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Schaefer appears to have found key piece with Scott

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you. While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.



Champion Tigers, Yellow Jackets meet in opener

Posted 8/18/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- If you're a defensive player, you might not want Tyrone Shorter grading your performance. Shorter was a standout defensive back who spent two seasons at Hinds Community College before transferring to Austin Peay. He was invited to the San Diego Chargers' training camp in 1996 and made the practice squad before he was hurt. He then spent a year playing defensive back in Canada (1997) before he returned to the state of Mississippi.



Gordon, MSU want to create identity

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.



EMCC defense will have different look

Posted 8/18/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position. Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.


Enticing prep football matchups await Friday

Posted 8/18/2016 in Local Columns

We have finally made it. When the sun sets, the prep football regular season will have started in the state of Mississippi. The opening weeks always provide intriguing matchups. The area is full of title contenders this season, so the run to championship weekend should be fun. Here is what we are watching for in Week One:

Heritage Academy soccer shuts out Columbus Christian

Posted 8/17/2016 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy beat Columbus Christian 8-0 Tuesday night in prep soccer action at the Columbus Soccer Complex.


Griffin hopes to keep Falcons soaring high

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Gary Griffin knows what it means to pay his dues.



Heritage Academy prepares for season opener at Columbus Christian

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Don't get Sean Harrison wrong because the Heritage Academy football coach was pleased with his team's performance Friday night.


Walters column: Closing the door on the prep football preseason

Posted 8/16/2016 in Local Columns

After getting a tease this past weekend, the prep football season is really here.


Peters, McLaurin anchor MSU safeties

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamal Peters didn't care he was fresh out of high school and playing Southeastern Conference football for the first time.


MSU's QBs fit Mullen's mold

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has a specific mold in mind when he recruits a quarterback. Running a spread offense, the quarterback has to be more than a thrower. They have to run the ball, too. Mullen had that with Alex Smith at Utah, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida, and Dak Prescott at MSU.


Brooks' spirit helps Caledonia volleyball win title

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks loved what she saw last weekend from her Caledonia High School volleyball team. Brooks couldn't help but smile Monday as she talked about how Caledonia rallied from losing the first set to win the next two to beat Corinth to win the Silver Division of the Ridgeland High Set It Off Challenge.



Insell pleased with team's performance in Costa Rica

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

Matt Insell has a little more time to work on his golf game. Don't blame the Ole Miss women's basketball coach, though, if he loses his concentration on the links and thinks ahead to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rebels' performance on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica has the fourth-year coach eager to begin another campaign.



MSU women lands commitment from Arkansas guard Scott

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

Bret McCormick and Dan Olson agreed Monday that Bre'Amber Scott's verbal commitment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team gives coach Vic Schaefer another talented wing player for the Class of 2017.



EMCC ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

Posted 8/16/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- After last season's disappointing ending, players and coaches at East Mississippi Community College have talked about the anticipation for a new season. That excitement rose a notch Monday when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranked EMCC No. 1 in the nation in its preseason poll.



These games will define prep football season

Posted 8/16/2016 in High School Sports

Game week finally has arrived for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). All of the predictions are out and coaches are putting together game plans for their openers. As the countdown to kickoff winds down, let's look at the games that will help define this season.


Washington wins again at Magnolia

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Sports

Chase Washington has raced in half of the races at Magnolia Motor Speedway this season. But when he shows up, there's a 50 percent chance he'll win the NeSmith Crate Late Model feature race. After Washington started fifth in the Highway 45 Crate Late Model Throwdown on Saturday at Magnolia, he passed Jeremy Shaw for the lead on lap nine to win his third race at the track this season.

Former EMCC standout Roberts will be walk-on at MSU

Posted 8/15/2016 in College Sports

Marcus Wood might have used another hour to rave about Wyatt Roberts if given the opportunity. The East Mississippi Community College football offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach saw Roberts develop into a playmaker at quarterback the last two seasons. Although overshadowed by talented teammates at the position and not being as highly recruited as others, Roberts never gave in. That's why he was elated Sunday when he learned Roberts, who played at Louisville High School, joined the Mississippi State football team Sunday. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed the move.


Hamblett making transition from New Zealand to Mississippi

Posted 8/15/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johanna Hamblett admits the quizzical looks had an effect on her. Although she felt confident about her decision to travel more than 8,100 miles from New Zealand to Mississippi, Hamblett couldn't help notice the way friends reacted when she told them she was going to the United States to play soccer.


Local teams have goals set for December

Posted 8/13/2016 in Local Columns

Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter hasn't won three Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships by taking short cuts. When his team is down, Shorter finds a way to lift it up. When his players are up, Shorter reminds them nothing has been accomplished and that they are capable of much more.


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