PHILADELPHIA -- On the way to their 2012 Region 3 championship, the Starkville High sent a message to the rest of the Mississippi schools still eligible in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament. When the Yellow Jackets seemingly want to showcase that highly critical killer instinct that all title contending teams need to have, they are fully capable of doing so in a big way.
STARKVILLE -- The pair of teams arriving to Humphrey Coliseum are coming off their best performances in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 in SEC play) will be less than 48 hours removed from an impressive 70-60 victory over in-state rival Ole Miss in a contest where the Bulldogs were up by as many as 18 in the second half.
The Columbus High School girls basketball team showed Friday night it has the ability to deliver a knockout punch and the conditioning to last 15 rounds. The CHS boys showed they are developing that knack but that they lack the experience and are still learning how to go the distance.
JACKSON -- In an epic six-hour college tennis bout with 21st-ranked Ole Miss, the 14th-ranked Mississippi State men's tennis squad regained the River Hills Cup with an exciting 4-2 victory Thursday night at River Hills Club in a top 25 war.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mississippi State senior Diamber Johnson joined the 1,000-point club Thursday night. However, the Lady Bulldogs could not do enough to make this special night lead to a victory. Rallying from down a point late, LSU scored eight straight points as the Lady Tigers knocked off the Lady Bulldogs 53-49 in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
STARKVILLE -- Once again, the in-state rival seemingly had absolutely no defensive answer for Mississippi State's 280-pound center. Renardo Sidney bruised his way to 14 points and seven rebounds in MSU's 70-60 victory over the Rebels leaving Ole Miss Andy Kennedy simply shaking head and feeling helpless on the sidelines.
STARKVILLE -- While there were some bright spots on offense for the University of Mississippi Thursday night, the Rebels could not overcome off shooting nights from Nick Williams and Terrance Henry. The duo was a combined 2-for-15 from the field and Ole Miss could never build enough offense to overtake Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE - Round two went to Mississippi State senior Dee Bost. In highly publicized feud between University of Mississippi forward Terrance Henry and the Bulldogs point guard, MSU's 6-foot-3 scorer took all the trash talk from the first game and transformed it into his best night of the 2011-12 season.
On Friday and Saturday, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to the Mississippi Horse Park. Hosted by the Starkville Rotary Club, this event is the club's largest fundraiser each year. The members strive to not only make it an exciting, edge-of-your-seat event, but also donate proceeds to help support local youth through the tuition guarantee program.
STARKVILLE -- Of the state's four men's basketball teams that have serious dreams of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament, two will meet tonight in Starkville The University of Mississippi will look to improve its at-large status by completing a regular-season sweep of Mississippi State University 6 tonight (ESPN2) at Humphrey Coliseum. Many of the bracket projections released this week have the Rebels (14-8, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) as a bubble team of the field. ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi has Ole Miss as the first team out of the tournament with a little more than a month until the field is selected.
STARKVILLE -- Enthusiasm. Passion. Intensity. Those words and many similar ones could be used to describe Mississippi State University's first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman. Stuedeman, who makes her Division I head coaching debut tonight at South Alabama, comes to Starkville after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. Alabama is considered one of the nation's premier softball programs. The goal is to push MSU to that level.
STARKVILLE -- The number is imposing. Diamber Johnson doesn't remember the shot that helped her eclipse the 2,000-point mark in high school, but she knows it came in the "Big House," or the Mississippi Coliseum, in Jackson. Johnson also doesn't know where she will hit her next milestone.
Next man up. That's the mind-set the Columbus High School basketball team has used all season. It worked again in an elimination game Tuesday night, as Deontae Jones and Robert Irby each had 11 points to lead Columbus to a 57-44 victory against Grenada in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- No matter the result, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will leave Humphrey Coliseum arm in arm with his wife, Meo. As he walks out the front door, the arm and hand that isn't wrapped around his wife likely will have a scouting report or a video of the University of Georgia basketball program in it. Less than 48 hours after No. 20 MSU (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) finishes its game against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2), it will have to prepare for another SEC home matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has been reluctant in the preseason to name a starting lineup. Don't look for that to change in her first season as head coach at MSU.
STARKVILLE -- The fans have spoken to complete the biggest component of Mississippi State University's 100 Years of Basketball celebration. On Tuesday, the final tabulations for the "Starting 5" and "Top 5 Games" as voted on by the fans were compiled, and it's an all-star cast with countless achievements and accolades that received the most votes.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The shorthanded University of Alabama men's basketball team made a little history against Auburn University. JaMychal Green scored 19 points, Trevor Releford added 15 to help Alabama race to a 68-50 win on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- It was almost as if Shaun Smith had to walk up to his coach, shake his head, and re-introduce himself. After having major hip surgery and rehabilitating from that injury this fall, Mississippi State University sophomore guard Shaun Smith admitted Monday he felt like a forgotten man on the MSU men's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen preaches the fundamentals every day in practice at Dudy Noble Field, he anticipates his 2012 team will be able to offer something different, especially in batting practice. One player who will command attention is Hunter Renfroe, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder who attracts attention from fans and teammates every time he steps in the batting cage.
Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.
1. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
2. Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS