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MSU begins baseball season with fresh faces

Posted 2/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Picked by league coaches to finish last in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference, the Mississippi State baseball team’s excitement about the 2010 season has an obvious reality in the team’s reconstruction. Year 2 of John Cohen’s command will see 18 fresh faces open the season at 4 p.m. today against Rhode Island at Dudy Noble Field. They’ve also gotten their first taste of just how celebrated MSU baseball is by experiencing Dudy Gras.

 

 

MSU men's tennis team begins homestand today

Posted 2/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — MississippiState men’s tennis coach Per Nilsson thinks his team might not have been fully tuned-in during a 3-3 start to the season. Today’s home opener against UAB at 2 p.m. starts a three-match homestand after MSU suffered a 4-2 loss to Brigham Young and 5-2 setback to No. 24 Washington. Mississippi State rebounded from the Washington loss with a 5-2 win against East Tennessee State, but Nilsson believes the team could very easily be 5-1 heading into today’s matches. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 4-3 loss to Ole Miss at the River Hills Cup in Jackson.

 

Byrne chastises unruly MSU fans

Posted 2/18/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — What could have been a spectacular night, with a national television audience watching the Mississippi State men’s basketball team bid for an upset of No. 2 Kentucky, turned ugly Tuesday. Mississippi State’s image suffered a black eye when unruly fans threw bottles of water onto the court at Humphrey Coliseum after Kentucky rallied to beat the Bulldogs 81-75 in overtime. Mississippi State Director of Athletics Greg Byrne isn’t happy about it. Neither is university president Dr. Mark Keenum.

 

Routt leads young corps of MSU pitchers

Posted 2/18/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Pitching was an emphasis for the Mississippi State baseball team heading into the offseason. With a new stable of young arms someone’s got to set an example. The Bulldogs will turn to sophomore Nick Routt to lead a relatively green group of pitchers this season after the Maryland native turned in a stellar true freshman year in 2009.

 

 

Taylor displays improved speed sprinting to win

Posted 2/18/2010 in High School Sports

Pulling tires up and down a mile-long road might sound like a training tactic used for a Strongman competition. Zach Taylor isn’t there yet, but he used the specialized form of exercise to open his track and field season with a bang. Competing last week at the South Zone Indoor Championship in Baton Rouge, La., the Heritage Academy freshman finished first in the 60-meter dash (7.24 seconds) and fourth in the 200 (24.59) in the intermediate boys division.

 

 

Miller puts off retirement to be Starkville AD

Posted 2/18/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE –– Stan Miller’s retirement has been put on hold for a second time, but this go around he has Starkville as the final destination.  Miller has put off retirement to become the Athletic Director at Starkville High School. Once a Jersey City, N.J., high school baseball player, Miller made the trek to Florida to play junior college baseball before moving to Starkville to attend Mississippi State University. 

 

 

Canton girls end New Hope's season

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

Melissa Word wants the ball in the hands of LaPrecious Thompson at the end of the game. Not only does the Canton High School junior guard have a smooth handle, but she also has a sweet touch from the free-throw line.

 

 

Wildcats scratch back, beat Bulldogs in OT

Posted 2/17/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team found a way to close at the end. It should be expected from the No. 2 team in the country, but the Wildcats had to grind for it. The nip-tuck match saw Kentucky mow down a seven-point hole to force overtime, where it clinched the foul-ridden match — 45 in all — 81-75.

 

 

Defense does trick for New Hope

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School boys basketball team didn’t bowl anyone over Tuesday night with its offensive effort. But the Trojans threw all strikes on the defensive end.

 

 

Townsel leads Starkville past Grenada

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Senior guard Edward Townsel scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second quarter to help the Starkville High School boys basketball team turn a 10-point deficit into a nine-point halftime lead en route to a 79-68 win against Grenada in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North Half State Tournament.

 

 

Malone, West Lowndes shine in final home game

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

Demetrius Malone wanted to make the most of his final home game in a West Lowndes High School boys basketball uniform. The senior shooting guard scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead West Lowndes past Broad Street 70-52 in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North Half State Tournament.

 

 

Nelson, Murrah too much for Columbus boys

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

JACKSON –– The Columbus High School boys basketball team couldn’t find a way to stop Dundrecous Nelson. Nelson, a University of Mississippi signee and member of The Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen team, poured in a game-high 37 points Tuesday to lead Murrah to a 70-58 victory in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State Tournament.

 

 

Pargo, Aberdeen advance

Posted 2/17/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — A poor first quarter and an even worse fourth quarter, which was fueled by a sterling performance by Rashad Pargo, proved to be the undoing for M.S. Palmer here Tuesday, as the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team posted a 76-61 victory in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State Tournament.

 

 

Cannon has adjusted well at Campbell

Posted 2/17/2010 in College Sports

Campbell University women’s basketball coach Wanda Watkins is thankful for a telephone conversation she had with Brian Alexander. That conversation led Watkins to recruit and to sign shooting guard Courtney Cannon of Itawamba Community College in Fulton.

 

 

Ole Miss needs more from White

Posted 2/16/2010 in College Sports

There’s a star in Oxford that must shine brighter for the University of Mississippi men’s basketball team to earn an NCAA tournament berth. The Ole Miss staff wants more from guard Terrico White.

 

 

UK's size will pose problem for MSU

Posted 2/16/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Quickness versus strength has long been a matchup that favors the fleet of foot, so long as strength doesn’t wear down the lighter opponent. Mississippi State University men’s basketball team will be the lighter team at 8 tonight (ESPN) in its Southeastern Conference matchup against No. 2 Kentucky, but John Calipari’s big boys can move, too.

 

 

Starkville High expected to name former principal AD

Posted 2/16/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Starkville High School will look to its past for a new athletic director. Former SHS principal and current Arkansas High School administrator Dr. Stan Miller has been selected by Starkville School District Superintendent Judy Couey to replace Bill Lee, whose retirement becomes effective at the end of the school year.

 

 

Noxubee County's Mallard more than just a shooter

Posted 2/16/2010 in High School Sports

MACON — Daquarius Mallard smiles when he hears the description of his game: “Drop-dead shooter.” The words are those of Noxubee County High School boys basketball coach T.J. Billups, and Mallard doesn’t quibble with the moniker.

 

 

Aberdeen girls roll past East Side

Posted 2/16/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — The top-seeded Aberdeen High School girls basketball team moved one step closer to its fourth straight trip to Jackson with a 62-40 win against a game, but inexperienced and outmanned Cleveland East Side squad in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State playoffs here Monday evening.

 

 

Immanuel Christian girls clinch first State berth

Posted 2/16/2010 in High School Sports

BENTON –– The Immanuel Christian girls basketball team clinched its first berth in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A State Tournament on Monday by beating Hebron Christian 51-49 in the consolation game of the Class A North Central Tournament.

 

 

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