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Arkansas beats MSU to take series

Posted 4/1/2013 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- First-inning pitching difficulties did in the No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team again Sunday afternoon. MSU walked three in the first inning and allowed three runs before recording an out en route to a 3-1 loss to No. 15 University of Arkansas at Baum Stadium.

 

 

The Dispatch's 2012-13 All-Area Boys, Girls Basketball Teams

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

The Dispatch's 2012-13 All-Area boys and girls basketball teams:

 

 

Berry becomes force for Falcons

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior Devin Berry is spending this spring readying for graduation and preparing for the next stage of his basketball career.

 

 

Columbus' Patterson emerges as creator for others

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

When the typical student moves to college, it takes two or three carloads to transport the clothes and furnishings. Columbus High School senior Kiki Patterson won't have to do that much packing. She will be able to hurry home at a moment's notice.

 

 

SA starters share unique honor

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There weren't too many teams that tested the chemistry and the togetherness that binded Starkville Academy girls basketball team this season.

 

 

Schmidt helps SA girls get most out of TEAM

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Together Everyone Achieves More. Glenn Schmidt has used countless phrases, sayings, and motivational tactics in 30-plus years of coaching basketball. But none of the words Schmidt has used sums up the 2012-13 Starkville Academy girls basketball team better than the acronym T.E.A.M. It may be cliché, but the Lady Volunteers epitomized team play in every facet of the game.

 

 

Alexander leads SA boys to winning season, postseason

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

Being a graduate of Mississippi State University, Mark Alexander already had a pulse on the boys basketball program at Starkville Academy. Alexander knew the Volunteers had experienced more struggles than happy times. In the past decade, the squads have battled to break even and postseason success was nonexistent.

 

 

Cox trying to become fast learner for MSU

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the eyes of the Mississippi State University football coaching staff, Justin Cox is the kind of player that can benefit from spring practice the most. As a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Cox is trying to get everything down so he can be a starter for in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs also have little time to develop Cox, who only two years of college eligibility left.

 

 

Graveman helps MSU even series with Arkansas

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With his team needing a lift, senior right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman answered the call. Throwing his fourth complete game, Graveman played a key role Saturday in the No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team's 4-1 victory against No. 15 University of Arkansas in game two of their Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.

 

 

MSU softball team rallies to beat Auburn

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While it remains to be seen if Sam Lenahan saved the Mississippi State University softball team's season, there is no question the junior catcher saved Easter weekend. Lenahan's two-run home run in the seventh inning kick-started a rally as MSU worked its way past Auburn 4-3 in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series Saturday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.

 

 

New Hope baseball team beats West Point

Posted 3/30/2013 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- If only the game of baseball could be as easy it is for New Hope High School's Will Golsan right now. The right-handed hitting junior, who is batting .489 in the leadoff spot, has developed a simple approach when he steps in the batter's box. "Swing at fastball and yeah, as hard as I can," Golsan said.

 

 

Former Alabama AD Moore dies

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore, who played and coached under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, has passed away. The university said the 73-year-old Moore died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems.

 

 

Bulldogs' Eulls has new focus at DT

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Who knew sliding inside a few feet would represent a different world for Kaleb Eulls. The Mississippi State University defensive lineman is spending the spring football season learning everything about how to play in defensive tackle.

 

 

Delta State's Aldridge keeps focus after father's shooting

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

Focus is an essential part of athletics. Whether it's staring down a pass rush, eyeing a soccer players movements while setting up for a penalty kick, or trying to read a pitcher's hands to determine what pitch is coming, Tyler Aldridge has faced all of those situations and has learned to tune out the distractions that prevent other athletes from being successful.

 

 

MSU will be without Slauter vs. Arkansas

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team knows it will be without its starting catcher this weekend at No. 15 University of Arkansas, but it also could be without its ace pitcher.

 

 

Columbus earns big region victory vs. South Panola

Posted 3/29/2013 in High School Sports

When schedules are finalized, many prep baseball coaches circle prom night and approach that night with fear and anxiety. Columbus High School coach Jeff Cook isn't in that group. Cook likes the Falcons' current winning streak on prom night. Columbus made it three straight on the special occasion with a 7-3 come-from-behind victory against Class 6A, Region 2 rival South Panola on Thursday night at Sammy Fletcher Field.

 

 

Starkville High baseball team suffers another setback

Posted 3/29/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A play here, a play there. Brian Jones has seen his first Starkville High School baseball team fall on the wrong side of a thin margin for error more than a half dozen times this season.

 

 

Ole Miss names Insell its new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Matt Insell, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked University of Kentucky women's basketball program, was named Thursday new women's basketball coach at the University of Mississippi.

 

 

MSU's Renfroe off to fast start

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Natural is often used to describe Hunter Renfroe's skills on the diamond. That description couldn't be more false. Renfroe is constantly working on the finer points of his game so he can have weekends like last week in Lexington, Ky., against then-No.10 University of Kentucky. Despite all of the attention to details, the Mississippi State University outfielder, a nominee for the Golden Spikes Trophy this season, is difficult to please. Sometimes, in fact, it seems nothing is good enough for Renfroe, who is his biggest critic. The constant self-evaluation drives MSU coaches crazy.

 

 

Schaefer, MSU women optimistic about 2013-14

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer joked Wednesday night that the honeymoon is over for his tenure as the Mississippi State University women's basketball coach. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant learned enough in their first seasons with Schaefer to know that things aren't going to change any as they and MSU move forward.

 

 

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