STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Chris Stratton was a freshman looking to make an impact in his first year at Mississippi State. He had no idea he'd become the ace of a pitching staff filled with players no more experienced than himself.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team knew before the season a six-game road stretch that led into the start of the Southeastern Conference schedule would be a challenge. No one could have predicted the team would go 1-5 and have more players end up on the training table than on the field for the next game.
Step aside Colonel Reb. The next University of Mississippi mascot could well be a fierce black bear, a toothy land shark or a character in a full-body muscle-suit.
STARKVILLE -- As defensive systems go in the professional game, the 3-4 defense is the popular way to go. Now that it has proven effective in the NFL, it was only a matter of time before a wave of base 3-4 systems hit college football.
Gabe Poe doesn't fit the mold of a traditional linebacker. Listed at 5-foot-8, 205 pounds, you might think Poe's size would be best utilized in the secondary. But every position is fair game when you have a motor like Poe's.
STARKVILLE -- Following a program-best NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, the Mississippi State women's basketball program announced its 2010-11 schedule on Tuesday. With a 28-game slate, the Lady Bulldogs will play 14 opponents at Humphrey Coliseum and seven games that will be televised.
STARKVILLE -- In its best form, Starkville Academy's soccer team had its worst performance when it least expected it. Unbeaten in six straight matches, the Lady Volunteers entered their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff opener against Presbyterian Christian on Tuesday feeling they were ready for the weight of a postseason match.
Columbus' Johnny Stokes clinched the 2010 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region Championship on Friday night at Hattiesburg Motorsports Park in Hattiesburg. The championship boiled down to Stokes, Lucky Keeton, of Toomsuba, and Justin McRee, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on final weekend of the season.
Dozens of the Golden Triangle's best tennis players are set to face off this weekend at the seventh annual Buckley Faulk Memorial Tournament in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in his career, Mississippi State tight end Marcus Green will have a season cut short to injury.
Finally. That was the sentiment shared by everyone in attendance Monday for the dedication of land that will soon be home to a new indoor facility for the Columbus High School baseball and softball programs.
On paper, Antonio Wilson is just another name on a page. At 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, the West Lowndes High School junior running back would be considered small by all standards. But size tells only part of the story for a running back.
STARKVILLE -- Ideally, soccer coaches want to enter the postseason in top form. Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner believes his team's 2-2 draw against Jackson Academy last week was a sign the Lady Volunteers are primed for a playoff run. Starkville Academy (9-6-1) hopes to ride the momentum of a six-game unbeaten stretch at 4 p.m. today when it plays host to Presbyterian Christian at the Starkville Sportsplex in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff opener.
Monday marked the end of the line for two local fast-pitch softball programs, but the coaches couldn't have been prouder of the how their teams fared. Oak Hill Academy lost to Bowling Green, La., 4-2 in a losers' bracket game Monday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA State Tournament, while Hebron Christian defeated Franklin Academy (La.) 15-7 and lost to Sylva Bay Academy 8-1.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's softball season ended Saturday with a 10-6 loss to Oak Forest (La.). The loss left the Lady Volunteers (21-14) one game short of advancing to the final four of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoffs.
HATTIESBURG -- Nearly every day, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said a fan will approach and ask him why his team's defense is suddenly so impressive.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram was already a rising star before last year's South Carolina game. Maybe a commentator or two, and some University of Alabama football fans, had even tossed his name and "Heisman Trophy candidate" together following a 172-yard game against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's football team had two heartbreaking losses at home. The University of Houston was one of the teams to escape Starkville with a win. Coming off a bye week, the Cougars (3-1, 2-0 Conference USA) will welcome the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) to Texas on Saturday.
Teams have to be willing to do anything and everything at playoff time.
The New Hope and West Point high school football teams were neck-and-neck heading into halftime of a pivotal Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 matchup Friday night.
1. No. 1 MSU begins preparations for Kentucky COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Alabama shines with looser mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Ole Miss will rely on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
4. New Hope softball escapes quicksand at Warren Central HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS