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Sanders leads New Hope past Caledonia

Posted 3/4/2011 in High School Sports

There would be something wrong if D.J. Sanders didn't smile when she was on the softball field. Regardless of whether she is at shortstop or in the circle, the New Hope High School freshman plays the game with joy.



Meridian, Hood end Starkville's run

Posted 3/3/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team's Class 6A state tournament run ended in the semifinals Wednesday with a 72-43 loss to Meridian High. The Yellow Jackets (19-9) struggled to keep pace with the Wildcats, who received a game-high 27 points from forward Rodney Hood and 15 from guard Matthew Hurn.



New Hope soccer signees helped build tradition

Posted 3/3/2011 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School girls soccer team's success is attracting attention. Coming off the program's best season, goalkeeper Brandi Brantley, defender Anna Holley, and midfielder Bridget Tedford signed scholarships Wednesday to play soccer at the next level. Brantley and Tedford will continue their soccer careers at Hinds Community College, while Holley will play at Itawamba C.C.



Starkville's Morgan going to Hinds C.C.

Posted 3/3/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Injuries never are good news, especially for high school seniors. Those setbacks are even more upsetting when they come right before the start of your final sports season and make you wonder if you will get a chance to do what you love with your friends.



Govero has left legacy at MSU

Posted 3/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The student turned teacher has left a model for her teammates to follow. At 9 tonight, Mary Kathryn Govero will try to extend her career at least one more game when she leads the 11th-seeded Mississippi State women's basketball team against sixth-seeded Auburn (15-14) in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn.



Defense has fueled Pickens County

Posted 3/3/2011 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The defense hasn't rested this season for the Pickens County High School boys basketball team. Whether it has been with steals or with pressure that forces opponents into mistakes, the Tornadoes have lived up their billing and created a whirlwind of destruction on both ends of the floor.



MSU beats Arkansas to secure second in SEC West

Posted 3/3/2011 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ravern Johnson has little doubt the Mississippi State men's basketball team has talent on par with any other. The senior is doing his best to add a touch of consistency in an otherwise inconsistent season for the Bulldogs.



Auburn rallies to beat Ole Miss

Posted 3/3/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn University men's basketball team was halfway to another lopsided loss to the University of Mississippi. Their shots weren't falling while Dundrecous Nelson and the Rebels couldn't seem to miss. Then Kenny Gabriel scored 15 of his career-high 24 points in the second half and Chris Denson hit four straight free throws in the final 35 seconds Wednesday to help Auburn cap a 76-73 comeback.



UAB edges Southern Miss

Posted 3/3/2011 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- After Preston Purifoy's 3-pointer rolled around the basket and fell through the hoop for what proved to be the game-winner, an understandably raucous celebration by the University of Alabama at Birmingham men's basketball team followed.



MSU's Lewis striving for consistency

Posted 3/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wendell Lewis is easily the most athletic post player on the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Even with heralded center Renardo Sidney turning heads with his inside-out offensive game, the quick-footed, explosive Lewis can cause comparable damage on defense and on the boards. He just hasn't showcased his skills consistently.



Starkville High boys ready for Meridian

Posted 3/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Few people expected the Starkville High School boys basketball team to make it back to Jackson. Without two standout players from last season's Class 6A state title and Grand Slam championship squad, Starkville had a mountain to climb if it hoped to repeat as champs. At least it faces familiar foe to get to the summit.



Shelton, Hawkins hit home runs in New Hope's win vs. Starkville

Posted 3/2/2011 in High School Sports

Jared Shelton and Dillon Hawkins each had three hits and home runs Tuesday night to lead the New Hope High School baseball team to a 12-6 victory against Starkville at Trojan Field. Shelton's grand slam in a five-run fifth inning helped New Hope (3-0) take the lead for good after it trailed 4-0 after three and a half innings.



Caledonia scores big in win vs. Starkville

Posted 3/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two softball teams coming off winless weekends met Tuesday looking for a much-needed win. Caledonia High School made it happen with a 15-2 victory against Starkville High. The Lady Confederates had an offensive punch they didn't see in losses to Saltillo and Hamilton on Friday in which they had scored just two runs.



Starkville Academy no-hits Oak Hill Academy

Posted 3/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Drew Pellum and Hunter Bolin combined for a no-hitter Tuesday to lead the Starkville Academy baseball team to a 14-0 victory against Oak Hill Academy. Pellum earned his first win of the season by striking out seven and walking one in four innings. Bolin cleaned up the fifth and final frame by striking out two.



Lewis' late basket lifts MSU past Tennessee

Posted 2/26/2011 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As Dee Bost drove the court with less than 10 seconds on the clock, Wendell Lewis knew he had to be in position under the basket to score off either an assist or a rebound. He also knew he had little room for error.



Warren, Ole Miss surprise Alabama

Posted 2/26/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Chris Warren darted to his left and then sprinted down the lane toward the basket, taking on all five Alabama defenders as he flew through the air for an acrobatic layup. For most players, it would have been a bad decision. For Warren, it's another two points.



Stratton helps Bulldogs bounce back

Posted 2/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Stratton's scoreless streak continued Saturday in the Mississippi State baseball team's 5-3 victory against Belmont. The sophomore earned his second straight win of the season after giving up four hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out 13 and sat down the Bruins in order in five innings.



MSU women learning to share wealth

Posted 2/26/2011 in High School Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team is at its best when it shares the basketball. That probably could be said for any team, but that interconnectedness on offense hasn't been there consistently this season for the Lady Bulldogs. The first 8 minutes, 14 seconds Thursday night offered a glimpse of what could be to come next season.



Brand brothers lead Starkville High

Posted 2/26/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's no guarantee siblings who play the same sport will develop the same way. Differences in height, weight, and athleticism can leave a glaring difference between the players, especially when they play on the same team. At best, a coach can hope the players possess a passion for the game and good work ethic. Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter has that in brothers Mike and Steven Brand.



New Hope rallies in seventh to beat Amory

Posted 2/26/2011 in High School Sports

February high school baseball games never follow a script. It adds to the unpredictability of the action when your team doesn't give up. The New Hope High School baseball team showed Friday night that that trait could serve it very well this season.



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