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Branch's message focuses on making right choices

Posted 9/14/2017 in Local Sports

Choices isn't just another word to Adrian Branch. To convey the impact of that word, Branch uses more colorful ones -- like sashaying and profilin' -- and eye-catching objects -- like his $10,000 1987 NBA championship ring from his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers -- to hold the attention of the students assembled in the Columbus High School gymnasium.

Timely pass helps Hughes win at The Mag

Posted 9/11/2017 in Local Sports

There's something special about Spencer Hughes' right foot. Car owner Randy Thompson feels Hughes' right foot is his greatest attribute. In just his third Super Late Model race Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Hughes showed again why Thompson selected him pilot his car.

 

MSU family assists in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Posted 9/8/2017 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Hunters Creek Village, Texas, was one of the lucky ones. On the western outskirts of Houston, the village had recently installed new drainage systems, as reported by The Houston Chronicle, and appeared to be positioned well geographically to avoid the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

Hughes feels at home in latest victory at Magnolia

Posted 9/4/2017 in Local Sports

For Spencer Hughes, his Street Stock car is "home."

 

Veteran Rickman still going strong in Street Stocks

Posted 9/1/2017 in Local Sports

There was a time when Eddie Rickman didn't know what he was doing with a race car. In the 1960s and '70s, before racing technology boomed and before Rickman became one of Mississippi's best Super Late Model drivers, he was still figuring out how to make a car go fast and handle better.

Breazeale uses new car to earn fourth win

Posted 8/28/2017 in Local Sports

It doesn't matter what kind of car David Breazeale brings to the track. He's a favorite to win wherever he goes. Breazeale debuted a new Rocket XR-1 car Saturday for the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series Super Late Model race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. He had one testing session Friday and didn't make any significant adjustments before Saturday's feature.

Rebuild helps put Hughes back behind wheel

Posted 8/25/2017 in Local Sports

It takes a lot of practice, a lot of luck, and a really good car to win a race. Ellie Hughes has been racing since she was 8 years old. She started out in go-karts, worked her way up to Hot Shots, and has been racing Factory Stocks for the last two years. The 16-year-old has had to rebuild cars after wrecks, but after her latest crash totaled her car at Whynot Motorsports Park a few weeks ago, Hughes' racing experience was tested unlike any other period.

 

Reality of first win sinking in for Atkins

Posted 8/21/2017 in Local Sports

The last week has been a whirlwind for Justin Atkins. Between being surprised at home by friends and doing a handful of radio and newspaper interviews, Atkins finally is getting time to savor the reality that he is a champion.

 

 

LeBrun eager for challenge of another Possum Town Triathlon

Posted 8/18/2017 in Local Sports

Chris LeBrun loves competition. When LeBrun started running 10 years ago, he immediately found something he loved. He soon found himself competing in longer and longer events, like the Boston Marathon and ultra marathons, which refer to any footrace longer than 26.2 miles.

 

 

Columbus' Atkins wins FLW title

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former New Hope High School, East Mississippi Community College, and Mississippi State fishing team member Justin Atkins landed a bag of 22 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to win the Fishing League Worldwide Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.

 

Winkles, Tomlin battle at The Bullring

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Sports

Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.

Pickard having success in Sportsman Division

Posted 8/11/2017 in Local Sports

Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.

Breazeale holds top line for win

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Sports

The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.

Barham returns to racing after totaling car

Posted 8/4/2017 in Local Sports

Craig Barham was out after the second roll. The Columbus native was running in the top 10 midway through the NeSmith Late Model race May 13 at Magnolia Motor Speedway when he entered turn one and didn't make it out of turn two. Barham's GRT car hit a rut and flipped three times. His car was totaled. He had two cracked ribs, a bruised back, and swollen knee. He was knocked out.

Hughes continues dominance at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 7/30/2017 in Local Sports

NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.

Starkville Little League All-Stars advance to two regional tournaments

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.

Hughes off to fast start in NeSmith Late Models series

Posted 7/27/2017 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes is about to reach the top of the ladder.

Starkville All-Stars roll to another state title

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

Along with sweltering heat, another certainty of the summer is success for the Starkville Little League All-Stars. The baseball team made up of 11- and 12-year-olds won their third-straight state tournament Thursday night with a 14-0, four-inning victory against Brookhaven at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg.

First round paves way for Logan to win Junior Amateur

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

A few pretty good weeks gave Hunter Logan a little confidence entering the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club earlier this week. Little did Logan know he was going to have a lot more confidence after the opening round.

 

Caledonia High's Hunter Logan wins Junior Amateur title

Posted 7/21/2017 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Caledonia High School's Hunter Logan shot a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to win the boys 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club.

 

 

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