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Moore's lawsuit gains support

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.



Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alvaro Pichardo

Posted 6/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the all-state and all-star soccer lists were released, there was a glaring omission: Alvaro Pichardo.



Dizzy Dean Baseball Tournament Schedule

Posted 6/23/2011 in Local Sports

Here is the schedule for the Dizzy Dean Senior Baseball Tournament that will begin Friday and run through Sunday at Caledonia, Columbus, New Hope, and West Point high schools:



MSU to introduce new softball coach

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.



Devin Jones to sign with Orioles on Friday

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.



MSU's Tate will try to regain form

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.



Helms steps down as coach to become assistant principal at WPHS

Posted 6/23/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Jemmye Ann Helms has experienced success at multiple levels of organized basketball. In the past 20 years, the game has been in her blood, as a player in high school and college and as a coach. So when the 13-year coaching veteran decided to step away from her role as girls basketball coach at West Point High School, she made sure to give the move careful consideration.



Dispatch Softball Player of the Year: Swayze Hollenhead

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- Swayze Hollenhead left East Webster High School as a four-time state champion softball player.



Dispatch Softball Coach of the Year: Meleah Brown

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- As a senior pitcher at Bogue Chitto High School, Meleah Brown ended her star-studded prep career with a 1-0 loss to East Webster in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State title game.



Victory Christian baseball MVP heading to EMCC

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

Tyler Jones wants to study a profession in college which allows him to work with his hands. Makes sense.


Thinking of a master plan: Wright leads South Lamar through challenging season

Posted 6/21/2011 in High School Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- The success of Year 2 of the Lane Wright era at South Lamar High School was crafted well before the season started. When the 10-year coaching veteran made the switch from Sulligent to South Lamar, he inherited a team that lost eight seniors from a squad which reached the semifinals of the Alabama Class 1A state playoffs.


The arm that could: Senior ball player has more responsibility this year

Posted 6/21/2011 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson knew more would be placed on his shoulders this season at Pickens Academy. Just one of three seniors, the Pirates' ace pitcher would enter his final prep campaign without the run support that propelled the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 2A squad to a 16-7 record and a second-round playoff berth in 2010.


Travis Outlaw basketball camp returns

Posted 6/21/2011 in Local Sports

Travis Outlaw, an eight-year NBA veteran and product of Starkville High School, will host his second annual basketball camp June 28-30 at the Starkville SportsPlex.

Stretch of Highway 82 named after Bulldog legend and longtime announcer Jack Cristil

Posted 6/21/2011 in College Sports

After logging more than an estimated 1 million miles of travel during his 58 years as voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil will help usher fans to Starkville via the Jack Cristil Highway.

No rest for the best: 7-on-7 passing camps keep quarterbacks, receivers sharp, improve camaraderie

Posted 6/20/2011 in High School Sports

Things will stay pretty much the same this season for the Noxubee County High School football team. Like last season, coach Tyrone Shorter feels the way to go is to run the ball. In 2010, the Tigers had the luxury of having an experienced offensive line.


Kevin Forrester: Some reels better (worse) than others

Posted 6/20/2011 in Local Columns



Dispatch Small Schools Baseball Coach of the Year

Posted 6/19/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Once you've won it all, second place is hard to accept.



Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year

Posted 6/19/2011 in High School Sports

Austin Braddock is the Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year as much for what he accomplished as what he had to overcome.



Dispatch Small Schools Baseball Player of the Year

Posted 6/19/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Being "that guy" often comes with the challenge of getting every opponent's best effort.



Dispatch Large Schools Baseball Co-Coaches of the Year

Posted 6/19/2011 in High School Sports

Boyd and Branch. Or call them Branch and Boyd.



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