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Starkville's Mitchell returns to sidelines after mother's death

Posted 9/21/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Just days after the death of his mother, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell will be on the sidelines for his team's region opener at 7:30 tonight at Lanier High. Mitchell's mother, Rose, died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer, and Mitchell has been away from his team to be with his family in Pontotoc.



Heritage Academy softball wants to extend season

Posted 9/21/2012 in High School Sports

Two more wins. At the beginning of the season, all Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball coach Gary Harris knew for certain was that two was the number of victories his team had in 2011.



Aberdeen will look for first victory vs. Louisville

Posted 9/21/2012 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team, fresh from a much-needed 45-28 win against Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A defending state champion West Bolivar, has a chance to do something tonight at Lester Miley Stadium that no other Bulldog squad has done: beat Louisville.



Ole Miss will try to rebound vs. Tulane

Posted 9/21/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane University Green Wave has spent the past two weeks balancing football with much larger concerns for senior safety Devon Walker, who fractured his spine against the university of Tulsa. Still, coach Curtis Johnson senses Tulane (0-2) will be ready to get back on the field when it plays host to the University of Mississippi (1-2) Saturday in the Superdome.



EMCC takes out frustration against Mississippi Delta

Posted 9/21/2012 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens found motivational material in the most unusual place this week.



EMCC pitches first shutout

Posted 9/21/2012 in High School Sports

SCOOBA -- William Jones was a happy man Thursday night. The fifth-year East Mississippi Community College associate head coach and defensive coordinator has a burning desire for shutouts. Jones got his wish Thursday in No. 4 EMCC's 56-0 victory against Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC North Division game at Sullivan-Windham Field.



West Point gears up for region play

Posted 9/19/2012 in High School Sports

For West Point High School, the task ahead is clear.



Bulldogs looking to shore up defensive concerns

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Twenty-two missed assignments, 18 missed tackles and 17 second-half points. These are the unfavorable numbers the Mississippi State University defense have been going over and over this week.



MSU NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs working to perfect Wildcat formation

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The one element of football that frustrates Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen since his arrival in Starkville four years ago is the development of the Wildcat formation.



Swinarski becomes MSU's first baseball commitment for 2014

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Joey Swinarski became Mississippi State University's first verbal commitment to the 2014 recruiting class.



MSU follows plan with schedule

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football Dan Mullen was caught off guard Monday when asked if he felt his program was helping a start-up program like the University of South Alabama. The Bulldogs' fourth-year coach doesn't see it that way, or at least he doesn't wish to say it publicly.



MSU winning turnover battle

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team understands the most important aspect of a game is the team is controlling the ball. No. 23 MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) leads the nation in forced turnovers (12) and has committed only one this season.



It's all in mind-set for Heritage Academy

Posted 9/19/2012 in High School Sports

Barrett Donahoe doesn't care about recent history. The primary concern for the first-year Heritage Academy football coach is helping his players develop the right mind-set to compete every week. When that happens, Donahoe believes Heritage Academy has everything in place to be a perennial playoff contender in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.



Starkville Academy wants to extend winning streak

Posted 9/19/2012 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy football team's resurgence on offense will be tested at 7 p.m. Friday when it puts its two-game win streak on the line against undefeated Jackson Prep in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 2 game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville. Elsewhere in the area Friday night, West Oktibbeha County High School will travel to Weir and East Oktibbeha County High will travel to West Lowndes for a pair of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A, Region 3 matchups. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m.



Noxubee County has to stay focused after shutout

Posted 9/19/2012 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had an idea about his team. But even after coaching many of the seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team since they were in seventh grade, Shorter liked that his Tigers answered the call Friday night against one of their biggest rivals.



Sharp happy to play starting role for EMCC

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- In the past two seasons, quarterbacks Bo Wallace and Quez Johnson have grabbed most of the headlines in the East Mississippi Community College football team's 15-game winning streak. Players and coaches understand EMCC's high-octane offense only flourishes when all 11 players on that unit do their part.



Ole Miss looking for help on defense

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze said there were times last week when the bigger, stronger, and faster University of Texas Longhorns manhandled the smaller Rebels. Still, the Rebels never quit. As long as that's the case, Freeze said there's hope.



ICC will take on Holmes

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

FULTON -- The No. 12 Itawamba Community College football team will look for its first 4-0 start to season since 1996 at 7 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to Holmes C.C. at Eaton Field.



Alabama could roll until game vs. LSU

Posted 9/19/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban finds plenty of imperfections even given the top-ranked Crimson Tide's ridiculous scoring margin so far.



MSU NOTEBOOK: Perkins holding hot hand for Bulldog rushing game

Posted 9/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --When asked why the carries among the four tailbacks at Mississippi State University weren't split evenly like in the previous two weeks, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen had a simple answer.



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