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Nesbit, MSU softball look to solidify NCAA tournament berth

Posted 5/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For most of her life, Mississippi State University softball player Erin Nesbit has followed a similar path to her sister, Courtney.



Atkins, seniors lead Hamilton baseball

Posted 5/3/2012 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Clay Atkins never imagined he would follow in the footsteps of pitchers like Dylan Earnest and Chase Reeves.



Sophomores play key role for Hamilton softball

Posted 5/3/2012 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Alison Atkins and Taylor Hyland are wise beyond their years. The Hamilton High School sophomores have played together long enough and in enough games to think pressure is just another word.



Starkville Academy outlasts Heritage Academy in baseball playoff opener

Posted 5/2/2012 in High School Sports

On a night when Starkville Academy had 25 base runners, a defensive play may have saved the Volunteers' season.



New Hope High baseball continues postseason march

Posted 5/2/2012 in High School Sports

When you have been a member of the New Hope High School baseball program for as long as Joe Harvey and Thomas Woodruff, you know inexperience is a relative term.



Family important to New Hope High softball team

Posted 5/2/2012 in High School Sports

Tabitha Beard knows how important family is to the New Hope High School softball program.



Injury problems continue to surround MSU baseball team

Posted 5/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University sophomore outfielder C.T. Bradford will likely be out of the active lineup this weekend as the Bulldogs travel to the University of Alabama.



Starkville High baseball coach Carlisle gets last laught at roast

Posted 5/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Danny Carlisle to turn a celebratory roast into an entertaining argument where he gets the last word in.



MSU tennis earns first regional host spot

Posted 5/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's tennis program has one goal -- bring the national championship trophy back to Starkville.



Pollorena provides relief in a number of roles

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maybe Luis Pollorena should be the last to know every time he's getting a start for the Mississippi State University baseball team.



Stratton earns another honor; MSU moves into poll

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For the second time this season, Mississippi State University junior Chris Stratton, of Tupelo, has been honored as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week.



Starkville Academy excited to be back in playoff hunt

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Archrivals Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy have played each other in numerous sporting events through the years. However, one would be hard-pressed in recent memory to find a more important baseball game than the one scheduled for 6 tonight in the opener of a best-of-three series in the semifinal round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs at Trip Carson Field in Columbus. The series winner will play next week for the state championship.



Heritage Academy baseball rebounds after slow start

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

Bruce Branch didn't panic. The Heritage Academy baseball coach knew Mother Nature wasn't doing his team or any other squads in the state any favors early in the season keeping it from getting outdoors.



Dunaway comes back strong in baseball, track after injury

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

Parker Dunaway had concerns. But as much as Dunaway wanted to have a junior season to remember, he didn't want to disappoint his teammates on the Heritage Academy baseball team. Dunaway also didn't want his track and field efforts to suffer, either, but he still wasn't sure how he would fare returning from an elbow injury.



RPI numbers still strong for MSU softball

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A quick glance of the Southeastern Conference softball standings reveals that the University of Tennessee is riding a conference-best 17-game win streak. That seems quite fitting since the Volunteers are ranked No. 7 in the nation. The team that has the league's second longest win streak, though, may be a surprise.



EMCC's Borchert signs with MSU

Posted 5/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball program added a local talent Monday its coaches hope can make an immediate impact next season. East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White confirmed to The Dispatch on Monday evening forward Colin Borchert signed with new MSU coach Rick Ray.



East Oktibbeha's Brooks staying busy with track, football

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- This isn't the best time of year to ask East Oktibbeha County High School football and track and field coach Randy Brooks to take a fishing trip or to help with a fix-up project.



South Lamar softball prepares for area tournament

Posted 5/1/2012 in High School Sports

The South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball team went 5-2 in the final week of the regular season to prepare for the area tournament. South Lamar (30-7, 7-1 area) will play Berry at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parrish.



MSU beats Ole Miss despite getting only two hits

Posted 4/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen talks constantly to his Mississippi State University baseball team about finding ways to win games. His squad's 4-2 victory against the University of Mississippi in the third game of a three-game weekend set was a direct reflection of that idea. After all, it isn't often a team gets two hits and wins.



Sykes ready to take next step to realize dream

Posted 4/30/2012 in Local Sports

A new April Sykes took the court Sunday primed to take the next step in her basketball career. The former East Oktibbeha County High School All-American who went on to have a standout career with the Rutgers University women's basketball team worked in her first practice with her new team, the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.



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