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Team Elite Mississippi will play against best in Kentucky

Posted 7/3/2014 in Local Sports

ABERDEEN -- Erise Wilson Jr. feels Team Elite Mississippi can compete with the best squads in the nation. Later this month, Wilson's Amateur Athletic Union travel boys basketball team will get a chance to show a group of players from the Greater Golden Triangle area can hold its own against the best there is when it plays in the AAU Division I 11th-grade Nationals in Louisville, Ky. The team, which is made up of players from Aberdeen, Columbus, Noxubee County, and West Point high schools, will leave from the area July 21 in time to arrive for registration and the first coaches meetings July 22. The team will then play one game each of the next three days to determine where it will be seeded for the double-elimination event, which will feature teams from across the country.



Weight work paying off for MSU women

Posted 7/3/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three years ago, weightlifting was a foreign concept to Martha Alwal. At 6-foot-4, Alwal relied on her height and her length to affect shots in the post and didn't have the strength to use her body to carve out space in the paint because she hadn't trained in the weight room.



Stricklin believes in Roberts as new MSU men's tennis coach

Posted 7/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin has to be a believer. As Mississippi State Director of Athletics, Stricklin has a core set of principles he wants every coach at the school to possess. When it's time to hire a new coach, Stricklin analyzes the numbers and talks to peers, coaches, and players to make sure he has the best information about a candidate. After that, he has to trust his instincts and make a final choice. Stricklin believes he made the right call in naming Matt Roberts the new men's tennis coach at MSU.



MSU, N.C. State agree to series

Posted 7/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State and North Carolina State football programs have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2020 and 2021.



Tutor will get chance to play softball again

Posted 7/1/2014 in College Sports

Haley Tutor thought the University of Alabama was the place for her. As right as it felt for Tutor to continue her education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former New Hope High School and East Mississippi Community College standout realized it was difficult to stop playing softball, a sport she excelled in for many years.



Merchant expected to be named assistant coach at West Lowndes

Posted 7/1/2014 in High School Sports

Daniel Merchant made believers out of the football players at Oak Hill Academy. Part of Merchant's next job could be to help instill that same kind of confidence in the football players at West Lowndes High School.



Keselowski wins for second time at Kentucky Speedway

Posted 6/28/2014 in Local Sports

SPARTA, Ky. -- Brad Keselowski showed early and often that his No. 2 Ford was the best car at Kentucky Speedway, dominating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night to become the track's first repeat winner.



Basketball Bulldogs continue growth in Ray's third season

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the core of the Mississippi State basketball team set to enter its junior year together, coach Rick Ray is eager to watch the Bulldogs turn the corner.



Roberts chosen to take over MSU men's tennis program

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Roberts has been named Mississippi State's new head men's tennis coach, as announced by athletic director Scott Stricklin Saturday. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.



Sporting News magazine ranks EMCC football No. 2 nationally in preseason

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will bring the 2014 football season in familiar territory.


Local Racing:Rickman looks to make move in standings

Posted 6/27/2014 in Local Sports

Anything can happen at "The Bullring."


SHS' Davis commits to Memphis

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

An extremely hectic summer for Starkville High School quarterback Brady Davis included a big announcement this week.



Hall of Fame induction helps cap coaching career for Friend

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

After decades of coaching, about 250 wins and multiple state championships, Chuck Friend says he wouldn't change a thing about his football coaching career since success comes each time he prepares a new class of young men for life's challenges.



New Hope's Boyd earns MAC Coach of Year honors

Posted 6/25/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd frequently referred to his team as being a special group of players.


Walters column: Prep football countdown now less than two months

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Columns

With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.

Stanford takes over Oak Hill football

Posted 6/25/2014 in Local Sports

For most of his adult life, Tony Stanford has coached high school football.


MSU women's basketball adds Lovato to staff

Posted 6/23/2014 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer likes to talk about working with the best coaching staff in America to build the Mississippi State women's basketball program into a contender for championships.


Walters column: World Cup makes for appointment television

Posted 6/23/2014 in Local Columns

For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.


McBride continues to set standard with pair of national championships

Posted 6/23/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Brandon McBride was 16-years-old, he realized he was really fast.



2014 in review: Stuedeman, Bulldogs eager to reach next level

Posted 6/21/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State just completed its third softball season under head coach Vann Stuedeman.



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