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Starkville building toward region title

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell took the job as football coach at Starkville High School two years ago because its brand of football used to mean something.



Bulldogs' Banks has record book in sights

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.



Local football players will represent area in senior All-Star game

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

The Greater Golden Triangle area will be well represented next month for the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. Aberdeen High School's Channing Ward, Caledonia offensive lineman Cole Carter, Columbus running back Damian Baker, Noxubee County wide receiver Terrance Barron, and West Point offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards will play in the annual event that features some of the state's top seniors Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Ala.



Group with local ties to be inducted into EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

When asked to discuss his football playing days at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State Senator Terry Brown might take you in a number of directions. Yet every story the United States Army Veteran tells is a good one. This weekend, Brown will be one of 11 individuals inducted into the EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The new class will be formally inducted tonight at a banquet in Scooba. It also will be introduced in pregame ceremonies prior to No. 3 EMCC's Homecoming game against Mississippi Delta C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field.



No. 3 EMCC football team out to clinch title

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team moved into its new home two months ago. Now the Lions want to spruce the place up with its first banner.



MSU men's basketball celebrates 100th year

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team officially ushers in the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 7, it will mark the beginning of the program's 100th season.



Baseball America recognizes Ole Miss, MSU recruiting classes

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

The accolades continue to come in for the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State baseball programs. Baseball America ranked Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class fifth nationally and MSU's class No. 14.



Kentucky beats MSU soccer

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team wrapped up its 2011 home slate with a 2-0 setback to the University of Kentucky on Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field.



EMCC men's basketball ranked No. 7 in preseason poll

Posted 10/21/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- On the strength of back-to-back national tournament appearances, the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in the 2011-12 NJCAA Preseason Top 20 national poll, as announced Thursday.



Hamilton wants to take another step toward title

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

Ray Weeks is counting on two hours of hard work to erase a decade of bad memories tonight. That's when Weeks hopes his Hamilton High School football team will be able to secure a home playoff game with a victory at East Webster.



Aberdeen will take on Water Valley in Class 3A showdown

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

Sometimes it's about survival. Entering the season with a freshman quarterback and five sophomore starters on offense, Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan felt his Bulldogs would have a chance to play for a league championship if they could just make it to the Class 3A, Region 2 portion of their schedule.



Aliceville will play tonight to honor memory of teammate

Posted 10/21/2011 in High School Sports

The show must go on for the Aliceville High School football team. Aliceville will play with heavy hearts at 7 tonight when it takes on Northside at Memorial Stadium in a Class 3A, Region 4 game.



Louisville, Noxubee County to decide bragging rights tonight

Posted 10/20/2011 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- The "main event" will kick off at 7 tonight with a bang. Instead of downplaying the importance of their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" matchup, Louisville and Noxubee County head coaches M.C. Miller and Tyrone Shorter admit what everyone has been thinking for nearly the past year: It is a big game.



West Point will try to continue region streak

Posted 10/20/2011 in High School Sports

When it comes to Class 5A, Region 1 football, West Point High School knows how to be real defensive. Not only has West Point won back-to-back Class 5A state championships, it also has won all 18 region games it has played in Class 5A since reclassification moved the school up from Class 4A in the fall of 2009.



Rosson hopes to lead MSU soccer to SEC tournament

Posted 10/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the atmosphere and moment Skylar Rosson came to Mississippi State to create. The stakes for the women's soccer team regular-season finale against the University of Kentucky at 7 tonight also have kept her motivated through two knee surgeries.



Former MSU, Buffalo Bills great Hull dies

Posted 10/19/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University lost one of its favorite graduates Tuesday when former football letterman and National Football League veteran Kent Hull died Tuesday afternoon. School officials announced Hull's death, but the cause wasn't known. Funeral arrangements haven't been announced.



Shorter learns from coaching legend Miller

Posted 10/19/2011 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Legend isn't a word that is used casually. It carries a history with it that evokes exceptional moments and years spent toiling to build something memorable. It also earns anyone lucky enough to earn that distinction special favors, like rides to news conferences to talk about football. At first glance Monday, it might have been unusual to see Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter and Louisville High coach M.C. Miller riding in the same car to a gathering at the Mississippi High School Activities Association office to discuss their C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Macon.



Titans, Timberwolves face possible elimination game

Posted 10/19/2011 in High School Sports

The stakes are always high when West Oktibbeha County and East Oktibbeha County high schools clash in athletics. The annual battle for bragging rights and the Superintendent's Cup at 7 p.m. Friday in Maben will have added playoff significance in the Class 1A, Region 3 race.



Mullen: Play in practice will decide starting QB

Posted 10/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday the play of his quarterbacks in practice will dictate who will start in games. In a radio interview with WHBQ in Memphis, Mullen refused to name his starter at quarterback for MSU's game at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Kentucky.



It's true: Bright Lights Football to hit Macon on Thursday

Posted 10/18/2011 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Maybe now people in Noxubee County will believe Deloria Stewart. If not, the Noxubee County High School athletic director might have to sprinkle some pixie dust through Macon, Brooksville, and Shuqualak to convince them their small town is about to be invaded.



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