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Aberdeen uses size to beat New Hope

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- One of the most difficult plays to complete in basketball is a three-point play when a team makes a free throw, misses a free throw, secures the rebounds, and scores on the putback. When the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team completed the rare feat three times in the first half Saturday night, New Hope had to feel it may not be its night.



Spears, New Albany beat Starkville

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

The Starkville High School girls basketball team didn't have an answer for one of the best front-court players in the state of Mississippi on Saturday afternoon. Junior Jazmine Spears scored 24 points to lead New Albany to a 45-42 victory against Starkville on the second day of the Joe Horne Christmas Classic at Columbus High.



New Hope's Holifield slow-pitch player of year

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Softball has been a part of Lauren Holifield's life ever since she can remember. She watched her mother, Connie Sharpe, coach at Caledonia High School and play the sport. She also grew up seeing her sister, Tori Harris, play for New Hope High and imagined the day she would wear the black and gold and help the program build on its tradition.



New Hope's Beard slow-pitch coach of year

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Tabitha Beard has found the perfect phrase: As long as you're doing something you love, it never will get old. She smiles when asked if being coach of the New Hope High School softball program gets old, especially on the heels of the slow-pitch team's fifth consecutive state title in October. The title pushed the program's number of championships to 14.



Southern Miss races past Ole Miss

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.



MSU men rally past Detroit

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.



Grant hopes to become consistent scorer for MSU women

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.



Proffitt solid beyond the arc in Lady Falcon win

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Maggie Proffitt let the rock fly from beyond the 3-point line all night long. The junior Columbus High School girls basketball guard drained eight 3-pointers Friday night as the Lady Falcons routed Wingfield High School 63-26 in their first game of the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.



Falcons too much for Cougars

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School boys basketball team used a quick-paced offense and high-pressure defense to prevail Friday night. The Falcons held off Lawrence County High School 68-46 in the 15th Annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.


Lawrence County nips Starkville at the wire

Posted 12/17/2011 in High School Sports

Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams continues to preach to her team the need to play for four quarters. When the Lady Jackets learn that lesson, the victories may indeed pile up.


Despite several bumps, Lady Bulldogs post 71-57 win

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had just about everything working for the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds Friday night against Southern Mississippi.



EMCC's championship season highlighted this weekend

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sports fans will have an opportunity to relive some of the memories of the Lions' national championship football season this weekend with the airing of a half-hour special on WCBI-TV and My MS.



Mississippi State to face MTSU in 2012

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Mississippi State's football schedule for next season is now complete. After a six-month search to find a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, MSU officials announced Friday afternoon a one-game contract to play Middle Tennessee State University at Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 20.



Prescott gets heavy workload in scrimmage

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knew his freshman quarterback would be exhausted, so after the open scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium Friday night, he didn't need statistics to prove the important result. The Mississippi State football coach knew Dak Prescott had survived the most work behind center in his early college career.



Bulldogs face true road test in Motor City

Posted 12/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has already faced many unique challenges in the early part of the men's basketball season. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) have already suffered a disappointing upset loss at home, won a tournament at Madison Square Garden, won games without key players and now have a new task. MSU must now figure out a way to win its first road game of the 2011-12 season.



New Hope cagers sweep Caledonia

Posted 12/16/2011 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School Trojans ousted the Caledonia High School Feds 76-64 Thursday night improving their record to 5-3. The Lady Trojans also came away with a victory beating the Lady Feds 49-29, improving their record to 10-0.



Holiday hoops tournaments hit hardwood

Posted 12/15/2011 in High School Sports

The "Twelve Days of Christmas" can mean several things to several people. However, for area high school basketball fans, it can mean plenty of quality matchups on the hardwood.



Young MSU safeties preparing for 2012 rotation

Posted 12/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Lack of depth is the result of trying to replace a pair of senior safeties that played nearly every defensive snap during a season. So it wasn't surprising to hear Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen admit that his team will be "a little young" in the back two members of the Bulldogs secondary.



EMCC's Wallace earns national Player of Year honor

Posted 12/15/2011 in College Sports

For the first time ever, East Mississippi Community College can now boast a national Player of the Year in football. Less than a month after leading the Lions to a first-ever national championship, freshman quarterback Bo Wallace was named National Offensive Player of the Year by the NJCAA Thursday afternoon.



Always a fan's delight, prestigious Joe Horne Classic tips off Friday

Posted 12/15/2011 in High School Sports

As the Christmas holidays begin on the Columbus High School campus, many students and teachers are looking forward to some time off and a chance to catch up with family and friends.



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