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West Point girls beat New Hope to make district race closer

Posted 1/17/2010 in High School Sports

The district race in one half of Class 5A, Region 2, District 1 got a little closer Friday night. Junior Kelsei Ewings scored a game-high 27 points to lead a three-pronged attack that helped the West Point High School girls basketball team beat New Hope 66-58 in Columbus. In the boys game, Johnathan Brandon had a game-high 21 points to lead New Hope to a 53-45 victory.

 

 

New Hope baseball players sign scholarships

Posted 1/17/2010 in High School Sports

A talented class of senior baseball players at New Hope High School made its first mark on the college game Friday afternoon. East Mississippi Community College’s Tony Montgomery and Wallace State College’s Randy Putnam hope to be the beneficiaries. Montgomery signed infielder Philip Tice and pitcher/catcher Jake Upton to scholarships, while Putnam added pitcher/outfielder Jake Smith to the fold for the 2010-11 season.

 

 

Pichardo helps Starkville soccer team atone for loss

Posted 1/17/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School’s Alvaro Pichardo couldn’t wait to get back onto the soccer field after losing to Tupelo High last week. Starkville’s 3-1 loss to the Golden Wave in a Class 6A, Division 2 match left a bad taste in Pichardo’s mouth. On Friday night, Pichardo took out his frustration on Columbus High School’s boys soccer team. Pichardo scored the first and the last goal for the Yellow Jackets and had three total in a 7-1 victory.

 

 

Aberdeen teams advance to finals of own tournament

Posted 1/15/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — The Aberdeen High School Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs and West Point Lady Green Wave and Okolona Chieftains posted first-round wins Thursday to advance to Saturday’s championship games of the Aberdeen Invitational Tournament. Aberdeen’s boys slipped past West Point 57-53 in the closest contest of the opening round, while the Lady Bulldogs beat West Lowndes 71-48 to assure the host teams a spot in the championship games. The West Point girls grabbed a spot opposite Aberdeen in the finals by beating Okolona 72-38, and Okolona’s boys will face the Bulldogs in the boys’ final by virtue of an 80-57 win against West Lowndes.

 

 

Varnado impacts Mississippi State's win

Posted 1/15/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The best. The mere inclusion of definites in a statement about any player’s abilities speaks volumes. In his fourth year at Mississippi State, Jarvis Varnado has impacted college basketball games like nearly no other. On Thursday night, the senior center added a new weapon to his already impressive array of talents.

 

 

MSU women pull away to beat Arkansas

Posted 1/15/2010 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State women’s basketball team began the second half on a 23-10 run Thursday to pull away and beat Arkansas 78-60 at Bud Walton Arena. Mississippi State (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) won for just the third time at Bud Walton Arena, but for the second time in three years. It is the fourth time in school history for the Lady Bulldogs to start 3-1 in SEC play.

 

 

Tate set to make his debut at MSU

Posted 1/15/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It’s time for former Starkville High School sprinter Tavaris Tate to make his track debut at Mississippi State. When the Bulldogs begin the indoor season at the Kentucky Invitational this weekend, the collegiate wait will be over for Tate. Tate expects to participate in the 400 meters when he takes the track Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

 

 

Calapari declares SEC on the way back

Posted 1/15/2010 in College Sports

The positive effect the University of Tennessee’s upset of top-ranked Kansas on Sunday had on the Southeastern Conference was obvious. As University of Kentucky coach John Calipari observed the events of the first SEC weekend unfold, he has no doubt the league is on the way back. Calipari spent his entire opening statement Monday on the SEC teleconference praising the Volunteers for their 76-68 victory against Kansas and spoke about the impact it has had in the conference.

 

 

MSU's Bost will face challenge vs. Arkansas

Posted 1/14/2010 in College Sports

A point guard can be a valuable piece to the puzzle for any basketball team. But when the starter isn’t there or not performing well, it can be disruptive on both ends of the court.

