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Ole Miss men get big victory against Arkansas

Posted 1/19/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Andy Kennedy has enjoyed coaching in Bud Walton Arena more than most. The Ole Miss men's basketball coach continued his mastery at Arkansas on Saturday night, as Stefan Moody had 18 points to lead five players in double figures in Ole Miss' 96-82 victory against No. 19 Arkansas.



Schaefer hopes MSU can get bounce-back win

Posted 1/17/2015 in High School Sports

Vic Schaefer believes his players understand what it takes to win in the Southeastern Conference. His Mississippi State women's basketball team showed it had the fortitude to battle through adversity and tough defenses to win its first three SEC games for the first time in program history. Those victories helped propel MSU to an 18-0 start and a spot at No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25.



Starkville girls, Columbus boys earn victories

Posted 1/17/2015 in High School Sports

Tanita Thompson didn't need to be reminded about the significance of the Starkville High School girls basketball team's Class 6A, Region 3 game Friday night at Columbus.



New Hope boys earn big win vs. Oxford

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

Trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter Friday, the New Hope High School boys basketball team needed to respond to Oxford High's physicality. The Trojans trailed the entire quarter, had five turnovers, and were struggling to get to the basket past forward D.K. Metcalf. That's when Toddy Jennings showed up.



Ready's play in final minute lifts MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was true to his last name. Catching a pass from teammate Fred Thomas with 47 seconds left Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team's point guard took a deep breath and fired a tie-breaking 3-pointer. Forty seconds later, Ready added two free throws to preserve a 57-54 win against Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum. The win was MSU's first in the Southeastern Conference this season.



Heck provides it all for MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Life can be daunting for a freshman baseball player in the Southeastern Conference. So when Ryan Gridley, a middle infielder from Macon, Georgia, arrived at Mississippi State last fall, he was looking for help. That help arrived in the form of MSU's team captain.



LSU edges No. 15 MSU in 2OT thriller

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One more play. With a four-point lead and 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in double overtime, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was again on the cusp of beating LSU for a pivotal Southeastern Conference home victory. All it needed was to get one more rebound, or one to make one more free throw, or to execute one more time against the press or in its half-court offense to get over the proverbial hump. Instead, LSU trumped No. 15 MSU and made two plays in a 45-second span that sent it on its way to a 71-69 victory before a season-high crowd of 4,727 at Humphrey Coliseum.



New Hope High's Caldwell will play golf at William Carey

Posted 1/16/2015 in High School Sports

The talk always fascinated Mary Grace Caldwell. She just wasn't sure she believed it. "You will be one of the few that plays college golf," Caldwell recalls friends and coaches telling her. Caldwell didn't take those words to heart because she believes there always is room for improvement in your sport. It wasn't until last season, when Caldwell was part of the New Hope High School girls golf team' Class II state championship squad that she embraced the notion that she could take her game to the next level.



Three New Hope High baseball players sign to play in college

Posted 1/16/2015 in High School Sports

Three hats, one mantra: Hard work. Even though Sam Taylor (Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College), Josh Stillman (Northeast Mississippi C.C.), and Payton Lane (Mississippi Delta C.C.) donned different caps Thursday that signified the next steps in their baseball careers, the New Hope High School standouts acknowledged they shared a bond that helped them realize their opportunities. That hard work has been on display the past two years as part of New Hope High's back-to-back Class 5A state championships. All three don't plan on changing anything this season and later this year when they realize their opportunities to play college baseball.



Ole Miss women upset No. 18 Georgia

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team closed the game with an 8-0 run in the final 2 minutes, 13 seconds Thursday to beat No. 18 Georgia 55-52 at Tad Smith Coliseum. The victory was the program's first against a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 since the 2010-11 season, and also snapped a 24-game losing streak to AP-ranked opponents.



Sword's struggles part of MSU's offensive struggles

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 2014-15 season isn't about wins and losses for Mississippi State guard Craig Sword. It's about becoming himself again. That's the battle Sword, who led MSU in scoring (13.7 points per game as a sophomore, is fighting as he recovers from offseason back surgery that sidelined him for the first four games of the season. So far, the ultra-athletic, 6-foot-3, 196-pound shooting guard from Montgomery, Alabama, hasn't found his scoring touch or swagger.



LSU edges Ole Miss for road victory

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Keith Hornsby doesn't have a pretty 3-point shot. With a hitch in his motion, a long windup, and a low arc, Hornsby's shooting technique gets the basketball to the rim in a hurry. But the 6-foot-4 junior guard isn't interested in style. Hornsby prefers results, and he provided plenty of those Wednesday night, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the LSU men's basketball team past Ole Miss 75-71 at Tad Smith Coliseum.



MSU's Eubanks will get shot at U.S. Under-20 camp

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks' exploits as a high school player attracted plenty of attention from college coaches. But Eubanks, who was named NSCAA Kentucky High School Player of the Year as a senior, didn't feel she had made a name for herself at the national level as she prepared for her freshman season at Mississippi State. That could be changing very soon.



Prescott feels MSU has chance to be even better in 2015

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The most telling part of Dak Prescott's press conference Wednesday, the one that saw the Mississippi State quarterback announce he would return to school for his senior season, was where he went when it was over. After making his announcement and answering questions from reporters, Prescott ducked out of the media room at MSU's Seal Football Complex and headed downstairs to a team meeting.



No. 15 MSU will try to bounce back vs. LSU

Posted 1/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Morgan William sat silently and shook her head. The Mississippi State 5-foot-5 point guard was affirming coach Vic Schaefer's assessment of her performance Sunday in a 78-62 loss at Vanderbilt. Even though William agreed with Schaefer that she didn't play well, she didn't like doing it.



Starkville High's Sullivan will play for namesake at ICC

Posted 1/14/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- People skills can help you earn a college scholarship. Michael Sullivan's parents didn't use that language in raising their son to be a "people person," but they hoped their son wouldn't hesitate when he saw an opportunity to meet someone, especially a coach who could help him take the next step in his soccer career. It just so happens Sullivan had an interesting ice-breaker to start a memorable conversation nearly two years ago with a "stranger."



MSU QB Prescott will announce decision today

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans won't have to wait much longer to find out about the future of quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott, a redshirt junior from Haughton, Louisiana, who broke 12 school records this season, will hold a will hold a news conference at 1:30 today in the MSU Seal Football Complex to announce his decision. Reports from multiple media outlets Tuesday night said Prescott planned to return for his senior season.



Texas A&M men edge MSU

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team saved its best free-throw shooting for when it mattered most. Texas A&M missed 13 free throws before sinking 11 of 14 in the final minute to fend off a late surge from Mississippi State and hold on for a 74-70 win Tuesday night.



McFatrich ready for building process at MSU

Posted 1/14/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich knows how to build a winning program. When Steven McRoberts hired McFatrich as an assistant volleyball coach at Central Arkansas in 2007, McFatrich knew a foundation needed to be laid to help the Sugar Bears become competitive in the Southland Conference and relevant on the national scene.



Oak Hill Academy sweeps Heritage Academy; Caledonia boys soccer clinches district

Posted 1/14/2015 in High School Sports

After dropping a key boys division game last week to Canton Academy, Oak Hill Academy basketball coach Brian Middleton knew that his team needed another boost. A non-division rivalry game Tuesday at Heritage Academy provided that lift, as Oak Hill Academy earned a 46-41 victory.



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