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MSU baseball suffers 'teaching moment' in loss to Mercer

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.



Jenkins, Vanderbilt send Ole Miss home

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.



MSU softball misses chance to take series vs. Georgia

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.



Vry returns to circle for MSU softball

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team received a huge lift to its pitching staff Saturday afternoon. Junior left-hander Kylie Vry returned to the circle for the first time since a Feb. 26 outing against he University of Michigan. Vry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 2-0 loss to the No. 7 University of Georgia at the MSU Softball Field.



Columbus United teams win titles

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Two Columbus United Soccer Club teams won championships and another placed second at the Frostbite Tournament on Feb. 25-26 in Starkville.



Ladd Chain earns runner-up High Point Award

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

BILOXI -- Ladd Chain finished second individually in the 13- to 14-year-old age group and helped lead Swim Columbus to a seventh-place finish last month at the Mississippi State Short Course Championships.



Alabama anglers win semi-pro division of Crappie USA event

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Crappie USA held a two-day super tournament that featured amateur and semi-pro divisions that competed Friday and Saturday in Columbus. Teams as far away as Arkansas and Kentucky came to the area in hopes of cashing in on cash and prizes.



Snider's changes help anglers

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Anglers, like any sports enthusiasts, like to try new things. In our area, it's a challenge to find businesses that offer a huge selection of lures and fishing equipment.



MSU softball upsets No. 7 Georgia

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team was left with two options Wednesday night. MSU could have been disappointed after two hard-fought losses against the No. 3 University of Florida and let a possible slide begin. The other option was for the team to return to the diamond and pull a top-10 upset.



Injuries force MSU baseball to reshuffle lineup

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A month after introducing a new lineup to Mississippi State University baseball fans, the program will be forced to do it again. A rash of injuries in the past two weekends has forced MSU coach John Cohen to add newcomers to the lineup to replace players on the disabled list.



Ole Miss beats Tennessee to reach semifinals

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Terrance Henry scored 19 points, Jarvis Summers added 17 and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team beat the University of Tennessee 77-72 in overtime in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday night. Henry hit two free throws with 9.1 seconds left in regulation to give Ole Miss a 61-58 lead, but Tennessee's Skylar McBee banked in a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to tie the game and send it into overtime.



Florida outlasts Alabam in SEC tournament

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- The University of Alabama's JaMychal Green was terrific Friday, finishing in the paint, grabbing rebounds, dishing out assists, and being a huge pain for the University of Florida. There's just one free-throw attempt he'd like to have back. The Crimson Tide lost 66-63 to the Gators in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals, failing to convert two chances to tie the game in the final seconds.



Alabama's Jones shifts to center

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones opened spring practice at a new position -- one of many new looks for the defending national champions next season. Coach Nick Saban stressed Friday that it's a new team with several job openings. Alabama lost a group of stars that includes at least four projected first-round NFL draft picks.



Stansbury, Bulldogs want in; national pundits not convinced

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- And pop goes the NCAA Tournament bubble. It's seemingly a consensus among national college basketball pundits the Mississippi State University men's basketball program would've heard its name called for the NCAA tournament with just one more victory.



Columbus hosts Crappie USA event

Posted 3/9/2012 in Local Sports

This weekend will be about creating heritage for Marcus Honnell. On Saturday, the 38-year-old Columbus resident will team with one of his three sons, Mason, 11, in the Crappie USA Tournament Super Event in Columbus. Marcus' other two sons, Landon, 8, and Weston, 7, will fish with their grandfather in the Crappie Kids event, which also will be Saturday.



Bulldogs staggering with injuries

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen says he doesn't like to use injuries as an excuse for any form of poor play. After news coming out of the program Thursday morning, the fourth-year skipper simply may have no other choice.



MSU softball hosts No. 7 Georgia

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No rest. Less than 48 hours after dropping a tough doubleheader to third-ranked Florida, the Mississippi State softball team returns to action tonight and the competition gets no easier. MSU hosts No. 7 Georgia in the opening-game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the MSU Softball Field.



BULLDOGS MAROONED: MSU makes quick exit at SEC Tournament

Posted 3/9/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- One more time, it happened again. The team which started the February downfall with an upset victory in Starkville pulled the exact same trick to the Mississippi State University men's basketball team in the first round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday night.



Stansbury's family tour hits New Orleans

Posted 3/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury's office in the Mize Pavilion isn't littered with championship trophies or game balls. Instead, Stansbury's sanctum inside the Mississippi State University basketball program's new practice facility is filled with pictures of what he says is important. Hundreds of pictures of Stansbury's wife, Meo (Mellen), and their sons, Noah, Issac, and Luke, fill the walls of an office that overlooks the Starkville campus. The pictures serve as a reminder of the importance Stansbury places on a family that has traveled with him since he accepted the job as MSU's men's basketball coach in 1998.



Pickens County boys celebrate third state title in a row

Posted 3/8/2012 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team lost its best player to graduation. The Tornadoes also had to replace a coach who led them to back-to-back state titles. But change didn't scare Patrick Plott, De'Marko Hall, and the rest of the Pickens County High program. Expectations didn't faze the Tornadoes, either, so when thoughts turned to winning a third consecutive state championship in 2011-12, they accepted the challenge and didn't let anything stop them.



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