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Team approach works for MSMS tennis

Posted 5/5/2017 in High School Sports

Balancing team and individual goals sometimes can be a difficult proposition in sports like golf, swimming, and tennis. But the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science tennis team hasn't had any of those issues.

Byrd will look for fifth win at Columbus Speedway

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Sports

Jason Byrd doesn't have an explanation for the roll he has been on at Columbus Speedway. Byrd has won four of his last five races there and leads the Factory Stocks points standings entering tonight's Mud Bug Classic at The Bullring.


Columbia Academy ends Starkville Academy's season

Posted 5/5/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy baseball team's seventh-inning rally fell short Thursday in an 8-4 loss to Columbia Academy in Game 2 of the second round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA playoffs. The loss ended the season for Volunteers at 10-10.



No. 16 Texas A&M slams No. 9 MSU

Posted 5/5/2017 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 9 Mississippi State baseball team's offense was held in check Thursday in a 9-2 loss to No. 16 Texas A&M in Game 1 of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Blue Bell Park.



MSU softball seniors will play final series at home

Posted 5/5/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Amanda Ivy had one thought when she Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman for the first time. Ivy wondered if Stuedeman had that much energy all of the time.


Caledonia softball has found comfort level

Posted 5/4/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Maddy Suggs knows to be prepared. Ever since Suggs started playing softball, she always has played a variety of positions, from catcher to second base to third base. That's why a few years ago she decided to buy a multi-purpose glove she could use in the infield to go along with her catcher's mitt. She didn't know for sure, but she had a feeling she would see action at several positions during her Caledonia High School fast-pitch career.


Brown's versatility has made him fixture in MSU's lineup

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Figuring out Cody Brown's position in the field can be a daily adventure -- not that he minds. When it comes to the lineup, there's no moving Brown. He has proven to be too valuable as a cleanup hitter. The Mississippi State baseball team (30-16, 14-7 Southeastern Conference) will look for Brown to continue his seven-game hitting streak at 6:30 tonight (ESPNU) when it takes on Texas A&M (33-13, 13-8) in Game 1 of its three-game SEC weekend series in College Station, Texas.



MSU's Borges earns SEC's top honor

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State men's tennis sophomore Nuno Borges earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year honors and was one of four players Wednesday to receive postseason league honors.



Ole Miss wins on Bianco's birthday

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Behind six shutdown innings by redshirt senior Sean Johnson, the Ole Miss baseball team made sure head coach Mike Bianco went home happy on his birthday with a 5-3 victory against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday afternoon at Swayze Field.



Maturity has fueled Noland's growth

Posted 5/4/2017 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Some days you just have to force yourself to smile. Kacy Noland hasn't had many outings in the circle like that, though, since she started pitching when she was 8 years old. Even though Noland was told she wasn't big enough to pitch, she persevered and hit a growth spurt that sent her on her way to becoming one of the most accomplished pitchers in the history of the Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball program. But even the best of pitchers can have days when things don't work.



Lovelady making most of his chance to catch

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- From last spring to this one, Josh Lovelady traded crutches for the ice bath. His legs still require daily maintenance and attention, but he prefers this way much better -- this way he gets to play.



MSU men's tennis team will face SMU in Oklahoma

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If there was a time when the Mississippi State men's tennis was most prepared to take on a draw like this one, now is it. Days after coming a few points short of a Southeastern Conference championship, MSU learned Tuesday it will travel to Oklahoma to face third-seeded SMU in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 12. A victory would set up a second-round match against No. 14 national seed and top-seeded Oklahoma (15-10) or fourth-seeded Bryant (12-13) on May 13.



West Point's Murphy stays with MSU

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

After taking more time to think about it, West Point High School rising senior Marcus Murphy still likes his original decision. After de-committing from Mississippi State in January, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star athlete by 247, re-committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday afternoon. He made the announcement on his Twitter page.



Oak Hill Academy beats Canton Academy in Game 1

Posted 5/4/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy senior Powell Tabor spent a little extra time at practice Monday working on his bunting. "We knew (Canton Academy) had some slow players on the corners," Tabor said. "That is something we noticed last year. I knew if I could get some bunts down, it would help my team win."



Saban signs new contract

Posted 5/4/2017 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama is giving coach Nick Saban plenty of incentive to stick around -- and to sign a contract extension in the first place. University trustees on Tuesday approved a three-year extension through the 2024 season that could pay Saban at least $65 million over the next eight years and again make him college football's highest-paid coach. Saban will make $11.125 million this year, counting a $4 million signing bonus and a $400,000 completion bonus.


Caledonia softball continues magical postseason run

Posted 5/4/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Kevin Stewart is back in a familiar place.

Caledonia beats West Lauderdale on obstruction call

Posted 5/2/2017 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Just this once, Kevin Stewart would prefer to live in ignorance. If Stewart has it his way, he will never know if Gracie McCleskey rounded third base with the intent of scoring or of colliding with the third baseman in her path, trying to draw an obstruction call. Stewart doesn't plan on asking because it doesn't matter: The umpire called obstruction and awarded the Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball team a 3-2 victory against West Lauderdale on Monday in Game 1 of their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) third-round Class 4A playoff series.

CCA boys track and field team will try to follow similar formula

Posted 5/2/2017 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Greg Watkins feels the doubt has been removed. A year ago, the Columbus Christian Academy boys track and field team rallied from a 30-point deficit to win its first Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA State title. The championship came on the heels of a second-place finish at the MAIS Class AA North State meet.


Auburn's Thompson praises Cannizaro's effect on MSU

Posted 5/2/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Cannizaro family of baseball made its first impression on Auburn coach Butch Thompson almost a decade ago. Thompson's first exposure to the Cannizaros came in 2008 when he was an assistant coach at Auburn trying to recruit Andy's younger brother, Garrett, who ultimately decided to follow in his brother's footsteps and stayed close to home to play for Tulane, but the impression was made.



No. 20 Ole Miss softball team takes series from No. 13 Alabama

Posted 5/2/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The No. 20 Ole Miss softball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs to beat No. 13 Alabama 5-4. The win helped Ole Miss (34-17, 8-13 Southeastern Conference) earn a walk-off victory for the fifth time in the last two weeks, and the ninth time this season. It also enabled Ole Miss to secure its first series victory against Alabama (39-13, 11-9).



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