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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.

 

COLUMN: Stansbury goes out to applause

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Applause greeted Rick Stansbury at 1:12 p.m. Thursday as he turned the corner into the lobby of the Bryan Building. The longtime Mississippi State men's basketball coach scanned the room and chided the supporters gathered for the announcement of his retirement for having long faces. "Cheer up. Smile. This is a happy day," Stansbury said.

Helpful advice from future wife plays key role in Schaefer's approach

Posted 3/14/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Coaches have been known for years to borrow or to tweak an aspect of one coaching style or strategy into their way of doing things. Sometimes, though, a coach needs a little more assistance in grasping the importance of a concept and incorporating it into their philosophy. Holly Davis was only too happy to provide that assistance to a friend who looked like he could use some help.

COLUMN: Stricklin pins high hopes on Schaefer

Posted 3/12/2012 in Local Columns

Scott Stricklin has more than 11 million reasons to hope Vic Schaefer is the right man.

MINICHINO COLUMN: Fanning-Otis loved teaching basketball

Posted 3/2/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Sharon Fanning-Otis wasn't one for euphemisms or pithy comments. Instead, the veteran coach was more likely to use her postgame comments to the media to break down the finer points of the game and highlight where her team excelled or fell short. True to her nature, Fanning-Otis was a teacher. She remained that way even in her next-to-last game as Mississippi State University women's basketball coach, a humbling 76-40 loss to the University of Kentucky.

Experienced final punch for SA girls

Posted 2/25/2012 in Local Columns

Forget 5-hour Energy. If you ever need a pick-me-up, try watching tapes of basketball teams scrambling all over the court in pressure defenses because they're bound to get your blood pumping. After playing more than 24 minutes of face-contorting, rim-busting basketball, the Starkville Academy girls basketball team turned to pressure defense Friday afternoon in a last-ditch effort to keep its hope for a Class AAA state title alive.

Turnovers really hurting cause for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 1/16/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- For much of the 2010-11 season, a familiar refrain prevented the Mississippi State University women's basketball team from finding its rhythm. Stuck between a lack of execution and experience and an inability to care for the basketball, MSU suffered its first losing season since the 2005-06 campaign and took a step back after making the program's first trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2009-10.

 

Resolve will help MSU piece it together

Posted 1/3/2012 in Local Columns

The pieces are in place. Rick Stansbury has repeated the thought that the 2011-12 Mississippi State University men's basketball team has greater versatility and depth than last season's team. On Saturday, MSU showcased another ingredient it will need to realize its potential: Resolve.

 

 

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