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'Cool' memories for native son

Posted 6/18/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE — The staff at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum want to make sure the memory of former Negro League baseball player and Starkville native James “Cool Papa” Bell isn’t forgotten. On the suggestion by The Greater Starkville Partnership, the museum has put together a lasting tribute to Bell.

 

 

Johnson selected to play with Notre Dame alumni team

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Sports

Coming out of high school, Jay Johnson was good enough in the eyes of Lou Holtz to play football at Notre Dame. Johnson signed with Notre Dame after playing on back-to-back undefeated state championship teams at Starkville High School, and went on to letter as a receiver from 1997-2000. Nine years after donning the gold helmet of the Irish, Johnson again is good enough in the eyes of Holtz to represent Notre Dame on the football field.

 

 

Wilson still has touch for Tupelo Rock-n-Rollers

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Sports

Darryl Wilson isnt as quick and cant jump as high as he did 13 years ago. But the stroke that made him a three-time All-Southeastern Conference shooting guard at Mississippi State is still there. And, like most shooters, when you challenge him that stroke becomes red hot. Wilson, 35, is rekindling his scoring touch with the Tupelo Rock-n-Rollers in the World Basketball Exposure League.

 

 

Words were appropriate at Foster's memorial service

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Columns

There wasnt much more one could add to what was expressed Tuesday at a memorial service for Don Foster at the Starkville Sportsplex. Foster, the former sports editor of The Starkville Daily News, was a friend to many people, and Im fortunate to be one of them. Don died June 8 at his West Point home. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt, Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle, and former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton were the main speakers and couldnt have done a better job in recalling memories of Don. Their words were heartfelt and sincere.

 

 

MSU has plans for facelifts at athletic facilities

Posted 6/17/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE There have been many changes to Mississippi States athletic landscape the past several months. The biggest deals with technology thanks to the installation of jumbotrons at Mississippi States football, baseball, and soccer stadiums. With those projects at or near completion, the focus at MSU has shifted to other needs.

 

 

Starkville, Pickens Academy split Dizzy Dean doubleheader

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE The Pickens Academy Dizzy Dean baseball team, of Carrollton, Ala., looks at any opportunity to play this summer as a learning experience. The chance to come to Mississippi and play a Class 5A program like Starkville High School is an added bonus. Pickens Academy bounced back from a 5-3 opening-game loss to beat Starkville 10-3 in a six-inning second game to gain a doubleheader split.

 

Hester doesn't seem to get a fair shake

Posted 6/15/2009 in Local Columns

Politics and coaching dont mix. Stacy Hester followed that credo in his dealings with parents, administrators, and players. Sometimes it got him into trouble. Players left his program because they didnt like playing for him. Parents thought Hester to be arrogant or unyielding in how he dealt with them or with their children. But through it all Hester established a standard of excellence. His teams won 551 games and three state titles his 18 years as New Hope High Schools baseball coach.

 

Former New Hope players hne skills in Cotton States Baseball League

Posted 6/15/2009 in Local Sports

Baseball players never stop growing. For Ben Fleming, Brent Hallmark, and Garrett Harris, there is no better place to learn more about the game they love than close to home. The three former New Hope High School standouts are teammates on the Golden Triangle Jets in the Cotton States Baseball North Division. The former Trojans have helped the Jets get off to a 2-3 start in the inaugural season for the four-team wood bat league.

 

 

Taylor has chance to raise his golf game

Posted 6/15/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE Chase Taylor knows he can be better. If the past two months are any indication, Taylor could start hitting the scores hes looking for any time now. On May 2, the New Hope High School golfer won the 14- to 15-year-old group at the Optimist Club tournament at the Mississippi State Golf Course. The victory earned him a chance to play today and Tuesday in the district tournament in Meridian. The winner will go to West Palm Beach, Fla., to play in the International tournament in July

 

 

Boykin returns to Caledonia to be football coach

Posted 6/14/2009 in High School Sports

David Boykin is back at Caledonia High School to see if he can complete some unfinished business. The Lowndes County School Board approved Boykins hiring Friday as the football coach at Caledonia High School. Boykin, who coached Caledonia to 3-7 records in 2006 and 2007, replaced Jason Forrester, who resigned his position last month. Boykin served as a volunteer offensive line coach last season under Mark Hudspeth at the University of North Alabama.

