Forever. It takes only a few moments for Lauren Holifield to find a suitable answer when she is asked how long she has been playing softball. When you've been brought up on fields and you have a sister and a mother who have played for as long as they can remember, forever seems like an appropriate response.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen wanted to "try something different" in the 2013 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. That decision created some major changes in the defensive coaching staff for the 2013 season. On Friday, MSU announced the promotion of Geoff Collins to defensive coordinator. The move came three days after he was assigned play-calling duties for the first time in a 34-20 loss to Northwestern University in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Vic Schaefer isn't going to back away from a challenge. So don't think the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is going to demand any less from his players after one of the program's worst losses, a 92-41 setback to Vanderbilt University on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The loss was the worst in a Southeastern Conference opener for MSU (8-6). It also was MSU's worst loss to Vanderbilt (11-3) in the series since a 108-44 defeat on Jan. 17, 1993, in Nashville. It marked the most points Vanderbilt has scored in a regulation game in the series since a 99-60 victory on Feb. 2, 1997.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hopes her team's victory Saturday proves it can win even if isn't making outside shots. While facing one of the state's best perimeter players in guard Olivia Mabry, Starkville Academy held the rest of the Lamar School team to 16 points en route to a 74-36 victory.
MIAMI -- T.J. Yeldon opened his University of Alabama football career by rolling through Michigan's defense for 111 yards, and fellow freshman Amari Cooper took note. Performing in the face of huge crowds and big, fast college defenders wasn't so hard after all, he figured. It's still football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 65-45 victory against Oakland University on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.
Standing at 6-foot-7, it isn't hard to find Columbus High School senior Devin Berry on the basketball court. Tupelo knew where Berry was when the teams met Friday night in Class 6A, Region 2 action. However, the Golden Wave couldn't prevent Berry from having his way. Another double-double by Berry (15 points, 12 rebounds) and a 13-0 run midway through the third quarter lifted the Falcons to a 42-37 victory.
With one of the state's premier players in the lineup, the Columbus High School girls basketball team has to get others players involved. After All-State guard Kiki Patterson scored 23 points in the first half Friday night, Tupelo made a defensive adjustment. The Lady Falcons then had to count on others to complete a 50-49 Class 6A, Region 2 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller already sees a problem with the third annual Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump Tournament, set for December. However, the event's organizer is happy to have it.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team looked ready to begin Southeastern Conference play Friday night, routing Fordham University 95-68 in the final non-conference game for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team is eager to see just how much more it has to give.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball fans may see head coach Rick Ray out in public more often this week. Ray no longer is embarrassed to be recognized as the leader of the Bulldogs program. A 51-point victory in the team's final non-conference game will do that for a coach.
Michael Bradley isn't sure of everything that will happen in the future. But Bradley knows he won't take his next step as football coach at New Hope High School. The veteran coach announced this week he will step down after seven seasons as the football coach. Bradley informed his coaches of the news Wednesday and told his players Thursday.
MACON -- Dylan Bradley feels he can bring a winning mentality to the University of Southern Mississippi football program. The Dispatch's Large School Defensive Player of the Year, who led the Noxubee County High School football team to a undefeated season and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship, gave a verbal commitment to the Golden Eagles on New Year's Day.
Don't let your radio fool you, the voices you're hearing on your local sports radio station have changed. Even though some commuters might be fooled by the familiar digital call letters ESPN that show up on their radio or dashboard, three local radio stations in Columbus and in Starkville have switched to CBS Sports Radio. In Columbus, 103.1 FM The Team is now North Mississippi's CBS Sports Radio station. On the AM dial, WJWS 1400 in Columbus and WSSO 1230 AM in Starkville also have made the change.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team found the going tough Thursday night in its Southeastern Conference opener. MSU struggled from the start in a 92-41 loss to Vanderbilt University at Memorial Gymnasium. The loss was the worst ever in a SEC opener for MSU. The previous worst loss was a 77-35 loss to No. 1 Auburn University on Jan. 11, 1989.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Austin Barber is used to controlling a game.
STARKVILLE -- After the final seconds ticked off in Mississippi State's stunning loss to Alabama A&M Sunday afternoon, freshman Gavin Ware summed up his squad's situation rather quickly.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A decision by the Mississippi State University is looming less than two months from now when spring practice begins: Who will be taking snaps from behind center in 2013?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Draped in blue Gatorade following his first bowl victory as a Northwestern University football player or coach, Pat Fitzgerald found the answers Tuesday to move his program forward. Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen left EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., with the feeling his team was stuck in neutral.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Brownlee has career-best night for Green Wave HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS