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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.

MSU overcomes lack of enthusiasm, focus to beat UMass

Posted 11/5/2017 in Local Columns

It is the custom for the team that has Alabama on its schedule the next week to be serenaded by its fans as soon as that day's opponent has been defeated. The chorus of "We want Bama!" usually echoes through stadiums the week before teams play the Crimson Tide. That chant didn't sweep through Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday.

Schaefer will try to make it work again in 2017-18

Posted 11/3/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Eight is the magic number for the Mississippi State women's basketball team in 2017-18. Sure, coach Vic Schaefer's team is going to feel the effects of the graduation losses of Ketara Chapel, Dominique Dillingham, Chinwe Okorie, and Breanna Richardson. Those players were responsible for creating an identity that has packed Humphrey Coliseum the last four seasons and has helped raise MSU from an also-ran in the Southeastern Conference to one of the nation's top programs.

Walters column: King, Falcons play final game Friday

Posted 10/31/2017 in Local Columns

There was a little fear and anticipation.

Defense returns to form against Kentucky

Posted 10/22/2017 in Local Columns

Late on the evening of Sept. 30, the Mississippi State football team's defense slithered off the field, after allowing 80 points and more than 900 yards in trips to Georgia and Auburn.

EMCC has competition for MACJC title

Posted 10/19/2017 in Local Columns

The tide had been building. Members of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) had been waiting to see when -- or if -- someone would knock the East Mississippi Community College football team from the top perch.

Walters column: Region races in clear focus as regular season winds down

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

With our first official burst of fall weather ongoing, that means the prep football season is beginning to wind down.


Hudson column: Howland looks for experience to pay dividends this season

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

At the lowest of times, it was a statement of the unfortunate fact; in others, it was reason for optimism for the future. In either case, every time Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said it -- and he said it often -- it was true.


MSU women make history before playing a minute

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season. That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

A-Train rolls again as Bulldogs pound Cougars

Posted 10/14/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE With 7 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game Saturday afternoon, Aeris Williams took a handoff from Nick Fitzgerald, ran right, and disappeared without fear or hesitation into a ton of writhing mass before plunging into the end zone for a 6-yard score, the final touchdown in the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU.

No. 1 EMCC has to regroup to realize its goals

Posted 10/13/2017 in Local Columns

Simply stunning. East Mississippi Community College quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. was gracious in accepting the interview. He said all the correct things, like he always does. Still, one could tell he wasn't sure what had just happened.

Walters column: Showdown Friday is here for Golden Triangle area

Posted 10/10/2017 in Local Columns

If ESPN was in charge of this weekend's area high school football slate, the hype would already be in overdrive.

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.


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