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Hendrix cousins lead East Webster baseball into next round

Posted 5/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ty and Hayden Hendrix aren't the first family members to play baseball together at East Webster High School. The cousins want to be the latest to lead the Wolverines to a state title.



EMCC softball loses at Region 23 tournament

Posted 5/6/2011 in College Sports

CLINTON - A 12-run fourth inning by the nation's top-ranked team spelled doom for the East Mississippi Community College softball team in a 16-2 loss to LSU-Eunice on Thursday afternoon in opening-day action of the 2011 NJCAA Region 23 tournament at Traceway Park.



Heritage Academy will introduce Moore as new girls basketball coach

Posted 5/5/2011 in High School Sports

Yolanda Moore knew this day would come. She just didn't know when it would be. At 3:30 p.m. today, the words of former University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Van Chancellor likely will reverberate in Moore's head when she is announced as the new girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy.



EMCC baseball rebounds after slow start to make postseason

Posted 5/5/2011 in College Sports

Chris Rose knew he was in for a challenge when he became baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College.



East Webster baseball, softball respond after tornado

Posted 5/5/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The response to tragedy was natural. The baseball and softball teams of East Webster High School had sports put into perspective when a powerful tornado -- one of dozens across Mississippi and Alabama -- ripped through the Cumberland community and left their school in rubble.



East Webster's Hollenhead more comfortable at pitcher

Posted 5/5/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Last season, Swayze Hollenhead made a difficult position switch she knew was coming. For the first two years of her high school career at East Webster, she starred at third base and helped lead the Lady Wolverines to a pair of Class 1A state titles.



Saban, Barkley discuss tornado damage in Alabama

Posted 5/5/2011 in Local Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban spends much of his spare time in tornado-ravaged parts of Tuscaloosa. Former NBA star Charles Barkley had never seen anything like the destruction in the Birmingham suburbs of Pleasant Grove and Pratt City.



Frazier, Vikings may want mentor for QB Ponder

Posted 5/5/2011 in Local Sports

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier gazed out the office window at the perfectly manicured practice fields at Minnesota Vikings headquarters, fields just waiting for some action.



MSU baseball rallies past South Alabama

Posted 5/4/2011 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State baseball team scored 10 times in the seventh inning Tuesday night to rally past South Alabama 15-9 in a non-conference college game at Stanky Field. The Bulldogs improved to 18-5 in non-conference games this season and 26-18 overall. South Alabama fell to 22-22.



Heritage Academy golf wins AAA state title

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

GREENWOOD -- The Heritage Academy golf team was up for the challenge. Stalled by rain and soggy conditions Tuesday at Greenwood Country Club, the Patriots fought off the elements and the hunters en route to a score of 318 that was good enough to win the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA championship.



Holifield, Sanders contribute in plenty of ways for NHHS softball

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

Pitchers often are put on a pedestal. Right-handers can be referred to a left-handers, and lefties have a special way of doing things that makes them unique. Those qualities are magnified in fast-pitch softball, especially at the elite levels of Division I, where pitchers usually are asked to do one thing: Pitch. Lauren Holifield and D.J. Sanders are breaking that mold.



Heritage Academy's Farnham signs with EMCC

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

Every team needs glue. Squads also need leaders who pick teammates up and help keep spirits elevated in trying times. Tyler Farnham is all of that in one player.



Columbus High's Doughty back on title track

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

Sometime Saturday before the Class 6A North State track meet, Sammy Doughty will retrieve a bottle of green alcohol and Epsom salt from his bathroom closet. He will pour the contents in a foot tub, add hot water, and sit back on his bed and watch television.



Starkville's Mattox has sights set on titles

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not many eighth-graders have a shot at winning a state title, much less in Class 6A, the state's highest classification. But anyone who knows Starkville High School's Walker Mattox could see her rise to the top of the distance running chain coming from the longest straightaway.



Nason III set to take over Hebron Christian football

Posted 5/4/2011 in High School Sports

Football always has fascinated Gerald "Tri" Nason III.



MSU, Ole Miss men's tennis teams earn NCAA bids

Posted 5/4/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- George Coupland had a strong feeling the Mississippi State men's tennis team would land in Atlanta for the first round of the NCAA tournament. When the selection show confirmed the No. 21 Bulldogs' destination, Coupland couldn't help but focus on host team Georgia Tech.



Lowndes man guilty in cowbell assault at MSU football game

Posted 5/3/2011 in College Sports

A New Hope man will spend his weekends in the Oktibbeha County Jail for the next six months after pleading guilty to assault with a cowbell.



Heritage Academy will lean on pitching staff in playoffs

Posted 5/3/2011 in High School Sports

Beware of the curveball. It's a tricky, temperamental pitch that coupled with a few fastballs could help the Heritage Academy baseball team advance through the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoffs.



MSU might add Pollorena to starting rotation

Posted 5/3/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has resisted the urge to move sophomore reliever Luis Pollorena into the starting rotation. With the Bulldogs' window to clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament shrinking by the week, Pollorena "has a very good chance" of starting Friday or Saturday in a three-game series at the University of Tennessee, Cohen said Monday.



Dunaway excels in busy, two-sport stretch

Posted 5/3/2011 in High School Sports

Parker Dunaway is a state champion triple jumper without a regulation-sized pit to practice in. Imagine a basketball player with half a court, or a rim and no net, a quarterback with a football and only 30 yards to play on, or a forward in hockey or soccer without a court or field.



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