CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman admits he demands a lot from his players. A year ago, the teamwork and selflessness Goodman asks of his Pickens Academy girls basketball team were tough to adjust to. The transition from Alabama Independent School Association Class AA champion in 2010 to rebuilding team in 2011 was difficult enough.
WEST POINT -- Most high school basketball coaches have a general idea who will be their leading scorer on most nights. West Point High boys basketball coach Brad Cox is not in that group.
Angela Reynolds knew about Kiandria Patterson and Maggie Proffitt. The Northwest Rankin High School girls basketball coach didn't know the rest of the players on the Columbus High team had improved so much.
STARKVILLE - Ben Bracewell's comeback from labrum surgery will be completed with the redshirt sophomore getting the opening day pitching start Friday night. Mississippi State's right-handed pitcher will be the first to take the mound in the 2012 season when the Bulldogs open up with the first of a three-game series against Washington State at 6 p.m. Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Following the most disappointing performance of the 2011-12 season, Mississippi State Rick Stansbury knew exactly where to turn to steady the locker room. The 14-year head coach went straight to his senior point guard that happens to be a co-captain on this Bulldogs squad in Dee Bost.
JACKSON -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's run came to an end too soon. If not for having to play against Oxford High and Jackson Lanier, the top two teams in the state in Class 5A, coach Murray Woody feels his team still would be alive.
The fact that the Columbus High School boys basketball team has a chance means everything to coach Sammy Smith. While so many other teams have collected uniforms and put the basketballs away for the season, Columbus has a chance at 7 tonight against Jackson Jim Hill in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State tournament simply because it has a chance.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson and Porsha Porter have been the engine that drives the Mississippi State University women's basketball team all season. When the senior guards are on, the Lady Bulldogs can compete with any team in the Southeastern Conference. When they struggle, MSU can get stuck in neutral and look like a team searching for answers.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury's body language after Saturday's upset loss at home to the University of Georgia told the story. The 14-year coaching veteran had no answer why his team had no energy and his players had no respect for a Georgia team that walked away from a stunned crowd of 7,610 at Humphrey Coliseum with a 70-68 overtime victory.
STARKVILLE -- With the exception of one game against the University of Mississippi, it was the same formula for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team but a different result Saturday. MSU, which had walked the tight rope in four straight Southeastern Conference home wins by five points or less, finally had its dangerous habit of allowing inferior opponents hang around catch up with it against a University of Georgia team that entered the game 11th in the 12-team league.
STARKVILLE -- With his image plastered on the side of Dudy Noble Field, Mississippi State University fans continue to wonder when the next Paul Maholm will take the mound in Starkville. With that question still unanswered, Maholm returned to Starkville on Saturday for MSU's First Pitch banquet, which signifies the start of the 2012 campaign.
OXFORD -- The Universty of Mississippi's Murphy Holloway, seeing his men's basketball team's postseason hopes in danger, picked the right time to have the most productive offensive outburst of his career. Holloway scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 14 consecutive second half points Saturday night to help Ole Miss defeat Auburn University 61-54 to enhance the Rebels' hopes for an NCAA tournament berth.
The Columbus High School girls basketball team is ready to take the next step. Whether the Lady Falcons take that step quickly -- thanks to a push of the ball from Kiandria Patterson or Daisha Williams -- or they slow down and do it a little more deliberately -- capped by a 3-pointer by Maggie Proffitt -- remains to be seen.
Sharon Fanning-Otis is waiting for the Mississippi State women's basketball team to take the next step. The veteran coach sees her team making progress, but she also knows time is running out. With five games remaining in the regular season, MSU (13-11, 3-8 Southeastern Conference) has little room for error as it prepares to play host to the University of Mississippi at 2:30 p.m. today (SportSouth) at Humphrey Coliseum.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU center Justin Hamilton was putting his uniform on Saturday night when he learned the Universty of Alabama men's basketball team had suspended top scorer and rebounder JaMychal Green and two other regulars. Moments later, Tigers coach Trent Johnson urged his players to remain focused on their game plan and not underestimate the remaining members of the Crimson Tide.
PHILADELPHIA -- Normally coaches would be satisfied with surviving an elimination game in double overtime and accept the fact her team would be physically and emotionally drained one night later. Not Kristie Williams.
PHILADELPHIA -- On the way to their 2012 Region 3 championship, the Starkville High sent a message to the rest of the Mississippi schools still eligible in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament. When the Yellow Jackets seemingly want to showcase that highly critical killer instinct that all title contending teams need to have, they are fully capable of doing so in a big way.
STARKVILLE -- The pair of teams arriving to Humphrey Coliseum are coming off their best performances in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 in SEC play) will be less than 48 hours removed from an impressive 70-60 victory over in-state rival Ole Miss in a contest where the Bulldogs were up by as many as 18 in the second half.
The Columbus High School girls basketball team showed Friday night it has the ability to deliver a knockout punch and the conditioning to last 15 rounds. The CHS boys showed they are developing that knack but that they lack the experience and are still learning how to go the distance.
JACKSON -- In an epic six-hour college tennis bout with 21st-ranked Ole Miss, the 14th-ranked Mississippi State men's tennis squad regained the River Hills Cup with an exciting 4-2 victory Thursday night at River Hills Club in a top 25 war.
1. Columbus Speedway ready to race again LOCAL SPORTS
2. Starkville Academy soccer beats Heritage Academy to reach state final HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU baseball looks to bounce back COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Notebook: MSU falls to Kentucky in overtime COLLEGE SPORTS