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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Twice is nice for the Columbus Middle School football team. Columbus defeated Tupelo 14-0 on Oct. 18 to win its second championship in as many years. The only blemish on Columbus' record was an 8-0 loss to Kosciusko.
The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.
Jacob Gable thought he and the Green Oaks Golf Club had a strong team that was ready to try to hold on to the Arbre Cup. Gable didn't know he and his teammates would play so well in defense of that trophy. Green Oaks built an early lead in scramble play and went on to a 22.5-9.5 victory against Elm Lake Golf Course in the second annual Arbre Cup at Green Oaks Golf Club.
Jacob Gable never imagined so much pressure would accompany such a friendly endeavor But the pressure Gable felt playing on the first playoff hole in the inaugural Arbre Cup is nothing compared to the responsibility he felt trying to find 16 players who were available and willing to play in the second annual version of the event.
The Columbus United Soccer Club continues to make its mark. The Columbus United Under-14 boys soccer team won the championship at the Clinton Fall Invitational Sept. 24-25. It is the first time a Columbus team has won the tournament.
JACKSON -- Former Mississippi State greats Jeff Malone and Rafael Palmeiro were part of a six-member induction class announced Monday that will be inducted to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on July 27-28.
The waiting is almost over. In a little more than 24 hours the 22nd Annual Magnolia State 100 will kick off at Columbus Speedway. The event, which will begin Thursday and run through Saturday, will feature the top Super Late Model drivers in the region and in the nation. The competitors will battle for a record purse, including a $20,011 winner's share of more than $70,000 in Super Late Model purse money for the 100-lap affair.
STARKVILLE -- Nestled between a law office and boutique on a one-way street, 9-year-old Ashley Sharp enters a martial arts dojo.
1. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
2. West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope gets lift with home win over Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Noxubee County beats Caledonia to extend region win streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS