STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School volleyball team made its new home feel like its old home Monday night. Playing for the first time at the Starkville SportsPlex, Starkville put an exclamation point on its 2011 home opener, rolling past Heritage Academy 25-21, 25-12, 25-10 on Monday night. The match was the first for the Heritage Academy volleyball program.
STARKVILLE -- In her first fall practice, Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood always discusses goals for the upcoming season. It isn't a new tradition, but MSU's third-year coach said her players had a different reaction when she informed them of the expectations.
Kasey Stanfield isn't going to let a power surge go to her head. The third baseman also doesn't feel any added pressure to deliver the long ball hitting in the cleanup spot in the batting order.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Scott Marchant looks good in blue. After spending the past nine years wearing the cardinal, black, and white of Pickens County High School, Marchant now patrols the sidelines at Sulligent High wearing royal blue.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe this is the season Columbus High School becomes part of the playoff conversation in Class 6A football. Columbus sent a message quickly to the Class 4A North Half finalists Noxubee County with a 27-12 victory Saturday in the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- As junior defensive end Juan Cedano began to grab the football and rumble 95 yards for a touchdown, every New Hope High School football fan was trying to figure who that was winning the game for their team. After the fumble recovery and touchdown with just 31 seconds left in the contest, the Trojans earned a 7-0 victory in the final game of the Fall High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The template is set, and David Fair doesn't care if it means he has to be everywhere to execute it. On Saturday, Fair showed he and his teammates on the Starkville High School defense are up to the challenge.
STARKVILLE -- The difference in the huddles was noticeable. On one side, a coach told his players they are a "four-quarter team" and encouraged the silent bunch to keep its head up. Down the left sideline, a giddy group of Wildcats couldn't contain themselves as they celebrated.
STARKVILLE -- Josh Williams hasn't taken a lot of snaps with the Aberdeen High School varsity football team. But Williams doesn't need to spend a lot off time under center to know size when he sees -- and feels -- it.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team took to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night for a 105-play scrimmage in front of a crowd of approximately 2,000 fans, including 250 former Ole Miss student-athletes on campus for the M-Club reunion weekend.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team held the first scrimmage of the 2011 camp Saturday afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The scrimmage lasted more than two hours and started with one period of 7-on-7 before the team moved to 11-on-11 drills that included regular game situations, third-down situations, red area, goal line, coming out, and two-minute.
PARIS, France -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team opened its European trip with a double-digit victory, and it concluded it with another one Saturday with a 99-71 victory against the French team Stade De Vanves.
It's finally here, and it just so happens it will be played on an even bigger stage. Six area teams will participate today in the second annual New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
It isn't Tabitha Beard's style to sugar coat things, so she isn't going to start this season. Beard grew up in a New Hope High School softball program that prided itself on winning championships. As coach, she has continued that tradition, leading the Lady Trojans' slow-pitch team to its fourth state title in a row (second in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A), and 13th overall, last season.
STARKVILLE -- The question this season for the Mississippi State football team's coaching staff isn't where it will put players but how many positions those guys will play.
Following an intensive two-day retreat of approximately 50 Division I college leaders, a clear message was sent to athletic programs: If you're not willing to compete in the classroom, your school won't have the opportunity to do the same on the playing field.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team welcomed the cloud cover over the practice fields Thursday in its second practice in full pads.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy is looking left a lot more often they he's used to. In the past, the guarantee Hevesy had was things were solid at left tackle thanks to the player Dan Mullen said last year was "his best football player": Derek Sherrod.
ANTWERPEN, Belgium - Second-half dominance keyed by a staunch defensive effort has been a common theme for the Mississippi State men's basketball team in its European Tour. That was the case Thursday night against perennial Division II power St. Jan, as MSU flexed its muscles in the final 20 minutes en route to a 88-63 victory at the Sporthal Linkeroever.
OXFORD -- Matthew Mott is eager to put the growing pains behind him. A year ago, Mott hadn't met eight of his new players on the University of Mississippi women's soccer team. His transition from assistant coach at the University of Texas to Ole Miss came at a late juncture and forced everyone associated with the program to adjust.
1. MSU will try to re-focus for bowl game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU women continue to have success sharing COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Woodard Jr. maturing into leader for Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Weatherspoon earns SEC honor COLLEGE SPORTS
5. History within Tigers' grasp LOCAL COLUMNS