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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.



Starkville Academy girls beat Jackson Academy to reach AAA title game

Posted 2/24/2012 in High School Sports

PELAHATCHIE -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team defeated Jackson Academy 34-30 on Friday in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA state tournament at East Rankin Academy.



Newcomer Slauter ready to take control

Posted 2/24/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The new leader of the Mississippi State University baseball program is a junior college transfer that just arrived on campus in August. Mitch Slauter has earned the controls of the Bulldogs (2-1) defense and pitching staff after both starting catchers from last season graduated leaving a perceived hole in a critical element to MSU's success under coach John Cohen.



Aberdeen stands two wins from title

Posted 2/24/2012 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School has not lost back-to-back basketball games during the 2011-12 season. That statistic will be put to the test Saturday when the Bulldogs (26-6) face Kemper County (26-8) in a semifinal game Saturday at the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state tournament.



HE'S TOP DAWG: Veteran Aberdeen coach Hazzle can't walk away

Posted 2/24/2012 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen boys basketball coach Roy Hazzle stands on the baseline of Roy Hazzle Gymnasium barking out pointers to four different players on one offensive set. The 59-year-old Aberdeen native is working just as hard as he did on his first day of employment, Halloween of 1977. The hard work continues to pay off as the Bulldogs are headed back to the Mississippi Coliseum to make a sixth-ever appearance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's state championship tournament.



Lady Bulldogs fail to rebound against Florida

Posted 2/24/2012 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mississippi State could never get the offense going Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 79-45 decision to Florida in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game played in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.



MSU's Hood doubtful for Alabama

Posted 2/24/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball program arguably got the best news possible on the injury of freshman wing player Rodney Hood.



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