STARKVILLE ĖĖ Dudy Gras just keeps getting bigger, and Mississippi State baseball John Cohen is enjoying every minute of it.† The annual parade celebrates the start of MSUís baseball season, but organizers have taken it to a new level for this yearís edition.† In addition to the annual parade thatís marched through Starkville and to Left Field Lounge at Dudy Noble Field, there will be a first-ever Dudy Gras Ball at the conclusion of ďEight Days of Dudy GrasĒ at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn.
STARKVILLE ó With a core group of All-Americans, the Mississippi State menís track team is all about exposure these days. After a nationally televised 4x400-meter relay win (3 minutes, 19.44 seconds) at the Millrose Games on Jan. 29, the Bulldogs made a statement for the upcoming Southeastern Conference season. With a potential Top 10 team and six All-Americans, though, MSU coach Al Schmidt is thinking on a grander scale.
STARKVILLE ó A National Signing Day surge saw the Mississippi State University football team land the stateís top offensive lineman and snag two more from other programs.
Three student-athletes who are familiar with success in high school will try to reach similar levels in college. Ryan Hollivay, Kelli Petty, and Blake Roberts signed scholarships Wednesday to continue their athletic careers at the next level.
When Bubba Davis has established the Columbus High School football program as a winner, he can look back on the 2009 season and thank Chris Jackson and Rickey Knox.
WEST POINT ó Dressed in maroon sweatshirts, West Point High School seniors Michael Carr and Curtis Virges honored their verbal commitments and signed scholarships Wednesday to play football at Mississippi State.
MACON ó Vincent Sanders is set to join a fellow Noxubee County High School playmaker in Oxford, while seven of his teammates are headed to junior college power East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE ó The Itawamba Community College football program landed two Starkville High Yellow Jackets on National Signing Day, as wideouts Perez Young and Justin Rogers signed to become members of new coach Jon Williamsí first recruiting class.
Brandon Hill is ready to take the next step. If Hill would have had a pair of pads and clearance Wednesday, he would have hit the Mississippi State football practice fields to begin his career as a Bulldogs.
ABERDEEN ó It would difficult to imagine any coach beaming brighter than Chris Duncan did Wednesday. Duncanís delight in seeing six of his players sign scholarships to play football in college stems from how far the Aberdeen High School football program has come in a short amount of time.
STARKVILLE ó The connection will continue. Mike Sullivan hopes the bond that Roy Miles and Will Goodwin pays equally valuable dividends for his Itawamba Community College menís soccer team as it has for the Starkville Academy team.
STARKVILLE ó Results mean more than the name of the opponents in February. Mississippi State womenís basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis has stressed to her players that it takes communication, focus, and determination to achieve those results.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. ó After visiting Alabama State last weekend, Derrick Billups believes itís the right place for him.
The Pickens Academy girls basketball team has won all 12 of its region games this season. Pickens County, of Carrollton, Ala., will attempt to continue that success this weekend when it plays in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA, Region 2 Tournament at Marion, Ala.
STARKVILLE ĖĖ Teams are often built from the inside out, so it makes sense Dan Mullenís second recruiting class follows that plan.
STARKVILLE ó Catina Bett will have to wait a little longer for her second chance. In the meantime, the transfer from the University of Kentucky continues to get herself back into shape, to build relationships with her new teammates, and to get to know Mississippi State womenís basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis.
STARKVILLE ĖĖ The Mississippi State menís basketball teamís win against LSU on Saturday appeared to get the train back on track despite going 40 minutes with some of the same characteristics that saw the team lose consecutive games.
In December, the University of South Alabama menís basketball team achieved one of its most notable wins in school history.
STARKVILLE ó Ravern Johnsonís evolution into an all-around player is starting to catch up to his frame and measurables, which is right on time for the Mississippi State menís basketball team.
Coming off a loss to the University of Arkansas and preparing for the nationís No. 4-ranked team on one dayís rest and preparation is challenging enough. But University of Mississippi menís basketball coach Andy Kennedy could have a bigger issue the rest of the season.
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