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Riggins turns into bruising force on offense for Sulligent

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- When the 2009 football season started in August, Sulligent High School senior running back Ishmael Riggins had a problem. Instead of trying to run around the defenders who wanted to tackle him, he tried to run over them. His behavior wasn't unusual for someone who had played on the offensive and defensive lines the previous season. So when he received the chance to run, he took it.



Washington State men roll past MSU

Posted 12/23/2010 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- Second-half shooting woes proved to be costly Wednesday for the Mississippi State men's basketball team, as Washington State overcame a halftime deficit to earn an 83-57 victory in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.



Johnson attracts attention on defense for Blue Devils

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Like most high school football coaches, Josh Harper at South Lamar compiles statistics and videos to send to college recruiters, hoping a senior will get some attention and earn a football scholarship. Once, however, he received an interesting question. "When I put together the information and videos, I included the Sulligent game," said Harper, whose Stallions dropped a 48-7 decision to the Blue Devils on Oct. 28. "A couple of weeks later, one of the recruiters called me back. He said he liked the kid I was talking with him about from here. "Then he asked me, 'Who's that No. 72?' I knew who he was talking about -- Tony Johnson."



Players are focus for Sulligent's Hubbert

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Nothing is more important to Sulligent High School interim football coach Ronnie Hubbert than his players. In his first time as a head football coach, Hubbert had to keep his squad focused when more things appeared to be happening off the field than on it.



MSU's Sidney benched for 'detrimental conduct'

Posted 12/22/2010 in College Sports

Just one game into his collegiate career, Mississippi State sophomore forward Renardo Sidney is back on the bench.



Healthy Heritage girls ready to play

Posted 12/22/2010 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy girls basketball team hopes to show what it can do now that it has all of its parts healthy and back together.



Lady Rams make use of Baudoin's newfound height

Posted 12/21/2010 in High School Sports

Rebounding has taken on a different meaning for Taylor Baudoin this season.



Lady Bulldogs still working on identity

Posted 12/21/2010 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team has 17 days to figure out what it wants to be this season.



Fish are feeling same shock from cold weather

Posted 12/20/2010 in Local Columns

Everyone I have talked to lately is in shock over the cold weather we have been experiencing in our area. Guess what? The fish are feeling the same shock.



Columbus needs to mature quickly

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston is anxious to see how quickly her team matures after its two biggest tests of the season.



Starkville boys blow past Brandon in tournament

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

If Saturday night is any indication, the Starkville High School boys basketball team just might get even closer to earning a return date in Jackson by the end of the regular season.



Falcons edge past Tuscaloosa

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

Sam Doughty had plenty of reasons to lose confidence. Whether it was lackluster free-throw shooting or the fact his Columbus High School boys basketball team was trying anything and everything to win its first game of the season, Doughty didn't lose focus.



New Hope's tradition rewarded

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

New Hope High School softball is about tradition. Take a look at the school's website,, and you will see pictures of "babies" who grew into young women.



Basketball Bulldogs routed by Virginia Tech in Battle of Atlantis

Posted 12/19/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State could not offset a monster offensive night by Virginia Tech as the Bulldogs dropped an 88-57 decision to the Hokies in the final game of Saturday's Battle at Atlantis.


Book remembers Mississippi football's 'backwoods Bear'

Posted 12/18/2010 in College Sports

Robert "Bull" Sullivan has been called the "toughest coach there ever was." The former East Mississippi Junior College football coach was known to line his players up on the edge of a snake- and alligator-infested pond for drills, order them to attend 2 a.m. practice sessions and play their way through aches and pains that would sideline many opponents.


Columbus boys give back to community

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School boys basketball team has a new fan in Judith Ross. The Columbus resident was one of several people the Falcons helped Thursday morning as part of their annual effort to give back to the community.



Columbus boys look to end streak at Classic

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith knows the win will come. It would be a wonderful holiday present if the Columbus High School boys basketball team could deliver this weekend when it serves as one of the hosts to the 14th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.



Football reserves get final shot in scrimmage

Posted 12/17/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's football team had it's last go Thursday at letting the youngsters run the show. As has been a theme this week, the Gator Bowl-bound Bulldogs have handed many of the first- and second-team snaps to freshmen and second- and third-team players.



MSU women face test against No. 5 Xavier

Posted 12/17/2010 in College Sports

Statistically, the Mississippi State women's basketball team ranks with the nation's top programs. Coming off a victory against Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, MSU (6-2) is allowing only 51.2 points a game, which is 25th nationally. The Lady Bulldogs also lead the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage defense (32 percent), which is 12th nationally.



Aberdeen sweeps West Lowndes in basketball

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team tried to use its quickness to overcome Aberdeen's height advantage Thursday night in the West Oktibbeha County High School Christmas Classic. West Lowndes coach Roosevelt Bridges, however, found you can't coach height, as Aberdeen opened with an 11-0 run and went on to a 78-64 victory.



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