 

 

Byrne strives for MSU to be best it can be

Posted 6/14/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Greg Byrnepausedlast week to reflect on his first year as Mississippi State Athletic Director and he pointed to one specific thing that impressed him most. Since taking over the day-to-day operations of the Mississippi State athletic department on July 11, 2008, Byrne said it has been the people he works with who have made the transition a positive one. Byrne knew it would be difficult to replace a man likeLarry Templeton, but said his approach and ideas have beenwell received.

 

 

Noxubee County wins Ole Miss 7-on-7 camp

Posted 6/14/2009 in High School Sports

MACON M.C. Millers cupboard at Noxubee County High School has plenty left in stock. The veteran football coach will have to find a way to replace 12 starters (five on offense, seven on defense) from last seasons Class 4A state championship team. And while the losses of All-State wide receiver Patrick Patterson, wide receiver Teddy Young, and quarterback Termarcus Conner will be some of the toughest to fill, dont think for a minute that the Tigers wont throw the ball a lot in 2009.

 

 

Simsiriwong goes home to work on her golf game

Posted 6/14/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy golfer Korakot Simsiriwong has returned to her native Thailand for rest and relaxation before schools startsagain in August. She took her golf clubs with her. Simsiriwong wants to keep her game sharp so she canhave more success on the course when she returns to the United States. My dad (Pramoth) got me started playing golf and I love it, Simsiriwong said. I definitely want to keep playing.

 

 

Hester out as New Hope baseball coach

Posted 6/14/2009 in High School Sports

Stacy Hester is still confused, and now he apparently is out of a job he loves. On Friday, Lowndes County School District Superintendent Mike Halford recommended Hester not be retained as New Hope High Schools baseball coach. None of the five school board members asked to have the issue of Hesters status pulled from the consent agenda, where it could have been up for an open vote. The board then voted 5-0 to accept Halfords recommendation.

 

 

New Hope's future in baseball uncertain

Posted 6/14/2009 in High School Sports

The blank Web page might be an omen for the New Hope High School baseball program. At 3 p.m. Saturday, the www.newhopebaseball.com page on the New Hope High sports and school booster site carried a message Nothing to See Here Move Along. The absence of any information on the baseball programs page comes after Lowndes County School District Superintendent Mike Halford recommended Friday that New Hope High baseball coach Stacy Hester not be retained after his at-will agreement ends June 30.

 

 

Starkville springer Tate on the run again

Posted 6/12/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE Starkville sprinter Tavaris Tate is used to living in the fast lane. On the track, it takes Tate seconds to run the 400 meters or his leg of the 4x400 relay. Off the track, Tates preparation and travel schedule keeps him on the go. Since helping Starkville High School to its second consecutive state championship, Tate has participated in the Atlanta-DeKalb International Prep Classic in Atlanta, Ga., and the Sports Authority Great Southwest Classic at Albuquerque, N.M.

 

 

MSU's Bowen, Hogue selected in major league draft

Posted 6/12/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Ron Polk gave Grant Hogue an opportunity to play baseball at Mississippi State. Hogue built on that chance this season for first-year coach John Cohen. After transferring from Pearl River Community College and having two productive seasons at MSU, Hogue will take his talents to the next level. The Houston Astros selected Hogue in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

 

 

Hamilton beats Starkville Academy in Dizzy Dean game

Posted 6/12/2009 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE The Hamilton High School Dizzy Dean baseball team used an Earnest effort Thursday to get a victory at Starkville Academy. Dylan Earnest had seven strikeouts and two hits and Ethan Earnest added two hits to help the Lions defeat the Volunteers 10-5. The umpires stopped the second game of the doubleheader in the third inning when a bank of outfield lights wouldnt come on. Baseball is a family affair at Hamilton with brothers Ethan and Austin Earnest and cousin Dylan Earnest.

 

 

Columbus blasts Starkville in pair of run-rule games

Posted 6/12/2009 in Local Sports

Mark Hysaw knows what the older player in the Columbus High School baseball program can do. Hysaw has coached rising seniors Avery Ford, Tyji Hawkins, and Josh Tentoni as they have moved through their middle school years into the twilight of their high school careers. Thats why Hysaw is excited to see what those players can do in their final go-around with the Falcons. Ford and his teammates continued their strong showing Thursday night with 16-6 and 14-4 five-inning victories against Starkville in Dizzy Dean action at Sammy Fletcher Field in Columbus.

 

 

Funk won't rreturn as coach at South Lamar

Posted 6/11/2009 in High School Sports

 

 

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