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Victory Christian offensive linemen have special skills

Posted 10/29/2009 in High School Sports

There is something special about offensive linemen. Typically, the behemoths up front toil in the trenches to clear paths for darting running backs and scampering quarterbacks and seldom receive any accolades. There is something even more special about offensive linemen in eight-man football.



Miller emerges as go-to player for Raiders

Posted 10/29/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — Doss Miller didn’t have time to think. On one play, Jake Orman was in his usual spot as running back. The next play, Orman was on the sideline nursing a shoulder injury. A change of possession gave Miller time to process the fact he now was the Oak Hill Academy’s go-to running back, but it didn’t make the thought of taking on that role any easier.



Injuries will affect Kentucky vs. MSU

Posted 10/29/2009 in College Sports

University of Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks knows sophomore Ronnie Sneed can play linebacker. He just didn’t know he’d have to ask him to prove it this quickly. With the potential of not having senior All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Micah Johnson available at 6 p.m. Saturday for his team’s game against Mississippi State (Fox SportsNet South), Brooks might turn to Sneed.



Lamar County, Pickens County will try to stay perfect

Posted 10/29/2009 in High School Sports

The Lamar County and Pickens County high school football teams will try to finish the regular season undefeated when they take the field this week.



Columbus High School's Jackson takes initiative

Posted 10/28/2009 in High School Sports

The fire has been burning inside Chris Jackson for a number of years. Eighth grade. Losing season. Ninth grade. Losing season. Eleventh grade losing season. This year was supposed to be different for the Columbus High School football team. The Falcons were a year older and a year wiser and were more comfortable with the ways of veteran coach Buddy Davis and his assistants. The season started fast with an overtime victory against Aberdeen in Columbus, but the Falcons couldn’t maintain that momentum.



Porter, New Hope playing for second in region

Posted 10/28/2009 in High School Sports

Service and commitment are important words to Ben Porter. Growing up in a family with a proud history of military service for this country, Porter hopes to follow that path by joining the United States Naval Academy. Before gets to that crossroads in his life, Porter and the New Hope High School football team have some unfinished business to take care of this season. Porter and the Trojans will play host to Hernando (7-2, 4-1 Class 5A, Region 1, District 2) at 7 p.m. Friday in their final home game of the regular season.



MSU's Turner returns to Kentucky for game

Posted 10/28/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — David Turner has benefited from relationships established during his coaching career. One of those relationships helped him earn his first NCAA Division I job as a defensive ends coach at Kentucky in 1993. The bonds continue to help him as the defensive line coach at Mississippi State. Turner will return to Lexington, Ky., at 6 p.m. Saturday when Mississippi State plays at the Kentucky Wildcats (FOX SportsNet South).



West Alabama's Bell adjusts to switch to defense

Posted 10/28/2009 in College Sports

During spring football drills, University of West Alabama sophomore Ricky Bell was moved from wide receiver to free safety. Bell has adjusted to the change and has found a home in the secondary at the school in Livingston, Ala. Bell, a 2008 graduate of Aberdeen High School, has earned a starting position after making the switch.



MSU's Banks honored for efforts

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Johnthan Banks had two teeth removed last week ago, one for each of the interceptions he returned for touchdowns Saturday night in a 29-19 loss to the University of Florida.



Turner will add more experience for MSU men

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Junior guard Phil Turner has a reason to feel like one of the elder statesmen of the Mississippi State basketball team. Turner, who turns 22 today, is considered one of the veterans on the 2009-10 squad.



Bradford does it all at QB for Bulldogs

Posted 10/27/2009 in High School Sports

VERNON, Ala. — Don’t let Michael Bradford fool you. He might not be the biggest or fastest player. He probably also isn’t the best passing quarterback. But Bradford enjoys proving people wrong.



EMCC optimistic about start of basketball seasons

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

Mark White and Sharon Thompson have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The East Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s basketball coaches will share that optimism at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they play host to “EMCC Madness” at the Keyes T. Currie Coliseum in Scooba. Admission is free.



Richard plans to do more than watch this season

Posted 10/27/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marneshia Richard did everything she could last year to help the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. She cheered, she encouraged, she offered advice, and she provided leadership. Richard did all that as she watched ... and watched ... and watched.



MSU's Mullen criticizes replay official

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen enjoyed watching freshman defensive back Johnthan Banks return two interceptions for touchdowns against the University of Florida Saturday night. But Mullen didn’t like seeing Florida’s Dustin Doe return an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Mississippi State’s 29-19 loss at Scott Field. Mullen said Doe’s touchdown should have never been allowed to stand.



Ole Miss' Kennedy has nice problem at guard position

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy has a nice problem. He has to find places for guards Terrico White, Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice, and Trevor Gaskins to play this season. Kennedy didn’t have that dilemma last year when Warren, Polynice, and Gaskins all went down with knee injuries and White was the only point guard left.



Alabama men's basketball team turns up the tempo

Posted 10/26/2009 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The tempo is about to be turned up a notch on the basketball court in Tuscaloosa, Ala. With Anthony Grant as the new men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama, the team will play a different style from past years. Grant developed a reputation for an up-tempo style of play in three seasons as coach at Virginia Commonwealth. He plans to use the same approach at Alabama, but he knows there will be a transition.



MSU nearly picks off Florida

Posted 10/25/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State freshman safety Johnthan Banks wasn’t going to be intimidated Saturday night by the University of Florida. Even though the Bulldogs lost a 29-19 decision to the No. 2 Gators, Banks showed he belonged on the field. The former East Webster High School standout intercepted senior quarterback Tim Tebow twice and returned both for touchdowns. He returned the first one 100 yards with 27 seconds remaining in the second quarter to pull MSU (3-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) within 13-10 at halftime.



Fans show support of MSU

Posted 10/24/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen asked for it and he got it Saturday night. Mullen wanted fans to fill Davis Wade Stadium and make it a tough environment when No. 2 University of Florida came to town. The largest crowd in MSU history of 57,178 looked on as the Bulldogs lost to the Gators 29-19.



Columbus blanks Horn Lake

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

Apprehension and shock were the common denominators that linked coaches Bubba Davis and John Cooley before and after the Columbus High School football team’s 28-0 win against Horn Lake here Friday evening.



New Hope beats Clarksdale to clinch playoff spot

Posted 10/24/2009 in High School Sports

CLARKSDALE –– The New Hope High School football team registered its second consecutive shutout Friday to clinch a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoff berth.



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