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Community sends off EMCC with support (video)

Posted 12/2/2011 in College Sports

It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."

Lions roar into El Toro Bowl

Posted 12/2/2011 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.

 

Pieces coming together for MSU men

Posted 12/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury likes the 2011-12 Mississippi State men's basketball team. Through all of the ins and out and outs and ins the Bulldogs have experienced in nearly one month of basketball, MSU's 14th-year coach sees a team with depth at key positions, a squad that has plenty of ballhandlers and creators, and a group that can present a host of matchup challenges.

 

 

Undefeated Arizona Western set for EMCC

Posted 12/2/2011 in College Sports

Arizona Western College football coach Tom Minnick had a vision when he took over the program. The fourth-year coach admits that vision has become reality much quick than he anticipated. Arizona Western College (11-0) will try to close the final chapter on a magical season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (11-0) for the NJCAA national championship in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.

 

 

Picayune expects tough challenge in Class 5A title game

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Dodd Lee admits expectations weren't particularly high for the Picayune High School football team prior to the start of the 2011 season. That doesn't mean the veteran coach didn't think the Maroon Tide couldn't put something together. But coaches are a notoriously cautious bunch, and Lee knew replacing 17 starters from the 2010 squad would be something that couldn't be done with a snap of the finger.

 

 

Starkville Academy, Heritage Academy players set for All-Star game

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' All-Star game will have a hint of local flavor. Buoyed by a championship run, Starkville Academy's Ryan Mann and Angus Catchot will join Heritage Academy's Brandon Bell and Blake Sharp in the annual senior showcase game at 4 p.m. today at Mississippi College.

 

 

Johnson helps Fanning-Otis get No. 600

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No. 600 for Sharon Fanning-Otis proved Wednesday to be another step in the right direction for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Led by the attacking nature of senior Diamber Johnson (game-high 22 points), MSU defeated the University of South Alabama 63-47 for its third straight win before a crowd of 688 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Cox, Banks will submit NFL draft papers

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen once again will encourage members of his juniors class to get tested by the NFL. MSU junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and junior cornerback Johnthan Banks will submit paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board to see where their expert scouts estimate they'll get picked.

 

 

EMCC takes final step on road to title

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team learned its postseason destination more than two weeks ago. This morning, players, coaches, and support staff members for No. 2 EMCC flew out of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport on the first leg of a 1,700-mile flight that will move it closer to the biggest game in school history.

 

 

Smith remembers championship tradition at Starkville High

Posted 12/1/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- It's all about the attitude for Milton Smith. Coming from a storied football program like Starkville High School, Milton Smith knows what it takes to win championships. In 1984, Smith was a member of the first Starkville High football team to win a state title. The former Yellow Jacket went on to a football career at Mississippi State before becoming a coach.

 

 

Alabama off to best start in nine seasons

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The No. 12 University of Alabama men's basketball team has learned its lesson. The Crimson Tide (7-0) have ridden smothering defense and a blend of veteran players and impact freshmen to its best start in nine seasons. This time last year, Alabama was a struggling group that would get it together too late to salvage its NCAA tournament hopes.

 

 

Mullen dodges Penn State speculation

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Another offseason is nearly here, and reports of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen leaving Starkville already have started. The Bulldogs' third-year coach deflected questions Tuesday about speculation he is a serious candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State University.

 

 

Fanning-Otis one win away from milestone

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Discipline. Structure. Fundamentals. Jemmye Ann Helms remembers those elements being cornerstones Sharon Fanning-Otis established in 1995 at Mississippi State when she took over as the school's new women's basketball coach.

 

 

Mitchell has waited long time to get back to title stage

Posted 11/30/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Nineteen years can pass in the blink of an eye. But time slowed for a moment Monday to allow 12 head coaches to reflect on a season's work.

 

 

Columbus earns two wins vs. West Oktibbeha

Posted 11/30/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team led for less than two minutes of its game Tuesday night against West Oktibbeha. The Falcons made sure to lead when it counted the most. A steal and fast-break layup by C.J. Scott helped Columbus rally past West Oktibbeha 53-51 in double overtime at Morgan Gym. In the first game, the Columbus High girls rolled to a 77-34 victory.

 

 

Starkville sweeps Louisville

Posted 11/30/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team used a ton of offense Tuesday night to beat Louisville 94-49. In the first game, the Starkville High girls used defense as their weapon in a 62-46 victory. Jacolby Mobley lead the Jackets with 26 points, while Mississippi State commitment Gavin Ware had 23 for the state's top team. Starkville High coach Greg Carter was pleased with how his team worked to get high-percentage shots.

 

 

Offensive line play has fueled EMCC run to title

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Skill positions are crucial in a high-octane offense. But there's plenty of credit to go around when a team scores 41 or more points in its last nine games on the way to an undefeated 11-0 mark and a shot at a national championship.

 

 

USM's Davis wins Conerly Trophy

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Once a walk-on, Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis has been recognized as the state of Mississippi's top college football player.

 

Fans give their thoughts on the intense rivalry between MSU and Ole Miss

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.

 

MSU three times Gold

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Golden Egg Trophy will stay in Starkville. The Mississippi State football team won the annual in-state rivalry for the third straight year for the first time since World War II with a 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.

 

 

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