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New Hope wants to bounce back after losing opener

Posted 8/27/2015 in High School Sports

If you didn't know any better, the statistics surely would have corresponded to a victory. New Hope High School football Kris Pickle even sounded like he didn't believe what happened as he ticked off the numbers -- 350-360 total yards, more than 200 yards passing, 100 yards rushing, 18 first downs -- from his team's 20-3 loss to Louisville in its season opener last week.



Clayborn ready to lead MSU's offensive line

Posted 8/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamaal Clayborn is finding the move from right guard to center to be more than just putting the ball into the quarterback's hands. The Mississippi State junior has taken on a leadership role at his new position. Before he snaps the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott, he has to make sure everybody is on the same page.



MSU's Harris set to play bigger role after return from injury

Posted 8/26/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dez Harris isn't like most football players. The Mississippi State sophomore linebacker didn't hang his head after seeing his redshirt freshman season end last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.



Woods knew from early age he wanted to be a coach

Posted 8/26/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ricky Woods knew from an early age where he wanted to be on Friday nights. His love for football came from all of the time he spent at practices and games with his father. Seeing so many games and packed stadiums on Friday nights ignited a passion in Woods that drove him to become a teacher and a coach.



Coaches' All-Southeastern Conference team

Posted 8/26/2015 in College Sports

Coaches' preseason All-SEC teams


Chambless, West Point primed to get rolling again

Posted 8/26/2015 in Local Columns

West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is aware of his community's expectations for the program. After all, Chambless, his staff, and his former teams are a big reason for the expectations. "It really doesn't matter who we line up against on a Friday night, folks expect us to win," Chambless said. "Players want to be a part of this program because of the past success. There is an expectation. There is an excitement. We understand that. That is why it is a privilege to coach here and play here, to back that tradition."


EMCC's Law ready to put what he learned into action as sophomore

Posted 8/26/2015 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore running back D.J. Law admits he was disappointed when Division I football wasn't in his immediate post-high school future. The hurt lingered for a while. After a couple of months, he decided it was best to make the most of his new football home. EMCC reaped the immediate rewards of that decision.



Godfrey uses summer ball to get better as catcher

Posted 8/26/2015 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior catcher Will Godfrey quickly recalls his favorite memory from the 2015 prep baseball season. "The home run against Oxford was my No. 1 memory," Godfrey said. "It was amazing I was the one that hit it. I was happy. However, I would have been happy had any other player on the team hit it as well. That was just the type of team we had. Everybody was in it together."



Alabama, LSU lead coaches' All-SEC teams

Posted 8/26/2015 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama and LSU each placed 10 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, while Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott was named first team quarterback.



MSU eclipses 50,000 in season tickets sales

Posted 8/26/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State football team has eclipsed the 50,000 mark in season ticket sales, the MSU Athletic Ticket Office announced Tuesday.



Prep Player of Week: Simmons dominates in Noxubee County season-opening win

Posted 8/24/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Dominant.



Ford carries load as Caledonia wins football season opener

Posted 8/24/2015 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- In 2014, a game of word association involving the Caledonia High School football team was easy.



Ryan Brown finds niche on defensive line at MSU

Posted 8/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Ryan Brown's main position while growing up in Louisiana was running back.



Howard wants to leave MSU volleyball career on high note

Posted 8/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - First-year Mississippi State volleyball coach David McFatrich sees a career in volleyball for senior Emily Howard.



Shelton Jr. passes father for victory at Columbus Speedway

Posted 8/24/2015 in Local Sports

Tony Shelton Jr. needed one race in a Late Model car to know he wanted to leave Street Stocks. It helps that first race in a Late Model resulted in a win, which came earlier this year at Columbus Speedway. That victory came in his father's ride, the No. 3 B&S Salvage car. Shortly thereafter, the Sheltons purchased the No. 68 Late Model car from the Rickman Racing team.



Brown eager to make first start at linebacker for MSU

Posted 8/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Freshmen usually have two schools of thoughts when it comes to their first college football season. They either want to play right away or they want to sit out the first season and be redshirted. Mississippi State junior linebacker Richie Brown fell in the latter category and was redshirted as a freshman. He said it was one of the best things that could have happened to him.



Prep Roundup: Caledonia shocks Shannon; New Hope falls

Posted 8/22/2015 in High School Sports



Aberdeen's rally falls short in loss to rival Corinth

Posted 8/22/2015 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Corinth head coach Doug Jones' unbeaten winning streak is intact.



Heritage Academy blanks Columbus Christian in season opener

Posted 8/22/2015 in High School Sports

Columbus Christian Academy was going to need every bounce it could get to knock off cross-town rival Heritage Academy. The opening kickoff was a bad start.



Starkville Academy records shutout in Nicholson debut

Posted 8/22/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Midway through the second quarter of Starkville Academy's season-opener Friday, linebacker Noah Heflin thought back to the week following the team's loss to Oak Forest Academy in last season's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game.



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