STARKVILLE -- It may be the offseason, but the Mississippi State men's basketball team made plenty of news Wednesday. MSU finalized its 2011 recruiting class with the signing of Latvian forward Kristers Zeidaks. It also announced it has been invited to participate in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
STARKVILLE -- After two straight playoff seasons, Starkville High School's volleyball team was primed to make a bigger splash in a new classification this season.
WEST POINT -- Three is the magic number this season for the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball team.
MACON -- Sammy Lindsey hopes last year was more than a warmup for his Central Academy fast-pitch softball team.
Anna Kilarski and Kristen Phillips didn't want to waste an opportunity to have fun. Elizabeth Fields and Liz Byrne are going to make sure Kilarski, Phillips, and the rest of their pupils learn something, too.
Allie Lowe and Shiloh Ellis are convinced the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team just won't be a year older this season. A year ago, the Lady Patriots struggled through a season with an inexperienced and young lineup. But the players matured as the season progressed, and the team played its best game in a season-ending loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the district tournament.
Murray Woody is excited to be back closer to home. After spending one year as basketball coach at Ethel High School, Woody is gearing up for a return to the sidelines as girls basketball coach at West Point High.
It isn't time for Leroy Gregg to retire. Two months ago, Gregg was preparing to take a trip to visit his daughter, Mary Frances, in Georgia when he discovered Smithville High School needed an assistant football coach.
The ride ended short of a championship, but Stacy Hester sure enjoyed it. Hester, the former New Hope High School baseball coach, guided the Golden Triangle Jets to the title game of the Cotton States Baseball League, only to see his team lose to the North Delta Dealers 15-3 on Sunday.
Let the arms race begin. On one hand, you have Mississippi State, which announced last week that its athletic department received a school-record $37.6 million in gifts and pledges through the Bulldog Club and Bulldog Foundation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. On the other hand, the University of Mississippi announced it would have a "major announcement" Aug. 9 regarding the unveiling of a capital campaign by the athletic department and the school's Athletic Association Foundation.
Fishing for weekend anglers can mean anything from taking free time to get away from reality to competing in tournaments. For many of us, it is all of the above. There is nothing more fun than to get some free time and to grab a fishing pole and to head to the water.
Joey Sanders wasn't always a go-to performer. Growing up and maturing in the Noxubee County High School football program, Sanders learned to love the passing game. As one of quarterback Omarr Conner's favorite targets, Sanders blossomed into an All-State wide receiver as a senior and earned a scholarship to play football at Mississippi State.
In April, Blake Sharp went to Atlanta on a mission.
Maybe John Lucas should coach the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Maybe the Bulldogs should change their plans for a European trip and take a detour to Texas.
Sometimes Jae Macintosh feels like administering a triangle choke.
HOOVER, Ala. --The University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has some very public advice for his in-state peer and rival. Nutt wasn't impressed with the Mississippi State football billboards that popped up around his state -- we'll get to the ownership statement in a minute. He's not sure if the $72,000 public relations campaign has had an impact.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama was named the media's preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference this fall and represent the conference in a Bowl Championship Series bowl, a prediction that surprised coach Nick Saban.
STARKVILLE -- The ongoing Renardo Sidney saga added another chapter Friday as the Mississippi State men's basketball program announced the junior forward left campus earlier this week to return to Houston, Texas, to work out with former NAB All-Star and coach John Lucas.
Competitive spirit Start with a national champion. Throw in another program looking to reclaim its title glory, a coach who likes to stir it up, some NCAA intrigue, and a new coach and a veteran coach on the hot seat and it's easy to see why the Southeastern Conference dominates the headlines.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title.
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2. Humphreys hopes to add pop to MSU's lineup COLLEGE SPORTS
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