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New Hope girls soccer will try to take next step

Posted 1/31/2014 in High School Sports

Nothing against Oxford, but if the New Hope High School girls soccer team had its choice of opponents, it would love to face Ridgeland in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association North State playoffs.



Atkins excited about Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon / 5K

Posted 1/31/2014 in Local Sports

Brad Atkins has said before he would much rather prefer competing in road races or triathlons than help organize and run them. But Atkins is willing to invest the time to help put together an event if it brings people to the area and creates competitive opportunities for runners and others to develop healthy habits.



Auburn beats Alabama to snap SEC skid

Posted 1/31/2014 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Denson, KT Harrell, and the Auburn men's basketball team don't have to talk about the streak any more. Denson scored a career-high 32 points, Harrell added 23 and Auburn snapped a 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Alabama on Thursday night.



Florida's Donovan likes MSU's progress

Posted 1/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan likes the development of Mississippi State's program. Donovan is 3-0 against MSU second-year coach Rick Ray, but his team struggled for about 25 minutes en route to a 62-51 victory Thursday night. The margin of victory was significantly less than last season, when Florida beat MSU by an average of 30 points in its two meetings.



No. 14 LSU rallies past MSU

Posted 1/31/2014 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Thursday night, falling on the road to No. 14 LSU 65-56 in a Southeastern Conference game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.



No. 7 South Carolina routs Ole Miss

Posted 1/31/2014 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Freshman Alaina Coates doesn't see No. 7 South Carolina's front line as unstoppable, even if few Southeastern Conference opponents have figured out how to handle the Gamecocks underneath the boards.



No. 3 Florida presents major challenge for MSU

Posted 1/29/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The two things Mississippi State never wants to see consistently in a opponent's defense is constant pressure that backs into a zone look.



Walters Column: Outlaw Tournament experiencing growth

Posted 1/29/2014 in College Sports

Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has never been one to make plans last minute.



Bratton, Bulldogs ready to get softball season started

Posted 1/29/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Bratton worked as part of a fast-paced, high-energy college baseball coaching staff a season ago.



Defensive intensity leads Starkville past West Point

Posted 1/28/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Greg Carter wants the third quarter his team played Tuesday night to show them how effective they can be if they're intense on the defensive end.



Heritage Academy, Winston Academy split basketball games

Posted 1/28/2014 in High School Sports

On "Retro 70s" night, the Heritage Academy basketball teams turned back the clock, wearing uniforms from the 1970s and public address music from that time period was played as well.



Bulldogs still looking at options to complete football staff

Posted 1/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Two distinctly different directions could be taken by the Mississippi State football program with its open assistant coaching position.



May brings leadership to point guard position for MSU

Posted 1/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maturity, growth, learning.



SEC: No punishment for MSU's Ray

Posted 1/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --The Southeastern Conference is satisfied with how Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray handled the aftermath of an incident Saturday involving Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson.



Evans' poised leadership helps Starkville build winning streak

Posted 1/28/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Richard Evans feels a lot of familiarity when he looks around the court.



MSU baseball ranked in top 10 of two more polls

Posted 1/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Coming off its ninth NCAA College World Series trip, the Mississippi State baseball program was ranked in the top 10 in Baseball America and Perfect Game's preseason polls, each organization announced Monday.



Miss. House, Senate pass bill on youth concussions

Posted 1/28/2014 in Local Sports

JACKSON -- Ben Williams knows about the hard knocks of football and the pressure athletes put on themselves to compete, even with injuries. For those reasons, he's supporting a proposed Mississippi law that would require public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.



New Hope soccer rallies past Vicksburg

Posted 1/28/2014 in High School Sports

VICKSBURG -- The New Hope High School girls soccer team didn't have to go to overtime this year.



MSU baseball will have several positional battles

Posted 1/27/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team likely won't settle its positional battles until Opening Day. That doesn't seem to both MSU coach John Cohen, who plans to use the first month of the season will determine playing time at shortstop, catcher, right and left field and at pitcher.



Defense provides spark for MSU in win vs. Missouri

Posted 1/27/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter is learning how important she is to the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When she is sitting on the bench next to Vic Schaefer, MSU is without its spark and struggles to create offense from its defense. Things are drastically different when Carter is on the floor.



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