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Different look suits MSU's Girodo

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Your eyes aren't deceiving you when you see Mississippi State University senior left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo. The reason Girodo looks different on the mound in his final season is because nearly everything has changed. He still throws from the left side, but his arm slot has changed and he has gone to a three-quarter delivery that has given new life to his slider and a changeup. The change has given Girodo a new-found confidence to attack hitters.



MSU men will try to snap skid against Kentucky

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easy to look at the rosters for the Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky men's basketball team and see the different in depth and talent. While MSU's injuries and suspensions likely will make it difficult for Rick Ray and the Bulldogs to beat Kentucky at 7 tonight (WCBI), the first-year MSU head coach may want to look at the recruiting success coach John Calipari has had in recent years to help the Wildcats reload. According to, Kentucky has had the top ranked recruiting class in the country each season since Calipari took over for the fired Billy Gillespie in 2009. Kentucky is projected to repeat that feat with its 2013 recruiting haul.



Columbus overcomes slow start to beat Starkville

Posted 2/27/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Junior Hunter Mullis is excited about the Columbus High School baseball team this season. "A lot of the guys on this team have been playing together since they were 8 years old at Propst Park," Mullis said. "We know each other. We play well together. I think we have a chance to have a special season."



Starkville Academy ready to repeat three-peat

Posted 2/27/2013 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Tiffany Huddleston felt weird. Usually, the Starkville Academy standout is a center of attention. On the soccer field, Huddleston has a knack for creating scoring opportunities or finishing chances. On the basketball court, Huddleston has had a steady hand in directing the Lady Volunteers' offense and typically gets a fair share of attention because she is a conduit the team uses to get its offense going.



Alabama warms up in second half to beat Auburn

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The first half had a familiar feel for the University of Alabama and Auburn University: Good defense, scant offense. This time, Trevor Releford and the Crimson Tide broke out of the scoring funk without letting up defensively after halftime, en route to a 61-43 victory Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.



Good, bad news for MSU baseball

Posted 2/26/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The X-rays for Hunter Renfroe delivered good and bad news for the Mississippi State University baseball program. MSU coach John Cohen revealed the bad news is the junior outfielder has "a very, very small fracture" in his throwing hand. Renfroe suffered the injury Saturday afternoon after he was hit in the hand with a pitch in a 8-2 victory against Samford University. He stayed in the game and also played in the nightcap of the doubleheader against Purdue University.



Ray not making excuses for MSU's lack of experience

Posted 2/26/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of the nation's 347 Division I men's college basketball programs, Mississippi State University is 329th in experience. This statistic, created by basketball sabermatrician Ken Pomeroy and his website, isn't lost on MSU coach Rick Ray.



Hairston, Hamm lead VCA girls to title

Posted 2/26/2013 in High School Sports

Oversized post players and foul trouble aren't any problem for Taylor Hairston and Alyka Hamm. While those two elements could prove to be stumbling blocks for other players, Hairston and Hamm showed they can overcome just about any obstacle when it comes to helping the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team complete a perfect season.



Alabama looks for high score vs. Auburn

Posted 2/26/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is trying to climb to the top of the Southeastern Conference. Auburn University is scrambling to avoid a descent to the bottom.



Cox's strong outing pushes MSU baseball team to 9-0

Posted 2/25/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Local fans know Will Cox can be effective as a thrower. The college baseball world is getting acquainted with Will Cox the pitcher.



Columbus' Cunningham making mark with MSU men's team

Posted 2/25/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State University junior guard Tyson Cunningham needs a post-graduate recommendation, he only needs to ask MSU coach Rick Ray.



MSU women can't overcome slow start vs. South Carolina

Posted 2/25/2013 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. --The Mississippi State University women's basketball team made more strides Sunday afternoon against one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Conference. However, turnovers continued to plague the Bulldogs and an early deficit proved too much to overcome.



LSU outlasts Alabama in three OTs

Posted 2/23/2013 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As fate would have it, LSU chose this weekend to honor its 1978 men's basketball team, which memorably outlasted then-No. 1 University of Kentucky in a thrilling overtime upset despite all five Tigers starters fouling out. LSU coach Johnny Jones thought such an example of perseverance would make an appropriate subject for a pregame speech before his team played host to the University of Alabama on Saturday. He sure looks clairvoyant now.



Henderson helps Ole Miss rout Auburn

Posted 2/23/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy decided the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer could use a change of scenery, so Marshall Henderson started Saturday's game on the bench. A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2 guard's exile was over. And boy, did he make up for lost time.



MSU baseball beats Samford, Purdue

Posted 2/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Over the last three years of recruiting and development of power arms, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen and his staff are able to do what they love -- tinker.



Vanderbilt hands MSU another loss

Posted 2/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Statistically it was an average home game at Humphrey Coliseum Saturday afternoon for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program - another blowout loss. Coming into the contest against one of the bottom Southeastern Conference programs, MSU's average margin of defeat at home was 23.2 points and that included single digit losses to Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University. The Bulldogs nearly doubled that margin Saturday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 4,087 but many of whom found the exits quickly.



Alwal looks to have another strong outing

Posted 2/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Thursday was an effort in redemption for Martha Alwal. Coming off her second scoreless game of the season, the 6-foot-4 sophomore center wanted to make a statement against the University of Alabama. Alwal delivered with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance in a 75-51 victory at Humphrey Coliseum that helped the Bulldogs snap a two-game losing streak.



Relaxed Starkville Academy shares title victory

Posted 2/23/2013 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The power of the assist can't be denied. The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed Saturday that sharing the basketball can be the best way to erase the memory of a forgettable afternoon. Maggie Proffitt scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures in Starkville Academy's 64-29 victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA championship game at Jackson Academy.



Starkville Academy survives against PCS

Posted 2/23/2013 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- "Here we go again." Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said the perfect words Friday afternoon after experiencing another Mississippi Association of Independent Schools roller-coaster playoff ride.



New Hope learns lessons in loss, visit with Catchings

Posted 2/23/2013 in High School Sports

CANTON -- Seize the moment. After everything the Lanier High School girls basketball team has been through this season, that concept wasn't lost on Brittany Rose on Friday night. Despite her lack of success and the team's struggles form 3-point range early in the game, Rose received the green light from her coach and let another one fly with the game on the line.



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