ABERDEEN -- Everything Fred Ward does this school year is infectious. On the football field, the standout defensive linemen emerged as a valuable team leader who helped guide Aberdeen High School to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A title game for the second season in a row.
STARKVILLE -- At this point of the season, it's perhaps fitting Mississippi State's men's basketball team deal with a new piece of adversity each day. Against LSU, it was Dee Bost being limited with a strained Achilles' tendon and the beginning of Ravern Johnson's suspension. Both issues lingered Wednesday for MSU's home game against Arkansas. But thrown on top of was senior guard Riley Benock's questionable status due to an ailing shoulder picked up in a collision during practice Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Amid the off-the-court distractions, Mississippi State's men's basketball team can lean on its recent success against the University of Arkansas. The Bulldogs (12-10, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) have beaten the Razorbacks (14-8, 4-5) 10 straight times at Humphrey Coliseum. They will try to make it 11 in a row at 7 tonight (WCBI).
STARKVILLE -- After two weeks without a game, the Columbus High School girls basketball team expected some rust. Against rival Starkville High in the opening game of the Class 6A, Division 2, District 4 tournament, they expected a fight.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team beat Columbus to set up its much-anticipated district tile clash against Tupelo. How Starkville arrived there wasn't how coach Greg Carter drew it up. The Yellow Jackets extended a six-point halftime lead into a 56-39 win in the opening-round of the Class 6A, Division 2, District 4 tournament.
WEST POINT -- There was no doubt in the mind of Laquintis Robertson. Yes, there was a foul. Yes, the official's whistle caught it with time left on the clock. And yes, Robertson was going to do his part. Unfazed by a timeout called to ice him, Robertson drained the first two of three free throws and then walked calmly to the sideline after another timeout.
WEST POINT -- Wilma Davis can shoot the basketball. Wilma Davis can shoot the ball so well that she sometimes camps out in either corner and settles for a shot on the first pass that comes her way. For all of you who thought Davis was only a shooter, think again.
The rough part is history. Now DeShuni Sanders can concentrate on playing softball. A little more than four months after having surgery on her right knee, the former New Hope High School softball standout is ready to start her sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College. EMCC will kick off the 2011 campaign at 2 p.m. today with a doubleheader against No. 12 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. in Perkinston.
Matt Sykes looks like a goalkeeper With a red bandana, fluorescent lime green jersey -- stained through from plenty of dives on the sopping turf, and a hyperactive ability to move from post to post, the sophomore maneuvers unlike someone who has started only seven varsity matches.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday guard Ravern Johnson has been suspended indefinitely. The 6-foot-7 senior was suspended for MSU's game Saturday at LSU following a rant critical of the coaching staff on the social network Twitter, which came less than an hour after the Bulldogs' loss at the University of Alabama. Stansbury banned his players from having Twitter accounts the next day.
STARKVILLE -- For all the naysayers, Rick Stansbury wants you to look at his track record. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach wants those who question the lack of discipline in the program to look past Ravern Johnson's combined suspensions and Renardo Sidney's fight with Elgin Bailey.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's basketball program unveiled its newest -- and oldest -- crown jewel on Monday. A $16M renovation has given Foster Auditorium a face lift and a new life as home to Alabama's women's basketball and volleyball teams. The Crimson Tide showed off the historic facility Monday to media members, administrators, and fans. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Alabama will play its first game in the facility when it plays host to the University of Florida.
It's no coincidence why the University of Mississippi men's basketball team has won two games in a row: Reginald Buckner is playing at a high level. The sophomore forward has always been lauded for his shot-blocking ability, but the Rebels (15-8, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) haven't always gotten a complete, foul-free performance from him. Last week against the University of Kentucky, the light bulb came on.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Super Sunday turned out to be mighty super for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. MSU finally broke into the Southeastern Conference victory column Sunday afternoon with a 57-45 victory against Auburn University in the new AU Arena.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Dee Bost didn't have one of his better afternoons Saturday in the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 58-57 victory against LSU. But Bost made the necessary plays to give the Bulldogs a much-needed victory.
STARKVILLE -- The balance is where John Cohen wants it. The Mississippi State baseball coach believes he has the perfect mix of veterans and newcomers to get the Bulldogs back to postseason play.
STARKVILLE -- Heritage Academy's boys soccer team needed to avenge a loss against Starkville Academy to qualify for the postseason. History wasn't on the Patriots' side, as they'd never made it to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs.
MABEN -- Josh Poe isn't chasing his brother's career. The similarities between Josh and older sibling, Gabe, tell a different story. Both players were standouts in football at West Oktibbeha High School. Gabe, a linebacker at the University of West Alabama, started his career at East Mississippi Community College, where Josh will begin his college career in the fall.
STARKVILLE -- Sharon Fanning-Otis knows her team is improving. But the Mississippi State women's basketball team's rate of improvement hasn't been able to match the pace of the rest of the teams in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Chelsea Bramlett was the face of Mississippi State's softball team for the past four years. The catcher re-wrote MSU's record book and led the team in batting average (..536), stolen bases (61), hits (98), and runs (56) last season.
1. West Virginia also enjoying fast start COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Smith enjoys banner season for MSU defense COLLEGE SPORTS
4. New Hope hopes to hammer its way past Pearl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Noxubee County faces surprising foe Cleveland in the playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS