STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center Jarvis Varnado has earned double billing. For the second consecutive year, Varnado was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9 center also earned a spot on the All-SEC first team.
When the Sulligent High School baseball team plays host to its annual Blue Devil Classic, the event will have the look of a Lamar County tournament. Sulligent will play host to the tournament that includes county rivals Lamar County and South Lamar as well as to Phil Campbell on Friday and Saturday.
Reed Long used to be like a lot of fans who sit in the stands at Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Long would sit and watch the races with friends and would think to himself, “I can do that. How difficult can it be to race a car?” That question is part of the reason Long, 31, of Columbus, finally left the stands and climbed into a race car.
The second season begins today. All season, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has talked about living up to its expectations and potential and earning a return trip to the NCAA tournament. Starting at 9 tonight, sixth-seeded MSU can take the first step toward guaranteeing its goal when it takes on 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.
Hawaii won’t be all fun and games for the Mississippi State Bulldogs if they don’t playing good baseball. MSU coach John Cohen wants his team to have a good time, but he hopes it takes the baseball side of the trip seriously when it plays a four-game series against the University of Hawaii.
Mississippi State defensive back Maurice Langston will have to wait a little longer to make a difference on the football field. MSU football coach Dan Mullen has suspended Langston indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The move comes on the heels of Langston’s arrest Saturday night in Hattiesburg.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team needed an emotional effort Wednesday night. After MSU coach Rick Stansbury said his team played “with no passion” for the first time this season in a loss to Auburn on Saturday, he was satisfied with his team’s performance Wednesday night in an 80-71 victory against the Florida Gators at Humphrey Coliseum.
Robert Harmon doesn’t have as much time to fish as he would like. As a criminal investigator for the sheriff’s office in Chickasaw County, Harmon needs to be available at a moment’s notice, so planning leisure time can be difficult. This weekend, though, Harmon hopes to take a break from his full-time work as an investigator to a different kind of searching. Harmon hopes his time will be well spent Saturday when he competes in the American Bass Anglers district tournament in Columbus.
University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy knows his team would not be where it is if not for freshman point guard Terrico White. White’s emergence has helped the Rebels overcome three season-ending injuries and has kept them out of the bottom of the Southeastern Conference Western Division instead of Arkansas, tonight’s opponent at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
When Russ Boyd was a freshman at Millsaps College, he contemplated playing basketball and not baseball. The only problem was he was recruited to Millsaps to play baseball. Boyd, a 2005 graduate of New Hope High School, played basketball and baseball that first season at Millsaps, but he since has focused on baseball.
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