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Walters Column: Perkins still gets thrill in coaching for a championship

Posted 11/6/2013 in Local Columns

For Ray Perkins, it has always been about seeing a player or group of players find success.

Hamilton extends dynasty with seventh slow-pitch title

Posted 10/30/2013 in Local Columns

For the past 15 years or so, the future of slow-pitch softball as a Mississippi High School Activities Association sanctioned sport has been debated.

Columbus will rely on its defense to get back to playoffs

Posted 10/23/2013 in Local Columns

What a strange football season this has been for Columbus High School.

Walters Column: Crawford remains calm as uncertainty looms in Maben

Posted 10/8/2013 in Local Columns

West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Danny Crawford begins a bus route each school morning around 5:50 a.m.

Early promise turns into disappointment in rout

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

Entering Saturday's game against No. 10 LSU, Mississippi State's defense was a source of optimism. The Bulldogs were ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and third in pass defense. They can't say that anymore.

Minichino Column: MSU women's basketball takes step forward

Posted 9/24/2013 in Local Columns

LaToya Thomas and Tan White have become synonymous with Mississippi State women's basketball.

Walters Column: Change in weather means time to talk football playoffs

Posted 9/17/2013 in Local Columns

At the official one-third mark of the Mississippi High School Activities Association prep football regular season, some observations can be made.

Walters Column: New Hope ready to from learning how to win to winning

Posted 9/10/2013 in Local Columns

When New Hope High School hired its latest football coach -- Shawn Gregory back in March -- they wanted someone familiar with the program.

Victory doesn't prove a lot about MSU

Posted 9/8/2013 in Local Columns

For Mississippi State University football fans, it must be tempting to look at all that transpired Saturday in a 51-7 victory against Alcorn State University and pronounce MSU is fully recovered from last week's disappointing opener.

Those were (are?) the good old days

Posted 6/14/2013 in Local Columns

Things are never the same when you go home after being away for a number of years. Somehow, things seem smaller, less vivid than the images preserved in memory.

Getman's work in Hoover helps soccer's growth

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Getman gets it. As the de facto ambassador for Division I men's soccer in this part of the country, the University of Alabama at Birmingham coach couldn't help but smile. His work was done. He and a crowd of 9,242 had just watched Indiana University defeat Georgetown University 1-0 to win the Men's College Cup at Regions Park.

Tigers, Jackets get top billing

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

JACKSON -- Energy and effort transformed into joy twice Saturday for Greater Golden Triangle football teams.

Next steps could help transform MSU soccer

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- One counter attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, the Mississippi State University women's soccer team tried to become a program that did more than bunker in and absorb pressure. While MSU had admirable success in non-conference games, it often opted to play a more defensive style against Southeastern Conference opponents. That brand of soccer is what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt gave his team its best chance to be successful.

Punitive measures aren't answer for Oktibbeha schools

Posted 11/3/2012 in Local Columns

Apparently punitive remedies are the only ones that work for the Mississippi Department of Education.

 

Turning pain into character: West Oktibbeha trying to stay strong after ban

Posted 11/2/2012 in Local Columns

Adam Lowrey has watched helplessly as a program he spent five years building has started to fall apart around him.

 

 

Using different lures will help anglers in summer

Posted 7/12/2012 in Local Columns

The summer heat is here. These are times to devise a game plan to catch fish. More than one rod is the best way for a weekend angler to enjoy his or her time on the water without spending the day cutting off lures and tying on several others.

 

All-Stars make final night of tournament play fun

Posted 7/10/2012 in Local Columns

Perfection is a matter of opinion.

Ask Rufus: From Cordials to Kool-Aid

Posted 4/21/2012 in Local Columns

As warm weather arrives people in the South turn their thoughts to their favorite beverages.

Checking perceptions will be key for Ray

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Columns

Even though Rick Stansbury hadn't been a head coach when he was hired to replace Richard Williams as head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, the perception was he was ready to take the next step.

 

Good, bad about Alabama rigs

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

There is a hot new bait out on the market in bass fishing. The Alabama rig, an umbrella rig that has five wires with swivels attached, allows an angler to attach five baits to the rig and to fish on a single cast. Designed and sold by Andy Poss, he took the idea from the saltwater fishermen who use umbrella rigs to run teaser lures behind the boat while trolling to get the attention of saltwater fish such as marlin and tuna.

 

 

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