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Pickens Academy takes fist step toward Class A title

Posted 11/4/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy football team celebrated its return to the Alabama Independent School Association football playoffs with a 34-21 opening-round Class A victory against Lakeside Academy.


Punitive measures aren't answer for Oktibbeha schools

Posted 11/3/2012 in Local Columns

Apparently punitive remedies are the only ones that work for the Mississippi Department of Education.


Freeze guides Ole Miss to quick turnaround

Posted 11/2/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze is working his turnaround magic again -- this time in the Southeastern Conference.



Saban: Game manager label high praise for McCarron

Posted 11/2/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A quarterback described as a game manager can often be perceived as someone who's mostly responsible for supervising plays and not making them. Unless the QB is AJ McCarron and he plays for Nick Saban.



Turning pain into character: West Oktibbeha trying to stay strong after ban

Posted 11/2/2012 in Local Columns

Adam Lowrey has watched helplessly as a program he spent five years building has started to fall apart around him.



Columbus needs one more victory

Posted 11/2/2012 in High School Sports

A victory is all Tony Stanford has on his mind. If the Columbus High School football team (6-4, 3-3 Class 6A, Region 1) can go on the road at 7 tonight and beat Grenada (4-6, 2-4), Stanford won't have to worry about tiebreakers and point differentials.



Starters will play tonight for Starkville

Posted 11/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell answered the question was answered before the week started: The Starkville High School football team will play its starters at 7 tonight in the regular-season finale against Neshoba Central.



Former MSU coach talks about challenges for soccer program

Posted 11/2/2012 in College Sports

Neil McGuire has nothing but great things to say about his time at Mississippi State University.



Oak Hill Academy goes on road for return to playoffs

Posted 11/2/2012 in High School Sports

If the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs were a party, Oak Hill Academy coach Daniel Merchant would have sent in his reservation in a matter of seconds.



Aberdeen will begin playoffs at home

Posted 11/2/2012 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team posted a 39-3 win against South Pontotoc here last Friday to run the table in Class 3A, Region 2.



MSU's Ray curious to see how officials will call physical play

Posted 11/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray is curious to see how his style of play is received in his first season in the Southeastern Conference -- and his first as a Division I head coach.



MSU women will start to develop habits

Posted 11/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has said several times in the preseason that it would take at least 21 straight days for his Mississippi State University women's basketball team to develop habits.



Sumlin, Wilson renew rivalry this weekend

Posted 11/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The phone calls are still taken among the Wilson family in Starkville and the Sumlin family in College Station, Texas.



MSU BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Thomas shines in MSU open scrimmage

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University freshman guard Fred Thomas showcased his natural ability that could likely translate easiest from high school to college -- scoring.



Lamar County looks to finish regular season on strong note

Posted 10/31/2012 in High School Sports

In the Alabama High School Activities Association, this is simply tune-up week.



MSU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Mullen: Texas A&M defense 'underrated'

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University isn't just worried about one side of the ball with its upcoming opponent.



EMCC opens football playoffs with Copiah-Lincoln

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens had to approach his team in a different manner this week.



EMCC basketball teams tip off with Georgia Highlands

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

Winning region championships has been status quo for the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team.



Grant moves into leadership role for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The opportunity is there to take for Kendra Grant.



Bulldogs will need to make financial commitment to women's soccer

Posted 10/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Earlier this season, Neil Macdonald had an artist's rendering of upgrades to the Mississippi State University Soccer Field on the wall in his office in Humphrey Coliseum. When asked about the picture, Macdonald smiled and said something to the effect that he hoped the rendering would come true because it was something the program needed to compete.



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