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Starkville Academy to face Washington School for title

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.



Former Hamilton standout Earnest signs with Samford

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

Things didn't happen the way Dylan Earnest planned, but he is going to get an opportunity to play Division I baseball sooner rather than later. The former Hamilton High School standout, who missed most of his freshman season at Itawamba Community College due to injury, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He made it official Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent.



Starkville High's Ware signs with MSU

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."



Bost, Sidney on coaches All-SEC team

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its eighth annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday. Thirty-two players received votes for the teams, and the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University led all schools with three selections each, while Mississippi State had two selections. Nine schools are represented on the preseason squads.



Akron proves to be more than mid-major

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wednesday's upset is exactly why the executives of the 2K Classic made this an invitational event and not a traditional tournament. The University of Akron men's basketball team's 68-58 victory against an out-of-sync Mississippi State team in front of a stunned 6,897 fans at Humphrey Coliseum didn't earn the Zips at trip to Madison Square Garden next week, but it gave them a season-opening victory against a major program.



Grant ready to play key role for MSU women

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is ready to go. The Richland High School standout selected Mississippi State because she knew she would have a chance to make key contributions as a freshman.



Williams part of recruiting class for MSU women

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

Dan Olson considers Sherise Williams to be "a sleeper." The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes Williams lives up to that potential.



Green, Alabama excited to start season

Posted 11/11/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green knows he has to stay on the floor and out of trouble for the No. 19 University of Alabama men's basketball team.



Hern leads New Hope past Columbus

Posted 11/10/2011 in High School Sports

Good goal scorers know where they get their passes. It took Sarah Hern a split second to mention teammate Ashley Martian when she was asked about her goal in stoppage time that helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team edge Columbus 3-2.



Runaway red elephant coming to MSU

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Wilson has an easy answer to the average Joe who wonders why the Mississippi State football team won't line up 10 guys at the line of scrimmage to stop the University of Alabama's running game.


Costly move for Ole Miss to move on without Nutt

Posted 11/9/2011 in Local Columns

The University of Mississippi will move forward together without Houston Nutt. It remains to be seen if any of Nutt's assistant coaches will stay in Oxford at the end of a season that has the Rebels 2-7 with three games remaining, but Ole Miss will pay a hefty price to end its association with Nutt after only four years.


Russell ready to shine vs. Crimson Tide

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's possible to reverse history and imagine Tyler Russell on the opposite sideline Saturday for the Mississippi State football team's game against the University of Alabama. Three years ago, the Parade All-American quarterback's college decision was down to a pair of schools less than 85 miles apart on Highway 82.



Ole Miss starts beginning of end with Nutt

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It was apparent quite quickly that this wasn't a normal University of Mississippi football team practice. As players slowly made their way up the stairs and onto the practice field, employees loaded boxes into a car in the parking lot, the first signs that the beginning of the end of Houston Nutt's tenure is here.



MSU men will take on Akron

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury never has been shy about touting the skills of his team's next opponent days before a game.



EMCC football moves to No. 2

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

Even though it didn't play, Tuesday was still a big day for the East Mississippi Community College football team. The undefeated Lions moved to No. 2 in the latest NJCAA top 20 released Tuesday. EMCC (10-0) trails No. 1 Arizona Western College (10-0) by five points (137-132). Arizona Western secured four of seven first-place votes. EMCC had one, as did No. 3 Butler C.C. (9-1) and No. 4 Grand Rapids C.C. (10-0).



Starkville cross country runners earn All-State honors

Posted 11/9/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cross country coaches dream for teams filled with rabbits. To take a term from track and field, rabbits refer to athletes who take the lead and set the pace for the rest of the field before dropping out.



Columbus basketball sweeps West Lowndes

Posted 11/9/2011 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith promises patience with a young squad. For the Falcons, that patience may be needed early and often. However, two lengthy scoring runs lifted the Falcons to a victory in their season opener Tuesday night. Columbus enjoyed a 16-1 first-half spurt and a 17-2 second-half spurt to dispatch West Lowndes 81-57.



Hard work has been key for EMCC basketball

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

Fifth-year East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White says there is nothing mystical about his program's rise to the top of the food chain in the state of Mississippi. "It's real simple," White said. "Hard work. Nothing is going to ever going to replace hard work."



Spirit helps push Alabama back to NCAA tournament

Posted 11/9/2011 in College Sports

In seven years as women's soccer coach at Clemson University, Todd Bramble never located a mole in the NCAA who would tip him off with inside information.



Ole Miss' Nutt will resign at end of season

Posted 11/8/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Houston Nutt came to the University of Mississippi with the goal of becoming the first coach to lead the Rebels to the Southeastern Conference championship game. It didn't happen, far from it. Over the past year, the Rebels couldn't win a single SEC game. "The thing about the SEC that I know," Nutt said. "They pay you to win."



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