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COLUMN: Stricklin pins high hopes on Schaefer

Posted 3/12/2012 in Local Columns

Scott Stricklin has more than 11 million reasons to hope Vic Schaefer is the right man.


Hopper makes big impact on Caledonia softball team

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Physical maturation only partially explains Cara Hopper's improvement in the circle. In eighth grade, Hopper was a "tiny" 85 pounds, but she already had dreams of playing softball in college, so she knew she needed to work hard to get better. Now a junior, Hopper has benefited from working with a pitching coach and her father, Tony, and now has five pitches in her arsenal.



Caledonia rolls past East Webster, 15-1

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

The Caledonia High School baseball team took revenge on East Webster on Monday afternoon with a 15-1 victory at Columbus High's Falcon Field.



Bulldogs face mental hurdle in NIT opener

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The consistent rule of thumb of teams participating the National Invitational Tournament is the more motivated team typically wins.



GETTING A CHANCE: Casey earns playing time at third base for Diamond Dawgs

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Phillip Casey wasn't sure what his role would be on the 2012 Mississippi State baseball roster.


MSU set to announce Vic Schaefer as new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer will become the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.


Fate of MSU men could be decided

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the fate of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had been sealed, according to the NCAA tournament selection chairman.



Sidney offers no hints about future

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney won't give any hints where he will play basketball next season. Mississippi State University's 6-foot-10 center didn't address the topic Thursday in the team's locker room following a 71-61 loss to the University of Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



MSU baseball suffers 'teaching moment' in loss to Mercer

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.



Jenkins, Vanderbilt send Ole Miss home

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.



MSU softball misses chance to take series vs. Georgia

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.



Vry returns to circle for MSU softball

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team received a huge lift to its pitching staff Saturday afternoon. Junior left-hander Kylie Vry returned to the circle for the first time since a Feb. 26 outing against he University of Michigan. Vry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 2-0 loss to the No. 7 University of Georgia at the MSU Softball Field.



Columbus United teams win titles

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Two Columbus United Soccer Club teams won championships and another placed second at the Frostbite Tournament on Feb. 25-26 in Starkville.



Ladd Chain earns runner-up High Point Award

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

BILOXI -- Ladd Chain finished second individually in the 13- to 14-year-old age group and helped lead Swim Columbus to a seventh-place finish last month at the Mississippi State Short Course Championships.



Alabama anglers win semi-pro division of Crappie USA event

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Crappie USA held a two-day super tournament that featured amateur and semi-pro divisions that competed Friday and Saturday in Columbus. Teams as far away as Arkansas and Kentucky came to the area in hopes of cashing in on cash and prizes.



Snider's changes help anglers

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Anglers, like any sports enthusiasts, like to try new things. In our area, it's a challenge to find businesses that offer a huge selection of lures and fishing equipment.



MSU softball upsets No. 7 Georgia

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team was left with two options Wednesday night. MSU could have been disappointed after two hard-fought losses against the No. 3 University of Florida and let a possible slide begin. The other option was for the team to return to the diamond and pull a top-10 upset.



Injuries force MSU baseball to reshuffle lineup

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A month after introducing a new lineup to Mississippi State University baseball fans, the program will be forced to do it again. A rash of injuries in the past two weekends has forced MSU coach John Cohen to add newcomers to the lineup to replace players on the disabled list.



Ole Miss beats Tennessee to reach semifinals

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Terrance Henry scored 19 points, Jarvis Summers added 17 and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team beat the University of Tennessee 77-72 in overtime in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. Henry hit two free throws with 9.1 seconds left in regulation to give Ole Miss a 61-58 lead, but Tennessee's Skylar McBee banked in a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime.



Florida outlasts Alabam in SEC tournament

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- The University of Alabama's JaMychal Green was terrific Friday, finishing in the paint, grabbing rebounds, dishing out assists, and being a huge pain for the University of Florida. There's just one free-throw attempt he'd like to have back. The Crimson Tide lost 66-63 to the Gators in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals, failing to convert two chances to tie the game in the final seconds.



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