STARKVILLE -- The holiday doldrums lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than Vic Schaefer wanted. Returning from a five-day break for Christmas, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team used the first half Friday night to work back up to speed before finding its stride in the second half for a 65-49 victory against Northwestern State before a a crowd of 1,315 at Humphrey Coliseum.
The stickers tell the story. Tiberias Lampkin doesn't know how many of the dime-sized Timberwolves logos cover his helmet. If pressed, he can remember why he received each of the stickers the West Oktibbeha County High School football coaches handed out to reward stellar performances.
Playing in the shadow of consensus All-America defensive end Channing Ward last year and with first-team preseason All-State linebacker Justin Lucas this season, it would have been easy for the average high school football fan to overlook Aberdeen High School senior Zay Forshee.
In five years as coach at West Oktibbeha County High School, Adam Lowrey has built relationships, trust, and a program. God has been his pillar.
When Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe coached his first football game with the Patriots, he had some candid observations.
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.
After the entire Mississippi State University football team arrived in Jacksonville, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen addressed the staff adjustment in the secondary.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Even though Christmas Day has come and gone, several area basketball teams were still in the charitable mood Wednesday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.
Tiffany Huddleston doesn't think one is enough.
The ticking is getting louder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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