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New Hope's Sarah Hern transitions to defense to help lead team

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School soccer player Sarah Hern did her best this season to help motivate her teammates.



Starkville's Hardin shows leadership on, off field

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Noa Hardin takes great delight when her teammates look to her for leadership and guidance on the soccer field.



EMCC men primed to pull upset at national tournament

Posted 3/17/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White compares the situation his team is in to that of Lehigh University or Norfolk State University.



MSU hires search firm to help with hunt for new men's basketball coach

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has hired the private firm Parker Executive Search to assist in the process of filling its men's basketball coach opening. The Dispatch confirmed the transaction Thursday evening through sources inside school administration after MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said it was likely the school would seek outside assistance.



Creighton blocks way for Alabama

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-pointer by Trevor Releford to help the Creighton University men's basketball team end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory against the University of Alabama on Friday.



EMCC men leave for NJCAA national tournament

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College cleared space in the trophy case for the school's first national championship in football in December. The Lions would like to add some basketball hardwood to that case.



Who's next for MSU?

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.



WITH NO REGRETS -- Stansbury: Decision to bypass Clemson was right one

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.


COLUMN: Stansbury goes out to applause

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Applause greeted Rick Stansbury at 1:12 p.m. Thursday as he turned the corner into the lobby of the Bryan Building. The longtime Mississippi State men's basketball coach scanned the room and chided the supporters gathered for the announcement of his retirement for having long faces. "Cheer up. Smile. This is a happy day," Stansbury said.


Shaw adjusts to Crate Lake Model racing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Sports

Don't discount the power of the classifieds. Jeremy Shaw hadn't considered selling his Open Wheel Modified vehicle. But it didn't hurt to look at the online classifieds. After all, you never know what you're going to find. Besides, the number of Open Wheel Modified opportunities in the Columbus area were diminishing, so why not.



Stansbury stands by his record

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury said he hasn't thought about his job security as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach.



Fanning-Otis feels Schaefer has what it takes to push MSU to next level

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Consider Sharon Fanning-Otis impressed. Mississippi State University's recently retired women's basketball coach was in attendance Tuesday to welcome Vic Schaefer to Starkville to be the seventh coach in the program's history.



Bracewell scratched from game one start vs. LSU

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The plan for redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell's return to the mound has changed again. Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said the right-handed starting pitcher likely won't see action this weekend due to concerns about his recovery from elbow soreness nearly a month ago.



MSU softball team building bonds, confidence

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

The Mississippi State University softball team found itself in a lengthy airport layover Wednesday afternoon trying to get from Columbus, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. While no one likely will write a paper entitled "How I spent my spring break" about this odyssey, the Bulldogs were determined to make the most of their spare time.



Columbus Speedway will have grand re-opening Saturday

Posted 3/15/2012 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway will begin a new era this weekend as it celebrates its grand re-opening with the $5,000-to-win, 17th Annual James King Memorial at the 1/3 mile oval.



Illinois State sets 3-point record in victory against Ole Miss

Posted 3/15/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Tyler Brown scored 26 points, Nic Moore added 24, and the Illinois State University men's basketball team put on a record-setting shooting display in a 96-93 overtime victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.



MSU men end season on embarrassing note

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 100th year of basketball at Mississippi State University didn't end in celebration. It ended in front of an announced crowd of 2,507 at Humphrey Coliseum that was inflated and frustrated.



Humbling loss ends MSU's men's basketball season

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It would be inaccurate to categorize the Mississippi State University men's basketball team as less than prepared for what turned out to be the season finale Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were properly prepared to fail.



'Secreatary of Defense' Schaefer introduced as MSU's new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer felt the spark the first time he met Scott Stricklin. Once Schaefer had an opportunity to visit Starkville and tour Mississippi State University's campus and athletic facilities, it didn't take him long to know he could bring the same spark to the school's women's basketball program.


Helpful advice from future wife plays key role in Schaefer's approach

Posted 3/14/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Coaches have been known for years to borrow or to tweak an aspect of one coaching style or strategy into their way of doing things. Sometimes, though, a coach needs a little more assistance in grasping the importance of a concept and incorporating it into their philosophy. Holly Davis was only too happy to provide that assistance to a friend who looked like he could use some help.


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