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New Hope's Holley to play softball at ICC

Posted 5/20/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Holley thought her athletic career was going to take a turn. After signing a scholarship to play soccer at Itawamba Community College and having her senior softball season at New Hope High School end without a trip to the Class 5A State title series, Holley wondered if her softball career was over.



MSU doesn't renew contract of Miller

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team's decline in performance was noticeable in recent seasons. The team went just 78-89 in the past three seasons after going to the NCAA tournament in five of coach Jay Miller's first six seasons. On Wednesday, Miller found out he'd be looking for a new job.



New Hope's Tutor wins PopStar Award

Posted 5/19/2011 in High School Sports

Haley Tutor didn't know what to expect Wednesday night. Surrounded by some of the state's best senior athletes from 23 sports, Tutor knew she belonged, but she wasn't sure if she was good enough to win the PopStar Award, which goes to the state's top athlete, for slow-pitch softball.



Ogden plays through injury to lead MSU

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was a point in the season when Mississippi State shortstop Jonathan Ogden led the Southeastern Conference in errors. His struggles in the field were surprising considering MSU coach John Cohen's constant affirmation of his senior shortstop's defensive prowess and reputation as the team's best defender.



LSU will play key role on SEC's final regular-season weekend

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Louisiana State baseball team's 11-16 record in the Southeastern Conference record doesn't reflect how dangerous a threat it poses to Mississippi State's chances of winning the Western Division title or making the SEC tournament. The Tigers (34-19) enter tonight's final SEC regular-season series last in the Western Division, but they have won four in a row and are just two games out of first place. First-pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CSS) at Dudy Noble Field.



East Webster begins quest for Class 2A State title

Posted 5/19/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- It's comforting to know you can play a bad game and still win, especially in the playoffs. The East Webster High School softball team has been playing with motivation spawned from a late-April tornado that ripped through its school and community.



MSU stadium expansion could move forward today

Posted 5/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will take a significant step in expanding Davis Wade Stadium today when the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning considers approval of the proposed $80 million project.



CHS' Durrah signs with EMCC

Posted 5/18/2011 in High School Sports

So long purple and gold. Nice to meet you, red and white. Those are the new colors Columbus High School's Nick Durrah will sport on the diamond the next two years.



MSU baseball beats Memphis

Posted 5/18/2011 in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mississippi State baseball team dialed long distance Tuesday to knock off Memphis 8-3 at AutoZone Park in its final non-conference game of the regular season.



Noxubee County's Scott completes title transformation

Posted 5/18/2011 in High School Sports

The look could have meant trouble. But faced with the loss of a key member of his boys track and field team, Noxubee County High School coach Tyrone Shorter had to make a move.



Ole Miss baseball beats Southeast Missouri State

Posted 5/18/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Senior outfielder Matt Smith returned to the lineup Tuesday night just 12 days after surgery for a broken hand and went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored to help the University of Mississippi baseball team beat Southeast Missouri State 10-6.



MSU wants to control its course

Posted 5/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Entering the last week of the regular season, the Mississippi State baseball team has a chance to win a division title or to be left out of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



Starkville's Brown signs with Meridian C.C.

Posted 5/17/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Shareda Brown never saw the offer coming. After all, the Starkville High School fast-pitch softball player batted just .191 and had a .296 on-base percentage this season.



Alabama rallies to beat Auburn

Posted 5/16/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Alabama baseball team used a three-run ninth inning to post a 7-6 win against Auburn University on Sunday in the final game of a three-game series at Plainsman Park.



Wright helps Ole Miss end MSU's streaks

Posted 5/14/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi baseball team used a six-run first inning and then rode the pitching of Austin Wright on Saturday to earn a 12-3 victory against Mississippi State at Oxford-University Stadium. The victory helped Ole Miss improve to 28-23 and 12-15 in the Southeastern Conference. It also enabled the Rebels to snap the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak and beat them for the first time this season.



Sports not feeling pinch at area private schools despite economy

Posted 5/14/2011 in High School Sports

Coach Brad Butler watched a group of Heritage Academy Patriots move through a defensive drill on a recent Wednesday afternoon.



MSU coach Schmidt expected to have bypass surgery

Posted 5/14/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State Director of Track and Field Al Schmidt is expected to have bypass surgery Monday after being hospitalized at Athens Regional Medical Center on Thursday.



Former MSU baseball player files lawsuit against Cohen

Posted 5/14/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A lawsuit field Wednesday on behalf of former Mississippi State pitcher Forrest Moore claims MSU baseball coach John Cohen and MSU mishandled an injury and damaged his chances for a career as a professional baseball player. The 17-page document filed with Oktibbeha County Court obtained by The Dispatch also names MSU Senior Associate A.D./Media Relations, Corporate Development Mike Nemeth in the suit.



CHS' Brooks gets queasy feeling after second-place finish

Posted 5/14/2011 in High School Sports

Kashaeyla Brooks felt queasy Saturday after placing second in Class 6A in the 300-meter hurdles at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State track meet. Nerves? Maybe. Perhaps it was something she ate?



MSU, Ole Miss men's tennis lose in second round of NCAAs

Posted 5/14/2011 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- The 15th-ranked Georgia Tech men's tennis team held off a charge by No. 21 Mississippi State to earn a 4-1 victory Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Championships on the Georgia Tech campus. The loss ended MSU's season at 14-9, while Georgia Tech (21-5) advances to the Sweet 16.



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