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Sword finding other ways than scoring to contribute

Posted 1/13/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray is getting used to Craig Sword contributing in other ways than scoring. Following a victory against Maryland-Eastern Shore in which Sword attempted three shots, Ray said he wasn't comfortable with the Mississippi State men's basketball team's leading scorer not playing a big role in the team's offense.

 

 

MSU women beat Arkansas for first SEC victory

Posted 1/13/2014 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team erased a nine-point second-half deficit to win its first Southeastern Conference game of the season Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Alabama beats Ole Miss to give Curry first SEC victory

Posted 1/13/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Shafontaye Myers and Daisha Simmons combined to score 51 points Sunday to lead the Alabama women's basketball team to a 93-79 victory against Ole Miss at Foster Auditorium.

 

 

MSU marshals late finish to beat Ole Miss

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's words didn't fall on deaf ears Saturday. After Ray spoke all week about the Mississippi State men's basketball team's "bugaboo" of second-half collapses, the second-year head coach watched MSU finish in strong fashion for a 76-72 win in front of a season-high crowd of 8,841 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Henderson fitting in up to for Starkville

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Charlie Henderson fits in nicely for an outcast. The Starkville High School senior really isn't that different from his teammates on the school's boys soccer team. The difference that sets Henderson apart from most of the other Yellow Jackets is his lack of club soccer experience. While many of the Starkville High players have spent many years together on travel teams building their chemistry, Henderson has been relatively new to the party.

 

 

Okorie making presence felt even though she's not playing

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's always important to get noticed At 6-foot-5, Chinwe Okorie will find it easier to attract attention than some of her Mississippi State women's basketball teammates. But just because Okorie is MSU's biggest player this season doesn't mean it has been easy for her to get people to talk about her on game days.

 

 

New Hope girls regroup to tie Starkville

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Throw out the first half. As far as Mary Nagy is concerned, don't put too much stock into her team's first 40 minutes Saturday against Starkville. After arriving home from Philadelphia at 12:30 a.m. Saturday following a key region victory against Neshoba Central, Nagy and assistant coach Will Taylor didn't feel New Hope did any of the things it works on every day at practice.

 

 

Ready helps bring MSU together down stretch

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

Labels don't matter to IJ Ready, especially when it's time to win a game against an archrival. With Ole Miss threatening to steal a game, the Mississippi State freshman point guard gathered his four teammates for a inspirational speech. The leadership Ready showed that is normally reserved for older players helped MSU close out 76-72 victory before a season-high crowd of 8,841 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Columbus girls get key win vs. Madison Central

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team was in danger of falling to 0-4 in district play entering its game against Madison Central on Friday.

 

 

Georgia's defense too much for Alabama

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Charles Mann said there was an important lesson in the men's basketball team's ability to overcome its poor shooting against Alabama. "Defense wins games," Mann said.

 

 

Starkville boys roll past Northwest Rankin

Posted 1/11/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter never has worried about his team's enthusiasm on game day. The Yellow Jackets have been known for dominating starts to games this season.

 

 

Alabama hires Kiffin as offensive coordinator

Posted 1/11/2014 in College Sports

Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin on Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Tennessee, and the Trojans. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.

 

 

Starkville Academy shuts out Heritage Academy in boys soccer

Posted 1/9/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is a fine line between being persistent and being annoying.

 

 

Bulldogs prepare for different-looking Rebels

Posted 1/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Only one guarantee with the Ole Miss men's basketball team without Marshall Henderson is about 15-20 shots per game have to be accounted for somebody else.

 

 

MSU strength coach Balis leaves for Connecticut

Posted 1/9/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis is leaving his position with the Bulldogs program to take a similar job at Connecticut.

 

 

MSU women's basketball working its way through tough stretch

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The "monster" has been as scary and as imposing as Vic Schaefer thought it would.

 

 

MSU baseball team members take part in mission trip

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Nick Mingione and Ben Bracewell were convinced they knew what it meant to feel fortunate at what they have in this country and at Mississippi State.

 

 

Rebuilding vs. Reloading: MSU, Kentucky take different paths

Posted 1/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rebuilding versus reloading. That is the philosophical difference between what Rick Ray is doing with the Mississippi State men's basketball program and what Kentucky is doing under coach John Calipari.

 

 

Montgomery could be Columbus High's next football coach

Posted 1/8/2014 in High School Sports

Disciplined. Fiery. Organized. Detail-oriented. Those are some of the qualities Randal Montgomery could bring to Columbus High School as its new football coach.

 

 

Starkville Academy basketball teams sweep Heritage Academy

Posted 1/8/2014 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy girls basketball team hasn't lost to archrival Heritage Academy in better than seven seasons. Senior Sallie Kate Richardson made sure that streak remained alive Tuesday night. Richardson had two critical blocked shots and the Lady Volunteers had four total in overtime as they escaped with a 52-42 victory.

 

 

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