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Heritage saved best for last

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

When Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe coached his first football game with the Patriots, he had some candid observations.


Aberdeen strikes for home state

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

Playing their style throughout the contest, Aberdeen High School basketball got the first and only win for the state of Mississippi through two days of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Tournament Thursday.


Hughes to coach secondary; Russell back at full strength

Posted 12/28/2012 in College Sports

After the entire Mississippi State University football team arrived in Jacksonville, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen addressed the staff adjustment in the secondary.



Changes coming for CLRA youth leagues

Posted 12/28/2012 in Local Sports

Roger Short and members of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming youth baseball and softball seasons, and plenty of changes are in store for coaches and players.



Local teams fall in opening round of Travis Outlaw

Posted 12/26/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Even though Christmas Day has come and gone, several area basketball teams were still in the charitable mood Wednesday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.



Starkville Academy's Huddleston earns player of year honors

Posted 12/26/2012 in High School Sports

Tiffany Huddleston doesn't think one is enough.



Bulldogs closing in on start of league play

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

The ticking is getting louder.



Stansbury retirement top MSU sports story for 2012

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - When a man decides after 28 years in the profession, 22 of them at Mississippi State University and 14 years as the head coach to do something else with his life, The Dispatch certainly believes this act is more than justifiable to be named MSU story of the year.


Smith closes book on Joe Horne event, prepares for next year

Posted 12/26/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith's cell phone can rest for a little while. After a year's worth of hard work and arranging all of the details for the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational, the Columbus High School boys basketball coach took a respite from planning for his program's signature event to enjoy the holiday with his family.


Gunter could land deal in Saudi Arabia

Posted 12/26/2012 in Local Sports

Jarvis Gunter is anxious for his next opportunity. Whether it is Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, or another country, the former Columbus High School basketball standout is eager to take next step in his journey.



Hollivay has sights set on better 2013

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

Rachel Hollivay has her sights set on big things in 2013. If the last game is any indication, the former standout at New Hope High School and at Heritage Academy appears ready to deliver.



Immanuel Christian gearing up for basketball tournament

Posted 12/26/2012 in High School Sports

Billy Thomas knows how Sammy Smith feels. For the next day, Thomas will dread each time an unrecognizable number pops up on his cell phone. The Immanuel Christian boys basketball coach knows one of those calls could be a basketball coach calling to tell him his or her team won't be able to make the third annual Immanuel Christian School Christmas Invitational, which kicks off Thursday.



Smith leaves MSU to become coach at Auburn

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Melvin Smith spent Christmas packing up his belongings and moving to another Southeastern Conference school. Smith, the Mississippi State University football team's cornerbacks coach from 2006-12, accepted the same position at Auburn University under new coach Gus Malzahn.



Ole Miss beats Hawaii to finish fifth in tournament

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- It took the University of Mississippi men's basketball team most of the game to put things together, but when it did, it took over the game quickly. Murphy Holloway scored 18 points and Mississippi pulled away from a tie game in the final minutes to defeat the University of Hawaii 81-66 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday.



Ole Miss men beat San Francisco

Posted 12/24/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- Two days before Christmas, there were no presents to be found for Andy Kennedy's University of Mississippi men's basketball team. Instead, Ole Miss (9-2) took to a consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 85-78 victory against the University of San Francisco that was anything but gift-wrapped.


Proffitt fitting in with Starkville Academy girls

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

Glenn Schmidt recognized the possibilities. But the veteran Starkville Academy girls basketball coach wanted to talk to rising seniors Tiffany Huddleston and Anna Lea Little to find out what they thought the addition of Maggie Proffitt could mean to the team.

Gartman helps revive tradition at Pickens Academy

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Tradition. When Pickens Academy asked John Gartman to take over as the school's head football coach, Gartman listed tradition as the No. 1 factor in saying yes.

Brown, Steele power Tornadoes

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School junior running back Jermarcus Brown calls his team "one big family." Senior lineman Terrien Steele claims the squad has success because it stays together through the good and the bad times.


Local teams will convene at The Hump for Outlaw tournament

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once the decorations are tucked away and Santa Claus bids farewell, basketball will return to the forefront at Mississippi State University's Humphrey Coliseum. A full week of basketball will tip off Wednesday with the second Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament, hosted by Starkville High School. The three-day event will feature three games a day through Friday.


Columbus loses finales at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team was overwhelmed from the jump Saturday night at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational at Columbus High. Wenonah (Ala.) began the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back in a 78-53 victory.


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