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Better late than never for champs

Posted 10/20/2009 in Local Columns

There’s only one thing better than winning a North State championship. The Hamilton and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams experienced that feeling Saturday at the V.A. Fields in Jackson when they won the Class 2A and Class 5A championships, respectively.

 

Fishing in Mississippi is as good as anywhere

Posted 8/31/2009 in Local Columns

Mississippi has some of the best fishing waters anywhere in the South. If you ask most weekend anglers, they stick with the water areas close to home. The fact is an angler can plan a day trip and fish most any body of water Mississippi offers.

 

SEC Media Days get to the filet mignon of its meetings

Posted 7/24/2009 in Local Columns

If day one of the Southeastern Conference Media Days was an appetizer, the filet mignon served Thursday was a treat. Four of the SEC’s heavy hitters — Georgia’s Mark Richt, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt, and Florida’s Urban Meyer — were on hand to give their appraisals of the upcoming 2009 season. Each coach had a hot topic item to address, and the four programs should be the most interesting ones this season in the rough and tumble SEC.

Watching Columbus Nationals celebrate was refreshing

Posted 7/10/2009 in Local Columns

The victory lap just might be the precursor to the dogpile. That thought popped into my head Wednesday night as members of the Columbus Nationals 10-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team followed each other on a run around the bases at Patterson Field at Propst Park. The team had just received their medals following a 13-3 victory against Clinton that helped it clinch the South Half state title. The scene made me smile.

 

Ridgeland Titans definitely a team to remember

Posted 6/30/2009 in Local Columns

Remember the Titans? It’s hard to forget the Ridgeland High School version. For the second consecutive year, the Ridgeland Titans won the Dizzy Dean High School World Series. The Titans defeated Kosciusko 6-1 on Monday at New Hope High School’s Trojan Field to repeat as champions. The thing that seems to make Ridgeland click more than anything else is teamwork.

 

 

Words were appropriate at Foster's memorial service

Posted 6/17/2009 in Local Columns

There wasn’t much more one could add to what was expressed Tuesday at a memorial service for Don Foster at the Starkville Sportsplex. Foster, the former sports editor of The Starkville Daily News, was a friend to many people, and I’m fortunate to be one of them. Don died June 8 at his West Point home. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt, Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle, and former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton were the main speakers and couldn’t have done a better job in recalling memories of Don. Their words were heartfelt and sincere.

 

Hester doesn't seem to get a fair shake

Posted 6/15/2009 in Local Columns

Politics and coaching don’t mix. Stacy Hester followed that credo in his dealings with parents, administrators, and players. Sometimes it got him into trouble. Players left his program because they didn’t like playing for him. Parents thought Hester to be arrogant or unyielding in how he dealt with them or with their children. But through it all Hester established a standard of excellence. His teams won 551 games and three state titles his 18 years as New Hope High School’s baseball coach.

 

Southeastern Conference may look into baseball tournament format

Posted 5/24/2009 in Local Columns

The Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament has been known to be one of the best college tournaments in the country. Sometimes the fans are put in tough situations to see it all. The SEC attempts to play four games per day the first, second and fourth rounds of the tournament and sometimes the final game lasts well into the next morning. Take Wednesday for example.

 

 

Varnado advised to remain at Mississippi State

Posted 4/29/2009 in Local Columns

Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado may not be able to get much bigger, but he can get better. That’s why another season at Mississippi State would benefit the two-time Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Varnado announced Monday that he was making himself eligible for early entry into the NBA Draft. He has until June 15 to decide if it is in his best interest.

 

Sportsplex will bring downtown together

Posted 4/2/2009 in Local Columns

Sports play a lot of roles in our society. Whether it’s basketball or soccer or baseball or football, to name just a few, sports bring communities together. They unite people of different backgrounds and ages behind a school or a team. Sports also bring people together at one location.

 

MSU's McPhee impressive in practice

Posted 3/29/2009 in Local Columns

Defensive lineman Pernell McPhee has looked like a man among boys the first three days of Mississippi State spring football practice. McPhee’s 6-4, 270-pound frame was impressive enough without pads, but when the Bulldogs put them on for the first time Saturday, he really had the appearance of a giant. The former Itawamba Community College player, from Pahokee, Fla., could probably play in the National Football League right now. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is glad to have him on his side, even if it’s only for two seasons.

 

Lady Bulldogs set bar higher for next season

Posted 3/27/2009 in Local Columns

The bar has been set higher. The Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s mission for the 2009-10 season is to live up to those standards. “It will be up to them,” MSU coach Sharon Fanning said Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs will begin individual workouts next week that they hope will help set the tone for next season. That season has the potential to be the best in the program’s history, not just in victories but in the deepest move into the NCAA tournament.

MSU looks to respond to another challenge

Posted 3/23/2009 in Local Columns

Sharon Fanning has talked all season about responding to challenges. The Mississippi State women’s basketball team discovered Saturday there was no better time than tied at 59 with less than two minutes remaining in its first NCAA tournament game in six years to punch back. The Lady Bulldogs delivered a knockout blow many have been waiting for all season.

MSU to learn destination

Posted 3/16/2009 in Local Columns

The destination is ... The Mississippi State women’s basketball team hasn’t faced much drama the past five years in March, This year is different. The only drama the Lady Bulldogs will face tonight is discovering where they will play their first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bulldogs will gather at 6 tonight at the Templeton Athletic Academic Center to watch the NCAA women’s basketball tournament selection show on ESPN. At 22-9, MSU has its most victories since the 2002-03 season, the last time it advanced to the NCAA tournament.

 

First woman competes in Bassmaster Classic

Posted 2/22/2009 in Local Columns

 

Rivalry will add to Madness

Posted 2/10/2009 in Local Columns

Madness doesn’t officially begin for another month, but it is never too early to start crunching the numbers. By nearly every indicator, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has done enough to put itself squarely on the bubble for NCAA tournament consideration.

Johnson hopes to get attention for his driving

Posted 1/30/2009 in Local Columns

Monikers like “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Rocket,” and “The Human Highlight Film” captured the grandiosity and the explosiveness of each of their owners.

 

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