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Calvert returns to bolster West Point's ground assault

Posted 11/20/2016 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Chris Calvert tried to fight back a smile. The West Point High School running back just left a huddle with his teammates and was immediately pulled to the side for an interview. With his helmet in hand and a cold wind blowing, Calvert's attempt not to smile didn't last long. He received a big hug from offensive coordinator Brett Morgan that made him smile even bigger.



Hurts, No. 1 Alabama overcome slow start

Posted 11/20/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts threw for three touchdowns and rushed for 68 yards to help No. 1 Alabama overcome a slow start and beat Football Championship Subdivision team Chattanooga 31-3 on Saturday night.



Webb, Commodores rout Rebels

Posted 11/20/2016 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ralph Webb ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vanderbilt football team scored 31-straight points to beat Ole Miss 38-17 Saturday night to snap a three-game skid to the Rebels.



Aliceville, Pickens County reach semifinals

Posted 11/20/2016 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team scored on its final four possessions Friday night to pull out a 52-44 victory against Elba in the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs.



West Point, Oxford renew region rivalry in playoffs

Posted 11/18/2016 in High School Sports

It was only a matter of time.


MSU cross country headed to NCAA competition

Posted 11/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Houston Franks still hasn't seen his team give their very best.


Five Things to Watch: MSU versus Arkansas

Posted 11/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is expecting another close one with Arkansas.



MSU men's basketball falls to UCF in Charleston Classic

Posted 11/18/2016 in College Sports

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A dominating first-half performance by Central Florida did in Mississippi State Thursday night in the opening round of the Gildan Charleston Classic.


Noxubee County heads to Pontotoc in Class 4A Playoffs

Posted 11/18/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Eight weeks is an eternity in the marathon that is a high school football season.


Starkville basketball sweeps pair from rival West Point

Posted 11/17/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Starkville High School junior Blake Rogers enjoyed the game that he and his teammates played Thursday night.


Woods resigns as Starkville coach to take job at Eupora

Posted 11/17/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Ricky Woods has resigned and will take over as the Eupora High coach next season, according to multiple sources.

Starkville High's Mattox signs with Southern Miss

Posted 11/17/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kate Mattox left her house at 7:30 Tuesday night to walk around her neighborhood. The Starkville High School senior had a lot on her mind and wanted to be alone with her thoughts. She turned to God and asked for guidance to help her make a big decision. Two-and-a-half hours later, Mattox had made her decision. On Wednesday, Mattox made the choice official when she signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field at Southern Mississippi.


MSU continues graduation success

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's athletic teams combined for a score of 86 in the annual release of the NCAA's Graduation Success Rates (GSR), representing the school's highest total since the formula's inception in 2005. The 86 percentile is up one point from last year's previous school-record total of 85, and it is two points better than the national Division I average of 84. MSU's total ranked sixth among the 14-member Southeastern Conference institutions. The score is a measure of the four-year cohort from 2006-09.



Learning continues for Sirmon

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This has been a challenging season for Peter Sirmon and the Mississippi State football team's defense. Sirmon took over as defensive coordinator for Manny Diaz in the spring. He arrived in Starkville as part of a new staff with defensive line coach Brian Baker, cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley, and safeties coach Maurice Linguist.



MSU men have lessons to learn on road

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon remembers being nervous for his first game away from Humphrey Coliseum. The Mississippi State guard/forward played two games at the Hump before the Bulldogs hit the road for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic last season. MSU lost to Miami and Texas Tech before beating Missouri State in the three-game tournament.



Ole Miss optimistic about Patterson's debut

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss' Shea Patterson was nervous in the moments before Gary Wunderlich lined up for a game-winning field goal attempt against Texas A&M, so the quarterback said a few encouraging words to his kicker. Wunderlich then nailed the 39-yarder for a 29-28 victory against the then-No. 10 Aggies.



Fast start sparks No. 10 MSU women

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

BILOXI -- Dominique Dillingham told her teammates Wednesday night would be a good time for a fast start. The No. 10 Mississippi State women's basketball team then delivered for its senior leader. MSU found offensive balance early and used hard-nosed physical defense throughout a 66-49 victory against Tulane before a crowd of 1,724 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.


Noxubee County, West Point last teams standing

Posted 11/17/2016 in Local Columns

Almost all prep football coaches enjoy practicing on Thanksgiving Day. School isn't in session, so it usually involves a workout in the crisp, early morning air. After a couple of hours of work, teams usually will break and share a Thanksgiving meal. Booster clubs have been known to buy large numbers of turkeys to make the day complete.

Caledonia's Sheppeard signs with Northwest Mississippi C.C.

Posted 11/16/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Growing up, soccer was something Caitlyn Sheppeard always did. While she enjoyed the sport, softball occupied more of her time. But as she grew older, Sheppeard tired of all the hours spent with travel softball and turned to other pursuits, like cheerleading. Through the changes, Sheppeard never lost her connection with soccer. In fact, she grew to enjoy the sport more and more the more time she put into it and the more her skills improved.

Oak Hill Academy's Atkins signs with Southern Mississippi

Posted 11/16/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Bill Atkins was shocked. Atkins knew his son, Hunter, started "dabbling" in golf when he was 10 years old, but he had no idea how that sport had taken hold of him. It wasn't until Hunter won a 12-and-under United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) baseball state championship playing the Mississippi Longhorns, a travel team of players from West Point, and then walked off the field that day and told him he was done with baseball that Bill Atkins realized how important golf was to his son.


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