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EMCC signs Braddock, Pittman

Posted 3/22/2011 in High School Sports

Chris Rose had several goals when he was named the new baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College. Rose set signing the top players in the state and in the region as one of his top goals as he attempted to build a championship tradition at EMCC. The Lions took a "massive" step in that direction Monday when Heritage Academy senior baseball players Austin Braddock and Camp Pittman signed scholarships with EMCC.



Dale has big week for Falcons

Posted 3/22/2011 in High School Sports

Christian Dale doesn't have time for growing pains. Even though Dale is a sophomore, he is one of the most experienced players on the Columbus High School baseball team filled with young players looking to make their marks. They would be well served to take a page from Dale.



Four Starkville High baseball players suspended

Posted 3/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Shaquille Hill and Nick Brooks are among four Starkville High School baseball players who have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The suspensions were confirmed Monday by Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle, who declined to comment on the reasons Hill, Brooks, Andrew Armburst, and Jalen Campbell were suspended.



Alabama women want to extend run

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

There's plenty of Madness that goes on outside the NCAA tournament. The trick to enjoying it is not getting caught up in the fact you're not playing in the "Big Dance" and that you still have a chance to win a championship. Tierney Jenkins isn't about to let her first -- and last -- chance to play following the Southeastern Conference tournament end. The senior forward will lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team against the Toledo Rockets in the Sweet 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at 7 tonight at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.



Alabama football opens spring with voids to fill

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.



Alabama men beat New Mexico

Posted 3/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.



Heritage Academy baseball team improves to 12-0

Posted 3/19/2011 in High School Sports

Austin Braddock and M.J. Hamrick had home runs, and Parker Dunaway threw four strong innings Saturday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 15-2 victory against Oak Hill Academy in Columbus. The game was stopped after four innings due to the 12-run rule.



Starkville High boys will look to distance group

Posted 3/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.



MSU softball beats Arkansas again

Posted 3/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Courtney Nesbit hit a two-run double, and three pitchers allowed one hit in the Mississippi State softball team's 2-0 win against the University of Arkansas on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs (14-14, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) clinched the three-game series and shut out the Razorbacks (9-19, 0-7) for the second straight day. MSU won 3-0 Friday night.


Ilyushin's play helps MSU men's tennis start quickly in SEC

Posted 3/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin hasn't always been the most level-headed, even-keeled player. His temperament hindered his ability to respond to adversity the right way, which held back his game and ultimately kept the Mississippi State men's tennis team from reaching its full potential. Lately, Ilyushin's ability to channel his emotions and his improved service game have been major assets in MSU's current run.


Ranked opponent awaits MSU baseball in SEC opener

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

A year older, Mississippi State's baseball team enters conference play with more tools and experience than it did last season.



Freshman All-American Harris to provide extra dimension to MSU track

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- James Harris was already well known in track and field before he arrived at Mississippi State. But Harris' reputation didn't earn him special consideration from the judges at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.



MSU's Homan hopes Boasson's breakthrough carries over

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State golfer Axel Boasson ended the fall semester as a promising freshman the Bulldogs thought they would rely on in the spring. Consistency had been lacking from his game, though he'd flashed the ability to fire sub-par rounds in the fall.



EMCC eliminated at NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/18/2011 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Battling from behind the entire contest for the second straight game, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team saw its season end Thursday in a 74-56 loss to Western Wyoming in consolation action of the NJCAA Division I Championship at the Sports Arena.



Heritage Academy wins Smith-Wills tournament

Posted 3/18/2011 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy baseball team defeated River Oaks (La.) 14-4 and Copiah Academy 6-0 on Thursday to win the Smith-Wills tournament.



Cal closes curtain on Warren, Ole Miss

Posted 3/17/2011 in College Sports

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help the Univerity of California, Berkeley men's basketball team hold off the University of Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.



Rickman brothers ready to defend home turf

Posted 3/17/2011 in Local Sports

The nation's biggest dirt Late Model stars will be in Rick and Brian Rickman's hometown this weekend for the inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Cash Cow 100' at Columbus Speedway. Are the Columbus born-and-bred racers ready to defend their turf? Sure sounds like it. "The best of the best will be there this weekend," said Brian, 34. "It's gonna be tough just to get in (the 100-lap A-Main), but we're gonna give it our best shot. We jump off in there with both feet. We're not scared."



Alabama women will try to build momentum in WNIT

Posted 3/17/2011 in College Sports

The 2010-11 season was a step forward in so many ways for the University of Alabama women's basketball team. The Crimson Tide (16-14) snapped a string of eight consecutive losing seasons and recorded their most overall and Southeastern Conference victories (five) in a campaign since 2001-02. That season is a great reference point because until this season it marked the last time Alabama had played after the SEC tournament. At 7:06 tonight, Alabama will change that when it takes on the University of Memphis (21-12) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.



Ewings, Grant will represent state in All-Star game

Posted 3/17/2011 in High School Sports

Kelsei Ewings thought she would use her chance to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star girls basketball game as a final chance to attract the attention of college coaches. But the West Point High School standout's decision late last month to give a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of North Carolina A&T changed how she is approaching her opportunity to play with some of the state's top players.



EMCC men lose opener at NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/16/2011 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team played from behind throughout its opening-round contest of the NJCAA Division I Championship on the way to a 76-66 loss to Southeastern Community College (Iowa) on Tuesday at the Sports Arena.



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