WEST POINT -- Carl Middleton has seen weight training and conditioning evolve from doing three sets on the bench press and running wind sprints into something much bigger. As regional sales manager of Total Strength and Speed, which is based out of Columbia, South Carolina, Middleton works to educate coaches and student-athletes about how to use equipment and training methods to get the most out of their workouts. The company he works for also played an integral role in helping the West Point High School football team furnished the weight room in its new field house.
JACKSON -- Jesse Little played a big role in Starkville High's semifinal-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 3 tournament ... despite what his surname might suggest.
HOUSTON -- They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.
Jeremy Shaw knew about halfway through the 2016 race season that he was ready to take a step back.
HOUSTON -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott won a two-man race with teammate and running back Ezekiel Elliott on Saturday night to take The Associated Press' 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The Cowboys' fourth-round draft pick stepped in when quarterback Tony Romo was injured in the preseason and led Dallas to a 13-3 record, best in the NFC. He received plenty of help from his running back, Elliott, the fourth overall selection. Prescott brought Elliott onstage to share the moment.
Dak Prescott has won a two-man race with Dallas teammate Ezekiel Elliott to take the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, Pepsi and the NFL announced Friday, as determined by fan voting.
STARKVILLE -- Abby Phillips was pleasantly caught off guard. Phillips grew up playing soccer and earned a chance to play at the NCAA Division I level when she signed with Mississippi State. But an injury ended her playing career and forced her to make the transition from player to coach.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers didn't need another Hail Mary this time.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers has been unbeatable on a seven-game run that carried Green Bay to the divisional round.
When a group of friends formed the co-ed flag football team Foot Clan at Mississippi State in 2015, they didn't know what was in store. After going through the 2015 season without a quarterback, Foot Clan stuck together and was ready for the 2016 campaign. After winning the co-ed championship at MSU, Foot Clan won a National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional championship on Dec. 3-4 in Hattiesburg on the campus of Southern Mississippi. Foot Clan rode the momentum and lost 19-6 to Valdosta State's P-Rex squad in the NIRSA Flag Football National Championship game Jan. 8 in Pensacola, Florida.
Hopefully, each of you have had an enjoyable time with family and friends during the holiday season.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle and the Dallas Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.
Riley Hickman's "gamble" paid off. The Cleveland, Tennessee, native has plenty of experience racing at Magnolia Motor Speedway, where track conditions are relatively consistent. Tire choice for Saturday's Possum Town Grand Prix, though, wasn't as easy as it normally is, Hickman said. Hickman chose hard compound tires all the way around, while the majority of the field, including second-place finisher Chase Washington, chose soft tires. The result was a smooth run through all 100 laps, a win, and $10,000 for Hickman.
Jeremy Shaw has taken detailed notes of races in divisions in which he hasn't even competed this season.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- New backup, same result for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.
Chase Washington navigated Columbus Speedway as if he'd raced there last week - fast, smooth and dominant.
PITTSBURGH -- Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have little interest in the big picture. Yes, the rookies understand the Dallas Cowboys are on a historic roll. Just don't expect them to start thinking about what it all means.
It takes a village ... to restore a racetrack. Rod Taylor can't remember everyone who has shown up at Columbus Speedway to help paint, clean, or repair in an effort to prepare the track for its race Saturday, the first of the season after its indefinite closure earlier this year. But Taylor knows every area that has been addressed on a lengthy checklist.
Two new voices are coming to the radio waves in the Greater Golden Triangle area. Former Columbus Municipal School Board member Glenn Lautzenhiser and former local newsman Steve Rogers will co-host "Drive Time with Steve and the Professor" from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday on WNMQ-FM 103.1 The Team starting Monday, Nov. 28. The sports talk radio show will feature daily segments for listeners to call in and discuss local sports happenings, including news from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama as well as high school and national sports. The show also will include segments focused on sports history and sports trivia.
1. West Point's Edwards, Knight will go to EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Caledonia powerlifting team wins another region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. NHHS junior high softball program will play first games Thursday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Cold start dooms New Hope girls against Ridgeland HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women keep climbing higher, higher LOCAL COLUMNS