STARKVILLE -- TaTonka Gold, Mississippi State's beloved mascot from 2001-09, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the MSU campus after his health had steadily declined the past few years.
The Southeastern Conference will transition from a two-division format to a 12-team arrangement for men's basketball for the 2011-12 season. The lingering issue is the number of conference games teams will play.
At this time last year, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over the Mississippi State's men's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- After winning a state title and having two of the state's best players, how does a team come close to matching that goal without those leaders? If you're Starkville High, replacing talent is rarely an issue. But when it's young, inexperienced talent, a coach has to focus more on mental preparation than skill-building.
MACON -- Someone give Daquarius Mallard a chance to play college basketball. The former Noxubee County High School guard is unbelievably quick and can score in bunches, as evidenced by his 20-point outburst in the final seven minutes against Starkville High in a game earlier this season.
Everyone noticed. Now the Caledonia High School baseball players have to build on what they accomplished in the summer and this weekend at the Dizzy Dean tournament.
Sometimes it helps to know the obstacle you're going to face so you can have the right mind-set. After throwing three innings Saturday night against New Hope, Zachary (La.) Dizzy Dean baseball coach Sam Adams removed starting pitcher Evan Tidwell to make sure he was prepared to take to the mound again if the team advanced to the title game of the Dizzy Dean tournament.
I just read another "horror story" of a close call involving anglers and life jackets. Last month at The Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Murray, professional angler James Niggemeyer came across an unmanned boat in the middle of the lake that was idling toward a man and small boy in the water. The little boy had a life jacket on but the father didn't.
STARKVILLE -- Basketball teams can win with eight players. Rarely can a team remain competitive through a season with eight players on its roster. Starkville Academy's girls basketball team did just that this season, finishing 19-14 after losing three senior starters from the previous season.
WEST POINT -- A Division I player has to have "it." Scoring, rebounding, passing -- all facets of basketball are important -- but there's something about a player who can be a team leader and push it to even greater heights.
Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.
Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.
MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Trey Rickman grins when he thinks about the response he gets after telling friends he drives race cars. He's just 14 -- not old enough for a driver's license.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Hand shakes aren't enough for Vann Stuedeman. Ann Carr had an inkling about Stuedeman's enthusiasm and reputation for being a "people person," but she had no idea what was in store when she met her latest candidate for a job.
Cary Shepherd is more than special to Kathi Coleman. It's just that it is so difficult for Coleman to find one word that encapsulates everything Shepherd did in her time as softball coach at New Hope High School.
STARKVILLE -- The Gavin Ware show will remain a local production. The 6-foot-8 Starkville High School center gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for Mississippi State on Thursday in a press conference at SHS.
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