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Ole Miss, MSU will try for better results

Posted 1/11/2011 in College Sports

The Mississippi State and University of Mississippi men's basketball teams lost their Southeastern Conference openers Saturday, but only one team left its game feeling better about how it played. Ole Miss (12-4, 0-1 SEC) lost at the University of Florida 77-71, but outrebounded the league's top team in that category and received 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots from foul-plagued Reginald Buckner.



Muldrow will provide test for Alabama

Posted 1/11/2011 in College Sports

The University of Alabama men's basketball team won its matchup in the post against Mississippi State on Saturday, but it will face a tougher test at 8 p.m. Wednesday (CSS) when it takes on Southeastern Conference Player of the Week Sam Muldrow and the University of South Carolina at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.



Caledonia High's Van Someren combines strength, skill

Posted 1/11/2011 in High School Sports

Kye Van Someren is trying to build his brawn to go with his brain on the soccer field. That's because the Caledonia High School defender sees the game as a full-contact sport. Van Someren stands above the other soccer players at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, and he's working on his upper body strength as a tool for his playing prowess.



Nichols' return to Hebron Christian boosts girls basketball team

Posted 1/11/2011 in High School Sports

Returning to the Hebron Christian girls basketball team wasn't a difficult time for junior post player Tori Nichols. But the addition of the 6-foot-3 inside shooter has made all the difference in the Lady Eagles' offense.



MSU/Starkville sports blog: Johnson's return to form hinges on others

Posted 1/10/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney gained most of the headlines before and after Mississippi State's loss to Alabama, leading scorer Ravern Johnson's ongoing shooting slump flew under the radar.



MSU women can't come all way back

Posted 1/10/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Lessons usually come easier when student-athletes have complete focus. But attention to detail typically isn't a strength of teams packed with inexperienced pieces trying to find their chemistry. The Mississippi State women's basketball team learned that lesson again Sunday afternoon.



Gaynor working herself back into form for MSU women

Posted 1/9/2011 in College Sports

The time for sitting is over. It's time for "speed on speed." Darriel Gaynor admits she isn't there yet, but the Mississippi State sophomore is going to do everything in her power to get back to that point this season and for the rest of her career as a Lady Bulldog.



Bulldogs open SEC with loss to Alabama

Posted 1/8/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State's men's basketball team's "new season" began much like its dismal non-conference road swing ended: with a uninspiring loss.


Adam Minichino: MSU men left lacking in loss

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Columns

Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury warned everyone Dee Bost wasn't going to be the panacea for what ails his team this season.


Long and winding road

Posted 1/8/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus native Frazier eventually found his way to NFL


MSU/Starkville sports blog: Sidney to make long-awaited home debut

Posted 1/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The hype surrounding Mississippi State sophomore forward Renardo Sidney has yet to be witnessed at Humphrey Coliseum. The show-stopping athleticism and inside-out game can be found on and recruiting websites, but Sidney hasn't flashed a single highlight in Starkville. Sidney has spent most of his career on the bench awaiting the conclusion of his year-long fight with the NCAA to gain eligibility.


MSU/Starkville sports blog: Berkery ready to launch training facility

Posted 1/7/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- I caught up with former Mississippi State infielder and Boo Ferriss Trophy winner Thomas Berkery at the site for his new baseball/softball training facility on Industrial Road. Berkery spent three seasons playing minor league ball after a standout career as an infielder at MSU. Some players don't want to get away from the game after hanging up their spikes. Berkery is one of them.



Pickens County boys win three tournaments

Posted 1/7/2011 in High School Sports

Holidays don't always mean days off in West Alabama high school gyms.



MSU promotes Wilson, Mirando

Posted 1/7/2011 in College Sports

When Dan Mullen talks about building Mississippi State's football program, one word always comes up: family.



Bost to debut for Miss. State

Posted 1/7/2011 in College Sports

Dee Bost's anxious wait to return to the court ends Saturday.



Vanderbilt bounces Lady Bulldogs

Posted 1/7/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State could not overcome slow start, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 65-44 decision to homestanding Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium.



MSU/Starkville blog: MSU football has four signees enroll for spring

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Lost in the whirlwind of Manny Diaz leaving Mississippi State to join the staff at Texas was the Bulldogs' addition of four early enrollees. Defensive end John Harris; quarterback Dak Prescott; and offensive linemen Nick Redmond and Joey Trapp are enrolled for the spring semester and will begin workouts with the team on Jan. 18. Harris, Prescott and Trapp graduated high school in December, giving the Bulldogs five prep signees to enroll in the spring in head coach Dan Mullen's last three recruiting classes.



MSU/Starkville blog: MSU promotes Wilson, Mirando

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State didn't take long or look far to fill the coaching vacancies left by Manny Diaz and Mark Hudspeth. The program announced co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson will be promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Manny Diaz, who accepted the same job at Texas on Wednesday. Graduate assistant Angelo Mirando was named wide receivers coach, replacing Mark Hudspeth, who left the Bulldogs to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette prior to the beginning of Gator Bowl preparation.


Diaz leaves MSU for Texas

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has accepted the same position with the University of Texas football program. Diaz, who spent one season in Starkville, will replace Will Muschamp, who recently accepted the job as head coach at the University of Florida.


Four join MSU football team

Posted 1/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 2011 Mississippi State football team officially welcomed its four newest members as classes began Wednesday. MSU football coach Dan Mullen announced the arrival of high school players John Harris, Dak Prescott, and Nick Redmond and junior college transfer Joey Trapp.



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