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Columbus' Jefferson will get shot at Snead State C.C.

Posted 5/18/2013 in High School Sports

LaTerrica Jefferson completed the turnaround Friday afternoon. Nearly four years ago, Jefferson was a ninth-grader with a load of potential. At the time, basketball was a consideration, but it wasn't something the Columbus High School student believed could help put her on the path to a college scholarship.



Dendy, Froshour team to win Crappie Masters event

Posted 5/18/2013 in Local Sports

Score one for the "Perch Jerkers." Even though Rick Dendy and Carl Froshour don't consider that style of fishing "old school," they are right at home without spider rigging and fishing with multiple poles.



Hamilton's Lindsey, Heard celebrate track and field efforts

Posted 5/18/2013 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Jeremy Lindsey believes in a winning state of mind. Maybe it was a season's worth of hounding from his Hamilton High School track and field coaches that helped the senior develop a positive frame of mind.



MSU women's golf team eager for first NCAAs

Posted 5/18/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ginger Brown-Lemm couldn't be more excited about her first trip to the NCAA Championships as a head coach. Not only is Brown-Lemm making history as the first coach to take the Mississippi State University women's golf team to the event, she also is the first coach of a team from the state of Mississippi to make it that far.



Dual threats Norris, Bradford lead MSU baseball

Posted 5/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When John Cohen took the job as baseball coach at Mississippi State University on June 7, 2008, he made it clear he was going to turn the program around with dual-threat players.



MSU ready for big series vs. South Carolina

Posted 5/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In big moments, individuals and teams can ignore the pressure or embrace the feeling. The Mississippi State University baseball team is doing nothing but the latter.



MSU rallies to beat South Carolina

Posted 5/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has embraced the art of the comeback. No. 24 MSU earned its fourth victory after trailing through six innings with a dramatic 5-4 win against No. 14 University of South Carolina at Dudy Noble Field.



Heritage Academy's McElrath celebrates decision to go to Delta State

Posted 5/17/2013 in High School Sports

Evan McElrath has thought about playing golf in college for a long time. McElrath admits the process has been stressful at times with college coaches watching from the sidelines. He also has worked his ways through the ups and downs of every-day life that make it difficult to focus on golf.



Smaller weights expected for Crappie Masters event

Posted 5/17/2013 in Local Sports

Paul Alpers had a lot of praise last year for the city of Columbus and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Alpers, who is the president of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail, was in Lowndes County last August to award a Crappie Masters National Championship to Charlie and Travis Bunting, of Jefferson City, Mo. Alpers was on hand to watch the Buntings land a two-day haul of 19 pounds that helped them win two Tracker Marine Nitro Z7 boats with 150 horsepower Mercury Motors. In all, 141 teams averaged catching crappie that weighed just less than a pound.



Alabama welcomes Curry as women's basketball coach

Posted 5/17/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kristy Curry has worked with some of the most successful coaches and at schools that have some of the best traditions in women's college basketball.



New Hope wants to close out Hernando at home

Posted 5/17/2013 in High School Sports

HERNANDO -- When a team wins a big postseason road game, it usually has at least a couple of hours to celebrate. That's not the case for the New Hope High School baseball team.



MSU softball faces tough draw in opener

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

Mississippi State University's softball team has a rare assignment in the opening round of the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional. MSU (32-22), the No. 3 seed in the regional, will take on Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season conference champion Florida State (41-16), the No. 2 seed, at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the opening game of the four-team, double-elimination event.



Becker wants to make most of MSU's trip to regional

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Last season, Stephanie Becker made her first trip to a NCAA Regional as a cheerleader in a player's uniform.



Nilsson confident MSU can move forward

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

Right after the Mississippi State University men's tennis players arrived in Champaign, Ill., coach Per Nilsson told them to get comfortable because he intended to make an extended stay.



AISA recognizes three Pickens Academy students

Posted 5/16/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Phil Fikes doesn't consider himself a "jock." That moniker is typically used to label individuals who are more accomplished in athletics that in the classroom.



Neshoba Central ends New Hope's season again

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

For the second-consecutive season, the screams from a bus leaving Lady Trojan Field will ring in the ears of the New Hope High School players. This time, though, there was a weightier sense of finality for four seniors who saw their prep careers end without another shot at an elusive state championship.



Ties to Alabama strong for MSU softball team

Posted 5/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It may be a long wait if you're on the pass list for Mississippi State University softball player Jessica Cooley. Cooley and her Bulldogs were scheduled to leave this morning for Mobile, Ala., where they will begin play Friday in the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional of the NCAA tournament. MSU (32-22) will face Florida State (41-16) at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the four-team, double-elimination event.



Pickens Academy baseball, softball players honored

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy baseball and softball teams had plenty of ways to turn for contributions this season. Six of the standouts for both teams were recognized recently for their performances with Alabama Independent School Association All-Star awards.



Prep Player of Week: Mattox caps banner season with pair of championships

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For many, a pair of state championships would signal the end of a promising high school career.



New Hope softball stands one win away from state title series

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Championship programs respond.



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