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Stansbury doesn't care how people feel about his handling of Sidney

Posted 2/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury doesn't care if people criticize his handling of Renardo Sidney. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach has endured a turbulent season that has featured two mid-season transfers by players, two players being suspended by the NCAA, and discipline-related suspensions.



Cohen wants to build on solid start

Posted 2/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team led the Southeastern Conference in errors last season. The Bulldogs (4-0) ended the first weekend of this season without a single error.



MSU men have work to do down stretch

Posted 2/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The players on the Mississippi State men's basketball team would like an easier path to the NCAA tournament, but they're used to taking a bumpy road. In each of the past three seasons, the Bulldogs have had 10 losses or more -- often a stumbling block to earn a spot in the NCAA field -- before the start of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



Ole Miss men trying to find consistency

Posted 2/22/2011 in College Sports

Inconsistency has plagued the University of Mississippi's men's basketball team for much of the Southeastern Conference season. Coach Andy Kennedy feels his team has played and prepared with enough focus, but it hasn't translated into results.



Columbus girls capture district crown

Posted 2/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kiandria Patterson heard the doubters. Critics of the Columbus High School girls' basketball team said a team with eight sophomores and one senior couldn't live up to the lofty goal of winning a district championship. After all, the Lady Falcons had never won a district title and have struggled annually to overtake Tupelo and Starkville in Class 6A, Region 2.



MSU pounds Lamar to complete sweep

Posted 2/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team scored 13 runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 17-2 victory against Lamar at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs (4-0) won all games in their season-opening series played before a total weekend crowd of 10,264.



Big second-half run sparks Florida women past MSU

Posted 2/21/2011 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida women's basketball team used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away for a 78-63 victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. MSU (10-16, 2-12 SEC) led 40-37 with 15 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation, but Florida (15-13, 5-9) followed with its run to take control and earn a series sweep.



MSU pitchers have dominating starts

Posted 2/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen couldn't have imagined a better start to the season by his pitching staff. After posting consecutive shutouts in its first two games of the season, the Mississippi State baseball team capped Saturday's doubleheader with a 10-1 win against the University of Akron. Sophomores Chad Girodo and Luis Pollorena (win) combined to pitch seven-plus innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits.



Sidney helps MSU men sweep Ole Miss

Posted 2/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up the season sweep against the University of Mississippi with a 71-58 win Saturday. MSU sophomore forward Renardo Sidney finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double in the past five games. He scored 24 against Ole Miss on Jan. 13.



Mitchell helps Alabama men clinch share of SEC West

Posted 2/19/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore Tony Mitchell had a career-high 27 points, Trevor Releford had 17 points, and JaMychal Green 16 points Saturday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 69-56 victory against the University of Arkansas.



MSU women want results not praise

Posted 2/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero would like to thank all of the Southeastern Conference coaches for their kind words. While the senior guard was pleased Thursday to learn another coach was certain Mississippi State would would win more games this season, the praise felt empty. It meant little to Govero because it came after another loss.



Columbus girls fall to Northwest Rankin

Posted 2/19/2011 in High School Sports

HORN LAKE -- The clapping will echo into the offseason. Columbus High School's Brelana Coleman stood just inside halfcourt and pounded her hands together after teammate KeKe Patterson was fouled. Patterson was about to hit two free throws to cut a 24-point second-quarter deficit in half midway through the third quarter. Surely Columbus couldn't come all the way back and upset Northwest Rankin to earn a berth in the state tournament.



Vicksburg boys defeat Starkville in Class 6A North State final

Posted 2/19/2011 in High School Sports

VICKSBURG -- The Mississippi High School Activities Association defending class 6A and Grand Slam champions are going back to Jackson for more. This time, though, the Starkville High School boys basketball team will go as a runner-up. Jacolby Mobley had 12 points Saturday, but Vicksburg defeated Starkville 69-54 in the Class 6A North State final at Vicksburg High.



Starkville Academy baseball has new swagger

Posted 2/19/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Athleticism can only get a team so far. Attitude and bravado can help compensate for a lack of experience or skill, and the players on the Starkville Academy baseball team said they're as confident as they've ever been.



Homan keen on players improving putting; Greenan looking to overcome injuries

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan was expecting more than his team's 12th-place finish at the Gator Invitational. Already waiting on Brad Mason and Chad Ramey to return to the form they showed in the fall, the Bulldogs finished 59 strokes behind winner University of Florida last weekend. Outside of sophomore John Darden's career-best plus-7 finish, no other Bulldog broke par. At least he knows why his team struggled: chipping and putting.



'Special K' has played big for Columbus High girls

Posted 2/18/2011 in High School Sports

Post play isn't suited for those with weak dispositions. But Kameron Corrothers and Kierra Erby are proving you don't have to be the biggest players on the court to hold your own.



Starkville High's Carlisle likes effort in practice

Posted 2/18/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle isn't sure how good his team will be this season, but he won't have to worry about players giving maximum effort. The Yellow Jackets have six starting positions open, and they must find a replacement for The Dispatch All-Area Large Schools Player of the Year R.J. Johnson, who led the team in ERA, batting average, and home runs.



Parks hopes to be consistent contributor for MSU baseball

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of all the injuries Mississippi State's baseball team endured last season, Jarrod Parks' season-ending back surgery seemed to strike a deep nerve with coach John Cohen.



Defense helps Vanderbilt women rally past MSU

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly all of the avenues were closed for Diamber Johnson. Wherever the Mississippi State junior point guard turned, a defender was waiting for her. In the first half, Vanderbilt's Jence Rhoads, Angela Puleo, Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister, and Elan Brown all took turns shadowing Johnson and doing their best to limit her good looks at the basket. But the Commodores turned to Rhoads at crunch time.



EMCC basketball teams earn sweep

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA - In their final tune-ups prior to next week's MACJC State Tournament, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams closed their regular seasons Thursday by sweeping visiting Coahoma C.C. at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The No. 13 EMCC men earned a 73-63 victory, while the women's team won 55-38.



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