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West Oktibbeha's Robinson eager to take next step

Posted 7/30/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- Several months after ending a senior season at West Oktibbeha County High School that earned her recognition as The Dispatch Small Schools Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Shamia Robinson is starting over.



Fans will be allowed to watch MSU's opening practices

Posted 7/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Fans will have several opportunities to get a look at the 2011 Mississippi State football team prior to the season opener, coach Dan Mullen announced Friday.



Columbus man, 80, cards 10 birdies, shoots 65

Posted 7/29/2011 in Local Sports

You're never too old to get into the zone. Clay Wilkes has had his share of memorable rounds of golf in the nearly 40 years he has played the sport. But Wilkes had a round Tuesday that he and many of his friends called "unbelievable."



Lady Raiders beat Lady Patriots in season opener

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Marion Bratton knows the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch team has plenty of things it needs to work on. But when it comes to season openers, the veteran coach liked enough of what he saw Friday afternoon not to be too upset.



Hebron Christian will try to reload after run to state tournament

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Don't count out the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team this season. Granted, the Lady Eagles lost seven seniors (five starters) en route to finishing as the runner-up in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A North State tournament and third in the overall state tournament.



Additions will bolster Noxubee County coaching staff

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

Joey Sanders has been working in the Greater Golden Triangle area for more than a year. On Monday, though, he officially will get approved to return home.



MSU men add European player, will play in Maui in 2012

Posted 7/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It may be the offseason, but the Mississippi State men's basketball team made plenty of news Wednesday. MSU finalized its 2011 recruiting class with the signing of Latvian forward Kristers Zeidaks. It also announced it has been invited to participate in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.



Starkville volleyball will look to new players to emerge

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two straight playoff seasons, Starkville High School's volleyball team was primed to make a bigger splash in a new classification this season.



Oak Hill Academy wants to return to state

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Three is the magic number this season for the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball team.



Central Academy softball will rely on even more youth

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Sammy Lindsey hopes last year was more than a warmup for his Central Academy fast-pitch softball team.



Heritage takes first steps in volleyball

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Kilarski and Kristen Phillips didn't want to waste an opportunity to have fun. Elizabeth Fields and Liz Byrne are going to make sure Kilarski, Phillips, and the rest of their pupils learn something, too.



HA softball a year older, better

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Allie Lowe and Shiloh Ellis are convinced the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team just won't be a year older this season. A year ago, the Lady Patriots struggled through a season with an inexperienced and young lineup. But the players matured as the season progressed, and the team played its best game in a season-ending loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the district tournament.



Woody moves from boys to girls at WPHS

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Murray Woody is excited to be back closer to home. After spending one year as basketball coach at Ethel High School, Woody is gearing up for a return to the sidelines as girls basketball coach at West Point High.



Smithville job perfect fit for Gregg

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

It isn't time for Leroy Gregg to retire. Two months ago, Gregg was preparing to take a trip to visit his daughter, Mary Frances, in Georgia when he discovered Smithville High School needed an assistant football coach.



Hester enjoys role with CSBL's Jets

Posted 7/27/2011 in Local Sports

The ride ended short of a championship, but Stacy Hester sure enjoyed it. Hester, the former New Hope High School baseball coach, guided the Golden Triangle Jets to the title game of the Cotton States Baseball League, only to see his team lose to the North Delta Dealers 15-3 on Sunday.



Keeping balance will be tough for schools

Posted 7/26/2011 in Local Columns

Let the arms race begin. On one hand, you have Mississippi State, which announced last week that its athletic department received a school-record $37.6 million in gifts and pledges through the Bulldog Club and Bulldog Foundation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. On the other hand, the University of Mississippi announced it would have a "major announcement" Aug. 9 regarding the unveiling of a capital campaign by the athletic department and the school's Athletic Association Foundation.



Visualization helps anglers compete against Mother Nature

Posted 7/26/2011 in Local Columns

Fishing for weekend anglers can mean anything from taking free time to get away from reality to competing in tournaments. For many of us, it is all of the above. There is nothing more fun than to get some free time and to grab a fishing pole and to head to the water.



NCHS' Joey Sanders grew into All-Star, Bulldog thanks to 7-on-7 camps

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

Joey Sanders wasn't always a go-to performer. Growing up and maturing in the Noxubee County High School football program, Sanders learned to love the passing game. As one of quarterback Omarr Conner's favorite targets, Sanders blossomed into an All-State wide receiver as a senior and earned a scholarship to play football at Mississippi State.



Heritage's Sharp will attend All-Madden Camp in Florida

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

In April, Blake Sharp went to Atlanta on a mission.


Time to give Sidney ultimatum or get rid of him

Posted 7/23/2011 in Local Columns

Maybe John Lucas should coach the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Maybe the Bulldogs should change their plans for a European trip and take a detour to Texas.


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