the minds of the Mississippi State University baseball players.



MSU softball team celebrates another NCAA bid

Posted 5/13/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Since taking over the program, Mississippi State University second-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached living in the moment. For Stuedeman and the Bulldogs, the moment they were living in Sunday night was very good.



Area track and field standouts earn firsts

Posted 5/13/2013 in High School Sports

PEARL -- The Golden Triangle had three individuals win gold medals Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State Outdoor Track and Field meet. Starkville High School's Kate Mattox and Damian Grady each won two events, while New Hope High's Mercedes Mattix won the 400 meters.



Ole Miss takes first two games from MSU

Posted 5/12/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi baseball coach Mike Bianco had a dilemma immediately after Friday night's rainout. His normal game two starting pitcher and his offense felt a lot better Saturday about his decision following a doubleheader sweep of No. 21 Mississippi State University.



SEC schools could see huge payout from new network

Posted 5/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Mike Slive to outdo himself as the leader of a premier Division I athletic conference. When he negotiated and signed the unprecedented 15-year, $2 billion-plus agreement to televise games with ESPN in 2008, it was believed the Southeastern Conference commissioner had secured his legacy. In 16 months, the SEC will have a television network that will take it into new territory as it tries not to be overtaken financially by another league.



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