STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen preaches the fundamentals every day in practice at Dudy Noble Field, he anticipates his 2012 team will be able to offer something different, especially in batting practice. One player who will command attention is Hunter Renfroe, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder who attracts attention from fans and teammates every time he steps in the batting cage.
Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.
Sammy Smith and Yvonne Hairston have used the memories of the 2010-11 season as building blocks throughout this season. The Columbus High School boys and girls basketball coaches hope those lessons will be put to use tonight when their teams kick off the second seasons. The top-seeded Columbus girls will play host to fourth-seeded Grenada at 7 p.m., while the second-seeded CHS boys will play host to third-seeded Grenada at 8:30 p.m. in the final two of four games on the opening day of action in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- Don't let the speed fool you, Justin Gordon is a complete soccer player. The Starkville High School sophomore forward/midfielder understands, though, that when you have blazing speed it often leaves an impression with opponents that you are a one-dimensional player.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn University men's basketball coach Tony Barbee insists the absence of University of Alabama standout Tony Mitchell won't have a big impact on tonight's rivalry game.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly a year later, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is in an eerily similar position.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have been concerned about the number of minutes freshman Rodney Hood has been playing at small forward On Saturday in a 91-88 victory against Auburn University, sophomore Shaun Smith showcased an ability to fill a five- to eight-minute role off the bench at that position.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson is re-energized. Now that her mother is back home after suffering a heart attack nearly two weeks ago, the senior guard wants to make the most of the rest of her senior season. The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes it isn't too late.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior point guard Dee Bost finally admitted Saturday he's not enjoying tension-filled home wins. With 3:29 left in a tight Southeastern Conference battle, Bost had just as good a seat as anybody else at Humphrey Coliseum after he fouled out for the first time this season with 15 points and seven assists.
CLINTON -- Justin Gordon had been just out of reach all evening. Whether it was Taylor Wise or Dylan Howard or Kase Kingery, no one could put just the right touch on a service to get the speedy Gordon behind the defense. All the Starkville High School boys soccer team needed was a kiss from Price Day to send it on its way to history.
French Camp native Jason Crowder is in his first season as play-by-play voice of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team on the Bulldog Sports Network. A graduate of French Camp Academy and MSU, Crowder is the sports programming director at WFCA-FM, a 100,000-watt station on the campus of French Camp Academy in Choctaw County.
Starkville High looks for a piece of history today when the Yellow Jackets face off with Pascagoula for the Class 5A high school soccer state championship. Match time is 3:30 p.m. at Clinton High School.
STARKVILLE -- The path that led Nick Schuessler to become the newest signal caller at Mississippi State was anything but direct. The Bulldogs, who through most of the fall had junior Tyler Russell, redshirt freshman Dak Prescott and recently transferred Dylan Favre on the roster, signed one of the best in Georgia Wednesday when they inked the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from state champion Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.
STARKVILLE -- Rodney Hood sat down to watch the tape of Mississippi State's 69-57 loss at Florida this past week in Gainesville and almost couldn't recognize the player wear No. 4 for the Bulldogs. "I watched the replay of the Florida game and I was very disappointed in the way I played," Hood said. "I didn't have a bad game but I could have been more assertive."
STARKVILLE -- While serving as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University, Per Nilsson always followed results in the Southeastern Conference and tracked his alma mater, MSU. While Pepperdine was in the midst of winning 17 straight West Conference titles and the 2006 national championship, Nilsson was saddened that his alma mater had fallen on hard times.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University sophomore Malte Stropp saw MSU assistant men's tennis coach Matt Hill at one of his matches in Germany, he knew Starkville would be a great place to call home.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points each to lead the No. 21 University of Georgia women's basketball team to a 70-60 victory against Mississippi State 70-60 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Already a key player down, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team could only watch the problems mount as the University of Kentucky put on its most ferocious defensive display yet. Courtney Marbra scored seven points to lead Ole Miss, but the Rebels committed the most turnovers in a Southeastern Conference game this year Thursday in an 82-41 loss to No. 6 Kentucky.
CALEDONIA -- Consistency was an elusive ingredient Thursday night. For large stretches of his team's game against New Hope High School, Caledonia High boys basketball coach Josh Scott saw a team that shared the basketball, took good shots, and did a lot of things it takes to win games. Take away the final four minutes of the second quarter and the Confederates might have accomplished that goal.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS