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Champs again: New Hope beats Picayune for Class 5A title

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Mackenzie Harvey couldn't escape the butterflies. As an eighth-grader, she had imagined what it would be like to start for the New Hope High School varsity slow-pitch softball team in a state title series, but she didn't realize it would feel like this when she finally earned her chance. She also didn't know her nerves would make even the simplest things -- like catching an underhanded toss from pitcher Anna McCrary -- so difficult. But Harvey and the rest of the Lady Trojans showed Saturday they were up for the challenge and then some.

 

 

Beard helps build new championship memories

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Anna McCrary and Kasey Stanfield operate well in stealth mode. It didn't matter they were lugging a blue cooler filled with ice that rustled as they tried to crouch down and avoid being seen by their coach.

 

 

No. 3 EMCC rolls past PRCC

Posted 10/15/2011 in College Sports

POPLARVILLE -- Three unanswered second-quarter touchdowns helped propel the No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team to a 41-17 victory against Pearl River C.C. in a non-division MACJC game at Dobie Holden Stadium.

 

 

MSU, South Carolina have similar styles

Posted 10/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen started watching a videotape of the University of South Carolina's offense and wondered if he had put in a tape of his guys. The Bulldogs third-year coach preached Monday that fans who show up to Davis Wade Stadium at 11:21 a.m. today (WCBI) to watch MSU take on No. 15 South Carolina will see teams very similar in style.

 

 

MSU basketball teams practice as part of 'Madness'

Posted 10/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum was an evening of firsts for the Mississippi State basketball programs. For the first time in more than a decade, MSU celebrated in a public Maroon Madness pep rally for the fans to get an initial look at the teams for the 2011-12 season.

 

 

Lake Cormorant surprises New Hope

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School football team's defense spent much of Friday night on the field, and the offense struggled to get in a groove. That combination spelled doom for New Hope in a 15-12 loss to Lake Cormorant in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field.

 

 

New Hope softball wants to finish with title

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team will take the final step today. Thirteen times previously, the Lady Trojans have celebrated that last step with a championship. At 11 a.m. today, New Hope (23-7) will take on Picayune in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A best-of-three state title series for a chance to win the 14th state championship, and fifth in a row, in program history. The past two championships have come in Class 5A.

 

 

Starkville beats Canton to remain atop region

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team recovered four Canton fumbles, and running back Preston Baker scored two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 45-8 win Friday night. The blowout win keeps the Jackets (6-2, 4-0) undefeated in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 standings and clinches a playoff berth.

 

 

West Oktibbeha scores late to beat West Lowndes

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

At 6-foot-3, Michael Graise is an imposing sight at defensive end. Graise is even more dominating on the basketball court. His leaping ability gives him the ups to touch the top of the box on the backboard. Fortunately, Graise knows when to jump for the sky and when to hold a little something back.

 

 

Louisville shuts out Caledonia

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The Louisville High School football team scored on its first play from scrimmage The Caledonia Confederates committed a turnover on their first play. It was that kind of night as the Wildcats were dominant in a 42-0 shutout Friday night. Louisville built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

 

 

West Point rolls to another district victory

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior tailback Tez Lane readily admits his team struggled through the first four weeks of the prep football season. Lane also readily admits those struggles are in the past.

 

 

MSU volleyball gets first win vs. ranked team

Posted 10/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State volleyball team defeated a ranked opponent. It accomplished that feat Friday night in front of the largest crowd to see a match at the school.

 

 

Starkville Academy rolls past Winston Academy

Posted 10/15/2011 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team's tune-up for East Rankin couldn't have went smoother. Starkville Academy rushed for 378 yards and cruised to a 55-12 win at Winston Academy on Friday night.

 

 

Wyatt knows what MSU quarterbacks are thinking

Posted 10/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Wyatt is convinced he has a good idea what is going through the minds of Chris Relf and Tyler Russell this week. He feels that way because he experienced something similar for four years.

 

 

Starkville Academy wants to build on momentum

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy football team secured its first football playoff berth in six seasons last week with a victory. The Volunteers don't plan to stop and celebrate now. Starkville Academy (7-1) will play its final non-division game of the season at 7 p.m. when it travels to Louisville to take on Winston Academy.

 

 

Mullen clarifies play-calling situation

Posted 10/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen responded to talk radio chatter about play calling in the second half of MSU's 21-3 victory last weekend at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

 

Noxubee County nearly done with injuries

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Brandon Johnson's list is finally dwindling to nothing. As the certified athletic trainer who works with the Noxubee County High School football team, Johnson has been busy with myriad injuries that have kept the Tigers from being at full strength for nearly the entire season.

 

 

Hamilton wants to avoid letdown after beating Eupora

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The statement has been made. Now the harder part might be on the horizon for the Hamilton High School football team.

 

 

Aliceville will try for quality road win at Greensboro

Posted 10/13/2011 in High School Sports

The Aliceville High School football team will try to earn a quality win Friday night when it travels to Greensboro for a key Class 3A, Region 4 Alabama High School Activities Association matchup.

 

 

MSU will try to stop South Carolina's pass rush

Posted 10/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is still trying to find the right five players to play in front its quarterback. Finding that mix will be primary concern at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI) because MSU will have to contend with No. 15 University of South Carolina and the pass rush of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. Johnson was defensive coordinator at MSU for coach Sylvester Croom from 2004-07.

 

 

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