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MSU satisfied with Texas A&M in SEC

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State officials seem just fine with the Southeastern Conference officially wrapping itself in more maroon and white. SEC presidents and chancellors, acted unanimously Sunday to accept Texas A&M University into the league effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.



MSU still searching for right mix on offensive line

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coaches are focused on finding the right combination on the offensive line. MSU coach Dan Mullen suggested Monday in his weekly media conference that the starters at offensive line this week could be changed after MSU had a less than effective evening attacking Louisiana Tech up the middle.



Johnson, 'O' line lead Trojans to victory

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

Jameel Johnson didn't have any illusions of grandeur entering his junior season. With the graduation of key skill players like Johnny Beamon, Terrence Dentry, and Franklin Richardson Jr., Johnson figured he would be in position to see more time at running back this season. But Johnson wasn't sure just how much of an impact he would be able to make on an offense that on paper looked to feature seniors like Darius Petty and Lawrence Brown.



Boren wins in finale as Heritage Academy coach

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Krisi Boren planned to take a picture with her team Monday afternoon regardless of the outcome of its match against Immanuel Christian. The final result made that picture an ideal way to finish the season.



Starkville Academy loses to Presbyterian Christian

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team's district championship vanished Monday afternoon. However, the Lady Volunteers made sure they didn't go down without a fight.



Former MSU greats Malone, Palmeiro to be inducted into state Hall of Fame

Posted 9/27/2011 in Local Sports

JACKSON -- Former Mississippi State greats Jeff Malone and Rafael Palmeiro were part of a six-member induction class announced Monday that will be inducted to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on July 27-28.



MSU survives OT scare

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- That sound you heard throughout Oktibbeha County was the sigh of relief of every Mississippi State football fan wearing black Saturday night. Mississippi State moved back in the win column, but it made 55,116 fans who participated in a "black out" promotion at Davis Wade Stadium survive a 26-20 overtime scare against Louisiana Tech.



MSU defense delivers big plays

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said this week he'd have to put more responsibility on the defensive backs. That unit responded to the challenge with two late interceptions and a fumble recovery in the second half to preserve a 26-20 overtime victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.



MSU's special teams come through vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Mississippi State football team's offense struggled to find a rhythm, the special teams unit produced highlights Saturday night in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium.



Mississippi's offense sputters against Georgia

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team is 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 2007. An inept offense is the main reason why. The Rebels gained just 183 total yards and scored one offensive touchdown in a 27-13 loss to the University of Georgia on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



Alabama 's defense too much for Arkansas

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 University of Alabama football team turned the showdown with the Southeastern Conference's No. 1 offense into a showcase for the top defense. And the Crimson Tide's special teams. Trent Richardson, too.



Columbus holds on to beat Tupelo

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School football team can take a deep breath. "When a game like that is over? Deep breath for sure," Columbus coach Tony Stanford said. Columbus found a way Friday night and edged Tupelo 24-23 on Friday night to improve to 4-1 and 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 1.



Jackson Academy shuts out Heritage Academy

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

The Jackson Academy football team proved why Friday it is the top-ranked private school squad in the state, according to The Clarion-Ledger and The Associated Press.



Starkville routs Lanier in region opener

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After four weeks of facing some of the state's best teams, the Starkville High School football team received a break Friday night when it opened Class 5A, Region 2 play against Lanier. Eight minutes into the game, Starkville had scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 53-13 victory.



Johnson's career night lifts New Hope

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

SALTILLO -- Jameel Johnson rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 34-19 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game. Trae Collins also returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to help New Hope win its second game in a row and improve to 3-2 and 1-0 in the region.



Softball teams start playoffs today

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

The second season begins today. The Hebron Christian and Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball teams will represent the area in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North and South State tournaments at Bayou Academy and Jackson Prep, respectively.



East Oktibbeha edges West Lowndes

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- It was a strange, sometimes perplexing football game Friday night between bitter rivals West Lowndes High School and East Oktibbeha County High School.



Ackerman shuts out Caledonia

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- The friendly confines of Caledonia High School's home field proved to be anything but friendly Friday night, as the visiting Ackerman Indians pitched a 14-0 shutout to end the Confederates' three-game home winning streak.



Pickens County blows past Aliceville

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- Patrick Plott has stood on the sidelines as head coach at Aliceville and Pickens County high schools and understands the county rivalry between the programs. Plott had his Pickens County Tornadoes prepared Friday night as they kept their unblemished record intact, dispatching Aliceville 40-6.



Davis, Louisville shut down Aberdeen

Posted 9/27/2011 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- After his team's post-game prayer, Louisville High School senior defensive lineman Anthony Davis asked his teammates to help him find his helmet.



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