STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior left fielder Jessica Cooley is deeply appreciative of the attention she received this week. On Tuesday, Cooley was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. The program's first national award under new coach Vann Stuedeman came one day after Cooley was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached to her team how close it is to being one of the nation's elite. On Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field, Stuedeman acquired more tangible evidence to show her squad. MSU barked all afternoon long before losing to the No. 3 University of Florida 1-0 and 8-5 in a league-opening Southeastern Conference doubleheader.
STARKVILLE -- The victories and the injuries continue to mount for the Mississippi State University baseball team. MSU won its sixth straight Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 10-6 triumph against Penn State at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs won for the seventh time after trailing in a game this season, and swept the two-game series, which was the first meeting between the programs.
STARKVILLE -- The overall theme to John Cohen's baseball coaching philosophy at Mississippi State University is if it's unconventional then it's probably worth giving a try.
New Hope High School senior outfielder Austin Oglesby never sweats his name being in the lineup. A mainstay in the outfield, Oglesby knows his defensive abilities could loom large in another potential victory.
Kayla Taylor didn't know what to expect from her senior season. After watching eight seniors come up short in their quest to win an Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I state title in 2011, Taylor hoped the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team could return to the championship glory of 2010, when the Lady Eagles won a championship some thought was a year ahead of schedule.
Jameika Hoskins and Shay Bonner have made the most of their chances to grow. Now the sophomores want to help the Itawamba Community College women's basketball team reach the game's biggest stage.
STARKVILLE -- Tanner Gaines was not part of the plans for the 2012 season. The redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher was not being considered for significant time on the mound either this past fall or early this spring. Those thoughts and plans by the Mississippi State University baseball program may be in need of some adjusting after his performance Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches thought Rodney Hood would be closer to 100 percent healthy by now. That's what Bulldogs assistant coach Phil Cunningham admitted Monday on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference when he addressed the squad's depth concerns as it prepares to play the University of Georgia on Thursday in its opening game of the SEC tournament in New Orleans. The game could be the team's first of four games in four straight days at the event.
STARKVILLE -- The training room in the Mississippi State University baseball team's clubhouse is getting a little too crowded. Senior outfielder Brent Brownlee and redshirt sophomore pitcher Ben Bracewell were scheduled for MRI scans Monday to determine their health.
One person's TEAM is more than just another cliché when it comes to the Starkville Academy girls basketball team. If you have been around coaches long enough, you probably have heard plenty of phrases and sayings they have used in an attempt to bring their squads together.
Ken Schrader is a jack of all trades. Whether it is a Sprint Cup race, a trucks race, or an open wheel modified cars race, Ken Schrader can do it all. And after 40 years driving, Schrader isn't about to wind things down.
STARKVILLE - In his final regular-season game at Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State University senior guard Brian Bryant described his team's effort perfectly. "Better late than never," Bryant said.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury said again Saturday he isn't worrying about his team's NCAA tournament bubble status. That's fine. His players and fans likely will contemplate the Bulldogs' fate in the time leading up to Selection Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- The scouting reports for Mississippi State University baseball players Hunter Renfroe and Nick Routt say one struggles to hit a curveball and the other isn't solid in the early months. Maybe new scouting reports need to be written on both.
Tyler Blevins needs a new nickname. After losing more than 20 pounds, a slimmed down Blevins no longer resembles the "Bubble" moniker that fans shouted out at him Saturday night. Blevins' effort in the eighth inning showed he might have a headstart on a new nickname of choice: Clutch.
CLINTON -- Nora Kathryn Carroll saved her best for last. In her first two games at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall state tournament, the Starkville Academy junior guard had nine points and six rebounds.
Dr. Stan Miller has just completed his second year as Starkville High School's athletic director. A Jersey City, N.J., native, Miller returned to Starkville in 2009 after serving a 14-year stint as the school's principal.
Tiffany Huddleston couldn't help but hold back a smile.
CLINTON -- As you wish. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hoped her team would get off to a fast start Friday afternoon against Jackson Prep for two reasons. Not only did Schmidt not want to twist and turn as the Lady Volunteers rallied in the second half from another double-digit deficit, but she also wanted to erase the memory of the last first quarter her team played against the Lady Patriots. Anna Lea Little and her teammates were only too happy to oblige.
1. West Point's Edwards, Knight will go to EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Caledonia powerlifting team wins another region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. NHHS junior high softball program will play first games Thursday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Cold start dooms New Hope girls against Ridgeland HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women keep climbing higher, higher LOCAL COLUMNS