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Minichino column: Schaefer makes championship prediction come true

Posted 3/1/2018 in Local Columns

Vic Schaefer talked about winning championship when he arrived in Starkville in 2012.

Plenty of local flavor at basketball tournaments in Jackson

Posted 3/1/2018 in Local Columns

Hundreds of players and coaches began the season with a dream of playing in the Big House. Longtime home of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) State tournament, the old arena holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Vivians, Schaefer are right choices for top SEC honors

Posted 2/26/2018 in Local Columns

The gauntlet is nearly over. Let the selling begin. As teams wind down their regular seasons and prepare for their conference tournaments, you can count on coaches around the country to start pitching their players for all-league honors.

Minichino column: MSU women look to continue historic march at Vanderbilt

Posted 2/14/2018 in Local Columns

It says something about Vic Schaefer when the Mississippi State women's basketball coach claims to have shown more emotion at times than his players.

Minichino column: Things falling into place for No. 2 Bulldogs

Posted 2/7/2018 in Local Columns

Echoes reverberate after games like this.

Minichino column: No. 2 MSU controls destiny as it hits home stretch of schedule

Posted 1/29/2018 in Local Columns

There are going to be a lot of numbers thrown around in the next two months as the regular season winds down and teams prepare for conference tournaments and the Big Dance.

Stuedeman targets return to NCAA tournament regionals for MSU

Posted 1/25/2018 in Local Columns

Preseason rankings don't faze Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman. When the preseason Southeastern Conference coaches poll was released last week, MSU was picked to finish last in the 13-team league.

Challenge for MSU fans is to pack the Hump

Posted 1/24/2018 in Local Columns

It's down to five. Through 20 games, the Mississippi State women's basketball team has displayed all of the qualities to make another run at a national title. The Bulldogs have done it in front of hostile crowds on the road, small crowds in Mexico and in Las Vegas, and before packed houses at Humphrey Coliseum.

Minichino column: MSU women stay true to formula in road win

Posted 1/3/2018 in Local Columns

Each day brings another source of pride for Vic Schaefer.

Vivians has raised her level to help push No. 5 MSU to 13-0

Posted 12/23/2017 in Local Columns

Victoria Vivians has accepted the mission. On April 4, two days after the Mississippi State women's basketball team lost to South Carolina in the national title game, The Dispatch ran a story with the headline "MSU's next challenge is to raise bar higher." In the column, a number of areas were highlighted as keys for coach Vic Schaefer's team to build on the momentum from its program-record 34-win season, its first trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament, and its victory against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut in the national semifinals.

MSU, USM will help softball grow in state of Mississippi

Posted 12/21/2017 in Local Columns

Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman believes her mission is to help grow the sport of softball in and around the state of Mississippi. If the sport develops at the youth and high school levels, Stuedeman feels like her program will be able to compete at a higher level nationally.

Minichino column: Bulldogs face critical week in Las Vegas

Posted 12/18/2017 in Local Columns

Vic Schaefer knows what he is doing.

MSU's grass roots efforts continue to build following

Posted 12/11/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE John Cohen scanned the Humphrey Coliseum basketball court as he talked and liked what he saw. The Mississippi State Director of Athletics had just watched coach Vic Schaefer's women's basketball team improve to 9-0 with an 86-48 victory against Little Rock. As he talked about the grass roots work Schaefer, his coaches, his players, and the school have done to raise the profile of the program, the MSU players were mingling with friends and fans after the game. Pictures and selfies were being taken. Hugs and handshakes were being shared. Conversations about the latest game, exams, and the upcoming game against Oregon were happening.

Noxubee County, West Point cap memorable seasons with titles

Posted 12/5/2017 in Local Columns

OXFORD "We score, we win." L.C. Clemmons' message to his Noxubee County High School football teammates was simple. With the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title game tied at 35 with 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, the Tigers had destiny in their hands.

Local teams dominate state title matchups

Posted 11/30/2017 in Local Columns

What started in the long, summer hours of July will end this weekend at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is ready to close the 2017 football season with six state championship games on Friday and Saturday in Oxford.

Rematches dominate local playoff schedule

Posted 11/22/2017 in Local Columns

Many football fans don't like rematches. It's best when two teams play each other one time per season. The disdain for rematches only intensifies when it looks like a rivalry game will be played for the second time in a season.

Walters column: West Point, Noxubee County, Starkville in familiar territory

Posted 11/21/2017 in Local Columns

Many of you will be sitting down with family members for a Thanksgiving feast Thursday.

Bulldogs hope to stay at top after run to national title game

Posted 11/11/2017 in Local Columns

Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State women's basketball program have been in the news just about every day for the last month. That's bound to happen when you knock off four-time reigning national champion Connecticut as part of a school-record 34-win season and the program's first trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

Walters column: EMCC offense right on pace entering state championship game

Posted 11/8/2017 in Local Columns

Each season, a lot of critical football news is lost during the offseason shuffle.

Shock hits after learning about Montgomery's firing

Posted 11/8/2017 in Local Columns

The phone call came as a shock. The disappointment in the caller's voice was palpable. Randal Montgomery had placed the call to pass on the news he no longer was the head football coach at Columbus High School. He said he was out after four seasons because officials with the school district told him "they wanted to go in another direction." It remains to be seen what direction that is and who will try to steer the program in that direction.


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