STARKVILLE -- The No. 24 Mississippi State baseball team has made a statement with its weekend rotation. MSU announced Thursday that right-handers Ben Bracewell and Trevor Fitts will start the first two games of MSU's Southeastern Conference series at Georgia this weekend. Bracewell (2-1, 1.74 ERA) is scheduled to start Game 1 at 6 tonight at Foley Field, while Fitts (2-0, 3.92) is set to start Game 2 at 11 a.m. (Fox Sports Net).
Vic Schaefer has next. That should be a welcoming thought for Victoria Vivians. As much as the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has earned his reputation as "Secretary of Defense," he likely won't sick multiple defenders on Vivians when she arrives in Starkville later this year to begin her career as a Bulldog.
ATLANTA -- The LSU men's basketball team is willing to talk about its NCAA tournament chances. The Tigers know they must keep winning to bring others into that conversation.
ATLANTA -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy offered a sarcastic tip of his cap after Marshall Henderson launched 19 3-pointers against Mississippi State. "That's an SEC record. Congratulations," Kennedy said, looking at his standout senior.
ATLANTA -- Mississippi State coach Rick Ray says his players continued to work hard even when it may have been tempting to give up on a lost season.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Travis Garner feels so fortunate that he gets to coach A.J. Brown for two more seasons. For the simple reason that Brown doesn't know how talented he can become over that time.
Wells Davis and Josh Stillman want to be themselves. If that means being two more pieces to the puzzle for the New Hope High School baseball team, that's fine with them.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Brown was in such a zone Tuesday night he forgot how many outs there were in the sixth inning. With a no-hitter, Brown thought he had recorded the final out of the frame and started to walk off the mound. When he realized the ground ball out was the second of the inning, he knew karma would come back to bite him.
STARKVILLE -- All four coaches in the first round of Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball tournament are trying to manufacture momentum.
JACKSON -- The little things. Anyone who has watched the New Hope High School girls basketball team this season knows coach Laura Lee Holman has preached about the importance of the details that define victories. On most nights, the Lady Trojans paid attention to the finer points and boxed out, rotated on defense, hit free throws, executed on offense, and hummed like a finely tuned machine. On nights when things didn't go so smoothly, New Hope relied on its pressure defense to create offense that helped it snap it out of its funk.
JACKSON -- South Jones High School girls basketball coach Sherri Cooley made some mental notes when her team played New Hope nine months ago in a summer league game.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray chose Monday to talk more about players no one has seen play in a game. With only seven Southeastern Conference victories in two seasons, Ray hopes transfers and incoming freshmen will help reverse the fortunes of a program that finished the regular season 13-18 and 3-15 in the Southeastern Conference. In his first two years at MSU, Ray has had to make do with seven and eight scholarship players. He said the lack of depth has changed his way of coaching and has impacted the program.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Caudle couldn't have asked for a better battery than Kacy Noland and Lizzie Shirley. The Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball pitcher and catcher even came with their own nicknames -- the "silent killer" and the "singing sophomore" -- to help Caudle make a smooth transition in his first year as the school's coach.
Taylor Baudoin couldn't help but smile. Asked if New Hope High School girls basketball coach Laura Lee Holman was prone to harp on the "little things" in practice, Baudoin smiled and looked to teammate D.J. Sanders. She and Sanders could afford to laugh about Holman's tendency to go over and over things in practice until the Lady Trojans get them right. On this night, a 46-38 victory against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope listened to Holman in the second half and put those details into action.
STARKVILLE -- Player development has been the one thing that has given the Mississippi State men's basketball program hope the past two seasons. Look no further than sophomore guard Fred Thomas.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dominating performance by Jonathan Holder was the storyline Sunday as the No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team defeated Arizona 6-4 at the Hi Corbett Classic.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior first baseman Logan Foulks had preconceived notions about the newcomers on this year's softball team.
Coaches can tell when their teams need a jolt.
Kris Pickle always believed he was going to be a head coach. The way Pickle sees it, every good football coach has a desire to be a head coach. After getting a chance to experience his first taste as life as a head coach, Pickle will get a second chance to do it a little closer to home.
JACKSON -- The Shaw High School boys basketball had too much of everything for West Lowndes on Saturday morning. Whether it was on the offensive boards, on the 3-point arc, in the passing lanes, or out in transition, Shaw asserted control early and never let off the gas en route to a 64-31 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A state semifinal game at Mississippi Coliseum.
2. MSU men back in win column after beating UT Martin COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville girls continue winning ways with Joe Horne victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU women aim for 11-0 start today against Maine COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus girls open Joe Horne Classic with victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS