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Central Academy tries to keep streak going

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

There is sweet and then there is sweet. Central Academy football coach Ronnie Sciple knows any win against archrival Kemper Academy is a good one. But coming off two big losses to Kemper Academy last season, including one in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Eight-Man title game, Sciple and the Vikings were looking for any piece of satisfaction they could get to keep their season rolling.



Day could get first start vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dillon Day was figuratively thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim.



Banks ready for interception opportunities

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks feels the Mississippi State football team's first three games have helped him prepare for his next assignment against the high octane passing game of Louisiana Tech (6 p.m., Saturday, ESPNU).



Wyman making impact for MSU

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Warm weather is a recruiting tool for indoor sports, too. Lainey Wyman sat down with her parents one evening to map out what was important in her college choice. In the living room of their suburban Chicago home, Matt and Kathy Wyman realized that map needed to include the southern United States.



Pickens County will put unbeaten streak on line vs. Aliceville

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

The Pickens County High School football team will put its unbeaten record on the line Friday night when it plays host to Aliceville at G.S. Spruill Stadium in Reform.



Columbus focused on stopping streak vs. Tupelo

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

The road to the playoffs will go through Tupelo. That's the sentiment Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford has shared with his players ever since they started preparations for the 2011 season.



Mullen sticks with Relf as starting QB

Posted 9/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - "Chris Relf is our starter." Those five words were all Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needed to dismiss a quarterback controversy. Looking for what he called "a spark" to an offense that had 16 yards in the second half, Mullen pulled Relf and inserted Tyler Russell for the final 10 minutes of MSU's 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU on Thursday night.



Mirando says MSU receivers have to get better

Posted 9/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The message from Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando is consistent: His players have work to do. Entering the fourth week of the season, tailbacks Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins lead the Bulldogs in receptions. "Let's get this straight, everybody needs to continue to work," Mirando said. "We got a lot of work to do, but that's everywhere. If we're satisfied with whatever we've done the first three weeks then we need to get our heads checked."



MSU men's basketball faces challenging schedule; Time changes for Ole Miss

Posted 9/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A school-record seven of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's non-conference games will be televised this season, including three of the first five outings on the ESPN family of networks.



Recruiting classes for Ole Miss, MSU baseball ranked

Posted 9/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The University of Mississippi and the Mississippi State baseball programs had recruiting classes ranked in the top 20 nationally according to the annual survey by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.



No. 4 EMCC happy to be home for ICC

Posted 9/21/2011 in College Sports

When the East Mississippi Community College football team played its first home game Sept. 1 at new Sullivan-Windham Field, the Lions kicked off what many thought would be a good season. Three weeks later, EMCC is home. This time, the compass is pointed toward the prospects of a great season.



East Oktibbeha will try to end streak vs. West Lowndes

Posted 9/21/2011 in High School Sports

The East Oktibbeha County High School football team will try to wipe out several years of misery when it plays host to West Lowndes at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a critical Class 1A, Region 3 showdown.



Petty provides spark for East Oktibbeha

Posted 9/21/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- When East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks felt his team need a lift, he asked senior Kortland Petty to carry the load.



Magnolia State 100 will kick off at Columbus Speedway

Posted 9/21/2011 in Local Sports

The waiting is almost over. In a little more than 24 hours the 22nd Annual Magnolia State 100 will kick off at Columbus Speedway. The event, which will begin Thursday and run through Saturday, will feature the top Super Late Model drivers in the region and in the nation. The competitors will battle for a record purse, including a $20,011 winner's share of more than $70,000 in Super Late Model purse money for the 100-lap affair.



MSU linebackers learning on fly

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The book on how to attack Mississippi State's in the passing game is to target the linebackers. Offensive coaches across America are trying to duplicate what Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn did to rack up 381 total yards in a 41-34 victory on Sept. 10. Three games into his first season as linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator at MSU, Geoff Collins is being reminded what it's like to tutor a young group on how to play against the nation's top offenses.



MSU RB Griffin medically cleared to play vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman tailback Nick Griffin could get see his first action Saturday. MSU coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday afternoon in his weekly press conference that the redshirt freshman has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the team's game at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against Louisiana Tech (1-2).



'Clearly frustrated': Ole Miss vows to do better after loss to Vanderbilt

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi Athletic Director Pete Boone said Monday "everyone who loves Ole Miss is clearly frustrated" about the progress of the football program. Coach Houston Nutt said the blame starts with him.


Schools rushing in to get payout

Posted 9/20/2011 in Local Columns

All hail football. The money associated with the sport that has long been recognized as the engine behind college athletics is out of control and will continue to trigger unimaginable shifts in the NCAA landscape.


Arkansas, Alabama prepared for SEC West battle

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Petrino's sideline theatrics were a good barometer of how he felt Saturday night. The University of Arkansas coach took out his frustration in numerous ways during the first half -- primarily on his headset (thrown to the ground), paper cup (also thrown in disgust) and Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson. And that was with No. 14 Arkansas up 24-0 in an eventual 38-28 win against Troy.



Attitude adjustment at MSU

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After the Mississippi State football team fell inches shy of getting a chance to beat the defending national champions in the second week of the 2011 season, head coach Dan Mullen admitted he received a lot of "hate mail" from fans.



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