CALEDONIA — Tyler Aldridge is honest when he looks back at his athletic career. He always had confidence in whatever sport he played — football, soccer, or baseball — but he feels something was missing. “When I was a freshman and a sophomore, I broke down mentally,” Aldridge said. “The physical part was always there, but I wasn’t thinking.
STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado had a career night Wednesday for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team. It was nothing compared to what Tasmin Mitchell did for LSU. Varnado scored a career-high 31 points, but Mitchell had a career-high 41 to lead the Tigers to a 97-94 victory in double overtime in front of a crowd of 9,021 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Robert Byrd hopes a week off is the recipe for success this week for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. A little home cooking won’t hurt the Trojans, either.
Madness doesn’t officially begin for another month, but it is never too early to start crunching the numbers. By nearly every indicator, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has done enough to put itself squarely on the bubble for NCAA tournament consideration.
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost moved into elite status Monday. Bost learned from MSU officials he had become the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He becomes the third second-time honoree of the award, joining Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Ole Miss’ Terrico White.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Bulldogs take great pride in being back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division champions. Mississippi State’s 2008-09 basketball poster features junior guard Barry Stewart and junior center Jarvis Varnado holding the past two SEC Western Division championship trophies.
A more patient Rachel Hollivay is a scary proposition for opponents who dare to venture into the lane. The Caledonia High School girls basketball team discovered just how dominating the 6-foot-4 freshman center can be last week when she scored 22 points and blocked 17 shots in a 49-32 victory.
Heritage Academy has promoted Brad Butler to be its new football coach. The 31-year-old Butler accepted the promotion Monday after being Heritage Academy’s offensive line coach this past season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide want to be able to deliver a knockout blow. It did not happen Thursday when Alabama lost to Vanderbilt 79-74 in Nashville, Tenn. After pulling to within 76-74 after a 3-point field goal by Andrew Steele with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game, the Crimson Tide let the Commodores off the hook. Alabama (13-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) gets another opportunity for a road victory at noon today (WCBI) at LSU, and interim coach Philip Pearson wants his team to be ready in case another tight game develops.
CALEDONIA –– It’s never too early to execute the fundamentals. The little things like baserunning, communicating on catching high pop ups, throwing strikes, and knowing what you’re supposed to do when fielding a bunt were magnified Saturday in the Caledonia Jamboree at Tommy Smith Field.
STEENS — The Hebron Christian basketball teams will have to make room for new hardware in the trophy case on Monday. The Hebron Christian girls used a balanced scoring attack to beat Calhoun Academy 46-38 in the Class 1A-District 3 championship game at Immanuel Christian on Saturday. The Hebron boys then had to work overtime Saturday night to earn a 53-47 victory against Immanuel.
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