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West Point rolls to another district victory

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior tailback Tez Lane readily admits his team struggled through the first four weeks of the prep football season. Lane also readily admits those struggles are in the past.

 

 

MSU volleyball gets first win vs. ranked team

Posted 10/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State volleyball team defeated a ranked opponent. It accomplished that feat Friday night in front of the largest crowd to see a match at the school.

 

 

Starkville Academy rolls past Winston Academy

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team's tune-up for East Rankin couldn't have went smoother. Starkville Academy rushed for 378 yards and cruised to a 55-12 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.

 

 

Wyatt knows what MSU quarterbacks are thinking

Posted 10/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Wyatt is convinced he has a good idea what is going through the minds of Chris Relf and Tyler Russell this week. He feels that way because he experienced something similar for four years.

 

 

Starkville Academy wants to build on momentum

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy football team secured its first football playoff berth in six seasons last week with a victory. The Volunteers don't plan to stop and celebrate now. Starkville Academy (7-1) will play its final non-division game of the season at 7 p.m. when it travels to Louisville to take on Winston Academy.

 

 

Mullen clarifies play-calling situation

Posted 10/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen responded to talk radio chatter about play calling in the second half of MSU's 21-3 victory last weekend at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

 

Noxubee County nearly done with injuries

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Brandon Johnson's list is finally dwindling to nothing. As the certified athletic trainer who works with the Noxubee County High School football team, Johnson has been busy with myriad injuries that have kept the Tigers from being at full strength for nearly the entire season.

 

 

Hamilton wants to avoid letdown after beating Eupora

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The statement has been made. Now the harder part might be on the horizon for the Hamilton High School football team.

 

 

Aliceville will try for quality road win at Greensboro

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

The Aliceville High School football team will try to earn a quality win Friday night when it travels to Greensboro for a key Class 3A, Region 4 Alabama High School Activities Association matchup.

 

 

MSU will try to stop South Carolina's pass rush

Posted 10/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is still trying to find the right five players to play in front its quarterback. Finding that mix will be primary concern at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI) because MSU will have to contend with No. 15 University of South Carolina and the pass rush of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. Johnson was defensive coordinator at MSU for coach Sylvester Croom from 2004-07.

 

 

Holifield's walk-off blast lifts New Hope

Posted 10/12/2011 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Champions adjust. It didn't matter whether the pitch was outside or low, inside or high, Lauren Holifield was going to do damage. It also didn't matter if the fence in left-center field was an imposing 235 feet away. Holifield had hit a home run to the same spot in the regular season, and she knew she could do it again.

 

 

Hatley rallies to beat Hamilton for North State title

Posted 10/12/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Courtney Roberts couldn't recall how many home runs she hit Tuesday night. That's quite all right. After five-and-a-half hours of softball, she wasn't the only one who had numbers running together in her head. The Hatley High School sophomore outfielder hit four home runs and her teammates hit five more to help the Lady Tigers earn their first trip to the Class 2A slow-pitch softball state championship Saturday in Jackson.

 

 

Local prep seniors will play in All-Star games

Posted 10/12/2011 in High School Sports

It's all coming to an end for Logan Waggoner. But as the Central Academy senior contemplated what could be the end of her softball career, she took comfort in the fact it could end today in the Mississippi Association of Independent School Class A Senior All-Star game at 2:30 p.m. today at Mississippi College.

 

 

Griffin hopes to work into rotation after first action

Posted 10/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With three minutes left in the Mississippi State football team's victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bulldog fans got their first look at tailback Nick Griffin. The journey to earning his first playing time lasted more than a year than he expected.

 

 

MSU's QB situation remains fluid

Posted 10/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen thought making the quarterbacks unavailable to the media this week would limit the talk surrounding the position. Think again.

 

 

MSU unsure of Carmon's status for Saturday

Posted 10/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The status of James Carmon remains unclear even after his performance in a relief role Saturday against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

 

Defense never rests for New Hope

Posted 10/11/2011 in High School Sports

The stars that dot the scorebook reflect the New Hope High School softball team's prowess on defense. Whether it is third baseman Kasey Stanfield picking a hard-hit short hop, shortstop D.J. Sanders gunning out a runner from the edge of the outfield grass, or Lauren Holifield diving in left-center field to snare a sinking line drive, the Lady Trojans take pride in their defense like no other team in the state.

 

 

Myles' leadership ability comes through in Starkville rally

Posted 10/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Adversity doesn't faze leaders. Instead of panicking and losing focus when bad things or mistakes are happening around them, leaders maintain a calm and a poise that makes their peers feel they can do anything if they stick to the plan.

 

 

Russell makes most of his chance vs. UAB

Posted 10/9/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Enter Tyler Russell. Those three words not only changed the complexion of the Mississippi State football team's 21-3 victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but they also might have changed the outlook of the rest of the 2011 season.

 

 

Defense delivers for MSU

Posted 10/9/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chris Wilson would love to take some credit for the resurgence of the Mississippi State defense. Instead, MSU's defensive coordinator admitted Saturday the success his unit had in a 21-3 victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham was due to the fact the 11 players on the field are starting to figure things out.

 

 

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