STARKVILLE -- Kiandria Patterson heard the doubters. Critics of the Columbus High School girls' basketball team said a team with eight sophomores and one senior couldn't live up to the lofty goal of winning a district championship. After all, the Lady Falcons had never won a district title and have struggled annually to overtake Tupelo and Starkville in Class 6A, Region 2.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team scored 13 runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 17-2 victory against Lamar at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (4-0) won all games in their season-opening series played before a total weekend crowd of 10,264.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida women's basketball team used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for a 78-63 victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. MSU (10-16, 2-12 SEC) led 40-37 with 15 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation, but Florida (15-13, 5-9) followed with its run to take control and earn a series sweep.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen couldn't have imagined a better start to the season by his pitching staff. After posting consecutive shutouts in its first two games of the season, the Mississippi State baseball team capped Saturday's doubleheader with a 10-1 win against the University of Akron. Sophomores Chad Girodo and Luis Pollorena (win) combined to pitch seven-plus innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up the season sweep against the University of Mississippi with a 71-58 win Saturday. MSU sophomore forward Renardo Sidney finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in the past five games. He scored 24 against Ole Miss on Jan. 13.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore Tony Mitchell had a career-high 27 points, Trevor Releford had 17 points, and JaMychal Green 16 points Saturday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 69-56 victory against the University of Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero would like to thank all of the Southeastern Conference coaches for their kind words. While the senior guard was pleased Thursday to learn another coach was certain Mississippi State would would win more games this season, the praise felt empty. It meant little to Govero because it came after another loss.
HORN LAKE -- The clapping will echo into the offseason. Columbus High School's Brelana Coleman stood just inside halfcourt and pounded her hands together after teammate KeKe Patterson was fouled. Patterson was about to hit two free throws to cut a 24-point second-quarter deficit in half midway through the third quarter. Surely Columbus couldn't come all the way back and upset Northwest Rankin to earn a berth in the state tournament.
VICKSBURG -- The Mississippi High School Activities Association defending class 6A and Grand Slam champions are going back to Jackson for more. This time, though, the Starkville High School boys basketball team will go as a runner-up. Jacolby Mobley had 12 points Saturday, but Vicksburg defeated Starkville 69-54 in the Class 6A North State final at Vicksburg High.
STARKVILLE -- Athleticism can only get a team so far. Attitude and bravado can help compensate for a lack of experience or skill, and the players on the Starkville Academy baseball team said they're as confident as they've ever been.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan was expecting more than his team's 12th-place finish at the Gator Invitational. Already waiting on Brad Mason and Chad Ramey to return to the form they showed in the fall, the Bulldogs finished 59 strokes behind winner University of Florida last weekend. Outside of sophomore John Darden's career-best plus-7 finish, no other Bulldog broke par. At least he knows why his team struggled: chipping and putting.
Post play isn't suited for those with weak dispositions. But Kameron Corrothers and Kierra Erby are proving you don't have to be the biggest players on the court to hold your own.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle isn't sure how good his team will be this season, but he won't have to worry about players giving maximum effort. The Yellow Jackets have six starting positions open, and they must find a replacement for The Dispatch All-Area Large Schools Player of the Year R.J. Johnson, who led the team in ERA, batting average, and home runs.
STARKVILLE -- Of all the injuries Mississippi State's baseball team endured last season, Jarrod Parks' season-ending back surgery seemed to strike a deep nerve with coach John Cohen.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly all of the avenues were closed for Diamber Johnson. Wherever the Mississippi State junior point guard turned, a defender was waiting for her. In the first half, Vanderbilt's Jence Rhoads, Angela Puleo, Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister, and Elan Brown all took turns shadowing Johnson and doing their best to limit her good looks at the basket. But the Commodores turned to Rhoads at crunch time.
SCOOBA - In their final tune-ups prior to next week's MACJC State Tournament, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams closed their regular seasons Thursday by sweeping visiting Coahoma C.C. at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The No. 13 EMCC men earned a 73-63 victory, while the women's team won 55-38.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A terrible start on the road against a Southeastern Conference rival is no longer enough to rattle JaMychal Green and his University of Alabama men's basketball teammates. Green had 18 points and Alabama beat LSU 67-56 on Thursday night, giving the Crimson Tide 12 wins in 14 games while extending the Tigers' losing streak to nine.
Don't underestimate the bounce. After missing the first of two free throws with four seconds remaining, KeKe Patterson wasn't about to buy into the hype.
STARKVILLE -- Ask anyone on Mississippi State's baseball team which component of the squad has the most athleticism and players will tell you the outfield. That position has been a hot topic of discussion in the preseason, and that's a good thing offensively and defensively.
Sharon Fanning-Otis is sticking with the plan. Hearing her talk about toughness, focus, rebounding, turnovers, and togetherness might be getting old, but the Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows good things will happen for her team the more it embraces each of those concepts.
1. MSU women beat No. 17 West Virginia COLLEGE SPORTS
2. 5 for Inside for Vanderbilt-Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Skinner's big shots pushes Starkville past West Point HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU focused on Vanderbilt COLLEGE SPORTS
5. West Point gets second chance vs. Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS