STARKVILLE -- Through the largest private gift in the history of Mississippi State University athletics, the football team will take a major step forward in its ability to compete in the country's top conference. On Wednesday, MSU announced a $12 million gift from the Seal Family Foundation of Gulfport to help fund a football facility that will house a new weight room, coaches' offices, and treatment rooms. The facility will be adjacent to MSU's practice fields on campus.
Change is a big part of being a professional athlete. The ones who best adapt to new situations and adjust their temperaments to fit new or bigger roles often can carve out long careers. Jarvis Gunter hopes he is on the path to realizing that goal.
STARKVILLE -- With the No. 4 University of Florida baseball team coming to town for Super Bulldog Weekend, it helps to have some momentum. Mississippi State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday in Pearl. The victory helped ease the sting of a lost weekend at Georgia in which MSU was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series for the first time this season.
STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo's college recruitment officially ended Wednesday when the Starkville High striker signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. The decision put to rest any chance he'd sign with any of the schools that had hoped to secure his services.
STARKVILLE -- Garrett Batson had no idea he'd have an opportunity to play college soccer. The 6-foot-3 Starkville High School right back had yet to have a season in which he'd "put it all together."
STARKVILLE -- The tag "athlete" is common for high school football recruits. While there's value in a player who can help in multiple areas -- most play several positions in high school -- sooner or later he's going to have to settle in at one position.
PEARL -- Using Trustmark Park's big dimensions to his advantage, Luis Pollorena threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Mississippi State baseball team rally to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Bruce Allsup didn't see it coming. When it did, seven years at Heritage Academy ended in an instant.
The grandeur of the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational didn't get to Korey Wilson. With more than 40 squads competing in MSU's first prep meet at the refurbished Maddox Track Facility, there were plenty of distractions Saturday, so it was easy for someone to get lost. Wilson discovered he fit right in.
STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's past two spring football scrimmages, the defense ended each day with a decisive advantage against a sometimes sluggish and error-prone offense. On Saturday in Davis-Wade Stadium, the offense responded with its most crisp performance of the spring, driving the ball at will and going three-and-out only once against MSU's first-team defense.
STARKVILLE -- Area high school track teams got a good feel Saturday for how their respective state meets will go after competing in the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational Seven area schools competed in the meet, which featured the top teams from all classifications in Mississippi and powerhouses from surrounding states.
STARKVILLE -- After a string of disappointing division losses, the Starkville High School baseball team earned a much-needed 10-4 win against Calhoun City on Saturday. Nathan Pugh went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to help Starkville (5-8) rally from a 4-3 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets entered Saturday's game having lost five of their last six.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy Athletics Director Glenn Schmidt said finding quality candidates to fill the school's two head coach vacancies has been the easy part of the process. The school hasn't done much searching to replace boys basketball coach Chris Lyle and softball coach Jessica Dickens because many of its leading candidates have come to them.
STARKVILLE -- It would be easy for Mississippi State's baseball program is back on course after its recent accomplishments. The Bulldogs have won five straight, including a series sweep of Auburn, their first since 2007. They've cracked a national poll for the first time in three seasons under coach John Cohen and are coming off a season-high 18-run performance in a victory against Alabama A&M.
Dan Mullen wasn't a happy football coach following Mississippi State's spring practice session Thursday. On one hand, he was pleased by his defense's domination in parts of the 11-on-11 work in the last block, but turnovers, procedural penalties, and botched snaps drew his ire.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's tennis team is in an unfamiliar position in second place in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division No. 32 MSU is 4-2 in the league and two games behind weekend opponents University of Tennessee and Georgia for the overall lead in the SEC.
It was a grand old night at the ballpark Thursday night. The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy baseball team took turns driving grand slams into the rain in a doubleheader at Trip Carson Field.
Shawn Gates is proud of what he helped accomplish at Immanuel Christian. Now that Gates is looking to play a part in building something else, the timing is right for Greg Watkins to move into a new opportunity. Gates' resignation last week after two seasons as football coach at Immanuel Christian created an opening the school filled today when it named Watkins, the athletic director, football coach, and basketball coach at Hebron Christian, as its new football coach.
NEW YORK -- The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship. Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it, or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Miller's appreciation of the game won't let him indulge in the career milestone he's approaching. The Mississippi State softball coach has 997 career wins in a 29-year career in the college game. Miller could earn win No. 1,000 this weekend if the Bulldogs sweep their three-game series against the University of Mississippi. That series will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Starkville.
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