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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.

 

Starting all engines: Speedway promoters want to bring 'big-time racing back to Columbus'

Posted 1/20/2012 in Local Sports

Racing has always been a big part of Mike Mauldin's life. "I love it dearly," said Mauldin, who is from Fulton. "The Bullring is one of the places where I got my start. To be able to contribute to the success of the Columbus Speedway means a lot to me. We are looking forward to a great year of racing."

 

Former Columbus High standout Gunter playing pro ball in Portugal

Posted 1/5/2012 in Local Sports

Jarvis Gunter dreams of playing professional basketball. He just never thought the sport would allow him to see the world. But the former Columbus High School standout isn't complaining about his current job as a member of the CAB Madeira team in Portugal. In fact, he has grown quite fond of Europe and the different cuisine -- and the number of meals per day -- he has had the opportunity to sample.

 

 

MSU baseball area's top sports story

Posted 12/30/2011 in Local Sports

Mississippi State University has appeared in baseball's College World Series on eight times. Looking back at the 2011 season, some might find it hard to believe how close the Bulldogs were to a ninth trek to the hallowed grounds of Omaha, Neb.

 

 

Former West Lowndes coach excited about new opportunity in Starkville

Posted 12/21/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Former West Lowndes High School basketball coach Herman Peters is excited about his new vocation. Peters assumed his duties as sports program coordinator for the city of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department earlier this month. He is pleased because of the unique opportunity this new job allows to embrace his passion of basketball.

 

 

Columbus' Sanders will play for Mississippi Hound Dogs

Posted 12/8/2011 in Local Sports

Columbus native Corey Sanders is excited about his new football-playing home, even if the season doesn't start for another two months. Sanders is expected to be a defensive back when the Mississippi Hound Dogs kick off their inaugural season in the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Training camp will begin Feb. 15, and the season opener against the Rome Rampage will be March 3 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.

 

Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Local Sports

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.

 

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