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.
The Mississippi State softball team had made significant strides in Vann Stuedeman's first two seasons as head coach. The Bulldogs had made back-to-back NCAA regional appearances with a scattering of signature wins along the way. MSU then took its biggest stride to date April 13 when it defeated then-No. 2 Alabama 4-3 in a 10-inning Southeastern Conference thriller at the MSU Softball Field.
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Chris Chain didn't even consider checking the qualifying times for the Speedo Winter Junior National Championships. Ladd Chain was just like his father. Instead of looking at the short-course (yards) standards for the winter meet, Ladd first examined the long-course (meters) times and saw he had just missed qualifying for the meet.
Six years after hitting his last home run for the Mississippi State baseball team, Jeff Flagg is still hitting tape-measure blasts. On Tuesday night, Flagg's ability to hit the ball long won him $250,000 and the title of world champion.
George Irby always knew Elbert Drungo Jr. could make an impact without saying a word.
From the time Scott Bloomquist first took to the track at Magnolia Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Magnolia State Cotton Pickin' 100 many of his competitors noted he would be the driver to beat for the $20,000 top prize. Bloomquist proved them right Saturday night by leading all 100 laps in dominating fashion to claim the coveted win.
Making the show at the Cotton Pickin' 100 hasn't been a problem for Super Late Model driver Rick Rickman. Finishing the grueling 100-lap feature has proven to be the biggest challenge for the New Hope native.
WEST POINT -- It may not have been the best double bogey World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley ever made, but it likely was her most satisfying.
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