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West Point basketball sweeps New Hope

Posted 2/2/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A lot can change in a week. After consecutive victories last week against West Point and Oxford, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer thought his team was primed to complete a trifecta that would have helped it wrap up the top seed for the district tournament. Coach Brad Cox and the West Point High Green Wave had other plans.



Alabama, Auburn in line for top classes

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The University of Alabama has apparently become a destination state for blue chip recruits. Alabama and Auburn University, which have divvied up the past two national titles and Heisman Trophies, both are expected to land highly-ranked recruiting classes today on National Signing Day, when prospects start signing national letters of intent.



Changed MSU set to face Alabama again

Posted 2/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- So much has changed for the Mississippi State men's basketball team since it lost its league opener to the University of Alabama.



Ole Miss will look for signature win vs. No. 10 Kentucky

Posted 2/1/2011 in College Sports

Andy Kennedy is in an unenviable position. His University of Mississippi men's basketball team lost five of its past six games following a 12-3 start. The Rebels lost to the University of Florida and Mississippi State by five before losing their next three by an average of 16 points.



Noxubee County's Mallard sets tone with all-around game

Posted 2/1/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Leaders do what their teams need. Daquarius Mallard knew entering his senior basketball season at Noxubee County High School that he would play a key role in making the 2010-11 campaign one to remember.



MSU's losing streak reaches nine

Posted 1/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One step forward, one step back. As much as Porsha Porter has raised her level to meet the challenges of Southeastern Conference basketball, the junior guard admits she still has work to do. The same can be said the Mississippi State women's basketball team.



Stokes honored for winning NeSmith West title

Posted 1/31/2011 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus' Johnny Stokes was one of many honored Saturday at the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Annual Awards Banquet.



Eriksen replaces Miller as coach of U.S. Softball Women's National Team

Posted 1/31/2011 in Local Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday the selection of Ken Eriksen and Karen Johns as the head coaches of the Women's National Team and Junior Women's National Team, respectively. Johns was an assistant coach at Mississippi State last season. Eriksen replaces MSU coach Jay Miller, who was named head coach of the USA Softball Women's National Team in February 2009.



Duffy remains determined to make progress

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

Each day, Ryan Duffy wakes up ready to conquer the world. It's the same attitude that provided the foundation for a standout college baseball career at Mississippi State.



'Do It for Duffy' will feature 5-K, silent auction

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Efforts to help former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy in his recovery from neck surgery will take a major step forward this year. A group of MSU fans and friends of Duffy will host a "Do it for Duffy" 5-Kilometer Walk/Run and silent auction Feb. 12 in conjunction with MSU's annual First Pitch Banquet.



Ridgeland outlasts New Hope

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

Possession soccer works best when you can provide the exclamation point. The Ridgeland High School girls soccer team's ability to turn its pressure into goals is one reason why the program has won five state titles in the past six years.



Madison Central eliminates Starkville

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys soccer team's first trip to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs stalled at home Saturday against a tenacious Madison Central team. The Jaguars (19-2-3) outhustled the Yellow Jackets (16-2-1) to a goal in each half and weathered Starkville's attempts to creep back into the game to earn a 2-0 victory.



New Albany defeats Caledonia

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- For much of Caledonia High School boys soccer team's playoff match against New Albany on Saturday, the offsides trap worked to perfection. New Albany failed to finish the handful of times it beat the trap.



Alabama men roll past LSU

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory against LSU in front of a sell-out crowd at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night.



MSU women will try again to snap streak

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team has shown the ability to play the way coach Sharon Fanning-Otis wants. Now the Lady Bulldogs have to put two halves together.



Bost leads MSU men past Florida

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost might be missing some teeth. He has found his legs, though. The junior, playing with his front teeth glued together after taking an elbow to the face earlier in the week, scored 24 points as the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat No. 24 Florida 71-64 on Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.



Tennessee men beat flat Ole Miss

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Brian Williams scored 18 points and Scotty Hopson had 16 Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to a 74-57 victory against the University of Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Vanderbilt men rally past MSU

Posted 1/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production, and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points.



Tennessee gets serious, rallies past MSU in second half

Posted 1/28/2011 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After playing its best first half of the season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't duplicate that feat and fell victim to an 18-0 run that buoyed the No. 5 University of Tennessee to an 81-55 Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.



Shepherd has earned spot as starter for New Hope girls

Posted 1/28/2011 in High School Sports

Erica Shepherd had plenty of possible outs.



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