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West Alabama's Ellis focuses on Thursday night's season finale

Posted 11/10/2010 in College Sports

Alvin Ellis knows his University of West Alabama football team has lost close homes. In fact, every loss in the Tigers' 6-4 season has been by no more than four points.

 

Shell-shock: Freshmen must change workout, diet habits to succeed

Posted 11/10/2010 in College Sports

Life as a Mississippi State football player begins immediately after the ink dries on the National Letter of Intent.

 

Rare ranked battle for Bulldogs, Crimson Tide

Posted 11/9/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's not every year the Mississippi State and the University of Alabama football teams meet with identical records. Both teams haven't been ranked entering their annual late-season game since 1999, when the Bulldogs were No. 8 with an 8-0 record and the Crimson Tide were No. 11.

 

 

Caledonia's Comer wins state title, looks ahead to other senior goals

Posted 11/9/2010 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The temptation is always there for Jessica Comer. Like all elite cross country runners, she can hear footsteps. But she resists the urge.

 

 

Alabama men need 2OT to beat Alabama Huntsville

Posted 11/9/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team finished its exhibition schedule Monday with a 73-68 double overtime win against the University of Alabama in Huntsville at Coleman Coliseum.

 

 

MSU bye week is stressful

Posted 11/8/2010 in College Sports

A bye week should be the most relaxing time of a football team's season. For No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), last week's break from competition shattered the ball club because of the death of defensive end Nick Bell.

 

 

Lady Bulldogs adjust to new roles

Posted 11/8/2010 in College Sports

Judith Tabala has only been a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team for a few months, but her first game action Sunday showed she, Diamber Johnson, and the rest of her teammates are adjusting to new roles. Johnson, who offered the look to Tabala, scored a game-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures in a 75-42 victory against the University of Montevallo in an exhibition game at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Economy has forced changes in nation's fishing industry

Posted 11/8/2010 in Local Columns

Ever since I was a young guy fishing in a flat-bottom boat in ponds and backwater areas of the river, I dreamed of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic.

 

 

Columbus stops Starkville short of playoffs

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Symmetry is a perfect word to describe Friday night's season-ending showdown between the Columbus and Starkville high school football teams. The Golden Triangle rivals mirrored one another in myriad ways in an offensive shootout that seemed scripted at times. But the Falcons' defense directed the final scene, stopping the Yellow Jackets 1 yard short of tying the game on the last play from scrimmage to preserve a 34-32 victory.

 

 

Caledonia's Comer wins state title

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Caledonia High School's Jessica Comer covered the Choctaw Trails 4-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds Saturday to win the Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A state cross country title.

 

 

New Hope gets win, help to secure No. 2 spot

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School football team took care of its business Friday night with a 31-14 victory against Indianola Gentry in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field. The win by New Hope coupled with West Point High's 21-14 victory at Hernando helped the Trojans secure the No. 2 seed in the region.

 

 

Tuscaloosa Christian ends Victory Christian's run

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Nothing is given to you. Landon Ellis summed it up best as he stood with the runner-up trophy in his hands and talked about what had just transpired. After three years of eye-popping scoring totals and margins of victory, the Victory Christian football team finally faced an opponent it couldn't overcome.

 

 

Defense does trick for Noxubee County

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team's aggressive defensive play and punishing running game fueled a 37-0 win against Lexington's J.J. McClain on Friday in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A first-round playoff game.

 

 

Aberdeen clicks in win against Kossuth

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Entering the playoffs with a 5-6 record and a fourth-place division finish is always a challenge. But having to play the state's fourth-ranked Class 3A team at its place in the first round more times than not will result in a season-ending loss.

 

 

French Camp denies West Oktibbeha playoff spot

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

FRENCH CAMP -- When his team got the ball trailing by four points with a little more than four minutes left in its game against French Camp on Friday night, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey had no doubt his team would score. But French Camp linebacker Josh Williams had other ideas, as he intercepted a Von Smith pass near midfield to halt West Oktibbeha's comeback attempt and hand the Panthers a 30-26 win.

 

 

East Webster continues ground dominance, beats Bruce

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team took its first step toward a state championship Friday night in a 35-20 win against Bruce. The Wolverines (12-0) continued their dominance on the ground, rushing for 327 yards on 41 carries in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoff opener.

 

 

Louisville one of few local teams to win playoff opener

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- Wyatt Roberts completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards to lead the Louisville High School football team past Amanda Elzy 32-8 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.

 

 

Bolden, Rebels pound Cajuns

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

OXFORD -- With its best playmaker relegated to the sidelines, the University of Mississippi football team kept the playbook simple. And with a punishing running game led by Brandon Bolden's 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Ole Miss plowed past Louisiana-Lafayette 43-21 on Saturday night.

 

 

Southern Miss pushes past Tulane

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Mississippi barely got 100 yards passing from its quarterback, but the biggest play of the game was a pass from one of its wide receivers. Quentin Pierce took a lateral from quarterback Austin Davis and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johdrick Morris to break a fourth-quarter tie and lead the Golden Eagles to a 46-30 Conference USA victory against Tulane on Saturday.

 

 

LSU wins elimination game against Alabama

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them. "I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."

 

 

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