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Victory Christian's mission this week won't be difficult

Posted 10/22/2010 in High School Sports

The message is simple: Beat TCA. The black, block letters jump off the red construction paper that is plastered throughout the hallways at Victory Christian Academy.



Expectations puzzle MSU's Stansbury

Posted 10/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Stansbury was surprised to see the media select his team as preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference's West Division. Not that he doesn't have complete confidence in his team, but more than anyone he knows what the Bulldogs lost from last season.



Bulldogs' Bailey is Mr. Fix-it

Posted 10/22/2010 in College Sports

Turns out, Mississippi State forward Elgin Bailey can fix anything. Team in need of a confidence boost? Bailey's got you covered. Need intense defending and rebounding? He'll hook you up.



Lady Bulldogs will be going through changes

Posted 10/22/2010 in College Sports

Traditional approaches don't apply this season to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.



Pickens County glad to be in playoffs

Posted 10/21/2010 in High School Sports

Scott Marchant isn't so concerned about where his Pickens County team will be in the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs.



West Lowndes keeps winning string alive

Posted 10/21/2010 in High School Sports

West Lowndes (6-2, 3-0 Class 2A, Region 2) has turned a negative into a positive and is riding a four-game winning streak.


Injuries spoil UAB year for Cox, Autrey

Posted 10/21/2010 in College Sports

It's a waiting game for Quartney Cox and Billy Autrey. The former West Point and Columbus high school standouts used their times at East Mississippi Community College to earn scholarships to play football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Both players envisioned the 2010 season as the one they would realize their dream to play college football at the highest level of Division I.


Smith hopes to make an impact

Posted 10/21/2010 in College Sports

Shaun Smith has been chasing his basketball potential for the past three years. That's saying a lot for a player who was heavily recruited as a high school senior.



MSU football succeeds with direct approach

Posted 10/20/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No pass, no problem. The Mississippi State football team's commitment to the running game reached its defining moment Saturday in a 10-7 landmark win against then-No. 22 University of Florida.



MSU's Govero moves from student to teacher

Posted 10/20/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero learned about patience at an early age. One of eight children, including five younger than her, Govero understood she always wasn't going to be the center of attention.



Tennessee women pick to win SEC

Posted 10/20/2010 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Tennessee was predicted to win the 2011 Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship in voting Tuesday by a select panel of SEC and national media members.



Blanchard, ICC ready for Northeast

Posted 10/20/2010 in College Sports

Former Aberdeen High School football standout Tevin Blanchard has been studying football game films more often this season at Itawamba Community College to get a better idea of his squad's weekly opponent. There's no secret Thursday night.



Full speed ahead for MSU's White

Posted 10/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Judging by Mississippi State linebacker Chris White's glowing stat line Saturday against then-No. 22 University of Florida, you'd think he'd been playing middle linebacker all his life. Assumptions are risky, but in White's case it's considered a compliment.



MSU, Ole Miss' Warren get top billing in media voting

Posted 10/19/2010 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team and the University of Mississippi's Chris Warren earned top billing Monday. For the second-consecutive year, media members covering the Southeastern Conference have picked MSU to win the Western Division, while Warren, a senior guard, was picked to the preseason All-SEC first team.



Notoriety challenge for ranked Bulldogs

Posted 10/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's time to see how the Mississippi State football team handles success. The No. 24 Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) are ranked for the first time in nine years and are one win away from bowl eligibility after beating then-No. 22 Florida 10-7 Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.



Aberdeen's Hodges overcomes illness in another solid effort

Posted 10/19/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Victor Hodges isn't going to let anything hold him back. Part of his motivation stems from the fact that he's a senior leader on the Aberdeen High School football team.



New Hope family finds way to win

Posted 10/18/2010 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Families can come together to do anything. At times, the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team seemed to be as dysfunctional a family you would see on any soap opera.



Bulldogs ranked after long absence

Posted 10/18/2010 in College Sports

When Mississippi State arrived back on campus a little after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a throng of fans awaited to celebrate the Bulldogs' 10-7 victory over No. 22 Florida in The Swamp.



Serious boating accidents can be avoided with training

Posted 10/18/2010 in Local Columns

During the Bass Fishing League regional competition last weekend, there was a boating accident that claimed the life of one of the anglers. There were several different tournaments being held on the same weekend one of the boats from one of the other tournaments collided with a BFL contestant's boat.


Heritage swimmers No. 1

Posted 10/18/2010 in High School Sports

All it took was a willingness to work hard. Allison Conn didn't make any promises to the Heritage Academy swimming team. The first-year coach told her swimmers schools like Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, and Presbyterian Christian had far many competitors that they did, so the numbers would be difficult to overcome.


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