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Mayberry's free throws help New Hope edge Columbus

Posted 12/22/2014 in High School Sports

Demyis Mayberry admits he was nervous Saturday night. It didn't show. Mayberry, a senior guard for the New Hope High School boys basketball team, stepped to the free-throw line in the final game of the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational with his team trailing Columbus by one point with eight seconds remaining. Mayberry had two shots to give the Trojans a one-point lead. Mayberry did just that, and eight seconds later, a last-second shot by Columbus clanged off the rim to give New Hope a 70-69 win to cap the annual tournament.

 

 

Ole Miss signee Kelly faces numerous charges

Posted 12/22/2014 in College Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ole Miss football recruit Chad Kelly faces numerous charges, including resisting arrest, after an altercation at a downtown Buffalo restaurant, The Buffalo News reported Sunday night.

 

 

Columbus boys show potential in win against Marion (Ark.)

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School boys basketball team showed Friday night how good it can be. Jay Jay Swanigan had 14 points to lead a group of 11 Falcons that scored in a 63-39 victory against Marion (Ark.) on Friday night in the final game of day one of the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational at Columbus High.

 

 

Holman trying to impress 'habits' on new group

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

"Lady Trojan habits" helped make Laura Lee Holman the softball and basketball player she was at New Hope High School. Holman used hard work, a will to win, and relentless energy to earn an opportunity to play Division I basketball at Troy.

 

 

Jones shows potential in Starkville's 1-1 weekend

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

Potential is written all over Kelsey Jones. At 6-foot-2, the Starkville High School sophomore center has nimble footwork, a good shooting touch around the basket, and a solid understanding of angles and how to position herself to give her the best chance to make a shot.

 

 

Long-range shooting lifts West Lowndes past Amory

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team loves to face a zone defense. The Panthers' shooters have the green light from coach Roosevelt Bridges to tee off from downtown, and Amory High found out Saturday how deadly they can be.

 

 

Starkville boys rebound after tough loss in OT

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

It's a new dawn. It's a new day. A day after squandering a 13-point first-half lead and falling flat in overtime against the Wilmer-Hutchins (Texas) High School boys basketball team, Starkville High was keen to have a thorough performance against Tuscaloosa Central. After clinging to a one-point lead after the first quarter, it didn't appear the Yellow Jackets had recovered from the shocking loss.

 

 

Johnson takes over to lead New Hope boys

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

Facing an 18-point deficit late in the first quarter Friday, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer saw a team he didn't think was interested in facing the No. 2 team in the state. The Trojans were beaten to loose balls, lost in transition, and settling for contested shots against the Meridian High Tigers. Then Shemar Johnson took over.

 

 

MSU signee leads No. 1 Velma Jackson

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

The most impressive shot of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational didn't count. With time winding down in the Velma Jackson High School boys basketball team's 62-46 victory against Horn Lake on Saturday night, Mississippi State signee Quinndary Weatherspoon, a 6-foot-4 guard, saw his opportunity. Two minutes earlier, he had watched his younger brother, Nicholas, throw down a tomahawk dunk to punctuate a fast break. Quinndary had plans to upstage his younger brother.

 

 

MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations

Posted 12/20/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Change can be difficult. It hasn't seemed to bother Dan Mullen.

 

 

Columbus girls suffer two tough losses

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

Rokila Wallace did everything right. With her team trailing Jackson Jim Hill High School 48-46 with six seconds remaining Saturday night at the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational, the Columbus High guard grabbed a rebound underneath the Columbus basket and raced upcourt, desperately looking to tie the game. She knifed through the defense and lobbed a layup at the rim in traffic as the final horn sounded.

 

 

MSU men lose fifth-straight game

Posted 12/20/2014 in College Sports

JACKSON -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team endured a 13-game Southeastern Conference losing streak last season. This year's Bulldogs vow a similar free fall isn't on the horizon.

 

 

Aberdeen can't overcome slow start vs. Horn Lake

Posted 12/20/2014 in High School Sports

The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team learned the valuable lesson of patience Friday afternoon in the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.

 

 

Okorie helps fuel fast start for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's scary to think how good Chinwe Okorie can be if she is growing every day.

 

 

Smith anxious to face hometown school in Orange Bowl

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - After growing up in the shadow of nearby Atlanta, Georgia native Preston Smith was watching closely when bowl selections were made this season.

 

 

MSU looks for bounce-back performance in Jackson

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - With the game already decided, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready saw an opening for an easy basket. Knifing through the middle of Arkansas State's defense, the sophomore point guard was uncontested as he drove through the lane to attempt a last-second layup. He then watched helplessly as the ball rolled off the front of the rim.

 

 

MSU women set record to open season

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The No. 21 Mississippi State women's basketball team made it official Wednesday in getting off to the best start in program history. Freshman Morgan William had 21 points, while classmate Victoria Vivians had her third double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead MSU to a 66-51 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

 

Special teams have had signature moments for MSU, Georgia Tech

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Harrison Butker and Quadry Antoine have likely never met. That's probably not going to change at the Orange Bowl, either. That's because it's unlikely Butker, Georgia Tech's sophomore kicker and Antoine, a little-used linebacker at Mississippi State, will be on the field at the same time.

 

 

MSU football team adds players for 2015

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before his team plays Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen fortified his roster for 2015 Wednesday. On the first day of the early signing period for junior college prospects, Mullen welcomed five Bulldogs into the program, including three junior college standouts, including Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, the nation's highest-rated offensive tackle, according to recruiting service 247sports.com.

 

 

MSU men lose at home to Arkansas State

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly a half-hour after Mississippi State's home basketball game against Arkansas State on Wednesday night, the Humphrey Coliseum was nearly empty. There were the usual noises from brooms sweeping up the aisles between the rows of seats, sports writers banging out stories on their laptops, and folding chairs being stowed away. There also was the sound of basketballs bouncing on the court and the clanging off the rim and the audible sighs of disappointed players, as MSU senior Trivante Bloodman, junior Craig Sword, sophomore I.J. Ready, and freshman Fallou Ndoye shot jump shots and worked to get better. That's what a 69-55 loss to Arkansas State will do to a team.

 

 

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