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NATURAL BORN LEADER: Prestridge makes Starkville Academy go

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's only natural for the Starkville Academy girls basketball team to look to Anna Prestridge to be a leader. Many of the Lady Volunteers might not know it, but Prestridge grew up with a basketball in her hands and has played point guard all her life, so it isn't surprising she transitioned into that role at Starkville Academy.



West Point hustles past Caledonia

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- With a drenched diamond and gloomy atmosphere, the West Point Green Wave overcame the elements to knock off Caledonia 6-3 in prep baseball action Tuesday night. The Green Wave (1-2) rocked the baseball for the first three innings and scored five runs. Four of those five runs came off the bats of starting pitcher Freddie Reed and eventual closer Leroy Calvert - both with two RBIs apiece.



Unhappy ending: Jackets' season ends with thud

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Wayne County High School boys basketball team was simply better than Starkville in every way possible.



Moultrie calls out MSU teammates

Posted 2/28/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Frustrations are building in the Mississippi State University men's basketball locker room. Comments made Monday by junior power forward Arnett Moultrie showcased the emotions MSU feels after it lost its fifth-straight game Saturday, 67-50 at the University of Alabama.



MSU baseball getting contributions from young pitchers

Posted 2/28/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the point John Cohen wanted to get with his baseball program. The Mississippi State University baseball coach always has thought the best plan for freshmen in the Southeastern Conference is to have them sit and watch veterans while working them into the lineup.



Starkville boys set to face Wayne County

Posted 2/28/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a short list of keys to victory for his team at the state tournament. "In the Big House, everybody is really good," Carter said. "It comes down to taking care of the little stuff, that and making shots. I know that sounds simple, but this is not rocket science. The championship teams are the ones who take care of the little stuff and make shots."



Nichols' triple-doubles power Hebron Christian

Posted 2/28/2012 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Push, pull, prod, bump, elbow. You name it, Hebron Christian senior center Tori Nichols has felt it from opponents. You can't blame them, really, because Nichols has been so dominant that two and three players often have trouble slowing her down so they have to resort to any means necessary to gain a stalemate or an advantage.



Hebron Christian baseball beats Immanuel Christian

Posted 2/28/2012 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Baseball players and coaches at Hebron Christian have big goals for this season. The Eagles want to win a district championship. "Our expectations are really high this year," Hebron Christian coach Cass Tapley said. "We have raised the bar this year. We are in it to win every game we play. Anything less than a district championship will be a disappointment."



Kentucky routs MSU to claim SEC regular-season title

Posted 2/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sunday was the right time and Humphrey Coliseum was the right place for the University of Kentucky women's basketball team. Right now, the Wildcats are the Southeastern Conference regular-season champions.



MSU baseball sweeps pair, moves to 5-1

Posted 2/26/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State completed a perfect Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field, picking up wins against Mississippi Valley State and Kansas. Monster fourth and fifth innings gave the Diamond Dawgs the 13-5 advantage over the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State during the early game of Saturday's doubleheader.



UK coach Mitchell: MSU can compete in women's hoops

Posted 2/26/2012 in College Sports

The University of Kentucky has an edge in brand recognition on nearly every basketball program in the nation. Even with that advantage, it took Matthew Mitchell three seasons before he could get the school's women's basketball team back to the 20-win mark and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.



Caledonia routs West Lowndes

Posted 2/26/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- After a dismal performance at the plate during the final preseason jamboree last week, Caledonia High School baseball coach John Wilson thought his team had taken a step back. Caledonia struck out 18 times in 24 at-bats in a pair of four-inning games at Columbus. Sure, the Feds' top two hitters from the previous season were gone, but the rest of the roster was intact. Wilson was keen to see his team close the gap after losing 13 games in which they led after the fifth inning in 2011.



LADY VOLS WIN STATE: Starkville Academy rallies past MRA for Class AAA state title

Posted 2/26/2012 in High School Sports

PELAHATCHIE --- Go ahead and call Starkville Academy the comeback champions. For the second time in as many days, the Lady Volunteers basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to take home the school's first-ever Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA state championship with a 47-35 win over Madison-Ridgeland Academy Saturday afternoon at East Rankin Academy.



EMCC opens state tourney play with Jones JC

Posted 2/26/2012 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The 10th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College will tip off the 2012 MACJC State Basketball Tournament by taking on Jones County Junior College at 1 p.m. in Monday's first-round men's action at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College. The EMCC-JCJC men's contest will be televised live by Jones County Junior College on Airtime will be 12:55 p.m. Monday.



Bulldogs falls hard at Alabama

Posted 2/26/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Alabama's shooters heated up, the defense clamped down and the resurgent Crimson Tide rolled along with a little help from a familiar face. Randolph scored a career-high 18 points and Alabama welcomed JaMychal Green back from suspension with a superb second half in Saturday's 67-50 win over reeling Mississippi State. "In the second half, we had a dominating performance all the way around," Tide coach Anthony Grant said.



Aberdeen's dream season falls short in state semifinal

Posted 2/26/2012 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- That one fleeting moment to tie the game. That's all Aberdeen High School boys basketball coach Roy Hazzle thought his team needed to be playing for a Class 3A state championship gold ball trophy next week.



New Hope baseball rallies past Amory

Posted 2/25/2012 in High School Sports

Four sophomores and two seniors earned their first start and first taste of varsity action for the New Hope High School baseball team Friday. It was the perfect time for coach Lee Boyd to get his first look at how his young squad handles a deficit. New Hope overcame a three-run hole with a five-run third inning against Amory High en route to a 6-4 win in the season opener for both teams.


Experienced final punch for SA girls

Posted 2/25/2012 in Local Columns

Forget 5-hour Energy. If you ever need a pick-me-up, try watching tapes of basketball teams scrambling all over the court in pressure defenses because they're bound to get your blood pumping. After playing more than 24 minutes of face-contorting, rim-busting basketball, the Starkville Academy girls basketball team turned to pressure defense Friday afternoon in a last-ditch effort to keep its hope for a Class AAA state title alive.


MSU faces critical game at Alabama

Posted 2/25/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is not the situation Rick Stansbury wanted to be in entering one of the most critical games of the season. The Mississippi State University men's basketball team has lost four games in a row and likely will be without freshman starter Rodney Hood when it takes on the University of Alabama at 5 p.m. today (ESPN) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.



It's all in the Brand for Starkville boys

Posted 2/25/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Successful basketball teams excel when players perform their roles. Sometimes the same can be said about families. In the case of the Starkville High School boys basketball team's Mike and Steve Brand, each knows one the other quite well, and the brothers complement each other quite well on and off the court.



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