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Starkville boys, Mattox win meet at MSU

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.



Alabama surges past Tennessee in second half

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.


Diligence pays off: Baker 70-yard touchdown run ignites Columbus win against Horn Lake

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.


Eighth Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 early entry deadline approaching

Posted 10/22/2011 in Local Sports

The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.



Lions clinch homefield in playoffs

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

CUMBERLAND - The Hamilton Lions secured home field advantage in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs in impressive fashion Friday night routing East Webster 52-7 on the road. The Lions improved to 9-1 on the year and remain unblemished in district play at 4-0.



Starkville passing game stings Yazoo City

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

YAZOO CITY -- The difference in past classification was evident Friday night. Starkville High School, a former Class 6A power that moved down one classification, dominated Yazoo City, a school that recently moved up to 5A football, in a 35-0 victory.



Starkville Academy wins title

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team closed its regular-season home schedule in cool fall fashion with a championship Friday night. Ryan Mann rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Starkville Academy pile up 280 rushing yards in an 18-7 victory against East Rankin Academy that helped it secure the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA District 2, Division II championship.



Victory Christian beats Tuscaloosa Christian on final play

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

Quarterback Anthony Sharp knew Victory Christian had time before it began its final drive. Turns out, Sharp was right -- just barely.



Defense answers call for Timberwolves

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- For all the attention Von Smith and the high-scoring West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense gets each week, coach Adam Lowrey knew there'd come a time when the defense would have to carry the team. On Friday, the Timberwolves defense recorded three turnovers and four sacks and held the East Oktibbeha Titans to under 100 yards of offense in a 40-14 win, their fourth straight against their county rival.



Caledonia beats Koscisuko to snap losing streak

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- A five-game losing streak came to an end Friday night when the Caledonia High School football team downed Kosciusko 28-10 on Senior Night.


Coach Miller returns home to beat Noxubee

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.


Lights go out on Tigers

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter felt it coming all night. Spurred on by an attacking defense that brought pressure for the final 24 minutes, Shorter was confident his offense was going to explode.



Roberts, Bates do damage for Wildcats

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Defenses know what's coming. Sometimes, though, the execution is just too good to stop. Anyone who watched the Louisville High School football team beat West Point in the Fall High School Jamboree in August at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium could tell the Wildcats have a special tandem in quarterback Wyatt Roberts and wide receiver C.J. Bates.



Columbus shooting for magic number four

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

The first challenge has been met. The next three figure to be a little tougher for the Columbus High School football team.



Starkville building toward region title

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell took the job as football coach at Starkville High School two years ago because its brand of football used to mean something.



Bulldogs' Banks has record book in sights

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.



Local football players will represent area in senior All-Star game

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented next month for the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. Aberdeen High School's Channing Ward, Caledonia offensive lineman Cole Carter, Columbus running back Damian Baker, Noxubee County wide receiver Terrance Barron, and West Point offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards will play in the annual event that features some of the state's top seniors Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Ala.



Group with local ties to be inducted into EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

When asked to discuss his football playing days at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State Senator Terry Brown might take you in a number of directions. Yet every story the United States Army Veteran tells is a good one. This weekend, Brown will be one of 11 individuals inducted into the EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The new class will be formally inducted tonight at a banquet in Scooba. It also will be introduced in pregame ceremonies prior to No. 3 EMCC's Homecoming game against Mississippi Delta C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field.



No. 3 EMCC football team out to clinch title

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team moved into its new home two months ago. Now the Lions want to spruce the place up with its first banner.



MSU men's basketball celebrates 100th year

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team officially ushers in the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 7, it will mark the beginning of the program's 100th season.



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