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Mitchell builds defensive juggernaut at Kentucky

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

Matthew Mitchell knew who to call when he wanted to talk abut defense. Mitchell spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky before becoming the head coach at Morehead State University in 2005. When Mitchell returned to the Southeastern Conference in 2007 to take over at Kentucky, he wanted to find a way to design an aggressive player-to-player pressure defense that was going to maximize the talents of his players. It was natural for him to reach out to Vic Schaefer, who was then associate head coach to Gary Blair at Texas A&M University.



Humbler at The Hump: Alabama rolls past MSU

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- More than two weeks ago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball team suffered an embarrassing loss to Alabama A&M University, or how one member of the Bulldogs' staff put it, "Alabama with some stuff behind it." It took days for the players and everybody associated with the program to get over the Dec. 30 home loss. Sixteen days later, MSU experienced that same emotional feeling.



MSU's poor play in practice led to rout

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray had the sinking feeling every coach experiences when his team doesn't practice well. Given that feeling, Ray could have predicted the Mississippi State University men's basketball team was going to come up short Wednesday night.



Kendrick resigns as football coach at Caledonia

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

Ricky Kendrick always has considered teaching and coaching to be his callings. His work in the past three seasons helped put the Caledonia High School football program on solid ground, and positioned it to make strides to become more competitive in district play. Unfortunately, another coach will have to help the Confederates take that next step.



Boyd wants to build potential at NEMCC

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

Landon Boyd doesn't look like a 180-pounder. A year ago, the New Hope High School standout wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face and tell people that's how much he weighed. Even his brother, Lee, would have laughed at him if he tried to say that. In fact, Lee Boyd probably would challenge his brother's latest weighty claim.



Alabama's Releford likely to miss game vs. MSU

Posted 1/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maybe the Mississippi State University men's basketball team's luck with injuries is starting to turn the other way. With MSU confident freshman guard Craig Sword will be able to play at 8 tonight (CSS) against the University of Alabama at Humphrey Coliseum, the Crimson Tide may not be as fortunate.



Heritage Academy basketball sweeps Immanuel Christian

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

A new look on defense is helping the Heritage Academy girls basketball team write the next chapter. Stifling man-to-man defense was the key Tuesday night in the Lady Patriots' 53-23 victory against Immanuel Christian. Heritage Academy dominated Immanuel Christian with a player-to-player defense, which is a new way of doing things from a traditional 2-3 zone.



New Hope basketball sweeps Pickens County

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

Drew McBrayer didn't care what the final tally on the scoreboard said Tuesday night. The New Hope High School boys basketball coach was angry and had just one message for his team following a 71-65 victory against defending Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A state champion Pickens County High.



Holifield will take next step at JCJC

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

Lauren Holifield has entertained thoughts of playing softball in college ever since she started playing the sport. Holifield isn't sure why, but something clicked with softball at an early age. As she got older, Holifield never considered staying late to practice her skills or going to Lady Trojan Field on a Friday night as a chore.



Ole Miss rallies to beat Vanderbilt in OT

Posted 1/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall Henderson saw nobody in front of him with time running out, so he heaved the ball at the basket, beating the buzzer to force overtime. Just as the University of Mississippi guard planned.



Soccer tournament expected to be boon for city

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

Tom Velek hoped last week he could return from a trip to Vicksburg with something to invigorate the city of Columbus. What happened at the Mississippi Soccer Association's annual meeting exceeded Velek's wildest dreams.



MSU's Sword earns SEC honor

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University guard Craig Sword wasn't aware Monday the Southeastern Conference had named him Freshman of the Week until he received a text message from team spokesperson Gregg Ellis.



Mullen open to having Carr come back

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen confirmed last week he had conversations with receiver Michael Carr about returning to the program.



Berry doubles up for Columbus High basketball

Posted 1/15/2013 in High School Sports

Deep down inside, Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith thought the Falcons could play championship-caliber basketball this season. As the season progressed, Smith realized Devin Berry would play a huge role in shaping those fortunes.



Hangin' Tough: Bulldogs embrace Ray's style of play

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Asked if he's surprised his team has bought in to his defensive, grind-it-out, and responsible style, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray shook his head and laughed.


Starkville girls make splash in return with win

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

Inexperience and a saturated field aren't stumbling blocks for the Starkville High School girls soccer team. The fact that the Lady Yellow Jackets have only five seniors on their roster might explain why early deficits and soaked playing surfaces don't faze them.

Starkville boys shut out New Hope

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

Pace is an essential ingredient for the 2012-13 Starkville High School boys soccer team. One might think that tempo would slow down a little bit after the school's first state championship team lost eight seniors to graduation. Dylan Howard wants you to think again.

New Hope boys rally past Oxford

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior Chris Mosley stands 6-foot-3 and weighs about 170 pounds. Mosley has a thin upper body but a deadly jump shot. On Friday night, he also proved his massive wingspan is broad enough to carry his team.

New Hope girls rout Oxford

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

Girls basketball players at New Hope High School had a message to send Friday night. The Lady Trojans needed 43 seconds to deliver it. New Hope scored the game's first six points and never looked back, rolling to a 79-35 victory against Oxford in a showdown between Class 5A, Region 2 leaders.

Starkville's Carr realizing potential

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to remember Khris Carr is only a sophomore. There are times when the 5-foot-8 Starkville High School volleyball standout will rise up and deliver a rousing kill or make a dig on an angled attack that makes you think she is more experienced. As a result, it's easy to expect Carr to do more than many sophomores and to be a team leader.


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