The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
SCOOBA --Garrett Harris, a former standout pitcher for New Hope High School and the University of South Alabama, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced this week by EMCC baseball coach Chris Rose. Harris' hiring has been approved by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes.
WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.
STARKVILLE -- If Thursday night served as a sneak preview of the blueprint Vic Schaefer plans to use to transform the Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it also provided a glimpse of the kind of players Schaefer wants to bring to Starkville.
STARKVILLE --Up in Volunteer Loft, the Starkville Academy student section goes wild when the girls basketball team makes a 3-pointer. Cheer leaders throw T-shirts into the stands and the junior high students go mad wild over a chance to grab some free clothing. There is even a chant of "Maggie" reserved for when newcomer Maggie Proffitt makes a basket.
STARKVILLE --Every member of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team found out Saturday night the University of Florida is everything it isn't this season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jarnell Stokes kept waiting to hear the whistle. When it never came, the University of Tennessee forward finally breathed a sigh of relief. Stokes' defense on Alabama guard Trevor Lacey in the final seconds Saturday preserved Tennessee's 54-53 victory against the University of Alabama. The Volunteers (10-8, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 10-point deficit and pulled ahead for good in the final minute, but their victory wasn't secure until the final horn.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team had an awful night at the free-throw line until it mattered most. Marshall Henderson scored 15 points and made the game-winning foul shots with seven seconds remaining to lift No. 23 Ole Miss past Auburn University 63-61 on Saturday night.
Young is a relative term as far as Mary Nagy is concerned.
STARKVILLE -- Michael Godley knew there was doubt.
STARKVILLE -- After turning over the basketball a season-high 29 times against the University of Arkansas pressure defense, the reward for Mississippi State University is the run and jump press of the eighth-ranked University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer's blueprint was in full effect.
STARKVILLE - It has become a single destination approach for the Mississippi State University baseball program and head coach John Cohen knows it.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Nick Williams knows what it's like to just miss the NCAA tournament. That's why the fifth-year senior isn't too giddy about the Rebels' current seven-game winning streak, including a 4-0 start in Southeastern Conference play and a national ranking for the first time since 2010.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mike Anderson couldn't help but sit back and enjoy watching his University of Arkansas men's basketball team practice what he's been preaching for a season and a half.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard knows he isn't the biggest player any time he is on the field. But Howard plays with a confidence that ignores the fact that, as he says, he "doesn't have any size on me." That confidence helps him maneuver through the midfield with a fluidity that maximizes every movement and enables him to control the most important part of the field.
Here's the deal: Gary Blair will dip into his bag of 500 or so offensive plays tonight and challenge his opponent to react. Vic Schaefer will counter by trying to devise a defense that will confound, frustrate, and outhustle his opponent.
STARKVILLE -- The expectations for the Mississippi State University baseball team continue to rise.
Tom Velek remembers the letter well. His oldest son, Avery, had decided to get involved in soccer after a few years away from the sport, so the decision was made to sign him up with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That's when the waiting began.
After waiting several seasons for a basketball win over arch-rival Starkville, the Columbus High School boys' team was more than willing to wait four more minutes.
1. Heard brothers playing big roles for ICC COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Sophomores provide spark for New Hope vs. Aberdeen HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. No. 1 EMCC pulls away to beat ICC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Balance has been key for MSU on third down COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Abram's energy lifts MSU's defense COLLEGE SPORTS