MERIDIAN — The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team started its season in style Saturday. Empress Shirley went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in her first varsity start in game one, and Lauren Holifield and Anna Holley had three RBIs in game two to lead New Hope past South Jones 18-8 and Yazoo County 16-0 at the Northeast Lauderdale Pre-Season Tournament. Shirley had a single and a triple at designated player for New Hope (2-0). Holifield, who earned the victory in the five-inning game, was 1-for-2 with three walks. Holley (2-for-3), Haley Tutor (1-for-5), D.J. Ferguson (1-for-4), Kasey Stanfield (sacrifice fly), Rachel Rhoades (2-for-4, two RBIs), Anna McCrary (1-for-3, RBI), and Jessica Moore (2-for-4, double, four RBIs) also contributed to the hitting attack.
STARKVILLE — History couldn’t be made on the road. It just wouldn’t have been right for Humphrey Coliseum to miss out on an NCAA record being broken. Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado needed eight blocked shots Wednesday to set a NCAA record, and he registered that total to pass former Louisiana-Monroe center Wojciech Myrda with an all-time mark of 536.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Pickens County High School boys basketball team can make school history tonight when it takes the court at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. Pickens County, of Reform, Ala., will attempt to win its first state championship when it plays Houston County at 8 p.m. in the Class 2A championship game of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Final 48 State Tournament.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team can be thankful it is a member of the Southeastern Conference. But the parity in the league that its coaches have praised so much this season just might prove to the undoing of the Lady Bulldogs.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Russ Wallace believes in miracles. The Pickens County High School boys basketball coach is a believer after watching his team earn an improbable victory on the state’s biggest stage.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One big hop is all Mary Kathryn Govero needs. When Govero is in rhythm and “feeling it,” she typically steps into her outside shot with a jump that gives her balance and allows her to get maximum lift. Thursday was one of those nights.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University women’s track team will try this weekend to cap a stellar indoor season with a pair of league titles at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.
SCOOBA — In a classic championship contest between regular-season division champions, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team dropped a 61-58 decision to No. 25 Pearl River C.C. on Thursday in the men’s title game of the EMCC-hosted MACJC State Basketball Tournament at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Athletic Strength and Conditioning Department will hold its first clinic March 12 to educate coaches and trainers on technological advancements and new methods of building better athletes.
Today marks the start of a hopeful rise or fearful plunge in National Football League draft stock for more than 300 former amateur athletes. A pair of former Mississippi State Bulldogs have some work to do if they want to become the program’s first draft picks since 2007.
STARKVILLE — Down, but not out. That seems to be a theme for the Mississippi State University baseball team this season. For the third time in four games, MSU overcame a deficit, this time thanks to Luke Adkins and Connor Powers, who hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-5 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE — Apparently everyone in the Mississippi State University men’s basketball camp is fine with the lineup the Bulldogs use and when they use it. So long as the team is winning. In the past two games, the Bulldogs (19-8, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) have started a “big” lineup with Jarvis Varnado, Kodi Augustus and Romero Osby across the front line.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Deion Curry wasn’t going to let anything keep him from helping the Pickens County High School boys basketball team make it to its first state championship game in 39 years. The junior guard overcame being involved in a collision Tuesday to help Pickens County beat Sand Rock 59-54 in the Class 2A semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Final 48 State Tournament at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.
Sports never follow a plan. If they did, Chris Hamm’s speech Saturday following the title game of the Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I State Tournament would have praised the players for their effort and convinced them that the 2010-11 season was theirs to win a championship.
SCOOBA — The top eight seeds have advanced to today’s semifinals of the MACJC State Basketball Tournament, as all four No. 1 and 2 women’s seeds prevailed Tuesday in opening-round women’s action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. In Tuesday’s nightcap, which was a rematch of last year’s NJCAA Region 23 championship contest, the No. 3 nationally ranked Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln remained unbeaten (24-0) with a 73-65 victory against East Mississippi Community College.
Brandon Johnson didn’t have a busy Saturday at the Columbus High School baseball jamboree. He’d like to hope the rest of the season will be as uneventful, but he knows better. The start of another baseball season has Johnson concerned he might be right.
STARKVILLE — Senioritis came on the wrong day for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. With a chance to solidify its chances to earn a first-round bye to the Southeastern Conference Tournament next month in Duluth, Ga., the Lady Bulldogs played their most uninspired and unfocused game of the season. Alli Smalley and Auburn were only too happy to take advantage.
Time doesn’t stop in life or in sports. As soon as one task or game ends, another is ready on the to-do list or a click away via the remote. But sometimes special moments force you to pause for a moment of reflection.
Mark White isn’t sure what he’ll get today. His East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team is still dealing with sickness that affected the Lions on Thursday in a loss to Northeast Mississippi C.C. in the regular-season finale.
STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado doesn’t spend much time thinking about his ascent to the top of the NCAA record books. But Mississippi State men’s basketball fans are keenly aware of the chance Varnado has to make history Wednesday night.
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