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Former MSU RB Dixon looks to realize dream

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Sports

Anthony Dixon has never gone to the San Francisco 49ers training facility with anything but a smile, so you can imagine his feelings about living his childhood dream and getting ready to play in Super Bowl XLVII.



McPhee will try to help Lewis go out with title

Posted 1/28/2013 in Local Sports

No matter what happens for the rest of his professional football career, Pernell McPhee will be one of the chosen few who can say he played in the final game of a future Hall of Famer. For that reason, McPhee has dedicated Super Bowl XLVII to teammate Ray Lewis.


Velek: From reluctance to renown

Posted 1/23/2013 in Local Sports

Tom Velek remembers the letter well. His oldest son, Avery, had decided to get involved in soccer after a few years away from the sport, so the decision was made to sign him up with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That's when the waiting began.


TOPSoccer program gearing up for second year

Posted 1/12/2013 in Local Sports

Between John Longmire and Tom Velek, Melissa Dunaway really didn't have a choice. Truth be told, though, Dunaway didn't have problem being encouraged to help lead the TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) in Columbus. Even though she is new to organizing a program of this magnitude, Dunaway's two sons, Eric and Colin, were involved last season in the inaugural year Columbus United Soccer Club partnered with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Greater Columbus Civitan Club to bring the U.S. Youth Soccer program to the Golden Triangle.



Local radio stations move from ESPN to CBS Sports Radio

Posted 1/4/2013 in Local Sports

Don't let your radio fool you, the voices you're hearing on your local sports radio station have changed. Even though some commuters might be fooled by the familiar digital call letters ESPN that show up on their radio or dashboard, three local radio stations in Columbus and in Starkville have switched to CBS Sports Radio. In Columbus, 103.1 FM The Team is now North Mississippi's CBS Sports Radio station. On the AM dial, WJWS 1400 in Columbus and WSSO 1230 AM in Starkville also have made the change.



Plenty of local sports drama for fans in 2012

Posted 1/2/2013 in Local Sports

While area fans flocked in December to prep basketball holiday tournaments, there was still an occasional question or reference back to "the game." Already a month old, the Thanksgiving weekend Starkville High School-West Point High football game for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship is standing the test of time as a classic.



Changes coming for CLRA youth leagues

Posted 12/28/2012 in Local Sports

Roger Short and members of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming youth baseball and softball seasons, and plenty of changes are in store for coaches and players.



Gunter could land deal in Saudi Arabia

Posted 12/26/2012 in Local Sports

Jarvis Gunter is anxious for his next opportunity. Whether it is Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, or another country, the former Columbus High School basketball standout is eager to take next step in his journey.



Ryals wins Mississippi State title

Posted 10/21/2012 in Local Sports

Randy Ryals didn't have a good feeling when he learned Columbus was the location for the Mississippi State Championship / B.A.S.S. Federation Nation's National Qualifier. Ryals wasn't happy with the site because he didn't have much success the previous three times he had been to Columbus Lake.


MSU earns R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Posted 10/14/2012 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Saturday night was about respect. "I think we showed Mississippi State is for real," MSU junior quarterback Tyler Russell said. "We did what we had to do tonight."


Crappie Masters tournament applauds Columbus

Posted 10/8/2012 in Local Sports

Paul Alpers has nothing but positive things to say about Columbus and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.



Buntings win Crappie Masters National Championship

Posted 10/7/2012 in Local Sports

Charlie and Travis Bunting joked Thursday that they would have to come back to Columbus if they had good fortune to win the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship. Now the next time the Buntings return to Columbus they will come back as champions.



Championship fishing more than a family affair for the Ropers

Posted 10/3/2012 in Local Sports

Jarad Roper held his first fishing pole when he was 2-years-old.



Crappie Masters national championship set for Columbus

Posted 10/1/2012 in Local Sports

There's nothing wrong with having fun while you're fishing and getting a chance to make some money for doing it. That simple plan eight years ago gave rise to the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail. In that time, anglers from all across the United States have won hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless prizes. The birth of Crappie Masters also helped introduce competitive fishing to a new audience.



Columbus United's Velek gets MSU coaching honor

Posted 9/30/2012 in Local Sports

Dr. Tom Velek never has looked at soccer as a sport for only his children. That attitude explains why Velek has worked in so many capacities -- coach, administrator, organizer, evaluator, teacher, manager -- to help grow the sport he loves in the city of Columbus. This week, Velek was recognized for his work as he was named Mississippi Soccer Association Coach of the Year.



Malmstrom hopes to help Tennessee Williams Tribute 5-K Run grow

Posted 9/7/2012 in Local Sports

Abby Malmstrom has lived in Columbus less than a year, but she already has made an impact on the local running scene.


Organizers already thinking about second triathlon

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Sports

Dreams came true in multiple ways Saturday morning. While some competitors eclipsed their time goals and others took pride in finishing, Brad Atkins surveyed the scene at the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon and smiled.

Rollins makes history at triathlon in return home

Posted 8/19/2012 in Local Sports

If Brad Rollins didn't know it, he would have thought the Possum Town Triathlon was a long-standing event with a load of history.

Jeffreys sets healthy example for daughter in first triathlon

Posted 8/19/2012 in Local Sports

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Ellie Jeffreys may not remember an overcast morning on Aug. 18, 2012, in Columbus, Miss., when she grows up, but maybe it will come back to her in a few years when she is in the water, or on a bicycle, or pounding the road.


Inaugural Possum Town Triathlon set for Saturday in Columbus

Posted 8/16/2012 in Local Sports

Gunnar Olson has a top-three finish in his sights. Charla Lee just wants to finish.



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