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Aberdeen rallies to hand Belmont first defeat

Posted 11/21/2010 in High School Sports

Belmont arrived in Aberdeen for Friday's Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 3A quarterfinal matchup with a perfect 12-0 mark, a record crafted on the Cardinals' mastery of three phases of the game -- scoring defense, rushing and their ability to play mistake-free football.



History returns to East Webster in loss to Calhoun City

Posted 11/21/2010 in High School Sports

ast Webster High School's football team entered Friday's third-round playoff game trying to escape the demons of its last trip to Calhoun City.



Noxubee County uses big plays in win over Shannon

Posted 11/21/2010 in High School Sports

For a brief moment, Noxubee County's third-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoff game Friday night against Shannon reminded head coach Tyrone Shorter of the previous week. Just like against Center Hill, Noxubee fumbled the opening kickoff.



Bulldogs give Arkansas double-OT scare

Posted 11/21/2010 in College Sports

The Arkansas Razorbacks survived a double-overtime scare against Mississippi State on Saturday, atoning for a blown 10-point lead with a 38-31 win.



Bulldogs rally late to upend Appalachian State at home

Posted 11/21/2010 in College Sports

A fast-break lay-up by Mississippi State's Jalen Steele led the Bulldogs past Appalachian State 76-74 in a men's basketball game played Friday night in the Humphrey Coliseum.



Big plays doom MSU's defense

Posted 11/21/2010 in College Sports

After three scores of 45 yards or more against Alabama, Mississippi State's defense entered Saturday's game against Arkansas looking to avoid giving up big plays.



Colvin joins National Softball Hall of Fame

Posted 11/21/2010 in Local Sports

The Amateur Softball Association of America inducted E.T. Colvin into the National Softball Hall of Fame at the 30th annual Hall of Fame Induction celebration in Shreveport, La., last week.



Area down to three prep football teams

Posted 11/20/2010 in High School Sports

RIDGELAND -- The Ridgeland High School football team scored 20 unanswered points, including two touchdowns following turnovers, in the second half Friday night en route to a 34-27 victory against New Hope in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs at Titan Field.



New Hope seniors have learned lessons well

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

Seniors have played a key role in the evolution of the New Hope football program. Coach Michael Bradley speaks fondly of the seniors on his first two teams in 2006 and '07 who helped the transform the program from a one-win doormat to a playoff contender.



New Hope coaches use chemistry to build program

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

Chemistry is a key for every head coach. As important as it is to have players who buy into a vision or a philosophy, it is just as crucial to have assistant coaches who complement the person in charge and help set the direction for the program.



Stansbury needs others to complement Augustus, Johnson

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One thing was clear to Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury following his team's season debut: His newcomers need to do more. The Bulldogs' 75-65 win against Tennessee State on Nov. 12 was due in large to the contributions of seniors Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson, who combined for 46 points. Augustus and Johnson were the only players to reach double figures.



West Point will try to 'upset' Oxford

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Football coaches often find the smallest details to motivate their kids. When they reach championship status, those programs tend not to need much help re-focusing or getting pumped for a new matchup.



State association will recognize NHHS' Shepherd

Posted 11/19/2010 in Local Sports

Cary Shepherd had plenty of players honored in her time as New Hope High School softball coach. The honors earned by her players often required her to accompany them to Jackson, where they would be recognized. On those trips, Shepherd and the players had time to roam the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and look at all of the pictures of the greats who have helped shape the state's sports scene.



SA's Simsiriwong will play golf at Marshall

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Korakot Simsiriwong has loved the game of golf ever since she could remember. Growing up in Thailand, her father played the game and was a great fan, so it was only natural that Simsiriwong had a set of clubs as soon as she was able to swing.



Ward, Smith will lead Aberdeen

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The mystery has been solved. Years ago, Brandon Smith's eyes earned him a special nickname from an uncle. Somehow, though, that nickname -- "Buck" -- turned into "Bucket," which is how the Aberdeen High School football coaches and players call out to Smith.



Unbeaten EWHS, Calhoun City set to renew rivalry

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The next step in two teams' paths to a possible championship game will renew one of the state's brewing rivalries. Former Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A district rivals East Webster and Calhoun City have made a flawless transition to the 2A ranks since reclassification in 2009.



Carden has built East Webster into force

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- When Jimmy Carden arrived at East Webster High School, he had to transform an underdeveloped football program. His first order was building a new weight room. Next, Carden had to instill confidence in the Wolverines that they could not only be competitive and challenge for state titles.



MSU will try to find way to stop Arkansas

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Having unlimited playmakers is a luxury not too many coaches can claim. But that's what Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz sees when he watches the University of Arkansas' high-powered offense.



Alabama women dismantle N.C. State

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Confident, aggressive, and dangerous. It's only three games into the 2010-11 season, but the University of Alabama women's basketball team appears ready to deliver on its potential.



Pillow Academy boys soccer beats Starkville Academy

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's season-opening soccer match Wednesday was a tale of two frustrating halves. Starkville Academy survived an early onslaught by Pillow Academy and appeared to be resigned to goalkeeper Davis Pigg bailing them out for countless field errors.



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