Tony Montgomery didn't want to leave East Mississippi Community College. After not being retained last year as baseball coach, Montgomery never envisioned he would get a chance to go back to the school he loves.
STARKVILLE -- For each of the past two seasons, the Starkville Academy girls soccer team has been built around talented underclassmen. That trend will continue this season, as the team's hopes of making it out of the first round of the playoffs will rest on its underclassmen.
Tiffany Huddleston knows she will be asked the question. But being a "bulldog at heart" made it easier for the Starkville Academy rising junior to give a verbal commitment to play soccer at Mississippi State.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The rookie head coach strolled into the second-floor ballroom at The Wynfrey Hotel like he'd been there before. He hadn't -- at least not in front of this microphone, not while addressing a media contingent in the hundreds. "Great to be here," Will Muschamp said. "Great to be back in the Southeastern Conference and at the University of Florida." Moments like that one, captured in front of the laptops and pens and digital tape recorders and a Gators helmet near the podium, convinced Muschamp to go from coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas to coach-right-now.
OXFORD -- Throughout his exceptional high school and college career, Chris Warren dreamed of taking his basketball talents to the professional level. On Wednesday, the former University of Mississippi point guard was earned that opportunity when he signed with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.
Jason Cobb knew he was going to have to make a decision. Faced with a choice of remaining a teacher and a coach or getting into administration, Cobb was focused on finding a better situation for his family.
Baseball knows no boundaries. And when you make an impression on someone, there's no telling where your hard work will help you wind up. Blake Harrell finalized his destination of choice Tuesday, signing a scholarship to play baseball at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich.
SMITHVILLE -- After collecting household goods the past two weekends, University of Mississippi Athletics personnel delivered Tuesday a load of items to the Smithville community as part of the Rebel Relief Project.
All is not lost. Soccer will have life in this country after the United States' women's National Team lost to Japan in penalty kicks Sunday in the World Cup title game in Germany.
The hot days of summer tend to make fishing slow. I look at summer bass fishing almost like winter time. Even though the water is warm and the metabolism of the fish is high, the fish don't go chase food all day.
Ron Courson has made a life helping others prepare for competition.
The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.
Mark Box isn't the only person who has fallen under the spell of disc golf. Friends Clayton Nash and Chip Strain also admit to being "hooked" by the game after being introduced to it. Box, Nash, and Strain hope more people in the Greater Golden Triangle area will be affected by the sport this weekend when the Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament comes to Columbus this weekend.
STARKVILLE -- You might have noticed a familiar face in an unfamiliar uniform around Starkville. Mississippi State senior lineman Quentin Saulsberry has spent the past month and a half interning at the Starkville Police Department. In that time he has been the most popular person to step out of a squad car.
Chase Taylor's play this summer has put him in position to realize a goal. Now he hopes an improved and more consistent golf game will help him compete with some of the nation's top players. Taylor, a rising senior at New Hope High School, will play this weekend in the United States Golf Association's Junior Amateur Championship at the Gold Mountain Golf Club - Olympic course in Bremerton, Wash.
The summer baseball season will continue next week for a number of Columbus teams at the Dizzy Dean World Series. On Thursday, Kelvin Smith, coach of the Columbus Americans 8-year-old All-Stars, said his team has decided to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series, which starts July 22 in Southaven.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Arkansas led the way Thursday with 14 selections to the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches' teams, while the University of Alabama had 13 and Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi had four apiece.
Get ready to support your support for our troops. Building off the success of last year's inaugural event, Walmart, Columbus High School, and local organizers have been working hard to put the finishing touches on the second annual Hoops for Troops event that will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Columbus High.
Tyler Aldridge, Mitch Bohon, and Cole Vaughan will be able to look back one day and know they were a part of something special. Their efforts this season were instrumental in helping the East Mississippi Community College baseball team get back to the postseason and making the first step toward becoming a perennial contender.
Sammy Smith needed a scale Tuesday afternoon. Two months earlier, Smith's jaw dropped when former Columbus High boys basketball standout Phillip Morris entered his office. "What have you been doing?" Smith asked Morris, a former CHS point guard who went on to play basketball at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit.
1. MSU's Stricklin says cost of attendance right way to go COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Georgia's Frazier knocks out MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus Christian boys beat rival Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope boys, West Point girls earn wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS