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Ole Miss has little time to regroup after rout

Posted 10/3/2017 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team is still smarting from one of the most lopsided losses in school history. Worse for the Rebels, it's hard to see a lot of wins in the near future.


Holmes looks comfortable in MSU's first practice

Posted 10/2/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun Holmes didn't intend to make a statement Sunday afternoon. Surrounded by a sea of maroon, white, and black sneakers, the Mississippi State junior stood out in her pair of pink kicks. Holmes and former MSU standout Ketara Chapel, who was wearing a black practice jersey with "The Guys" on it, was the only other player on the court decked out in the sneakers that were a touch hotter than the regular shade of pink.


Mullen, MSU will try to find answers during bye week

Posted 10/2/2017 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Given the task of describing a 39-point loss, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen didn't relinquish his grip of the box score.



Defense leads Starkville Academy on Homecoming

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was the perfect Homecoming night for the Starkville Academy football team. After a rough start, Starkville Academy relied on its defense to lead the way to a 32-10 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) non-district game at J.E. Logan Field.



Pickens County edges Aliceville

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- It was all about the defense Friday night, as the Pickens County High School football team defeated Aliceville 6-0 in an Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) non-district matchup.



Opportunistic Craven scores first touchdown in rout

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- For the record, Jaden Craven doesn't look fat. Unlike other "hogs" who play in the trenches up front, Craven's jersey fits well and covers his stomach. His pants complete a uniform that suits the fireplug of a guard, who is listed at 5-foot-9, 220 pounds, very well.



VCA's Howell wins state championship in Alabama

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

Ethan Howell didn't know what to expect Monday as he traveled to the Alabama Christian Athletic Association State Golf Championship. Howell, a junior at Victory Christian Academy in Columbus, had plenty of time to think on the three-plus hour drive, although he didn't have much to go on. He had never played the course at Quail Creek Resort in Hartselle, Alabama, and he never had walked a round of 18 holes.



Logan, Trolio qualify for four-ball event in Florida

Posted 10/1/2017 in Local Sports

Hunter Logan and Cohen Trolio take their golf seriously. As two of the most accomplished junior players in the state of Mississippi, Logan and Trolio have walked the best courses and competed against the toughest competitors. That's why it didn't faze Logan or Trolio that they were the only juniors competing Thursday in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Men's Four-Ball Qualifier at Laurel Country Club.


MSU women face bigger bull's eye entering season

Posted 10/1/2017 in Local Columns

Nearly everything has worked out like Vic Schaefer thought it would. When he was hired to replace Sharon Fanning-Otis as Mississippi State's women's basketball coach in March 2012, Schaefer talked about building a program. He discussed the initial "sense" he and his wife, Holly, had that there was a hunger on campus and in the state to create a title contender in a sport that hadn't attracted much attention or been consistently competitive in the Southeastern Conference.


Johnson ready to play bigger role for MSU women

Posted 10/1/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson is more than ready. After a change of scenery and plenty of obstacles to overcome, Johnson will be primed and prepared at 2 p.m. today to kick off her final collegiate season when the Mississippi State women's basketball team holds its first practice of the 2017-18 campaign.



Self-inflicted penalties stall Bulldogs' offense

Posted 10/1/2017 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Dan Mullen felt the need to repeat it again: 10 penalties to one. In a game where the No. 13 Auburn football team already had an edge in explosive offensive plays, third-down conversion rate, and yards per carry, Mississippi State's football coach came back to the self-inflicted mistakes the No. 24 Bulldogs hurt themselves with in a 49-10 loss Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.



Big plays doom MSU against Auburn

Posted 10/1/2017 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- A quick peek at the big screen at Jordan-Hare Stadium revealed an interesting statistic to Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen.



Brown's passing sparks Starkville

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones insists success on offense is based more on the players, not the plays. For much of Jones' first season as head football coach at Starkville High School, the Yellow Jackets have executed at a high level and relied on a productive running game. That plan changed in a hurry Friday night.



Rogers' interceptions play key role in Patriots' win

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

There's a fine line between confidence and stubbornness. Leake Academy quarterback Will Lawson Harkins crossed that line not once, but four times against Heritage Academy junior defensive back Lex Rogers, who intercepted four passes and spearheaded a defense that forced six turnovers in a 37-6 win Friday.



Louisville beats New Hope in Class 4A, Region 4 opener

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The New Hope High School football team dropped a 48-7 decision to Louisville in its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 opener Friday night at Hinze Stadium.



No. 1 Alabama crushes Ole Miss

Posted 10/1/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Alabama let loose on Ole Miss 66-3 on Saturday night, emphatically putting down a problematic foe in recent years with the highest-scoring performance by the Crimson Tide in 11 years under Nick Saban.



Columbus' plans fall through against Tupelo

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

TUPELO -- The Columbus High School football team's original plan wasn't available Friday night. Turns out, the Falcons couldn't execute the backup plan, either.



MSU, Ole Miss will play host to event at Old Waverly

Posted 10/1/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's golf coach Ginger Brown-Lemm has had a little time to put this week together. Three years in the making, MSU -- with some help from Ole Miss -- will play host to the inaugural Magnolia Invitational at Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point.



West Point rolls to another region win

Posted 10/1/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team broke its post-game huddle with two words: "state champs." Anyone watching West Point's game against Center Hill on Friday would have a hard time believing the Green Wave aren't the favorite to win another Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title.



Fitzpatrick emerges as standout on defense for Tide

Posted 9/29/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On those scorching hot late summer days when football practice is harder than usual at Alabama, a kid from New Jersey is usually the player least bothered.



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