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West Point's running game hitting its stride

Posted 10/4/2017 in Local Columns

A year ago, West Point High School football team had a chance to have the best running back tandem in the state with juniors Marcus Murphy and Chris Calvert.


MSU needs to find explosive plays for spark

Posted 10/3/2017 in Local Columns

Football coaches are known to harp on the little things, even when they don't define them. That was the case for Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen Saturday night after a 49-10 loss to then-No. 13 Auburn. He said more than once that MSU failed to do "the little things you need to win on the road," but other than penalties he didn't name any of those things.


MSU women face bigger bull's eye entering season

Posted 10/1/2017 in Local Columns

Nearly everything has worked out like Vic Schaefer thought it would. When he was hired to replace Sharon Fanning-Otis as Mississippi State's women's basketball coach in March 2012, Schaefer talked about building a program. He discussed the initial "sense" he and his wife, Holly, had that there was a hunger on campus and in the state to create a title contender in a sport that hadn't attracted much attention or been consistently competitive in the Southeastern Conference.

Columbus, Starkville look for fast starts in region openers

Posted 9/20/2017 in Local Columns

Well friends, we are here. Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) region play begins Friday for Class 6A football teams. We will know in the next seven weeks if Columbus will make consecutive playoff appearances and if Starkville will return to the postseason after a one-year absence.

Slimantics: MSU's latest success looks familiar

Posted 9/17/2017 in Local Columns

This is beginning to look familiar, isn't it? The Mississippi State football team flipped the script again against LSU and suddenly a team nobody thought very much of seems to have no limitations.

Columbus looking for victory in home opener

Posted 9/13/2017 in Local Columns

The Columbus High School football team will play host to Vicksburg in a big game Friday night. It won't be a win-or-go-home scenario like in the playoffs. It isn't a region game, either, so the result likely won't impact either team's bid to make the playoffs.

Renewal of Columbus-Starkville rivalry good for both sides

Posted 9/7/2017 in Local Columns

The on-again, off-again rivalry will be on again Friday night when the Columbus High School football team takes on Starkville at 7 p.m. Friday. The teams have had a hard time finding a spot for each other on their schedules when they're not playing a region game. However, common sense has prevailed and the teams will renew a rivalry that saw Starkville win 35-13 in 2013 and 43-0 in 2014. Those games were played as rivals in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2.

West Point flying high at 3-0

Posted 9/6/2017 in Local Columns

The quest for a repeat state championship is a fascinating challenge. Whether the school is a traditional power or a newcomer to championship honors, it seems like each one takes a different path when trying to win a second-straight state championship.

Simmons in middle of MSU's dominating defensive day

Posted 9/3/2017 in Local Columns

It would be premature to say the Mississippi State football team will have a dominant defense this season based on its performance Saturday in a season-opening 49-0 victory against Charleston Southern, a Football Championship Subdivision team that was playing out of its league.

Walters column: Dominant victory over Columbus pleases Noxubee County's Shorter

Posted 8/29/2017 in Local Columns

Seconds after Noxubee County knocked off Columbus 34-9 Friday night in Macon, Noxubee County head coach Tyrone Shorter uttered the phrase the rest of Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A doesn't want to hear.

Stephens, No. 2 EMCC face big season

Posted 8/29/2017 in Local Columns

The East Mississippi Community College football team's season opener against Jones County Junior College on Thursday night will kick off arguably the program's biggest season.

Walters column: Area teams make statements in opening week

Posted 8/22/2017 in Local Columns

Typically, the first week of the regular season is not full of a lot of quality matchups.

A son's actions make his father proud

Posted 8/21/2017 in Local Columns

Phil Atkins couldn't have been prouder. Seeing your son accomplish a first is one thing, but watching him handle the moment with the class and dignity of a sportsman is another.

First games will answer questions about prep teams

Posted 8/16/2017 in Local Columns

We have finally arrived at the opening weekend for football teams in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).

Walters column: Celebrating six years with The Dispatch

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

As this newspaper hits your yard or perhaps is pulled from a rack, it's time to celebrate another milestone.

West Point shows it's ready to go

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

While it does little good to overanalyze last weekend's play at the New Hope Jamboree, the good news is the prep football season is here.

Behind scenes work helps New Hope Jamboree grow into state's best preseason event

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Aimee Bradley stopped to do an interview discussing the New Hope Jamboree. The eight-game high school football preseason event was held Friday and Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Bradley, the New Hope High School booster club vice president, has helped oversee the event the last five years.

Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 5

Posted 8/8/2017 in Local Columns

Well, we have finally arrived at game week, sort of.

Walters column: Prep schedule full of great games

Posted 8/7/2017 in Local Columns

Game week has finally arrived with practice games set for both the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) this weekend.

Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 4

Posted 8/1/2017 in Local Columns

By now, you know what we do on Wednesdays. Let's get it.


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