STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury will return to his comfort zone Friday. Stansbury, who will begin his 12th season with the Bulldogs, has the most fun when the players and coaches get together for the start of practice.
Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill likes what his team has accomplished. Although Stockstill was disappointed MTSU didn’t play better in a 31-7 loss at Troy on Oct. 6, he likes to brag about the Blue Raiders’ 3-2 record.
The Lamar County Bulldogs can do their part at 7 p.m. Friday to set up a showdown for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A, Region 7 championship when they play host to the Oakman Wildcats.
The season isn’t over for the Heritage Academy football team. A five-game losing streak has erased a lot of the optimism from the Patriots’ 3-0 start, but coach Brad Butler doesn’t want his players to pack up the gear just yet.
LOUISVILLE — Even before the season kicked off, Louisville High School head football coach Brad Peterson said his team was looking for its identity, especially on defense. Now, nine weeks into the season, the 6-2 Wildcats may finally be finding themselves. “We knew we were gong to have a young defense,” Peterson said. “We only had three true starters coming back and a lot of those guys back there are so young.”
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Jones knows how difficult a matchup sophomore tight end Marcus Green can be for opposing teams. As a sophomore linebacker at Mississippi State, it’s often Jones’ responsibility in practice to keep an eye on what Green is doing. Green’s ability to block and go out for a pass keeps Jones and the rest of the Bulldogs on their toes.
STARKVILLE -- Radka Ferancova was happy to learn that Mississippi State was bringing women’s tennis coach Daryl Greenan back to the Golden Triangle. Ferancova believes Greenan has the experience necessary to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference and looks forward to playing for him as a senior. Greenan, who got his first head coaching job at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, was an assistant at the University of Alabama for three years (2002-04).
For the past six years, the East Mississippi Community College men’s soccer program has gotten contributions from a trio of Chisolm brothers. First there was Matt from 2004-05 and he was followed by Todd from 2006-07. The latest of the Chisolms, who are from Caledonia, to contribute is Taylor, who is a freshman forward on this year’s squad.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn’t going to play a freshman until he’s ready. Bulldogs like safety Johnthan Banks, of East Webster High School in Maben, and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox have been good enough to play, and in Banks’ case, start this season. Quarterback Tyler Russell isn’t ready.
STARKVILLE — Jaquez Johnson knew the Starkville High School football team’s first four games this season were going to be a challenge. Johnson never imagined, though, that he and the Yellow Jackets would be as frustrated as they were after losses to Noxubee County, Louisville, Meridian, and West Point.
STARKVILLE — It appears Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne will get what he wanted this week for men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury.
Practice for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Southeast Regional Championship in Columbus started Monday to prepare the anglers for the two-day tournament, which begins Friday.
MACON — Overconfidence never has been a problem for the Noxubee County High School football team. Instead of talking about what they’re going to do, the Tigers rely on a swarming defense that is lightning quick and an offense that can strike from anywhere at anytime to produce results. The return of senior wide receiver/quarterback Vincent Sanders from a broken jaw last week figures to give the Tigers the missing piece that could help them defend their Class 4A state title.
MACON — The Noxubee County High School football team used its speed on defense Saturday night to post another shutout. Noxubee County registered its third consecutive shutout, and sixth of the season, in a 30-0 victory against Amory in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 game.
STARKVILLE — It didn’t take long for Randall Bradberry to discover James “Cubby” Harris’ talent. When Bradberry became the football coach at what was known then as East Mississippi Junior College in 1976, he didn’t know much about the recruits who were coming in for the fall season. Bradberry arrived at Scooba from Delta State and admitted he was “out of the loop.”
STARKVILLE -- Upon further review, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen admits he made a mistake. After looking at the film of MSU’s 31-24 loss to Houston on Saturday, Mullen wishes he would have challenged a penalty involving senior quarterback Tyson Lee of Columbus. Lee was called for an illegal forward pass after officials believed he crossed the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. The play came on fourth down at a pivotal part of the game as the Bulldogs led 17-14.
REFORM, Ala. — No one wanted Dominique Jones to go down. But a hush came over G.S. Spruill Stadium when the Pickens County High School senior running back/wide receiver went down with a hip pointer in the second quarter against American Christian Academy.
CALEDONIA — The building process continues for Buz Boyer. The good thing about playing in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 is Boyer, the Houston High School football coach, can test his Hilltoppers against some of the state’s premier programs.
HAMILTON — The Lady Lions love the long ball. Buoyed by an eight-home run evening, the Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team defeated East Union 15-8 and 14-5 in a best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North Half State playoff series.
It starts with a special mark in the dirt. Anna McCrary’s bat touches the earth and draws the sign of a cross. She then touches the center of it to remind herself of her bond with God. She also remembers her father.
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