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Tutor will get chance to play softball again

Posted 7/1/2014 in College Sports

Haley Tutor thought the University of Alabama was the place for her. As right as it felt for Tutor to continue her education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former New Hope High School and East Mississippi Community College standout realized it was difficult to stop playing softball, a sport she excelled in for many years.



Merchant expected to be named assistant coach at West Lowndes

Posted 7/1/2014 in High School Sports

Daniel Merchant made believers out of the football players at Oak Hill Academy. Part of Merchant's next job could be to help instill that same kind of confidence in the football players at West Lowndes High School.



Keselowski wins for second time at Kentucky Speedway

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Sports

SPARTA, Ky. -- Brad Keselowski showed early and often that his No. 2 Ford was the best car at Kentucky Speedway, dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night to become the track's first repeat winner.



Basketball Bulldogs continue growth in Ray's third season

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the core of the Mississippi State basketball team set to enter its junior year together, coach Rick Ray is eager to watch the Bulldogs turn the corner.



Roberts chosen to take over MSU men's tennis program

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Roberts has been named Mississippi State's new head men's tennis coach, as announced by athletic director Scott Stricklin Saturday. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.



Sporting News magazine ranks EMCC football No. 2 nationally in preseason

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will bring the 2014 football season in familiar territory.



SHS' Davis commits to Memphis

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

An extremely hectic summer for Starkville High School quarterback Brady Davis included a big announcement this week.



Hall of Fame induction helps cap coaching career for Friend

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

After decades of coaching, about 250 wins and multiple state championships, Chuck Friend says he wouldn't change a thing about his football coaching career since success comes each time he prepares a new class of young men for life's challenges.


Local Racing:Rickman looks to make move in standings

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Sports

Anything can happen at "The Bullring."


New Hope's Boyd earns MAC Coach of Year honors

Posted 6/25/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd frequently referred to his team as being a special group of players.


Walters column: Prep football countdown now less than two months

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.

Stanford takes over Oak Hill football

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Sports

For most of his adult life, Tony Stanford has coached high school football.


MSU women's basketball adds Lovato to staff

Posted 6/23/2014 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer likes to talk about working with the best coaching staff in America to build the Mississippi State women's basketball program into a contender for championships.


Walters column: World Cup makes for appointment television

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.


McBride continues to set standard with pair of national championships

Posted 6/23/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Brandon McBride was 16-years-old, he realized he was really fast.



2014 in review: Stuedeman, Bulldogs eager to reach next level

Posted 6/21/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State just completed its third softball season under head coach Vann Stuedeman.



Cook fought for eight years at Columbus before word no became too much

Posted 6/20/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd stood with a couple of booster club members outside the baseball stadium at Pearl High. Boyd and the boosters were making notes and taking photos of the bullpen area adjacent to the first base dugout. While two pitchers' mounds were present at Pearl, Boyd said he wanted three and went into great detail about how nice the Pearl bullpens were and how he would appreciate something similar. New Hope had just defeated Pearl to advance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs. Two weeks later, New Hope dispatched West Jones to become the first team in the program's rich history to repeat as baseball state champions. On another side of Lowndes County, Columbus High was busy washing uniforms and putting away mementos from one of the best seasons in program history. After watching nine seniors suit up for the final time, coach Jeffrey Cook was thinking about his future.



Allen's three-hit night lifts Ole Miss past TCU

Posted 6/20/2014 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- A night off from catching re-charged Will Allen at the plate. Allen, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter Thursday night to rest a sore shoulder, snapped out of a mini-slump with three hits and three RBIs to lead the Ole Miss baseball team past TCU 6-4 in an elimination game at the College World Series. The victory helped Ole Miss (48-20) advance to play No. 3 national seed Virginia at 7 tonight (ESPN). The Rebels will need to beat the Cavaliers (51-14) tonight and Saturday to reach next week's best-of-three championship series.



New Hope's Rick Rickman leads MSCCS

Posted 6/20/2014 in Local Sports

Drivers have started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack nearing the midway point of the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series. Rick Rickman, of New Hope, is in first place with a five-point lead over David Breazeale. Rickman's brother, Brian, is 55 points behind in third, while Neil Bagget and Chase Washington are fourth and fifth, just 95 and 120 points out of first.



Cook resigns as baseball coach at Columbus High

Posted 6/19/2014 in High School Sports

Jeffrey Cook arrived in Columbus hoping to build a family atmosphere that would help him establish a winning tradition with the school's baseball program. Nearly eight years later, the Columbus High School baseball team is looking for a new patriarch.



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