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Being the Bre she wants to be

Posted 1/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson didn't hesitate. It didn't matter that the Mississippi State women's basketball team was leading Ole Miss by 28 points with less than five minutes remaining. It also didn't enter Richardson's mind she was seeing her first action after a hard fall to the floor against Auburn forced her to miss two games.

 

 

William leads MSU's victory train

Posted 1/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The swagger is back. When Morgan William burst onto the Division I scene last season, she did it with a flair that dared defenses to stop her. She backed up that confidence with a lightning-quick first step and nifty ballhandling that helped her score in double figures in seven of her first nine games with the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Starkville's Mattox earns Gatorade Mississippi Cross County honor

Posted 1/19/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cross country demands consistency. Ever since Kate Mattox started competing with the Starkville High School team as a seventh-grader, she has been nothing but steady. The amount of time Mattox dedicates to training every week has been consistent and has been designed to help her compete at a high level.

 

 

Weatherspoon adjusts to new position

Posted 1/19/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland expected Quinndary Weatherspoon to play a big role as a freshman for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Howland raved about the former Velma Jackson High School standout and believed he was going to make his biggest impact at guard.

 

 

MSU attendance record could fall tonight

Posted 1/18/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Crowds for Ole Miss-Mississippi State women's basketball games typically haven't been record-setters. Prior to last season, only two of MSU's 10 biggest crowds at Humphrey Coliseum came against Ole Miss. The same is true at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, where none of the Rebels' top 15 home crowds have been against the Bulldogs. But a MSU-record crowd of 7,326 for a 55-47 victory against Ole Miss last season at Humphrey Coliseum signaled a change. At the time, the crowd was a record for a women's basketball game in the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Insell confident Ole Miss will find right chemistry

Posted 1/18/2016 in College Sports

Don't try to claim that Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell isn't a positive man. The Rebels' third-year head coach might be the most upbeat coach in the Southeastern Conference. It's not surprising. After all, Insell guided Ole Miss to a seven-win improvement and a postseason berth last season. Entering this season, Insell had one of the youngest and most athletic teams in the SEC and was picked sixth and seventh in the SEC preseason poll by the media and league coaches, respectively. It is the first time Ole Miss has been picked in the top half of the league since it expanded to 14 teams.

 

 

Johnson preaches velocity as he makes MSU pitching coach debut

Posted 1/16/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wes Johnson understands velocity.

 

 

Hebron Christian pair sign baseball scholarship offers

Posted 1/16/2016 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Hard work.

 

 

Career night by Weatherspoon can't get MSU past Tennessee

Posted 1/16/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon wants his team to be mentally tougher.

 

 

MSU women look to regroup from road loss at Missouri

Posted 1/16/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer used the word "difficult" Friday afternoon to describe his team's latest game.

 

 

New Hope catcher Godfrey signs with Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 1/16/2016 in High School Sports

Face-planting typically isn't a way to make an impression with a college coach.

 

 

Heritage Academy's Oswalt signs with East Central C.C.

Posted 1/16/2016 in High School Sports

Kaitlyn Oswalt knows she can't rely on one pitch in the circle.

 

 

No. 7 MSU women look to start 4-0 in SEC for first time

Posted 1/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Coaches throw out platitudes all of the time in their post-game news conferences. That's why it wasn't surprising to hear Arkansas women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes praise No. 7 Mississippi State on Sunday after his team dropped an 80-55 decision at Humphrey Coliseum. Dykes said the Bulldogs are more than a one-player team even though sophomore guard Victoria Vivians -- the team's leading scorer at 17.9 points per game -- attracts most of the attention, at least when it comes to offense.

 

 

Norris, Alabama upset No. 19 South Carolina

Posted 1/14/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's Riley Norris hardly missed from outside and South Carolina struggled to hit from anywhere. Norris hit his first seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points Wednesday night to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to a 73-50 upset of previously unbeaten No. 19 South Carolina.

 

 

Moody's career night not enough for Rebels

Posted 1/14/2016 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Freshman Antonio Blakeney responded to his removal from the starting lineup by bursting out of a recent shooting slump at an opportune time. Craig Victor scored 18 points, Blakeney added 13 of his 15 points in the final eight minutes, and the LSU men's basketball team defeated Ole Miss 90-81 on Wednesday night.

 

Plenty of enticing matchups as prep basketball seasons enters home stretch

Posted 1/14/2016 in Local Columns

Several teams in our coverage area could contend for a state championship as we enter the final four weeks of the prep basketball regular season. We should have a large group of participants headed to Jackson from the Mississippi High School Activities Association's six classifications. In the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, the Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy boys are ranked among the best in the state. We also know the Starkville Academy girls, both teams at Oak Hill Academy, and the boys team at Columbus Christian Academy have a chance to advance, too.

 

Starkville Academy sweeps rival Heritage Academy

Posted 1/12/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Bruce Allsup hasn't worried about his team's courage this season.

 

 

Report: Sirmon chosen as defensive coordinator at MSU

Posted 1/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has found it's new defensive coordinator.

 

 

Freshman Holmes learning on the fly for seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Posted 1/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun Holmes doesn't remember much about her performance against Auburn.

 

 

No. 14 Kentucky survives late rally, upset bid by MSU

Posted 1/12/2016 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky didn't get much scoring from its post players, but the backcourt saved the day for the 14th-ranked Wildcats in an 80-74 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

 

 

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