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Stansbury to get extension

Posted 10/13/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — It appears Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne will get what he wanted this week for men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury.



Bassmaster event hits Columbus this weekend

Posted 10/13/2009 in Local Sports

Practice for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Southeast Regional Championship in Columbus started Monday to prepare the anglers for the two-day tournament, which begins Friday.



Overconfidence not a problem for Noxubee County football team

Posted 10/13/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — Overconfidence never has been a problem for the Noxubee County High School football team. Instead of talking about what they’re going to do, the Tigers rely on a swarming defense that is lightning quick and an offense that can strike from anywhere at anytime to produce results. The return of senior wide receiver/quarterback Vincent Sanders from a broken jaw last week figures to give the Tigers the missing piece that could help them defend their Class 4A state title.



Defense shines again for Noxubee County

Posted 10/13/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — The Noxubee County High School football team used its speed on defense Saturday night to post another shutout. Noxubee County registered its third consecutive shutout, and sixth of the season, in a 30-0 victory against Amory in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 game.



Starkville's Harris was MVP at EMCC

Posted 10/13/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — It didn’t take long for Randall Bradberry to discover James “Cubby” Harris’ talent. When Bradberry became the football coach at what was known then as East Mississippi Junior College in 1976, he didn’t know much about the recruits who were coming in for the fall season. Bradberry arrived at Scooba from Delta State and admitted he was “out of the loop.”



MSU's Mullen regrets not challenging penalty

Posted 10/12/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Upon further review, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen admits he made a mistake. After looking at the film of MSU’s 31-24 loss to Houston on Saturday, Mullen wishes he would have challenged a penalty involving senior quarterback Tyson Lee of Columbus. Lee was called for an illegal forward pass after officials believed he crossed the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. The play came on fourth down at a pivotal part of the game as the Bulldogs led 17-14.



Pickens County gets by without Jones

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. — No one wanted Dominique Jones to go down. But a hush came over G.S. Spruill Stadium when the Pickens County High School senior running back/wide receiver went down with a hip pointer in the second quarter against American Christian Academy.



Houston hands Caledonia another shutout loss

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — The building process continues for Buz Boyer. The good thing about playing in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 is Boyer, the Houston High School football coach, can test his Hilltoppers against some of the state’s premier programs.



Hamilton softball slugs way to North Half State final

Posted 10/11/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — The Lady Lions love the long ball. Buoyed by an eight-home run evening, the Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team defeated East Union 15-8 and 14-5 in a best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North Half State playoff series.



New Hope's McCrary moving on after losing her father

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

It starts with a special mark in the dirt. Anna McCrary’s bat touches the earth and draws the sign of a cross. She then touches the center of it to remind herself of her bond with God. She also remembers her father.



Growing pains continue for MSU

Posted 10/10/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Quarterback Tyson Lee, tailback Anthony Dixon, and linebacker Jamar Chaney don’t have time for growing pains. At this point of the football season, the Mississippi State seniors don’t have a choice.



Freshman Banks gets first start for MSU

Posted 10/10/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Johnthan Banks doesn’t just want to be a boy among men. The Mississippi State freshman safety from East Webster High School in Maben wants his play to continue to earn respect from his coaches and teammates.



Walters' interceptions help New Hope hold on

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

LAKE CORMORANT — Raymond Walters intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help the New Hope High School football team hold off Lake Cormorant 32-21 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1, District 2 game on Saturday.



J.Z. George beats West Lowndes in final minute

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

The West Lowndes High School football team lost to J.Z. George 14-8 in the final 25 seconds of a rescheduled game Saturday night.



Starkville High's Perkins commits to So. Miss

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Rashad Perkins has worked on every part of his game in the offseason to become a better basketball player for Starkville High School. He hopes those improvements also will help him at the next level. On Thursday, Perkins gave a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi.



Jackson Academy blanks Heritage Academy

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

Payne Kellum rushed for 102 yards and Michael Martin rushed for three touchdowns Friday to lead the Jackson Academy football team to a 33-0 victory against Heritage Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1 game.



Aberdeen misses tornado, beats Water Valley

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

WATER VALLEY — Not even a tornado could stop the Aberdeen High School football team. After driving through thunderstorms and just missing a tornado on the ride to Water Valley, the Bulldogs stormed past the Blue Devils 42-13 Friday night at Bobby Clark Field for their fifth consecutive victory and second consecutive Class 3A, Region 2 road win.



Starkville beats Horn Lake to go to 3-0 in district

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Despite wet and slippery field conditions, the Starkville High School football team found confidence in its passing game Friday. After trailing 6-3 in the first quarter, Starkville scored 31 unanswered points en route to a 34-6 victory against Horn Lake in a Class 6A, Region 1, District 2 game.



Starkville Academy shows fight against MRA

Posted 10/10/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Kyle Henson had to make a decision at halftime. Trailing 34-0 to Madison-Ridgeland Academy at the intermission, the Starkville Academy junior quarterback and his teammates had to find a source of motivation.



Columbus football team dismantled in loss to South Panola

Posted 10/9/2009 in High School Sports

It didn’t take the Nick Parker-led South Panola High School football team long to convince Columbus Falcons why it remains one of the most high-profile programs in the Magnolia State. The Tigers, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 rankings and fresh off a 34-6 dismantling of then-No. 4 Olive Branch last Friday, scored early and often against the Falcons en route to a 53-7 win here Thursday evening.



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