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Freeze wants effort in practice to carry over

Posted 8/4/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team practiced Saturday adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a crowd of a few hundred faithful on a sunny, warm morning. It was the second time the Rebels had hit the practice fields, as Ole Miss got in a light practice Friday night after Rebel Media Day activities that afternoon.

 

 

Ole Miss' veterans ready to win now

Posted 8/4/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.

 

 

Alabama practices for unit for first time

Posted 8/4/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time for two hours in shorts and helmets Saturday afternoon at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility after a split session Friday to open camp.

 

 

Alabama opens camp having passed first test

Posted 8/4/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quarterback AJ McCarron insists the University of Alabama football team turned its focus to the 2012 season long before opening preseason camp on Friday.

 

 

Central Academy posts historic win over Starkville Academy

Posted 8/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Central Academy earned its first fast-pitch softball victory over Starkville Academy Thursday night.

 

 

Mullen liks progression of Russell at quarterback position

Posted 8/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used words like "comfortable" and "experienced" to describe his starting quarterback Tyler Russell.

 

 

Defending champ EMCC gets top billing

Posted 8/2/2012 in College Sports

After more than four months of celebrating the school's first national championship, the East Mississippi Community College football team has about four weeks to prepare for its 2012 season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 against Pearl River C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba.

 

 

Louisiana WR Christy commits to MSU

Posted 8/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program appears to have added to its receiving depth Wednesday. Multiple outlets reported that Louisiana receiver Shelby Christy gave a verbal commitment to MSU on Wednesday night.

 

 

Love feels good about Starkville's chances

Posted 8/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Starkville High volleyball coach Lauren Love, the season is off to a strong start even though Lady Jackets haven't played a match.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial set for this weekend in Columbus

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Sports

Tradition will return to Columbus this weekend with the running of the 11th Annual Columbus Nissan James Nickoles Memorial at Columbus Speedway, "The Baddest Bullring in the South.

 

 

New coach, new attitude for Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball

Posted 7/31/2012 in High School Sports

Gary Harris isn't afraid of change.

 

 

Ellis makes her mark for Oak Hill Academy vs. Starkville Academy

Posted 7/31/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The movements reflect experience. Shuffle step, shuffle step, pause, read ... go. Maegen Ellis slides safely into third base and springs up ready for more. She inches off the base while looking at second base. When she sees the throw go there in an attempt to retire a teammate, she is off again. Just like the last time, Ellis' speed catches the defense off guard and she slides in safely with the first run of the game.

 

 

Quarterback protection looms large for Yellow Jackets this season

Posted 7/31/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell knows what is priority number one going into the 2012 season.

 

 

Attitude proves important for the MSU soccer team

Posted 7/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's all about the attitude for the Mississippi State women's soccer team.

 

Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball will move on with youth

Posted 7/28/2012 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- David Hudson still is adjusting to hearing the word "coach" before his name. Not that Hudson doesn't know the game of fast-pitch softball. He assisted head coach Cass Tapley the past two seasons at Hebron Christian School. But when Tapley decided not to coach the team this season, Hudson stepped forward and accepted the offer to lead a young team.

Diamond days of summer for McCullough, Dale

Posted 7/28/2012 in High School Sports

Summer has developed a well-earned reputation for being a time to sit back, to relax, and to kick your feet up, or to travel to a fun-filled vacation getaway. If you ask Chris McCullough and Christian Dale, though, their travel plans have been filled with plenty of work.

 

Burkhalter will volunteer for inaugural Possum Town Triathlon

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Delynn Burkhalter has swam enough strokes, logged enough miles on a bicycle, and pounded enough pavement to know the elements that make a triathlon successful. In addition to a quality course and hours of planning and organization, Burkhalter knows the importance of having helpful and interested volunteers involved in the race. So while Burkhalter would be able to join the rest of the field for the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon on Aug. 18 in Columbus, the president and chief executive officer of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. plans to work behind the scenes as a volunteer in an effort to make sure competitors have a memorable experience.

 

 

"Meet The Rebels" set for Aug. 18

Posted 7/28/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- As preseason camp nears for the University of Mississippi's fall sports, fans should make their plans for the University of Mississippi Athletic Association "Meet The Rebels Day", presented By Baptist North Mississippi, on Aug. 18. Festivities begin with the football team scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Fans then will be able to make their way to the Indoor Practice Facility, which opens its doors at 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial event will return to Columbus

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway has seen a rebirth in many ways in its 50th year of operation. From new grandstands to new promoters to other improvements, there have been a lot of changes at the facility. Some have involved new items, while others have involved the rejuvenation of events that haven't been held in a few years. One event, the James Nickoles Memorial, will return Saturday with Columbus Nissan as the title sponsor.

 

 

Egg Bowl isn't a high priority for MSU recruits

Posted 7/28/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School prospect Gabe Myles faced an interesting decision. Would Myles follow in the footsteps of his father, Eddie, and attend Mississippi State University, or would he try to play quarterback at a lower-tier Division I school?

 

 

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