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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.



MSU Basketball Notebook: Smith produces off bench

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have been concerned about the number of minutes freshman Rodney Hood has been playing at small forward On Saturday in a 91-88 victory against Auburn University, sophomore Shaun Smith showcased an ability to fill a five- to eight-minute role off the bench at that position.



Johnson out to put MSU back on track

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson is re-energized. Now that her mother is back home after suffering a heart attack nearly two weeks ago, the senior guard wants to make the most of the rest of her senior season. The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes it isn't too late.



Bulldogs hold off late Auburn rally

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior point guard Dee Bost finally admitted Saturday he's not enjoying tension-filled home wins. With 3:29 left in a tight Southeastern Conference battle, Bost had just as good a seat as anybody else at Humphrey Coliseum after he fouled out for the first time this season with 15 points and seven assists.



JACKETS WN STATE TITLE: Starkville tops Pascagoula for Class 5A soccer title

Posted 2/4/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Justin Gordon had been just out of reach all evening. Whether it was Taylor Wise or Dylan Howard or Kase Kingery, no one could put just the right touch on a service to get the speedy Gordon behind the defense. All the Starkville High School boys soccer team needed was a kiss from Price Day to send it on its way to history.



ANSWERING THE CALL: Crowder enjoying first season as 'Voice of the Lady Bulldogs'

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

French Camp native Jason Crowder is in his first season as play-by-play voice of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team on the Bulldog Sports Network. A graduate of French Camp Academy and MSU, Crowder is the sports programming director at WFCA-FM, a 100,000-watt station on the campus of French Camp Academy in Choctaw County.



Jackets ready for state title match

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

Starkville High looks for a piece of history today when the Yellow Jackets face off with Pascagoula for the Class 5A high school soccer state championship. Match time is 3:30 p.m. at Clinton High School.



Schuessler joins MSU quarterback group

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The path that led Nick Schuessler to become the newest signal caller at Mississippi State was anything but direct. The Bulldogs, who through most of the fall had junior Tyler Russell, redshirt freshman Dak Prescott and recently transferred Dylan Favre on the roster, signed one of the best in Georgia Wednesday when they inked the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from state champion Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.



Hood, Bulldogs feel motivated by three-game homestand

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rodney Hood sat down to watch the tape of Mississippi State's 69-57 loss at Florida this past week in Gainesville and almost couldn't recognize the player wear No. 4 for the Bulldogs. "I watched the replay of the Florida game and I was very disappointed in the way I played," Hood said. "I didn't have a bad game but I could have been more assertive."



Nilsson has MSU men's tennis back on national scene

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While serving as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University, Per Nilsson always followed results in the Southeastern Conference and tracked his alma mater, MSU. While Pepperdine was in the midst of winning 17 straight West Conference titles and the 2006 national championship, Nilsson was saddened that his alma mater had fallen on hard times.



Stropp will lead MSU men's tennis into home opener

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University sophomore Malte Stropp saw MSU assistant men's tennis coach Matt Hill at one of his matches in Germany, he knew Starkville would be a great place to call home.



Georgia women hand MSU its third straight loss

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points each to lead the No. 21 University of Georgia women's basketball team to a 70-60 victory against Mississippi State 70-60 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.



Kentucky women rout Ole Miss; Alabama loses

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Already a key player down, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team could only watch the problems mount as the University of Kentucky put on its most ferocious defensive display yet. Courtney Marbra scored seven points to lead Ole Miss, but the Rebels committed the most turnovers in a Southeastern Conference game this year Thursday in an 82-41 loss to No. 6 Kentucky.



New Hope, Caledonia basketball searching for consistency

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Consistency was an elusive ingredient Thursday night. For large stretches of his team's game against New Hope High School, Caledonia High boys basketball coach Josh Scott saw a team that shared the basketball, took good shots, and did a lot of things it takes to win games. Take away the final four minutes of the second quarter and the Confederates might have accomplished that goal.



Early work helped Kingery build solid foundation

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Growing up, Kase Kingery never saw playing with a soccer ball as "work." Like a lot of kids who had discovered a sport that fit them, Kingery spent as many hours as he could with a soccer ball honing his skills. The drills he did in and around Starkville often included dribbling exercises and shooting tests with his right and left foot. He would try to hit the crossbar again and again, or he would use a T-shirt as a target and place it on the crossbar.



Magnolia state once again focus for MSU

Posted 2/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Minutes after Dan Mullen put on the maroon jacket signifying him as the next Mississippi State head football coach, he made a promise to the residents of his new state. Mullen vowed not only to remain loyal to the student-athletes in the Magnolia state, but also to win games and championships with those players. "We are going to add 13 more today from the state of Mississippi (to) our program and we can keep that foundation alive," Mullen said Wednesday.



Columbus has eight seniors reach next level

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

Tony Stanford and his coaches have reason to be proud. In 2008, Stanford came to Columbus High School with coach Bubba Davis with a goal to transform the school's football program. Stanford continued that mission after taking over for Davis as head coach prior to the 2010 season. Like Davis, his formula included a core principle: Hard work in the weight room pays dividends. The eight Columbus High School football players who signed scholarships to play football in college are proof the Falcons are moving in the right direction.



New Hope sends three to East Central C.C.

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School football coach Michael Bradley experienced another first in his coaching career Wednesday morning. "Darius, you are the first player I have ever had sign wearing a bow tie," Bradley said. "This is a big moment for me." Wednesday also was a big moment for the Trojans, as Darius Petty, Joseph Reeves, and Daniel Gregory signed scholarships to play football at East Central Community College in Decatur.



Starkville players reap rewards from solid seasons

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Erik Rogers and Cory Cannon spent the past two seasons playing beside one another on the offensive and defensive lines for the Starkville High School football team. On Wednesday, they secured opportunities in college to see how much they can maximize their talents on one side of the ball.



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