OXFORD -- The smiles returned to the faces of the Mississippi Rebels Wednesday night and as far as coach Andy Kennedy was concerned, it could not have come at a better time.
STARKVILLE -- The consensus is the Mississippi State baseball team needed a game like the one it had Tuesday night. After eight games in which its coach and its 35 players felt they were on edge, No. 18 MSU recaptured a relaxed mentality in a 13-1 victory against Mount St. Mary's at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Neither head coach in tonight's game at Humphrey Coliseum is interested in what a win would mean for his team. Mississippi State's Rick Ray and Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin are too busy trying to get the victory.
WEST POINT -- The chant -- "We want Callaway" -- started with 59 seconds remaining. The fans couldn't help it. After all, the West Point High School boys basketball team raced out to a 27-8 lead after one quarter en route to a 77-51 victory against Lake Cormorant in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Grit is something the West Lowndes Panthers has played with all season. West Lowndes needed every bit of that ingredient Tuesday night to get past McAdams 74-70 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State tournament in Columbus.
ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School boys basketball coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he was never nervous as a starter playing basketball for the Amory Panthers.
ABERDEEN -- The moment hasn't proven to be too big for Cornelius Gilleylen. After serving a two-year apprenticeship under legendary Aberdeen High School boys basketball coach Roy Hazzle, Gilleylen is in his first season as head coach for the tradition-rich Bulldogs.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School senior Jasmone Brown waited patiently while her team learned how to play together this season. Once the Lady Tigers found out that five working together is better than one, the season took flight.
It was fitting the Sebastopol High School girls basketball team's bench players mobbed coach Cassy Madden after their game Monday night. Without those individuals, none of the Bobcats would have had a reason to celebrate.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray said there's no need to explain to sophomore guard Fred Thomas why he didn't play Saturday in a 73-69 loss to Arkansas.
The lessons come a little faster at this time of the year. But Taylor Baudoin is doing everything she can to help make sure the New Hope High School girls basketball team is up for the challenge.
SALTILLO -- Trey Williams and Demarius Calvert can make things happen. While Williams prefers to do his damage by lifting off from the perimeter and raining 3-pointers, Calvert is more at home on the baseline, where he patrols the area around the paint waiting for his moment to spring into action.
The numbers still stun Martha Alwal a day later. Even though the Mississippi State junior center had a little more than 24 hours to grasp the notion she scored 25 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in a victory against Ole Miss on Sunday, Alwal still thought the idea was "surreal."
STARKVILLE -- Jake Vickerson said it's not time to press the panic button. The latest result for the Mississippi State baseball team has fans scratching their heads about the team.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and the Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Sunday they can deliver when coach Vic Schaefer has had enough.
STARKVILLE -- After wading in the shallow end of the pool, the Mississippi State softball team is ready to dive into the deep end. MSU completed a weekend sweep of Big 10 Conference foe Iowa 9-1 in five innings Sunday at the MSU Softball Field. The victory extended the program's second-best start in a season to 14 straight wins.
Sharon Thompson felt like her East Mississippi Community College women's basketball coach had potential even though it had plenty of youth.
STARKVILLE -- The perfect equation hit Starkville High School at the exact right time.
STARKVILLE -- Through seven games, there's one simple conclusion that can be reached at Dudy Noble Field: Mississippi State just isn't very good right now.
"I have a good idea of what I'm in for."
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