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Mayhew emerged as leader for Aliceville

Posted 12/22/2011 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School senior middle linebacker Terry Mayhew admits he once was "an angry person." Mayhew credits new Aliceville coach Charles Moody with being the influence that helped him channel his emotion and energy and mature into a fine young man.



Russell begins practice with injury

Posted 12/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell is learning how to play with pain in preparation for the 2011 Music City Bowl. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday that Russell has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is expected to play against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in Nashville, Tenn.



Richardson juggles roles for Starkville

Posted 12/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Wheeler Richardson found her voice as a leader of the Starkville High School volleyball team. Richardson also continued her do-everything role for the Lady Yellow Jackets, moving from setting to digging to hitting without missing a beat. But what Richardson did last season was easy compared to the responsibilities she had to juggle this season.



Noxubee County, New Hope split basketball doubleheader

Posted 12/21/2011 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School girls basketball team will carry a lot of momentum into its Christmas holiday break. However, the Lady Trojans won't carry a winning streak with them. Behind a 30-point night from senior guard Tynesha Mickens, Noxubee County erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to earn a 48-44 victory Tuesday night and hand New Hope its first defeat of the season. In the nightcap, New Hope salvaged the split as the boys posted a 64-60 victory.



Former West Lowndes coach excited about new opportunity in Starkville

Posted 12/21/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Former West Lowndes High School basketball coach Herman Peters is excited about his new vocation. Peters assumed his duties as sports program coordinator for the city of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department earlier this month. He is pleased because of the unique opportunity this new job allows to embrace his passion of basketball.



Brewer leaves Ole Miss

Posted 12/21/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Despite an offer to remain at the University of Mississippi, associate head coach Gunter Brewer has decided to leave the school and to try to get a job as coach at another school.



NCAA explains ruling in Zeidaks' case

Posted 12/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Despite strong objections by Mississippi State, the NCAA released the rationale for its suspension of forward Kristers Zeidaks for this season and 11 games next season. NCAA Eligibility Center ruled Nov. 3, Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for participating in a league that saw him play with and against professional players in his home country.



SEC baseball tournament expands to 10 teams

Posted 12/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Every Southeastern Conference baseball coach had the same question earlier this year when the NCAA tournament selection show ended: "Where's LSU?" LSU finished 36-20 (13-17 in the SEC) and 26th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), but didn't receive an invitation in large part for failing to make the conference tournament.



Freeze tackles reviving Ole Miss

Posted 12/20/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze has spent his first weeks as the University of Mississippi's football coach playing catch-up, constantly on the road or on the phone trying to convince prospects to give the Rebels a chance. He said it has been encouraging experience. It also has been a humbling one.



Brown, MSU women earn easy victory

Posted 12/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ashley Brown has earned a reputation as a rebounder. In her second year with the program, the 5-foot-11 transfer from Jefferson College (Mo.) has shown a nose for the ball and a willingness to mix it up in the paint like no other member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When given a chance, Brown also can make an impact in the scoring column.



Hebron Christian's Tapley player of year

Posted 12/20/2011 in High School Sports

It's one thing to be poised when you have an experienced group of teammates behind you. A pitcher can relax a little be more and trust her teammates are going to make the plays behind her and get the team out of sticky situations. It's another thing to maintain a even keel when your team has lost three All-Area players.



Patterson, Proffitt lead Columbus girls

Posted 12/20/2011 in High School Sports

Kiandria Patterson and Maggie Proffitt don't care how the Columbus High School girls basketball team beats you. The Lady Falcons can go outside-inside, or they can attack you inside and then kick the basketball back outside. The strategies may change game to game, but the Columbus High juniors likely will be the ones leading the charge. Patterson and Proffitt showed last weekend at the 15th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic they and the Lady Falcons may have all of the pieces they will need to make a run at a state title.



CHS girls win; CHS boys lose; Starkville boys lose

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

After going without a field goal in the opening minutes Saturday night, the Columbus High School girls basketball team found its rhythm at the free-throw line. Eleven of the Lady Falcons' first 19 points came at the charity stripe before guard Kiandria Patterson took over to lead Columbus to a 64-38 victory against Lawrence County on Saturday on the second day of the 15th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.



Aberdeen uses size to beat New Hope

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- One of the most difficult plays to complete in basketball is a three-point play when a team makes a free throw, misses a free throw, secures the rebounds, and scores on the putback. When the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team completed the rare feat three times in the first half Saturday night, New Hope had to feel it may not be its night.



Spears, New Albany beat Starkville

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

The Starkville High School girls basketball team didn't have an answer for one of the best front-court players in the state of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jazmine Spears scored 24 points to lead New Albany to a 45-42 victory against Starkville on the second day of the Joe Horne Christmas Classic at Columbus High.



New Hope's Holifield slow-pitch player of year

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Softball has been a part of Lauren Holifield's life ever since she can remember. She watched her mother, Connie Sharpe, coach at Caledonia High School and play the sport. She also grew up seeing her sister, Tori Harris, play for New Hope High and imagined the day she would wear the black and gold and help the program build on its tradition.



New Hope's Beard slow-pitch coach of year

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Tabitha Beard has found the perfect phrase: As long as you're doing something you love, it never will get old. She smiles when asked if being coach of the New Hope High School softball program gets old, especially on the heels of the slow-pitch team's fifth consecutive state title in October. The title pushed the program's number of championships to 14.



Southern Miss races past Ole Miss

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.



MSU men rally past Detroit

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.



Grant hopes to become consistent scorer for MSU women

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.



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