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Prather putting Williams' lessons to use at Aberdeen

Posted 11/20/2015 in High School Sports

The succession of the quarterback position at Aberdeen High School started in 2014. Quarterback Josh Williams was making the Bulldogs go for his third and final season. Tramonte Prather was a junior and earning a reputation as one of the team's top defensive players. While Aberdeen racked up the victories, each player knew the Bulldogs would look a lot different in 2015.



Starkville sweeps West Point in basketball

Posted 11/20/2015 in High School Sports

West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox remembers the nightmare of his team trying to guard Starkville High School guard Tyson Carter during a summer league game. Cox said his young team hung tight through three quarters until Carter took the contest over. In his team's home opener Thursday night, Carter did the destruction much earlier.



West Point has sights set on title

Posted 11/20/2015 in High School Sports

When the season began, football players at West Point High School felt like the team was ready to return to the upper echelon in Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A play. West Point (10-2) will have a chance to prove it has realized that goal at 7 tonight when it plays at Grenada (10-2) in the second round of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.



Noxubee County faces region foe in playoff rematch

Posted 11/18/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Like many of his peers, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter doesn't enjoy playing teams twice in one season.



MSU men's basketball looks to get better on road trip

Posted 11/18/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland sees room for a lot of improvement.



Coleman makes most of football-playing opportunity at MSU

Posted 11/18/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Will Coleman could have gone and played immediately at a handful of other schools.



Bulldogs set for first-ever appearance in Cross Country championships

Posted 11/18/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It has been a long time coming for Houston Franks and the Mississippi State women's cross country program.



MSU women's basketball team working on identity

Posted 11/18/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The construction continues for Vic Schaefer.



New Hope basketball moves to 2-0 with rout of Noxubee County

Posted 11/18/2015 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior Carlos Brooks likes the "positive vibes" coming from his basketball team.



MSU baseball releases challenging 2016 schedule

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball won't have to look far for a good game during the 2016 season.



Myles maintains upbeat spirit for Bulldogs football program

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles always has a smile on his face.



Noxubee County faces region rival Houston in playoffs

Posted 11/17/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Jeffery Simmons lingered at midfield a little longer than usual.


Minichino column: Numbers coming fast for MSU women

Posted 11/17/2015 in Local Columns

The numbers are coming fast and furious at the Mississippi State women's basketball team.


MSU will try to stop Arkansas' winning streak

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes Arkansas is one of the nation's hottest teams. Mullen has seen Arkansas win four-straight games, including a double overtime victory against Auburn, an overtime thriller against Ole Miss, and a 31-14 drumming of LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Razorbacks' offense has been a big reason for the success.



Newman makes debut in MSU's loss to Southern

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman hasn't seen a lot of action in the last three weeks. The Mississippi State men's basketball team's freshman guard has been suffering from a turf toe injury on his left foot that has limited his practice time. He practiced Sunday for the first time since the injury, but his rhythm was off. That was evident Monday night.



Saiz shines in Rebels' victory

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Sebastian Saiz was dominant Monday night, setting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Ole Miss men's basketball team's 82-72 victory against Georgia Southern.



SEC West title hopes still in play for Ole Miss

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

With a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title still within reach, two rivalry games will determine the No. 25 Ole Miss football team's regular-season fate. First, Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) will return from its open date to play host to No. 17 LSU (7-2, 4-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI). The Egg Bowl regular-season finale against Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) will be at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in Starkville.



Columbus High's Hill has career night in playoff loss

Posted 11/17/2015 in High School Sports

Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill knows how far the Falcons traveled this season. He also knows a state championship is within the team's grasp. Columbus saw its 2015 season end with a 56-42 loss to Clinton in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs Friday night. Hill did his part with 24 rushes for 382 yards and five touchdowns. For his efforts, Hill is The Dispatch Prep Player of the Week.



Big plays fuel Alabama

Posted 11/17/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team is more than a squad that can smash 'em up and knock 'em down. No. 3 Alabama used a 69-yard Cyrus Jones punt return for a touchdown to provide the spark against Mississippi State on Saturday, and then added three more long scoring plays to turn a scoreless game into a 31-6 romp.



Battered, bruised Bulldogs look to regroup

Posted 11/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott is optimistic about the Mississippi State football team's final two weeks of the regular season. The senior quarterback was sacked nine times Saturday in a 31-6 loss to No. 3 Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium. He said there are plenty of things MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) can improve on before it faces Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium, and that it remains focused on winning out.



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