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.
Five years ago, Clint Hanson wondered if people would remember. There was a time in Columbus when go-kart racing used to be a popular, family event that attracted big crowds. For some reason, though, the popularity waned and the annual event eventually disappeared. Today, the excitement is back and just might be bigger and better then ever.
On a weekend when the city of Columbus will celebrate its history, local runners also will have a chance to get some exercise.
West Point's Gene Brown had a good feeling after the opening round of the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship. On Saturday, the good feeling was rewarded as Brown built on his opening-round lead to secure championship honors in the annual event held at Columbus Lake, Aliceville Lake, and Aberdeen Lake.
Enthusiasm continues to build for the first Mississippi High School Fishing Championship. Sponsored by the Student Angler Federation, the inaugural event is set for this weekend at Columbus Lake. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. today with registration and orientation at the Ramp Pavilion at Stennis East Bank Lock and Dam. A rules briefing will follow at 6 p.m. Fishing begins at the ramp at daylight Sunday, and culminates with a weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Perfect weather conditions were on the agenda when the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship kicked off early this morning at the Columbus Boat Ramp.
Troy King had a feeling a call would come. Still, after two years working to teach children in Macon how to play tennis, King took precautions. After the Macon QuickStarts 10-and-under tennis team came up short in a first-place tiebreaker with Tupelo, neither King nor his wife, Tonya, told the seven players on their team there still was a chance they would get to go to regionals.
Mississippi State University football fans who are anticipating the 2011 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 46th season of weekly meetings Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football.
You're never too old to get into the zone. Clay Wilkes has had his share of memorable rounds of golf in the nearly 40 years he has played the sport. But Wilkes had a round Tuesday that he and many of his friends called "unbelievable."
The ride ended short of a championship, but Stacy Hester sure enjoyed it. Hester, the former New Hope High School baseball coach, guided the Golden Triangle Jets to the title game of the Cotton States Baseball League, only to see his team lose to the North Delta Dealers 15-3 on Sunday.
Sometimes Jae Macintosh feels like administering a triangle choke.
Columbus Speedway will be back in action tonight with the Street Stock Survivor Championship. The program will feature the Weekly Racing Series RockAuto.com Super Late Models, NeSmith Late Models, Street Stocks, and Mini Stocks.
Second baseman Nyjal Johnson packed his bags earlier this week -- technically, he and his cousin did the packing -- in preparation for a trip to the World Series. He is one of 12 members of the Starkville Longhorns 8-and-under squad that qualified for the annual tournament, which will be in Southaven this year. Teams are scheduled to report today and to play their first games Saturd
The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is bringing a national fishing tournament to the area, with the promise of generating $5.5 million in local impact.
Tony Montgomery didn't want to leave East Mississippi Community College. After not being retained last year as baseball coach, Montgomery never envisioned he would get a chance to go back to the school he loves.
The hoops squad from the Battery A Second of the 114th Strike National Guard unit in Columbus may have lost its first game handily Saturday, but they'll win in the end.
Mark Box isn't the only person who has fallen under the spell of disc golf. Friends Clayton Nash and Chip Strain also admit to being "hooked" by the game after being introduced to it. Box, Nash, and Strain hope more people in the Greater Golden Triangle area will be affected by the sport this weekend when the Mississippi Open Disc Golf tournament comes to Columbus this weekend.
Chase Taylor's play this summer has put him in position to realize a goal. Now he hopes an improved and more consistent golf game will help him compete with some of the nation's top players. Taylor, a rising senior at New Hope High School, will play this weekend in the United States Golf Association's Junior Amateur Championship at the Gold Mountain Golf Club - Olympic course in Bremerton, Wash.
The summer baseball season will continue next week for a number of Columbus teams at the Dizzy Dean World Series. On Thursday, Kelvin Smith, coach of the Columbus Americans 8-year-old All-Stars, said his team has decided to play in the Dizzy Dean World Series, which starts July 22 in Southaven.
2. No. 5 Florida sweeps No. 19 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. West Point, Caledonia, New Hope wins baseball series HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Saban isn't disappointed in Hurts' play in A-Day Game COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 7 Ole Miss takes series from No. 24 Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS