The New Hope High School boys basketball team held off a late rally and the Lady Trojans earned a dominant victory to complete a sweep Friday night of West Lowndes High. The Trojans (3-0) used a huge second quarter, which included a 27-6 run starting at the end of the first quarter, to take a big halftime lead en route to an 80-68 victory. Behind a full-court trapping defense, New Hope caused a flurry of turnovers to build a comfortable lead.
STARKVILLE -- A lot of coaches won't show the film of a loss to their team in preparation for a rematch with that team. Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't operate under that philosophy.
The West Point High School football team may have played its most complete game of the regular season Sept. 9 when it defeated Starkville 33-12. The Green Wave will attempt to duplicate that feat at 7 tonight when the teams meet again in the second round of the Class 5A North State playoffs at Starkville's Yellow Jacket Field.
Things are quickly turning serious for the Pickens County High School football team. It has won two postseason playoff games. Now, the community is stoked, as is the team, as Pickens County prepares to play host to defending Class 1A state champion Sweet Water at 7 tonight in an Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A third-round playoff game at Sweet Water.
NEW YORK -- The Mississippi State basketball team's great start wasn't fooling Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs hit 10 of their first 13 shots from the field in taking a 22-point lead and they hung on for a 69-60 victory against No. 19 Texas A&M on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
STARKVILLE -- The spark never materialized. As a result, the Mississippi State senior with the most game experience was left to give her team a near-failing grade. Diamber Johnson had a team-high 14 points and six assists, but she was one of few bright spots in MSU's 66-48 victory against Alcorn State on Thursday night before a crowd of 580 at Humphrey Coliseum.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- When JaMychal Green went to the bench with two quick fouls, Tony Mitchell stepped up for the No. 16 University of Alabama men's basketball team. Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Alabama to a 62-42 win against Maryland on Thursday night in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
STARKVILLE -- In the short term, the Mississippi State football team would like to upset the No. 6 University of Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) and become bowl eligible. The long-term plan involves using Arkansas' strategy to attain the Razorbacks' level next season.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury faces a debate about which style his team will implement at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2) when it faces No. 19 Texas A&M in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. The question involves junior Renardo Sidney, a player the Bulldogs' 14th-year coach admits has been his most difficult to coach.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal grew accustomed to being the "big girl." As a standout at Worthington High School in Minnesota, the 6-foot-4 center often was the tallest player on the basketball court. Typically, Alwal towered over opponents, and rarely did she face another post player who was tall enough to look her in the eyes. Now a freshman on the Mississippi State women's basketball team, Alwal remains one of the tallest players on her team. No longer, though, does Alwal go stretches without seeing playing against someone her height -- or taller -- or an opponent who wants to play physically in the paint.
STARKVILLE -- It is a one-word play call. It also is a word Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning won't reveal.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State linebacker Brandon Wilson was nominated Tuesday for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented annually to nation's most outstanding walk-on. Wilson is tied for second on the team with 81 tackles and one and a half tackles for loss and a fumbled recovery.
It's more than 1,700 miles from Scooba to Yuma, Ariz. But the East Mississippi Community College football team would make that trip today if it could.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team began the season as the undisputed top-ranked team. The Yellow Jackets aren't backing down from that position. Starkville scored the game's first 12 points and cruised to a 100-54 non-region win against Columbus on Tuesday night at the Bee Hive.
Rivalry games often bring out the best in teams. That certainly was the case Tuesday night as the Caledonia and New Hope High School girls soccer teams exchanged goals and then battled through a back-and-forth second half before settling for a 1-1 tie.
STARKVILLE - If Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had his way, he'd have a two new kickers at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) for his team's game against No. 6 University of Arkansas. But there isn't a waiver wire in college football, so MSU will bring the same special teams players to Little Rock, Ark., to face the Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference)
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore safety Nickoe Whitley will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles' tendon in his left foot.
The dream matchup is almost a reality. When the final NJCAA top 20 of the regular season was released Monday morning, there were no major surprises. For a second straight week, the East Mississippi Community College football team was ranked second in the nation, while No. 1 Arizona Western College also made it back-to-back weeks in the top spot.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement Monday night. Not only did it beat a quality opponent in Xavier 71-65 at Humphrey Coliseum, but it also may have found a third offensive option in center Martha Alwal.
Starkville High School soccer players Alex and Christine Mazzola are playing together for the final time this season. The sisters really want to go out with bang, too.
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