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Tillery makes GSC All-Decade team

Posted 7/27/2010 in College Sports

Brittany Tillery was shocked when she found out she'd made the Gulf South Conference All-Decade softball team. No one else was surprised.


Nutt should say no thanks to Masoli

Posted 7/27/2010 in Local Columns

The University of Mississippi has the papers. Is Houston Nutt thinking clearly enough to say no? That question could be answered very soon, as the Ole Miss football coach decides what to do about former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.


Central Academy will look to seniors to lead way

Posted 7/27/2010 in High School Sports

MACON -- The names might be different, but the approach will stay the same. That's the message Sammy Lindsey and the rest of the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team want opponents to know this season.



MSU track and field coaches shift duties

Posted 7/27/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's track and field programs are in trusted hands after the university announced Monday the promotions of veteran coach Al Schmidt and longtime assistant and alumnus Steve Dudley. After 22 seasons leading MSU's track teams, Schmidt will now work as director of track and field. He will oversee day-to-day operations at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track and continue to recruit.



Swim Columbus, Shockwave have multiple winners

Posted 7/26/2010 in Local Sports

CLEVELAND -- Swim Columbus' Corey Persons, Aaron Meek, and Ladd Chain and Shockwave's Hannah Wilson, Robert Fisher, Matt Williams, and Rachel Dees posted first-place finishes Sunday on the final day of the Long Course State Championships at Delta State University. Persons won the 13- to 14-year-old boys 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1 minute, 5.88 seconds. He also finished fifth in the 50 free (28.22). Meek won the 11-12 boys 50 back with a time of 36.08, while Chain won the 11-12 boys 50 freestyle (28.02) and the 11-12 boys 100 butterfly (1:12.05).



Columbus, Starkville begin practice with new coaches

Posted 7/26/2010 in High School Sports

Hours of summer workouts, 7-on-7 games and time spent at college camps culminate today with the start of practice for area high school football teams.  For the coverage area's two largest high schools, Columbus and Starkville, today's two-a-days mark the start of new coaching regimes.  Jamie Mitchell had the spring to acclimate to his players at Starkville, while his Class 6A counterpart, Tony Stanford, made the transition of Bubba Davis' sudden retirement easier by being promoted from defensive coordinator to the top job on July 2. 



Clarion Ledger: 3 days of MSU practices will be open to fans (link)

Posted 7/26/2010 in College Sports



Hamilton's Dahlem, Earnest earn top awards

Posted 7/24/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Leaders do it all. Dylan Earnest and Katie Beth Dahlem epitomized that concept this season for the Hamilton High School baseball and fast-pitch softball teams.


New set of expectations for Nutt, Ole Miss

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Expectations did their best to crush the University of Mississippi football team's season in 2009. Imagine coach Houston Nutt's horror last year when he was asked if his team could have a successful season if it didn't go to Atlanta, the site of the Southeastern Conference Championship game.


Relf ready to show he can be leader on, off field

Posted 7/22/2010 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Chris Relf doesn't say much, and he's fine with it. Admittedly laid back and mellow, the Mississippi State quarterback is a beast when he tucks the ball to run. But even as he's dragging defensive backs for extra yards, there's never a sense he is overzealous or gets caught up in the moment. Quiet confidence exudes as Relf enters his junior season looking to cement his place as MSU's No. 1 quarterback.



Mullen, Bulldogs believe they can build on 2009

Posted 7/22/2010 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Confidence. It's a trait Dan Mullen knew would come with success when he entered his first season as Mississippi State football coach. On Wednesday at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Mullen and the three Bulldogs who accompanied him to the annual event couldn't stop using the term, especially when describing the difference between last season and now.


Different styles appear set to produce similar results

Posted 7/22/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- It's all about the swagger for Nick Saban and Dan Mullen. The methods used at the University of Alabama and at Mississippi State to instill that mind-set are as different as the coaches who lead the young men.

Throng will have plenty to discuss at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/21/2010 in Local Columns

There's always something at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. Whether it's the aura of Tim Tebow -- and the awkward question about his virginity -- or former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer getting served a subpoena in a libel suit, the event is an extravaganza of like no other.


Hype begins Wednesday for eager football fans

Posted 7/20/2010 in Local Columns

Let the hype begin. The recruiting season is nice, as are spring games. But college football officially gears up Wednesday when the Southeastern Conference holds its annual football media days.



Bulldogs look for return to health

Posted 7/20/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's men's basketball team had nearly enough injured players to field a talented infirmary squad. With guards Twany Beckham and Shaun Smith and forward Elgin Bailey shelved for the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs lacked depth and were forced to use their starters more minutes.



Starkville Daily News: Starkville All-Stars eliminated (link)

Posted 7/19/2010 in Local Sports



Hallmark excited to return to New Hope High

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Sports

Brent Hallmark has been a mainstay on the mound for the Cotton States Baseball League - North Division's Tippah County Tribe all season. But today's starting assignment will be a little more special for Hallmark.



Mission accomplished for Starkville's Bryan

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack Bryan's quest to become an Eagle Scout and to help the tennis community is finally complete. Thirteen months ago, the longtime scout and tennis player envisioned replicating an existing pavilion at Starkville High School's tennis courts as his Eagle Scout project.



Plenty for everyone to gain at summer camps

Posted 7/15/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's plenty to gain from running effective sports camps, though most of the evidence goes unnoticed. College coaches can gain a verbal commitment from a student-athlete who attends one of their camps or receive positive feedback from campers, parents, and coaches.



Three West Alabama football players selected for All-Star Game

Posted 7/15/2010 in High School Sports

Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams didn't have to look at game film of all of the candidates to know three of the linebackers he wanted to play for the North in the 14th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week game. Adams, the linebackers coach for the North, selected three linebackers he knows quite well -- Lance Bobbitt and Jimmy Lann of Lamar County and Sulligent High's Ahmad Walker -- to play in the game, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.



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