STARKVILLE -- The players come and go, but the constant on defense for the LSU football team is John Chavis. Despite philosophical changes on offense that have led to spread schemes and teams running more plays and scoring more points, LSU's defensive coordinator has relied on the same approach for more than 20 years in the Southeastern Conference.
The next three days will play a part in the future of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Today through Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will play host to Heritage Academy senior Rachel Hollivay, Hattiesburg High School senior Tiaria Griffin, and two other players. Hollivay and Griffin are ranked No. 12 and No. 93, respectively, in the Class of 2012 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Report. ESPN's HoopGurlz has Hollivay ranked No. 8 nationally and Griffin No. 46 at her position, shooting guard.
The Starkville Academy football team passed all of its tests in the first part of the 2011 regular season. At 7 p.m. Friday, the stakes will get much higher when unbeaten Starkville Academy begins Class AAA, District 2 play at Hillcrest Christian in Jackson.
The Oak Hill Academy football team continues to produce the hard work necessary to become winners. Now, the Raiders will try to break into the win column.
The Lamar County High School football team will travel Friday night to Red Bay (Ala.) for a showdown between the last two unbeatens in the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A, Region 8. Each squad enters the contest at 3-0 and 2-0 in region play.
The message is simple: It's time to be consistent. While it's never easy to come off a loss, coach Brad Butler feels the timing is ideal for the Heritage Academy football team to hit its stride. Not only will the Patriots have the motivation to get back on the winning track, he feels the team also will be geared up for the start of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 play at 7 p.m. Friday when it takes on Lee Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coached divided scouting reports of Southeastern Conference teams in the spring and summer. Days before the start of the 2011 season, the offensive report for LSU was in the trash can.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State football fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into Davis Wade Stadium and to use them when No. 25 MSU plays host to No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN).
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Jackson Prep on Tuesday afternoon at the Starkville Sportsplex. With the victory, Prep improved to 9-1-1 and 3-0 in Class AAA, District 3 play, while Starkville Academy fell to 4-3 and 1-2. Coupled with a 5-0 district loss to Presbyterian Christian last month, Starkville Academy needs a strong second-half run to have a chance at winning the district title or earning a playoff berth.
While it may have taken a while to get to the end, the Heritage Academy volleyball team found the wait was worth it. Heritage Academy turned back Columbus High 3-2 in a spirited, back-and-forth two-hour tussle Tuesday night at the Stark Recreation Center on the Mississippi University for Women campus. In its first season of volleyball competition, Heritage Academy completed a season-sweep of Columbus with the 26-24, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11 victory.
The nation's lone junior college football matchup of top 10 teams this week will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Senatobia when fourth-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College plays host to eighth-ranked East Mississippi C.C. at Bobby Franklin Field. WLSM-FM (107.1) will broadcast the game. which is the division opener for both teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- This University of Alabama tailback tandem of Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy isn't nearly as famous as the last one, but so far it's been formidable enough. Richardson has pounded his way to five touchdowns in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's first two games and Lacy has nearly doubled his more well-known backfield mate's yards per carry.
OXFORD -- When the schedule says Vanderbilt, many Southeastern Conference teams breathe a sigh of relief. Not the University of Mississippi. Though the Commodores have struggled to get out of the bottom of the SEC for decades, they've certainly succeeded in being a huge pain for the Rebels in recent years, winning four of their past six in the series.
A Hinds County judge says he will rule soon on a motion by the University of Mississippi to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a former Ole Miss football player to Lafayette County.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning sent out a tweet Sunday night following the Bulldogs first loss. "Film doesn't lie," Koenning tweeted. The "film" Koenning is referring to is the game tape from MSU's 41-34 loss to Auburn on Saturday in which quarterback Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday he expects senior center Quentin Saulsberry to play against No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN), but senior left tackle James Carmon is "day-to-day" with a left knee injury. Mullen said Sunday both players' injuries didn't require surgery but weren't available to practice Sunday night. Saulsberry left the Bulldogs' 41-34 loss to Auburn University on Saturday with what Mullen said was a knee sprain.
MACON -- Leaders set the example, even when they're a little dinged up. Through four games, Cole Newman and Drew Pearson haven't had much time off to heal the assortment of nagging ailments and bumps and bruises they have acquired in a series of nail-biting victories.
MACON -- Not counting the injuries to his team, Tyrone Shorter is feeling a lot better. The longtime assistant now in his second season as head coach of the Noxubee County High School football team can talk a little more confidently about his defense now that he is beginning to see more effort like the stingy Tigers of old.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is looking for a little more focus and consistency as it enters the stretch run of the 2011 season. Despite being sluggish Monday afternoon, the Trojans still had more than enough to beat Starkville 21-2 in a four-inning Class 5A, Region 1 contest at the Starkville High complex.
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