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Johnson, Roby dynamic duo for EMCC

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

Donnelli Johnson had a choice to make. The former East Oktibbeha County High School standout could have done what a lot of individuals in his position would have done and played back-to-back seasons at East Mississippi Community College. But Johnson realized there was a bigger picture.



MSU's Rance contributing in all rotations

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Caitlin Rance loves a challenge. Like most hitters, her biggest obstacles usually come at the net reading a block or when she is trying to deliver a kill.



Rivalry games highlight West Alabama schedule

Posted 9/23/2010 in High School Sports

West Alabama high school football teams will take a breather from regional play Friday night, but their opponents won't be strangers.


Blanchard leads Indians to coach's first victory

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.

Comfort returns for ICC's Mims

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.


Weekend auto races tighten top three spots

Posted 9/22/2010 in Local Sports

Three of the four NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region title contenders earned enough points Saturday to tighten up the point standings for the top three points fund-paying spots.



MSU defense expects more sacks, turnovers

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's defensive players, despite having just four sacks entering Saturday's game against Georgia, feel like they're settling into State's pressure-based scheme.



After losses, Rebels struggle to regroup

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

The University of Mississippi wasn't expected to have an incredible football team this season after losing multiple star players to the NFL.



Preparing for 3-4 defense not an issue for Bulldogs

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's offensive line has placed greater emphasis on improving communication to shore up protection issues.



MSU still trying to put it all together

Posted 9/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team isn't panicking despite committing eight turnovers in its past two games. Even coming off a dismal offensive performance Saturday in a 29-7 loss at LSU that exposed protection issues and poor decision-making from both quarterbacks, coach Dan Mullen and the players insist consistency is the missing link.



Ellis, Williams help keep VCA's tradition alive

Posted 9/21/2010 in High School Sports

Good habits are passed down in successful programs. Whether it is on offense or on defense, players pick up tendencies and techniques from upperclassmen and learn to set a championship tempo.



Stanfield's blasts help New Hope beat Columbus

Posted 9/21/2010 in High School Sports

Kasey Stanfield knows good things don't usually happen when hitters reach for pitches. But sometimes power can help a batter make up for swinging at a pitcher's pitch.



Ingram's knee, game hold up well against Duke

Posted 9/21/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram barely even felt like he played a football game when he woke up Sunday after the top-ranked University of Alabama football team beat Duke, much less like a guy who was returning from knee surgery.



MSU turnovers made difference

Posted 9/20/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's football team had several areas contribute to its 29-7 loss to LSU, but turnovers were the repeated nails in the coffin Saturday.



LSU finds easy pickings

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

trick Peterson's remarkable interceptions gave a boost to the star cornerback's Heisman Trophy credentials and took the pressure off LSU's inconsistent offense.



Vandy rolls to 28-14 win over Ole Miss

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

For his first two months as Vanderbilt University's new football coach, Robbie Caldwell was only known for his jokes.



Mark Ingram returns for easy victory

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

Mark Ingram took his first handoff of the year and darted nearly 50 yards. Later, he went the other direction and dashed another 50.



Louisville overcomes big plays, Columbus

Posted 9/18/2010 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- Big plays nearly proved to be too much for the Louisville High School football team to overcome. But the Wildcats used a key turnover in the fourth quarter and a strong running game to regain their focus and beat Columbus 36-28 Friday night.



New Hope gets total effort against Caledonia

Posted 9/18/2010 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The New Hope High School football team rode a balanced offensive attack Friday night to a 40-0 win against Caledonia. New Hope quarterback Zak Thrasher completed 10 of 12 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, and the Trojans rushed for 237 yards to bounce back from their home loss to Columbus.



Virden, MRA beat Heritage on somber night

Posted 9/18/2010 in High School Sports

Myres Virden rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Madison-Ridgeland Academy football team to a 34-6 victory against Heritage Academy on what turned out to be a somber evening. News that 17-year-old Heritage Academy student Spencer Perkins, who shot himself earlier in the week in a hunting accident in Noxubee County, died Friday night in Jackson, spread throughout the field and left many in the Patriots' family shaken.



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