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Pickens County's Hall has record-setting night

Posted 8/30/2011 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- De'Marko Hall didn't have an illusions of grandeur Friday night. But the Pickens County High School standout believed he could find a way to help the Tornadoes upset preseason No. 2 American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., despite being at less than 100 percent and missing a preseason scrimmage because of a left shoulder injury.



Locals will play key roles for ICC football

Posted 8/30/2011 in College Sports

FULTON -- The foundation has been laid. Jon Williams knows the next step is to put players in the right positions so they can make plays.



Mullen adapting Oregon tactics to MSU offense

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Go ahead and let Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen describe the way he see the give-and-take relationship among coaches.



Hazelwood will try to find seven

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There already is a bit of desperation, a lot of frustration, and some shock in the voice of Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood. After a 1-2 weekend in its season-opening Maroon Classic tournament at Newell-Grissom Gymnasium, there's legitimate arguments all of those feelings are justified.



Stephens feels EMCC has pieces

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

Buddy Stephens is apprehensive, curious, and confident all at the same time. If that sounds difficult, the East Mississippi Community College football coach will tell you it isn't.



Starkville High swimming has fast start

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

BRANDON -- The Starkville High School swimming team opened its season Saturday with several strong finishes at the Brandon Relays. Due to a computer scoring glitch, no official team finishes were available. However, Starkville coach Angela Hobart believes her squad was in a position to finish second in the boys and girls competition.



Noxubee County can't hold lead, falls to Spain Park (Ala.)

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Noxubee County High School football team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Saturday night in a 24-20 loss to Spain Park (Ala.). "We simply made too many mistakes," Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said. "We had three turnovers -- all in the second half. Three times, we drive inside the 20-yard-line and can't score. Against a good team, you have to take advantage of your chances and not make mistakes."



Brown, Clay County team win fishing tournament

Posted 8/27/2011 in Local Sports

West Point's Gene Brown had a good feeling after the opening round of the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship. On Saturday, the good feeling was rewarded as Brown built on his opening-round lead to secure championship honors in the annual event held at Columbus Lake, Aliceville Lake, and Aberdeen Lake.



Rebels hold dress rehearsal for opening day; Alabama practice indoors

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- With the season opener one week away, the University of Mississippi football team took the field inside Vaught-Hemingway for a two-plus hour dress rehearsal Saturday morning.



Ole Miss hopes to surprise in SEC

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Houston Nutt has been known to turn a team with low expectations into one of the Southeastern Conference's best in his 14-year coaching career in the Southeastern Conference.



Alabama working on to-do list

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's August to-do list: Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It's almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk.



Gardner dismissed from MSU basketball team

Posted 8/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State announced Friday morning freshman guard D.J. Gardner has been dismissed from the men's basketball program a little more than six months after signing with the school.



Pellum, Starkville Academy defeat Heritage Academy

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

Drew Pellum showed Friday night that the Starkville Academy football team is more than just a fullback and dive-driven team. The junior quarterback rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns to lead Starkville Academy to a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.



Caledonia beats West Lowndes to improve to 2-0

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Onterrio Lowery kneeled on the home turf following the Caledonia High School football team's 29-15 victory against West Lowndes on Friday night. With his No. 20 jersey pulled over his shoulder pads at his side, he made an imaginary dash between the numbers and said, "Put a dash right here and it makes us 2 and 0."



Starkville hangs on for tight win vs. Madison Central

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Friday was a difficult day for Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell. But the night got a little better with a home-opening victory against a powerhouse Class 6A program. After visiting all day with his mother, who is suffering with cancer in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital, Mitchell drove back to Starkville to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 16-14 victory.



Lamar County beats South Lamar in rivalry opener

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team needed one big offensive play Friday night. Freshman tailback Alex Wheeler provided it. Wheeler's 1-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 40 seconds left in regulation helped Lamar County knock off arch-rival South Lamar 6-0 before a standing-room-only crowd at George Bell Stadium in the season opener for both teams.



Aberdeen's defense rises to challenge in win vs. Shannon

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team was humbled in its Week 1 loss to Columbus. Shannon High caught the wrath Friday night. Aberdeen held Shannon to 45 yards of offense, forced four fumbles and scored a touchdown in a 22-14 win.



Central Academy rallies to move to 2-0

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- The Central Academy football team capitalized on a key turnover and scored on a broken play to take the lead and hold on for a 24-22 victory against Calhoun Academy on Friday night in its home opener.



Inaugural high school fishing championship Sunday in Columbus

Posted 8/27/2011 in Local Sports

Enthusiasm continues to build for the first Mississippi High School Fishing Championship. Sponsored by the Student Angler Federation, the inaugural event is set for this weekend at Columbus Lake. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. today with registration and orientation at the Ramp Pavilion at Stennis East Bank Lock and Dam. A rules briefing will follow at 6 p.m. Fishing begins at the ramp at daylight Sunday, and culminates with a weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.



West Oktibbeha beats Montgomery County to go to 2-0

Posted 8/27/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The West Oktibbeha County High School football team scored 42 points in the first half en route to a 50-30 victory against Montgomery County on Friday night.



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