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West Point basketball sweeps New Hope

Posted 1/25/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox admitted to having no clue why his team got off to the start it did Tuesday night against New Hope. After jumping out to an 18-3 lead and coasting to an 82-59 victory in a Class 5A, Region 2, District 1 game, Cox would like to see starts like that more often.



Starkville opens soccer postseason with pair of victories

Posted 1/25/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett busted into a big smile after his team's second goal Tuesday night. That's when the Yellow Jackets knew they were on their way to a victory in the opening-round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs.



MSU 's Steele fight through early struggles

Posted 1/25/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jalen Steele has had a lot of people tell him he can't do something. Between his hometown university not wanting him, the coach he initially signed with getting fired, and the tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, the 6-foot-3 guard has overcome some bumps along the way.



Starkville High boys, girls host Center Hill in prep soccer playoffs

Posted 1/24/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior soccer player Christine Mazzola remembers her eighth grade year when the Lady Jackets advanced to the second round of the North State playoffs. "I still have a t-shirt," Mazzola said. "Since this is my last season, I want to do a little better this time around." Starkville will again try to begin a postseason run today when the Lady Jackets play host to Center Hill in a first-round Class 5A playoff matchup. Match time is 5 p.m. at the Starkville High football stadium. The Starkville and Center Hill boys will also follow with a first-round playoff match, slated for a 7 p.m. start.



MSU guard Smith remains in hospital for Bulldogs

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman point guard DeVille Smith has checked into a Jackson area hospital for the second time this season after suffering from symptoms of headaches and dizziness. Mississippi State basketball team spokesperson Gregg Ellis confirmed Monday that the 5-foot-10 guard entered the hospital Friday and Bulldogs head coach Rick Stansbury said Smith will "absolutely" not participate in either of MSU's contests this week (vs. LSU Wednesday and at Florida Saturday).



Lady Bulldogs grow up in victory over Auburn

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Actions, not talk, dictate success. So when the Mississippi State University women's basketball team's starting five crouched in a defensive stance and slapped the Humphrey Coliseum floor with the palms of their hands 21 seconds into their game Sunday against Auburn University, you had to believe the Lady Bulldogs were prepared to deliver a focused effort.



New Hope girls travel to Hernando to open soccer playoffs

Posted 1/23/2012 in High School Sports

Leadership is crucial when you're building a program. A year ago, Mary Nagy helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team establish that foundation as it won its first playoff game and advanced to the second round before losing to state power Ridgeland.



Columbus boys face Northwest Rankin in soccer playoffs

Posted 1/23/2012 in High School Sports

Transformations typically don't happen overnight. But Columbus High School boys soccer coach Ben Moore has watched this season as a team that won one game in 2010-11 has won six this season and has acc



North Pike defensive end makes pledge to join Bulldogs

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- North Pike High School defensive end A.J. Jefferson pledged his services to Mississippi State University late Saturday night. This news was first reported by the site that covers the MSU program on Sunday.



ICCE's Moore earns Prep Player of Week honors

Posted 1/23/2012 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Billy Thomas never doubted Ross Moore. Even after a shoulder injury forced the senior to miss his final season with the Immanuel Christian football team, Thomas knew Moore was going to find a way to work through his rehabilitation and return to the basketball court.



Johnson leads MSU women to big win vs. Auburn

Posted 1/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The look in Diamber Johnson's eyes said it all. Trailing by 15 points in an otherwise lackluster first-half performance by her team, the Mississippi State University senior point guard had seen enough. MSU had just turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions and looked like it was going to fall deeper into a hole. That trajectory changed with one jump shot.



MSU men earn rare win at Vanderbilt

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rick Stansbury drew up a play in the huddle, something his Mississippi State University men's basketball team hadn't used this season. He saw Vanderbilt overplaying Dee Bost, and his senior guard made it work. Bost scored on a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime and No. 18 Mississippi State edged Vanderbilt University 78-77 Saturday night, snapping the Commodores' eight-game winning streak.



MSU women will try to protect home court

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

The next two games will go a long way in determining the fate of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. While MSU (12-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) may have lost an opportunity to earn a key victory in a home loss to LSU on Jan. 5, it can take a big step toward redemption at 2 p.m. today against Auburn (10-9, 2-4).



Henry, Ole Miss hold on to beat Georgia

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Terrance Henry can't really say why the University of Mississippi men's basketball team struggles so badly at the free-throw line. As long as the Rebels win, however, Henry believes his team will be just fine. "We're used to it," Henry said. "That's our M.O. We grind it out on defense, take what we can get on offense. It wasn't new to us, so we were used to a game like that." Henry scored 24 points, Nick Williams and Murphy Holloway added 12 and Mississippi held off a late surge from Georgia for a 66-63 victory on Saturday.



Alabama nearly upsets No. 2 Kentucky

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Trevor Releford slashed between three University of Kentucky defenders, hit a floater and slid into the front row. No matter how hard the University of Alabama guard tried, the Wildcats always had an answer for him and the rest of the Crimson Tide. Releford scored all 17 of his points in the second half, but No. 2 Kentucky hit its final eight free throws in the closing minute in the Wildcats' 77-71 victory over Alabama on Saturday.



Starkville, Canton split basketball tilts

Posted 1/21/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The up and down style of Canton was just what the Starkville High School boys basketball team wanted to see Friday night.



Starkville boys, girls wrap up district titles with sweep of New Hope

Posted 1/21/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- "Thirty-two forever." Those words proved to be the rallying cry the Starkville High School girls soccer team needed Friday night to earn its biggest victory of the season.



Lady Vols stuff Pillow in heavyweight battle

Posted 1/21/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Anna Prestidge is the answer to the trivia question: why has the Starkville Academy girls basketball team been so successful? At least that's what Lady Volunteers coach Glenn Schmidt said after her team's 40-25 victory over a powerful Pillow Academy squad.



Donahoe takes over at Heritage Academy

Posted 1/21/2012 in High School Sports

Load up the pistol because the Heritage Academy football team is about to learn a new system. Barrett Donahoe, the architect of that system at Copiah Academy and Marshall Academy, was in Columbus on Friday to take the first step in building the Heritage Academy football program into a state title contender.


Starting all engines: Speedway promoters want to bring 'big-time racing back to Columbus'

Posted 1/20/2012 in Local Sports

Racing has always been a big part of Mike Mauldin's life. "I love it dearly," said Mauldin, who is from Fulton. "The Bullring is one of the places where I got my start. To be able to contribute to the success of the Columbus Speedway means a lot to me. We are looking forward to a great year of racing."


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