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New Hope coaches use chemistry to build program

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

Chemistry is a key for every head coach. As important as it is to have players who buy into a vision or a philosophy, it is just as crucial to have assistant coaches who complement the person in charge and help set the direction for the program.



Stansbury needs others to complement Augustus, Johnson

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One thing was clear to Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury following his team's season debut: His newcomers need to do more. The Bulldogs' 75-65 win against Tennessee State on Nov. 12 was due in large to the contributions of seniors Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson, who combined for 46 points. Augustus and Johnson were the only players to reach double figures.



West Point will try to 'upset' Oxford

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Football coaches often find the smallest details to motivate their kids. When they reach championship status, those programs tend not to need much help re-focusing or getting pumped for a new matchup.



State association will recognize NHHS' Shepherd

Posted 11/19/2010 in Local Sports

Cary Shepherd had plenty of players honored in her time as New Hope High School softball coach. The honors earned by her players often required her to accompany them to Jackson, where they would be recognized. On those trips, Shepherd and the players had time to roam the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and look at all of the pictures of the greats who have helped shape the state's sports scene.



SA's Simsiriwong will play golf at Marshall

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Korakot Simsiriwong has loved the game of golf ever since she could remember. Growing up in Thailand, her father played the game and was a great fan, so it was only natural that Simsiriwong had a set of clubs as soon as she was able to swing.



Ward, Smith will lead Aberdeen

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- The mystery has been solved. Years ago, Brandon Smith's eyes earned him a special nickname from an uncle. Somehow, though, that nickname -- "Buck" -- turned into "Bucket," which is how the Aberdeen High School football coaches and players call out to Smith.



Unbeaten EWHS, Calhoun City set to renew rivalry

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The next step in two teams' paths to a possible championship game will renew one of the state's brewing rivalries. Former Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A district rivals East Webster and Calhoun City have made a flawless transition to the 2A ranks since reclassification in 2009.



Carden has built East Webster into force

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- When Jimmy Carden arrived at East Webster High School, he had to transform an underdeveloped football program. His first order was building a new weight room. Next, Carden had to instill confidence in the Wolverines that they could not only be competitive and challenge for state titles.



MSU will try to find way to stop Arkansas

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Having unlimited playmakers is a luxury not too many coaches can claim. But that's what Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz sees when he watches the University of Arkansas' high-powered offense.



Alabama women dismantle N.C. State

Posted 11/19/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Confident, aggressive, and dangerous. It's only three games into the 2010-11 season, but the University of Alabama women's basketball team appears ready to deliver on its potential.



Pillow Academy boys soccer beats Starkville Academy

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's season-opening soccer match Wednesday was a tale of two frustrating halves. Starkville Academy survived an early onslaught by Pillow Academy and appeared to be resigned to goalkeeper Davis Pigg bailing them out for countless field errors.



Sulligent enjoying playoff run

Posted 11/19/2010 in High School Sports

Every team is special to a coach, but some teams can be more special. For Ronnie Hubbert, this year's Sulligent High School football team has earned that distinction more than once. The Blue Devils carry a 10-2 record into their Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A third-round playoff game tonight against Lineville (9-3).



Noxubee County keeps rolling along

Posted 11/17/2010 in High School Sports

The orderly state of affairs comes naturally to Tyrone Shorter. If you needed any proof, you need only look at the success of the Noxubee County High School football program this season.



MSU's young skill players still learning

Posted 11/17/2010 in College Sports

As Mississippi State's offense faces each new hurdle, the common theme in the learning curve is youth.



Brignone, Sherrod look for O-line to regain swagger

Posted 11/17/2010 in College Sports

When Mississippi State center J.C. Brignone recalls the Arkansas game last season, he remembers how his offensive line won the battle up front.



MSU football wants to get back to strength

Posted 11/16/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football team has a pretty good understanding of the thin line between wins and losses. Against the top teams in the Southeastern Conference, it takes a handful of mistakes to turn a close, winnable game into a loss. Such was the case Saturday against the University of Alabama, where a 6-3 deficit ballooned to a 27-3 hole in just three Crimson Tide offensive plays.



MSU's Rector working back to health, bigger role

Posted 11/16/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ideally, Danielle Rector would have spent every waking moment of the offseason preparing for the 2010-11 season. After all, that's what gym rats do.



Sulligent's Riggins enjoys move from line to RB

Posted 11/16/2010 in High School Sports

Ishamel Riggins knows how to find the holes. Between rushing and protecting the quarterback, the Sulligent High School senior knows all of the tricks of the trade used by offensive and defensive linemen.



Green leads Alabama men past Troy

Posted 11/16/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior forward JaMychal Green had a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds Monday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team defeated Troy 79-60 in front of a crowd 8,939 at the Coleman Coliseum.



Mullen wants rebound from loss to Alabama

Posted 11/15/2010 in College Sports

A day after Mississippi State's football team proved to be its own worst enemy in a 30-10 loss to Alabama, head coach Dan Mullen turned his attentions to rebounding the same way it did when it lost at LSU.



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