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EMCC ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- After last season's disappointing ending, players and coaches at East Mississippi Community College have talked about the anticipation for a new season. That excitement rose a notch Monday when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranked EMCC No. 1 in the nation in its preseason poll.



These games will define prep football season

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Game week finally has arrived for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). All of the predictions are out and coaches are putting together game plans for their openers. As the countdown to kickoff winds down, let's look at the games that will help define this season.


Washington wins again at Magnolia

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Sports

Chase Washington has raced in half of the races at Magnolia Motor Speedway this season. But when he shows up, there's a 50 percent chance he'll win the NeSmith Crate Late Model feature race. After Washington started fifth in the Highway 45 Crate Late Model Throwdown on Saturday at Magnolia, he passed Jeremy Shaw for the lead on lap nine to win his third race at the track this season.

Former EMCC standout Roberts will be walk-on at MSU

Posted 8/15/2016 in College Sports

Marcus Wood might have used another hour to rave about Wyatt Roberts if given the opportunity. The East Mississippi Community College football offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach saw Roberts develop into a playmaker at quarterback the last two seasons. Although overshadowed by talented teammates at the position and not being as highly recruited as others, Roberts never gave in. That's why he was elated Sunday when he learned Roberts, who played at Louisville High School, joined the Mississippi State football team Sunday. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed the move.


Hamblett making transition from New Zealand to Mississippi

Posted 8/15/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johanna Hamblett admits the quizzical looks had an effect on her. Although she felt confident about her decision to travel more than 8,100 miles from New Zealand to Mississippi, Hamblett couldn't help notice the way friends reacted when she told them she was going to the United States to play soccer.


Local teams have goals set for December

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter hasn't won three Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships by taking short cuts. When his team is down, Shorter finds a way to lift it up. When his players are up, Shorter reminds them nothing has been accomplished and that they are capable of much more.

Pickle sees positives in New Hope's victory

Posted 8/13/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kris Pickle didn't get to see everything he wanted in a two-quarter exhibition game. But the New Hope High School football coach saw a few promising things in a 29-8 victory against Morton High on Friday night in the New Hope Fall Jamboree at Davis Wade Stadium that give him hope.


Mullen feels Bulldogs have a lot of work to do

Posted 8/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels like there is a lot of work to do following his team's first scrimmage Thursday night at Davis Wade Stadium.



Redshirt freshman Smitherman learning to play safety

Posted 8/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maurice Smitherman was approached with an opportunity in the summer when he arrived at Mississippi State. The redshirt freshman thought he was going to be used as a cornerback. But first-year defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon asked Smitherman if he would like to play cornerback and safety? Smitherman liked the idea and started to adjust to his new position.



QB Staley transfers from MSU

Posted 8/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't shocked. Before training camp started, Mullen said he wouldn't be surprised if one of his four quarterbacks decided to transfer. On Friday, that became a reality when Mullen announced sophomore Elijah Staley will transfer.



Family support key for Carroll

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Sports

If it weren't for family members, many dirt track racers wouldn't compete each weekend. From funding to helping in the pits, it takes a lot of want-to from brothers, cousins, wives, and parents to make a team go. Family and friends often are the first ones drivers mention when they're asked about their accomplishments.


Freshmen will look to earn playing time at MSU

Posted 8/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In Dan Mullen's seven seasons leading the Mississippi State football program, 30 Bulldogs have played as freshmen. Some have played because of a lack of depth, while others have played because of their talent. The ability of Mullen and his coaching staff to develop talent has helped raise the profile of the program and pushed it to the fastest ascent from unranked to No. 1 in college football history, the winningest two-year stretch at the school, and a school-record six-straight bowl appearances.

Shorter, Tigers won't listen to doubters

Posted 8/12/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had to run players away from the Noxubee County High School field house in the summer. That's a good sign for a coach who suffered key graduation losses from a group that helped the program win its first back-to-back state championships.


Beckom grows into leadership role for Columbus High football team

Posted 8/12/2016 in High School Sports

Veteran football coaches may downplay expectations for a standout player. Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery goes the other way with senior cornerback/strong safety Derrick Beckom.


Hill ready to make run at state championship with Columbus

Posted 8/10/2016 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior Kylin Hill feels good about his future after giving a verbal commitment to Mississippi State earlier this summer.

Defensive coaches at MSU bring new flavor

Posted 8/10/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With an entirely new defensive staff, questions about how the Mississippi State football defense will perform this season is one of the most asked by Bulldog fans.


University claims Mullen did not call police on former running back

Posted 8/10/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen did not call the police on former MSU running back Josh Robinson, according to a team spokesperson and MSU campus police.


Starkville Little League all-stars enjoy run at region tournament

Posted 8/9/2016 in Local Sports

Starkville Little League knew what to expect in their return trip to Waco, Texas, for the Southwest Regional of the Little League World Series.


Walters column: Sitting down for some more questions

Posted 8/9/2016 in High School Sports

Well, it's finally show time.



Sykes anchors Columbus defense during push for Class 6A title

Posted 8/9/2016 in High School Sports

After the second game of the season, Columbus High School held an impromptu team meeting.



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