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Zachary (La.) wins two to complete title run

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Sometimes it helps to know the obstacle you're going to face so you can have the right mind-set. After throwing three innings Saturday night against New Hope, Zachary (La.) Dizzy Dean baseball coach Sam Adams removed starting pitcher Evan Tidwell to make sure he was prepared to take to the mound again if the team advanced to the title game of the Dizzy Dean tournament.



Story shows need to wear life jackets, kill switch lanyard

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Columns

I just read another "horror story" of a close call involving anglers and life jackets. Last month at The Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Murray, professional angler James Niggemeyer came across an unmanned boat in the middle of the lake that was idling toward a man and small boy in the water. The little boy had a life jacket on but the father didn't.



Chemistry came together for Schmidt, Lady Vols

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Basketball teams can win with eight players. Rarely can a team remain competitive through a season with eight players on its roster. Starkville Academy's girls basketball team did just that this season, finishing 19-14 after losing three senior starters from the previous season.



West Point's Ewings matured into leader

Posted 6/27/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A Division I player has to have "it." Scoring, rebounding, passing -- all facets of basketball are important -- but there's something about a player who can be a team leader and push it to even greater heights.



Caledonia, Columbus players use summer to improve

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Caledonia High School's Jeremy Reed-Wood and Glenn Robinson of Columbus High's entered Saturday's Dizzy Dean tournament in similar situations.



Boyd pleased with New Hope's play

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

Saturday marked another long day of baseball for New Hope High School's Dizzy Dean baseball team. And while the Trojans ended the day with a loss, a 6-1 setback to Zachary (La.) in a nightcap at Trojan Field, coach Lee Boyd was happy with his team's performance entering today's semifinal matchup against Caledonia.



MSU football sells out season tickets

Posted 6/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.



Hughes has message worth hearing

Posted 6/27/2011 in Local Sports

MACON -- Maliek Stallings and his friends spent Saturday morning participating in the second annual Nate Hughes Football Camp. "You can do pushups, you get to compete against each other," said Stallings, 10, who this fall will enter the fifth grade at Earl Nash Elementary School. "You get to win trophies. It's fun."



MSU pitcher Jones signs with Orioles

Posted 6/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.



Youngest Rickman continues family tradition

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Sports

Trey Rickman grins when he thinks about the response he gets after telling friends he drives race cars. He's just 14 -- not old enough for a driver's license.



MSU introduces Stuedeman as new softball coach

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.


Hug helps convince Carr about new hire

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Hand shakes aren't enough for Vann Stuedeman. Ann Carr had an inkling about Stuedeman's enthusiasm and reputation for being a "people person," but she had no idea what was in store when she met her latest candidate for a job.


New Hope's Shepherd to be inducted to MAC Hall of Fame

Posted 6/24/2011 in Local Sports

Cary Shepherd is more than special to Kathi Coleman. It's just that it is so difficult for Coleman to find one word that encapsulates everything Shepherd did in her time as softball coach at New Hope High School.



Starkville High's Ware commits to MSU (w/video)

Posted 6/24/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Gavin Ware show will remain a local production. The 6-foot-8 Starkville High School center gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for Mississippi State on Thursday in a press conference at SHS.



Moore's lawsuit gains support

Posted 6/24/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.



Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alvaro Pichardo

Posted 6/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the all-state and all-star soccer lists were released, there was a glaring omission: Alvaro Pichardo.



Dizzy Dean Baseball Tournament Schedule

Posted 6/23/2011 in Local Sports

Here is the schedule for the Dizzy Dean Senior Baseball Tournament that will begin Friday and run through Sunday at Caledonia, Columbus, New Hope, and West Point high schools:



MSU to introduce new softball coach

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.



Devin Jones to sign with Orioles on Friday

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.



MSU's Tate will try to regain form

Posted 6/23/2011 in College Sports

A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.



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