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Bullring set for State Series

Posted 3/23/2018 in Local Sports

When the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series visits Columbus Speedway tonight, track promoter Rod Taylor hopes it sets a precedent as a home for Super Late Model racing, both sanctioned and unsanctioned.

Brewer excited about chance to coach in NFL

Posted 3/22/2018 in Local Sports

Gunter Brewer has found a way to stay in a comfort zone. Whether it has been coaching in his home state of Mississippi, working with familiar peers in the profession or in places he has lived, Brewer has been fortunate not to experience too much radical change in his career.

Skinner wins at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 3/19/2018 in Local Sports

The nearly seven-hour round trip to Columbus was worth it once again for Monte Skinner. The late model driver and resident of Mobile, Alabama, made a handful of appearances at Magnolia Motor Speedway in 2017, but he has won two consecutive NeSmith Late Model races there this season, including the points opener Saturday night.

Hughes will compete in first Super Late Model race in Florida

Posted 3/16/2018 in Local Sports

Ask Spencer Hughes about his career ladder in racing and he'll give you a "coach speak" answer. "We're just trying to take it day by day," Hughes said. The phrase is a standard refrain for athletes and coaches who try to maintain focus and perspective. Winning a lot of races at a young age creates a greater audience and raises expectations, but for Hughes, the approach is real.

Stewart earns first win at Magnolia

Posted 3/5/2018 in Local Sports

Saturday night presented a number of firsts for former NASCAR points champion Tony Stewart. Stewart, who returned to racing sprint cars last year after retiring from NASCAR's top flight, won his first sprint race of the season, capturing the United Speed Contest Sanction Sprint Outlaw feature at the Frostbuster 150 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.


Twitter sensation Pruitt enjoys first trip to Starkville

Posted 2/6/2018 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jeremy Pruitt has been doing a lot of picture taking and hugging in a new city that adores him.



Gates, Miller bring boxing back to Columbus

Posted 1/5/2018 in Local Sports

Shawn Gates has wanted to do something for Columbus for a long time.


Lanigan earns first NeSmith Late Model win

Posted 11/27/2017 in Local Sports

Darrell Lanigan got behind the wheel of a NeSmith Late Model car for the first time in two years -- and just the second time ever -- Saturday night at Possum Town Grand Prix.


Stokes celebrates victory in Georgia

Posted 11/21/2017 in Local Sports

Johnny Stokes didn't intend to get himself a birthday present Sunday.



Bass Tactix Fishing Youth State event set for weekend

Posted 11/21/2017 in Local Sports

Richard Parker used to live in the New Hope community, so he knows about the generosity and the hospitality in the Golden Triangle.


Bibby ready for chance at MSU

Posted 10/25/2017 in Local Sports

Chloe Bibby sounds like Vic Schaefer's kind of player.


Former Ole Miss football coach Brewer entering Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Posted 10/24/2017 in Local Sports

Columbus native and former Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer was named Monday one of six members of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018.


Sudduth tries for seventh feature victory of season

Posted 10/20/2017 in Local Sports

Bill Sudduth has had more successful seasons. Sudduth has won four track championships since he began racing in 1984, all of which came in some incarnation of Pro-Street/Factory Stock racing. One year, Sudduth won 19-straight feature races.

Shaw enjoys latest win at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 10/9/2017 in Local Sports

Kyle Shaw hadn't won a NeSmith Late Model race in three years. The Millport, Alabama, native picked the best possible time to break that slump.


West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville, Lamar County clinch playoff berths

Posted 10/7/2017 in Local Sports

Aliceville High School clinched a spot in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs with a 46-18 prep football win over Hatch in Class 2A, Region 4 play Friday night.



Logan, Trolio qualify for four-ball event in Florida

Posted 10/1/2017 in Local Sports

Hunter Logan and Cohen Trolio take their golf seriously. As two of the most accomplished junior players in the state of Mississippi, Logan and Trolio have walked the best courses and competed against the toughest competitors. That's why it didn't faze Logan or Trolio that they were the only juniors competing Thursday in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Men's Four-Ball Qualifier at Laurel Country Club.


Ray wins Mississippi Street Stock Series points title

Posted 9/25/2017 in Local Sports

With less than five laps left in the race to decide the Mississippi Street Stock Series points title, Lee Ray's bid to repeat as champion appeared dashed after he spun in turns three and four following contact with Eddie Rickman.

Overton's 'gamble' pays off at Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/25/2017 in Local Sports

No one knows how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas determine their betting lines. There are countless variables that change by the day, and sometimes by the hour.


Breazeale eager for another top finish at Magnolia State Cotton Pickin' 100

Posted 9/22/2017 in Local Sports

It wasn't a win, but it was clear how much a top-three finish meant to David Breazeale. The longtime Super Late Model racer fought back tears and struggled to find the words after exiting his car to a chorus of cheers following the 2016 Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.


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.


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