STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's track and field programs are in trusted hands after the university announced Monday the promotions of veteran coach Al Schmidt and longtime assistant and alumnus Steve Dudley. After 22 seasons leading MSU's track teams, Schmidt will now work as director of track and field. He will oversee day-to-day operations at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track and continue to recruit.
CLEVELAND -- Swim Columbus' Corey Persons, Aaron Meek, and Ladd Chain and Shockwave's Hannah Wilson, Robert Fisher, Matt Williams, and Rachel Dees posted first-place finishes Sunday on the final day of the Long Course State Championships at Delta State University. Persons won the 13- to 14-year-old boys 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1 minute, 5.88 seconds. He also finished fifth in the 50 free (28.22). Meek won the 11-12 boys 50 back with a time of 36.08, while Chain won the 11-12 boys 50 freestyle (28.02) and the 11-12 boys 100 butterfly (1:12.05).
Hours of summer workouts, 7-on-7 games and time spent at college camps culminate today with the start of practice for area high school football teams. For the coverage area's two largest high schools, Columbus and Starkville, today's two-a-days mark the start of new coaching regimes. Jamie Mitchell had the spring to acclimate to his players at Starkville, while his Class 6A counterpart, Tony Stanford, made the transition of Bubba Davis' sudden retirement easier by being promoted from defensive coordinator to the top job on July 2.
HAMILTON -- Leaders do it all. Dylan Earnest and Katie Beth Dahlem epitomized that concept this season for the Hamilton High School baseball and fast-pitch softball teams.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Expectations did their best to crush the University of Mississippi football team's season in 2009. Imagine coach Houston Nutt's horror last year when he was asked if his team could have a successful season if it didn't go to Atlanta, the site of the Southeastern Conference Championship game.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Chris Relf doesn't say much, and he's fine with it. Admittedly laid back and mellow, the Mississippi State quarterback is a beast when he tucks the ball to run. But even as he's dragging defensive backs for extra yards, there's never a sense he is overzealous or gets caught up in the moment. Quiet confidence exudes as Relf enters his junior season looking to cement his place as MSU's No. 1 quarterback.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Confidence. It's a trait Dan Mullen knew would come with success when he entered his first season as Mississippi State football coach. On Wednesday at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Mullen and the three Bulldogs who accompanied him to the annual event couldn't stop using the term, especially when describing the difference between last season and now.
HOOVER, Ala. -- It's all about the swagger for Nick Saban and Dan Mullen. The methods used at the University of Alabama and at Mississippi State to instill that mind-set are as different as the coaches who lead the young men.
There's always something at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. Whether it's the aura of Tim Tebow -- and the awkward question about his virginity -- or former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer getting served a subpoena in a libel suit, the event is an extravaganza of like no other.
Let the hype begin. The recruiting season is nice, as are spring games. But college football officially gears up Wednesday when the Southeastern Conference holds its annual football media days.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's men's basketball team had nearly enough injured players to field a talented infirmary squad. With guards Twany Beckham and Shaun Smith and forward Elgin Bailey shelved for the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs lacked depth and were forced to use their starters more minutes.
Brent Hallmark has been a mainstay on the mound for the Cotton States Baseball League - North Division's Tippah County Tribe all season. But today's starting assignment will be a little more special for Hallmark.
STARKVILLE -- Jack Bryan's quest to become an Eagle Scout and to help the tennis community is finally complete. Thirteen months ago, the longtime scout and tennis player envisioned replicating an existing pavilion at Starkville High School's tennis courts as his Eagle Scout project.
STARKVILLE -- There's plenty to gain from running effective sports camps, though most of the evidence goes unnoticed. College coaches can gain a verbal commitment from a student-athlete who attends one of their camps or receive positive feedback from campers, parents, and coaches.
Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams didn't have to look at game film of all of the candidates to know three of the linebackers he wanted to play for the North in the 14th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week game. Adams, the linebackers coach for the North, selected three linebackers he knows quite well -- Lance Bobbitt and Jimmy Lann of Lamar County and Sulligent High's Ahmad Walker -- to play in the game, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.
Ernest Robinson knows the importance of teamwork. As store manager at the Walmart in Columbus, Robinson realizes communication and coordination are two keys to helping any business or organization run smoothly.
The Cotton States Baseball League is coming to Lowndes County. The CSBL North Division, which is in its second year, will continue its effort to increase its fanbase when it will feature the Tippah County Tribe against the Golden Triangle Jets in a nine-inning game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at New Hope High School's Trojan Field.
Deion Curry has no intentions of letting an injury keep him from showcasing his skills as an all-star. The Pickens County High School senior intends to take part in the 14th-annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week in Huntsville, Ala., this week despite recovering from a knee injury. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Curry was selected to play for the South in the boys basketball game, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at Spragins Hall on the campus of the Univerity of Alabama at Huntsville.
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