STARKVILLE -- After turning over the basketball a season-high 29 times against the University of Arkansas pressure defense, the reward for Mississippi State University is the run and jump press of the eighth-ranked University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer's blueprint was in full effect.
STARKVILLE - It has become a single destination approach for the Mississippi State University baseball program and head coach John Cohen knows it.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Nick Williams knows what it's like to just miss the NCAA tournament. That's why the fifth-year senior isn't too giddy about the Rebels' current seven-game winning streak, including a 4-0 start in Southeastern Conference play and a national ranking for the first time since 2010.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mike Anderson couldn't help but sit back and enjoy watching his University of Arkansas men's basketball team practice what he's been preaching for a season and a half.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard knows he isn't the biggest player any time he is on the field. But Howard plays with a confidence that ignores the fact that, as he says, he "doesn't have any size on me." That confidence helps him maneuver through the midfield with a fluidity that maximizes every movement and enables him to control the most important part of the field.
Here's the deal: Gary Blair will dip into his bag of 500 or so offensive plays tonight and challenge his opponent to react. Vic Schaefer will counter by trying to devise a defense that will confound, frustrate, and outhustle his opponent.
STARKVILLE -- The expectations for the Mississippi State University baseball team continue to rise.
Tom Velek remembers the letter well. His oldest son, Avery, had decided to get involved in soccer after a few years away from the sport, so the decision was made to sign him up with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That's when the waiting began.
After waiting several seasons for a basketball win over arch-rival Starkville, the Columbus High School boys' team was more than willing to wait four more minutes.
STARKVILLE -- Instead of backing away from its status as defending state champions, the Starkville High boys' soccer team has embraced that role.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University got a interesting verbal commitment that as a right now doesn't fit into a normal projection box for most recruiting analysts.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray has laid the goals out for his club as they approach another Southeastern Conference road trip.
STARKVILLE -- Carolina Berryhill and Hannah Laird made sure the Starkville High School girls soccer danced its way into the second round.
SALTILLO -- Overtime and first-round playoffs games is a mix the New Hope High School girls soccer team can't escape. Fortunately, the Lady Trojans proved again it's a situation they thrive in.
STARKVILLE -- Academy basketball was on display Tuesday night in front of a packed house, as Starkville Academy and East Rankin Academy boys' and girls' teams squared off.
The term "Falcon Soccer" is beginning to carry some weight. Back-to-back playoff appearances will do that for a team's reputation, especially one that won only one game two years ago. In that time, coach Ben Moore and a group of 11 seniors have helped transform the Columbus High School boys soccer program into a team that no longer considers a three- or four-goal loss satisfying.
Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
CALEDONIA -- A one-year absence from the postseason might not sound like a big deal. But for a program like the Caledonia High School girls soccer team, which has been accustomed to winning district titles and advancing the playoffs, even the shortest hiatus can seem like an eternity.
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