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Collins promotes collective approach on defense

Posted 12/31/2013 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was determined to change the compartmentalized nature of the sport in his first year as full-time play caller.

 

 

Wallace makes most of chance in bowl game

Posted 12/31/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is an ancient Irish proverb that says, "The darkest hour is just before the dawn."

 

 

MSU ready for physical battle vs. Conference USA's Rice

Posted 12/30/2013 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State football coaches know not to judge Rice by its conference affiliation. While mid-major and even some Southeastern Conference teams have tried to avoid getting into a battle in the trenches with MSU, Conference USA champion Rice (10-3) will try to win a physical battle when the teams face off at 3 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

 

 

Simon shows leadership skills on both sides of football

Posted 12/30/2013 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- It doesn't matter to Devonte Simon whether he has success on offense or defense. As a go-to player on both sides of the football, the Pickens County High School senior knows the team's record is the most important barometer of his leadership skills.

 

 

Brown pulls all talents together to be top running back

Posted 12/30/2013 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- Jermarcus Brown only needs a few seconds to rattle off the things needed to make a good running back. It's not surprising to hear the Pickens County High School senior mention vision, power, and ability to be coached as the first three items on his list because Brown showcased all of them in a record-breaking season.

 

 

Plott builds family atmosphere at Pickens County

Posted 12/30/2013 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The word "family" often becomes a cliche in the sports world. Coaches and players talk repeatedly about chemistry and how their bonds off the field help performance on the field or on the court.

 

 

The Dispatch's West Alabama All-Area football team

Posted 12/30/2013 in High School Sports

The Dispatch's West Alabama All-Area football team

 

 

MSU men's basketball team gets memorable win vs. Ole Miss

Posted 12/30/2013 in College Sports

The Mississippi State men's basketball team spent the better part of its Southeastern Conference season waiting for something good to happen.

 

 

The Dispatch's top 10 local games of 2013

Posted 12/30/2013 in Local Sports

The Dispatch's top 10 local games of 2013

 

 

Nation's top academic schools having success in football

Posted 12/28/2013 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some of the nation's best academic schools also are making an impact on big-time college football. Of the top 12 Football Bowl Subdivision programs with the lowest acceptance rates, nine of them have qualified for bowl games this year, while four have had double-digit win seasons.

 

 

Numbers reflect progress for MSU women

Posted 12/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The numbers reflect the progress. In five key statistical categories -- scoring, scoring defense, shooting percentage, rebounding margin, and assist-to-turnover ratio -- the Mississippi State women's basketball team is significantly better than it was through 13 games last season.

 

 

EMCC football team's title run top local story of 2013

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Sports

East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt believes a football team's pursuit for perfection is never complete.

 

 

Cunningham pushes Immanuel Christian past East Webster

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Old-school basketball aficionados would appreciate KC Cunningham.

 

 

Wallace, Columbus survive against East Webster

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Rokila Wallace thought she could fit through the sliver of space.

 

 

Top 10 Local Sports Stories for 2013

Posted 12/28/2013 in Local Sports

Top 10 Local Sports Stories for 2013

 

 

New Hope girls roll past Aberdeen

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kennedi Stephens wasn't sure how she would fit in when she transferred from Montgomery (Ala.) to New Hope High School.

 

 

Starkville girls find another way to win

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School girls basketball team's victory Saturday night was important mainly for the way it was achieved.

 

 

Starkville, Aberdeen boys go 3-0 at Slam Dunk

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team had a much more enjoyable experience this season in the Humphrey Coliseum. After going winless a season ago in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament, the Yellow Jackets reversed that trend and won all three games they played in this year's event.

 

 

New Hope finds a way to beat Starkville

Posted 12/28/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- "Find a way." Laura Lee Holman's words served as a reminder this wasn't an ordinary day for the New Hope High School girls basketball team. Not only was leading scorer D.J. Sanders finding it difficult to make a shot, but the Lady Trojans also were battling foul trouble and the pesky tandem of Starkville High's Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery.

 

 

Lausanne begins building chemistry in win vs. New Hope

Posted 12/27/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- One coach hopes to help his team find an ingredient that will propel it to greater heights in 2014. Another coach plans to use his team's three-game stint against Mississippi teams as a bonding exercise that will help his squad come together for the stretch run.

 

 

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