ABERDEEN — It would difficult to imagine any coach beaming brighter than Chris Duncan did Wednesday. Duncan’s delight in seeing six of his players sign scholarships to play football in college stems from how far the Aberdeen High School football program has come in a short amount of time.
STARKVILLE — The connection will continue. Mike Sullivan hopes the bond that Roy Miles and Will Goodwin pays equally valuable dividends for his Itawamba Community College men’s soccer team as it has for the Starkville Academy team.
STARKVILLE — Results mean more than the name of the opponents in February. Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis has stressed to her players that it takes communication, focus, and determination to achieve those results.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. — After visiting Alabama State last weekend, Derrick Billups believes it’s the right place for him.
The Pickens Academy girls basketball team has won all 12 of its region games this season. Pickens County, of Carrollton, Ala., will attempt to continue that success this weekend when it plays in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA, Region 2 Tournament at Marion, Ala.
STARKVILLE –– Teams are often built from the inside out, so it makes sense Dan Mullen’s second recruiting class follows that plan.
STARKVILLE — Catina Bett will have to wait a little longer for her second chance. In the meantime, the transfer from the University of Kentucky continues to get herself back into shape, to build relationships with her new teammates, and to get to know Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis.
STARKVILLE –– The Mississippi State men’s basketball team’s win against LSU on Saturday appeared to get the train back on track despite going 40 minutes with some of the same characteristics that saw the team lose consecutive games.
In December, the University of South Alabama men’s basketball team achieved one of its most notable wins in school history.
STARKVILLE — Ravern Johnson’s evolution into an all-around player is starting to catch up to his frame and measurables, which is right on time for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team.
Coming off a loss to the University of Arkansas and preparing for the nation’s No. 4-ranked team on one day’s rest and preparation is challenging enough. But University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy could have a bigger issue the rest of the season.
When Anthony Grant and Billy Donovan take the court Thursday night, it will complete one of the greater coaching circles in the Southeastern Conference.
CARROLLTON, Ala. — Callie Minor didn’t know what was going on. Minor wanted only the best for her senior season at Pickens Academy, so it was natural for her to expect a lot from herself.
It was one and done for Robin Tyra as the football coach at Aliceville High School in Aliceville, Ala.
STARKVILLE — The final 8 minutes, 2 seconds were Victoria Dunlap’s time to shine. With Mississippi State within one point and in position to steal the momentum back, Dunlap made sure she did her part — and then some — to push the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team to victory. Dunlap had team highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds Sunday afternoon to lead Kentucky to a 69-59 victory before a crowd of 1,385 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — Losing streaks and poor shooting were the main topics of conversation prior to Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Western Division matchup here between the Mississippi State and LSU men's basketball teams. More than any other phase of the game, a woeful shooting percentage has proven to be the culprit for MSU’s recent mini-slump, which resulted in a pair of setbacks after a promising 3-0 start in SEC play. In losses at Alabama and at Arkansas in the past week, MSU connected on just 41 of 130 (31.5 percent) shots and was 7 of 44 (15.9 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.
STARKVILLE —The fleeting nature of momentum makes Southeastern Conference women’s basketball exciting. Mississippi State’s game against Kentucky at 2 p.m. today at Humphrey Coliseum is an ideal example. MSU (14-7, 5-3 SEC) and Kentucky (17-3, 5-2) would love a few days or an overmatched opponent as their next scheduled game so they could savor the victories they earned Thursday against ranked opponents (No. 9 Georgia, No. 18 LSU).
SENATOBA –– Will Swedenburg scored 18 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Heritage Academy boys basketball team past Magnolia Heights 60-40. Tyler White scored 15 points for Heritage Academy, which improved to 18-8. Heritage Academy trailed 15-11 after the first quarter, but rallied to tie the score 21-21 at halftime and take a 44-27 lead at the end of the third period.
In our area, winter time normally gives us passing cold fronts and slow-biting bass. Air temperatures and water temperatures rise and fall like a roller-coaster so the fish you caught on Saturday are not cooperating on Sunday afternoon. A good friend of mine and I were able to fish for a couple of hours one Saturday and were on the water by 2 p.m. The fish weren’t biting at first, but they seemed to wake up and it turned into a good time of fishing. The best fish were caught on a jig, but the majority of the fish were caught on soft plastics.
STARKVILLE — The push is on to make the NCAA tournament. For the first 37 minutes Thursday night, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team looked like a team that was connected, alert, and focused on realizing that goal. More importantly, MSU played with the aggressiveness and the attacking mind-set it will need to get there. Alexis Rack had a game-high 34 points as MSU played one of its best first halves of the season en route to a 74-66 victory against No. 9 Georgia before a crowd of 1,071 at Humphrey Coliseum.
1. Whitley will miss MSU's bowl game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Offensive line drives Pickens County's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Ground game has been key for Georgia Military COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Mississippi Bowl has emerged as top destination COLLEGE SPORTS
5. History could be on Louisville's side HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS