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Prep basketball: New Hope grabs two region wins from West Point

Posted 1/30/2013 in High School Sports

In a critical region game, a team must rely on its seniors. For the New Hope High School boys basketball team, Derrick Sherrod carried the flag Tuesday night.



MSU men's basketball resumes homestand with Texas A&M

Posted 1/30/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Any time a player goes for 40 points in Rupp Arena on the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference, that person must obviously be accounted for.



Prep soccer: Starkville girls fall in first-ever north state title match

Posted 1/30/2013 in High School Sports

RIDGELAND -- Starkville's first-ever trip to the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 5A North State girls soccer championship match ended in extreme disappointment with a 2-0 defeat at Ridgeland Tuesday night.



Prep soccer: Starkville boys fall in North State finals

Posted 1/30/2013 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- The reaction didn't bode well for the Starkville High School boys soccer team.



Prep basketball: Starkville Academy sweeps Heritage Academy

Posted 1/30/2013 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander begged senior Carnail Minor to play with more urgency.



Former MSU pitcher Stratton set for first full pro season

Posted 1/29/2013 in Local Sports

Don't be surprised Thursday if Chris Stratton mentions how unbelievably fortunate he is to be playing a kid's game for a living. Stratton also may talk about how quickly that luxury can be taken away at a moment's notice and how he experienced that reality last year in his first minor league season.



Starkville Academy has enough firepower to beat Heritage Academy

Posted 1/29/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zach Slaughter had a perfect view of the assault. Save for two goals that penetrated the bunker, Slaughter and the Starkville Academy boys soccer team didn't have much offensive success Monday in a 2-0 victory against Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.



Versatility key to game for Starkville High's Wise

Posted 1/29/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't limit Taylor Wise just because of his height. At 6-foot-5, the Starkville High School senior is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle for aerial supremacy.



Starkville soccer teams ready for next step

Posted 1/29/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brian Bennett and Anna Albritton will be in different positions tonight, but both will hope for the same result. While the Starkville High School boys soccer team will rely on the experience it gained from its state title run in 2012, the Starkville High girls will try not to let the enormity of the moment get to them. The teams will face those challenges at 6 p.m. on the road in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title matches.



MSU's Ray says team played selfishly vs. Florida

Posted 1/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "We just reverted back to our old ways, and this isn't the time to go back to our bad habits." Those were the words of Mississippi State University freshman center Gavin Ware used to explain why MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray called his players "selfish" and "wrapped up in our offense."



Pitching aces will match up today for MSU

Posted 1/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two candidates for the Mississippi State University baseball team's weekend rotation will make their debuts at 4:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field.



MSU women get first SEC victory for Schaefer

Posted 1/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant provided the perfect exclamation point Sunday afternoon. Down to its final possession in its best half this season, Grant cradled the ball on the left wing and eyed the rim. Once a perimeter threat who hesitated to leave the familiar territory of the 3-point arc, Grant didn't think twice, moving toward the baseline against Tia Faleru with a purpose. She absorbed contact as she skirted the tightrope and muscled up for a layup that delivered the final punctuation.



Former MSU RB Dixon looks to realize dream

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Sports

Anthony Dixon has never gone to the San Francisco 49ers training facility with anything but a smile, so you can imagine his feelings about living his childhood dream and getting ready to play in Super Bowl XLVII.



McPhee will try to help Lewis go out with title

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Sports

No matter what happens for the rest of his professional football career, Pernell McPhee will be one of the chosen few who can say he played in the final game of a future Hall of Famer. For that reason, McPhee has dedicated Super Bowl XLVII to teammate Ray Lewis.



Starkville soccer teams reach 5A North State title matches

Posted 1/26/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE --Taylor Wise is easily the most physically-imposing player whenever he steps on a soccer field. Still, even a beast needs a little love from friends and family to provide an extra gear.



New Hope girls make progress in loss to Ridgeland

Posted 1/26/2013 in High School Sports

The tears reflect how far the New Hope High School girls soccer has come in one year. Reagan Hern is just disappointed she won't be with the Lady Trojans next season to help them take the next step.



Stratton will be speaker at Columbus High banquet

Posted 1/26/2013 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.



Former New Hope standout Harris hired at EMCC

Posted 1/26/2013 in College Sports

SCOOBA --Garrett Harris, a former standout pitcher for New Hope High School and the University of South Alabama, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced this week by EMCC baseball coach Chris Rose. Harris' hiring has been approved by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes.



West Point boys use pressure to beat Oxford

Posted 1/26/2013 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.



MSU looks to learn lessons from latest loss

Posted 1/26/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If Thursday night served as a sneak preview of the blueprint Vic Schaefer plans to use to transform the Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it also provided a glimpse of the kind of players Schaefer wants to bring to Starkville.



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