STARKVILLE The Mississippi State women's basketball has been almost beyond reproach this season. In the process, the Bulldogs have matured from a hunter into the hunted. At No. 4 in the nation and preparing for a stretch run of six more regular-season games, MSU is at a point only a few imagined would be attainable when Vic Schaefer arrived prior to the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs are 23-1 and in second place in the Southeastern Conference with a 9-1 record. They have won 20-plus games four years in a row. They are on pace to improve their win total for the fourth-straight season and to secure a bid to the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season.
Saturday really can't come quick enough for Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman and her Bulldogs. Saturday marks the opening day of practice for the 2017 season. To borrow a phrase from president-elect Donald Trump, it's a "huge" season for the Bulldogs.
March is the best month of the year for prep basketball coaches. That is when the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) crown state champions.
The cheer rained down from the stands with 2 minutes, 22 seconds to go in the game.
West Point High School football players one after another said the same thing in the preseason interviews in August. The buzz words were "pride" and "tradition." The phrases included "long time coming" and "ready to win state."
This is Cam Akers' final opportunity. The Clinton High School senior, who many consider the state's top prep football player, will have a final chance to win a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state championship at 7 p.m. Friday when Clinton faces Pearl at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.
Twenty-four high school football teams will have one extra reason to say thanks today.
STARKVILLE LaToya Thomas was part of the first hey day of Mississippi State women's basketball. The Greenville product lit up scoreboards across the Southeastern Conference en route to a career in which she was a four-time Kodak All-American and led the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA tournament three times. But Thomas, who is MSU's all-time leading scorer with 2,981 points, never played before a crowd of more than 6,055 at Humphrey Coliseum. That's why it was so special for the three-time player of the year finalist to be back at the Hump on Sunday to see a crowd of 7,762 on hand to watch then-No. 10 MSU beat then-No. 8 Texas 79-68 before a national television audience on the SEC Network.
Almost all prep football coaches enjoy practicing on Thanksgiving Day. School isn't in session, so it usually involves a workout in the crisp, early morning air. After a couple of hours of work, teams usually will break and share a Thanksgiving meal. Booster clubs have been known to buy large numbers of turkeys to make the day complete.
East Mississippi Community College's season of redemption likely won't end with a national championship. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced the pairings for eight bowl games Tuesday. No. 3 EMCC (10-1) will face No. 13 Kilgore College (Texas) (6-4) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Mississippi Bowl.
SCOOBA State championship day is Saturday in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) football. East Mississippi Community College football players and coaches won't take the opportunity for granted when No. 3 EMCC (9-1) plays host to No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. (9-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba. EMCC beat Northwest Mississippi C.C. 51-32 on Oct. 15.
The countdown is on for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state championship weekend at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville. Columbus, West Point, Noxubee County, and West Lowndes will represent the area as state championship hopefuls. Each team must win three games to get to Starkville. As the temperatures drop, we know the football is going to heat up. In the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) playoffs, Heritage Academy is one win away from playing for a state title. Here is what to watch for in Week No. 13:
While it took longer than most expected, the Columbus High School football team finally passed the test.
Everyone has special memories. My four-year odyssey as a student at Mississippi State is highlighted by several of those moments, including a snow storm that delayed an algebra exam until 10 p.m. on a Saturday. It also includes the time my clothes were placed in the washing machine at Suttle Hall. Two hours later, someone dried my clothes, folded them, and placed them in my basket.
The final week of the regular season isn't complicated for the Columbus and Starkville high school football teams. Each squad needs a win to make the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs. Around the state, few regular-season games hold the drama of Starkville at Clinton and Hernando at Columbus.
When the prep football season started in August, Columbus and Starkville were both ranked in several statewide polls.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College women's basketball coach Sharon Thompson and men's basketball coach Billy Begley take pride in their school's football program. "They set the tone on campus for athletics," Thompson said. "They have shown what it takes to win national championships. A high-profile program like that helps grow the student base, but it also helps grow the other sports programs." While many on the EMCC campus are consumed by the No. 3 football team and its pursuit of a state and national championship, it is time for some basketball.
Under coach Randal Montgomery, the Columbus Falcons have made it a habit of playing big football games. Columbus now flirts with statewide rankings and region championships. Crowds have grown, and support is at an all-time high for the program. If you look closely, the Columbus junior high teams were dominant this year. While a huge senior class will graduate this year, there is plenty of reasons to believe the success will continue.
We have now hit the stretch run for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) football for the 2016 season.
A year older and wiser with all of its pieces back is an enviable position to be in. Debbie Antonelli doesn't need nearly 30 years experience as a college basketball television analyst and commentator to know experience and depth have pushed the 2016-17 Mississippi State women's basketball team into the top 15 of all of the preseason rankings.
1. Putt leads Heritage Academy to come-from-behind victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Fitzgerald leads No. 17 MSU back to Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Mitchell joins MSU's 'scooter gang' COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Christmann makes most of his opportunity vs. Tigers COLLEGE SPORTS