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New facility will give Starkville Academy a boost

Posted 8/2/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Starkville Academy believes it’s getting just the boost its athletic program needs to be competitive. A $300,000 on-campus locker room and training facility is under construction and is excepted to provide something that is considered to be overdue.

 

 

MSU will go with what it has at WR

Posted 7/31/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The wide receiver position at Mississippi State has taken a hit in the past two weeks. The departures of Terrance Davis and Delmon Robinson from the program subtracts two potential weapons from coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.

 

 

EMCC football ranked No. 6; All-Americans named

Posted 7/31/2009 in College Sports

Buddy Stephens can’t find enough adjectives to describe how excited he is to begin the 2009 season. There apparently are plenty of people throughout the country who share Stephens’ excitement.

 

 

Heritage Academy softball looks to build on success

Posted 7/31/2009 in High School Sports

The 2008 season was just the first step for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball season. The Lady Patriots made history last season, advancing to the North South State Tournament for the first time. With many of the key players from that team back this season, Heritage Academy coach Ginny Lowery is confident Heritage Academy can build on last season and begin to build a tradition.

 

 

Time off serves Tate well

Posted 7/31/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — It has been a month since former Starkville High School sprinter Tavaris Tate participated at the United States Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The time off has served him well.

 

 

Coaches like what they see from Tate

Posted 7/31/2009 in Local Sports

Mississippi State men’s associate head track and field coach Steve Dudley has been an interested spectator of prize recruit Tavaris Tate. Dudley, who works with the program’s sprinters, has followed Tate to all of his destinations this summer and hasn’t been surprised with the success of the former Starkville High School sprinter.

 

 

Starkville Academy softball expects to be stronger

Posted 7/30/2009 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy softball coach Randy Haynes expects to have a stronger team on the field this season. There were signs in the summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex that the Lady Volunteers could be better than last year’s 18-17 record.

 

 

Attorney: Floyd's comments could help Sidney's case

Posted 7/30/2009 in College Sports

Donald Jackson, the attorney for the family of Mississippi State men’s basketball signee Renardo Sidney, said the recent comments by former University of Southern California coach Tim Floyd can only help his client’s case.

 

 

Central Academy wants to build on slow-pitch title

Posted 7/30/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — One title isn’t enough for the Central Academy softball program. In May, the Lady Vikings ended a drought when they defeated Kemper Academy to win the Class A Mississippi Private School Association slow-pitch state title.

 

 

Tigers sign former Bulldog P Wesson

Posted 7/30/2009 in College Sports

Former Mississippi State pitcher Jared Wesson wasn’t sure the opportunity was going to come. After his name failed to come up one month after the Major League Baseball First-Player Draft, he began to wonder if any organization would take a chance on him.

 

 

West Point's Virges commits to MSU; WRs leave program

Posted 7/29/2009 in College Sports

WEST POINT — West Point High School offensive and defensive lineman Curtis Virges likes the direction coach Dan Mullen is taking the Mississippi State football program. Even though the Bulldogs haven’t taken the field this season, Virges has been impressed with how Mullen prepares the team.

 

 

Former Bulldog Bowen signs with Reds

Posted 7/29/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State is losing one of its pitchers to professional baseball. Right-hander Ricky Bowen will skip his senior season with the Bulldogs and has signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He reported to the Billings (Montana) Mustangs of the Pioneer League on Monday.

 

 

Hall calls for Keys: Former MSU star will be inducted into state's Sports Hall of Fame

Posted 7/28/2009 in College Sports

People will be talking this weekend about Tyrone Keys. But while the topic — football — will be the same, the memories from all of the teams Keys played on will be different.

 

 

Swim Columbus, Shockwave swim teams come away with awards

Posted 7/28/2009 in Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Members of Swim Columbus and the Shockwave swimming teams delivered solid performances last weekend at the 2009 MSI Long Course State Championships at Delta State University.

 

 

Youth tackle football registration under way

Posted 7/28/2009 in Local Sports

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority is registering players for its youth tackle football leagues.

 

 

White wins Heart O' Dixie; Earnest throws gem

Posted 7/25/2009 in Local Sports

PHILADELPHIA — Starkville’s Kelly White was the top female finisher Saturday at the 30th annual Heart o’ Dixie triathlon. White, 30, finished the half-mile swim, the 27.5-mile run, and the seven-mile run in a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 55 seconds. Her finish was just one of many from area participants.

 

 

Bulldogs' Chaney named All-SEC

Posted 7/25/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. — Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney didn’t return for his senior year to get preseason honors. After breaking his leg in MSU’s opening game of the 2008 season at Louisiana Tech, Chaney received a medical redshirt that gave him another year of eligibility.

 

 

Starkville All-Stars have trophy, picture on display at Sportsplex

Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Baseball Association and the Park and Recreation Department wants to make sure the community shares the accomplishment of the Coach-Pitch 8-year-old Dizzy Dean All-Stars. The Dizzy Dean South State championship trophy and a team picture of the Starkville All-Stars have been on display at the Starkville Sportsplex since Starkville won its title July 13. Starkville coach Keith Lawrence said some parents of the players approached him about taking the trophy home, but he didn’t feel that was appropriate because the trophy belonged to the community.

 

 

Outlaw works out at Starkville Sportsplex to fine tune skills

Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — Travis Outlaw looked around the Starkville Sportsplex on Wednesday afternoon and smiled. The Starkville native and member of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers is proud the city has provided such a facility to the community. Outlaw and Ed LeBlanc, his personal coach, took advantage of the facility to focus on specific points of Outlaw’s game to help him prepare rejoin the Trail Blazers. Outlaw will leaves Starkville at the end of August to begin his sixth season in the NBA

 

 

Alabama puts end of last year behind and moves forward

Posted 7/24/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Saban isn’t one to offer excuses. The University of Alabama coach praised quarterback Tim Tebow, coach Urban Meyer, and the rest of the Florida Gators for playing a great game in the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championship game. Saban didn’t blame his team’s loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2009, to a “blinking light” otherwise known as offensive lineman Andre Smith. Instead, the third-year coach preferred Thursday to talk about how his “blue-collar team” was going to continue to try to “do the job” as best as possible to get back to Atlanta to win a SEC title and compete for a national championship.

 

 

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