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Sherrod on verge of NFL dream

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

About 21 years ago, Louis Sherrod looked at his son, Derek, and noticed something very different from other children. "He was an average-sized baby, but his chest was so big," Louis said. "It was like he had already been doing pushups or something."



Stafford, Bryan, Hawkins power New Hope past Lanier

Posted 4/26/2011 in High School Sports

Now the real fun begins. Judging from its performance Monday, the New Hope High School baseball team appears ready to make some noise. Taylor Stafford and Kameron Bryan hit home runs to back the pitching of Dillon Hawkins in a 16-1 victory against Jackson Lanier in game two of the opening-round Class 5A North State playoff series at Trojan Field.



Davidson has special day for Pickens Academy

Posted 4/26/2011 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson is used to the silent treatment. The Pickens Academy senior typically likes to be to himself in the dugout when he pitches, and his teammates usually oblige by giving him a wide berth. Last week, the Pirates went out of their way to make Davidson feel alone. Davidson didn't notice, though, just like he didn't realize he was throwing a no-hitter against Southern Academy.



MSU WR Smith injured in altercation

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chris Smith suffered a broken jaw in a weekend altercation in Meridian and will have surgery today.



Cohen says MSU senior infielders battling through injuries

Posted 4/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The left side of Mississippi State's infield has been injured for most of the 2011 season. Still, third baseman Jarrod Parks and shortstop Jonathan Ogden have started all but one game.



No. 2 South Carolina beats MSU to clinch series

Posted 4/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team couldn't build on early momentum Sunday as the No. 2 University of South Carolina rallied for a 13-4 victory in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series at Dudy Noble Field.



Strong relief effort lifts MSU baseball past No. 2 South Carolina

Posted 4/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has a budding duo of standout relief pitchers. Luis Pollorena and Caleb Reed proved their worth again Saturday night, combining for more than five quality innings in a 5-3 win against the No. 2 University of South Carolina.



Columbus baseball nearly pulls series upset

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

VICKSBURG -- The Columbus High School baseball team was two innings from an improbable comeback Saturday before Warren Central rallied for a 9-4 victory in the deciding game of its best-of-three Class 6A playoff series. Columbus (13-15), which lost game one 6-5 on Friday in Columbus, won game two 5-2 and led 2-1 in the fifth inning before Warren Central rallied. The Falcons cut the lead to 6-3 but had a runner called out at first base for interference that helped snuff out a potential rally.



Columbus football hopes this is year

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

First, the good news. The Columbus High School football team has ended the past two seasons within reach of the playoffs. Now, the not-so-good news.



Starkville's Mitchell hopes for better success in year two

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The memories of losing five of six games by a touchdown or less doesn't go away easily. Losing 23 seniors from a breakout season is another thing.



New Hope will revamp attack, look for new identity

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley has been coaching long enough to know the terms. Rebuilding. Reloading. Both words mean essentially the same thing, just with a different slant.



New group will have to emerge for West Point High football

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

How do you want to be remembered? That's one of the many messages West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is delivering in the offseason. His job title also makes him a de facto psychologist.



Aberdeen football looking for championship motto

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

The Aberdeen High School football team needs a motto for the 2011 season. The motto will be utilized this summer as the Bulldogs prepare mentally for fall drills, and will continue through the fall.



Close losses doomed Starkville High baseball team

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Disappointment is an obvious way to describe Starkville High School's baseball season. But a closer look from outside observers -- a view players and coaches are trying to accept -- reveals a team on the cusp of a winning record, a playoff spot, and, quite possibly, a successful playoff run.



MSU baseball will try for big break this weekend

Posted 4/22/2011 in College Sports

With defending national champion and No. 2 University of South Carolina kicking off a three-game series at 7:06 tonight at Dudy Noble Field, this weekend would be a good time for things to start going the Bulldogs' way.



Pollorena adds punch to bullpen

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Luis Pollorena has been overlooked since he first stepped foot on a baseball diamond.



Relf at top of QB list, although not officially named starter

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

For all of the things Chris Relf has done right in the past year, one would figure his job would be safe. The Mississippi State quarterback built off a breakout 2010 season and had a solid spring practice. MSU coach Dan Mullen even admitted Relf didn't do anything to hurt his status as No. 1 quarterback.



Nutt confident in defensive line, QBs

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

Two of the biggest areas of concern for University of Mississippi fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt entering spring practice have produced positive results.



NEMCC makes it official, hires Alexander

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

Brian Alexander has coached all over the state of Mississippi, so it was easy for the teacher/coach to find his way home. Northeast Mississippi Community College made it official Wednesday when it named the former Columbus High School and former NEMCC student assistant/manager the school's new women's basketball coach.



NEMCC set to name former Columbus assistant women's basketball coach

Posted 4/21/2011 in College Sports

Sammy Smith knows a great hire when he hears about one. When he learned Tuesday night that Northeast Mississippi Community College planned today to name Brian Alexander its new women's basketball coach, Smith couldn't help but smile.



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