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Mullen wants offense to find rhythm early

Posted 10/6/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The rhythm of the Famous Maroon Band’s drum section doesn’t catch the attention of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen most on game day. When Mullen talks about rhythm he’s referring to the offense, especially early in games.



Curry shines on both sids of field for Pickens County

Posted 10/6/2009 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. — Scott Marchant has a dilemma. The Pickens County High School football coach has a talented quarterback to direct his team’s high-powered passing offense. The former defensive coordinator also has an athlete versatile enough to play a hybrid safety-linebacker position. Problem is, that player is Deion Curry.



MSU lineman Smith sees first game of career

Posted 10/5/2009 in College Sports



Starkville shakes off slow start to go 2-0 in region

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports



Falcons come close, but suffer fifth consecutive loss

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports



Central comes up game short of title

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports



Defense helps West Point beat New Hope in district matchup

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

Their jerseys are old school. The big, bold green numbers 30 and 66 on white jerseys stare down opponents. It’s simple and clean, even without the players’ names on the back of the jerseys. On Friday night, Jamal Petty and Vontarrius Dora made a statement wearing those numbers.



Magnolia Heights hands Heritage Academy another loss

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

It took about half a quarter for the Magnolia Heights football team to find the rhythm it last displayed in a 3-0 start to the season. After that, the Chiefs marched all over the Heritage Academy Patriots 45-14 to snap a three-game losing streak.



West Lowndes capitalizes on mistakes to beat Hamilton

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — The West Lowndes High School football team stopped a late surge by Hamilton Friday night en route to a 26-20 victory in its Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 opener. The Panthers (5-1) also snapped the Lions’ three-game winning streak.



Amory beats Caledonia for first victory

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

AMORY — Forest Williams used something Friday night he didn’t know he had. When the Amory High School sophomore quarterback broke through the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, he outran the Caledonia High School defense on his way to a 55-yard touchdown.



Aberdeen volleyball wins in first round of Class I tournament

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — It might be simplistic, but it all starts with the serve for the Aberdeen High School volleyball team. But when the Lady Bulldogs serve as well as they did Saturday, they’re bound to have success.



Pickens Academy rolls to victory on homecoming

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. — When Sam Pearson took over as head football coach at Pickens Academy, his goal was to return the program to its winning ways. The Pirates won five undefeated state championships in the late 90s but haven’t earned a title in 10 years, which is something Pearson hopes to change.



Passing defense concerns Mississippi State's Mullen

Posted 10/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt isn’t known for his passing ability. Yet Nesbitt torched the Mississippi State secondary for 266 yards in leading the Yellow Jackets to a 42-31 victory Saturday night. Case Keenum, the signal caller at the University of Houston, does have a reputation for throwing the football with success. On Saturday, Keenum was 51 of 76 for 536 yards and five touchdowns in Houston’s 58-41 loss to Texas-El Paso.



MSU baseball team postpones fall practice for a week

Posted 10/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State was supposed to begin fall baseball practice Friday. The mounds of dirt and the absence of sod at Dudy Noble Field altered those plans. As of Thursday, the work to cover the new and improved drainage and irrigation system at the home field of the Bulldogs hadn’t been completed.



Wannek scores to enable MSU soccer team to splash to tie

Posted 10/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Splishing, splashing, and sploshing aren’t typical ingredients of a soccer match. But Rachel Wannek has experienced enough of those moments to feel right at home playing in inclement weather. The freshman showed Sunday just how comfortable she is in bad weather and on soggy fields when she scored on a 25-yard free kick in the second half to help the Mississippi State women’s soccer team earn a 1-1 overtime tie against No. 8 South Carolina at the MSU Soccer Field.



Aberdeen's Love commits to play football at Mississippi State

Posted 10/5/2009 in High School Sports

Jamerson Love didn’t need another game to help him make his decision. The Aberdeen High School senior running back had already decided on a college before attending Mississippi State’s game against No. 25 Georgia Tech in Starkville on Saturday. All Love had to do then was wait to make his announcement. Georgia Tech’s 42-31 victory didn’t deter Love from informing MSU coach Dan Mullen that he wanted to make a verbal commitment to become a Bulldog.



Hamilton's Tucker has positive outlook on life, effect on kids

Posted 10/2/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — Change doesn’t faze Robert Herman Tucker. Whether it has been as a teacher, coach, or parent, Tucker has seen offenses and defense come and go. He has worked his share of jobs, including stints in the auto parts manufacturing business and in the insurance industry. He also has had his share of health issues, including a quintuple-bypass heart surgery last February.



Central Academy softball team meets Wayne in state playoffs

Posted 10/2/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — Marion Colvin didn’t back down. After playing four games at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A State tournament, Colvin didn’t have time to be tired — or nervous. The only thing Colvin thought about was beating Delta Academy. “Mr. Pres (Dawkins) said, ‘You have got the mound this game. Are you ready? I told him, ‘Yes sir,’ ” Colvin said. “I told him I was going to pitch my best and get us to state.”



Caledonia volleyball team benefits from working hard

Posted 10/2/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — Kara Von Kanel and Sunnie Rushing wondered if all of the work was worth it. Through the start of preseason in the summer and a season filled with long practices and work on fundamentals, the members of the Caledonia High School volleyball never really considered the payoff that would result from all of their hard work. But when the Lady Confederates started having fun and piling up the victories, they soon discovered why coach Samantha Brooks had put them through the paces earlier in the season.



Rain motivates Starkville High School football team

Posted 10/2/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Some high school football teams hate to practice in the rain. But the poor weather last week motivated the Starkville High School football team. Junior linebacker D.J. Jordan said it was hard to explain, but when it started raining the Yellow Jackets worked harder. “It hyped us up,” Jordan said. “We knew it was going to be wet on Friday, so we just went out and got the job done.”



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