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Public, private schools schedule games to reduce travel

Posted 8/21/2009 in High School Sports

High school football programs are looking for ways to deal with the struggling economy. So when teams can schedule non-conference games close to home that’s what they’re going to do. That’s the main reason Immanuel Christian of Columbus will play host to Hatley High School, while Ackerman High School will travel to Starkville Academy.

 

 

Local athletes will compete in USA Triathlon Age Group Championships

Posted 8/21/2009 in Local Sports

The duathlon last Saturday at Lake Lowndes State Park was just a warmup for Brad Atkins. The feature presentation will take place Saturday morning when Atkins, Delynn Burkhalter, Alex Woodard, and Randy McCalip participate in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The event will bring together the nation’s top age-group triathletes from ages 18 to 80 and over.

 

 

Alabama women's soccer takes step toward consistency

Posted 8/21/2009 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When you’re building a program, consistency often is the first ingredient to ensuring success. University of Alabama women’s soccer coach Todd Bramble hopes the Crimson Tide took a step toward establishing that foundation last season.

 

 

Documents could impact investigation of Sidney

Posted 8/21/2009 in College Sports

A judge’s ruling Thursday that NCAA documents in an infractions case against Florida State are public records under state law could impact the investigation into Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney.

 

 

Aug. 21 Prep Football Capsules

Posted 8/21/2009 in High School Sports

A capsule preview look at the Oak Hill Acadademy-Heritage Academy, West Lowndes-West Oktibbeha, and Hatley-Immanuel games.

 

 

Oak Hill Academy, West Oktibbeha continue building processes

Posted 8/21/2009 in High School Sports

One coaches at a private school, and the other coaches at a public school. One coaches at an academy that has a student body that is nearly all white, while the other works at a predominately black school. But when it comes to coaching high school football, the coaches face similar situations.

 

 

EMCC's Shed looks to have solid second season

Posted 8/21/2009 in College Sports

SCOOBA — One week from today the East Mississippi Community College football team will begin its 2009 season with a non-division matchup against Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. EMCC coach Buddy Stephens’ Lions enjoyed record-setting success last season en route to a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College North Division title, the school’s first playoff berth since 1984, and a No. 10 national ranking in the final NJCAA / JC Football.com poll. The top-10 ranking was the first since 1963.

 

 

MSU football begins polishing process

Posted 8/21/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The installation of the spread offense is complete at Mississippi State. Now, the cleaning process begins.

 

 

Varnado will give back basketball scholarship

Posted 8/21/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado and his family have agreed to pay his way for his senior season of basketball. By giving up his scholarship, Varnado makes it easier for the Bulldogs to fit 14 players into the 13 scholarship limit mandated by the NCAA.

 

 

Amory, Nettleton will renew rivalry

Posted 8/21/2009 in High School Sports

The Nettleton High School and the Amory High football teams hope to use a rivalry game to start the season with a victory. Nettleton coach Jack Clark and Amory coach Pat Byrd believe the rivalry will be good for their boys. “(The rivalry) has a positive impact for our kids. We’ve played each other 15 times in the last 20 years,” Clark said. “They have probably won 13 of those games, but even though it is one-sided it is always a competitive game.”

 

 

Immanuel girls soccer team looks to return to playoffs with young team

Posted 8/18/2009 in High School Sports

STEENS — Just about everything will be new for the Immanuel Christian girls soccer program in 2009. The hope for this season is that all of the new players who have joined the program will help the Lady Rams make a return trip to the playoffs. Fifth-year coach Ray Campbell and the Lady Rams will kick off the season at 4 p.m. today when they play host to Indianola.

 

Heritage soccer player Fields atones for what she considered lack of effort

Posted 8/18/2009 in High School Sports

Consider the apology accepted. Krisi Boren is only in her second year as girls soccer coach at Heritage Academy, but she has been around soccer and student-athletes long enough to have seen plenty of things. Boren faced something after her team’s season-opening victory against Marshall Academy she didn’t expect. After the game, freshman forward Tori Fields apologized to Boren for not giving her best effort. The apology was unsolicited and caught Boren off guard.

 

Mississippi State students welcomed back to campus with pep rally

Posted 8/18/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State students were welcomed back to campus Monday afternoon with the season’s first pep rally at the drill field. A gathering of several hundred students listened to MSU President Mark Keenum, Starkville mayor Parker Wiseman, and MSU football coach Dan Mullen speak in a steady drizzle. The MSU cheerleaders and band also were present to help energize the crowd.

 

 

Powers to return for senior baseball season at Mississippi State

Posted 8/18/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has been optimistic about his chances of having first baseman Connor Powers in the middle of his lineup in 2010. On Monday, those hopes were realized as Powers announced he will return to Mississippi State for his senior season. “I’m excited about it and think it was the right decision,” Powers said. “With all factors included, I think, without a doubt, it was the right thing to do.”

 

 

Sidney cleared to enroll in school at Mississippi State

Posted 8/18/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball signee Renardo Sidney is one step closer to being able to get on the court with the Bulldogs. The NCAA Eligibility Center on Monday cleared Sidney academically, which allowed him to enroll in fall classes. Although the issues with his status as an amateur remain unresolved, Sidney can participate in preseason individual and conditioning workouts with the team.

 

 

MSU's Dixon avoids court after entering guilty plea

Posted 8/18/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon pled guilty last week driving under the influence. The plea was entered by his attorney Jay Perry so Dixon could avoid Monday’s court date at Starkville Municipal Court. It remains unclear what punishment MSU coach Dan Mullen has decided to impose on Dixon, who was arrested July 18 in Starkville. Dixon, who was fined $500, was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, and not having proof of insurance.

 

 

Dixson to conduct an MMA seminar in Columbus

Posted 8/17/2009 in Local Sports

John Dixson is a pioneer. Dixson, 43, can remember the “dark” days when nearly anything went in Mixed Martial Arts. Bare knuckles, groin shots, elbows, no time-limit matches — you name it and Dixson probably has seen it and dished it out in more than 13 years of competition around the world. Looking back to the origins of MMA, Dixson is surprised the sport has grown so quickly in a relatively short amount of time.

 

 

High school football teams tune up for season in jamborees

Posted 8/15/2009 in High School Sports

Nearly all the coaches contacted Saturday night were pleased with their teams’ performances Friday night in jamboree/scrimmage action across the state. Some, like Immanuel first-year Shawn Gates, might have gotten a little hoarse from all of the excitement. But many of the coaches and teams won’t have a lot of time to spend fine-tuning things. The majority of Mississippi High School Activities Association schools in the area will play classic games Friday, while Mississippi Association of Independent Schools also will kick off the season Friday.

 

 

Changes made to landscape at MSU's Dudy Noble Field

Posted 8/15/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen knew poor field conditions were going to prevent the Bulldogs from playing games last season. The lack of adequate drainage at Dudy Noble Field after inclement weather led to the cancellation of the final game of the Nicholls State series March 1, the Mississippi Valley State game March 31, and the middle game of the Alabama series May 2. Cohen believes the renovations to the baseball field will help improve the team’s chances of playing all its home games every year.

 

 

Starkville Quarterback Club gears up for its 44th season

Posted 8/15/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Starkville Quarterback Club President Larry Graves is excited about the prospects for a good year. The club, which promotes Mississippi State football throughout the season, begins its 44th season of meetings Sept. 3. Meetings are held on each Thursday night during the season at the Starkville Country Club on Montgomery Street. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. The meal, announcement of door prizes, and speakers starts at 7 p.m.

 

 

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