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Stansbury wants to see better defense from MSU

Posted 11/11/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team will face more question marks than certainties Friday when it opens the regular season. The Bulldogs, who'll be without suspended players Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney, struggled defensively in their exhibition win against Lindsey Wilson College.



Heritage Academy's Westmoreland picks Delta State

Posted 11/11/2010 in High School Sports

The fire was dying. After years of playing competitively, Caleb Westmoreland found the game of golf didn't excite him the same way. For some reason, all of the practice and attention to detail wasn't resulting in the kind of progress he felt he should have been making.



MSU's Govero will try to find scoring niche

Posted 11/11/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero has seen the spotlight. Until now, though, she has avoided spending much of her college career in its glare. That all changed Sunday when the senior guard saw how important opponents believe she will be this season to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.



Hamilton's Reeves going to Ole Miss

Posted 11/11/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The tie said it all. Anyone who knows Chase Reeves understands his love for the University of Mississippi. Ever since he was 7 years old and attended his first baseball game in Oxford, Reeves has dreamed of donning the Rebels' pinstripes and playing in the outfield or pitching in front of a packed stadium.



Central Academy football hopes for better fate today

Posted 11/11/2010 in High School Sports

Ronnie Sciple is curious. Two weeks ago, he thought his Central Academy football team was ready for the challenge to face Kemper Academy.



EMCC's Ward commits to Memphis

Posted 11/11/2010 in College Sports

Perrance Ward still has work to do, but the opportunity to play Division I college football has been offered and accepted. The former West Point High School standout and East Mississippi Community College cornerback/safety gave a verbal commitment Tuesday to play football at the University of Memphis.



Lack of leadership sinks Yellow Jackets

Posted 11/10/2010 in High School Sports

A few noticeable faces were missing from Starkville High School's state title game rematch against Meridian on Tuesday night.



W. Lowndes rallies to edge Columbus by one

Posted 11/10/2010 in High School Sports

Antonio Wilson didn't want to move. As the ruckus grew louder around him, Wilson shook his head twice and refused to move from his spot at the free-throw line.



Noxubee County has piled up plenty of numbers

Posted 11/10/2010 in High School Sports

The numbers don't lie. Whether it has been through the air or on the ground, the Noxubee County High School football team has had one of the best offenses in the state the past four years.



West Alabama's Ellis focuses on Thursday night's season finale

Posted 11/10/2010 in College Sports

Alvin Ellis knows his University of West Alabama football team has lost close homes. In fact, every loss in the Tigers' 6-4 season has been by no more than four points.


Shell-shock: Freshmen must change workout, diet habits to succeed

Posted 11/10/2010 in College Sports

Life as a Mississippi State football player begins immediately after the ink dries on the National Letter of Intent.


Rare ranked battle for Bulldogs, Crimson Tide

Posted 11/9/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's not every year the Mississippi State and the University of Alabama football teams meet with identical records. Both teams haven't been ranked entering their annual late-season game since 1999, when the Bulldogs were No. 8 with an 8-0 record and the Crimson Tide were No. 11.



Caledonia's Comer wins state title, looks ahead to other senior goals

Posted 11/9/2010 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The temptation is always there for Jessica Comer. Like all elite cross country runners, she can hear footsteps. But she resists the urge.



Alabama men need 2OT to beat Alabama Huntsville

Posted 11/9/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team finished its exhibition schedule Monday with a 73-68 double overtime win against the University of Alabama in Huntsville at Coleman Coliseum.



MSU bye week is stressful

Posted 11/8/2010 in College Sports

A bye week should be the most relaxing time of a football team's season. For No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), last week's break from competition shattered the ball club because of the death of defensive end Nick Bell.



Lady Bulldogs adjust to new roles

Posted 11/8/2010 in College Sports

Judith Tabala has only been a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team for a few months, but her first game action Sunday showed she, Diamber Johnson, and the rest of her teammates are adjusting to new roles. Johnson, who offered the look to Tabala, scored a game-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures in a 75-42 victory against the University of Montevallo in an exhibition game at Humphrey Coliseum.



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.



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