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Columbus' Thomas growing in strength, confidence

Posted 4/13/2012 in High School Sports

At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Jake Thomas is a quarterback's best friend anywhere on the offensive line. But Thomas figures to become an even more imposing presence in a number of areas for the Columbus High School Falcons as he continues to mature into his body.



West Point's Davis signs with EMCC

Posted 4/13/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Wilma Davis watched, learned, and waited as a junior. With a point guard like Kelsei Ewings, sometimes you only need to make sure you were running to get open looks at the basket.



Houston rallies past Caledonia in softball

Posted 4/13/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore was pleased with almost every aspect of her team's game Thursday night. Elmore enjoyed everything except the final score.



Ole Miss has competitive spring football practice

Posted 4/13/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team had its final practice Thursday before its second scrimmage of the spring season Saturday.



Schaefer adds Harris to MSU women's basketball coach staff

Posted 4/13/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer announced Wednesday the hiring of Texas A&M assistant coach Johnnie Harris as his as associate head coach.



Three-way tie atop NeSmith Series

Posted 4/13/2012 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- There still is a three-way tie for the points lead after Week 2 of the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season. The top three drivers have a win and a second-place finish to tally 99 points after the first two weeks, and just five points separate the top 10.



Family ties brought Banks back to MSU for senior season

Posted 4/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The answer is simple. Johnthan Banks could have bypassed his senior season with the Mississippi State University football program and declared for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-2 cornerback likely would have had a strong chance to make a NFL roster and get paid a lot of money to play the game he loves.



MSU, Ole Miss softball coaches set for first taste of rivalry

Posted 4/12/2012 in College Sports

Neither Mississippi State University first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman nor University of Mississippi first-year softball coach Windy Thees was born in the state of Mississippi.



Starkville's Brown signs with ICC

Posted 4/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School girls basketball program will miss Brittany Brown. But Brown's example will live on, especially after the senior leader signed a scholarship Wednesday to play basketball at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.



ICC's Hoskins signs with SE Louisiana

Posted 4/12/2012 in College Sports

FULTON -- Itawamba Community College women's basketball All-American Jameika Hoskins fulfilled a dream of playing Division I basketball Wednesday when she signed with Southeastern Louisiana in the media room at the Davis Event Center.



Ole Miss releases contracts for assistant football coaches

Posted 4/12/2012 in College Sports

Dave Wommack, the University of Mississippi football team's new associate head football coach, has a three-year contract worth $550,000 per season, which matches the richest deal given to an assistant coach in program history.



Inaugual Spring Throw Down this weekend at Magnolia

Posted 4/12/2012 in Local Sports

Magnolia Motor Speedway will play host to one of the biggest events in the history of the facility this weekend with the inaugural Spring Throw Down.



Blevins, Lee pace Columbus past Grenada

Posted 4/10/2012 in High School Sports

At first, winning big baseball games came as a surprise to Columbus High. Now, a youthful Falcons squad is basking in such a position. Tyler Blevin's two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning Tuesday as Columbus turned back Grenada 3-2 in a Class 6A, Region 2 matchup at Sammy Fletcher Field.



MSU BASEBALL WINS IN 12 INNINGS: Bulldogs outlast Jaguars

Posted 4/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Wes Rea said he would like to admit he wasn't trying to hit a home rum in the 12th inning Tuesday night. However, if he did say that - he'd be lying.



Trio of prep stars sign college scholarship offers

Posted 4/10/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- One of the best shooters in Mississippi high school basketball has been assured the same offensive freedom at his next stop on the hardwood.



SWINGING BIG STICKS: New Hope routs Columbus in prep softball

Posted 4/10/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High has been on the search for offensive consistency throughout the fast-pitch softball season. The Lady Trojans found lots of it Tuesday night, as New Hope pounded out 13 hits in a 17-0 rout of Columbus.



Ray completes first staff at MSU

Posted 4/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In an attempt to help the Mississippi State University men's basketball team open recruiting roads to the Midwest, new MSU coach Rick Ray announced Monday the hiring of assistant coach Chris Hollender. Hollender, 35, spent the past three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Evansville University.



Woodruff will make first start for MSU

Posted 4/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brandon Woodruff knew all along he wanted to play baseball in college. At 6:30 tonight, Woodruff will make his first career start -- one that might have cost him $400,000 -- in the Mississippi State University baseball team's game against the University of South Alabama at Dudy Noble Field.



No-hitter helps Hamilton's Earnest build confidence

Posted 4/10/2012 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest was looking forward to big things at the beginning of the season. After working through shoulder surgery and back spasms that kept him from throwing a lot of innings in the past two seasons, Earnest wanted to make a mark in his senior season with the Hamilton High School baseball team. But sometimes bad luck follows you.



Caledonia's Langford signs with Mississippi Delta

Posted 4/10/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Ashley Langford understood what her father, Michael, meant when he told her years ago someone always would be watching when she was on the softball field. But the Caledonia High School senior catcher didn't fully appreciate those words of advice until earlier this year when she kept receiving emails from Mississippi Delta Community College softball coach Vanessa Farrell.



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