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New Hope's Sanders claims state title in high jump competition

Posted 5/12/2012 in High School Sports

PEARL -- Kennedi Sanders knew she could do it.

 

 

New Hope's Taylor wins golf title

Posted 5/12/2012 in High School Sports

Chase Taylor is like most student-athletes who takes his craft seriously: He expects the best from himself at all times.

 

 

Columbus United U-14 celebrates rare state championship for county

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Sports

As a new coach starting out in soccer, Tom Velek never understood why coaches tended to put stronger players up front and less experienced ones on defense.

 

 

Former MSU volleyball coach helps bring skills clinic to Columbus

Posted 5/12/2012 in Local Sports

Tina Seals is going to be busy with volleyball this summer.

 

 

MSU, Florida will renew spirited rivalry

Posted 5/11/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's safe to say there will be contempt and dislike in at least one Southeastern Conference baseball series this weekend.

 

 

New Hope takes game one from Hernando

Posted 5/11/2012 in High School Sports

HERNANDO -- The New Hope High School baseball team is one step away from returning to the state's biggest stage.

 

 

Lake Cormorant beats New Hope in game one

Posted 5/11/2012 in High School Sports

LAKE CORMORANT -- The New Hope High School softball team lost to Lake Cormorant 3-2 in eight innings Thursday night in game one of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series.

 

 

Area well represented at state track and field meets

Posted 5/11/2012 in High School Sports

PEARL -- The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented today and Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State track and field meets at Pearl High. Today, Classes 1A, 3A, and 5A will compete. On Saturday, Classes 2A, 4A, and 6A will compete.

 

 

Auto racing returns to Columbus this weekend

Posted 5/11/2012 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus Motor Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway will return to action Saturday night. Action at Columbus Motor Speedway will include the NASCAR All American Series Stock Cars and Late Models, Columbus Modifieds, Sport Stocks, Crazy Compacts, and the USAC Ignite Midget Series.

 

 

Victory Christian baseball making title push

Posted 5/11/2012 in High School Sports

Will Pitts and Kaleb Holliness aren't surprised. Even though they are the only seniors on the Victory Christian baseball team, the veterans can look past the fact that the Eagles aren't the most experienced or the biggest team in the Alabama Christian Educators Association.

 

 

MSU can't cash in chances vs. Alabama

Posted 5/11/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- All a team really wants is a chance when it faces one of the nation's top pitchers. The Mississippi State University softball team had those chances Thursday night.

 

 

MLB scouts believe Stratton will sign pro contract

Posted 5/11/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Several sources in the Major League Baseball scouting community told The Dispatch on Thursday night that professional organizations are confident in the willingness of Mississippi State University right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton to sign a professional contract.

 

 

MSU men's tennis trying to relive glory days

Posted 5/11/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not too long ago, it was assumed the Mississippi State University men's tennis program would get to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament.

 

 

Alabama welcomes Stuedeman back

Posted 5/11/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Thursday night was a homecoming for Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman.

 

 

Coaches say fast-pitch softball needs support

Posted 5/10/2012 in High School Sports

Tabitha Beard is engaged in all aspects of the New Hope High School softball program. In the fall, Beard coaches the perennial state champion Lady Trojans slow-pitch team. In the spring, she coaches the fast-pitch program, which remains in the hunt for this year's state championship.

 

 

Former New Hope coach Hester named at Brandon

Posted 5/10/2012 in High School Sports

Stacy Hester had faith another coaching opportunity was going to come. The former New Hope High School baseball coach just didn't expect the call to happen when it did. After speaking with Brandon High School Athletic Director and football coach Brad Peterson, Hester was confident he had found a great fit to continue his career as baseball coach.

 

 

Mississippi College's Brooks surprised by honors

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

J'Marcus Brooks knew he had a chance. To make the most of that opportunity, the former Columbus High School standout realized he needed to make a commitment. As soon as the Mississippi College baseball team's 2011 season ended, Brooks laid out a plan. He would run, he would lift weights, he would practice his fundamentals -- and he would do it all as often as possible.

 

 

MSU's Ilyushin excited about second chance at home

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin is feeling "those nerves" in anticipation of his final weekend at the A.J. Pitts Center. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team's top player hopes to perform better in his finale than he did two weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Starkville.

 

 

New Hope's Taylor wins Class 5A title

Posted 5/10/2012 in High School Sports

Drew McBrayer has seen that look on Chase Taylor's face. The New Hope High School golf coach knows that there are several options once Taylor shows that expression mixed with frustration, anger, and disappointment.

 

MSU's Cohen suspended by SEC

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has been suspended one game for violating Southeastern Conference sportsmanship rules.

 

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