STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's starting rotation will feature a different look next season.
"You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful." -- a tweet by Mississippi State women's basketball transfer Roshunda Johnson on May 27 STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson knows the power of social media. That knowledge was part of her motivation for the tweet that served as her unofficial welcome announcement to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Robert Woodard II has seen a lot of sights and learned plenty of valuable lessons in the past month. Between traveling to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and to Bahia Blanca, Argentina, to represent the United States in the FIBA Americas Championship, many of those lessons involved basketball. Each time, the Columbus High School rising sophomore passed his test and played an integral role in helping the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team win its fourth championship in the biennial tournament that was launched in 2009. Team USA's 77-60 victory against Canada on Sunday night presented Woodard II and his teammates with a new challenge: Getting their gold medals through airport security.
BAHIA BLANCA, Argentina -- Fighting back from a 20-point second quarter deficit, the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team defeated Canada 77-60 to earn the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal on Sunday night. The gold medal marked the fourth gold in as many editions of the U16 tournament. The USA is 20-0 in U16 play since the biennial tournament launched in 2009. Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley High School/Apple Valley, Minnesota) scored all 19 points of his points in the second half and earned tournament MVP honors. Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep School/Houston, Texas) added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Georgia) had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tre Jones (Apple Valley High /Apple Valley, Minnesota) had five steals and finished the tournament with a USA U16 competition record 19 steals, breaking Malik Newman's record of 14 set in 2013. Columbus High rising sophomore Robert Woodard II had two points and one rebound in four minutes in the title game. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game in the five-game tournament. He was 10-for-22 from the field (45.5 percent).
The re-starts were the only openings for the field to pass Jonathan Davenport at The Clash at The MAG. And even those opportunities were narrow. After each re-start Saturday night, Davenport, who passed Scott Bloomquist for the lead on lap 16, would open a three-second gap on the field within the first few laps. Davenport, who entered the race on a six-race winning streak, easily navigated each re-start to win the 100-lap, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
STARKVILLE -- To peer inside the mind of Mississippi State's Brandon McBride is to study an honor student and a soft-spoken business major who is exceptionally talented on the track. It's a great place to start because the mind also is where races sometimes are won and lost.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Taylor has a tough task ahead of him. Taylor, a decathlete at Mississippi State, will compete today against the top athletes in the country at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He also will compete against himself.
Jeffrey Bryan Dean was ready for a new challenge two years ago. Dean's Letcher County Central (Ky.) High School baseball team was coming off a trip to the state tournament and a 29-win season. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which doesn't have size classifications to separate smaller schools from larger ones, it was natural for Dean's success with the Cougars attracted attention and earned him interest from other schools that were looking for a baseball coach.
Don Rowe always knew Leatrice "Lee" Holliday had the "gift for gab." Whether it was in a 30-second timeout during a basketball game or in a break in the football or baseball action at Aberdeen High School, Rowe witnessed Holliday's ability to take control of a situation with his knack for selling himself.
One look at the No. 77 Limited Late Model car driven by Chad McCool and it's clear he's a part of a budget race team. The car doesn't have fancy graphics on its bright yellow body -- just hand-painted numbers and a graphic of a $100 bill on the hood. It didn't matter Saturday night at Columbus Speedway, where McCool held off perennial Limited Late Model contenders like Chase Washington, Jeremy Shaw, and Johnny Stokes to win the $2,000, 40-lap feature race.
STARKVILLE -- There was a moment, several actually, during Mississippi State's rise to the top of the college football world last fall when MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a second to look around him and soak in everything that was happening.
Even after years of playing softball, Cara Hopper knew she was going to have to make an adjustment when she started her college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's reinvention of the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues. Since becoming MSU's coach March 21, Howland has signed two highly touted recruits. He also has watched two players leave the program. Late Tuesday night, MSU's attrition continued when freshman Oliver Black, who saw action in all 31 games this past season, decided to leave the program. Black's departure was confirmed by a MSU spokesman.
STARKVILLE -- During a week that will see 16 teams compete in eight super regionals for the right to advance to the College World Series, Mississippi State's 2015 baseball season was put to rest Tuesday, two weeks after a season-ending sweep at Tennessee. Early Tuesday afternoon, MSU coach John Cohen talked about the heartbreak involved with a 24-30 season. "We were very disappointed," said Cohen, whose team finished 11-30 after a 13-0 start. "If you look at all phases of the season in terms of our overall production and the health with our club, everything was pretty disappointing."
STARKVILLE -- With the start of college football season a little more than three months away, Mississippi State learned the time for its first game time Monday. MSU will open its season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, against Southern Mississippi at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game.
Teaira McCowan set a goal to earn All-America honors during her senior year at Brenham (Texas) High School. When McCowan wasn't invited to the McDonald's All-American Game, the 6-foot-7 center thought the chances of realizing her goal had ended. But a phone call Monday afternoon from Mississippi State women's basketball associate head coach Johnnie Harris changed McCowan's thinking and informed her she was one of 30 girls named to the Parade All-America team.
1. MSU's Jordan ready to have impact on young team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Harris, Heritage Academy will count on seniors to lead way HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Central Academy hopes to contend for state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS