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Sykes ready to take next step to realize dream

Posted 4/30/2012 in Local Sports

A new April Sykes took the court Sunday primed to take the next step in her basketball career. The former East Oktibbeha County High School All-American who went on to have a standout career with the Rutgers University women's basketball team worked in her first practice with her new team, the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

 

 

Three Columbus United teams advance to state tournament

Posted 4/28/2012 in Local Sports

The Columbus United Under-12 and U-14 boys and the U-16 girls soccer teams qualified for the Mississippi Soccer Association State Championships May 5-6 in Meridian.

 

 

Three-way tie atop NeSmith Series

Posted 4/13/2012 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- There still is a three-way tie for the points lead after Week 2 of the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season. The top three drivers have a win and a second-place finish to tally 99 points after the first two weeks, and just five points separate the top 10.

 

 

Inaugual Spring Throw Down this weekend at Magnolia

Posted 4/12/2012 in Local Sports

Magnolia Motor Speedway will play host to one of the biggest events in the history of the facility this weekend with the inaugural Spring Throw Down.

 

 

Family connections help bring racing Sudduths together

Posted 4/5/2012 in Local Sports

Racing has proven to be a stabilizer for Bill Sudduth. Years ago, Sudduth used to fish and hunt. He also admits he liked to party. But things -- and hobbies -- changed when Bill met Brenda Langford. Racing replaced fishing and hunting as an activity Sudduth did in his spare time. That "hobby" quickly turned into a "passion" that Bill and Brenda have embraced.

 

 

Dreams, hard work helped Kelly reach NFL

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Sports

ABERDEEN -- Former Mississippi State University and current NFL standout tight end Reggie Kelly shared the secrets of his success Monday with a packed audience at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

 

 

Cooley fell in love with racing at early age

Posted 3/30/2012 in Local Sports

Promoters at the Columbus Speedway have refurbished the facility hoping to pump life into an aging masterpiece. Now, the drivers are ready to do their part in re-energizing "The Baddest Bullring in the South." After the season-opening James King Memorial two weeks ago, racing returns to the speedway Saturday for the first of several weekly races scheduled for 2012. Among the competitors in the late model racing series will be Fulton's Eric Cooley.

 

 

Dupler wins fishing event in Iuka

Posted 3/30/2012 in Local Sports

Will Dupler knows how to fish in tournaments. Dupler, who lives in Columbus, has been fishing since his early years in Florida, and he knows the saying "nothing beats time on the water" holds true in the tournaments.

 

 

Local anglers earn top finishes at Bassmasters event

Posted 3/27/2012 in Local Sports

Gene Brown, Don Hitchcock, and the Lowndes County Bass Club overcame tough conditions this past weekend to take titles at the two-day Mississippi Bass Federation State Championship event in Columbus. On the boater side, Brown, the leader after the first day, failed to keep the pace of day one but still managed a weight of 6.66 pounds. He finished with a total weight of 22.46 pounds to take first in the individual angler category.

 

 

Shaw adjusts to Crate Lake Model racing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Sports

Don't discount the power of the classifieds. Jeremy Shaw hadn't considered selling his Open Wheel Modified vehicle. But it didn't hurt to look at the online classifieds. After all, you never know what you're going to find. Besides, the number of Open Wheel Modified opportunities in the Columbus area were diminishing, so why not.

 

 

Columbus Speedway will have grand re-opening Saturday

Posted 3/15/2012 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway will begin a new era this weekend as it celebrates its grand re-opening with the $5,000-to-win, 17th Annual James King Memorial at the 1/3 mile oval.

 

 

Columbus United teams win titles

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Two Columbus United Soccer Club teams won championships and another placed second at the Frostbite Tournament on Feb. 25-26 in Starkville.

 

 

Ladd Chain earns runner-up High Point Award

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

BILOXI -- Ladd Chain finished second individually in the 13- to 14-year-old age group and helped lead Swim Columbus to a seventh-place finish last month at the Mississippi State Short Course Championships.

 

 

Alabama anglers win semi-pro division of Crappie USA event

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Crappie USA held a two-day super tournament that featured amateur and semi-pro divisions that competed Friday and Saturday in Columbus. Teams as far away as Arkansas and Kentucky came to the area in hopes of cashing in on cash and prizes.

 

 

Snider's changes help anglers

Posted 3/10/2012 in Local Sports

Anglers, like any sports enthusiasts, like to try new things. In our area, it's a challenge to find businesses that offer a huge selection of lures and fishing equipment.

 

 

Columbus hosts Crappie USA event

Posted 3/9/2012 in Local Sports

This weekend will be about creating heritage for Marcus Honnell. On Saturday, the 38-year-old Columbus resident will team with one of his three sons, Mason, 11, in the Crappie USA Tournament Super Event in Columbus. Marcus' other two sons, Landon, 8, and Weston, 7, will fish with their grandfather in the Crappie Kids event, which also will be Saturday.

 

 

Veteran racer Schrader enjoys all aspects of sport

Posted 3/3/2012 in Local Sports

Ken Schrader is a jack of all trades. Whether it is a Sprint Cup race, a trucks race, or an open wheel modified cars race, Ken Schrader can do it all. And after 40 years driving, Schrader isn't about to wind things down.

 

 

FINDING A NEW HOBBY: Champion racer Zaiontz trades boat for sprint car

Posted 3/2/2012 in Local Sports

If it wasn't for fishing, Bobby Zaiontz might not have realized he is a racer at heart. Twenty-two years ago, Zaiontz was living in Columbus and working as a flag man for late model races at Columbus Speedway and all over the Southeast. In between racing weekends, he would go out on his bass boat with his latest purchases and try to make the most of his hobby. That's when his life changed.

 

Saddle up: The pros are headed to Starkville to rodeo

Posted 2/9/2012 in Local Sports

On Friday and Saturday, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is coming to the Mississippi Horse Park. Hosted by the Starkville Rotary Club, this event is the club's largest fundraiser each year. The members strive to not only make it an exciting, edge-of-your-seat event, but also donate proceeds to help support local youth through the tuition guarantee program.

 

ANSWERING THE CALL: Crowder enjoying first season as 'Voice of the Lady Bulldogs'

Posted 2/3/2012 in Local Sports

French Camp native Jason Crowder is in his first season as play-by-play voice of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team on the Bulldog Sports Network. A graduate of French Camp Academy and MSU, Crowder is the sports programming director at WFCA-FM, a 100,000-watt station on the campus of French Camp Academy in Choctaw County.

 

 

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