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Nilsson confident MSU can move forward

Posted 5/16/2013 in College Sports

Right after the Mississippi State University men's tennis players arrived in Champaign, Ill., coach Per Nilsson told them to get comfortable because he intended to make an extended stay.



AISA recognizes three Pickens Academy students

Posted 5/16/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Phil Fikes doesn't consider himself a "jock." That moniker is typically used to label individuals who are more accomplished in athletics that in the classroom.



Neshoba Central ends New Hope's season again

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

For the second-consecutive season, the screams from a bus leaving Lady Trojan Field will ring in the ears of the New Hope High School players. This time, though, there was a weightier sense of finality for four seniors who saw their prep careers end without another shot at an elusive state championship.



Ties to Alabama strong for MSU softball team

Posted 5/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It may be a long wait if you're on the pass list for Mississippi State University softball player Jessica Cooley. Cooley and her Bulldogs were scheduled to leave this morning for Mobile, Ala., where they will begin play Friday in the University of South Alabama-hosted Mobile Regional of the NCAA tournament. MSU (32-22) will face Florida State (41-16) at 3:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game of the four-team, double-elimination event.



Pickens Academy baseball, softball players honored

Posted 5/15/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy baseball and softball teams had plenty of ways to turn for contributions this season. Six of the standouts for both teams were recognized recently for their performances with Alabama Independent School Association All-Star awards.



Prep Player of Week: Mattox caps banner season with pair of championships

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For many, a pair of state championships would signal the end of a promising high school career.



New Hope softball stands one win away from state title series

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Championship programs respond.



Pickens Academy tabs Thacker as new football coach

Posted 5/14/2013 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker feels like he is back home.



Former Penn State quarterback plans visit to MSU

Posted 5/14/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Steven Bench is officially a college football free agent and currently touring his future destinations.



Renfroe chosen as finalist for Ferriss Award

Posted 5/14/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the month Mississippi State University junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe will begin to accumulate individual honors.



Rally helps MSU salvage finale vs. Ole Miss

Posted 5/13/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Twelve outs away from being swept by its archrival, a pre-game image appeared in the minds of the Mississippi State University baseball players.



MSU softball team celebrates another NCAA bid

Posted 5/13/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Since taking over the program, Mississippi State University second-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached living in the moment. For Stuedeman and the Bulldogs, the moment they were living in Sunday night was very good.



Area track and field standouts earn firsts

Posted 5/13/2013 in High School Sports

PEARL -- The Golden Triangle had three individuals win gold medals Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State Outdoor Track and Field meet. Starkville High School's Kate Mattox and Damian Grady each won two events, while New Hope High's Mercedes Mattix won the 400 meters.



Ole Miss takes first two games from MSU

Posted 5/12/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi baseball coach Mike Bianco had a dilemma immediately after Friday night's rainout. His normal game two starting pitcher and his offense felt a lot better Saturday about his decision following a doubleheader sweep of No. 21 Mississippi State University.



SEC schools could see huge payout from new network

Posted 5/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Leave it to Mike Slive to outdo himself as the leader of a premier Division I athletic conference. When he negotiated and signed the unprecedented 15-year, $2 billion-plus agreement to televise games with ESPN in 2008, it was believed the Southeastern Conference commissioner had secured his legacy. In 16 months, the SEC will have a television network that will take it into new territory as it tries not to be overtaken financially by another league.



Former QB Lee returns home to work for FCA at MSU

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyson Lee was sitting in a meeting room at the NFL's St. Louis Rams evaluating a draft prospect when he couldn't prevent an ugly feeling from entering his mind.



Boyd eager to begin new chapter with Packers

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Josh Boyd has lived in Mississippi all 23 years of his life. After having nearly two weeks to let it soak in that he'd be leaving the South, he was off to his next destination. Boyd's airplane was about to land Thursday when he looked out to the landscape in Green Bay and had a thought.



Buccaneers looking for Banks to make impact

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnthan Banks isn't making any bold predictions about the impact he'll have as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



Logan, Hendren make most of time on Columbus Lake

Posted 5/11/2013 in Local Sports

Coming off a banner 2012 crappie fishing season, Roy Logan and Wade Hendren have gotten off to a slow start this season. Outside of a fourth-place finish at Reelfoot Lake (Tenn.), Logan and Hendren had only fished two other events this spring. Their luck changed Saturday.



Caledonia athletes earn spots on EMCC cheerleading team

Posted 5/11/2013 in College Sports

Hunter Griffin and Dylan Huling had no idea what cheerleading could do for them. To understand what the sport could offer them, Griffin and Huling first had to understand the combination of balance, timing, coordination, and strength participants needed to do stunts and to be a part of routines.



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