First, the good news. The Columbus High School football team has ended the past two seasons within reach of the playoffs. Now, the not-so-good news.
STARKVILLE -- The memories of losing five of six games by a touchdown or less doesn't go away easily. Losing 23 seniors from a breakout season is another thing.
Michael Bradley has been coaching long enough to know the terms. Rebuilding. Reloading. Both words mean essentially the same thing, just with a different slant.
How do you want to be remembered? That's one of the many messages West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is delivering in the offseason. His job title also makes him a de facto psychologist.
The Aberdeen High School football team needs a motto for the 2011 season. The motto will be utilized this summer as the Bulldogs prepare mentally for fall drills, and will continue through the fall.
STARKVILLE -- Disappointment is an obvious way to describe Starkville High School's baseball season. But a closer look from outside observers -- a view players and coaches are trying to accept -- reveals a team on the cusp of a winning record, a playoff spot, and, quite possibly, a successful playoff run.
With defending national champion and No. 2 University of South Carolina kicking off a three-game series at 7:06 tonight at Dudy Noble Field, this weekend would be a good time for things to start going the Bulldogs' way.
STARKVILLE -- Luis Pollorena has been overlooked since he first stepped foot on a baseball diamond.
For all of the things Chris Relf has done right in the past year, one would figure his job would be safe. The Mississippi State quarterback built off a breakout 2010 season and had a solid spring practice. MSU coach Dan Mullen even admitted Relf didn't do anything to hurt his status as No. 1 quarterback.
Two of the biggest areas of concern for University of Mississippi fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt entering spring practice have produced positive results.
Brian Alexander has coached all over the state of Mississippi, so it was easy for the teacher/coach to find his way home. Northeast Mississippi Community College made it official Wednesday when it named the former Columbus High School and former NEMCC student assistant/manager the school's new women's basketball coach.
Sammy Smith knows a great hire when he hears about one. When he learned Tuesday night that Northeast Mississippi Community College planned today to name Brian Alexander its new women's basketball coach, Smith couldn't help but smile.
PEARL -- The University of Mississippi baseball team was in a generous mood Tuesday night. Mississippi State didn't complain. Kendall Graveman pitched four scoreless innings to lead Mississippi State to a 6-1 victory against Ole Miss before an announced crowd of 7,334 in the Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park.
There was a time when Caleb Westmoreland's game would have blown away in conditions like the ones players faced Tuesday at Columbus Country Club. A double bogey on No. 8 and another on No. 9 had the Heritage Academy senior golfer at 5-over and reeling as he searched for ways to regroup on the back nine. Wind gusts of 20-25 mph didn't help settle Westmoreland's mind.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior football player Chad Bumphis' premature diagnosis of his injured ankle turned out to be a sprain, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Losers of eight of its last 11 games, the Mississippi State baseball team could greatly use the momentum from another victory against a state rival in Pearl.
When the Columbus High School baseball team beat Starkville in back-to-back games to open region play, it never thought its playoff hopes would partly hinge on what its rival would do in today's regular-season finales.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis dropped a potentially plan-altering tweet Monday night, saying he'd be having surgery today to repair a broken ankle.
Two days after defending his Class 6A state powerlifting title, Justin Verner moved swiftly through the hallway in the Columbus High School field house, working his way to his locker. "Gotta get to track practice," he said before ducking around a corner.
1. Pickens Academy playing for assistant coach Copland HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Noxubee County beats Columbus; Starkville defeats Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Friday's, Thursday's Mississippi Prep Football Scores HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Roberts shines at QB in first start for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 1 EMCC rolls Southwest to extend winning streak COLLEGE SPORTS