STARKVILLE -- In tennis, it may take a novice fan longer to identify a program's best overall player than it does its best drawing card. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team has the best of both worlds with Artem Ilyushin.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson always calls Tuesday's practice "the first days out of the pajamas and into some work clothes". Welcome to the first day of shoulder pads at MSU spring football practice. "It's sort of what I expected out there today with the pads on and people moving at a different speeds out here," Wilson said. "You get to see who really wants to play when you're getting bodies on bodies."
You have to look good for your big day. After waiting this long, Lawrence Brown was going to make sure he had everything right. Still, as of Monday the New Hope High School senior didn't know what colors he was going to wear to celebrate the next step in his football career.
New Hope sophomore pitcher D.J. Sanders was really proud that no opposing batters got hit Tuesday night. Actually, Columbus got no hits and did not get hit, either one. However, it was more of the latter than had Sanders happy in the postgame.
WEST POINT -- After losing six straight, West Point High returned to the baseball win column in resounding fashion Tusesday night. Behind the complete-game effort of starting pitcher Tez Lane, the Green Wave knocked off New Hope, 3-2.
STARKVILLE -- The final scoreboard didn't seem to please Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen in the least.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney's three-year stint with the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is over. The school confirmed the junior center has signed with an agent and will forego his final season of eligibility in an attempt to play professional basketball.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a day to cross potential candidates off the list for Mississippi State University's next men's basketball coach. Steve Prohm, who Murray State University officials confirmed in multiple reports was approached by the search firm on Mississippi State's behalf, signed a contract extension that will pay him $300,000 per year to stay with the Racers through May 2016.
It takes a lot to get Cade Lott flustered. Whether it's football, basketball, or golf, Lott typically plays with a positive attitude and always has a smile ready to go. But Mother Nature put the Heritage Academy junior's attitude to the test Tuesday.
WEST POINT -- Jacob Shempert knows the importance of patience. As a member of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen, which recognizes the state's top baseball players in the state of Mississippi, Shempert knows his reputation precedes him. The senior pitcher/catcher/infielder also understands pitchers and coaches read newspapers and the Internet to keep up with who is hot.
Gene Brown, Don Hitchcock, and the Lowndes County Bass Club overcame tough conditions this past weekend to take titles at the two-day Mississippi Bass Federation State Championship event in Columbus. On the boater side, Brown, the leader after the first day, failed to keep the pace of day one but still managed a weight of 6.66 pounds. He finished with a total weight of 22.46 pounds to take first in the individual angler category.
OXFORD -- After five straight years of NCAA tournament appearances and Western Athletic Conference championships at Fresno State University, Adrian Wiggins is ready to move to the Southeastern Conference. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Mississippi will officially introduce Wiggins as its next women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Kate Mattox was the only winner Saturday in a bunch of top-10 finishes by local competitors at the Mississippi State University High School Track and Field Invitational. Mattox won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 34.85 seconds. She also took sixth in the 800 (2:34.49).
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen acknowledges he hasn't had a standout tailback in two of his four spring football practices at the school. Mullen admitted this week this is one of those seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. The No. 3 University of Arkansas baseball team proved Saturday afternoon that theory fits as sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek guided his team to an 8-0 victory against Mississippi State in front of a crowd of 4,554 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle had a pretty good day at the office Saturday afternoon. In pregame ceremonies at the Starkville High baseball field, Carlisle received a 52-inch flat screen TV from the school's baseball booster club. More than 40 former players attended the pregame ceremony, taking a stroll down memory lane of Carlisle's 35 years at the school.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University opening night starting pitcher Ben Bracewell might have taken a giant step in his rehabilitation Saturday morning. The sophomore right-hander, who has been out since March 2 with soreness in his pitching elbow, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session off flat ground approximately three hours before MSU's 8-0 loss to the University of Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior outfielder Ka'ili Smith really likes her team's offensive abilities. Smith simply wants to see more production from her and her teammates. The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits but timely hitting again eluded the squad in a 10-3 loss to No. 12 Tennessee at the MSU Softball Field.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with his team's progress Saturday in the second practice of 2012 spring drills. In the final day before putting on pads, the Rebels trained for close to two and a half hours. Freeze noted the improved play of the wide receivers, particularly juniors Terrell Grant and Ja-Mes Logan.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team continued its spring practice schedule Saturday with a two-hour workout in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in front of an estimated 1,200 coaches from around the region who are attending the 2012 Alabama Coaching Clinic.
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4. Murphy, others will miss West Point spring football game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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