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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College lineman Martavius Foster likes to travel.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows his team's margin for error this season is minuscule.
Gerald Glass considers himself a teacher first and a coach second.
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.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School boys basketball coach T.J. Billups gave his squad high marks for end-game execution Tuesday night.
It's difficult to remain in one spot when you're trembling.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Kendra Grant would have gravitated to the 3-point arc and her toes would have pawed for a comfortable spot. A month ago, Darriel Gaynor talked about the player she used to be and how she was focused on regaining her confidence. Two weeks ago, Sherise Williams finally had a new pair of contact lenses and was prepared to find a way to slow down.
STARKVILLE -- Josh Robinson never has a bad day. The Mississippi State University redshirt freshman backup tailback knows a recent injury to teammate Nick Griffin could result in more carries for himself, but he isn't concerned about his workload.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior cornerback Corey Broomfield laid out how his teammates feel about their New Year's Day opponent -- and it's not favorable. Translating Broomfield's comments last week, the Big Ten Conference is full of schools that have short, slow players who can't handle the athleticism of players south of the Mason-Dixon line.
CHICAGO -- Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago men's basketball team beat Mississippi State University 59-51 Saturday night. Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season.
STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams knew something didn't look right. Her mother, Tracey Williams, encouraged her to tell someone at Mississippi State University, but she didn't.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball tea was excited to greet the University of Alabama to its home arena, and quickly hit it with a big welcome it couldn't recover from. The Rams blitzed the Crimson Tide early with a 26-5 run, ruining former coach Anthony Grant's return to the Siegel Center with a 73-54 victory on Saturday.
OXFORD -- It wasn't the offensive performance University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy hoped for Friday night, but it was good enough. Marshall Henderson scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lift the Rebels to a 77-55 victory against scrappy, but short-handed East Tennessee State University. The Rebels put four players in double figures and improved to 7-1.
STARKVILLE -- The dream has been realized. When you play as many softball games as Mary Austin Barber has the past few years, sometimes you can lose the passion that initially drew you to the sport you love.
"Jake, Jake, Jake." The shouts came from all directions and within seconds of each other. The urgency behind the pleas indicated the players needed the ball immediately if they were going to make things happen.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray has done everything to embrace the significance of his team's next game. From leading the charge this summer to scheduling the matchup to this week showing film of the historic 1963 NCAA tournament game against Loyola University of Chicago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball coach won't rest until his team understands why this game holds a place in school history.
STARKVILLE -- One person's misfortune means opportunity for somebody else. That wisdom depicts the quarterback situation for the Mississippi State University football team.
STARKVILLE -- There is no plan to follow for winning a game when you commit 35 turnovers. But Candace Foster and the Mississippi State University women's basketball team showed last week that if you defend on the other end and do what you have to do, you can have success in what would appear to be unwinnable situations.
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