STARKVILLE -- The name says it all. Dylan Favre spent his first season as a Mississippi State quarterback tucked behind Chris Relf and Tyler Russell.
STARKVILLE -- For the second straight day, a team's leading pitcher in the Mississippi State-Florida series was chased far earlier than expected.
This time, New Hope High School senior Zac Nagy meant to swing. One day after his bloop single drove in two runs against Saltillo, Nagy helped seal a 17-7 non-district win against Columbus High on Saturday afternoon with his first home run of the season.
CALEDONIA -- Brandon Fikes is far from intimidating on the mound. His stature more closely resembles a pinch runner than a starting pitcher for one of the state's perennial baseball powers. Then he throws his fastball -- far from the fastest, but it gets where it needs to be.
The Mississippi State football team's freshmen are are eager for their first appearance at Davis Wade Stadium this Saturday during the Maroon-White Spring Game.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows his Mississippi State baseball team will face a challenge at 6:30 tonight when it kicks off a three-game weekend series against the University of Florida
STARKVILLE -- It's a good sign when a team has its best performance of the season in the heart of division play. Columbus High School fast-pitch softball coach Rusty Greene left Starkville a happy man after watching the Lady Falcons beat Starkville High 7-0 on Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Through the largest private gift in the history of Mississippi State University athletics, the football team will take a major step forward in its ability to compete in the country's top conference. On Wednesday, MSU announced a $12 million gift from the Seal Family Foundation of Gulfport to help fund a football facility that will house a new weight room, coaches' offices, and treatment rooms. The facility will be adjacent to MSU's practice fields on campus.
Change is a big part of being a professional athlete. The ones who best adapt to new situations and adjust their temperaments to fit new or bigger roles often can carve out long careers. Jarvis Gunter hopes he is on the path to realizing that goal.
STARKVILLE -- With the No. 4 University of Florida baseball team coming to town for Super Bulldog Weekend, it helps to have some momentum. Mississippi State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday in Pearl. The victory helped ease the sting of a lost weekend at Georgia in which MSU was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series for the first time this season.
STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo's college recruitment officially ended Wednesday when the Starkville High striker signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. The decision put to rest any chance he'd sign with any of the schools that had hoped to secure his services.
STARKVILLE -- Garrett Batson had no idea he'd have an opportunity to play college soccer. The 6-foot-3 Starkville High School right back had yet to have a season in which he'd "put it all together."
STARKVILLE -- The tag "athlete" is common for high school football recruits. While there's value in a player who can help in multiple areas -- most play several positions in high school -- sooner or later he's going to have to settle in at one position.
PEARL -- Using Trustmark Park's big dimensions to his advantage, Luis Pollorena threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Mississippi State baseball team rally to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Bruce Allsup didn't see it coming. When it did, seven years at Heritage Academy ended in an instant.
The grandeur of the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational didn't get to Korey Wilson. With more than 40 squads competing in MSU's first prep meet at the refurbished Maddox Track Facility, there were plenty of distractions Saturday, so it was easy for someone to get lost. Wilson discovered he fit right in.
STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's past two spring football scrimmages, the defense ended each day with a decisive advantage against a sometimes sluggish and error-prone offense. On Saturday in Davis-Wade Stadium, the offense responded with its most crisp performance of the spring, driving the ball at will and going three-and-out only once against MSU's first-team defense.
STARKVILLE -- Area high school track teams got a good feel Saturday for how their respective state meets will go after competing in the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational Seven area schools competed in the meet, which featured the top teams from all classifications in Mississippi and powerhouses from surrounding states.
STARKVILLE -- After a string of disappointing division losses, the Starkville High School baseball team earned a much-needed 10-4 win against Calhoun City on Saturday. Nathan Pugh went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to help Starkville (5-8) rally from a 4-3 deficit and snap a two-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets entered Saturday's game having lost five of their last six.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy Athletics Director Glenn Schmidt said finding quality candidates to fill the school's two head coach vacancies has been the easy part of the process. The school hasn't done much searching to replace boys basketball coach Chris Lyle and softball coach Jessica Dickens because many of its leading candidates have come to them.
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