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Woody moves from boys to girls at WPHS

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Murray Woody is excited to be back closer to home. After spending one year as basketball coach at Ethel High School, Woody is gearing up for a return to the sidelines as girls basketball coach at West Point High.

 

 

Smithville job perfect fit for Gregg

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

It isn't time for Leroy Gregg to retire. Two months ago, Gregg was preparing to take a trip to visit his daughter, Mary Frances, in Georgia when he discovered Smithville High School needed an assistant football coach.

 

 

Hester enjoys role with CSBL's Jets

Posted 7/27/2011 in Local Sports

The ride ended short of a championship, but Stacy Hester sure enjoyed it. Hester, the former New Hope High School baseball coach, guided the Golden Triangle Jets to the title game of the Cotton States Baseball League, only to see his team lose to the North Delta Dealers 15-3 on Sunday.

 

 

Keeping balance will be tough for schools

Posted 7/26/2011 in Local Columns

Let the arms race begin. On one hand, you have Mississippi State, which announced last week that its athletic department received a school-record $37.6 million in gifts and pledges through the Bulldog Club and Bulldog Foundation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. On the other hand, the University of Mississippi announced it would have a "major announcement" Aug. 9 regarding the unveiling of a capital campaign by the athletic department and the school's Athletic Association Foundation.

 

 

Visualization helps anglers compete against Mother Nature

Posted 7/26/2011 in Local Columns

Fishing for weekend anglers can mean anything from taking free time to get away from reality to competing in tournaments. For many of us, it is all of the above. There is nothing more fun than to get some free time and to grab a fishing pole and to head to the water.

 

 

NCHS' Joey Sanders grew into All-Star, Bulldog thanks to 7-on-7 camps

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

Joey Sanders wasn't always a go-to performer. Growing up and maturing in the Noxubee County High School football program, Sanders learned to love the passing game. As one of quarterback Omarr Conner's favorite targets, Sanders blossomed into an All-State wide receiver as a senior and earned a scholarship to play football at Mississippi State.

 

 

Heritage's Sharp will attend All-Madden Camp in Florida

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

In April, Blake Sharp went to Atlanta on a mission.

 

Time to give Sidney ultimatum or get rid of him

Posted 7/23/2011 in Local Columns

Maybe John Lucas should coach the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Maybe the Bulldogs should change their plans for a European trip and take a detour to Texas.

 

Starkville man finishes second in national grappling tournament

Posted 7/23/2011 in Local Sports

Sometimes Jae Macintosh feels like administering a triangle choke.

 

 

'It's very important to own Mississippi'

Posted 7/22/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. --The University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has some very public advice for his in-state peer and rival. Nutt wasn't impressed with the Mississippi State football billboards that popped up around his state -- we'll get to the ownership statement in a minute. He's not sure if the $72,000 public relations campaign has had an impact.

 

 

Saban looks to rebuild Crimson Tide after key losses

Posted 7/22/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama was named the media's preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference this fall and represent the conference in a Bowl Championship Series bowl, a prediction that surprised coach Nick Saban.

 

 

Sidney won't go to Europe with MSU

Posted 7/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The ongoing Renardo Sidney saga added another chapter Friday as the Mississippi State men's basketball program announced the junior forward left campus earlier this week to return to Houston, Texas, to work out with former NAB All-Star and coach John Lucas.

 

SEC's competitive spirit heats up Media Days

Posted 7/22/2011 in Local Columns

Competitive spirit Start with a national champion. Throw in another program looking to reclaim its title glory, a coach who likes to stir it up, some NCAA intrigue, and a new coach and a veteran coach on the hot seat and it's easy to see why the Southeastern Conference dominates the headlines.

 

Alabama picked as favorite in SEC

Posted 7/22/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title.

 

 

All-SEC Voting

Posted 7/22/2011 in College Sports

A list of preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams as chosen by reporters covering SEC media days, with total votes received in parentheses

 

 

Action tonight at Columbus Speedway

Posted 7/22/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway will be back in action tonight with the Street Stock Survivor Championship. The program will feature the Weekly Racing Series RockAuto.com Super Late Models, NeSmith Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.

 

 

Starkville Longhorns will compete in World Series

Posted 7/22/2011 in Local Sports

Second baseman Nyjal Johnson packed his bags earlier this week -- technically, he and his cousin did the packing -- in preparation for a trip to the World Series. He is one of 12 members of the Starkville Longhorns 8-and-under squad that qualified for the annual tournament, which will be in Southaven this year. Teams are scheduled to report today and to play their first games Saturd

 

 

Starkville Academy girls will move on without Wofford

Posted 7/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kayla Mosley has inherited an experienced Starkville Academy softball team that returns all but one starter. Normally, that scenario would allow a coach to make a smooth transition into her first year on the job, but finding a replacement for catcher Bailey Wofford will be Mosley's biggest undertaking this preseason.

 

 

Fishing tournament expected to boost economy by $5.5M

Posted 7/21/2011 in Local Sports

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is bringing a national fishing tournament to the area, with the promise of generating $5.5 million in local impact.

 

 

Relf ready to push Bulldogs up SEC ladder

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- A year ago at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Chris Relf was the unpolished, untested quarterback of a burgeoning Mississippi State football team. The bulk of questions he entertained reflected his rise from obscurity, as he was grilled about his passing ability -- or lack thereof.

 

 

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