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New Hope's Shelton signs with Wallace State

Posted 1/21/2011 in High School Sports

Jared Shelton isn't the player he used to be. Growing up, Shelton wasn't the biggest player on his teams, which made him realize he needed to do more than just work hard in practice.



MSU looking for more support for Bost

Posted 1/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost's return to the lineup for the Mississippi State men's basketball team solidified the point guard position but also re-introduced a familiar problem: Depth.



LSU rolls past Ole Miss; Georgia beats Alabama

Posted 1/21/2011 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- La Sondra Barrett had a game-high 19 points Thursday night to lead three players in double figures in the LSU women's basketball team's 78-43 victory against the University of Mississippi at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.



MSU's JUCO players still making transition

Posted 1/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter has heard the talk. "She can't make a layup," or "she can't shoot the ball." The Mississippi State guard acknowledges she has encountered a few bumps in the road in her first season in Starkville. But the transfer from Jefferson College (Mo.) is trying to find her shooting touch and to grow more comfortable as a Division I basketball player.



MSU men will try to zone in on 'D'

Posted 1/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Talking about the University of Georgia's lineup, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury couldn't get past UGA's inside-out offensive threats. Georgia has the Southeastern Conference's premier post player in Preseason Player of the Year Trey Thompkins. The addition of transfer Gerald Robinson has provided a go-to scorer alongside Thompkins and guard Travis Leslie.



Stansbury: Bulldogs remain 'work in progress'

Posted 1/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For all the confidence derived from Mississippi State men's basketball team's two-game winning streak, coach Rick Stansbury insists players and coaches are realistic about the state of the team.



Vanderbilt drops Ole Miss to 0-4 in SEC

Posted 1/20/2011 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt University men's basketball team is aching and hurting. The Commodores also are learning how to quit letting games get away from them at the end. John Jenkins scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures in an 84-74 victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night to send the Rebels to their worst start in Southeastern Conference play since 2000.



Ole Miss adds Brewer to coaching staff

Posted 1/20/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi has hired Gunter Brewer to be its passing game coordinator and receivers coach.



New Hope's Hawkins signs with EMCC

Posted 1/19/2011 in High School Sports

Nothing was going to prevent Josh Snider from being where he wanted to be Tuesday afternoon. After more than three years of recruiting New Hope High School pitcher Dillon Hawkins, Snider finally realized his goal and watched with excitement as Hawkins signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.



Starkville boys shut out Tupelo

Posted 1/19/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's a new trend developing between the Starkville and Tupelo high school boys soccer teams: Shutouts. The Yellow Jackets, usually on the losing end to their district rival, earned their second straight 1-0 decision against the Golden Wave on Tuesday and carved a favorable path to a long-awaited district crown.



Tupelo girls blank Starkville

Posted 1/19/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Freshman forward Charde Hannah recorded a hat trick Tuesday night to lead the Tupelo High School girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory against beat Starkville. Hannah scored twice in the first half and once in the second. She also set up a another in a dominant first half.



MSMS soccer sweeps Aberdeen

Posted 1/19/2011 in High School Sports

The Mississippi School for Math and Science soccer teams are making Morri Mims and Dr. Bill Odom look like coaching geniuses. Taylor Potter had three goals Tuesday night to lead the MSMS boys to a 9-0 victory against Aberdeen in a Class 1A-2A-3A Division 2, District 4 match at the Joe Cook Soccer Complex in Columbus. Erica McCoy and Carlee Odom scored for the MSMS girls in their 2-0 victory.



EMCC's Gunter returns to court after second ACL injury

Posted 1/19/2011 in College Sports

Jamie Gunter doesn't want to waste any more time. That thought has stuck in her mind since August. It has pulsed through her veins in every session in the training room. It has helped quiet any doubt or apprehension she felt about attempting to come back from another anterior cruciate ligament tear.



Pickens Academy boys edge Victory Christian

Posted 1/19/2011 in High School Sports

The Pickens Academy and Victory Christian Academy boys basketball teams battled Tuesday night with neither team getting a solid advantage until the final minutes. Fortunately, the final score -- Pickens Academy won 58-54 -- didn't mean anything in each team's district standings. The game was played "for fun" -- if you can call a nail-biting, nip-and-tuck contest "fun."



Alabama men hold on to beat Kentucky

Posted 1/19/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ben Eblen matched his scoring average with one free throw in the final seconds for his lone point. How the reserve guard on the University of Alabama men's basketball team got to the free-throw line was much more important, though.



MSU/Starkville Sports blog: Sidney's passing to give MSU offense extra dimension

Posted 1/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kodi Augustus is averaging nine points a game since Renardo Sidney's full-time return to the Mississippi State lineup. Once a part of head coach Rick Stansbury's necessitative plan to get 45 points from he and fellow senior Ravern Johnson, Augustus hasn't had the pressure to score in the post since the start of Southeastern Conference play.



MSU men have plenty to address before next stretch

Posted 1/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As valuable as games are to the growth and development of his players, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury is focused on practice. Stansbury has stressed the importance of using practice to improve in his team's "second season" since the return of Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney.



Rebounding edge helps Patriots beat Raiders

Posted 1/18/2011 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris could see his team's advantage before the game started, so he decided to "go big." With a three-post setup on offense, Heritage Academy dominated the boards en route to a 54-46 victory against Oak Hill Academy on Monday night in non-division action.



Oak Hill's pressure too much for Heritage

Posted 1/18/2011 in High School Sports

Press, press, press. The strategy of the Oak Hill Academy girls basketball team Monday night was simple: Use defense to control the tempo against Heritage Academy. That plan proved effective, as Oak Hill Academy's full-court, player-to-player defense led to offense from its defense in a 52-33 victory in non-division action.



Rutgers' Stringer, FSU associate coach visit Heritage, Hollivay

Posted 1/18/2011 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy's girls basketball team -- specifically 6-foot-5 junior center Rachel Hollivay -- attracted two college recruiters to Columbus on Monday night for her team's game against Oak Hill Academy.



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