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Homan keen on players improving putting; Greenan looking to overcome injuries

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's golf coach Clay Homan was expecting more than his team's 12th-place finish at the Gator Invitational. Already waiting on Brad Mason and Chad Ramey to return to the form they showed in the fall, the Bulldogs finished 59 strokes behind winner University of Florida last weekend. Outside of sophomore John Darden's career-best plus-7 finish, no other Bulldog broke par. At least he knows why his team struggled: chipping and putting.



'Special K' has played big for Columbus High girls

Posted 2/18/2011 in High School Sports

Post play isn't suited for those with weak dispositions. But Kameron Corrothers and Kierra Erby are proving you don't have to be the biggest players on the court to hold your own.



Starkville High's Carlisle likes effort in practice

Posted 2/18/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle isn't sure how good his team will be this season, but he won't have to worry about players giving maximum effort. The Yellow Jackets have six starting positions open, and they must find a replacement for The Dispatch All-Area Large Schools Player of the Year R.J. Johnson, who led the team in ERA, batting average, and home runs.



Parks hopes to be consistent contributor for MSU baseball

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of all the injuries Mississippi State's baseball team endured last season, Jarrod Parks' season-ending back surgery seemed to strike a deep nerve with coach John Cohen.



Defense helps Vanderbilt women rally past MSU

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly all of the avenues were closed for Diamber Johnson. Wherever the Mississippi State junior point guard turned, a defender was waiting for her. In the first half, Vanderbilt's Jence Rhoads, Angela Puleo, Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister, and Elan Brown all took turns shadowing Johnson and doing their best to limit her good looks at the basket. But the Commodores turned to Rhoads at crunch time.



EMCC basketball teams earn sweep

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA - In their final tune-ups prior to next week's MACJC State Tournament, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams closed their regular seasons Thursday by sweeping visiting Coahoma C.C. at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The No. 13 EMCC men earned a 73-63 victory, while the women's team won 55-38.



Green leads Alabama past LSU

Posted 2/18/2011 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A terrible start on the road against a Southeastern Conference rival is no longer enough to rattle JaMychal Green and his University of Alabama men's basketball teammates. Green had 18 points and Alabama beat LSU 67-56 on Thursday night, giving the Crimson Tide 12 wins in 14 games while extending the Tigers' losing streak to nine.



Patterson's free throw lifts Columbus past Southaven

Posted 2/18/2011 in High School Sports

Don't underestimate the bounce. After missing the first of two free throws with four seconds remaining, KeKe Patterson wasn't about to buy into the hype.



Outfield will be key for MSU

Posted 2/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ask anyone on Mississippi State's baseball team which component of the squad has the most athleticism and players will tell you the outfield. That position has been a hot topic of discussion in the preseason, and that's a good thing offensively and defensively.



MSU women still looking to get tougher

Posted 2/17/2011 in College Sports

Sharon Fanning-Otis is sticking with the plan. Hearing her talk about toughness, focus, rebounding, turnovers, and togetherness might be getting old, but the Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows good things will happen for her team the more it embraces each of those concepts.



Starkville High fast-pitch wants to keep moving forward

Posted 2/17/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School fast-pitch softball team won six games last season to take a major step forward. Third-year Starkville coach Mimi Milling's job now is to make sure the wheels keep turning. In the past, Milling hasn't had experienced seniors who are used to her style of coaching. She has witnessed players leave the program and has struggled to find a dedicated core to lay a solid foundation. With eight seniors this season, she thinks double-digit wins and a trip to the playoffs are within reach.



Graham helps Ole Miss rout Auburn

Posted 2/17/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Zach Graham has spent the majority of his career as a complementary player, content to knock down a few shots, play tough defense and do the things that usually go unnoticed in a box score or by the casual observer.



Alabama in command in SEC West

Posted 2/17/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant doesn't want to talk about the Crimson Tide threatening to run away with a division basketball title. He also isn't particularly interested in addressing the turnaround the Alabama has made in his second season, because it's not over yet.



Hollivay's personality has come through at Heritage Academy

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

Rachel Hollivay is getting better every day. Even though the Heritage Academy junior admits she isn't 100 percent, her ability to affect a game still remains high.



Pressure sparks T'wolves

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- A 35-point effort by forward Kendrin Yates and a well executed full-court press pushed the West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team to a 68-63 victory against Shaw in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A North State tournament.



'Cats turn up defense in win over MSU

Posted 2/16/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a full-court press.



Titans rally to reach 1A second round

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- A team with twice as many losses as wins is bound to have shaky moments. For much of the season, the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team had too many to win consistently.



Aberdeen Bulldogs extend streak to 23

Posted 2/16/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Absent its usually potent outside game, the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team looked inside for its scoring punch Tuesday night.



MSU will try to rebound tonight at Kentucky

Posted 2/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The only solace Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury can take in trying to rebound from a loss at the University of Kentucky is the Wildcats' current run of form. Losers of three of their last four games, Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) will play host to MSU (13-11, 5-5) at 6 tonight (ESPN) in a rematch of last year's SEC tournament title game.



Gentry girls end West Point's season

Posted 2/15/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's season ended Monday with a 67-48 loss to Indianola Gentry in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.



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