The stakes are always high when West Oktibbeha County and East Oktibbeha County high schools clash in athletics. The annual battle for bragging rights and the Superintendent's Cup at 7 p.m. Friday in Maben will have added playoff significance in the Class 1A, Region 3 race.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday the play of his quarterbacks in practice will dictate who will start in games. In a radio interview with WHBQ in Memphis, Mullen refused to name his starter at quarterback for MSU's game at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Kentucky.
CLINTON -- Maybe now people in Noxubee County will believe Deloria Stewart. If not, the Noxubee County High School athletic director might have to sprinkle some pixie dust through Macon, Brooksville, and Shuqualak to convince them their small town is about to be invaded.
Anthony Sharp wasn't convinced. After all, Bryer Bolton scored a touchdown so he had to be OK. Right?
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team now has verbal commitments from two of the state's best high school juniors. Tri-County Academy right-handed pitcher Derek Martin confirmed to The Dispatch on Sunday afternoon he called MSU coach John Cohen to give a verbal commitment to M
OXFORD -- The astonishing free fall of the University of Mississippi's football program is reaching historic levels. If the Rebels (2-4, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) can't figure out a way to upset No. 10 Arkansas (5-1, 1-1) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, they'll extend their SEC losing streak to 10 games. That has never happened in the program's 79 years in the league.
Mississippi defensive end Wayne Dorsey and cornerback Marcus Temple are out for the season after getting injured in Saturday's 52-7 loss to No. 2 Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Goalkeepers remember crooked numbers. Charged with keeping as clean a sheet as possible, goalkeepers take it a little more personally when an opponent scores more than one or two goals in a match.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen preaches to his team every day to fight for that inch. MSU's 14-12 loss to the No. 15 University of South Carolina on Saturday was a matter of six inches -- the height difference between wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey and MSU defensive back Corey Broomfield.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State defensive tackle tandem Fletcher Cox and Josh Boyd dominated the line of scrimmage. Cox and Boyd, who had been nominated as Southeastern Conference second-team selections, combined for 13 tackles, two and a half sacks, and four and a half tackles for loss Saturday in a 14-12 loss to the No. 15 University of South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell provided a spark Saturday afternoon. However, the spark wasn't enough to put the Bulldogs in the win column for the first time this season in the Southeastern Conference. MSU couldn't make a fourth-quarter lead hold up, falling 14-12 to No. 15 South Carolina at Davis Wade Stadium.
OXFORD -- The University of Alabama's Trent Richardson now has his signature Heisman Trophy highlight. The Crimson Tide's bullish back set career marks with 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns and destroyed the University of Mississippi's defense with a 76-yard touchdown run that displayed his uncommon power and speed in a 52-7 win Saturday night.
JACKSON -- Mackenzie Harvey couldn't escape the butterflies. As an eighth-grader, she had imagined what it would be like to start for the New Hope High School varsity slow-pitch softball team in a state title series, but she didn't realize it would feel like this when she finally earned her chance. She also didn't know her nerves would make even the simplest things -- like catching an underhanded toss from pitcher Anna McCrary -- so difficult. But Harvey and the rest of the Lady Trojans showed Saturday they were up for the challenge and then some.
JACKSON -- Anna McCrary and Kasey Stanfield operate well in stealth mode. It didn't matter they were lugging a blue cooler filled with ice that rustled as they tried to crouch down and avoid being seen by their coach.
POPLARVILLE -- Three unanswered second-quarter touchdowns helped propel the No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team to a 41-17 victory against Pearl River C.C. in a non-division MACJC game at Dobie Holden Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen started watching a videotape of the University of South Carolina's offense and wondered if he had put in a tape of his guys. The Bulldogs third-year coach preached Monday that fans who show up to Davis Wade Stadium at 11:21 a.m. today (WCBI) to watch MSU take on No. 15 South Carolina will see teams very similar in style.
STARKVILLE -- Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum was an evening of firsts for the Mississippi State basketball programs. For the first time in more than a decade, MSU celebrated in a public Maroon Madness pep rally for the fans to get an initial look at the teams for the 2011-12 season.
The New Hope High School football team's defense spent much of Friday night on the field, and the offense struggled to get in a groove. That combination spelled doom for New Hope in a 15-12 loss to Lake Cormorant in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team will take the final step today. Thirteen times previously, the Lady Trojans have celebrated that last step with a championship. At 11 a.m. today, New Hope (23-7) will take on Picayune in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A best-of-three state title series for a chance to win the 14th state championship, and fifth in a row, in program history. The past two championships have come in Class 5A.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team recovered four Canton fumbles, and running back Preston Baker scored two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 45-8 win Friday night. The blowout win keeps the Jackets (6-2, 4-0) undefeated in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 standings and clinches a playoff berth.
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