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Smith leaves MSU to become coach at Auburn

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Melvin Smith spent Christmas packing up his belongings and moving to another Southeastern Conference school. Smith, the Mississippi State University football team's cornerbacks coach from 2006-12, accepted the same position at Auburn University under new coach Gus Malzahn.



Ole Miss beats Hawaii to finish fifth in tournament

Posted 12/26/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- It took the University of Mississippi men's basketball team most of the game to put things together, but when it did, it took over the game quickly. Murphy Holloway scored 18 points and Mississippi pulled away from a tie game in the final minutes to defeat the University of Hawaii 81-66 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday.



Ole Miss men beat San Francisco

Posted 12/24/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- Two days before Christmas, there were no presents to be found for Andy Kennedy's University of Mississippi men's basketball team. Instead, Ole Miss (9-2) took to a consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday and came away with a hard-fought 85-78 victory against the University of San Francisco that was anything but gift-wrapped.


Proffitt fitting in with Starkville Academy girls

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

Glenn Schmidt recognized the possibilities. But the veteran Starkville Academy girls basketball coach wanted to talk to rising seniors Tiffany Huddleston and Anna Lea Little to find out what they thought the addition of Maggie Proffitt could mean to the team.

Gartman helps revive tradition at Pickens Academy

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Tradition. When Pickens Academy asked John Gartman to take over as the school's head football coach, Gartman listed tradition as the No. 1 factor in saying yes.

Brown, Steele power Tornadoes

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School junior running back Jermarcus Brown calls his team "one big family." Senior lineman Terrien Steele claims the squad has success because it stays together through the good and the bad times.


Local teams will convene at The Hump for Outlaw tournament

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once the decorations are tucked away and Santa Claus bids farewell, basketball will return to the forefront at Mississippi State University's Humphrey Coliseum. A full week of basketball will tip off Wednesday with the second Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament, hosted by Starkville High School. The three-day event will feature three games a day through Friday.


Columbus loses finales at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team was overwhelmed from the jump Saturday night at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational at Columbus High. Wenonah (Ala.) began the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back in a 78-53 victory.

Starkville Academy wins twice at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

If the Starkville Academy girls basketball team can handle the rest of the season like the past three days, the rest of the state is in for quite a show. Starkville Academy weathered the injury to a key bench player Thursday and then learned the father of one of its players died. It kept its composure Friday in a victory and delivered another dominating display Saturday to cap its run.


Starkville boys lose to Noxubee County, Holt (Ala.)

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Noxubee County High School boys basketball team will get a lot of strong offensive nights from Jamarri Johnson. Now, coach T.J. Billups is making sure Johnson's supporting cast is just as capable.



Columbus splits on day one at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith really likes when his team finds its defensive identity. The Falcons found just that in the fourth quarter Friday of a nip-and-tuck battle at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational.



Ware has career day in MSU victory

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Gavin Ware has the unique opportunity to play college basketball at his hometown university. However, the former Starkville High School All-State performer decided to have his coming-out party two hours down the road.



Ole Miss falls to Indiana State in OT

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- In a game of ups and downs, the Indiana State University men's basketball team finished on a strong note.



Mercer upsets Alabama

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jakob Gollon made two free throws with 1 minute, 19 seconds left and the Mercer University men's basketball team overcame a double-digit, first-half deficit to upset the University of Alabama 66-59 on Saturday.


Robinson, Young take advantage of opportunity in MSU victory

Posted 12/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Opportunities don't give a lot of advance warning. If they did, Shamia Robinson and Brittany Young would have removed their warmup clothes and been sitting on the edge of their seats Thursday for the opening tip against Jacksonville State University.

Columbus High gives back to community, prepares for Joe Horne tournament

Posted 12/21/2012 in High School Sports

The giving will begin in earnest today. Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith, his players, and staff already have been hard at work for a year to put the finishing touches on the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational. The two-day annual basketball tournament that features some of the region's top girls and boys teams kicks off at 3 p.m. today with the first of seven games. Eight games will be played Saturday.


EMCC players reach next level

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College lineman Martavius Foster likes to travel.



Bulldogs remain home for winless Jacksonville State

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows his team's margin for error this season is minuscule.



Battle-tested teams highlight field at Horne Classic

Posted 12/20/2012 in High School Sports

Gerald Glass considers himself a teacher first and a coach second.


New Hope soccer teams sweep Caledonia

Posted 12/19/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Going .... going ... goal. JD Earhart knew he had put the shot on frame. But this wasn't an ordinary shot. It was a left-footed chip from a right-footed player who was trying to create a scoring opportunity for his team in the waning minutes.


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