Lauren Holifield already is an accomplished softball player.
The new mascot of the University of Mississippi Rebels will be a black bear, officially replacing the goateed Southern gentleman "Colonel Reb" who was banished from the sidelines almost seven years ago. Thursday's unveiling of the "Rebel Black Bear" is the latest move in the school's effort to distance itself from symbols of the old South.
STARKVILLE -- Healthy and drama-free, the Mississippi State men's basketball will hold its first team practice Friday. From two NCAA eligibility appeals to three injury rehabilitations to two transfers, MSU is intact -- at least after Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost return from nine-game suspensions.
STARKVILLE -- In the wake of season-ending injuries to Marcus Green and Leon Berry, Mississippi State's receiving corp needs new options to emerge.
STARKVILLE -- Expect the offensive fireworks to continue at 7 Friday night when the Starkville High School football team returns home to play host to Southaven. The Yellow Jackets, who'll face the Chargers for homecoming, hope the yardage is as one-sided as their last home game, a 47-14 victory against Tupelo on Oct. 1.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off a pair of successful meets, the Starkville High's cross country team is preparing for its two biggest meets of the season. Starkville will host its first track meet at the Mississippi State horse park Oct. 23 before running at the Class 6A state meet at Choctaw Trails on Nov. 6.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's swim teams have consistently placed in the top three through six events this season. Coach Angela Hobart hopes the team's return Saturday to Courthouse Pool in Flowood for the North State championship produces the same results.
If Sulligent High School Athletic Director Craig Weeks had a choice, he'd much rather have his Blue Devils battle Cherokee on paper. In the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 standings, Sulligent (5-2 overall) is first at 4-1. Cherokee (1-6, 0-5 region) is on the bottom.
D.J. Sanders and Jessica Moore each had three hits in game one, and Lauren Holifield had four hits in game two to lead New Hope to 12-2 and 11-4 victories against Pearl in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half title series.
Starkville Academy's Robert Gardner and Immanuel Christian's Ray Campbell will be the coaches for the North team at 4:30 p.m. today in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star game at Jackson Academy.
Kodi Augustus feels like he's making up for lost time as he prepares for his senior season as a Mississippi State Bulldog.
Having already faced his mentor for the first time, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is set to return to the stadium where he made a name for himself as a quarterback guru and play-caller.
Pat Shed would love to be the one who always is the last player shown on that footage. But the University of Alabama at Birmingham running back has learned there is much more to being a productive football player than scoring touchdowns.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes last year's loss to the University of Florida was an awakening for his team. In Starkville, Mullen led the Bulldogs to a near-upset of the Tim Tebow-led, No. 1-ranked Gators. MSU fell 29-19, but for most of the game was within a touchdown or field goal, and even tied the game at 13 in the third quarter.
D.J. Sanders has been playing softball for so long it she seems like she is a seasoned veteran. If you didn't know better, you wouldn't believe Sanders is only a freshman on the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team.
CRAWFORD -- Chris Hunter is seeing a clearer picture of what will work on the football field. Even though he has only a year of experience playing quarterback at the varsity level, Hunter showed Friday he is learning how to play the position and that he is maturing as a leader.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball is right on schedule. Challenged earlier in the year not to be the first team in 17 years to fail to advance to the playoffs, the Lady Lions are now one step away from playing for another state title.
Mississippi State's 47-24 win over Houston only strengthened its identity since head coach Dan Mullen took over last season.
Steve Holeman's return to the state he called home for 15 years wasn't a scoreless endeavor.
The number 75 remains special to Ricky Byrd.
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