STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen reluctantly relied on freshman pitchers. He had no choice in his second year of overhauling the MSU roster, and he hopes a season of being "punched in the face" helps his pitching staff take a major step forward this year.
STARKVILLE -- Without injured starters Gavin Ware and Jacolby Mobley, Starkville High School basketball fans might have been unsure of what to expect in Friday's district championship against rival Tupelo. The Golden Wave already owned two wins -- by a combined three points -- against the Yellow Jackets in regular season play.
WEST POINT -- A nine-point halftime deficit is an anthill to the Oxford High School girls basketball team. After losing twice to Oxford in the regular season, Kelsei Ewings knew the Chargers were going to ratchet up their full-court pressure defense a few notches, so she challenged teammate NeKeisha Walker.
WEST POINT -- If you're going to play fast, it's crucial to play smart. Each mistake -- forced or unforced -- gets magnified when you're up against an equally talented opponent that can match your athleticism.
Don't underestimate the power of a layup. There probably is some statistical analysis that will prove a team can score more points if it shoots more 3-pointers at a certain percentage than two-point field goals in a game.
OXFORD -- There's vertical and then there's the veer. Mary Kathryn Govero doesn't mind which one she uses because both are just as deadly.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost made one thing clear following his team's win against the University of Arkansas: The Bulldogs are thinking beyond winning the Southeastern Conference's Western Division. While MSU might seem like a long shot given its off-the-court struggles and 13-10 record, it is just two and a half games behind Southeastern Conference overall leader Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's golf team's fall standouts will make the trip Saturday for the Gator Invitational. Chad Ramey, the Bulldogs' low-scorer from the fall, and third low-scorer Brad Mason have struggled through five rounds of team qualifying, coach Clay Homan said Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- At this point of the season, it's perhaps fitting the Mississippi State men's basketball team has to deal with a new piece of adversity each day. Against LSU, Dee Bost was limited with a strained Achilles' tendon and the Bulldogs played without senior Ravern Johnson (suspension).
Catina Bett is getting close. As much as playing in 41 games at the University of Kentucky gave her a taste for life in the Southeastern Conference, the 2010-11 season has been one of adjustments.
ABERDEEN -- Everything Fred Ward does this school year is infectious. On the football field, the standout defensive linemen emerged as a valuable team leader who helped guide Aberdeen High School to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A title game for the second season in a row.
STARKVILLE -- At this point of the season, it's perhaps fitting Mississippi State's men's basketball team deal with a new piece of adversity each day. Against LSU, it was Dee Bost being limited with a strained Achilles' tendon and the beginning of Ravern Johnson's suspension. Both issues lingered Wednesday for MSU's home game against Arkansas. But thrown on top of was senior guard Riley Benock's questionable status due to an ailing shoulder picked up in a collision during practice Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Amid the off-the-court distractions, Mississippi State's men's basketball team can lean on its recent success against the University of Arkansas. The Bulldogs (12-10, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) have beaten the Razorbacks (14-8, 4-5) 10 straight times at Humphrey Coliseum. They will try to make it 11 in a row at 7 tonight (WCBI).
STARKVILLE -- After two weeks without a game, the Columbus High School girls basketball team expected some rust. Against rival Starkville High in the opening game of the Class 6A, Division 2, District 4 tournament, they expected a fight.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team beat Columbus to set up its much-anticipated district tile clash against Tupelo. How Starkville arrived there wasn't how coach Greg Carter drew it up. The Yellow Jackets extended a six-point halftime lead into a 56-39 win in the opening-round of the Class 6A, Division 2, District 4 tournament.
WEST POINT -- There was no doubt in the mind of Laquintis Robertson. Yes, there was a foul. Yes, the official's whistle caught it with time left on the clock. And yes, Robertson was going to do his part. Unfazed by a timeout called to ice him, Robertson drained the first two of three free throws and then walked calmly to the sideline after another timeout.
WEST POINT -- Wilma Davis can shoot the basketball. Wilma Davis can shoot the ball so well that she sometimes camps out in either corner and settles for a shot on the first pass that comes her way. For all of you who thought Davis was only a shooter, think again.
The rough part is history. Now DeShuni Sanders can concentrate on playing softball. A little more than four months after having surgery on her right knee, the former New Hope High School softball standout is ready to start her sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College. EMCC will kick off the 2011 campaign at 2 p.m. today with a doubleheader against No. 12 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. in Perkinston.
Matt Sykes looks like a goalkeeper With a red bandana, fluorescent lime green jersey -- stained through from plenty of dives on the sopping turf, and a hyperactive ability to move from post to post, the sophomore maneuvers unlike someone who has started only seven varsity matches.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday guard Ravern Johnson has been suspended indefinitely. The 6-foot-7 senior was suspended for MSU's game Saturday at LSU following a rant critical of the coaching staff on the social network Twitter, which came less than an hour after the Bulldogs' loss at the University of Alabama. Stansbury banned his players from having Twitter accounts the next day.