Deep down inside, Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith thought the Falcons could play championship-caliber basketball this season. As the season progressed, Smith realized Devin Berry would play a huge role in shaping those fortunes.
STARKVILLE --Asked if he's surprised his team has bought in to his defensive, grind-it-out, and responsible style, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray shook his head and laughed.
Inexperience and a saturated field aren't stumbling blocks for the Starkville High School girls soccer team. The fact that the Lady Yellow Jackets have only five seniors on their roster might explain why early deficits and soaked playing surfaces don't faze them.
Pace is an essential ingredient for the 2012-13 Starkville High School boys soccer team. One might think that tempo would slow down a little bit after the school's first state championship team lost eight seniors to graduation. Dylan Howard wants you to think again.
New Hope High School senior Chris Mosley stands 6-foot-3 and weighs about 170 pounds. Mosley has a thin upper body but a deadly jump shot. On Friday night, he also proved his massive wingspan is broad enough to carry his team.
Girls basketball players at New Hope High School had a message to send Friday night. The Lady Trojans needed 43 seconds to deliver it. New Hope scored the game's first six points and never looked back, rolling to a 79-35 victory against Oxford in a showdown between Class 5A, Region 2 leaders.
STARKVILLE -- Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to remember Khris Carr is only a sophomore. There are times when the 5-foot-8 Starkville High School volleyball standout will rise up and deliver a rousing kill or make a dig on an angled attack that makes you think she is more experienced. As a result, it's easy to expect Carr to do more than many sophomores and to be a team leader.
STARKVILLE -- Change is something Dan Mullen thought had to happen. The Mississippi State University football coach looked at the way his team lost five of its last six games this season and felt it would have been passed by in the Southeastern Conference if it stayed on the course it was on.
ATHENS, Ga. -- After watching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope light up his team's zone defense in the first half, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray made a defensive switch. Ray used a man-to-man defense with Jalen Steele, who was assigned the task of guarding Caldwell-Pope in the second half and was told to switch off on screens.
OXFORD -- Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team cruised to a 64-49 victory against No. 10 University of Missouri on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Sharon Fanning-Otis emphasized the importance of doing the little things to make sure the Mississippi State University women's basketball team had success on as many possessions as possible.
Between John Longmire and Tom Velek, Melissa Dunaway really didn't have a choice. Truth be told, though, Dunaway didn't have problem being encouraged to help lead the TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) in Columbus. Even though she is new to organizing a program of this magnitude, Dunaway's two sons, Eric and Colin, were involved last season in the inaugural year Columbus United Soccer Club partnered with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Greater Columbus Civitan Club to bring the U.S. Youth Soccer program to the Golden Triangle.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed even a jinx wasn't enough to stop it. Earlier this week, Starkville Academy made history when it became the first member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools to be ranked in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 poll.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford lifted the University of Alabama men's basketball team with a big spurt early in the second half and Andrew Steele supplied another one late. Releford and Trevor Lacey each scored 15 points and Steele sparked a key late run to lift the Crimson Tide to a 68-65 victory against the University of Tennessee on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner, and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team experienced a different degree of disappointment Thursday night. One week after suffering its worst loss in a Southeastern Conference opener, MSU showed tangible signs it is making progress.
STARKVILLE -- Fundamentally, Mississippi State University junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson made the same decision teammate Johnthan Banks made one year ago.
STARKVILLE -- From a scouting perspective, the beginning of the Southeastern Conference schedule couldn't have broken better for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray. Ray, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson University, has been uniquely qualified to evaluate his team's first two league foes: The University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia. MSU 6-7, 1-0 SEC) will put Ray's knowledge to the test for a second time at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when it plays at Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen went with a person he knows can succeed to fill one of his two current staff openings. He's already seen him do it before for him in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- At one point during Mississippi State University 56-54 victory to open Southeastern Conference, the home bench looked more similar to a emergency medical facility.