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Hood leaves MSU men's basketball program

Posted 4/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- New Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray intentionally mentioned Rodney Hood four times last week in his introductory speech. Ray's goal was to convince Hood he would be a major part of MSU's future. The future suddenly turned into the past late Sunday evening when it was announced Hood has left the program after one season.

 

 

Norris, MSU baseball beat Vanderbilt

Posted 4/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the game tied, Daryl Norris stood in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth inning shocked at the reliever who was entering the game to face him.

 

 

Vanderbilt edges MSU in extra innings

Posted 4/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Desperation is the feeling of having an urgent need or desire to accomplish something. The Mississippi State University baseball team doesn't need the word defined for it. The squad is living it this season.

 

 

MSU baseball runs itself out of innings

Posted 4/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The running game is one of the many things the Mississippi State University baseball team has taken special pride in since John Cohen became head coach. That running game and situational execution failed MSU on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Vanderbilt University in 12 innings.

 

 

West Lowndes' Stanley wins 200th game

Posted 4/7/2012 in High School Sports

Todd Stanley didn't want to have any regrets.

 

 

New Hope defeats Starkville in softball

Posted 4/6/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the seventh inning Thursday night, New Hope found much-needed separation in in fast-pitch prep softball game with Starkville and in the Class 5A, Region 3 race.

 

 

MSU's Prescott still learning quarterback position

Posted 4/6/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott continues to be a mystery for the Mississippi State University football program. Even to Dak Prescott himself.

 

 

Bulldogs announce first two assistant basketball coaches

Posted 4/6/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - It was no more than a two-minute conversation that changed Wes Flanigan's life and brought him back to state of Mississippi.

 

 

Bulldogs shuffle pitching rotation for Vanderbilt series

Posted 4/5/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In preparation for what must be considered a critical weekend series against Vanderbilt University, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has made a tweak to his weekend pitching rotation.

 

 

Columbus' Verner will go for two golds

Posted 4/5/2012 in High School Sports

The power of performance is a big motivator for Justin Verner.

 

 

Family connections help bring racing Sudduths together

Posted 4/5/2012 in Local Sports

Racing has proven to be a stabilizer for Bill Sudduth. Years ago, Sudduth used to fish and hunt. He also admits he liked to party. But things -- and hobbies -- changed when Bill met Brenda Langford. Racing replaced fishing and hunting as an activity Sudduth did in his spare time. That "hobby" quickly turned into a "passion" that Bill and Brenda have embraced.

 

 

MSU softball confident as it begins trek

Posted 4/5/2012 in College Sports

The Mississippi State University softball team remains confident even though it is on a nine-game conference losing streak.

 

 

New Hope softball wins region opener

Posted 4/4/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School fast-pitch softball coach Tabitha Beard can be difficult to please. Tuesday night was not one of those nights.

 

 

New Hope baseball walks-off against Saltillo

Posted 4/4/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior Dusty Dyson is in quite a groove right now.

 

 

Bulldogs go blitz-happy in spring football practice

Posted 4/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Big plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage were destined to happen on the Mississippi State University spring football practice field.

 

 

National pundits like 'out-of-the-box' approach which led to hiring Ray

Posted 4/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not much is certain when evaluating the hire of Rick Ray as the next men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.

 

 

Ray must start building quickly at MSU

Posted 4/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once he accepted the job as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach, Rick Ray said he returned to Clemson, S.C., with 867 emails and 347 text messages on his cell phone. The task for MSU's first new men's basketball coach in more than 14 years will be to return some of those messages.

 

Checking perceptions will be key for Ray

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Columns

Even though Rick Stansbury hadn't been a head coach when he was hired to replace Richard Williams as head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, the perception was he was ready to take the next step.

 

Lee, Dale do their part with defense to fuel Falcons

Posted 4/3/2012 in High School Sports

Trace Lee and Christian Dale are going to do everything in their power to help get the Columbus High School baseball team back to the postseason. While both players make solid contributions in the field and at the plate, Lee and Dale likely will make their presence felt the most on the mound. Combined with left-hander Hunter Mullis, Columbus (11-6, 2-2 Class 6A, Region) has three starting pitchers who can stop a team's momentum.

 

 

Dreams, hard work helped Kelly reach NFL

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Sports

ABERDEEN -- Former Mississippi State University and current NFL standout tight end Reggie Kelly shared the secrets of his success Monday with a packed audience at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

 

 

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