STEENS -- Six more wins. The Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team took care of the first two steps on its journey back to Clinton last week. Wins against Winona Christian School and Oak Hill Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 tournament in Steens have put CCA in position to take the next step in its journey as a No. 1 seed. That journey will begin at 5:15 p.m. today when CCA (22-8) takes on Marshall Academy at Delta Academy at the Class AA North State tournament.
OXFORD -- Will Golsan didn't seemed bothered by having to answer so many questions. After all, the Ole Miss junior understood the curiosity from all of the reporters who wanted to ask him about his new position. After playing second base as a freshman and first base as a sophomore, the former New Hope High School standout will move to right field for his third season with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- Continuity has been a big piece of the puzzle this season for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team. After biding their time for injuries to heal in the first few months, the Volunteers have come together in January and February to play some of their best basketball. Versatility and depth have been keys for a team that can rely on a number of players to carry the load on any given night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State catcher Elih Marrero throws a lot more than he used to. The added responsibility is part of the job description of catching for MSU first-year head coach Andy Cannizaro. "He loves to run, run, run, run, run," said Marrero, a sophomore. "I think we throw out about 75 percent. It's something like that, but he doesn't care. He wants us to go, go, go, and go."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's backcourt already was a man down Saturday when Lamar Peters limped off the court in the second half.
As the close losses mounted in January, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer never lost confidence in his team. One of the preseason favorites to compete for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship, the Trojans had to fight through a series of tough losses in a difficult schedule. McBrayer feels like his team learned from those opportunities and can put that knowledge to use tonight when New Hope plays host to the Class 5A, Region 2 tournament.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin is ready for the payoff. While playing a difficult non-region schedule, Griffin stressed the challenges were designed to help his young squad be at its best when postseason play arrived.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer has a two-headed monster at just about every position. That depth has propelled the Mississippi State women's basketball team to new heights in The Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches polls. On Sunday, No. 4 MSU received three solid efforts off the bench in its 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- The numbers continue to pile up at a dizzying pace for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. On Sunday, Teaira McCowan made sure to add an exclamation point to the latest additions to the Bulldogs' best regular season to date. McCowan made her impact felt in every facet, scoring 17 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots to propel No. 4 MSU to a 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The 44 points is the second-lowest total MSU has allowed in the 93-game series.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior Alexis Silkwood is confident her team will score more runs sooner rather than later. That will come as a welcome relief to the squad's pitching staff. Georgia State scored two runs in the 12th inning to upset MSU 3-1 in the championship game of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic on Sunday afternoon at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro believes in competition. MSU's first-year head baseball coach has facilitated plenty of it at practice, and it looks like his players will get more of it prior to the season opener.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer won't mind surprises if they continue to happen like they did Thursday night. Led by 21 first-half points by Victoria Vivians and 17 second-half points by Roshunda Johnson, No. 4 MSU rolled to an 86-41 victory against Vanderbilt. The victory marked the fourth time this season MSU (24-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has recorded the program's biggest margin of victory against a SEC opponent. It also was the second-largest SEC win for the program.
Dan Hughes misses coaching. When you enjoy something as much as Hughes loves basketball and you have had success doing it, it often is hard to find something to fill the void. Hughes didn't fully understand how much he would miss coaching on April 19, 2016, when the WNBA's San Antonio Stars announced he would step down as general manager and head coach following the season.
OXFORD -- Terence Davis didn't start the Ole Miss men's basketball team's game against Auburn on Saturday, but the sophomore guard proved he knew how to finish it, scoring 26 points in the second half to help the Rebels bounce back from a 23-point second-half deficit for a 90-84 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Simultaneous, yet contradictory, excitement and anxiety overtake coaches' meetings rooms on National Signing Day. The future of the program can be bolstered in a few hours ... if all of the National Letters of Intent arrive as planned. The Mississippi State football team was blissfully immune to most of the anxiety.
STARKVILLE -- As counterintuitive as it sounds, it was a switch to zone that stymied the Mississippi State men's basketball team's hot shooting. After a 8-for-15 3-point barrage in the first half and a 22-point surge off the bench from freshman guard Tyson Carter, South Carolina's defensive switch inspired a 9-0 run in the final five minutes and helped it earn a 77-73 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Kentucky men's basketball team went from a shootout to a defensive grinder this week, and won both ways. Now, coach John Calipari and the 15th-ranked Wildcats want to put it all together by the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman feels like her pitching staff has enough quality and depth to win a lot of games this season. So far, the sixth-year head coach has been on target.
JaQuante Bell is excited about the next step. It doesn't bother the New Hope High School senior that he likely is going to have to change a few things, but that is part of the excitement because Bell is confident he can be even more of an all-around player. Bell will get a chance to prove that next season when he suits up for the Northeast Mississippi Community College men's basketball team. Bell made his decision official Thursday in a signing ceremony in the school's library.
STARKVILLE -- Stephanie White didn't look frustrated, agitated, or disappointed. The Vanderbilt women's basketball coach very well could have been all of those things and more after No. 4 Mississippi State rolled to an 86-41 victory before a crowd of 5,052 at Humphrey Coliseum and a national television audience on the SEC Network. Instead, White was clinical in breaking down the worst beatdown MSU (24-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has given Vanderbilt (11-13, 1-10).
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS