Yandell Harris sees the potential. Now the Heritage Academy boys basketball coach wants to see the effort. If both of those things are present at the same time, the veteran coach believes the Patriots can come together and have a chance to make a postseason run. After receiving a pick-me-up halftime speech from Harris, Heritage Academy took its coach's encouragement to the court and pulled away for a 52-22 victory against Pickens Academy. In the girls game, Elisabeth Hankins had 17 points and Corey Dawkins added 16 to lead Pickens Academy to a 45-37 win.
OXFORD -- The tension was still showing on University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy's face several minutes after his team squeezed past Southern Methodist with a 50-48 victory on Tuesday night. Simply put, it was ugly. Kennedy admits that might be a common theme this season.
ATLANTA -- JaMychal Green appears recovered from a right shoulder injury, and the University of Alabama men's basketball team got another big boost with the return of Andrew Steele for the first time this season. So with the Southeastern Conference schedule beginning in four days, the Crimson Tide look ready to roll.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested early Sunday morning in his hometown of Tupelo and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. The Lee County Sheriff's Department confirmed Sunday morning to The Dispatch that Bumphis' arrest occurred at 1:31 a.m. in the city proper of Tupelo, and that Bumphis was released nearly an hour later after being booked on the charges. Bumphis, 22, has one year of eligibility left at MSU. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 12 at the Lee County Courthouse.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen always has judged the quarterback position by one category: Wins. In that regard, senior Chris Relf will leave MSU as one of the program's most successful quarterbacks, especially after he closed his career with another victory.
STARKVILLE -- A recent labor dispute between NBA players and owners forced the league to settle for a compressed schedule that requires some teams to play five games in one week. That kind of workload doesn't faze the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team.
The pieces are in place. Rick Stansbury has repeated the thought that the 2011-12 Mississippi State University men's basketball team has greater versatility and depth than last season's team. On Saturday, MSU showcased another ingredient it will need to realize its potential: Resolve.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For a player not many Division I schools wanted after high school and a successful stint at junior college, Vick Ballard wrote an award-winning final chapter to his story Friday night. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College transfer used his final college game -- a 23-17 victory against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl -- to show the country what many of the premier programs missed out on for ignoring his talents for so long
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Believe it or not, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said he was blocked up front before he blocked a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter Friday night in the Music City Bowl. The reason this fact is up for debate is the speed at which the 295-pound defensive got to the Wake Forest holder and nearly tackled kicker Jimmy Newm
RENO, Nev. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team erased a 16-point second-half deficit Friday night and rallied for a 67-63 victory against Nevada in the consolation game of the Peppermill Classic at the Lawlor Events Center. MSU bounced back from a 78-71 loss to Oklahoma State in the tournament's opening round on Thursday night. With the victory, MSU completes the non-conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 10-3 overall record.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter started drawing up the first Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament, Friday's game was what he wanted. Rarely challenged in the first two months of the season, the top-ranked Yellow Jackets brought in three highly touted out-of-state opponents. Carter wanted to see how his players responded in pressure-packed situations against top-notched competition.
STARKVILLE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team had few answers offensively Friday afternoon in a 50-41 loss to Jackson Olin (Ala.) in a final-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament. New Hope (7-5) started slowly and never got its transition game going. The Trojans had only four field goals in the first quarter and trailed throughout the contest.
Mississippi State University has appeared in baseball's College World Series on eight times. Looking back at the 2011 season, some might find it hard to believe how close the Bulldogs were to a ninth trek to the hallowed grounds of Omaha, Neb.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Piling a bunch of people in a car and going to a famous destination is how a lot of great tales begin. For Mississippi State University students and recent graduates, bowl games represent the perfect excuse for that classic college road trip story.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School has outscored its opponents 133-72 thus far in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump high school basketball tournament. Thursday night, the Yellow Jackets continued their tear, defeating Carroll High School (La.) 59-45. The night before Starkville routed Strong (Ark.), 74-27.
STARKVILLE - New Hope High senior basketball player Lawrence Brown had a lot of fun Thursday afternoon. Brown scored 29 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Trojans hustled past East Oktibbeha 73-64 in a second-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump holiday basketball tournament being played at the Humphrey Coliseum on the Mississippi State University campus.
RENO, Nev. - Mississippi State's late rally came up short Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 78-71 decision to undefeated Oklahoma State in the second contest at the University of Nevada-hosted Peppermill Classic.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cameron Lawrence can only remember one season he and his older brother Addison haven't been competing on the same football field. After tonight's 2011 Music City Bowl, the Lawrence duo will be split up again for likely the final time of their football careers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen has stressed the goal of the next season since this New Year's Day victory in Jacksonville. Get to back-to-back bowl games.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Plenty of big region matchups set for Friday LOCAL COLUMNS