Don't mention the future to Vic Schaefer. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows his team likely has secured some kind of postseason opportunity following the Southeastern Conference tournament. What acronym the Bulldogs find themselves playing in remains to be seen. That's why Schaefer wants his team's focus squarely on Alabama at 7 tonight when the teams meet at Foster Auditorium.
STARKVILLE -- Thrilled. Excited. Surprised. Mississippi State senior first baseman Sam Lenahan was full of adjectives to describe her team's 11-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs matched the second-best start in school history Wednesday afternoon with a 6-0 victory against Central Arkansas at the MSU Softball Field.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the LSU men's basketball team needed to get off to a quick start against Mississippi State on Wednesday. The Tigers didn't disappoint coach Johnny Jones as they scored the first 14 points of the game en route to a 92-81 victory against the Bulldogs.
MADISON -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter reached into the cliche grab bag Tuesday night. "Survive and advance," Carter said. "That is the name of the game when you get to this point in your schedule." Starkville did that as it sputtered to a 66-58 victory against Northwest Rankin in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 Tournament at Madison Central High.
MADISON -- When her team needed a lift the most, Starkville High School's Blair Schaefer was there to provide it. Schaefer scored 14 of her game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Starkville High girls basketball team edged Columbus 58-55 Tuesday night in an opening-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 tournament at Madison Central High.
OXFORD -- Kentucky's Julius Randle started his big night with a few dunks, then made a boatload of free throws and capped it off with a difficult finish in the lane to seal the victory.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's answer epitomized his frustration about how college basketball games are being officiated this season. When asked if he knew how games are being called, the Mississippi State men's basketball coach shook his head and wanted to move on.
Sallie Gardner can blame it all on Mary Claire Akins.
STARKVILLE -- There are many ways to win a championship.
WEST POINT -- For Oak Hill Academy, it was simply a matter of time for the boys' basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- Basically Rick Ray is confounded by the same problem he found himself in last year.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen and the Mississippi State baseball team used a familiar formula Sunday to earn a landmark victory. Whether it has been at Northwestern State, Kentucky, or his alma mater MSU, Cohen has relied on a recipe of taking pitches, getting on base, using his bullpen, and capitalizing with runners in scoring position to have success as a head coach. When your team holds the opponent to three extra-base hits and six runs in three games, that strategy will produce results.
STARKVILLE -- Sunday wasn't a restful day for Martha Alwal It's bad enough the junior center had to deal with the lingering effects of an illness that had bothered her for the past few days. To make matters worse, Alwal had to deal with an undersized group of post players from Vanderbilt who poked, pushed, and hip checked her nearly every time she dared to go near the lane.
STARKVILLE -- The Columbus High School boys basketball finished Friday night like it started. In between, though, the Falcons showed their different combinations can produce the results that matter on the scoreboard.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has established its identity. Coach Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs also have earned the respect of their Southeastern Conference peers. Now it's time for MSU to fine-tune its performance to turn its share of close calls its way down the stretch.
STARKVILLE -- Jamison McKee was only trying to make an impression. The more then Starkville Academy boys soccer coach Robert Gardner watched McKee train and accept his coaching he realized he was going to have to make a difficult decision.
STARKVILLE -- Megan Moorhead always thought she could hang with everybody on the soccer field. After all, as a seventh-grader Moorhead earned playing time on the Starkville High School girls varsity team. Since then, she showcased her knowledge of the game and her versatility by carving out a place as a fixture in the program.
STARKVILLE -- The major questions following the Mississippi State baseball team's first series of the season may have been solved Saturday by an unexpected individual.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin doesn't mind crediting a little divine intervention for a 67-66 victory against Alabama on Saturday that gave his Gamecocks back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins for the first time in three seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Jake Vickerson needed something good to happen before fans at Dudy Noble Field started to compare him to his older brother.
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