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Vivians' next challenge will come at MSU

Posted 3/14/2014 in Local Columns

Vic Schaefer has next. That should be a welcoming thought for Victoria Vivians. As much as the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has earned his reputation as "Secretary of Defense," he likely won't sick multiple defenders on Vivians when she arrives in Starkville later this year to begin her career as a Bulldog.


LSU beats Alabama to keep NCAA hopes alive

Posted 3/14/2014 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- The LSU men's basketball team is willing to talk about its NCAA tournament chances. The Tigers know they must keep winning to bring others into that conversation.



Henderson, Ole Miss rally past MSU

Posted 3/14/2014 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy offered a sarcastic tip of his cap after Marshall Henderson launched 19 3-pointers against Mississippi State. "That's an SEC record. Congratulations," Kennedy said, looking at his standout senior.



MSU stops losing streak, advances at SEC Tournament

Posted 3/13/2014 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- Mississippi State coach Rick Ray says his players continued to work hard even when it may have been tempting to give up on a lost season.



Brown's monster day helps Yellow Jackets complete sweep

Posted 3/13/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Travis Garner feels so fortunate that he gets to coach A.J. Brown for two more seasons. For the simple reason that Brown doesn't know how talented he can become over that time.



Pieces coming together for New Hope baseball

Posted 3/12/2014 in High School Sports

Wells Davis and Josh Stillman want to be themselves. If that means being two more pieces to the puzzle for the New Hope High School baseball team, that's fine with them.



Brown's gem lifts MSU baseball past Southern Illinois

Posted 3/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Brown was in such a zone Tuesday night he forgot how many outs there were in the sixth inning. With a no-hitter, Brown thought he had recorded the final out of the frame and started to walk off the mound. When he realized the ground ball out was the second of the inning, he knew karma would come back to bite him.



MSU men will tie record or extend season

Posted 3/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- All four coaches in the first round of Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball tournament are trying to manufacture momentum.



Lady Trojans fall a little short

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The little things. Anyone who has watched the New Hope High School girls basketball team this season knows coach Laura Lee Holman has preached about the importance of the details that define victories. On most nights, the Lady Trojans paid attention to the finer points and boxed out, rotated on defense, hit free throws, executed on offense, and hummed like a finely tuned machine. On nights when things didn't go so smoothly, New Hope relied on its pressure defense to create offense that helped it snap it out of its funk.



Defense does job for South Jones

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- South Jones High School girls basketball coach Sherri Cooley made some mental notes when her team played New Hope nine months ago in a summer league game.



Ray looks to newcomers to improve depth

Posted 3/11/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray chose Monday to talk more about players no one has seen play in a game. With only seven Southeastern Conference victories in two seasons, Ray hopes transfers and incoming freshmen will help reverse the fortunes of a program that finished the regular season 13-18 and 3-15 in the Southeastern Conference. In his first two years at MSU, Ray has had to make do with seven and eight scholarship players. He said the lack of depth has changed his way of coaching and has impacted the program.



Pickens Academy's Noland, Shirley complement each other

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Caudle couldn't have asked for a better battery than Kacy Noland and Lizzie Shirley. The Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball pitcher and catcher even came with their own nicknames -- the "silent killer" and the "singing sophomore" -- to help Caudle make a smooth transition in his first year as the school's coach.



Epiphany helps Holman return to New Hope

Posted 3/10/2014 in High School Sports

Taylor Baudoin couldn't help but smile. Asked if New Hope High School girls basketball coach Laura Lee Holman was prone to harp on the "little things" in practice, Baudoin smiled and looked to teammate D.J. Sanders. She and Sanders could afford to laugh about Holman's tendency to go over and over things in practice until the Lady Trojans get them right. On this night, a 46-38 victory against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope listened to Holman in the second half and put those details into action.



Thomas' development gives MSU positive for future

Posted 3/10/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Player development has been the one thing that has given the Mississippi State men's basketball program hope the past two seasons. Look no further than sophomore guard Fred Thomas.



MSU baseball rebounds to beat Arizona

Posted 3/10/2014 in College Sports

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dominating performance by Jonathan Holder was the storyline Sunday as the No. 12 Mississippi State baseball team defeated Arizona 6-4 at the Hi Corbett Classic.



MSU softball loses finale to No. 8 Kentucky

Posted 3/10/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior first baseman Logan Foulks had preconceived notions about the newcomers on this year's softball team.



Close games have helped New Hope girls find focus

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

Coaches can tell when their teams need a jolt.



Pickle takes over as New Hope football coach

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle always believed he was going to be a head coach. The way Pickle sees it, every good football coach has a desire to be a head coach. After getting a chance to experience his first taste as life as a head coach, Pickle will get a second chance to do it a little closer to home.



Shaw has too much for West Lowndes

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Shaw High School boys basketball had too much of everything for West Lowndes on Saturday morning. Whether it was on the offensive boards, on the 3-point arc, in the passing lanes, or out in transition, Shaw asserted control early and never let off the gas en route to a 64-31 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A state semifinal game at Mississippi Coliseum.



MSU men hit unlucky 13 for second year in a row

Posted 3/8/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's deja vu in year two. The Mississippi State men's basketball secured a second-consecutive 13-game losing streak Saturday with a 74-62 loss to South Carolina in the regular-season finale before a crowd of 6,105 at Humphrey Coliseum.



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