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Johnson reaches milestone; Lady Bulldogs fall at LSU

Posted 2/10/2012 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mississippi State senior Diamber Johnson joined the 1,000-point club Thursday night. However, the Lady Bulldogs could not do enough to make this special night lead to a victory. Rallying from down a point late, LSU scored eight straight points as the Lady Tigers knocked off the Lady Bulldogs 53-49 in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.



Sidney provides early-game spark

Posted 2/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once again, the in-state rival seemingly had absolutely no defensive answer for Mississippi State's 280-pound center. Renardo Sidney bruised his way to 14 points and seven rebounds in MSU's 70-60 victory over the Rebels leaving Ole Miss Andy Kennedy simply shaking head and feeling helpless on the sidelines.



Rebels miss offensive production from Williams

Posted 2/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While there were some bright spots on offense for the University of Mississippi Thursday night, the Rebels could not overcome off shooting nights from Nick Williams and Terrance Henry. The duo was a combined 2-for-15 from the field and Ole Miss could never build enough offense to overtake Mississippi State.



NO DOGGING IT: Bost talks talk, walks walk as Bulldogs take out Rebels

Posted 2/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Round two went to Mississippi State senior Dee Bost. In highly publicized feud between University of Mississippi forward Terrance Henry and the Bulldogs point guard, MSU's 6-foot-3 scorer took all the trash talk from the first game and transformed it into his best night of the 2011-12 season.


Saddle up: The pros are headed to Starkville to rodeo

Posted 2/9/2012 in Local Sports

On Friday and Saturday, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to the Mississippi Horse Park. Hosted by the Starkville Rotary Club, this event is the club's largest fundraiser each year. The members strive to not only make it an exciting, edge-of-your-seat event, but also donate proceeds to help support local youth through the tuition guarantee program.


Ole Miss will try to sweep MSU

Posted 2/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of the state's four men's basketball teams that have serious dreams of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament, two will meet tonight in Starkville The University of Mississippi will look to improve its at-large status by completing a regular-season sweep of Mississippi State University 6 tonight (ESPN2) at Humphrey Coliseum. Many of the bracket projections released this week have the Rebels (14-8, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) as a bubble team of the field. ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi has Ole Miss as the first team out of the tournament with a little more than a month until the field is selected.



Stuedeman set for first game as coach at MSU

Posted 2/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Enthusiasm. Passion. Intensity. Those words and many similar ones could be used to describe Mississippi State University's first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman. Stuedeman, who makes her Division I head coaching debut tonight at South Alabama, comes to Starkville after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. Alabama is considered one of the nation's premier softball programs. The goal is to push MSU to that level.



MSU's Johnson has changed roles, on verge of 1,000

Posted 2/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The number is imposing. Diamber Johnson doesn't remember the shot that helped her eclipse the 2,000-point mark in high school, but she knows it came in the "Big House," or the Mississippi Coliseum, in Jackson. Johnson also doesn't know where she will hit her next milestone.



CHS has title date for two with Tupelo

Posted 2/8/2012 in High School Sports

Next man up. That's the mind-set the Columbus High School basketball team has used all season. It worked again in an elimination game Tuesday night, as Deontae Jones and Robert Irby each had 11 points to lead Columbus to a 57-44 victory against Grenada in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.



Quick turnarounds part of fun for SEC men

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No matter the result, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will leave Humphrey Coliseum arm in arm with his wife, Meo. As he walks out the front door, the arm and hand that isn't wrapped around his wife likely will have a scouting report or a video of the University of Georgia basketball program in it. Less than 48 hours after No. 20 MSU (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) finishes its game against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2), it will have to prepare for another SEC home matchup.



Stuedeman plans to use plenty of lineups in first season

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has been reluctant in the preseason to name a starting lineup. Don't look for that to change in her first season as head coach at MSU.



Fans vote on MSU men's basketball team's top five players, games

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The fans have spoken to complete the biggest component of Mississippi State University's 100 Years of Basketball celebration. On Tuesday, the final tabulations for the "Starting 5" and "Top 5 Games" as voted on by the fans were compiled, and it's an all-star cast with countless achievements and accolades that received the most votes.



Green, Alabama rout Auburn

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The shorthanded University of Alabama men's basketball team made a little history against Auburn University. JaMychal Green scored 19 points, Trevor Releford added 15 to help Alabama race to a 68-50 win on Tuesday night.



Stansbury hopes to get more from Smith

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was almost as if Shaun Smith had to walk up to his coach, shake his head, and re-introduce himself. After having major hip surgery and rehabilitating from that injury this fall, Mississippi State University sophomore guard Shaun Smith admitted Monday he felt like a forgotten man on the MSU men's basketball team.



MSU may have surge in power this season

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen preaches the fundamentals every day in practice at Dudy Noble Field, he anticipates his 2012 team will be able to offer something different, especially in batting practice. One player who will command attention is Hunter Renfroe, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder who attracts attention from fans and teammates every time he steps in the batting cage.



New Hope's Taylor signs with Meridian C.C.

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.



CHS basketball ready to take flight

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith and Yvonne Hairston have used the memories of the 2010-11 season as building blocks throughout this season. The Columbus High School boys and girls basketball coaches hope those lessons will be put to use tonight when their teams kick off the second seasons. The top-seeded Columbus girls will play host to fourth-seeded Grenada at 7 p.m., while the second-seeded CHS boys will play host to third-seeded Grenada at 8:30 p.m. in the final two of four games on the opening day of action in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.



Starkville's Gordon has more than speed

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't let the speed fool you, Justin Gordon is a complete soccer player. The Starkville High School sophomore forward/midfielder understands, though, that when you have blazing speed it often leaves an impression with opponents that you are a one-dimensional player.



Alabama will take on Auburn without Mtchell

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn University men's basketball coach Tony Barbee insists the absence of University of Alabama standout Tony Mitchell won't have a big impact on tonight's rivalry game.



Vanderbilt women execute down stretch to beat MSU

Posted 2/5/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly a year later, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is in an eerily similar position.



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