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Hughes has message worth hearing

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."



MSU football sells out season tickets

Posted 6/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.



MSU pitcher Jones signs with Orioles

Posted 6/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.



Youngest Rickman continues family tradition

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Sports

Trey Rickman grins when he thinks about the response he gets after telling friends he drives race cars. He's just 14 -- not old enough for a driver's license.



MSU introduces Stuedeman as new softball coach

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.


Hug helps convince Carr about new hire

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Hand shakes aren't enough for Vann Stuedeman. Ann Carr had an inkling about Stuedeman's enthusiasm and reputation for being a "people person," but she had no idea what was in store when she met her latest candidate for a job.


New Hope's Shepherd to be inducted to MAC Hall of Fame

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Sports

Cary Shepherd is more than special to Kathi Coleman. It's just that it is so difficult for Coleman to find one word that encapsulates everything Shepherd did in her time as softball coach at New Hope High School.



Starkville High's Ware commits to MSU (w/video)

Posted 6/24/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Gavin Ware show will remain a local production. The 6-foot-8 Starkville High School center gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for Mississippi State on Thursday in a press conference at SHS.



Moore's lawsuit gains support

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.



Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alvaro Pichardo

Posted 6/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the all-state and all-star soccer lists were released, there was a glaring omission: Alvaro Pichardo.



Dizzy Dean Baseball Tournament Schedule

Posted 6/23/2011 in Local Sports

Here is the schedule for the Dizzy Dean Senior Baseball Tournament that will begin Friday and run through Sunday at Caledonia, Columbus, New Hope, and West Point high schools:



MSU to introduce new softball coach

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.



Devin Jones to sign with Orioles on Friday

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.



MSU's Tate will try to regain form

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.



Helms steps down as coach to become assistant principal at WPHS

Posted 6/23/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Jemmye Ann Helms has experienced success at multiple levels of organized basketball. In the past 20 years, the game has been in her blood, as a player in high school and college and as a coach. So when the 13-year coaching veteran decided to step away from her role as girls basketball coach at West Point High School, she made sure to give the move careful consideration.



Dispatch Softball Player of the Year: Swayze Hollenhead

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- Swayze Hollenhead left East Webster High School as a four-time state champion softball player.



Dispatch Softball Coach of the Year: Meleah Brown

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- As a senior pitcher at Bogue Chitto High School, Meleah Brown ended her star-studded prep career with a 1-0 loss to East Webster in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State title game.



Victory Christian baseball MVP heading to EMCC

Posted 6/22/2011 in High School Sports

Tyler Jones wants to study a profession in college which allows him to work with his hands. Makes sense.


Thinking of a master plan: Wright leads South Lamar through challenging season

Posted 6/21/2011 in High School Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- The success of Year 2 of the Lane Wright era at South Lamar High School was crafted well before the season started. When the 10-year coaching veteran made the switch from Sulligent to South Lamar, he inherited a team that lost eight seniors from a squad which reached the semifinals of the Alabama Class 1A state playoffs.


The arm that could: Senior ball player has more responsibility this year

Posted 6/21/2011 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson knew more would be placed on his shoulders this season at Pickens Academy. Just one of three seniors, the Pirates' ace pitcher would enter his final prep campaign without the run support that propelled the Alabama Independent Schools Association Class 2A squad to a 16-7 record and a second-round playoff berth in 2010.



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