When the calendar hits December, it usually means the East Mississippi Community College football team is ready to play for a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship.
STARKVILLE -- While North Dakota State was missing eight straight field goal attempts to start the game, the Mississippi State men's basketball team was hitting a rough patch, too.
DJ Sanders never imagined she would leave the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's football practices are usually textbook examples of light-hearted yet structured productivity.
WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is ready.
STARKVILLE -- Joe Moorhead knows something about walking into an empty cupboard of a football program.
JACKSON -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer really enjoyed Wednesday night. There were a lot of numbers that made post-game box score notations last longer than usual.
WEST POINT -- One of the downsides of having senior-laden teams is players sometimes don't get numbers that typically go with their positions.
Four players and one coach from the Golden Triangle are in Jackson this week to wrap up the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) football season.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter remembers the conversation well. Earlier this season, after the death of offensive coordinator James Patterson hit the Noxubee County community and the high school football team hard, wide receiver Kyziah Pruitt came into Shorter's office in the field house. The Tigers were still dealing with the loss of Patterson as well as the departure of three other coaches, including longtime offensive line coach Michael Ashford.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala -- The No. 24-ranked Alabama men's basketball team used a second-half surge to outlast Louisiana Tech 77-74 Wednesday night in Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Joe Moorhead's resume is littered with a variety of responsibilities. From defense to offense to recruiting to special teams, Moorhead has worked in nearly every area since he started his career as a football coach as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh in 1998.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon used to think his brother, Nick, had a long way to go. Anthony Carlyle remembers the day he realized how Quinndary felt about Nick. Carlyle coached Quinndary and Nick at Velma Jackson High School. When Quinndary was graduating, he told Carlyle the team would struggle next season because it didn't have any guards to run a system that relied on solid backcourt play.
STARKVILLE -- For once, getting to the quarterback didn't work out all that well for Jaylan Ware. Going against Greenville in Week 8, the Starkville High School nose tackle busted through the line and reached for the quarterback with his right hand. But Ware suffered a broken ring finger when his hand smashed into the quarterback's facemask. The injury ended his evening with a season-low three tackles.
What started in the long, summer hours of July will end this weekend at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is ready to close the 2017 football season with six state championship games on Friday and Saturday in Oxford.
STARKVILLE -- The Dispatch has confirmed through two sources that Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will follow Dan Mullen to Florida. New MSU coach Joe Moorhead will have to hire a replacement.
STARKVILLE -- Depth will be a topic that will come up often this season for Vic Schaefer.
MACON -- Teddy Young smiles when asked to relate a story about James Patterson. It seems fitting Young would react that way about his former coach at Noxubee County High School. Young later worked with Patterson as an assistant coach for the football team before Patterson died March 18.
WEST POINT -- The numbers tell the story for Marcus Murphy. Whether it is 4,560 or 1,630, the senior quarterback/running back has been a part of a dominating season for the West Point High School football team.
2. MSU men back in win column after beating UT Martin COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville girls continue winning ways with Joe Horne victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus girls open Joe Horne Classic with victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women aim for 11-0 start today against Maine COLLEGE SPORTS