HOOVER, Ala. -- Freshmen don't often get to play key roles on the biggest stages. But Robby Thomas' experience playing soccer at high levels is helping him change that. The freshman forward from Columbus was in the starting lineup Friday night and played a key role in helping the Charlotte men's soccer team beat Creighton University in penalty kicks in the NCAA College Cup at Regions Park.
CALEDONIA -- Anna Albritton admits she is like most coaches in that she always is looking for a little more. Whether it's additional combination play or more one- and two-touch teamwork in possession, Albritton may never get the "perfect" game.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State certainly knows how to defend the offense they will see this afternoon.
STARKVILLE - Like the rest of her perimeter teammates, Jacqueline Fair was told by her coaches to stop shooting three-pointers because they simply weren't falling. With 25 seconds left in the game and her team down two points, the senior guard found herself behind the three-point arc with no choice but to put up one more shot from long range.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald can do the math. Eight teams made the Southeastern Conference postseason event and those same eight teams made the NCAA Tournament the following week.
NEW HOPE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team held West Lowndes to just 20 points in the second half of a 62-52 victory Friday night.
Yolanda Moore resigned from her job as girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy to concentrate on completing the course work necessary for her to obtain a Ph.D, according to a statement released Thursday by the school.
The Caledonia High School varsity soccer teams have only two remaining play dates this year. Girls coach Jason Forrester and boys coach Kevin Kugel hope the work each team has put in will pave the way for even more success in 2012.
OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has brought four of his Arkansas State assistants with him to Oxford.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest University football team has something to prove to the Southeastern Conference. Wake Forest is eager for another chance at the SEC in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt routed Wake Forest by 34 points in the regular-season finale.
Yolanda Moore is no longer girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy. School Headmaster Tommy Gunn confirmed to The Dispatch on Thursday morning that Moore no longer was coach of the team after a decision was made Wednesday about her status. He declined to comment on the reasons why Moore, a former basketball standout at the University of Mississippi and a former player in the WNBA who was hired in May, was no longer at the school.
Columbus native Corey Sanders is excited about his new football-playing home, even if the season doesn't start for another two months. Sanders is expected to be a defensive back when the Mississippi Hound Dogs kick off their inaugural season in the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Training camp will begin Feb. 15, and the season opener against the Rome Rampage will be March 3 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.
DAYTON, Ohio -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant knew what to expect when he brought his young, 16th-ranked Crimson Tide north to play at his alma mater Wednesday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene. He was biding his time behind tailback Mark Ingram, who was on his way to becoming the school's first Heisman Trophy winner. But Ingram knew long before Richardson was selected as a finalist that the Crimson Tide might have another candidate waiting in the wings.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen have requested a summary judgment to the civil lawsuit against them by former player Forrest Moore. In a 22-page legal response filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court on Monday, MSU's legal counsel has provided evidence to support a counter argument to Moore's suit that alleges Cohen and Associate Athletic Director Mike Nemeth with the breach of contract, intentional/tortious interference with contract and civil conspiracy. MSU's legal counsel, Perry, Winfield & Wolfe, filed a motion for a summary judgment without going through a full trial based on a signed affidavit testimony of MSU compliance director Bracky Brett and signed documents by Moore.
STEENS -- Don't sleep on the 3-pointer. But be careful not to come out too fast or members of the Oak Hill Academy long-distance squad -- better known as the girls basketball team -- will prove they're more than snipers.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy boys basketball team missed its first eight shots from the field Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, that drought was a foreshadowing of things to come. Starkville Academy missed 20 of its first 21 shots en route to a 54-32 loss to East Rankin Academy in Class AAA, District 2 action. Starkville Academy's girls team overcame a sluggish first half to post a 66-42 victory.
There are plenty of newcomers and older faces in different or bigger roles, but the numbers show the University of Alabama women's basketball team has made strides. All you have to do is ask sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson, who scored a career-high 24 points Sunday in an 80-76 victory against the University of Kansas at Foster Auditorium.
STARKVILLE -- Cowbells will ring for the first time in the history of the Music City Bowl. Before the Mississippi State football team's first visit to the game in school history, Music City Bowl officials announced Sunday evening that MSU fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into LP Field for the game.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze choked up less than a minute after being introduced as the University of Mississippi's new football coach, acknowledging his wife and three daughters sitting on the stage behind him.
1. MSU will try to re-focus for bowl game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU women continue to have success sharing COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Woodard Jr. maturing into leader for Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Weatherspoon earns SEC honor COLLEGE SPORTS
5. History within Tigers' grasp LOCAL COLUMNS