STARKVILLE -- Before Nick Bell died last fall, he told his mother he wanted to be a mentor to kids. The former Mississippi State defensive end, who lost a brief battle with cancer Nov. 2, didn't have a father figure growing up, leaving his mother, Linda, to rely on his coaches to help mold the respectful, personable young man she and many others remember.
Fredrico Moody is used to doling out hits on the football field. But it's his penchant for making contact on the baseball field that will allow the West Lowndes High School senior to take his athletic skills to the next level. On Thursday, the multi-sport standout Moody signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Tavaris Tate says he doesn't study opponents. No matter what track meet he competes in, each track is different, everyone is fast, and someone in the race won't have their 'A' game. To Tate, there are too many variables to study every move of national rivals like Southern California's Joey Hughes and the University of Alabama's Kirani James.
STARKVILLE -- When members of the Mississippi State track and field team first stepped on the renovated surface at the Carl Maddox facility, they didn't want to stop running. It had been four years since MSU held its last on-campus track meet, but that will change Saturday when MSU will play host to the Southeastern Conference-Big Ten Challenge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points Wednesday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 79-64 victory against the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament before a crowd of 8,612 at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- With a pair of extra scholarships heading into next season, Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury has added a fourth member to his 2011 class in Alabama native Roquez Johnson.
STARKVILLE -- There was too much that stood out to go anyplace else. That's how former Clemson University linebacker Brandon Maye felt Monday when he decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his fifth and final season of college football.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Jerrell Powe hopes his perseverance leads to NFL success. The 320-pounder's college career started with a three-year NCAA eligibility saga and ended with two seasons of dominance in the Southeastern Conference. Powe and 14 other former Ole Miss players went through the school's pro day Tuesday, working out for scouts from 24 NFL teams.
STARKVILLE -- The Columbus High School baseball team used a six-run sixth inning and a stellar outing from pitcher Christian Dale to top Starkville High 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Falcons (7-4, 1-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received a two-run home run from senior Nick Durrah in the second and RBI hits from Aaron Cooks and Trace Lee in the sixth to turn a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 lead.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team will play host to the University of Miami at 8 tonight (ESPN2) in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo couldn't wait on the "big names" to recognize his talent.
MABEN -- Miguel Graham will be plenty comfortable at Holmes Community College. The current pipeline from East Webster High School to HCC added another player to the list Tuesday when Graham signed to play football in Goodman. He will join East Webster High football teammate and cousin Ledrick Patterson.
Chris Rose had several goals when he was named the new baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College. Rose set signing the top players in the state and in the region as one of his top goals as he attempted to build a championship tradition at EMCC. The Lions took a "massive" step in that direction Monday when Heritage Academy senior baseball players Austin Braddock and Camp Pittman signed scholarships with EMCC.
Christian Dale doesn't have time for growing pains. Even though Dale is a sophomore, he is one of the most experienced players on the Columbus High School baseball team filled with young players looking to make their marks. They would be well served to take a page from Dale.
STARKVILLE -- Shaquille Hill and Nick Brooks are among four Starkville High School baseball players who have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The suspensions were confirmed Monday by Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle, who declined to comment on the reasons Hill, Brooks, Andrew Armburst, and Jalen Campbell were suspended.
There's plenty of Madness that goes on outside the NCAA tournament. The trick to enjoying it is not getting caught up in the fact you're not playing in the "Big Dance" and that you still have a chance to win a championship. Tierney Jenkins isn't about to let her first -- and last -- chance to play following the Southeastern Conference tournament end. The senior forward will lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team against the Toledo Rockets in the Sweet 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at 7 tonight at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
Austin Braddock and M.J. Hamrick had home runs, and Parker Dunaway threw four strong innings Saturday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 15-2 victory against Oak Hill Academy in Columbus. The game was stopped after four innings due to the 12-run rule.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.
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