Latavious Williams’ road to the NBA will begin tonight. The former Starkville High School standout will tip off his professional basketball career at 7 tonight when his NBA D-League Tulsa 66ers play host to the Utah Flash. Williams was the first of eight players Tulsa selected Nov. 5 in the D-League draft. He went through training camp and scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a preseason loss to the Iowa Energy and is ready to take his first step toward realizing a dream.
WEST POINT — On paper, Casey Welch knew the West Point High School football team had plenty of weapons to be successful. But the Green Wave running backs coach wasn’t sure how a mix of senior Xavier Hogan and juniors Lakenderic Thomas and Jacoby Lee was going to fare. An injury to Hogan early in the season forced the coaches to reshuffle the responsibilities for the running backs, but the Green Wave haven’t broken stride.
REFORM, Ala. — Big plays don’t bother Scott Marchant. Mistakes don’t faze him, either. While some coaches like to show their emotions on the sidelines, the Pickens County High School first-year football coach prefers to remain as impassive as possible on the sidelines. His goal is to set a focused example for his players so they don’t get too high or too low in a game and lose sight of what they have to do on the next play.
VERNON, Ala. — Lance Bobbitt has heard all about how the Lamar County High School football team won a state championship in 1984. Bobbitt has been made well aware of it by his uncle Vance Herron, who was the quarterback on the 1984 state championship team. “I’ve heard it since I was knee high,” said Bobbitt, a senior fullback and linebacker on this year’s Lamar County football team. Bobbitt is the leading tackler and second leading rusher on a team that is trying to win its third state championship, and first since Herron was the quarterback in 1984.
This time, Louisville isn’t standing in the way. The Aberdeen High School football team hopes that proves to be a good omen at 7 tonight when it plays at Booneville in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half State title game. The Bulldogs (12-2) have won 11 games in a row to get back to the Class 3A North Half State championship game. Louisville defeated Aberdeen 41-21 last season and went on to win its second state title in a row.
Coaches often use the phrase “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him” when discussing a talented player from an opposing team. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels that way about University of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has the same measure of respect for MSU running back Anthony Dixon.
Tyson Lee is a leader. It’s a trait the Mississippi State quarterback has tried to present throughout his football career. Through his dedication, determination, and faith, Lee, a former standout at Columbus High School and Itawamba Community College, has gained respect from coaches and teammates.
Noxubee County High School coach M.C. Miller believes it’s just a matter of time before wide receiver Pat Patterson does the things he did as a Tiger in Macon at the University of Mississippi. Patterson has been looking for more playing time as the season has progressed for the Rebels.
Justin Flye admits he wasn’t very interested in the New Hope High School varsity program as a ninth-grader. The Trojans weren’t having a lot of success, so it was easy for Flye to come to school Monday not knowing how the varsity team fared Friday.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury challenged sophomore forward Romero Osby a week ago. Stansbury wanted to get Osby’s attention about his role off the bench.
REFORM, Ala. – Tony Easterwood looks down the field at the blank scoreboard. The numbers on that scoreboard have helped the Pickens County High School football team (12-1) advance to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE — The next three days should reveal a lot about the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. After climbing six spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 thanks to an impressive home victory against the University of Maryland, the No. 19 Lady Bulldogs will put that ranking to the test in a scenic locale.
VERNON, Ala. — The Lamar County High School football team will have a chance to make history at 7 p.m. Friday. Lamar County can set a school record for most wins in a season when it travels to Ashland, Ala., to play Clay County in the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center J.C. Brignone and the offensive line have something to prove Saturday against the University of Mississippi.
REFORM, Ala. — Quinton Sturdivant tries to do his job the right way every time. It might sound simple, but with so many things to juggle from his strong-side linebacker position, Sturdivant makes it look easy.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team passed its first true test of the season Sunday afternoon with an 84-55 victory against Maryland. A crowd of 3,042 at Humphrey Coliseum watched as the Lady Bulldogs used a hot shooting day from senior guard Alexis Rack (career-high 43 points), stout defense, and their experience to overwhelm the younger Terrapins.
STARKVILLE — The smile on Phil Turner’s face says it all. The junior guard isn’t fixated on whether he is a starter or if he is coming off the bench. He is focused on working hard, having a good time, and doing whatever he needs to do to help the Mississippi State men’s basketball team have a successful season.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury doesn’t expect freshman forward Renardo Sidney to be available later this week when the Bulldogs travel to the San Padre Island Invitational in Texas.
STARKVILLE — Alexis Rack was in attack mode from the opening minute. Layups, 3-pointers, jump shots, free throws — the points came from everywhere and anywhere so quickly that the University of Maryland women’s basketball team didn’t have time to react. The result was a career-high 43-point effort from Rack that helped propel No. 25 Mississippi State to an 84-55 victory against Maryland before a crowd of 3,042 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — It was fitting Mississippi State’s all-time leading scorer was on hand Sunday to watch one of the best scoring performances in school history. LaToya Thomas, the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,981 points) and its only four-time Kodak All-American, had a front row seat for Alexis Rack’s 43-point effort that sparked No. 25 MSU’s 84-55 victory against Maryland. “I haven’t been back since (former All-American) Tan’s (White) senior year,” Thomas said. “I have been talking a little bit with coach (Sharon) Fanning-Otis and I thought this would be a great game to come to. I wanted to surprise the girls and give them a little bit of inspiration.”
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