STARKVILLE -- Even teammates were starting to get on Mississippi State University senior forward Wendell Lewis about his poor start to the 2012-13 season. Not any longer.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have stressed to Colin Borchert there are ways he can contribute without scoring.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.
JACKSON -- Energy and effort transformed into joy twice Saturday for Greater Golden Triangle football teams.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in hearing his team played hard and fought back last weekend. Mississippi State University's first-year men's basketball coach doesn't believe the Bulldogs should have put themselves in that position.
STARKVILLE -- Years worth of hard work came to fruition Monday afternoon for Carolina Berryhill.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year's Day plans.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn't fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school's football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.
NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.
STARKVILLE -- One counter attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, the Mississippi State University women's soccer team tried to become a program that did more than bunker in and absorb pressure. While MSU had admirable success in non-conference games, it often opted to play a more defensive style against Southeastern Conference opponents. That brand of soccer is what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt gave his team its best chance to be successful.
JACKSON -- After more than 23 years, Jamie Mitchell finally has a gold ball trophy.
JACKSON -- Gabe Myles capped his Starkville High School career in fine fashion Saturday night.
JACKSON -- Darrell Robinson has been the workhorse for the Noxubee County High School football team all season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley crouched on the 48-yard line and took a moment to reflect.
STARKVILLE -- Immediately after his first loss to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University fourth-year football coach Dan Mullen stood by his stance against his team's biggest rival.
JACKSON -- Business as usual. That's the mind-set of the Noxubee County High School football team as it prepares to face Greene County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School football program can't think of a better way to end its time in Class 5A than by winning a new state championship trophy to put in its new fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team will finally be able to share sympathy with an opponent this weekend. When MSU travels to the Dunkin Doughnuts Center to take on Providence College at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the SEC-Big East Challenge, one of the first things it likely will notice is the number of players on the Friars bench.
1. MSU's Jung wears No. 3 to honor great-grandmother COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Victory Christian shows it has potential to have dominating D line HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Starkville Academy earns redemption against Lamar School HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Gray leds Heritage Academy past Kirk Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville's ground game too much for Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS