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Hickman's 'gamble' pays off in victory

Posted 11/28/2016 in Local Sports

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.

 

Possum Town Grand Prix set for this weekend

Posted 11/23/2016 in Local Sports

Jeremy Shaw has taken detailed notes of races in divisions in which he hasn't even competed this season.

 

Prescott, Cowboys win ninth straight

Posted 11/20/2016 in Local Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- New backup, same result for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Washington excels at return to Columbus Speedway

Posted 11/13/2016 in Local Sports

Chase Washington navigated Columbus Speedway as if he'd raced there last week - fast, smooth and dominant.

Prescott, Cowboys win thriller over Steelers

Posted 11/13/2016 in Local Sports

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.

Action returns to Columbus Speedway on Saturday

Posted 11/11/2016 in Local Sports

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.

 

New local sports talk show coming to air waves

Posted 11/10/2016 in Local Sports

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.

 

Caledonia's Darling signs with Itawamba C.C. in golf

Posted 11/1/2016 in Local Sports

CALEDONIA -- Dylan Darling doesn't recall everything that happened when he was a middle schooler.

 

Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway will host races in 2016 after all.

 

Brian Rickman wins State Series championship

Posted 10/16/2016 in Local Sports

Brian Rickman has had a familiar mantra toward the end of each Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series season: avoid bad luck. In recent seasons, one bad finish, whether caused by mechanical failure or a driver error on the track, has wiped out his chances to clinch the points title and join brother Rick and father Eddie as State Series champions.

15-year-old Hughes wins Falls 40 Street Stocks race

Posted 10/9/2016 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes still hasn't slowed down.

 

Prescott, Cowboys move to 4-1 with home win over Bengals

Posted 10/9/2016 in Local Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- These rookie-led Dallas Cowboys keep winning without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

 

Hughes leads field looking for big payday at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 10/7/2016 in Local Sports

Tires, fuel, new shocks -- $5,000 can go a long way toward upgrading a Street Stock racing program. The winner of the Fall 40 Street Stock Championship on Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway will get a chance to figure out how to spend that money.

 

Prescott, Cowboys beat 49ers for third straight win

Posted 10/2/2016 in Local Sports

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- With Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and two starting offensive linemen out injured, Dallas turned things over to a pair of talented rookies who have the Cowboys playing mistake-free football.

 

 

Madden wins Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/25/2016 in Local Sports

Chris Madden had raced just once at Magnolia Motor Speedway prior to the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 Saturday.

 

 

Bronson dominates NeSmith Crate race

Posted 9/25/2016 in Local Sports

Kyle Bronson turned his Super Late Model disappointment into a NeSmith Crate Late Model win Saturday at the Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

 

Hughes clinches 2016 NeSmith Street Stocks National Championship

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Sports

It didn't take long for Spencer Hughes and his race team to know the 2016 season would be special. In fact, they knew something was brewing before the 2015 season ended.

Columbus' Knight will try to qualify for Saturday's Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/23/2016 in Local Sports

One might think Shay Knight is struggling. He has had two DNFs in features and one in a heat race in his last three appearances at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Still, that hasn't been enough to discourage the Lowndes County native who, in his first full season racing Super Late Models, feels like his team is performing at its best level of the year. His reasoning is tangible: He's been fast, albeit unlucky.

 

West Point's Burris returns home with gold medal

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Sports

Being one of the best in the world has its perks. For West Point's John Burris, the hard work that went into helping the United States' 35+ Water Ski Team win the gold medal at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships this past weekend at the Sesena Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, gave him an opportunity few people realize.

 

New Hope's Sanders Jr. used to success on motorcycle

Posted 9/16/2016 in Local Sports

Roderick Sanders Jr. first drove a four-wheeler at the age of 3. He learned to ride a dirt bike three years later. When Sanders Jr. was 7 years old, his grandfather, Doug Frierson, built him a drag bike. He hasn't gotten off the bike since.

 

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