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Columbus wins preseason debut under Montgomery

Posted 8/16/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- First-year Columbus High head football coach Randal Montgomery needed someone on his defense to make a big play in the waning moments of Saturday's preseason jamboree game against Kosciusko.



Heritage Academy's Sykes to continue baseball career at Mississippi College

Posted 8/16/2014 in Local Sports

Hunter Sykes has wanted to play baseball in college since he was 8 years old.



Trio of West Point stars bolster MSU

Posted 8/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - When Justin Cox, an All-America safety at East Misssissippi Community College, signed with Mississippi State's football team after his two years at Scooba, MSU defensive lineman Curtis Virges swelled with pride.



Hairston leaves envy behind to compete in triathlon

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Sports

Trip Hairston has turned his envy into action. On Saturday, the Columbus resident will be one of more than 100 competitors expected to participate in the third-annual Possum Town Triathlon.



New energy on West Lowndes High football team

Posted 8/15/2014 in High School Sports

There is a different kind of energy at West Lowndes High School. Maybe it has something to do with all of the hills that the Panthers have been running to get them in shape for the start of the 2014 football season.



Sophomore Jones attracts attention on experienced MSU D line

Posted 8/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As fall practice rolls on, one debate keeps cropping up among members of Mississippi State's defensive line. That debate centers around one question: Is Chris Jones a defensive end or a defensive tackle?



West Point unveils new scoreboard at McAllister Field

Posted 8/15/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Fans attending the "Meet the Green Wave" event Thursday night at McAllister Field experienced more than they bargained for.



Switch changes Knight's luck on track

Posted 8/15/2014 in Local Sports

The bad luck that plagued Shay Knight in 2013 is finally behind him. The Columbus native switched from a MasterSbilt chassis to a Bob Pierce chassis at the beginning of this season, and after an up-and-down start to the campaign, Knight has notched three Crate Late Model wins between two tracks -- Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Speedway -- in each of the past three weeks.



MSU women enjoyed trip, happy to be home

Posted 8/15/2014 in College Sports

It feels great to be back in the USA. This last blog entry comes from the Memphis, Tennessee, airport, where we just landed. It felt great to see that Mississippi State bus and Mr. Joe (Jaudon) waiting there for us.



Walters Column: Starkville loads up with confidence for 2014 season

Posted 8/13/2014 in High School Sports

During fall camp, sports writers are frequently hit by coaches not willing to boast about their ballclubs.



BLOG: Bulldogs spend final hours in France

Posted 8/13/2014 in College Sports

Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is completing its International trip to Belgium and to France. Senior guard Martha Alwal reviews the team's final hours in France.



Q&A: Wyatt excited about talking football on the radio

Posted 8/13/2014 in Local Sports

For former Mississippi State University quarterback Matt Wyatt, this is his busy time of the year.



Flippo replaces Cook as coach at Columbus

Posted 8/13/2014 in High School Sports

Dallas Flippo intends to continue the Columbus High School baseball tradition Jeff Cook started. Flippo doesn't have a secret plan for how he intends to accomplish that goal. He is going to do the only thing he knows how to do: Work hard.


Vote will benefit student-athletes, but lure of more money remains

Posted 8/13/2014 in Local Columns

The arms race that is college athletics achieved a degree of separation Thursday.


Heritage Academy's Oswalt refining skills in circle

Posted 8/13/2014 in High School Sports

Strikeouts don't define Kaitlyn Oswalt. As impressive as the Heritage Academy junior right-hander has been through the first 12 games of the fast-pitch season, she doesn't get too caught up in the fact she entered this week with 96 strikeouts and 13 walks in 58 1/3 innings. That is the kind of ratio coaches love.



Johnson, tight ends could play key role for MSU

Posted 8/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At its peak under then-offensive coordinator Dan Mullen from 2005-08, the Florida football team's offense featured scoring threats at each skill position, ranging from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow to multi-purpose wide receiver Percy Harvin.



EMCC football begins the season No. 1

Posted 8/12/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will begin this football season exactly where it finished last season -- ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.



Sanders plans to make most of final season in Oxford

Posted 8/12/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Vincent Sanders has had plenty of experience dealing with highs and lows.



MSU unveils plans for renovation of Dudy Noble Field

Posted 8/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Since its first major renovation in 1987, Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field set the standard in college baseball. On Tuesday, that standard was shattered.



BLOG: Bulldogs report in from French Riviera

Posted 8/12/2014 in College Sports

Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is on the final leg of a trip that has taken it to Belgium and to France. Senior guard Kendra Grant reports today from the French Riviera.



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