Two days after defending his Class 6A state powerlifting title, Justin Verner moved swiftly through the hallway in the Columbus High School field house, working his way to his locker. "Gotta get to track practice," he said before ducking around a corner.
It's all about the competition for the Heritage Academy golf team. In a sport where the success of multiple players helps the team accomplish more, the Patriots have relied on contributions from each of the top players in their lineup as well as the improved play of individuals outside the top four.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Kathryn Govero believes the Mississippi State women's basketball team can get back to the NCAA tournament in 2012.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team dipped back into the G.W. Carver High School talent pool Monday and received a verbal commitment from shooting guard Craig Sword.
The Heritage Academy junior varsity girls track and field team continued its string of success last week by winning the North AAA meet.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's football team may have been split into Crimson and White sides for the annual spring game, but it was the players in black who received the most attention Saturday.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt came into Saturday's spring game hoping to get a better feel for who might win its three-man quarterback race. A few leaders on defense would be nice, too. But much like the final score, not much was decided. The Blue and Red teams finished the Grove Bowl in a 17-17 tie at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and the unresolved outcome was a fitting finish to Nutt's most crucial spring practice in his four-year tenure with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- When fall camp opened last season, Mississippi State wide receiver Michael Carr had no idea what was going on. He hadn't worked out with the team in summer while he finished academic work and awaited certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
After winning two games Saturday, New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard thought her team was poised enough to make it a sweep in the nightcap at Propst Park. For three innings, New Hope was on cruise control with a 2-0 lead against Northeast Lauderdale and had allowed just two batters to reach base.
Whitney Kyles utilized a simple yet effective technique Saturday afternoon en route to the second win of her brief fast-pitch softball career: Just throw it. Aim for the catcher's glove. Kyles, who is more comfortable in her normal role as catcher, started the second game of Columbus High School's busy day at Propst Park, a 5-4 victory against Caledonia that was more than enough to impress coach Rusty Greene.
Columbus High School's baseball team needed a win in a major way. Losers of eight straight ball games, the Falcons entered Senior Night against Caledonia High with a senior making his first start of the season on the mound.
Justin Verner, a junior at Columbus High School, defended his Class 6A state powerlifting title Saturday in Jackson, winning the 242-pound division at Mississippi Coliseum.
Lee Boyd insists the gray hair is there. He tips his cap and, sure enough, there are a few specks of gray on the sides of his head. It remains to be seen just how much of that gray Boyd can blame on his New Hope High School baseball team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball's new weekend rotation will have its first go this weekend, and coach John Cohen isn't second-guessing the decision. The Bulldogs, coming off a 6-4 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday, will kick off a three-game Southeastern Conference series at 7 tonight at the University of Arkansas (24-8, 6-6 SEC).
This is where Vincent Sanders wants to be. Right here, in the University of Mississippi football team's huddle. Jogging to the line. Sprinting down field, reading the defense. Finding an opening near the sideline. His eyes following the football to his hands as he fights off double coverage to make a leaping grab, placing him one catch closer to becoming the consistent, big-play receiver the Rebels lacked one season earlier while he redshirted.
STARKVILLE -- Four boys and three girls from Starkville High School have powerlifting gold on their minds. At Saturday's Mississippi High School Activities Association State meet at the Mississippi Coliseum, two senior Lady Yellow Jackets will look to repeat first-place North State finishes, while Marcus Tate will try to capture his second straight gold medal after winning the 275-pound boys class at North State.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's tennis is back. With back-to-back wins against the University of Alabama and Auburn last weekend, MSU clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, snapping the University of Mississippi's nine-year stranglehold on the division. Up until last weekend, MSU hadn't won a division or league title since 1996, when it won the SEC tournament.
Defending state champion Justin Verner dips his hands in a bucket of chalk to combat perspiration.
Anna Holley and Brandi Brantley break into big grins when asked to relate their favorite "moments" with New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Alexander is back in Starkville, and he has no plans to leave. The Mississippi State graduate and former sports reporter transitioned from working in journalism to coaching basketball five years ago and found instant success in Tennessee and at Manchester Academy in Yazoo City. On Wednesday, Starkville Academy announced Alexander as its new boys basketball coach effective at the end of the current school year.
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3. MSU's Richardson wants to be more consistent COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Sword ready for Newman's help in leading the Bulldogs COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU hopes to make most of three-game home stand COLLEGE SPORTS