STARKVILLE -- David Johnson is a realist. He knows the economy isn't in the greatest shape. And as someone who has worked in magazines and in newspapers in the region, Johnson also knows the publishing business has seen its share of hard times. But Johnson believes he has the right product and even better support to take on the challenge of giving Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, and University of Alabama sports fans what they need.
John Rice didn't have to go 800 miles to play in college football's top flight, but he's making the most of being a Western Michigan Bronco. After growing up in Crawford and spending two years in Scooba as a defensive tackle at East Mississippi Community College, Rice has experienced a drastic change of scenery since relocating to Kalamazoo, Mich., in the spring. Exactly why Rice chose to move so far from home was a mystery to many, especially his mother, Mattie Doss.
The plan is in place. Now Sam Creekmore, Frank Dodds, Clark Richey, and the rest of the Cotton States Baseball League North Division have to see where it will take them. The CSBL's decision "to bring the game to the fans" continues this weekend when the collegiate summer wooden bat league will feature the Tippah County Tribe and the Golden Triangle Jets in a nine-inning game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Trojan Field at New Hope High School. The game is one of three the league is playing away from its home site in New Albany in an attempt to help it grow.
STARKVILLE -- Every summer, universities and colleges across the country host thousands of boys and girls on their campuses. Collegiate athletics, a unique multi-million dollar industry, can't let three months pass without continuing to strengthen its fanbase. Camps fill down time in the summer and are part of an interconnected network on campus.
Make your plans now, the West Point High School football team is gearing up for a road trip. The Mississippi High School Activities Association defending Class 5A state champion Green Wave will take on Mainland (Fla.) at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in Daytona Beach, Fla., to kick off the Gridiron Challenge at Daytona Municipal Stadium.
The timing was right, so John Wilson decided to adjust and flow. As a result, the Caledonia High School baseball program has a new head baseball coach. On Friday, the Lowndes County School Board approved Wilson, a former head baseball coach at Columbus High School and an assistant baseball coach at Caledonia, to be Caledonia High's next baseball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Four Mississippi State track athletes return to the international level today at the NACAC Under 23 Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Fla. The meet is scheduled for today through Sunday, featuring teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Team USA features two of the nation's top 400-meter runners in Mississippi State's Tavaris Tate, of Starkville, and O'Neal Wilder, while MSU coach Al Schmidt returns for a second straight year to captain the distance runners.
GRENADA ---- Josh Neal and Octavian Stallings combined on a three-hitter Thursday to pitch the Columbus Xplosion past the Mathiston All-Stars 14-2 in the Dizzy Dean 10-year old South State Tournament. Neal allowed one hit and struck out five in two innings and Stallings gave up two hits and fanned four in two innings as Columbus won by the 10-run mercy rule in four innings. Neal and Stallings were backed by a seven-hit attack, led by Jeremy Tate with an RBI triple and single. Also contributing were Cade Odom and Nathan Wilson with a double each, Neal with a single and two RBIs, and Leo Bell and Cody Bolin with a single each.
STARKVILLE -- By mid August, Mississippi State University's soccer team will have the facilities upgrade that will ensure a rain-soaked season doesn't take a toll on games and training routines.
Two coaches who worked with Patrick Patterson at Noxubee County High School said Wednesday they were surprised to learn Patterson had been dismissed from the University of Mississippi football team.
"The Decision" will come today. That's what ESPN is calling the latest made-for-TV event. We'll have to see if Jay-Z will provide the music that will accompany LeBron James' announcement of which NBA team he will play for in the 2010-11 season.
Patrick Patterson's football career at the University of Mississippi apparently is over. Rivals, Scout, and RebelGrove.com reported Tuesday night that the former Noxubee County High School standout has been dismissed from the program. The Northeast Daily Journal in Tupelo reported this morning on its website that Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had confirmed the move and that more information would be released soon.
Morgan Mansfield came to Lowndes County with the hope of building programs. After two years of moving in the right direction, Mansfield couldn't pass up what he believes is a better opportunity to do the same kind of work. Last week, Mansfield resigned as boys soccer coach at Caledonia High School to take the same position at Center Hill High School.
When it came time to select all-stars, coaches in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority 11-12-year old baseball league decided to form two teams. As a result, Columbus will have two teams in the Dizzy Dean 11-12-year old South State Tournament at Winona this weekend. The Columbus American All-Stars and Columbus National All-Stars will be among 17 teams that will begin play Thursday in the South State Tournament.
During the summer as the coach of the Columbus Dental Yankees in the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority 10-year old baseball league, Bruce Neal didn't know what it was like to lose a game. Neal coached the Yankees to the league championship with an unblemished 15-0 record. "I asked the park how long it has been since a 10-year old team has gone undefeated and they couldn't tell me," Neal said. "They can't tell me how long it has been since that happened or if it's happened."
The Columbus All-Stars won't have to rely on a scouting report for their opening game in the Dizzy Dean Baseball 8-year old South State Tournament. Columbus will play an opponent its familiar with when it takes the field for its opener at noon Thursday at Winona. Columbus will get a chance to redeen itself when it plays Caledonia, which it recently lost to in a warmup tournament.
Tony Stanford hopes to end a trend at Columbus High School. Stanford was named Friday the school's head football coach, and he hopes to bring stability to the program.
STARKVILLE -- The areas Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell thought needed work at the end of spring drills are being corrected in the summer. Mitchell, embarking on his first season as the coach of the Yellow Jackets, wasn't happy with the play of the secondary in April and May. A heavy dose of 7-on-7 in June has the Jackets on the right track, according to Mitchell, who admits pass defense was atop his list of areas to sew up heading into the fall. The Jackets gave up a region-worst 324 points last season.
EUPORA __ The Columbus American All-Stars hit the ball Thursday the way coach Kelvin Smith believed they could. The Americans smacked the ball to win their first two games in the Dizzy Dean 7-year old South State Tournament, beating East Central 24-2 and Louisville 25-3. "We're having fun," Smith said. "We're trying to go all the way." The American are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today against the Columbus National All-Stars, who beat Eupora 26-5 on Thursday.
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