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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.


Edwards helps Mitchell rebuild Starkville's football tradition

Posted 3/14/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Even though he admits he is a "Starkville transfer," Jamie Mitchell knows the tradition behind Starkville High School football.


COLUMN: Stricklin pins high hopes on Schaefer

Posted 3/12/2012 in Local Columns

Scott Stricklin has more than 11 million reasons to hope Vic Schaefer is the right man.


Hopper makes big impact on Caledonia softball team

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Physical maturation only partially explains Cara Hopper's improvement in the circle. In eighth grade, Hopper was a "tiny" 85 pounds, but she already had dreams of playing softball in college, so she knew she needed to work hard to get better. Now a junior, Hopper has benefited from working with a pitching coach and her father, Tony, and now has five pitches in her arsenal.



Caledonia rolls past East Webster, 15-1

Posted 3/12/2012 in High School Sports

The Caledonia High School baseball team took revenge on East Webster on Monday afternoon with a 15-1 victory at Columbus High's Falcon Field.



Bulldogs face mental hurdle in NIT opener

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The consistent rule of thumb of teams participating the National Invitational Tournament is the more motivated team typically wins.



GETTING A CHANCE: Casey earns playing time at third base for Diamond Dawgs

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Phillip Casey wasn't sure what his role would be on the 2012 Mississippi State baseball roster.


MSU set to announce Vic Schaefer as new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/12/2012 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer will become the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.


Fate of MSU men could be decided

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the fate of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had been sealed, according to the NCAA tournament selection chairman.



Sidney offers no hints about future

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney won't give any hints where he will play basketball next season. Mississippi State University's 6-foot-10 center didn't address the topic Thursday in the team's locker room following a 71-61 loss to the University of Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.



MSU baseball suffers 'teaching moment' in loss to Mercer

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.



Jenkins, Vanderbilt send Ole Miss home

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.



MSU softball misses chance to take series vs. Georgia

Posted 3/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.



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