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Starkville Academy wins twice at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

If the Starkville Academy girls basketball team can handle the rest of the season like the past three days, the rest of the state is in for quite a show. Starkville Academy weathered the injury to a key bench player Thursday and then learned the father of one of its players died. It kept its composure Friday in a victory and delivered another dominating display Saturday to cap its run.


Starkville boys lose to Noxubee County, Holt (Ala.)

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Noxubee County High School boys basketball team will get a lot of strong offensive nights from Jamarri Johnson. Now, coach T.J. Billups is making sure Johnson's supporting cast is just as capable.



Columbus splits on day one at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith really likes when his team finds its defensive identity. The Falcons found just that in the fourth quarter Friday of a nip-and-tuck battle at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational.



Ware has career day in MSU victory

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Gavin Ware has the unique opportunity to play college basketball at his hometown university. However, the former Starkville High School All-State performer decided to have his coming-out party two hours down the road.



Ole Miss falls to Indiana State in OT

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

HONOLULU -- In a game of ups and downs, the Indiana State University men's basketball team finished on a strong note.



Mercer upsets Alabama

Posted 12/22/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jakob Gollon made two free throws with 1 minute, 19 seconds left and the Mercer University men's basketball team overcame a double-digit, first-half deficit to upset the University of Alabama 66-59 on Saturday.


Robinson, Young take advantage of opportunity in MSU victory

Posted 12/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Opportunities don't give a lot of advance warning. If they did, Shamia Robinson and Brittany Young would have removed their warmup clothes and been sitting on the edge of their seats Thursday for the opening tip against Jacksonville State University.

Columbus High gives back to community, prepares for Joe Horne tournament

Posted 12/21/2012 in High School Sports

The giving will begin in earnest today. Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith, his players, and staff already have been hard at work for a year to put the finishing touches on the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational. The two-day annual basketball tournament that features some of the region's top girls and boys teams kicks off at 3 p.m. today with the first of seven games. Eight games will be played Saturday.


EMCC players reach next level

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College lineman Martavius Foster likes to travel.



Bulldogs remain home for winless Jacksonville State

Posted 12/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows his team's margin for error this season is minuscule.



Battle-tested teams highlight field at Horne Classic

Posted 12/20/2012 in High School Sports

Gerald Glass considers himself a teacher first and a coach second.


New Hope soccer teams sweep Caledonia

Posted 12/19/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Going .... going ... goal. JD Earhart knew he had put the shot on frame. But this wasn't an ordinary shot. It was a left-footed chip from a right-footed player who was trying to create a scoring opportunity for his team in the waning minutes.


Noxubee County boys beat New Hope; NHHS girls win again

Posted 12/19/2012 in High School Sports

MACON -- Noxubee County High School boys basketball coach T.J. Billups gave his squad high marks for end-game execution Tuesday night.



Freeman rises to the challenge for Caledonia soccer

Posted 12/17/2012 in High School Sports

It's difficult to remain in one spot when you're trembling.



MSU women show signs of growth vs. FAMU

Posted 12/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Kendra Grant would have gravitated to the 3-point arc and her toes would have pawed for a comfortable spot. A month ago, Darriel Gaynor talked about the player she used to be and how she was focused on regaining her confidence. Two weeks ago, Sherise Williams finally had a new pair of contact lenses and was prepared to find a way to slow down.



Robinson hopes he has bright future in MSU's backfield

Posted 12/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Josh Robinson never has a bad day. The Mississippi State University redshirt freshman backup tailback knows a recent injury to teammate Nick Griffin could result in more carries for himself, but he isn't concerned about his workload.



MSU confident it will have success against Northwestern

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior cornerback Corey Broomfield laid out how his teammates feel about their New Year's Day opponent -- and it's not favorable. Translating Broomfield's comments last week, the Big Ten Conference is full of schools that have short, slow players who can't handle the athleticism of players south of the Mason-Dixon line.



Loyola beats MSU in anniversary game

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

CHICAGO -- Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago men's basketball team beat Mississippi State University 59-51 Saturday night. Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season.



MSU's Williams has improvement in her sights

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams knew something didn't look right. Her mother, Tracey Williams, encouraged her to tell someone at Mississippi State University, but she didn't.



VCU ruins Grant's return to school

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball tea was excited to greet the University of Alabama to its home arena, and quickly hit it with a big welcome it couldn't recover from. The Rams blitzed the Crimson Tide early with a 26-5 run, ruining former coach Anthony Grant's return to the Siegel Center with a 73-54 victory on Saturday.



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