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Starkville working hard during summer

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The areas Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell thought needed work at the end of spring drills are being corrected in the summer.  Mitchell, embarking on his first season as the coach of the Yellow Jackets, wasn't happy with the play of the secondary in April and May.  A heavy dose of 7-on-7 in June has the Jackets on the right track, according to Mitchell, who admits pass defense was atop his list of areas to sew up heading into the fall. The Jackets gave up a region-worst 324 points last season.

 

 

Columbus teams come out swinging

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

EUPORA __ The Columbus American All-Stars hit the ball Thursday the way coach Kelvin Smith believed they could. The Americans smacked the ball to win their first two games in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament, beating East Central 24-2 and Louisville 25-3. "We're having fun," Smith said. "We're trying to go all the way." The American are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today against the Columbus National All-Stars, who beat Eupora 26-5 on Thursday.

 

 

Columbus teams begin quests for South State title

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

As a pitcher in high school and college, it was Andy Brown's objective to throw pitches the batters couldn't hit. Brown has an entirely different mindset now that he's a coach in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority coach-pitch league. Brown, a 1995 graduate of Columbus High School who pitched at East Mississippi Community College, wants to place his pitches where his players can hit the ball. The 33-year old Brown hopes to be successful doing that when he coaches the Columbus National All-Stars in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament at Eupora.

 

 

Columbus All-Stars count on pitching

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

The Columbus All-Stars will attempt to make their best pitch when they play in the Dizzy Dean 9-year old South State Tournament. Columbus coach Chad Altmyer is counting on pitching when his team plays in the tournament at Winona. "I think we have a very good group that's very competitive," Altmyer said. "I think it will depend on our pitching. As with 9-year olds, consistency is always the key. If we can be consistent on the pitchers' mound, I think we'll have a good shot to do really well." Columbus begins play in the tournament at 2 p.m. today when it goes against Winona.

 

 

Neshoba locks down Center Hill for Dizzy Dean title

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Neshoba Central turned a narrow second-inning lead into lights-out baseball Monday at Sammy Fletcher Field, topping Center Hill 9-4 to clinch the Dizzy Dean World Series championship. The Rockets, who topped Ridgeland and rival New Hope a day earlier, led 5-1 following a Terrance Steele two-RBI single and RBI hits from Robert Greer and Dustin Floyd.

 

 

Columbus High names new football coach

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Columbus High School didn't look far to find its next head football coach.

 

 

Stansbury mum on Turner, Bost's appeal

Posted 6/29/2010 in College Sports

Monday's Southeastern Conference basketball coaches summer teleconference didn't yield much from Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury. Fresh off a weekend where news broke of Phil Turner's release from his scholarship and the differing accounts of the player's intentions for 2010-11, Stansbury shot down attempts to broach the topic once more.

 

 

RJ Johnson signs with Brewers

Posted 6/29/2010 in High School Sports

Starkville High graduate and Dispatch Baseball Large Schools Player of the year R.J. Johnson confirmed he is now a professional player. The 6-foot-4 pitcher said he signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, and SHS head coach Danny Carlisle said Johnson will head to a Brewers minor league affiliate Wednesday in Arizona.

 

 

Neshoba locks down Center Hill for Dizzy Dean title

Posted 6/29/2010 in High School Sports

Neshoba Central turned a narrow second-inning lead into lights-out baseball Monday at Sammy Fletcher Field, topping Center Hill 9-4 to clinch the Dizzy Dean World Series championship. The Rockets, who topped Ridgeland and rival New Hope a day earlier, led 5-1 following a Terrance Steele two-RBI single and RBI hits from Robert Greer and Dustin Floyd.

 

 

West Point comes up run shy of title game

Posted 6/28/2010 in Local Sports

One run was all that prevented West Point from playing in championship game of the Dizzy Dean High School World Series. West Point came up short in its bid to make it to today's championship game at Columbus High School's Sammy Fletcher Field by suffering a 5-4 setback to Center Hill in the semifinals. Center Hill will play for the championship at 6 p.m. today when it meets Neshoba Central.

