MABEN -- East Webster High School student-athlete Ledrick Patterson had a tough decision to make on National Signing Day. Patterson was torn between signing a scholarship to play basketball at Itawamba Community College and signing to play football at Holmes C.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Darrin Horn has had to play many roles during South Carolina's month of struggles. On Tuesday night, he got to play the one he enjoys most -- winning coach. Sam Muldrow had 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1 minute, 2 seconds left, as the Gamecocks ended a five-game losing streak with a 79-73 victory against the University of Mississippi.
REFORM, Ala. -- The reminders are everywhere. The 2010 state championship banner greets everyone as they enter Tornado Alley at Pickens County High School. If you find your way back to coach Russ Wallace's office, you're bound to spot the screen saver that features members of the 2009-10 boys basketball team celebrating its Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state title.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Scorers usually fit into one mold. While others will be asked to rebound and to focus on defense, scorers typically concentrate on filling it up and finding ways to get open and break defenses down. But Jacob Acker is different.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury doesn't care if people criticize his handling of Renardo Sidney. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach has endured a turbulent season that has featured two mid-season transfers by players, two players being suspended by the NCAA, and discipline-related suspensions.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team led the Southeastern Conference in errors last season. The Bulldogs (4-0) ended the first weekend of this season without a single error.
STARKVILLE -- The players on the Mississippi State men's basketball team would like an easier path to the NCAA tournament, but they're used to taking a bumpy road. In each of the past three seasons, the Bulldogs have had 10 losses or more -- often a stumbling block to earn a spot in the NCAA field -- before the start of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Inconsistency has plagued the University of Mississippi's men's basketball team for much of the Southeastern Conference season. Coach Andy Kennedy feels his team has played and prepared with enough focus, but it hasn't translated into results.
STARKVILLE -- Kiandria Patterson heard the doubters. Critics of the Columbus High School girls' basketball team said a team with eight sophomores and one senior couldn't live up to the lofty goal of winning a district championship. After all, the Lady Falcons had never won a district title and have struggled annually to overtake Tupelo and Starkville in Class 6A, Region 2.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team scored 13 runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 17-2 victory against Lamar at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (4-0) won all games in their season-opening series played before a total weekend crowd of 10,264.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida women's basketball team used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for a 78-63 victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. MSU (10-16, 2-12 SEC) led 40-37 with 15 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation, but Florida (15-13, 5-9) followed with its run to take control and earn a series sweep.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen couldn't have imagined a better start to the season by his pitching staff. After posting consecutive shutouts in its first two games of the season, the Mississippi State baseball team capped Saturday's doubleheader with a 10-1 win against the University of Akron. Sophomores Chad Girodo and Luis Pollorena (win) combined to pitch seven-plus innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up the season sweep against the University of Mississippi with a 71-58 win Saturday. MSU sophomore forward Renardo Sidney finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in the past five games. He scored 24 against Ole Miss on Jan. 13.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore Tony Mitchell had a career-high 27 points, Trevor Releford had 17 points, and JaMychal Green 16 points Saturday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 69-56 victory against the University of Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero would like to thank all of the Southeastern Conference coaches for their kind words. While the senior guard was pleased Thursday to learn another coach was certain Mississippi State would would win more games this season, the praise felt empty. It meant little to Govero because it came after another loss.
HORN LAKE -- The clapping will echo into the offseason. Columbus High School's Brelana Coleman stood just inside halfcourt and pounded her hands together after teammate KeKe Patterson was fouled. Patterson was about to hit two free throws to cut a 24-point second-quarter deficit in half midway through the third quarter. Surely Columbus couldn't come all the way back and upset Northwest Rankin to earn a berth in the state tournament.
VICKSBURG -- The Mississippi High School Activities Association defending class 6A and Grand Slam champions are going back to Jackson for more. This time, though, the Starkville High School boys basketball team will go as a runner-up. Jacolby Mobley had 12 points Saturday, but Vicksburg defeated Starkville 69-54 in the Class 6A North State final at Vicksburg High.
STARKVILLE -- Athleticism can only get a team so far. Attitude and bravado can help compensate for a lack of experience or skill, and the players on the Starkville Academy baseball team said they're as confident as they've ever been.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan was expecting more than his team's 12th-place finish at the Gator Invitational. Already waiting on Brad Mason and Chad Ramey to return to the form they showed in the fall, the Bulldogs finished 59 strokes behind winner University of Florida last weekend. Outside of sophomore John Darden's career-best plus-7 finish, no other Bulldog broke par. At least he knows why his team struggled: chipping and putting.
Post play isn't suited for those with weak dispositions. But Kameron Corrothers and Kierra Erby are proving you don't have to be the biggest players on the court to hold your own.
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