JACKSON -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said it's a "pleasure" to coach a veteran team focused on defending three championships. Starkville Academy took the first step in that journey Tuesday night with a 74-18 victory against Lee Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, Class tournament at Hillcrest Christian School.
BATESVILLE -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team got exactly the type of game it wanted. In an opening-round matchup at the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament, the Falcons were engrossed in a physical, defensive struggle. So many times this season, Sammy Smith's squad excelled when defense was key and every stop proved critical. On Tuesday, though, Columbus saw its season end with a 46-40 loss to Grenada at the South Panola High.
BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew the pressure of the moment was getting to her squad. Hairston never panicked, though, because she believed her troops would persevere and come through in the end. After first-half struggles, Columbus pulled away to a 60-41 victory against Grenada in an opening-round game of the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at South Panola High.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball Rick Ray made it clear Monday he wasn't happy with his newest suspended player. Two days after announcing the indefinite suspension of guard Jalen Steele, Ray called the act of the junior starter "selfish" and a "distraction" to a program that has lost eight straight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2006.
"Painful." That's the easiest and fastest way for D.J. Sanders and Moesha Calmes to describe their collision Jan. 18 in a game at West Point High School. But as much as the New Hope High juniors can look back on the incident and smile because they are feeling like themselves, they admit it was an experience they never saw coming or want to experience again.
Brandon Brown has seen a lot of progress in seven seasons at Columbus High School. Now that he is moving on, Brown can look to the Columbus High powerlifting team's most recent meet and know he has played a part in the program's move into the upper echelon of Class 6A. That success also has played a key role in the ability of the school's football team to compete in one of the state's toughest regions and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team recorded another first Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a gritty defensive effort, MSU gave coach Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff their first Southeastern Conference road victory.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Moore can say he has traveled from one end of the country to the other to make his Major League Baseball debut.
STARKVILLE -- Cord Sandberg doesn't want to be average at anything.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball program can point to pitching as a strength this season. MSU rode a wave of pitching momentum to a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State University and Georgia State University on Saturday in the second day of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU (3-1) allowed just four hits in 8-0 and 9-1 run-rule victories.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 University of Florida men's basketball team played without forward Will Yeguete, benched starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin, and received an injury scare from Erik Murphy. It didn't matter against Mississippi State University.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Jacobs scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to help the University of Alabama men's basketball team secure a 60-57 victory against LSU on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball will be without its most experienced guard for the foreseeable future.
JACKSON -- For the second consecutive year, the River Hills Cup is wrapped in Maroon and White. In an expectedly tough battle, the No. 10 Mississippi State men's tennis squad (5-0) defeated No. 12 Ole Miss (2-1) 4-2 Thursday night at River Hills Club to retain the trophy in a match that lasted nearly six hours.
There are a lot of ways to honor seniors in their final regular-season home games.
STARKVILLE -- The very last thing Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson wants to do is make Mitch Slauter be behind the plate in every game this season.
STARKVILLE -- Wednesday was certainly not a good omen for the Mississippi State University men's basketball near future.
STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State University did not win its softball opener Thursday night, the Bulldogs did get a glimpse at the pitching potential of transfer Alison Owen.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's stunning recruiting class included the nation's consensus No. 1 overall recruit, one of the top receivers, and one of the best offensive tackles. The Rebels had such a good day that even LeBron James was impressed.
1. Southern Mississippi beats MSU in Pearl COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Blair has unique perspective on MSU-Washington matchup COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Mississippi players help MSU grow softball in state COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Tight ends could play bigger role for Mullen's Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Energized Bulldogs push on to Sweet 16 LOCAL COLUMNS