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Starkville drops close decision to Yazoo City

Posted 3/23/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Brian Jones couldn't ask much more of his starting pitcher Tanner Clanton - except for maybe the junior right-hander to get help from his friends.



Russell takes larger leadership role with MSU offense

Posted 3/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the revolving staff changes among the Mississippi State University football program, head coach Dan Mullen decided to make one more subtle switch to the offense.



Renth signs with Northwest Mississippi CC

Posted 3/23/2013 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Taylor Renth has learned from watching others get or miss opportunities.



Cohen will renew ties at Kentucky

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- From afar, the head coaches who will meet in a Southeastern Conference three-game series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., seem like polar opposites. A deeper look reveals Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen and University of Kentucky coach Gary Henderson might have more in common than just a professional respect for each other after having worked side by side for five seasons. Cohen will bring his No. 19 MSU (20-4, 1-2 SEC) team to Cliff Hagan Stadium for the first time since he left Kentucky to take the job at his alma mater to face Henderson and the No. 10 Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).



Ole Miss-Wisconsin offer contrast in styles

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It won't be the tortoise and the hare, but today's second-round NCAA matchup between flamboyant University of Mississippi and wary University of Wisconsin will feature a big difference in styles. After all, the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8) have been known to stop for breath every once in a while and play some half-court offense while averaging nearly 80 points. And the button-downed Badgers (23-11) did score 87 once.



Starkville Academy baseball team sweeps East Rankin

Posted 3/22/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Normally high school coaches are afraid of letting their teams have fun at the expense of opponents. Starkville Academy baseball coach Neal Henry isn't one of those people. In fact, Henry encouraged the brooms to come out in his dugout late Thursday evening in a 6-5 and 11-8 sweep of East Rankin Academy at Volunteer Field.



5 Keys for Mississippi State football in spring practice

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

Dispatch sports writer Matt Stevens examines five questions for the Mississippi State University football team as spring practice begins:



Dream comes true for EMCC with rodeo in West Point

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich felt like a proud parent Wednesday night. A dream four years ago becomes reality later today when EMCC plays host to an Ozark Region spring rodeo. The three-day event runs through Saturday at West Point's Eagle Ranch.



Moore stepping down as Alabama AD

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore is stepping down to become special assistant to the president because of health problems after a lengthy reign at his alma mater that ended with the Crimson Tide's football program back on top nationally. The university announced the move Wednesday. The 73-year-old Moore, who played and coached for Paul "Bear" Bryant" and then hired football coach Nick Saban, has been hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center since March 13 with pulmonary problems.



Southern Miss beats Charleston Southern in NIT opener

Posted 3/21/2013 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Jonathan Mills tried to put away the Charleston Southern University men's basketball team. So did Neil Watson. Neither could do it. Instead, it was four points in the final 20 seconds from unheralded Rashard McGill that gave the University of Southern Mississippi a 78-71 victory against Charleston Southern in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.



Carr makes strides to return to MSU football lineup

Posted 3/20/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University strength coach Matt Balis expects a much less dramatic spring session for wide receiver Michael Carr than in his first tour of duty with the football program.



Baseball Bulldogs rally past Alcorn State

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It wasn't how anybody associated with Mississippi State University baseball program planned it but the result was effective.



New Hope breezes past Oxford in prep baseball action

Posted 3/19/2013 in High School Sports

When New Hope High School senior right-hander Landon Boyd takes the mound, the Trojans don't have to make all the defensive plays.



Sallach moves back to TE coach at MSU

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Sallach is essentially returning to a spot and place he never left. When Dan Mullen and Tim Brewster talked last month about the importance of Scott Sallach to the Mississippi State University football staff, they had no idea how correct they were. MSU announced Monday afternoon that Sallach would return to the field to coach this spring.



Lesson in perseverance for MSU men

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 2012-13 season was a numbers game for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. Unfortunately, on most occasions, those numbers weren't very appealing.



Ole Miss' Henderson set for big stage

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Marshall Henderson road show has at least one more stop. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's polarizing and high-scoring guard averaged more than 23 points per game in the Rebels' run to a Southeastern Conference title. Along the way, he dumped 27 points on the University of Missouri, flummoxed Vanderbilt University's defense, and mocked the University of Florida's crowd by doing the school's gator chomp after making a big 3-pointer in the championship game.



New Hope's Mattix starts season with three victories

Posted 3/19/2013 in High School Sports

Just imagine what Mercedes Mattix will be able to accomplish when she has more time to practice. With only two days of practice and coming off a long basketball season, the New Hope High School junior kicked off her outdoor track and field season in style Saturday, winning the 100, 200, and 400 meters at the Mississippi State University High School Invitational at Maddox Track.



LSU beats MSU to clinch another series

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- According to an old saying, shame on Mississippi State University baseball. LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz fooled MSU again for a home run after hitting two Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. Katz took a first-inning fastball from starting pitcher Evan Mitchell deep over the trailers in the left-field lounge to get No. 7 LSU started on the way to a 7-1 victory against No. 13 MSU on Saturday night.



Katz powers LSU past MSU in game one

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As he watched the bat tower over left-field lounge at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen realized he didn't make his message clear enough to his pitchers. Minutes after Cohen went to the mound to remind starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren not to let LSU cleanup hitter Mason Katz beat him with first base open, Lindgren left a changeup over the heart of the plate on a 3-1 count. Katz didn't miss the opportunity.



Ole Miss likely secures NCAA bid by beating Vanderbilt

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team can breathe much easier on the edge of coach Andy Kennedy's first NCAA tournament berth in his seventh season. Now it is setting its sights on a Southeastern Conference tournament championship first. Marshall Henderson scored 23 points as Mississippi beat Vanderbilt University 64-52 Saturday in the SEC tournament semifinals, putting the Rebels into the title game for the first time since 2001.



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