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Rickmans sit atop Super Late Models points race

Posted 8/26/2016 in Local Sports

Brian and Rick Rickman are in familiar territory. Nearly two-thirds of the way through the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series, the brothers, who are Super Late Model veterans and New Hope natives, sit comfortably atop the points standings. Brian leads Rick by 35 points. Can they stay there? Can either win their first State Series points title in the modern era?

Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp

Posted 8/23/2016 in Local Sports

Former Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott continues to shine at Dallas Cowboys training camp.

Pompelia sees long wait end at Possum Town Triahtlon

Posted 8/20/2016 in Local Sports

It took four years of trying, but Meridian native Tyson Pompelia finally took home a victory in the fifth-annual Possum Town Triathlon held near the Columbus Lock and Dam.

Addictive nature of triathlons has Pompelia in grasp

Posted 8/19/2016 in Local Sports

Tyson Pompelia never considered he had an addictive personality. But the 36-year-old Meridian native quickly discovered he was like so many other athletes who became addicted to sprint triathlons and triathlons after he competed in his first event.

Washington wins again at Magnolia

Posted 8/15/2016 in Local Sports

Chase Washington has raced in half of the races at Magnolia Motor Speedway this season. But when he shows up, there's a 50 percent chance he'll win the NeSmith Crate Late Model feature race. After Washington started fifth in the Highway 45 Crate Late Model Throwdown on Saturday at Magnolia, he passed Jeremy Shaw for the lead on lap nine to win his third race at the track this season.

 

Family support key for Carroll

Posted 8/12/2016 in Local Sports

If it weren't for family members, many dirt track racers wouldn't compete each weekend. From funding to helping in the pits, it takes a lot of want-to from brothers, cousins, wives, and parents to make a team go. Family and friends often are the first ones drivers mention when they're asked about their accomplishments.

 

Starkville Little League all-stars enjoy run at region tournament

Posted 8/9/2016 in Local Sports

Starkville Little League knew what to expect in their return trip to Waco, Texas, for the Southwest Regional of the Little League World Series.

Marsh capitalizes on Ellis' misfortune

Posted 8/8/2016 in Local Sports

Evan Ellis had a tough decision Saturday with seven laps to go in the NeSmith Late Model race at Magnolia Motor Speedway. As he approached lap traffic, he could lay back and hope his multi-second lead over Bryant Marsh would hold, or he could work to get around lap cars. Ellis chose to push around the traffic, a decision that would led to an exit from the race and a win for Marsh.

Sheedy learning as he goes

Posted 8/5/2016 in Local Sports

FRENCH CAMP -- Shelby Sheedy doesn't mind a deliberate approach to racing. After all, he still is a relative newcomer to late model racing. The French Camp native, who is in his third season of Crate Late Models, has been racing since 2010. His four career feature wins came in 2013 in the Mini Stocks division.

 

Former MSU RB Robinson arrested

Posted 7/25/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Former Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday morning, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office.

 

Drivers making case for 602 Late Models

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Sports

"If you build it, they will come." The famous line from the movie "Field of Dreams" can describe the 602 Late Model division at Magnolia Motor Speedway, only in reverse; drivers hope if they show up consistently, the track will add the division on a full-time basis.

East Coast Baseball team wins title

Posted 7/23/2016 in Local Sports

It's difficult to fathom the lengths a team has to go to win a championship when it has to compete against 343 others from across the country. But Eric Dubose, Joe Caruso, Thomas Wilson, and their East Coast Sox Diamond 16-and-under baseball team didn't focus on the enormity of the challenge they faced earlier this month.

Hickman misses pileup, holds on for win at Magnolia

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Sports

Riley Hickman avoided "the big one" and clinched his second Southern All-Stars Super Late Model win of the season Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Hickman narrowly missed a lap seven pileup that claimed then-leader Wendell Wallace and two others, including eventual race runner-up Jack Sullivan, who said his spoiler was knocked off and his quarter panel was knocked in because of the wreck.

 

Pearl's move on final lap lead to win

Posted 7/18/2016 in Local Sports

Grant Pearl had grown tired of second place. The Anniston, Alabama, native and NeSmith Crate Late Models regular had finished second three times in as many races entering action Saturday night, including a second-place finish to Evan Ellis two weeks ago at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

 

Taylor gets back into racing with help of Leverette

Posted 7/15/2016 in Local Sports

At the age of 6, Terry Taylor could barely see over the windshield of his junior dragster. "I had to sit on a Hulk Hogan wrestling dummy," Taylor said, "but we made it work."

Ray hopes to build on first victory of season

Posted 7/8/2016 in Local Sports

Lee Ray, much like the rest of the Street Stocks drivers in the state of Mississippi, chased 15-year-old Spencer Hughes through the first half of the season. The queue behind Hughes, who has won 11 races this season, had a handful of familiar names, like Ray and Justin McRee. Hughes and McRee had dominated Magnolia Motor Speedway entering last weekend's feature, winning all seven races at the track this season.

Patience pays off for Rickman at Magnolia

Posted 7/5/2016 in Local Sports

Rick Rickman had been waiting for weeks for a bounce to go his way. Whether it was a flat tire that ruined a race in which he was leading or a random part coming loose on his No. 86 Advanced Logistics Super Late Model car, Rickman and his team needed a morale boost entering the Comp Cams feature Sunday at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

Hughes will try to continue winning ways

Posted 7/2/2016 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes' runner-up finish to Ronald Dunn at the Clash at Magnolia Motor Speedway proved the 15-year-old Meridian native isn't invincible at the venue. Until the June 18 race, Hughes had won four-straight Street Stocks races at The MAG. Every race at the track this year had been won by Hughes or Dunn. Hughes hasn't finished outside the top three at Magnolia this season.

 

Former Bulldog Freitas qualifies for Olympics

Posted 7/1/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- When sitting in a recruit's house, Houston Franks goes over what the Mississippi State track and field program has to offer. Franks talks about the strength of the school's facilities and the program's coaching staff as well as its success in the Southeastern Conference and at NCAA championship meets. In track and field, though, student-athletes also are concerned about the Olympics.

 

76ers take Simmons with first pick in NBA Draft

Posted 6/23/2016 in Local Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Simmons was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

 

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