TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --The script is familiar. Jalen Steele returns after being inactive for several games and the Mississippi State University men's basketball loses to a school from the state of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows the Mississippi State women's basketball team has a lot left to do this season. Although it will be a challenge to close the season on a winning streak to get back to .500, Schaefer wants to see his Bulldogs continue to improve so they can establish a better foundation for the 2013-14 season.
The Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team is right on schedule. Now the Lady Eagles will try to complete a perfect season.
STARKVILLE -- One role isn't enough for Tiffany Evans.
STARKVILLE -- Robert Gardner feels his team is ready. Buoyed by the confidence gained from the program's first playoff victory in seven seasons, the Starkville Academy boys soccer team (15-3-2) will take on Jackson Academy at 5 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division I tournament.
MACON -- While most postseason teams wouldn't put much stock in a three-game win streak, the attitude is different at Noxubee County High School. Coach T.J. Billups' boys basketball team is finally streaking, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
JACKSON -- With one of his best friends and his squad's leading scorer on the bench with a ice wrap on his left knee, Brandon Sharp tried to carry the Starkville Academy boys basketball team to another game.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore right-hander Brandon Woodruff opened his season on a strong note Tuesday to lead the No. 5 Mississippi State University baseball team to a 2-0 victory against Grambling State at Dudy Noble Field.
The magic finally ran out Tuesday night for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. Coming off back-to-back one-point victories en route to a region championship, New Hope suffered through a cold-shooting first quarter and couldn't muster enough defensive stops in a 58-48 loss to Yazoo City in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament in Columbus.
During the final quarter of a one-side loss to Starkville High School last month, Noxubee County boys basketball coach T.J. Billups did not leave his seat.
STARKVILLE - Roquez Johnson has become the fifth different player to be suspended or dismissed by Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray since the summer preseason.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball coaching staff has one promise for sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff - he'll get more mound time than last week.
STARKVILLE -- Football coaches can feverishly study the weather to determine whether it is best for their team to be kicking into the wind or with the wind.
On one field, she is the picture of poise -- stoic -- regardless of whether she has just struck out the side or allowed a hit.
Postgame hugs were very brief and to the point for Columbus High senior Kiki Patterson Monday night.
STARKVILLE -- Every time the bullpen door opened at Dudy Noble Field this weekend, a new problem arose for the University of Portland baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- The second half again proved to be the undoing for the Mississippi State University women's basketball team. After a solid first half and an aggressive flurry to start the final 20 minutes, MSU hit only three field goals in a nine-minute stretch en route to a 63-41 loss to LSU before a crowd of 1,405 at Humphrey Coliseum. Danielle Ballard had a game-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals to help LSU (15-10, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) earn its first back-to-back league victories this season. It also marked the first time the Lady Tigers have won back-to-back games on the road.
With less than a week before the start of the regular season, area baseball coaches were anxious for the their respective teams' first crack at competition.
If Vic Schaefer was curious to see how his Mississippi State University women's basketball team handled a little success, he must be itching to find out how his team is going to regroup from one of its most disappointing efforts of the season.
Friday night was an evening of growth, fight, and response for the New Hope High School basketball teams.