STARKVILLE -- It would be inaccurate to categorize the Mississippi State University men's basketball team as less than prepared for what turned out to be the season finale Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were properly prepared to fail.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer felt the spark the first time he met Scott Stricklin. Once Schaefer had an opportunity to visit Starkville and tour Mississippi State University's campus and athletic facilities, it didn't take him long to know he could bring the same spark to the school's women's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches have been known for years to borrow or to tweak an aspect of one coaching style or strategy into their way of doing things. Sometimes, though, a coach needs a little more assistance in grasping the importance of a concept and incorporating it into their philosophy. Holly Davis was only too happy to provide that assistance to a friend who looked like he could use some help.
STARKVILLE -- Even though he admits he is a "Starkville transfer," Jamie Mitchell knows the tradition behind Starkville High School football.
Scott Stricklin has more than 11 million reasons to hope Vic Schaefer is the right man.
CALEDONIA -- Physical maturation only partially explains Cara Hopper's improvement in the circle. In eighth grade, Hopper was a "tiny" 85 pounds, but she already had dreams of playing softball in college, so she knew she needed to work hard to get better. Now a junior, Hopper has benefited from working with a pitching coach and her father, Tony, and now has five pitches in her arsenal.
STARKVILLE -- The consistent rule of thumb of teams participating the National Invitational Tournament is the more motivated team typically wins.
The Caledonia High School baseball team took revenge on East Webster on Monday afternoon with a 15-1 victory at Columbus High's Falcon Field.
STARKVILLE -- Phillip Casey wasn't sure what his role would be on the 2012 Mississippi State baseball roster.
Vic Schaefer will become the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the fate of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had been sealed, according to the NCAA tournament selection chairman.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney won't give any hints where he will play basketball next season. Mississippi State University's 6-foot-10 center didn't address the topic Thursday in the team's locker room following a 71-61 loss to the University of Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.
NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team received a huge lift to its pitching staff Saturday afternoon. Junior left-hander Kylie Vry returned to the circle for the first time since a Feb. 26 outing against he University of Michigan. Vry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 2-0 loss to the No. 7 University of Georgia at the MSU Softball Field.
Two Columbus United Soccer Club teams won championships and another placed second at the Frostbite Tournament on Feb. 25-26 in Starkville.
BILOXI -- Ladd Chain finished second individually in the 13- to 14-year-old age group and helped lead Swim Columbus to a seventh-place finish last month at the Mississippi State Short Course Championships.
Crappie USA held a two-day super tournament that featured amateur and semi-pro divisions that competed Friday and Saturday in Columbus. Teams as far away as Arkansas and Kentucky came to the area in hopes of cashing in on cash and prizes.
Anglers, like any sports enthusiasts, like to try new things. In our area, it's a challenge to find businesses that offer a huge selection of lures and fishing equipment.
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