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Blocked extra point propels Panthers

Posted 11/12/2011 in High School Sports

AMORY -- The Noxubee County High School defense and the Amory High offense were the hot topics of conversation leading up to the matchup between the teams Friday night in the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter injected his team's offense into the discussion, saying that unit felt slighted because the team's defense was getting all of the attention.



MSU, Ole Miss women win openers

Posted 11/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team blocked its way to victory Friday night in its season opener. The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 14 blocked shots and scored the first 16 points en route to a 78-41 victory against Jacksonville State at Humphrey Coliseum.



Hudspeth has transformed Louisiana-Lafayette

Posted 11/12/2011 in College Sports

Mark Hudspeth didn't take the expressway to an NCAA Division I head coaching job. In fact, the road was barely paved.



MSU faces bounce-back game against South Alabama

Posted 11/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Suddenly, the game everybody around the Mississippi State campus considered a throw-away game is critical. MSU's game against the University of South Alabama at 1 p.m. today will give the Bulldogs (1-1) an opportunity to regroup from a disheartening loss before they go to New York for two games in the 2K Classic Invitational.



Ole Miss announces members of search committee for coach

Posted 11/12/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced Friday the members of the five-person committee who will direct the search for the school's new football coach.



Ole Miss will try to push past uncertainty

Posted 11/12/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Houston Nutt's tenure as the University of Mississippi football coach will end in three weeks. The fourth-year coach was forced to resign Monday, effective at the end of the season, but he will stay on for the last three games of the season. It's been a dismal fall for the Rebels, who are 2-7 and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference.



Hollivay learned to follow her heart to Rutgers

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Follow your heart. Rachel Hollivay spent days contemplating where she would take the next step in her life. She knew when she entered the recruiting process she would receive a lot of attention, but she never imagined she would face so much pressure making a decision that affected so many people.



Starkville hopes to continue maturation tonight

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can look back at last week as proof his team is ready for playoff football. The second-year Starkville High School football coach watched his squad commit zero turnovers and four penalties in a 35-14 win at Neshoba Central to secure the Class 5A, Region 2 title.



EMCC, MGCCC to renew rivalry Saturday

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

National television has turned the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry into one of the best in the NFL. Each senior college football season ends with multiple rivalry games, such as Mississippi State-the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama-Auburn, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is developing quite the rivalry of its own. At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (10-0) and No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-1) will play the latest installment of what has turned into an intense and passionate rivalry. In this meeting, the MACJC state championship will be decided at Sullivan-Windham Field on the EMCC campus.



West Point set to take first step toward another title

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

The West Point High School football team finished the regular season on a high. Now, the Green Wave will try to parlay that momentum into a third straight Class 5A state championship. The quest for a state title will begin at 7 tonight with a first-round North State playoff contest against Neshoba Central at McCallister Field.



Noxubee County will contend with Amory's passing game

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Tyrone Shorter knows about aerial wizardry. As a cornerback Austin Peay, Shorter's job was to prevent big plays and make life difficult for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shorter's role hasn't changed now that he is a coach. In his second season as coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter still takes an active role with the Tigers' defense.



High-scoring Cathedral next for West Oktibbeha

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

A high-scoring shootout is possible when the West Oktibbeha County High School football team takes on Natchez Cathedral at 7 tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A South State playoffs.



Ole Miss men kick off season tonight

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Pickens County will face tough test against Brantley

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.



It all came together for Starkville Academy football in 2005

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.



Starkville Academy to face Washington School for title

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.



Former Hamilton standout Earnest signs with Samford

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

Things didn't happen the way Dylan Earnest planned, but he is going to get an opportunity to play Division I baseball sooner rather than later. The former Hamilton High School standout, who missed most of his freshman season at Itawamba Community College due to injury, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He made it official Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent.



Starkville High's Ware signs with MSU

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."



Bost, Sidney on coaches All-SEC team

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its eighth annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday. Thirty-two players received votes for the teams, and the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University led all schools with three selections each, while Mississippi State had two selections. Nine schools are represented on the preseason squads.



Akron proves to be more than mid-major

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wednesday's upset is exactly why the executives of the 2K Classic made this an invitational event and not a traditional tournament. The University of Akron men's basketball team's 68-58 victory against an out-of-sync Mississippi State team in front of a stunned 6,897 fans at Humphrey Coliseum didn't earn the Zips at trip to Madison Square Garden next week, but it gave them a season-opening victory against a major program.



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