STARKVILLE ó Rashad Perkins didnít want to take too much credit for Starkville High Schoolís run to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state title, but itís hard to deny his impact. Perkins had 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 blocked shots against Biloxi in the state semifinals before scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the state final against Meridian. For his accomplishments, Perkins is The Commercial Dispatch Prep Player of the Week.
STARKVILLE ó The lengthy saga and NCAA investigation surrounding the eligibility of Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney reached a conclusion Friday after the NCAA decided to suspend him for nine games next season and make him repay $11,800 in ďimpermissible benefitsĒ received before enrolling at MSU. However, MSU officials will appeal the decision.
JACKSON ó Finally. After returning home with state championship disappointment in four other trips with Greg Carter as the coach, the Starkville High School boys basketball teaam rode forward Rashad Perkinsí 25 points and 14 rebounds to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state title Saturday. Starkville won the elusive state championship by beating Meridian 57-51 at Mississippi Coliseum.
DULUTH, Ga. ó†The Mississippi State womenís basketball team took the first punch. The Lady Bulldogs handled the second and third blows, and even dished out a few. But when it came time to weather the barrage of round-house haymakers they knew were going to come in the second half, MSU didnít have an answer.
DULUTH, Ga. ó†Pressure defense can make a game crazy. University of Kentucky womenís basketball coach Matthew Mitchell doesnít mind when things get crazy because that means his Wildcats are playing with energy and forcing mistakes. But sometimes a helter skelter pace can affect the wrong player. In the first 20 minutes Saturday, Mississippi State proved to be even better at forcing turnovers, as Kentucky committed 14 to MSUís 13.
The lengthy saga and NCAA investigation surrounding the eligibility of Mississippi State University freshman Renardo Sidney has come to ruling after the NCAA reached a decision to bench him for nine basketball games next season and make him repay $11,800.
STARKVILLE ó When Jarvis Varnado and Barry Stewart sat together Monday and spoke about Senior Night, they didnít think their already slim chances of making the NCAA tournament would be even slimmer. Following Wednesdayís 89-80 loss at Auburn, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-9, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) enter Senior Night on Saturday looking to pull an upset on their home court against No. 16 Tennessee.†
The time is now for the Mississippi State womenís basketball team. The Lady Bulldogs have had four days to regroup and to reflect on a disappointing loss at LSU. Fortunately, the other results Sunday in the Southeastern Conference worked in MSUís favor and allowed the Lady Bulldogs to earn a No. 3 seed, the highest in program history, and a first-round bye for the SEC Tournament. At 8 tonight, MSU (18-11) will get a chance to live up to that lofty seeding when it takes on sixth-seeded Georgia at The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
CLINTON Ė- For the second straight year, East Mississippi Community College will be represented in the NJCAA Division I Basketball Championship. Last year the EMCC women made it to the national tournament and this year itís the menís turn. The 12th-ranked EMCC Lions punched their ticket to the national tournament Thursday by beating Itawamba Community College 78-64 in the championship game of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.†
STARKVILLE ó Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen didnít know when his team would face its first bout of adversity, though he knew it was coming after a 4-0 start.† This past weekendís three-game sweep at the hands of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions left the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 4-3 heading into this weekendís BankFirst Baseball Challenge at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs topped it off last Sunday with a 6-5 loss in which they had a two-run lead. That followed Saturdayís 8-5 loss when they commit five errors.†
STARKVILLE ó Three months have passed since the Starkville High School boys basketball team rallied to beat the Meridian Wildcats. Whether or not that game at Meridian really matters now is up for debate. Starkville will play Meridian in a rematch Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state championship game and there are some interesting story lines. Among them, the teams have arguably two of the highest-rated players (Starkvilleís Rashad Perkins and Meridianís Rodney Hood) in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE ó Starkville High Schoolís run to the state championship game is head coach Greg Carterís first since 2003 and with as much thatís changed since then he hopes his evolution as a coach translates into a title. Back in 2003, Starkville lost the championship game to Vicksburgl. As exciting as making it to the championship game was for Carter, getting back to the final game seemed possible, if not probable, especially after qualifying for three more state tournaments the next six years.
The teaching will continue all season for Steve Hancock and Marion Bratton. Like all baseball coaches, Hancock and Bratton offer instruction, pointers, and guidance to their players. This season, though, with two of the youngest teams in the area, both coaches will dip deeper into their baseball knowledge. On Thursday night, Hancockís Heritage Academy Patriots showed they are a little more advanced at this point in the season than Brattonís Oak Hill Academy Raiders.
STARKVILLE ó Thereís something about a big stage that can rattle a young player at the moment when he or she needs to be focused most. The Starkville High School boys basketball team has five sophomores that head coach Greg Carter hopes donít get wide-eyed when the Yellow Jackets play Biloxi on Wednesday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A semifinals of the state tournament at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE ó The Mississippi State menís basketball teamís prospects of making the NCAA tournament are looking brighter and brighter. But one misstep at 7 tonight against Auburn University (WCBI) could ruin those good feelings. Once two games off the top in the Southeastern Conferenceís Western Division, the Bulldogs were losing grip on their postseason hopes coming off four straight road losses.
The Mississippi State womenís basketball team made history Tuesday. Seniors Alexis Rack and Armelie Lumanu were named to the first and second All-SEC teams, respectively, while Lumanu was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Lumanu and classmate Chanel Mokango also were named to the All-SEC Defensive Team for the second consecutive season.
Van Chancellor was only half right. The LSU womenís basketball coach was asked in October at Southeastern Conference Media Day his thoughts about how the SEC race would shape up.
Having watched the Starkville High School boys basketball team provide the best prep basketball entertainment Iíve witnessed in my three years as a reporter and editor, I know the magnitude of todayís work and the storylines that have made this yearís team what it is. Two games away from erasing the state championship frustrations, the Yellow Jacketsí best approach to making history is to forget what happened in the past. Nevermind what youíve heard. Itís the only way. Your opponent will do the same.
Brach White has high expectations entering his second season as the baseball coach at Pickens Academy in Carrollton, Ala. White and the Pirates have set a goal to win the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA state championship.
STARKVILLE ó While Mississippi State menís basketball fans wonder whatís up with freshman forward Renardo Sidney, head coach Rick Stansbury isnít worrying about his gem recruit helping the team this season. It makes sense, seeing as the Bulldogs (21-8, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) have clinched the SEC West and are on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament, according to NCAA bracket experts.† Sidney wasnít on the bench for the teamís game against Alabama, but the yet-to-be-reinstated playerís attorney, Don Jackson, said he was sick and did not attend.†
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