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Lee to be speaker at Columbus baseball banquet

Posted 2/7/2010 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School baseball team First-Pitch Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the school’s cafeteria. Former Columbus High, Itawamba Community College, and Mississippi State football standout Tyson Lee will be the guest speaker. “We use it to kick off the season, establish some alumni support, and get them back involved in the program,” Columbus High coach Jeff Cook said. “It’s a good way to come out and see the players we have and, of course, listen to Tyson, who is a fine speaker. It’s a good way to get the season started.”

 

 

Immanuel wins district tournament

Posted 2/7/2010 in High School Sports

WINONA –– Justin James scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday night to lead the Immanuel Christian boys basketball team past Winona Christian 40-37 in the championship game of the MAIS Class A, District 3 championship game. Ross Moore scored 11 points, A.J. Johnston scored six and Wade Lee scored five for Immanuel, which improved to 17-13. Immanuel had to rally to claim the victory. The Rams trailed 11-6 after the first quarter and 24-23 at halftime before outscoring Winona Christian 8-2 in the third period to take a 31-26 lead.

 

 

As hunting season nears end, anglers begin to feel itch

Posted 2/7/2010 in Local Columns

With the hunting season coming to a close, I am seeing more boats on the water lately.  Anglers are beginning to feel the itch to start fishing. If they are slow and methodical with their lures and casts, they will find some good fishing.

 

 

MSU puts emphasis on recruiting in state

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Some folks might differ about the talent in the state of Mississippi, but that suits Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen just fine. Even though rival Ole Miss and MSU virtually split the state’s top 10 recruits, Mullen stepped to the podium Wednesday at the Bryan Athletic Building and repeated what he said at this time last year. “For the second year in a row we’ve recruited 16 high school players from the state of Mississippi, which is more than Southern Miss and the school up north (Ole Miss) combined this year,” Mullen said. “That’s the foundation of our program, recruiting high school players from the state of Mississippi.”

 

 

Next move in Sidney case in MSU's court

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– The next step in the Renardo Sidney case is in Mississippi State’s court. Thursday, Sidney attorney Don Jackson forwarded the AMA’s analysis of the NCAA’s Fact Finding Committee’s conclusion. Though most of the findings resulted in what Jackson estimated to be “less than $1,000,” his concern over his client being pegged with a violation of NCAA Bylaw 10.1-(d) was evident when reached Thursday for comment.

 

 

MSU Lady Bulldogs ease to win against Alabama

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Some nights you just have to try something else. As shooters go, Alexis Rack has the right mind-set. She takes the court with a swagger and hands at ready to launch daggers from any spot on the court. Usually, the Mississippi State senior prefers to fire away from 3-point range, and those attempts often spark the Lady Bulldogs. But nights like Thursday — when even the easiest look at the basket proves frustrating — have come few and far between this season.

 

 

Immanuel teams advance to championship games

Posted 2/5/2010 in High School Sports

WINONA –– The Immanuel Christian girls basketball team made school history Thursday night. The Lady Rams earned a berth in the championship game of the MAIS Class A, District 3 Tournament for the first time by upsetting No. 1-seed Kemper Academy 55-53 in overtime. Immanuel (17-11) outscored Kemper Academy 7-5 in overtime to claim the victory. The Lady Rams will play Hebron Christian in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

 

Karriem doesn't pass on chance at history

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

A chance to make history was too much to pass up for Khiry Karriem. That’s why the Itawamba Community College standout decided Wednesday to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football for Georgia State. The Panthers, under the leadership of former University of Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky coach and ESPN analyst Bill Curry, will kick off their inaugural season later this year. The team will play its home games in the Georgia Dome, the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

 

 

EMCC's Autrey decides to play football at UAB

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

Billy Autrey knew he was going to have to make a decision. Unfortunately, that choice was going to spell the end for one sport and the continuation of another. Autrey’s decision Wednesday to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham signified the realization of a dream. Following a strong freshman season on the offensive line at East Mississippi Community College, the former Columbus High standout will have an opportunity to realize his goal of competing at the Division I level.

 

 

MSU's Dudy Gras taken to new level this year

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– Dudy Gras just keeps getting bigger, and Mississippi State baseball John Cohen is enjoying every minute of it.  The annual parade celebrates the start of MSU’s baseball season, but organizers have taken it to a new level for this year’s edition.  In addition to the annual parade that’s marched through Starkville and to Left Field Lounge at Dudy Noble Field, there will be a first-ever Dudy Gras Ball at the conclusion of “Eight Days of Dudy Gras” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

 

 

MSU track has high hopes with core of All-Americans

Posted 2/5/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — With a core group of All-Americans, the Mississippi State men’s track team is all about exposure these days. After a nationally televised 4x400-meter relay win (3 minutes, 19.44 seconds) at the Millrose Games on Jan. 29, the Bulldogs made a statement for the upcoming Southeastern Conference season. With a potential Top 10 team and six All-Americans, though, MSU coach Al Schmidt is thinking on a grander scale.

 

 

Mullen fills OL needs

Posted 2/4/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — A National Signing Day surge saw the Mississippi State University football team land the state’s top offensive lineman and snag two more from other programs.

 

 

NHHS' Hollivay, Petty, Roberts sign

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

Three student-athletes who are familiar with success in high school will try to reach similar levels in college. Ryan Hollivay, Kelli Petty, and Blake Roberts signed scholarships Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

 

 

CHS' Jackson, Knox going to EMCC

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

When Bubba Davis has established the Columbus High School football program as a winner, he can look back on the 2009 season and thank Chris Jackson and Rickey Knox.

 

 

Carr, Virges lead Green Wave signees

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — Dressed in maroon sweatshirts, West Point High School seniors Michael Carr and Curtis Virges honored their verbal commitments and signed scholarships Wednesday to play football at Mississippi State.

 

 

Sanders, Tigers announce college plans

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

MACON — Vincent Sanders is set to join a fellow Noxubee County High School playmaker in Oxford, while seven of his teammates are headed to junior college power East Mississippi Community College.

 

 

Starkville sends two to ICC

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The Itawamba Community College football program landed two Starkville High Yellow Jackets on National Signing Day, as wideouts Perez Young and Justin Rogers signed to become members of new coach Jon Williams’ first recruiting class.

 

 

Hill, Triplett want to make most of opportunities

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

Brandon Hill is ready to take the next step. If Hill would have had a pair of pads and clearance Wednesday, he would have hit the Mississippi State football practice fields to begin his career as a Bulldogs.

 

 

Aberdeen sends six on to college

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — It would difficult to imagine any coach beaming brighter than Chris Duncan did Wednesday. Duncan’s delight in seeing six of his players sign scholarships to play football in college stems from how far the Aberdeen High School football program has come in a short amount of time.

 

 

SA's Goodwin, Miles will play soccer at ICC

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The connection will continue. Mike Sullivan hopes the bond that Roy Miles and Will Goodwin pays equally valuable dividends for his Itawamba Community College men’s soccer team as it has for the Starkville Academy team.

 

 

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