STARKVILLE -- Despite strong objections by Mississippi State, the NCAA released the rationale for its suspension of forward Kristers Zeidaks for this season and 11 games next season. NCAA Eligibility Center ruled Nov. 3, Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for participating in a league that saw him play with and against professional players in his home country.
STARKVILLE -- Every Southeastern Conference baseball coach had the same question earlier this year when the NCAA tournament selection show ended: "Where's LSU?" LSU finished 36-20 (13-17 in the SEC) and 26th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), but didn't receive an invitation in large part for failing to make the conference tournament.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze has spent his first weeks as the University of Mississippi's football coach playing catch-up, constantly on the road or on the phone trying to convince prospects to give the Rebels a chance. He said it has been encouraging experience. It also has been a humbling one.
STARKVILLE -- Ashley Brown has earned a reputation as a rebounder. In her second year with the program, the 5-foot-11 transfer from Jefferson College (Mo.) has shown a nose for the ball and a willingness to mix it up in the paint like no other member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When given a chance, Brown also can make an impact in the scoring column.
It's one thing to be poised when you have an experienced group of teammates behind you. A pitcher can relax a little be more and trust her teammates are going to make the plays behind her and get the team out of sticky situations. It's another thing to maintain a even keel when your team has lost three All-Area players.
Kiandria Patterson and Maggie Proffitt don't care how the Columbus High School girls basketball team beats you. The Lady Falcons can go outside-inside, or they can attack you inside and then kick the basketball back outside. The strategies may change game to game, but the Columbus High juniors likely will be the ones leading the charge. Patterson and Proffitt showed last weekend at the 15th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic they and the Lady Falcons may have all of the pieces they will need to make a run at a state title.
After going without a field goal in the opening minutes Saturday night, the Columbus High School girls basketball team found its rhythm at the free-throw line. Eleven of the Lady Falcons' first 19 points came at the charity stripe before guard Kiandria Patterson took over to lead Columbus to a 64-38 victory against Lawrence County on Saturday on the second day of the 15th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.
MABEN -- One of the most difficult plays to complete in basketball is a three-point play when a team makes a free throw, misses a free throw, secures the rebounds, and scores on the putback. When the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team completed the rare feat three times in the first half Saturday night, New Hope had to feel it may not be its night.
The Starkville High School girls basketball team didn't have an answer for one of the best front-court players in the state of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jazmine Spears scored 24 points to lead New Albany to a 45-42 victory against Starkville on the second day of the Joe Horne Christmas Classic at Columbus High.
Softball has been a part of Lauren Holifield's life ever since she can remember. She watched her mother, Connie Sharpe, coach at Caledonia High School and play the sport. She also grew up seeing her sister, Tori Harris, play for New Hope High and imagined the day she would wear the black and gold and help the program build on its tradition.
Tabitha Beard has found the perfect phrase: As long as you're doing something you love, it never will get old. She smiles when asked if being coach of the New Hope High School softball program gets old, especially on the heels of the slow-pitch team's fifth consecutive state title in October. The title pushed the program's number of championships to 14.
HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.
DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.
Maggie Proffitt let the rock fly from beyond the 3-point line all night long. The junior Columbus High School girls basketball guard drained eight 3-pointers Friday night as the Lady Falcons routed Wingfield High School 63-26 in their first game of the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team used a quick-paced offense and high-pressure defense to prevail Friday night. The Falcons held off Lawrence County High School 68-46 in the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams continues to preach to her team the need to play for four quarters. When the Lady Jackets learn that lesson, the victories may indeed pile up.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had just about everything working for the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds Friday night against Southern Mississippi.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sports fans will have an opportunity to relive some of the memories of the Lions' national championship football season this weekend with the airing of a half-hour special on WCBI-TV and My MS.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State's football schedule for next season is now complete. After a six-month search to find a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, MSU officials announced Friday afternoon a one-game contract to play Middle Tennessee State University at Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 20.
1. Columbus boys beat Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS