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Wilson eagerly returns to head coaching ranks at Caledonia

Posted 7/10/2010 in High School Sports

The timing was right, so John Wilson decided to adjust and flow. As a result, the Caledonia High School baseball program has a new head baseball coach. On Friday, the Lowndes County School Board approved Wilson, a former head baseball coach at Columbus High School and an assistant baseball coach at Caledonia, to be Caledonia High's next baseball coach.



USA features MSU track athletes

Posted 7/9/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Four Mississippi State track athletes return to the international level today at the NACAC Under 23 Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Fla. The meet is scheduled for today through Sunday, featuring teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Team USA features two of the nation's top 400-meter runners in Mississippi State's Tavaris Tate, of Starkville, and O'Neal Wilder, while MSU coach Al Schmidt returns for a second straight year to captain the distance runners.



Columbus Xplosion advances with win

Posted 7/9/2010 in Local Sports

GRENADA ---- Josh Neal and Octavian Stallings combined on a three-hitter Thursday to pitch the Columbus Xplosion past the Mathiston All-Stars 14-2 in the Dizzy Dean 10-year old South State Tournament. Neal allowed one hit and struck out five in two innings and Stallings gave up two hits and fanned four in two innings as Columbus won by the 10-run mercy rule in four innings. Neal and Stallings were backed by a seven-hit attack, led by Jeremy Tate with an RBI triple and single. Also contributing were Cade Odom and Nathan Wilson with a double each, Neal with a single and two RBIs, and Leo Bell and Cody Bolin with a single each.



Renovations should have soccer field set for start of season

Posted 7/8/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- By mid August, Mississippi State University's soccer team will have the facilities upgrade that will ensure a rain-soaked season doesn't take a toll on games and training routines.



Patterson's dismissal surprises prep coaches

Posted 7/8/2010 in College Sports

Two coaches who worked with Patrick Patterson at Noxubee County High School said Wednesday they were surprised to learn Patterson had been dismissed from the University of Mississippi football team.


Time to make decision, move on

Posted 7/8/2010 in Local Columns

"The Decision" will come today. That's what ESPN is calling the latest made-for-TV event. We'll have to see if Jay-Z will provide the music that will accompany LeBron James' announcement of which NBA team he will play for in the 2010-11 season.


Ole Miss dismisses Patterson

Posted 7/7/2010 in College Sports

Patrick Patterson's football career at the University of Mississippi apparently is over. Rivals, Scout, and reported Tuesday night that the former Noxubee County High School standout has been dismissed from the program. The Northeast Daily Journal in Tupelo reported this morning on its website that Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had confirmed the move and that more information would be released soon.



Mansfield leaves Caledonia

Posted 7/7/2010 in High School Sports

Morgan Mansfield came to Lowndes County with the hope of building programs. After two years of moving in the right direction, Mansfield couldn't pass up what he believes is a better opportunity to do the same kind of work. Last week, Mansfield resigned as boys soccer coach at Caledonia High School to take the same position at Center Hill High School.



Columbus has two teams in 11-12-year old tourney

Posted 7/7/2010 in Local Sports

When it came time to select all-stars, coaches in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority 11-12-year old baseball league decided to form two teams. As a result, Columbus will have two teams in the Dizzy Dean 11-12-year old South State Tournament at Winona this weekend. The Columbus American All-Stars and Columbus National All-Stars will be among 17 teams that will begin play Thursday in the South State Tournament.



Neal hopes that success continues with all-stars

Posted 7/7/2010 in Local Sports

During the summer as the coach of the Columbus Dental Yankees in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority 10-year old baseball league, Bruce Neal didn't know what it was like to lose a game. Neal coached the Yankees to the league championship with an unblemished 15-0 record. "I asked the park how long it has been since a 10-year old team has gone undefeated and they couldn't tell me," Neal said. "They can't tell me how long it has been since that happened or if it's happened."



Caledonia familiar opponent for Columbus all-star team

Posted 7/7/2010 in Local Sports

The Columbus All-Stars won't have to rely on a scouting report for their opening game in the Dizzy Dean Baseball 8-year old South State Tournament. Columbus will play an opponent its familiar with when it takes the field for its opener at noon Thursday at Winona. Columbus will get a chance to redeen itself when it plays Caledonia, which it recently lost to in a warmup tournament.



Familar face for Falcons

Posted 7/3/2010 in High School Sports

Tony Stanford hopes to end a trend at Columbus High School. Stanford was named Friday the school's head football coach, and he hopes to bring stability to the program.



Starkville working hard during summer

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The areas Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell thought needed work at the end of spring drills are being corrected in the summer.  Mitchell, embarking on his first season as the coach of the Yellow Jackets, wasn't happy with the play of the secondary in April and May.  A heavy dose of 7-on-7 in June has the Jackets on the right track, according to Mitchell, who admits pass defense was atop his list of areas to sew up heading into the fall. The Jackets gave up a region-worst 324 points last season.



Columbus teams come out swinging

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

EUPORA __ The Columbus American All-Stars hit the ball Thursday the way coach Kelvin Smith believed they could. The Americans smacked the ball to win their first two games in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament, beating East Central 24-2 and Louisville 25-3. "We're having fun," Smith said. "We're trying to go all the way." The American are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today against the Columbus National All-Stars, who beat Eupora 26-5 on Thursday.



Columbus teams begin quests for South State title

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

As a pitcher in high school and college, it was Andy Brown's objective to throw pitches the batters couldn't hit. Brown has an entirely different mindset now that he's a coach in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority coach-pitch league. Brown, a 1995 graduate of Columbus High School who pitched at East Mississippi Community College, wants to place his pitches where his players can hit the ball. The 33-year old Brown hopes to be successful doing that when he coaches the Columbus National All-Stars in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament at Eupora.



Columbus All-Stars count on pitching

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Sports

The Columbus All-Stars will attempt to make their best pitch when they play in the Dizzy Dean 9-year old South State Tournament. Columbus coach Chad Altmyer is counting on pitching when his team plays in the tournament at Winona. "I think we have a very good group that's very competitive," Altmyer said. "I think it will depend on our pitching. As with 9-year olds, consistency is always the key. If we can be consistent on the pitchers' mound, I think we'll have a good shot to do really well." Columbus begins play in the tournament at 2 p.m. today when it goes against Winona.



Neshoba locks down Center Hill for Dizzy Dean title

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Neshoba Central turned a narrow second-inning lead into lights-out baseball Monday at Sammy Fletcher Field, topping Center Hill 9-4 to clinch the Dizzy Dean World Series championship. The Rockets, who topped Ridgeland and rival New Hope a day earlier, led 5-1 following a Terrance Steele two-RBI single and RBI hits from Robert Greer and Dustin Floyd.



Columbus High names new football coach

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Columbus High School didn't look far to find its next head football coach.



Stansbury mum on Turner, Bost's appeal

Posted 6/29/2010 in College Sports

Monday's Southeastern Conference basketball coaches summer teleconference didn't yield much from Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury. Fresh off a weekend where news broke of Phil Turner's release from his scholarship and the differing accounts of the player's intentions for 2010-11, Stansbury shot down attempts to broach the topic once more.



RJ Johnson signs with Brewers

Posted 6/29/2010 in High School Sports

Starkville High graduate and Dispatch Baseball Large Schools Player of the year R.J. Johnson confirmed he is now a professional player. The 6-foot-4 pitcher said he signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, and SHS head coach Danny Carlisle said Johnson will head to a Brewers minor league affiliate Wednesday in Arizona.



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