 

 

MSU women travel to Arkansas

Posted 1/14/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — One time was enough for Sharon Fanning-Otis. The veteran Mississippi State women’s basketball coach has been a part of enough blowouts to know not to make too much of one game. But Fanning-Otis couldn’t help but be curious, so she decided to watch a replay of the Lady Bulldogs’ 75-48 loss to No. 4 Tennessee.

 

 

Mullen looking for defensive coaches

Posted 1/14/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — It has been four weeks since Carl Torbush left as Mississippi State defensive coordinator to take the same position on Turner Gill’s staff at Kansas University and coach Dan Mullen of the Bulldogs has been busy looking a replacement.

 

 

Lamar County, Sulligent will meet again

Posted 1/14/2010 in High School Sports

The Lamar County and Sulligent high school boys basketball teams are getting quite familiar with one another this season. The teams have already played twice and they meet again Friday in Vernon, Ala. The teams played at Sulligent on Saturday.

 

 

Richardson in right place at right time for Columbus

Posted 1/13/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston wasn’t surprised to see a senior pull down the game-securing rebound. When Jessica Richardson came down with the rebound as the final buzzer sounded to give the Lady Falcons a 72-71 victory against Starkville High School, Hairston was happy to see the turn of events. Hairston has come to expect Richardson to be in the right place at the right time.

 

 

Grimes still out for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 1/13/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The news didn’t get any better for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said Tuesday that senior guard/forward Tysheka Grimes will be out a couple of more weeks as she tries to get over a foot injury. Grimes has missed the Lady Bulldogs’ past three games. She is third on the team in scoring (11.5 points per game) and leads the team in rebounding (7-0).

 

 

Kennedy trying to find balance in Ole Miss' backcourt

Posted 1/13/2010 in College Sports

It’s a good problem to have for Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy. Or is it? There are so many guards available for Kennedy this season that he’s had a hard time singling out three to four he can put on the court at one time. After Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice and Trevor Gaskins went down with knee injuries last season, it left Kennedy scrambling to find a productive guard to help emerging freshman Terrico White.

 

 

Defense key to Alabama's style of play

Posted 1/13/2010 in College Sports

Coach Anthony Grant knows defense is a key to the style of basketball he wants to play at Alabama. That’s how the Crimson Tide opened the Southeastern Conference schedule with a 66-49 victory against LSU this past Saturday. With Alabama struggling to shoot the basketball, Grant said “our defense carried us.” The Crimson Tide shot only 45 percent (27 of 60) from the field, including 21 percent (3 of 14) from 3-point range.

 

 

Ware leads way for EMCC men's basketball team

Posted 1/13/2010 in College Sports

CoCo Ware has high aspirations for the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team. The EMCC sophomore believes the Lions have the potential to have a season to remember. “If we keep playing the way we’re playing we will win the state and we will win the region and advance to the national tournament and compete for the national championship,” Ware said.

 

 

Richarson in right place at right time for Columbus

Posted 1/13/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston wasn’t surprised to see a senior pull down the game-securing rebound. When Jessica Richardson came down with the rebound as the final buzzer sounded to give the Lady Falcons a 72-71 victory against Starkville High School, Hairston was happy to see the turn of events. Hairston has come to expect Richardson to be in the right place at the right time.

 

 

Columbus, New Hope soccer coaches like what they see

Posted 1/13/2010 in High School Sports

Tuesday night was an appetizer, albeit one served on a cold, crunchy surface. Despite the conditions, the New Hope and Columbus high school girls and boys soccer coaches were pleased with what they saw from their teams in one of the final non-district matches of the season. Morgan Hardin scored two goals to lead the New Hope girls to a 4-2 victory, while the Columbus boys used two first-half goals to edge New Hope 2-1 in the nightcap.

 

 

Heritage Academy basketball team wins sixth straight

Posted 1/13/2010 in High School Sports

ACKERMAN –– Justin Frye poured in a team-leading 29 points Tuesday night to lead the Heritage Academy boys basketball team past Ackerman High School 90-72. It was the sixth win in a row for Heritage Academy (14-4). Tyler White scored 21 points and Will West scored 20 for Heritage Academy, which plays Friday at Pillow Academy.

 

 

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