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EMCC, MGCCC to renew rivalry Saturday

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

National television has turned the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry into one of the best in the NFL. Each senior college football season ends with multiple rivalry games, such as Mississippi State-the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama-Auburn, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is developing quite the rivalry of its own. At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (10-0) and No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-1) will play the latest installment of what has turned into an intense and passionate rivalry. In this meeting, the MACJC state championship will be decided at Sullivan-Windham Field on the EMCC campus.



West Point set to take first step toward another title

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

The West Point High School football team finished the regular season on a high. Now, the Green Wave will try to parlay that momentum into a third straight Class 5A state championship. The quest for a state title will begin at 7 tonight with a first-round North State playoff contest against Neshoba Central at McCallister Field.



Noxubee County will contend with Amory's passing game

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Tyrone Shorter knows about aerial wizardry. As a cornerback Austin Peay, Shorter's job was to prevent big plays and make life difficult for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shorter's role hasn't changed now that he is a coach. In his second season as coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter still takes an active role with the Tigers' defense.



High-scoring Cathedral next for West Oktibbeha

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

A high-scoring shootout is possible when the West Oktibbeha County High School football team takes on Natchez Cathedral at 7 tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A South State playoffs.



Ole Miss men kick off season tonight

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Tad Smith Coliseum.



Pickens County will face tough test against Brantley

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.



It all came together for Starkville Academy football in 2005

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.



Starkville Academy to face Washington School for title

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.



Former Hamilton standout Earnest signs with Samford

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

Things didn't happen the way Dylan Earnest planned, but he is going to get an opportunity to play Division I baseball sooner rather than later. The former Hamilton High School standout, who missed most of his freshman season at Itawamba Community College due to injury, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He made it official Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent.



Starkville High's Ware signs with MSU

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."



Bost, Sidney on coaches All-SEC team

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its eighth annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday. Thirty-two players received votes for the teams, and the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University led all schools with three selections each, while Mississippi State had two selections. Nine schools are represented on the preseason squads.



Akron proves to be more than mid-major

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wednesday's upset is exactly why the executives of the 2K Classic made this an invitational event and not a traditional tournament. The University of Akron men's basketball team's 68-58 victory against an out-of-sync Mississippi State team in front of a stunned 6,897 fans at Humphrey Coliseum didn't earn the Zips at trip to Madison Square Garden next week, but it gave them a season-opening victory against a major program.



Grant ready to play key role for MSU women

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is ready to go. The Richland High School standout selected Mississippi State because she knew she would have a chance to make key contributions as a freshman.



Williams part of recruiting class for MSU women

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

Dan Olson considers Sherise Williams to be "a sleeper." The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes Williams lives up to that potential.



Green, Alabama excited to start season

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green knows he has to stay on the floor and out of trouble for the No. 19 University of Alabama men's basketball team.



Hern leads New Hope past Columbus

Posted 11/10/2011 in High School Sports

Good goal scorers know where they get their passes. It took Sarah Hern a split second to mention teammate Ashley Martian when she was asked about her goal in stoppage time that helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team edge Columbus 3-2.



Runaway red elephant coming to MSU

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Wilson has an easy answer to the average Joe who wonders why the Mississippi State football team won't line up 10 guys at the line of scrimmage to stop the University of Alabama's running game.


Costly move for Ole Miss to move on without Nutt

Posted 11/9/2011 in Local Columns

The University of Mississippi will move forward together without Houston Nutt. It remains to be seen if any of Nutt's assistant coaches will stay in Oxford at the end of a season that has the Rebels 2-7 with three games remaining, but Ole Miss will pay a hefty price to end its association with Nutt after only four years.


Russell ready to shine vs. Crimson Tide

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's possible to reverse history and imagine Tyler Russell on the opposite sideline Saturday for the Mississippi State football team's game against the University of Alabama. Three years ago, the Parade All-American quarterback's college decision was down to a pair of schools less than 85 miles apart on Highway 82.



Ole Miss starts beginning of end with Nutt

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It was apparent quite quickly that this wasn't a normal University of Mississippi football team practice. As players slowly made their way up the stairs and onto the practice field, employees loaded boxes into a car in the parking lot, the first signs that the beginning of the end of Houston Nutt's tenure is here.



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