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Mississippi College's Brooks surprised by honors

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

J'Marcus Brooks knew he had a chance. To make the most of that opportunity, the former Columbus High School standout realized he needed to make a commitment. As soon as the Mississippi College baseball team's 2011 season ended, Brooks laid out a plan. He would run, he would lift weights, he would practice his fundamentals -- and he would do it all as often as possible.



MSU's Ilyushin excited about second chance at home

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin is feeling "those nerves" in anticipation of his final weekend at the A.J. Pitts Center. The Mississippi State University men's tennis team's top player hopes to perform better in his finale than he did two weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Starkville.



New Hope's Taylor wins Class 5A title

Posted 5/10/2012 in High School Sports

Drew McBrayer has seen that look on Chase Taylor's face. The New Hope High School golf coach knows that there are several options once Taylor shows that expression mixed with frustration, anger, and disappointment.


MSU's Cohen suspended by SEC

Posted 5/10/2012 in College Sports

Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has been suspended one game for violating Southeastern Conference sportsmanship rules.


Pitching, defense go together for New Hope baseball

Posted 5/9/2012 in High School Sports

Pitching and defense go together better than anything in baseball. But pitchers have to throw strikes to help their team maximize its potential on defense. The thinking is simple: If pitchers pitch to contact, their defense will be alive and on its toes to make more plays than it would if pitchers go deep in counts and have problems throwing strikes.



MSU beats MVSU without Cohen

Posted 5/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Without its fourth-year coach Tuesday night, the Mississippi State University baseball team used the team approach to get a victory.



MSU softball set to face Alabama

Posted 5/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University softball game notes point out that more than 99 million homes will be able to watch the team's nationally televised Southeastern Conference tournament game against the University of Alabama at 7 p.m. Thursday.



Holifield, Sanders strong in circle for New Hope

Posted 5/9/2012 in High School Sports

There are plenty of words -- matured, improved, developed -- to select to try to describe what has happened to Lauren Holifield and D.J. Sanders this season. No matter which word you use, though, all of them point to one thing: Holifield and Sanders have gotten better.



Victory Christian softball advances to state tournament

Posted 5/9/2012 in High School Sports

Chris Hamm likes his Victory Christian fast-pitch softball team to make things happen. Whether it is stealing bases or putting balls in play, Hamm knows good things are bound to occur when his team puts pressure on a defense.



Columbus High's Thomas nominated for All-Star game

Posted 5/9/2012 in High School Sports

Columbus High School offensive lineman Jake Thomas is already a highly sought after football recruit. As Thomas prepares for his senior season, the notoriety continues to build. On Monday, Thomas was one of nine Mississippians nominated for this season's U.S. Army All-American Bowl game at noon, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.



Vernon leads Heritage Academy golf

Posted 5/9/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Konrad Vernon shot an 81 Tuesday to lead the Heritage Academy golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Mississippi Association of Independent Class AAA State meet at Old Waverly.



MSU Baseball: Cohen to serve one-game suspension tonight

Posted 5/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen will serve an NCAA-mandated one-game suspension tonight after receiving a post-game ejection following Sunday's series finale at Alabama.



Bulldogs exploring midwest for talent

Posted 5/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "From Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri" are not words used commonly words for the starters of Mississippi State University men's basketball players.



HOLDING HIS OWN: Freshman Holder making impact on MSU baseball team

Posted 5/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jonathan Holder had to make a lot of choices in his first semester at Mississippi State University.



Pellum, Runnels team up to lead Starkville Academy

Posted 5/8/2012 in High School Sports

One of sports more important relationships is between a catcher and a pitcher.



Victory Christian advances in baseball playoffs

Posted 5/8/2012 in High School Sports

Victory Christian baseball coach Brent Harris is yearning for his team to deliver a knock-out punch.



Alabama walks off with win against MSU

Posted 5/7/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In a fleeting moment, the Mississippi State University baseball thought it would leave Thomas-Sewell Stadium with its first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 2004.



Victory Christian baseball aiming for state tournament berth

Posted 5/7/2012 in High School Sports

Coaches at small schools often have little time to prepare for the change in sports seasons. Things were no different this year for Brent Harris at Victory Christian. By the time the Eagles' boys basketball season ended, baseball season was ready to start days later. As Harris transitioned from zone defenses to bunt defenses, one word entered his mind about the upcoming baseball season: Pitching.



Heritage Academy, New Hope golf teams will try to defend titles

Posted 5/7/2012 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy golf team is the defending Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA champion, but coach Ed Lott feels his team will be the hunter instead of the hunted when it defends its title Tuesday at Old Waverly.



New Hope girls golf team tees off a state tournament

Posted 5/7/2012 in High School Sports

Laura Lee Holman had plenty of memorable moments as a standout softball and basketball player at New Hope High School. Holman also has worked hard as the school's girls basketball coach to build that program into a contender.



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