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A rally for the ages

Posted 2/26/2010 in High School Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Russ Wallace believes in miracles. The Pickens County High School boys basketball coach is a believer after watching his team earn an improbable victory on the state’s biggest stage.

 

 

MSU women show energy in victory

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One big hop is all Mary Kathryn Govero needs. When Govero is in rhythm and “feeling it,” she typically steps into her outside shot with a jump that gives her balance and allows her to get maximum lift. Thursday was one of those nights.

 

 

MSU tracksters will be busy this weekend

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University women’s track team will try this weekend to cap a stellar indoor season with a pair of league titles at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.

 

 

Pearl River C.C. beats EMCC in men's MACJC title game

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA — In a classic championship contest between regular-season division champions, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team dropped a 61-58 decision to No. 25 Pearl River C.C. on Thursday in the men’s title game of the EMCC-hosted MACJC State Basketball Tournament at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

 

 

Registration deadline Friday for MSU strength and conditioning clinic

Posted 2/26/2010 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Athletic Strength and Conditioning Department will hold its first clinic March 12 to educate coaches and trainers on technological advancements and new methods of building better athletes.

 

 

Chaney, Dixon hope to impress at NFL Combine

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

Today marks the start of a hopeful rise or fearful plunge in National Football League draft stock for more than 300 former amateur athletes. A pair of former Mississippi State Bulldogs have some work to do if they want to become the program’s first draft picks since 2007.

 

 

Powers' blast in ninth lifts MSU

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Down, but not out. That seems to be a theme for the Mississippi State University baseball team this season. For the third time in four games, MSU overcame a deficit, this time thanks to Luke Adkins and Connor Powers, who hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-5 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday night.

 

 

Bigger lineup gives Bulldogs another option

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Apparently everyone in the Mississippi State University men’s basketball camp is fine with the lineup the Bulldogs use and when they use it. So long as the team is winning. In the past two games, the Bulldogs (19-8, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) have started a “big” lineup with Jarvis Varnado, Kodi Augustus and Romero Osby across the front line.

 

 

Pickens County boys one step away from title

Posted 2/24/2010 in High School Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Deion Curry wasn’t going to let anything keep him from helping the Pickens County High School boys basketball team make it to its first state championship game in 39 years. The junior guard overcame being involved in a collision Tuesday to help Pickens County beat Sand Rock 59-54 in the Class 2A semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Final 48 State Tournament at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

 

 

Victory Christian girls capture ACEAA championship

Posted 2/24/2010 in High School Sports

Sports never follow a plan. If they did, Chris Hamm’s speech Saturday following the title game of the Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I State Tournament would have praised the players for their effort and convinced them that the 2010-11 season was theirs to win a championship.

 

 

Top eight seeds advance at MACJC state basketball tournament

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA — The top eight seeds have advanced to today’s semifinals of the MACJC State Basketball Tournament, as all four No. 1 and 2 women’s seeds prevailed Tuesday in opening-round women’s action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. In Tuesday’s nightcap, which was a rematch of last year’s NJCAA Region 23 championship contest, the No. 3 nationally ranked Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln remained unbeaten (24-0) with a 73-65 victory against East Mississippi Community College.

 

 

Less practice time creates concern as baseball season starts

Posted 2/23/2010 in High School Sports

Brandon Johnson didn’t have a busy Saturday at the Columbus High School baseball jamboree. He’d like to hope the rest of the season will be as uneventful, but he knows better. The start of another baseball season has Johnson concerned he might be right.

 

 

Auburn holds MSU to lowest scoring output of season

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Senioritis came on the wrong day for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. With a chance to solidify its chances to earn a first-round bye to the Southeastern Conference Tournament next month in Duluth, Ga., the Lady Bulldogs played their most uninspired and unfocused game of the season. Alli Smalley and Auburn were only too happy to take advantage.

 

 

New Hope provides special moment

Posted 2/23/2010 in High School Sports

Time doesn’t stop in life or in sports. As soon as one task or game ends, another is ready on the to-do list or a click away via the remote. But sometimes special moments force you to pause for a moment of reflection.

 

 

EMCC men face uncertainties

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

Mark White isn’t sure what he’ll get today. His East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team is still dealing with sickness that affected the Lions on Thursday in a loss to Northeast Mississippi C.C. in the regular-season finale.

 

 

Varnado hopes to set NCAA mark at home vs. Tide

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado doesn’t spend much time thinking about his ascent to the top of the NCAA record books. But Mississippi State men’s basketball fans are keenly aware of the chance Varnado has to make history Wednesday night.

 

 

MSU baseball will try to build on start

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — John Cohen admits his Mississippi State baseball team couldn’t have had a better start to the 2010 season. After sweeping the University of Rhode Island last weekend, the Bulldogs (3-0) will try in today’s home game (4 p.m.) against the University of Alabama at Birmingham to use youth on the mound and to get solid run support like they did against the Rams.

 

 

Heritage Academy baseball sweeps doubleheader

Posted 2/23/2010 in High School Sports

The beauty of having young, inexperienced players is coaches never know what they’re going to get. After falling behind 3-0 in the season opener to Winston Academy, Heritage Academy baseball coach Steve Hancock wasn’t sure how his team would respond.

 

 

Pickens County boys set for semifinal showdown

Posted 2/23/2010 in High School Sports

At the beginning of the season, Pickens County High School boys basketball coach Russ Wallace didn’t envision his team being ranked No. 1 and making it to the Final Four. But that’s the case as Pickens County will play Sand Rock at 8:30 tonight in the Class 2A semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Final 48 State Basketball Tournament at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Ala.

 

 

Pickens Academy girls savor title

Posted 2/23/2010 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. — The trophy fits nicely in the hands of Tate Fuller, Catherine Johnson, and Callie Minor. With one of the nets from the team’s victory Friday against Lakeside Christian draped on the trophy’s basketball, the players’ reflections blurred together as Johnson held the trophy Monday for a picture.

 

 

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