For Super Late Model racers in the Golden Triangle, the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series is about the only sure-fire slate of races they'll have in the state each year. While Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway have weekly races around their large-purse feature nights, those typically feature races in other divisions. So when inclement weather postpones MSCCS races, drivers have no chance but to stay home, or to race in other divisions, if they have the opportunity.
STARKVILLE - Luke Reynolds tried everything. That included long meetings with coaches, extra work in the batting cage and even film study of his swing from his days at Hinds Community College, but nothing seemed to work.
Camps are an annual endeavor for the Columbus Falcons youth football organization.
The Team Elite Mississippi Amateur Athletic Union boys basketball team won the Magic City Rumble last weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Anna Cockrell didn't realize she had been attracting attention for several years.
Vanilla is OK with Billy Clark. In Clark's time as teaching professional at Twin Rivers Recreation Center in Greenwood and at Cleveland Country Club, he played integral roles in helping the facilities to play host to events. Things have been a little more involved -- and tasty -- in Clark's three and a half years in Columbus.
Neal Hanley used to run in the Frostbite Half Marathon in Starkville, so he is well accustomed to all of the activities available to Golden Triangle residents. Hanley also used to be an early morning running partner of Brad Atkins when he lived in Columbus. Hanley fondly remembers the five- to seven-mile runs he and Atkins used to do probably three times a week about a year ago.
Trey Bright was running on a quarter tank of sleep Saturday when he arrived at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Bright, who won the Street Stocks feature at Columbus Motor Speedway on March 27, blew a motor for the second time in a month while turning laps Friday at Magnolia. After borrowing an engine and spending most of Saturday morning preparing his No. 82 car for that night's $2,000-to-win feature race, Bright turned down for a couple of hours before returning to the track.
Trey Bright remembers when area Street Stock drivers were lucky to have one $1,000-to-win race a year at their respective home tracks. Those purses typically still go to drivers in higher divisions, like Super Late Models. Slowly but surely, though, in his 13 years behind the wheel, Bright has built his racing career from the ground up, investing each small purse back into his operation.
After four consecutive weeks of race weekends dashed by rain, snow, and ice, one could tell it had been a while since drivers had turned competitive laps. Five laps into the $1,200-to-win Limited Late Model feature race at Columbus Motor Speedway, there were four caution flags and four drivers who'd been knocked out of the race.
Finally. Or perhaps, to avoid a jinx, the Golden Triangle should say "we're almost there."
STARKVILLE - Starkville High baseball coach Travis Garner knows his team's key to success this season.
The top of the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series will not have a repeat champion or runner-up this season.
Three weeks into what should have seen both Magnolia Motor Speedway and Columbus Speedway open their respective race seasons has resulted in yet another weekend of racing postponed due to inclement weather.
Harli Sesser has a great memory.
One would think Jennifer Byrd would be pumped for another season running mini stocks. After her first points title at Magnolia Motor Speedway, the Eldridge, Ala. resident was primed to lead the division once more.
Mother Nature has forced schools to alter schedules, flight delays and shortages of bread and milk at grocery stores.
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3. MSU women look to back lofty expectations COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Offensive line plays key role for Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS