HATTIESBURG -- After Preston Purifoy's 3-pointer rolled around the basket and fell through the hoop for what proved to be the game-winner, an understandably raucous celebration by the University of Alabama at Birmingham men's basketball team followed.
STARKVILLE -- Wendell Lewis is easily the most athletic post player on the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Even with heralded center Renardo Sidney turning heads with his inside-out offensive game, the quick-footed, explosive Lewis can cause comparable damage on defense and on the boards. He just hasn't showcased his skills consistently.
STARKVILLE -- Few people expected the Starkville High School boys basketball team to make it back to Jackson. Without two standout players from last season's Class 6A state title and Grand Slam championship squad, Starkville had a mountain to climb if it hoped to repeat as champs. At least it faces familiar foe to get to the summit.
Jared Shelton and Dillon Hawkins each had three hits and home runs Tuesday night to lead the New Hope High School baseball team to a 12-6 victory against Starkville at Trojan Field. Shelton's grand slam in a five-run fifth inning helped New Hope (3-0) take the lead for good after it trailed 4-0 after three and a half innings.
STARKVILLE -- Two softball teams coming off winless weekends met Tuesday looking for a much-needed win. Caledonia High School made it happen with a 15-2 victory against Starkville High. The Lady Confederates had an offensive punch they didn't see in losses to Saltillo and Hamilton on Friday in which they had scored just two runs.
STARKVILLE -- Drew Pellum and Hunter Bolin combined for a no-hitter Tuesday to lead the Starkville Academy baseball team to a 14-0 victory against Oak Hill Academy. Pellum earned his first win of the season by striking out seven and walking one in four innings. Bolin cleaned up the fifth and final frame by striking out two.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As Dee Bost drove the court with less than 10 seconds on the clock, Wendell Lewis knew he had to be in position under the basket to score off either an assist or a rebound. He also knew he had little room for error.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Chris Warren darted to his left and then sprinted down the lane toward the basket, taking on all five Alabama defenders as he flew through the air for an acrobatic layup. For most players, it would have been a bad decision. For Warren, it's another two points.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Stratton's scoreless streak continued Saturday in the Mississippi State baseball team's 5-3 victory against Belmont. The sophomore earned his second straight win of the season after giving up four hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out 13 and sat down the Bruins in order in five innings.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team is at its best when it shares the basketball. That probably could be said for any team, but that interconnectedness on offense hasn't been there consistently this season for the Lady Bulldogs. The first 8 minutes, 14 seconds Thursday night offered a glimpse of what could be to come next season.
STARKVILLE -- There's no guarantee siblings who play the same sport will develop the same way. Differences in height, weight, and athleticism can leave a glaring difference between the players, especially when they play on the same team. At best, a coach can hope the players possess a passion for the game and good work ethic. Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter has that in brothers Mike and Steven Brand.
February high school baseball games never follow a script. It adds to the unpredictability of the action when your team doesn't give up. The New Hope High School baseball team showed Friday night that that trait could serve it very well this season.
Tanner Ryals always thought football would be something he did to help him prepare for soccer. Four years later, football will help him pay for his education. On Friday, the New Hope High School senior kicker signed a scholarship to play football at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
HANCEVILLE, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team is going back to Birmingham. MVP LaJuan Doss had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three steals Saturday to lead the Tornadoes past Parrish 82-48 Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A Northwest Regional at Drake Coliseum on the campus of Wallace State-Hanceville Community College.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team can't catch a break. Overshadowed in the Bulldogs' 84-82 loss to LSU on Wednesday was freshman guard Jalen Steele's knee injury, which was determined to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus after an MRI revealed the damage.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team will put its unblemished mark on the line this weekend in a three-game series against Belmont University.
STARKVILLE -- Last year, Conner McKee watched Starkville Academy soccer teammates Will Goodwin and Roy Miles sign soccer scholarships. He was determined to be the next Volunteer to move on to the next level.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- "Scooby" decided to get scrappy at the right time Thursday night for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Diamber Johnson responded to the pleas from her coach to demand the basketball in a big way, scoring her team's final 11 points in a 68-55 victory against the University of Alabama before a crowd of 2,114 at Foster Auditorium.
STARKVILLE -- Before the Mississippi State men's tennis team begins league play, it will face a couple of tough measuring sticks this weekend in Texas. No. 33 MSU will face TCU at 3 p.m. today and No. 11 Baylor on Sunday in an attempt to build on shutout wins against Tulane and the University of Alabama at Birmingham two weeks ago.
STARKVILLE -- Jack Cristil's 58-year radio broadcasting career at Mississippi State will end later this week after he announced Wednesday he was stepping down as basketball and football play-by-play announcer due to health concerns. Cristil's last game will be the MSU men's basketball team's basketball matchup Saturday at the University of Tennessee.
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