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Starkville Quarterback Club set for 47th year

Posted 8/4/2012 in Local Sports

Mississippi State University football fans are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 47th season of weekly meetings on Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football. Club President Tyson Gair said the club expects a large membership this year with all the excitement that surrounded the team's 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi and its 23-17 win against Wake Forest University in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 that helped the team finish 7-6.

 

 

Prep players want softball back in Olympics

Posted 8/4/2012 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Summer Olympic Games have been plagued by controversies in gymnastics and badminton, no such ill will has developed on the softball diamond.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial set for this weekend in Columbus

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Sports

Tradition will return to Columbus this weekend with the running of the 11th Annual Columbus Nissan James Nickoles Memorial at Columbus Speedway, "The Baddest Bullring in the South.

 

 

Burkhalter will volunteer for inaugural Possum Town Triathlon

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Delynn Burkhalter has swam enough strokes, logged enough miles on a bicycle, and pounded enough pavement to know the elements that make a triathlon successful. In addition to a quality course and hours of planning and organization, Burkhalter knows the importance of having helpful and interested volunteers involved in the race. So while Burkhalter would be able to join the rest of the field for the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon on Aug. 18 in Columbus, the president and chief executive officer of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. plans to work behind the scenes as a volunteer in an effort to make sure competitors have a memorable experience.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial event will return to Columbus

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway has seen a rebirth in many ways in its 50th year of operation. From new grandstands to new promoters to other improvements, there have been a lot of changes at the facility. Some have involved new items, while others have involved the rejuvenation of events that haven't been held in a few years. One event, the James Nickoles Memorial, will return Saturday with Columbus Nissan as the title sponsor.

 

 

Lee enjoying chance to work in pro football

Posted 7/24/2012 in Local Sports

Tyson Lee never allowed the word no to stop him from doing something.

 

 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE: Atkins gearing up for triathlon

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Brad and Melissa Atkins have done nearly all there is to do when it comes to endurance training events.

 

 

Sting enjoys perfect postseason run

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Perfection is an elusive accomplishment in any sport.

 

State director Eguaoje likes what he sees in Columbus

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Dr. Terry Eguaoje is impressed. The Mississippi Soccer Association's state technical director of coaching has been all over the state numerous times in the past six years and knows all of the hot soccer spots.

EMCC brings baseball camp to Columbus

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Chris Rose knows how to build a winner. In five seasons as head coach at Meridian Community College, Rose won 67 percent of his games and led the Eagles to MACJC State Championships in 2008 and 2006 and a NJCAA Region 23 Championship in 2009.

Columbus All-Stars focused on World Series

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

The Columbus Nationals 10-year-old All-Star team was on an incredible high after winning the Dizzy Dean South State championship in Starkville.

 

Heritage Academy volleyball continues to grow

Posted 7/17/2012 in Local Sports

The Heritage Academy volleyball program is growing in multiple ways.

 

Mississippi 95 girls ODP team records first

Posted 7/13/2012 in Local Sports

McKenzie Adams did her best not to let the disappointment creep into her mind. Losing a two-goal lead and then the match can be disheartening to any team, but having a short memory is a key to success in tournament settings.

Columbus 10-year-old All-Stars take title

Posted 7/10/2012 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Terry Fitch knew his team had a bull's eye on its back. Entering the championship game of the 10-year-old Dizzy Dean South State tournament, Fitch realized his team's 4-0 record to that point wouldn't guarantee success.

Lessons learned on Dizzying weekend

Posted 7/9/2012 in Local Sports

"Earn everything." No better words were spoken on and around a diamond on a weekend packed with softball and baseball action in the Greater Golden Triangle area.

 

Sheets begins road back to majors in Pearl

Posted 7/5/2012 in Local Sports

PEARL -- Ben Sheets appeared exactly the way he and everybody expected he would look Wednesday night -- rusty. It had been nearly 22 months since the four-time All-Star had taken the mound in a professional baseball game, and the layoff caused him to make mistakes in his return to the game. The Jackson (Tenn.) Generals capitalized on those mistakes in a 4-2 victory against the Mississippi Braves in a Double-A minor league game at Trustmark Park.

 

 

Locals gear up for third annual Hoops for Troops tournament

Posted 7/4/2012 in Local Sports

Jennifer Latham and the Columbus Lady Celtics aren't concerned about making history. Instead, Latham and her basketball teammates from Columbus and the Tupelo area are more focused on being part of an annual event that gives back to the military and family members.

 

 

Former MSU standout Moultrie won't play in 76ers summer league

Posted 7/4/2012 in Local Sports

Former Mississippi State University forward Arnett Moultrie already has suffered his first professional setback before getting a chance to suit up for his new team.

 

 

Racing to return to Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 7/3/2012 in Local Sports

Magnolia Motor Speedway is preparing for The Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau Clash at the Mag on Thursday through Saturday. The event will feature Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors attempting to tame the "Black Ice" in pursuit of a $20,000-to-win top prize and a purse of more than $70,000.

 

 

Stillman pitches New Hope to title

Posted 6/30/2012 in Local Sports

It's never too hot to make an impression. Baking on a day in which temperatures soared into triple digits, Josh Stillman made sure he gave New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd something to remember him by for the 2012-13 school year.

 

 

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