STARKVILLE -- Maybe it was the artificial turf. Maybe it was the rust from a long layoff. Either way, Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett wasn't up for excuses Friday night.
The T-shirt says it all. A year ago, the Columbus High School girls basketball team had its title dreams end in a loss to Horn Lake in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State semifinals.
WEST POINT -- On a cold night in the Golden Triangle, there was no shortage of heat in the West Point High School gymnasium as the school's boys basketball team faced rival New Hope.
OXFORD -- First there was the terrible shooting touch and then a power outage plunged Tad Smith Coliseum into darkness. Ole Miss senior Murphy Holloway could have been frustrated, but instead he just laughed it off. Not much can faze these Rebels, and now they're off to their best start in Southeastern Conference play since the 1936-37 season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee men's basketball team finally gave Jordan McRae some help, and the Volunteers finally earned its first Southeastern Conference victory. Jarnell Stokes scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Saturday as Tennessee defeated Mississippi State University 72-57 to avoid starting 0-4 in SEC competition for the first time since 1993-94.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey scored 14 points and hit the game-winning jumper with nine seconds left as th University of Alabama men's basketball team overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to edge Texas A&M University 50-49 Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University assistant softball coach Alan Reach summed up the cornerstone of the MSU softball program succinctly Friday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama on Saturday celebrated its third Bowl Championship Series National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and white-clad fans.
STARKVILLE --Rick Ray knows what he's going to see Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeNesha Stallworth's night started when she received a specially marked game ball recognizing her recently surpassing 1,000 career points. Stallworth capped it with a performance to remember, scoring a season high 25 points to help the No. 5 University of Kentucky women's basketball team defeat Mississippi State University 100-47 on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
CALEDONIA -- Fear is a wonderful motivator, even for accomplished student-athletes. When you have had as much success as Cara Hopper, you can wonder if anyone is watching and you're doing enough to give yourself a chance to play the sport you love in college. For Hopper, that apprehension gave her the push she needed to work to improve.
Matthew Mitchell knew who to call when he wanted to talk abut defense. Mitchell spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky before becoming the head coach at Morehead State University in 2005. When Mitchell returned to the Southeastern Conference in 2007 to take over at Kentucky, he wanted to find a way to design an aggressive player-to-player pressure defense that was going to maximize the talents of his players. It was natural for him to reach out to Vic Schaefer, who was then associate head coach to Gary Blair at Texas A&M University.
STARKVILLE -- More than two weeks ago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball team suffered an embarrassing loss to Alabama A&M University, or how one member of the Bulldogs' staff put it, "Alabama with some stuff behind it." It took days for the players and everybody associated with the program to get over the Dec. 30 home loss. Sixteen days later, MSU experienced that same emotional feeling.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray had the sinking feeling every coach experiences when his team doesn't practice well. Given that feeling, Ray could have predicted the Mississippi State University men's basketball team was going to come up short Wednesday night.
Ricky Kendrick always has considered teaching and coaching to be his callings. His work in the past three seasons helped put the Caledonia High School football program on solid ground, and positioned it to make strides to become more competitive in district play. Unfortunately, another coach will have to help the Confederates take that next step.
Landon Boyd doesn't look like a 180-pounder. A year ago, the New Hope High School standout wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face and tell people that's how much he weighed. Even his brother, Lee, would have laughed at him if he tried to say that. In fact, Lee Boyd probably would challenge his brother's latest weighty claim.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe the Mississippi State University men's basketball team's luck with injuries is starting to turn the other way. With MSU confident freshman guard Craig Sword will be able to play at 8 tonight (CSS) against the University of Alabama at Humphrey Coliseum, the Crimson Tide may not be as fortunate.
A new look on defense is helping the Heritage Academy girls basketball team write the next chapter. Stifling man-to-man defense was the key Tuesday night in the Lady Patriots' 53-23 victory against Immanuel Christian. Heritage Academy dominated Immanuel Christian with a player-to-player defense, which is a new way of doing things from a traditional 2-3 zone.
Drew McBrayer didn't care what the final tally on the scoreboard said Tuesday night. The New Hope High School boys basketball coach was angry and had just one message for his team following a 71-65 victory against defending Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A state champion Pickens County High.
Lauren Holifield has entertained thoughts of playing softball in college ever since she started playing the sport. Holifield isn't sure why, but something clicked with softball at an early age. As she got older, Holifield never considered staying late to practice her skills or going to Lady Trojan Field on a Friday night as a chore.
1. Cohen: Construction on schedule at Dudy Noble COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Rousing rout for West Point in opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope putting pieces together on offense HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Kendrick, Caledonia set for county showdown vs. West Lowndes HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS