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MSU's Cooley earns national honor

Posted 3/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior left fielder Jessica Cooley is deeply appreciative of the attention she received this week. On Tuesday, Cooley was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. The program's first national award under new coach Vann Stuedeman came one day after Cooley was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.



Florida takes two from MSU softball

Posted 3/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached to her team how close it is to being one of the nation's elite. On Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field, Stuedeman acquired more tangible evidence to show her squad. MSU barked all afternoon long before losing to the No. 3 University of Florida 1-0 and 8-5 in a league-opening Southeastern Conference doubleheader.



Injuries mount in MSU baseball team'ss latest win

Posted 3/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The victories and the injuries continue to mount for the Mississippi State University baseball team. MSU won its sixth straight Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 10-6 triumph against Penn State at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs won for the seventh time after trailing in a game this season, and swept the two-game series, which was the first meeting between the programs.



MSU's Cohen not known for managing by the book

Posted 3/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The overall theme to John Cohen's baseball coaching philosophy at Mississippi State University is if it's unconventional then it's probably worth giving a try.



ONE TOUGH TROJAN: New Hope's Boyd shuts down Columbus, 8-1

Posted 3/7/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior outfielder Austin Oglesby never sweats his name being in the lineup. A mainstay in the outfield, Oglesby knows his defensive abilities could loom large in another potential victory.



Victory Christian celebrates title

Posted 3/7/2012 in High School Sports

Kayla Taylor didn't know what to expect from her senior season. After watching eight seniors come up short in their quest to win an Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I state title in 2011, Taylor hoped the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team could return to the championship glory of 2010, when the Lady Eagles won a championship some thought was a year ahead of schedule.



Local punch carries ICC to state title

Posted 3/7/2012 in College Sports

Jameika Hoskins and Shay Bonner have made the most of their chances to grow. Now the sophomores want to help the Itawamba Community College women's basketball team reach the game's biggest stage.



Gaines sparkles for Bulldogs

Posted 3/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tanner Gaines was not part of the plans for the 2012 season. The redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher was not being considered for significant time on the mound either this past fall or early this spring. Those thoughts and plans by the Mississippi State University baseball program may be in need of some adjusting after his performance Tuesday night.



MSU concerned about Hood

Posted 3/6/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches thought Rodney Hood would be closer to 100 percent healthy by now. That's what Bulldogs assistant coach Phil Cunningham admitted Monday on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference when he addressed the squad's depth concerns as it prepares to play the University of Georgia on Thursday in its opening game of the SEC tournament in New Orleans. The game could be the team's first of four games in four straight days at the event.



Injury concerns piling up for MSU baseball

Posted 3/6/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The training room in the Mississippi State University baseball team's clubhouse is getting a little too crowded. Senior outfielder Brent Brownlee and redshirt sophomore pitcher Ben Bracewell were scheduled for MRI scans Monday to determine their health.



TEAM concept crucial for Starkville Academy girls

Posted 3/6/2012 in High School Sports

One person's TEAM is more than just another cliché when it comes to the Starkville Academy girls basketball team. If you have been around coaches long enough, you probably have heard plenty of phrases and sayings they have used in an attempt to bring their squads together.



Veteran racer Schrader enjoys all aspects of sport

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Sports

Ken Schrader is a jack of all trades. Whether it is a Sprint Cup race, a trucks race, or an open wheel modified cars race, Ken Schrader can do it all. And after 40 years driving, Schrader isn't about to wind things down.



MSU wins Senior Day tussle with Arkansas

Posted 3/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - In his final regular-season game at Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State University senior guard Brian Bryant described his team's effort perfectly. "Better late than never," Bryant said.



MSU Basketball: Bubble talk all over Starkville

Posted 3/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury said again Saturday he isn't worrying about his team's NCAA tournament bubble status. That's fine. His players and fans likely will contemplate the Bulldogs' fate in the time leading up to Selection Sunday.



MSU baseball sweeps doubleheader

Posted 3/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The scouting reports for Mississippi State University baseball players Hunter Renfroe and Nick Routt say one struggles to hit a curveball and the other isn't solid in the early months. Maybe new scouting reports need to be written on both.



Columbus High knocks off Heritage Academy in baseball

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Tyler Blevins needs a new nickname. After losing more than 20 pounds, a slimmed down Blevins no longer resembles the "Bubble" moniker that fans shouted out at him Saturday night. Blevins' effort in the eighth inning showed he might have a headstart on a new nickname of choice: Clutch.



Carroll, Lady Vols save best for last

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Nora Kathryn Carroll saved her best for last. In her first two games at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall state tournament, the Starkville Academy junior guard had nine points and six rebounds.



Buzz word for Miller, Jackets: Build, Build, Build

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Dr. Stan Miller has just completed his second year as Starkville High School's athletic director. A Jersey City, N.J., native, Miller returned to Starkville in 2009 after serving a 14-year stint as the school's principal.



Starkville Academy girls take state

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Tiffany Huddleston couldn't help but hold back a smile.



SA girls one step away from overall title

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- As you wish. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hoped her team would get off to a fast start Friday afternoon against Jackson Prep for two reasons. Not only did Schmidt not want to twist and turn as the Lady Volunteers rallied in the second half from another double-digit deficit, but she also wanted to erase the memory of the last first quarter her team played against the Lady Patriots. Anna Lea Little and her teammates were only too happy to oblige.



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