 

 

MSU releases Turner from scholarship

Posted 6/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Phil Turner isn't sure why he won't be in a Mississippi State basketball uniform next season. Turner, an upcoming senior, confirmed Friday he has been released from his scholarship. He was notified through a letter mailed to his home.  The guard from Grenada is unsure of his plans for the future after being released from his scholarship. He would have entered the 2010-11 season as the team's longest-tenured player, having been a member of the team since 2006-07. 

 

 

New Hope displays resilency

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Sports

The bigger-than-life portraits are gone from behind home plate, but the tradition remains. History -- in the form of signs on the outfield wall -- greets visitors once they enter Trojan Field. Beginning from the left-field corner and stretching around the field to the right-field corner, the yellow signs chart the success and the records of past New Hope teams. Members of the 2011 New Hope High School team hope one day to add to that tradition.

 

 

Columbus battery displays potential

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Sports

The rapport between a pitcher and his catcher is the most important relationship in baseball. The pitcher has to trust his partner behind the plate not only to call the right pitch, but he also has to believe his teammate behind the mask will stop whatever he throws. A catcher's job can be thankless. It requires toiling in the dirt and taking a beating from foul tips and pitches that fall just a little short of their intended mark.

 

 

Caledonia continues to show progress

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Sports

CALEDONIA -- Caledonia and Ridgeland are at different points on the baseball spectrum. The Confederates have struggled to escape district competition the past few years, while the Titans have built their baseball program into one of the best in state. Last month, Ridgeland finished as the runner-up to Long Beach in Class 5A.

 

 

West Point remains in title hunt

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Sports

It may be summer ball, but Buddy Wyers is adamant West Point's progression to today's elite eight of the Dizzy Dean World Series will pay off in the spring.  West Point, which improved to 10-14, will play at 4 p.m. today at Columbus High School's Sam Fletcher Field after topping Columbus 4-2 and Tupelo 19-2 on Friday.  Despite a 12-2 loss to Neshoba Central on Saturday, West Point won its pool on a rain-soaked day that saw the site moved from West Point to Heritage Academy. 

 

 

Youth takes toll on Starkville Academy

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Sports

Starkville Acadedmy's three Dizzy Dean World Series losses this weekend ended its chances of progressing to today's elite eight. The young squad began Saturday's doubleheader with an 11-4 rain-soaked loss to Neshoba Central, which saw the entire West Point site shift to Heritage Academy Saturday due to rain and lightning.  Starkville Academy's final Dizzy Dean game against West Point was not finished before press time. 

 

 

Kendrick takes Caledonia job to scratch itch

Posted 6/26/2010 in High School Sports

Ricky Kendrick didn't have any reason to leave Amory High School. But a head coach will tell you once he has been in charge he often has an "itch" to work in that capacity again. The challenge of transforming the Caledonia High School football program into a winner interested Kendrick enough to scratch. After Kendrick accepted the job earlier this month, the Lowndes County School Board approved the hiring of Kendrick as Caledonia High School's new coach.

 

 

McCluskey becomes head coach at Ripley

Posted 6/26/2010 in High School Sports

The coaching dominoes continue to fall at Columbus High School. Less than two weeks after Bubba Davis retired after two seasons as the school's head football coach, assistant football coach Grady McCluskey has accepted the job as head football coach at Ripley High. The South Tippah School Board approved McCluskey's hiring Thursday.

 

 

Tice signs baseball scholarship with Dyersburg State

Posted 6/26/2010 in College Sports

Philip Tice didn't intend this spring and summer to find another opportunity. But when you love baseball, chances to play the game will find you. As a result, Tice will continue his baseball career in a new state and with a program that has a knack for sending its players to the Division I level.

 

 

Varnado, Williams selected in NBA draft

Posted 6/25/2010 in Local Sports

Four years of patrolling the paint for Mississippi State culminated in a dream come true for Jarvis Varnado on Thursday. The 6-foot-9 shot-blocking specialist realized a dream by being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. The Heat, a playoff team a year ago, took Varnado with the 41st overall pick. The team didn't have a first-round selection.

 

 

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