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MSU NOTEBOOK: Bulldog coaches ready for return of Johnson

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The football coaches at Mississippi State University have been pointing to this first road Southeastern Conference game at the University of Kentucky for the return of injured tight end Malcolm Johnson.



Stuedeman eagerly anticipates 2013 softball season

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman has been learning from Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen.



Crappie Masters national championship set for Columbus

Posted 10/1/2012 in Local Sports

There's nothing wrong with having fun while you're fishing and getting a chance to make some money for doing it. That simple plan eight years ago gave rise to the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail. In that time, anglers from all across the United States have won hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless prizes. The birth of Crappie Masters also helped introduce competitive fishing to a new audience.



Ole Miss makes Alabama work for victory

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's a new week for the University of Mississippi football team. After a 33-14 loss to the University of Alabama on Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Rebels (3-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) will face the SEC Western Division's newest member, Texas A&M University, Saturday in Oxford. Both teams will try for their first SEC win. And while Ole Miss didn't get that first league victory Saturday against the nation's top-ranked team, it showed the Crimson Tide are vulnerable.



No. 6 Texas A&M women's soccer team defeats MSU

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Many national pundits spent the summer talking about the impact the addition of Texas A&M University and the University of Missouri would make on Southeastern Conference football. Lost in the shuffle was the immediate boost both athletic programs would give the conference in women's soccer.



Florida volleyball team beats MSU again

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Make it 41 victories in a row for the University of Florida volleyball program against Mississippi State University.



MSU baseball will play schedule packed with NCAA tournament teams

Posted 10/1/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A school-record 37 games at Dudy Noble Field highlight Mississippi State University's 56-game baseball schedule for 2013 announced last week by coach John Cohen.



No. 1 Alabama outlasts pesky Ole Miss

Posted 9/30/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 University of Alabama football team actually trailed for a change, a predicament that lasted 15 seconds.



MSU's 4-0 start generating excitement

Posted 9/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The buzz on the Mississippi State University campus is starting to get more pronounced. After the MSU football team's first 4-0 start, it's natural for fans, players, and coaches to start talking about 2012 as a special season.



Franklin brings experience, toughness to MSU women

Posted 9/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A'Quonesia Franklin isn't a numbers person. If she was, there might have been a time when she doubted she could play Division I basketball. But Franklin never has been one to let artificial or perceived physical ones stand in her way. That's what makes it so easy for Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer to reminisce about someone he came to know by accident.



Columbus United's Velek gets MSU coaching honor

Posted 9/30/2012 in Local Sports

Dr. Tom Velek never has looked at soccer as a sport for only his children. That attitude explains why Velek has worked in so many capacities -- coach, administrator, organizer, evaluator, teacher, manager -- to help grow the sport he loves in the city of Columbus. This week, Velek was recognized for his work as he was named Mississippi Soccer Association Coach of the Year.



Second-quarter surge lifts Southaven past Columbus

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

For Columbus High School, it was a bad 28 seconds. The Falcons' defense play brilliant football Friday night but two big plays in the final 28 seconds of the first half told the story in a 17-7 loss to Southaven in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 matchup at Falcon Field.



Starkville overpowers Provine

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team answered a lot of questions Friday night. One thing the coaches debated was whether the Yellow Jackets could handle a physically demanding football team on the road. After piling up 415 yards, including 317 on the ground, Starkville proved it is capable in a 23-6 victory against Provine in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.



Noxubee County beats Kosciusko, continues shutout streak

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team celebrated Senior Night on Friday with a 29-0 victory against Kosciusko in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 game.



Heritage Academy falls short on conversion against Magnolia Heights

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

SENATOBIA -- Close. Barrett Donahoe has used that word several times this season to highlight how far he feels the Heritage Academy football program is from competing for championships.



Leake Central edges Caledonia

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School kicker Josh Kugel is probably too young to realize it, but he has a lot in common with Gerry Thomas and Dan Mowrey.



West Point keeps rolling in Class 5A, Region 1

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

HERNANDO -- The West Point High School football has found a return to normalcy in Class 5A, Region 1. The Green Wave rushed for 245 yards and moved to 2-0 in region play Friday night with a 49-14 victory at Hernando.



Graise, Chambers lead Timberwolves

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

MABEN - The West Oktibbeha County High School football team doesn't get smacked in the mouth much, but when it does, it's usually the offense that helps the team overcome adversity. On Friday, it was senior defensive linemen Michael Graise and Johnny Chambers who led the charge in a 46-24 win against Sebastopol High.



MSU's Love waiting for turn at cornerback

Posted 9/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamerson Love recognizes he's watching two of the best in defensive backs teach him how to play in the Southeastern Conference. This week, the Mississippi State University football team has used its bye week to give newcomers like Love an opportunity to show the veterans what they've learned.



Defense helps Pickens County shut down Aliceville

Posted 9/30/2012 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- While the Pickens County and Aliceville high school football teams raced up and down the field Friday night, the Tornadoes' defense made the big plays when needed most. The Tornadoes forced three turnovers and remained undefeated with a 35-14 victory against the Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium.



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