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Eighth-grader finds spot in SA soccer defense

Posted 9/24/2010 in High School Sports

Certain responsibilities at the varsity level rarely fall on the shoulders of an eighth-grader, but Starkville Academy's Anna McKell has handled her role well in her first season as a full-time starter.


With healthy foot, USM quarterback is playing well

Posted 9/24/2010 in College Sports

When Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was sidelined for the last eight games of the 2009 season because of a foot injury, he tried to take advantage of the new perspective.



Lions beat Indians, get first win

Posted 9/24/2010 in College Sports

The visiting Lions of East Mississippi held Itawamba scoreless in the second half en route to their first win of the year with a 37-10 division triumph over the Indians Thursday at Lambert Stadium on the ICC campus.



Magnolia State 100 to be run today and Saturday

Posted 9/24/2010 in Local Sports

The 21st annual Premier Ford Magnolia State 100 will come to life today and Saturday at Columbus Speedway.



KEVIN FORRESTER: So when is the right time to use a crankbait?

Posted 9/23/2010 in Local Columns

With last week's article concerning crankbaits, there are questions on when to use certain crankbaits.



MSU football needs better protection

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has allowed fives sacks in three games, but linemen and coaches agree there's plenty to fix before Saturday.



Heritage Academy gets back to action

Posted 9/23/2010 in High School Sports

Brad Butler has prepared the Heritage Academy football team. Now it is up to the Patriots to take on the adversity they have faced in the first half of the 2010 season head on.



MSU men's basketball assembling pieces for 2010-11

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Players say they aren't feeling the effects of all of the turnover and uncertainty in Mississippi State's men's basketball program.



Johnson, Roby dynamic duo for EMCC

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

Donnelli Johnson had a choice to make. The former East Oktibbeha County High School standout could have done what a lot of individuals in his position would have done and played back-to-back seasons at East Mississippi Community College. But Johnson realized there was a bigger picture.



MSU's Rance contributing in all rotations

Posted 9/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Caitlin Rance loves a challenge. Like most hitters, her biggest obstacles usually come at the net reading a block or when she is trying to deliver a kill.



Rivalry games highlight West Alabama schedule

Posted 9/23/2010 in High School Sports

West Alabama high school football teams will take a breather from regional play Friday night, but their opponents won't be strangers.


Blanchard leads Indians to coach's first victory

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.

Comfort returns for ICC's Mims

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.


Weekend auto races tighten top three spots

Posted 9/22/2010 in Local Sports

Three of the four NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region title contenders earned enough points Saturday to tighten up the point standings for the top three points fund-paying spots.



MSU defense expects more sacks, turnovers

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's defensive players, despite having just four sacks entering Saturday's game against Georgia, feel like they're settling into State's pressure-based scheme.



After losses, Rebels struggle to regroup

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

The University of Mississippi wasn't expected to have an incredible football team this season after losing multiple star players to the NFL.



Preparing for 3-4 defense not an issue for Bulldogs

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's offensive line has placed greater emphasis on improving communication to shore up protection issues.



MSU still trying to put it all together

Posted 9/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team isn't panicking despite committing eight turnovers in its past two games. Even coming off a dismal offensive performance Saturday in a 29-7 loss at LSU that exposed protection issues and poor decision-making from both quarterbacks, coach Dan Mullen and the players insist consistency is the missing link.



Ellis, Williams help keep VCA's tradition alive

Posted 9/21/2010 in High School Sports

Good habits are passed down in successful programs. Whether it is on offense or on defense, players pick up tendencies and techniques from upperclassmen and learn to set a championship tempo.



Stanfield's blasts help New Hope beat Columbus

Posted 9/21/2010 in High School Sports

Kasey Stanfield knows good things don't usually happen when hitters reach for pitches. But sometimes power can help a batter make up for swinging at a pitcher's pitch.



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