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Riek ready to make debut for MSU men

Posted 12/16/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — John Riek’s heavy accent can make him a little difficult to understand. But Mississippi State’s 7-foot-1 freshman center from Khartoum, Sudan, hopes his play on the basketball court tonight speaks clearly.

 

 

Lumanu finding comfort zone

Posted 12/16/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Armelie Lumanu can pack a stat sheet. Whether it is points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocked shots, Lumanu has a variety of ways she can affect a game.

 

 

Beard coming home to coach at Columbus High

Posted 12/16/2009 in High School Sports

Torrance Beard has fond memories of Columbus High School. The former CHS boys basketball player played for current coach Sammy Smith as a senior for 1995-96. Back then, at 6-foot-2, 145 pounds, Beard played wherever Smith needed him, primarily at guard and forward.

 

 

Terrill expected to be named Starkville Academy football coach

Posted 12/16/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The search didn’t last a month, but it appears Starkville Academy has found its man to lead the football program. Jeff Terrill, who has experience coaching on the junior college level, is expected to be introduced as the Volunteers’ new coach at 11 a.m. Thursday.

 

 

Columbus High basketball gearing up for annual event

Posted 12/15/2009 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith loves a challenge. That’s part of the reason why he and the rest of the Columbus High School basketball coaches enjoy all of the details that go into playing host to one of the state’s best holiday tournaments.

 

 

Torbush leaves MSU for Kansas

Posted 12/15/2009 in College Sports

The University of Kansas introduced Turner Gill as its new football coach Monday. Gill then introduced his two coordinators. One of them — Carl Torbush — couldn’t be there because he hadn’t arrived.

 

 

MSU's Johnson earns SEC men's honor

Posted 12/15/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Ravern Johnson is picking up his game. The Mississippi State junior guard’s improved play is helping him earn awards. Johnson learned by text message Monday he had been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after his performances against DePaul and UCLA.

 

 

Johnson has career night for MSU women

Posted 12/15/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The game was well in hand, but Diamber Johnson knew there was still work to be done. The Mississippi State sophomore point guard handled the basketball as she moved to her left and motioned with her off hand for a teammate to set a screen at the left elbow, foul-line extended.

 

 

Pickens Academy's Johnson makes most of 'free' chances

Posted 12/15/2009 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. — Catherine Johnson had double the motivation. First, the 5-foot-7 senior point guard wanted to erase the memory of a 4-of-11 shooting effort from the free-throw line against Central Academy on Friday night.

 

 

Report says Torbush leaving MSU for job at Kansas

Posted 12/14/2009 in College Sports

It appears Carl Torbush’s stint as the defensive coordinator for the Mississippi State football team is over after only one season.

 

 

MSU women will try to build on momentum

Posted 12/14/2009 in College Sports

Consider it a lesson learned. Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis believes that’s an ideal way to describe her team’s 72-68 victory Saturday at Louisiana Tech.

 

 

Ole Miss women let victory get away

Posted 12/14/2009 in College Sports

OXFORD — Jim Foster didn’t have an elaborate explanation. Late in the second half Sunday, the veteran Ohio State women’s basketball coach almost looked resigned to that fact that the University of Mississippi was going to upset his No. 9 Buckeyes. Then something unexpected happened.

 

 

Foundation set for MSU

Posted 12/13/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Dan Mullen believes the foundation has been laid for Mississippi State football program. The former assistant coach at the University of Florida saw many positive signs in his first year as head coach of the Bulldogs, and he plans to build on them in the coming months. Record crowds at Davis Wade Stadium, the accomplishments of senior running back Anthony Dixon, the emergence of young players, and MSU’s season-ending 41-27 victory against the University of Mississippi encouraged Mullen.

 

 

Victory causes East Oktibbeha coach Brooks to smile

Posted 12/13/2009 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- East Oktibbeha High School girls basketball coach Randy Brooks has accepted it will be a learning process for his team this season. That’s why a win like the one the Lady Titans got Saturday night put a smile on his face. It was almost not a happy situation. After jumping out to a 20-point lead in the first half of its game against rival West Oktibbeha High School, East Oktibbeha held on for a 52-51 victory.

 

 

MSU's Lee candidate for Rudy Award

Posted 12/11/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyson Lee remembers seeing the movie “Rudy” and he loved it. Now the Mississippi State quarterback has a chance to win an award named after the film. Lee, of Columbus, has been nominated for the third-annual Rudy Award as announced by The Rudy Foundation. The award honors student-athletes who demonstrate character, courage, contribution and commitment for their teams. Those traits were exhibited by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger in the movie. Ruettiger was a character who beat all odds to play in a college football game.

 

 

EMCC's Jones says thanks but no thanks to ICC

Posted 12/11/2009 in College Sports

William Jones said thanks but no thanks Tuesday to Itawamba Community College. The East Mississippi C.C. associate head coach interviewed for the vacant head football coach job at ICC and was offered the position Monday night. But Jones said Thursday that he and the school couldn’t come to terms that satisfied him, so he declined the offer to become ICC’s new coach.

 

 

Toughness will be key for MSU's Mokango

Posted 12/11/2009 in College Sports

STARVILLE — Chanel Mokango doesn’t know how many times she has heard the word tough in her short time in Mississippi. How effectively the senior center plays with that kind of spirit, though, likely will have a huge impact on the Mississippi State women’s basketball’s 2009-10 season. So far, the 6-foot-5 center is still working to find the right balance to her game. Mokango and MSU (5-3) will try to take another step closer to their comfort zone at 7 p.m. Saturday when it plays against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.

 

 

Melson helping Ole Miss make up for loss of Easley

Posted 12/11/2009 in College Sports

Kayla Melson is making the best of a difficult situation. In the preseason, the University of Mississippi women’s basketball team lost junior guard Alliesha Easley to a season-ending knee injury. The loss of an experienced and versatile player like Easley would have crippled many other teams, but Melson is helping the Rebels make the best out of a trying predicament. Melson, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, is second on the tam in scoring at 11.8 points per game. She also is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 40 assists and tied for second with 12 steals.

 

 

Immanuel finishes strong to beat Starkville Christian

Posted 12/11/2009 in High School Sports

Immanuel Christian coach Billy Thomas got something more out of a pair of underclassmen during Thursday night’s game against Starkville Christian School. Sophomore Ross Moore had 17 points to lead the Rams and junior Justin James added 12 points to defeat the visiting Cougars 50-44. James had a pair of baskets and two free throws to get the fourth quarter started, then Moore had five-straight points to give Immanuel a 39-35 lead with 4 minutes and 16 minutes remaining in the game.

 

 

Chambless, area players on MAC All-State teams

Posted 12/11/2009 in High School Sports

Nineteen local prep football players and one coach were honored earlier this week when the Mississippi Association of Coaches announced its All-State teams. Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champion West Point and Class 3A runner-up Aberdeen led the way with five players recognized. West Point High’s Chris Chambless was chosen MAC Coach of the Year for guiding the Green Wave (14-1) past Wayne County 35-14 on Saturday for the school’s sixth state title.

 

 

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