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MSU earns special victory at Tennessee

Posted 1/11/2017 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team earned a place in a very special group of teams Sunday. In the 30 seasons the Tennessee women's and men's basketball teams have called Thompson-Boling Arena home, the Lady Volunteers entered their game against the No. 4 MSU Bulldogs with a 422-33 mark (92.7 percent) in the venue.


Wade's leadership helps bring Caledonia girls together

Posted 1/10/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Together is a buzzword for Kelsey Wade. The Caledonia High School senior eschews individual accolades for team accomplishments. As one of three seniors on the school's girls soccer team, Wade knows it is crucial for her to set the right example for a young squad that hopes to earn a playoff berth coming out of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 2.

Oak Hill Academy's Dill signs with EMCC

Posted 1/10/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill III's baseball dreams have been developing ever since he started playing the sport when he was 3 or 4 years old. Through all of the hours of working on his swing to fielding ground balls, Dill never lost sight of his goal and continued to work hard to overcome the ups and downs that come with the game.


MSU football team adds 11 newcomers

Posted 1/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With school starting Monday, the Mississippi State football team announced 11 new players are enrolled for the spring semester and will be able to go through spring practices. Four of the 11 are high school graduates. The other seven are junior college grads.



MSU men will try to win again on road

Posted 1/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland has been tinkering with his lineup the last two games. Howland started Xavian Stapleton at guard over Tyson Carter to get more size on the floor against Alabama in his team's Southeastern Conference opener. He was forced to start center Schnider Herard for Aric Holman due to disciplinary reasons. In a 95-78 victory against LSU on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Howland started Holman, Herard, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mario Kegler, and Lamar Peters. He then went five deep into his bench.



No. 4 MSU women get first win at Tennessee

Posted 1/8/2017 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The latest victory for unbeaten Mississippi State was doubly satisfying for coach Vic Schaefer.


Starkville's Leonard signs with Southern Illinois

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

Raphael Leonard feels better prepared for the second time around.

No. 4 MSU women look for first-ever win at Tennessee

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly three years ago, Vic Schaefer had to find a way to get his team to regroup.


MSU men storm back to rout LSU

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aric Holman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 95-78 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.



Former UT star Carter learns the ropes of broadcasting

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

Finding a comfort level and building confidence take time.



Jones caps high school career with second all-star game

Posted 1/7/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jakoby Jones thought his high school football days were over.



Stapleton provides athletic spark for Bulldogs

Posted 1/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Xavian Stapleton rotated his body 180 degrees in the air and dunked on Missouri-Kansas City last month. There was a discussion between media members whether it was a 360- or 180-degree dunk. When Stapleton was asked he said, "I just call those dunks. That's for y'all to decide." Stapleton had two dunks against UMKC and had a reverse dunk against Alabama on Tuesday. Although the Mississippi State sophomore guard has been sidelined for a year and a half, Stapleton's dunks have been electric, but not as electric as he thinks they could be.



No. 4 MSU women survive test at Arkansas

Posted 1/6/2017 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Vic Schaefer hasn't been happy with how the Mississippi State women's basketball team has practiced in recent days, despite the Bulldogs' undefeated record to start the season. The Mississippi State coach finally saw that lack of focus -- along with perhaps a dash of pressure -- show itself in a game, a 59-51 victory at Arkansas on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.


Caledonia boys rout Columbus Christian

Posted 1/6/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Three hours of practice Wednesday helped the Caledonia High School boys basketball team get back on track after Christmas break. After not playing a game during the holiday vacation, Robert Hamilton and Caledonia didn't miss a beat and defeated Columbus Christian Academy 67-38 on Thursday night.

Maturity has fueled MSU women's rise to No. 4

Posted 1/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easier to "live it" when you have been through the grind. After two seasons of building and waiting for two of his recruiting classes to mature, Vic Schaefer and the rest of his coaching staff are reaping the rewards of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's experience. It's evident in multiple ways -- in a program-best No. 4 ranking in The Associated Press and USA Today polls, as well as a 15-0 record.


Starkville soccer teams gear up for key district games

Posted 1/5/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys and girls soccer teams have had to navigate a learning curve with new coaches. Former Yellow Jacket boys tennis coach Rob Fyke took over as the boys soccer coach, while Patrick Barton assumed the role as the girls coach in the offseason after serving as the assistant coach.



MSU receives good news from Stapleton's MRI

Posted 1/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The MRI on the left knee of Mississippi State men's basketball sophomore guard Xavian Stapleton was negative, a team spokesperson said Wednesday.


Jenkins, White blend old, new for Columbus High girls

Posted 1/4/2017 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team is using a mix of old and new to forge a path to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs. Senior forward Zaria Jenkins represents the "old," or more experienced, part of the lineup that is the foundation for the Lady Falcons' success. Sophomore Hannah White is part of the "new," or less experienced group, that continues to emerge to add depth and scoring punch to coach Yvonne Hairston's attack.

Alabama men hold on to beat MSU

Posted 1/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team gave itself a chance to win in the second half. After struggling to make shots in the first 20 minutes, the Bulldogs regrouped and erased a 12-point halftime deficit to tie the game midway through the second half. But Alabama pushed back each time and held on for a 68-58 victory Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.


Carter comes off bench in loss to Alabama

Posted 1/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland decided to make a change. Instead of starting freshman guard Tyson Carter, Howland started sophomore Xavian Stapleton on Tuesday against Alabama because he wanted a bigger defensive lineup. But the second-year MSU coach felt the move was a mistake after his team trailed by double digits for the second part of the first half.



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