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Patience pays for West Point High's Forest

Posted 7/23/2015 in Local Columns

Patience. Of all the life lessons sports teaches, rarely does patience make the list. Football fans want to see high-scoring, "no huddle" offenses. Basketball fans want to see "up-tempo", 3-point oriented offensive attacks. Baseball and softball might do a better job teaching patience, but it is still a lesson not often highlighted at those venues. Most student-athletes learn patience on the recruiting trail. Many players verbally commit to a school and may not sign with that school for a year or two. Many players schedule dozens of unofficial visits in addition to the visits that fall under NCAA guidelines

More prep football questions as season draws closer

Posted 7/22/2015 in Local Columns

We are a little more than four weeks away from the start of prep football season. Many area schools will play preseason games Aug. 14 or 15 to prepare them for the Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools season openers the following weekend. As we count down the days, here are more questions to ponder as those first heat timeouts of the year draw near.

Walters column: Prep football questions abound

Posted 7/14/2015 in Local Columns

Prep football players are beginning to spend a few extra hours in the weight room.

Walters column: Prep football countdown begins with questions

Posted 7/7/2015 in Local Columns

With the countdown to the start of prep football practice now inside a month, it is time to turn serious about our discussions of the upcoming season.

Former NBA standout Outlaw continues to give back to Starkville

Posted 6/22/2015 in Local Columns

For a longtime player in the National Basketball Association, it might seem a little odd that three of Travis Outlaw's favorite days of the year take place at the Starkville Sportsplex. Outlaw will again serve as host for the The Elite "Travis Outlaw" Basic Skills and Fundamentals Basketball Camp on Tuesday through Thursday at the Outlaw Center at the Sportsplex. The camp is open to all age groups and will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $75 per person.

After another regional appearance, time for MSU softball to take next step

Posted 5/20/2015 in Local Columns

On the ride home from the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional, one had to think long and hard for the right words to sum up the Mississippi State softball team's season. The Bulldogs finished 36-21 after going 1-2 in the regional. Playing as the No. 3 seed, MSU beat No. 4 seed Weber State and dropped two hard-fought games to No. 2 seed Baylor.

MSU needs pitching depth to take next step

Posted 5/16/2015 in Local Columns

LAFAYETTE, La. The Mississippi State softball team found itself at the crossroads Saturday afternoon of another difficult NCAA tournament regional assignment. Playing in the Lafayette Regional, MSU lost to Baylor 8-4 on Friday night to open the four-team, double-elimination event. In the softball world, losing the first game of a regional makes advancing to the super regional next to impossible.

Walters: Questions, answers on local sports scene

Posted 4/2/2015 in Local Columns

Let's go to the mailbag and answer some recent questions.

Bulldogs spell change NCAA

Posted 3/19/2015 in Local Columns

Change is a constant in college basketball. Coaches getting fired, reassigned, or leaving one school for a "better" opportunity is only one side of the equation. On the other, you have players transferring to different schools because of a lack of playing time, a difference in opinion with a new coach, or a desire to play in a system they feel allows them to showcase their skills.

Minichino Column: MSU women now play waiting game

Posted 3/7/2015 in Local Columns

If you didn't know any better, you would have expected Vic Schaefer to strike a familiar pose, like when he isn't pleased with a call.

Minichino Column: Statement time arrives for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 3/5/2015 in Local Columns

Five months ago, expectations was the operative word associated with the Mississippi State women's basketball. With another nationally ranked recruiting class coming in, many expected MSU to build on a 22-14 season that saw it reach the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Don't let vote fool you, Vivians is first-team All-SEC

Posted 3/5/2015 in Local Columns

There was no sign of disappointment or anger in Vic Schaefer's voice Tuesday. When you're the coach of the No. 11 team in the country that has earned the No. 3 seed in the "biggest, baddest conference" in the nation, it's difficult not to have a rosy outlook as you move deeper into March.

Rankin has Aberdeen boys focused on state title

Posted 3/4/2015 in Local Columns

In the town of Aberdeen, basketball is a way of life. These days, the living is good. The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team is back in the running for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state championship. The Bulldogs (24-6) already have qualified for the Jackson proceedings and are three wins away from a title.

Minichino Column: Madness begins in February for bracket expert Creme

Posted 2/26/2015 in Local Columns

Mississippi State figures to hear its name called March 16 when the 64-team field for the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament is announced on ESPN.

Don't stop believin' MSU women will play host to NCAA tournament games

Posted 2/11/2015 in Local Columns

South Detroit is a long way from Starkville. But the cell phones that lit up Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday afternoon showed that all it takes is one classic song to bridge more than 800 miles.

Let's remember Shepherd in special way

Posted 2/3/2015 in Local Columns

Every city or town has them. The season or sport don't matter. Whether it is an umpire, a coach, an administrator, a scorekeeper, a manager, every city or town -- big and small -- has individuals who give of themselves to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Ole Miss-MSU rivalry will be thrilling for years to come

Posted 1/24/2015 in Local Columns

Rivalries are filled with perfunctory hand shakes and obligatory remarks that praise the opponent at the beginning of post-game news conferences. The hand shakes between coaches usually are the shortest and the comments typically have the most bubbling in between the lines when coaches are trying to establish dominance early in their tenures.

MSU women face key stretch this week

Posted 1/20/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team faces its biggest stretch of the season in the next seven days. At 19-2 and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference, MSU slipped three spots to No. 18 in this week's The Associated Press Top 25. The USA Today Top 25, which is voted on by the coaches, comes out today. MSU was ranked No. 18 in that poll last week and likely will slip a few spots following a 71-69 double-overtime loss to LSU on Thursday.

No. 14 MSU women continue to make history

Posted 1/6/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team's history-making season took another step forward Monday when it moved up three spots to No. 14 in The Associated Press' Top 25 poll.


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