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Slow starts, free-throw shooting doom MSU

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee on Wednesday night was a chance for a fresh start. Two dreadful starts turned that opportunity into a nightmare.



Sanders loved experience at Junior Women's National Team Selection Camp

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

DJ Sanders hasn't had many "nerve-racking" experiences on the softball field. Whether it is in the circle or at shortstop, the softball field is one place Sanders usually feels at home. It's a place -- much like the basketball court -- that her power, speed, and athleticism can shine.



Starkville Academy sweeps rival Heritage Academy in basketball

Posted 1/7/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt stressed the importance of the first five minutes of the second half to her team Tuesday night.



MSU plays Tennessee in conference opener

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Moments after his team's biggest win in more than a month, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was already looking forward.



Ole Miss falls to No. 1 Kentucky in overtime

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against a Mississippi team intent on pulling off a seismic upset.



Alabama stymies Texas A&M in SEC opener

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ricky Tarrant scored 15 points and Retin Obasohan sparked a decisive second-half run to lead Alabama to a 65-44 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday night.



Starkville soccer squads sweep New Hope

Posted 1/7/2015 in High School Sports

A change in philosophy is paying off for the Starkville High School boys' soccer team.



Columbus boys rout Noxubee County; New Hope boys win big over Louisville

Posted 1/7/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Columbus High School boys' basketball coach Sammy Smith was eager to see if his team could build on Saturday night's dramatic win over county rival New Hope.


No. 14 MSU women continue to make history

Posted 1/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team's history-making season took another step forward Monday when it moved up three spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll.


Former NHHS standout Sanders selected to Junior Women's National Team

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana Lafayette freshman DJ Sanders was one of 17 players and three alternates selected Monday to be a part of the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team.



Diaz returns to MSU as defensive coordinator

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In an effort to take his team forward, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen decided Monday to take a step backward. To do that, Mullen reached back four years and re-hired Manny Diaz as MSU's new defensive coordinator. Diaz held the position when MSU went 9-4 in 2010.



MSU men will try to build on latest win in SEC opener

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray doesn't know what was said. When asked about a players' only meeting his team held last week after its 66-47 loss to McNeese State, Ray couldn't provide any details.



Forest emerges as consistent scorer for West Point boys

Posted 1/6/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- When asked about his unusual first name, West Point High School boys basketball standout Ecurb Forest smiles. "My dad's name is Bruce Forest, and when they were picking out my name, he just turned Bruce backwards and came up with Ecurb," Forest said. "It's definitely unique, makes me stand out."



Columbus boys win rematch vs. New Hope

Posted 1/5/2015 in High School Sports

In theory, last month's boys basketball game between Lowndes County rivals New Hope and Columbus high schools had little bearing when they met again in the Trojan Holiday Classic. Columbus junior point guard Tavarest Gray took the opposite approach.



James, MSU women hit 17

Posted 1/5/2015 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- When the Mississippi State women's basketball team didn't have answers on offense, it turned its game up on defense. On a frigid shooting afternoon for both teams, No. 17 MSU found its offensive spark at the right time to earn a 53-47 victory against Missouri in its first Southeastern Conference road game of the season at the Mizzou Arena.



Cunningham plays variety of roles for Rams

Posted 1/3/2015 in High School Sports

KC Cunningham has a plethora of plays to choose from when it comes to assembling a highlight tape. Whether it's rushing, receiving, or playing defense, Cunningham had his pick of accomplishments to catch the attention of college coaches. There's one play Cunningham didn't have access to that he would like to put on that tape. It didn't have him scoring a touchdown or making a sack. Instead, the play involved Cunningham delivering a block for Kimarri Whitfield so he could gain a first down against DeSoto (Ark.) School in the Columbus Christian Academy football team's first home playoff game in 11-man football.



No. 17 MSU gears up for second SEC test

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer had to adjust his eyes. For years, the veteran coach has watched his teams come to embrace terms like "blood baths" and "train wrecks" as part of an aggressive in-your-face style of play that revolves around suffocating defense. It's no wonder then that Schaefer has earned the nickname "Secretary of Defense" for his players' penchant for diving on loose balls, helping teammates by taking charges, and playing defense with a mind-set that takes it as an insult when a team scores.



VCA's Sharp plays big role in march to title

Posted 1/3/2015 in High School Sports

Anthony Sharp likes the championship taste. It has been nearly two months since the Victory Christian Academy football team defeated Tuscaloosa Christian 44-8 to win the Christian Football Association championship. For a senior like Sharp, who hadn't won a title in football, the experience was sweet. That it came against an archrival and that he had a chance to savor it with classmates Cody Bolton, Shane Bradford, Burkley Jernigan, and Bo McCrary made it doubly special.



No. 17 MSU holds off No. 19 Georgia

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Friday it is ready to face the "monster" that is the Southeastern Conference. Buoyed by key contributions from its healthy seniors and a balanced scoring effort, No. 17 MSU showed the tenacity and the toughness it will take to survive the SEC marathon with a 64-56 victory against No. 19 Georgia before a season-high crowd of 4,114 at Humphrey Coliseum.



MSU men outlast FSU

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's men's basketball players walked into the home locker room at the Humphrey Coliseum on Friday afternoon, their eyes were drawn to a message coach Rick Ray had written on a white board at the front of the room. That message: "Perception vs. reality." "I told them the perception of us because of how many games we've lost is we are a bad basketball team," said Ray, whose team had lost six of its past seven games. "I also told them that in reality we are a good basketball team. We just haven't been showing it." MSU's reality caught up with Ray's perception against Florida State.



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