WEST POINT -- Jacob Shempert knows the importance of patience. As a member of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, which recognizes the state's top baseball players in the state of Mississippi, Shempert knows his reputation precedes him. The senior pitcher/catcher/infielder also understands pitchers and coaches read newspapers and the Internet to keep up with who is hot.
Gene Brown, Don Hitchcock, and the Lowndes County Bass Club overcame tough conditions this past weekend to take titles at the two-day Mississippi Bass Federation State Championship event in Columbus. On the boater side, Brown, the leader after the first day, failed to keep the pace of day one but still managed a weight of 6.66 pounds. He finished with a total weight of 22.46 pounds to take first in the individual angler category.
OXFORD -- After five straight years of NCAA tournament appearances and Western Athletic Conference championships at Fresno State University, Adrian Wiggins is ready to move to the Southeastern Conference. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Mississippi will officially introduce Wiggins as its next women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Kate Mattox was the only winner Saturday in a bunch of top-10 finishes by local competitors at the Mississippi State University High School Track and Field Invitational. Mattox won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 34.85 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:34.49).
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen acknowledges he hasn't had a standout tailback in two of his four spring football practices at the school. Mullen admitted this week this is one of those seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. The No. 3 University of Arkansas baseball team proved Saturday afternoon that theory fits as sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek guided his team to an 8-0 victory against Mississippi State in front of a crowd of 4,554 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle had a pretty good day at the office Saturday afternoon. In pregame ceremonies at the Starkville High baseball field, Carlisle received a 52-inch flat screen TV from the school's baseball booster club. More than 40 former players attended the pregame ceremony, taking a stroll down memory lane of Carlisle's 35 years at the school.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University opening night starting pitcher Ben Bracewell might have taken a giant step in his rehabilitation Saturday morning. The sophomore right-hander, who has been out since March 2 with soreness in his pitching elbow, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session off flat ground approximately three hours before MSU's 8-0 loss to the University of Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior outfielder Ka'ili Smith really likes her team's offensive abilities. Smith simply wants to see more production from her and her teammates. The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits but timely hitting again eluded the squad in a 10-3 loss to No. 12 Tennessee at the MSU Softball Field.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with his team's progress Saturday in the second practice of 2012 spring drills. In the final day before putting on pads, the Rebels trained for close to two and a half hours. Freeze noted the improved play of the wide receivers, particularly juniors Terrell Grant and Ja-Mes Logan.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team continued its spring practice schedule Saturday with a two-hour workout in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in front of an estimated 1,200 coaches from around the region who are attending the 2012 Alabama Coaching Clinic.
There is a hot new bait out on the market in bass fishing. The Alabama rig, an umbrella rig that has five wires with swivels attached, allows an angler to attach five baits to the rig and to fish on a single cast. Designed and sold by Andy Poss, he took the idea from the saltwater fishermen who use umbrella rigs to run teaser lures behind the boat while trolling to get the attention of saltwater fish such as marlin and tuna.
STARKVILLE -- Relentless effort has been a motto for the Mississippi State University softball team this season. MSU coach Vann Stuedeman felt she didn't get that type of effort Friday night at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in nearly a month, C.T. Bradford sprinted out to center field at Dudy Noble Field. The sophomore outfielder returned from the disabled list Friday after suffering a separated shoulder March 7 in a 10-6 victory against Penn State University.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Fullerton was asleep at home in Tennessee when the phone rang. At first, he thought a joke was being played on him. But when the Mississippi State University freshman outfielder noticed coach John Cohen had called, he quickly realized he had received the call he thought would never come.
OXFORD -- Much has changed since Hugh Freeze was around the University of Mississippi's football team on a regular basis. Not all of it is good.
OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi Athletic Director Ross Bjork spoke with a steady and steely resolve, detailing every step on how he planned to lead the Rebels in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference. "I like to have fun, but I'm serious," Bjork said Thursday. "I take this very seriously."
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High assistant baseball coach Ronald Campbell had an opportunity to return to his alma mater as a coach, he did not have to think twice about the invite. Campbell, a baseball standout at the school from 1982 through 1984, is in his sixth season as an assistant coach on head coach Danny Carlisle's staff.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen knows his team will have to dominate on the mound for his team to win Southeastern Conference games. The problem with that theory for now is the top-ranked pitching rotation in the league is traveling to Starkville for a three-game series.
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