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Economy has forced changes in nation's fishing industry

Posted 11/8/2010 in Local Columns

Ever since I was a young guy fishing in a flat-bottom boat in ponds and backwater areas of the river, I dreamed of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic.

 

 

Columbus stops Starkville short of playoffs

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Symmetry is a perfect word to describe Friday night's season-ending showdown between the Columbus and Starkville high school football teams. The Golden Triangle rivals mirrored one another in myriad ways in an offensive shootout that seemed scripted at times. But the Falcons' defense directed the final scene, stopping the Yellow Jackets 1 yard short of tying the game on the last play from scrimmage to preserve a 34-32 victory.

 

 

Caledonia's Comer wins state title

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Caledonia High School's Jessica Comer covered the Choctaw Trails 4-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds Saturday to win the Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A state cross country title.

 

 

New Hope gets win, help to secure No. 2 spot

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School football team took care of its business Friday night with a 31-14 victory against Indianola Gentry in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field. The win by New Hope coupled with West Point High's 21-14 victory at Hernando helped the Trojans secure the No. 2 seed in the region.

 

 

Tuscaloosa Christian ends Victory Christian's run

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Nothing is given to you. Landon Ellis summed it up best as he stood with the runner-up trophy in his hands and talked about what had just transpired. After three years of eye-popping scoring totals and margins of victory, the Victory Christian football team finally faced an opponent it couldn't overcome.

 

 

Defense does trick for Noxubee County

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team's aggressive defensive play and punishing running game fueled a 37-0 win against Lexington's J.J. McClain on Friday in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A first-round playoff game.

 

 

Aberdeen clicks in win against Kossuth

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Entering the playoffs with a 5-6 record and a fourth-place division finish is always a challenge. But having to play the state's fourth-ranked Class 3A team at its place in the first round more times than not will result in a season-ending loss.

 

 

French Camp denies West Oktibbeha playoff spot

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

FRENCH CAMP -- When his team got the ball trailing by four points with a little more than four minutes left in its game against French Camp on Friday night, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey had no doubt his team would score. But French Camp linebacker Josh Williams had other ideas, as he intercepted a Von Smith pass near midfield to halt West Oktibbeha's comeback attempt and hand the Panthers a 30-26 win.

 

 

East Webster continues ground dominance, beats Bruce

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team took its first step toward a state championship Friday night in a 35-20 win against Bruce. The Wolverines (12-0) continued their dominance on the ground, rushing for 327 yards on 41 carries in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoff opener.

 

 

Louisville one of few local teams to win playoff opener

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- Wyatt Roberts completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards to lead the Louisville High School football team past Amanda Elzy 32-8 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.

 

 

Bolden, Rebels pound Cajuns

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

OXFORD -- With its best playmaker relegated to the sidelines, the University of Mississippi football team kept the playbook simple. And with a punishing running game led by Brandon Bolden's 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Ole Miss plowed past Louisiana-Lafayette 43-21 on Saturday night.

 

 

Southern Miss pushes past Tulane

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Mississippi barely got 100 yards passing from its quarterback, but the biggest play of the game was a pass from one of its wide receivers. Quentin Pierce took a lateral from quarterback Austin Davis and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johdrick Morris to break a fourth-quarter tie and lead the Golden Eagles to a 46-30 Conference USA victory against Tulane on Saturday.

 

 

LSU wins elimination game against Alabama

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them. "I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."

 

 

Sulligent, Pickens County advance in Alabama playoffs

Posted 11/6/2010 in High School Sports

The Sulligent and Pickens County high school football teams advanced to the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs Friday night. Sulligent defeated West End of Walnut Grove, Ala., 34-18 in the Class 2A playoffs, while Pickens County ended Loachapoka's season in Class 1A with a 26-7 victory.

 

 

MSU women's basketball team will be versatile this season

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

Versatility appears to be a potential catchword for the 2010-11 Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Basketball Bulldogs will look different this year

Posted 11/6/2010 in College Sports

The Mississippi State men's basketball team's exhibition opener against Lindsey Wilson College showed how different the Bulldogs will look this season.

 

 

Tuscaloosa Christian ends Victory Christian's run

Posted 11/5/2010 in High School Sports

COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Josh McCoy caught a 65-yard touchdown pass from Maison McCullough with 3 minutes, 1 second remaining in the fourth quarter Friday night to lift the Tuscaloosa Christian football team to a 24-20 victory against Victory Christian in the Christian Football Association championship.

 

 

MSU to experiment with rotations against Lindsey Wilson

Posted 11/5/2010 in College Sports

When Mississippi State's men's basketball team faces exhibition opponent Lindsey Wilson on Saturday, all eyes will be on the two players who won't be in uniform when the games start to count.

 

MSU remembers friend, teammate Nick Bell

Posted 11/5/2010 in College Sports

Nick Bell's memorial service featured several speakers and slideshows honoring the former Mississippi State football player. But each shared a common theme about their friend: his bright smile.

Eagles face Tuscaloosa for title

Posted 11/5/2010 in High School Sports

The Victory Christian football team still has a shred of uncertainty as it enters its game at 7 tonight against Tuscaloosa Christian for the Christian Football Association championship.

 

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