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Critical pass propels Rasdon at Magnolia

Posted 5/16/2016 in Local Sports

If Hunter Rasdon hoped to win the Comp Cams Super Late Model race Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, he had just a narrow window to do it. Rasdon, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, started second and opened a multi-second lead over the field, moving freely between the high and low sides of the track before Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, of Northport, Alabama, climbed from fifth to second by lap 10 and took Rasdon on the high-side in turns 3 and 4.

Dedwylder back in NeSmith title race

Posted 5/13/2016 in Local Sports

Scott Dedwylder is back. Not that the 2012 Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series points champion ever left, at least not entirely. In October 2013, Dedwylder, of Vossburg, lost his home to a fire. Priorities realigned, he couldn't afford to chase points full time in Super Late Models. He filled in for Chase Washington for several races before returning to the track full time in 2014, his final season in Super Late Models, a division in which he'd competed since 1998.

Columbus Christian wins MAIS track state title

Posted 5/7/2016 in Local Sports

JACKSON -- The Columbus Christian Academy boys track and field team won the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA State title on Saturday at Jackson Prep.


Gable turns old car into new winner at Magnolia

Posted 5/6/2016 in Local Sports

It had been resting in the woods for nearly 10 years. The No. 47 1978 Chevrolet Camaro was a regular in victory lane at Columbus Speedway when Danny Gable competed in Street Stocks in the early 2000s.



Ellis holds off Page in Super Late Model

Posted 4/23/2016 in Local Sports

Evan Ellis wasn't going to make a mistake.



Caledonia power lifter Clements wins state title

Posted 4/22/2016 in Local Sports

CALEDONIA -- Forty pounds isn't a lot to an experienced powerlifter.


Silvestri enjoying life at different speed

Posted 4/21/2016 in Local Sports

When Tony Silvestri wasn't racing his No. 24 Chevrolet S-10 Street Stock, he'd watch Super Late Models.

Hollivay realizes dream, gets picked in WNBA draft

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Sports

The dream had life years earlier, but on Nov. 7, 2011, Rachel Hollivay gave voice to the road she hoped to travel when she gave a verbal commitment to play basketball for coach C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers. "I think it will be great to play for coach Stringer," Hollivay said. "I'm excited about playing for her, and I can't wait to play for her. I think she is a great coach and that Rutgers is the place I need to be to be successful and to follow my dreams (to play professional basketball)."

Tennis remains key part of lives of Carr, Logan

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Sports

Tennis is still in the blood of James Carr. Nicknamed the "Coach," Carr, 90, still finds time several days a week to practice his ground strokes for about an hour a day at the Magnolia Tennis Club in Columbus. He said his movement has slowed to the point where he no longer plays in tournaments, but he still enjoys watching the sport and attending events, like the Heritage Academy tennis team's matches at the club. Tennis also is something that helps keep Sunny Logan going.

Baggett hopes for better results, luck this season

Posted 4/15/2016 in Local Sports

There's a good reason Neil Baggett has forgotten about the 2015 season. The Super Late Model racer experienced more valleys than peaks last year. At one point, Baggett took a few weeks off from running weekly shows and State Series races due to chronic misfortune and mechanical issues.


Starkville HIgh pair sign scholarship offers

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- When his team needed a defensive lift, Starkville boys' basketball coach Greg Carter knew who to turn to.



Harrison earns Heritage Academy coaching job on second try

Posted 4/9/2016 in Local Sports

Sean Harrison feels a little seasoning is going to serve him well in his new position as athletic director/football coach at Heritage Academy in Columbus.



Tollison finds racing success with new car

Posted 4/7/2016 in Local Sports

Jamie Tollison needed just one race for affirmation that he'd made the right decision to buy a new race car.


Hughes wins Street Stocks feature at Magnolia

Posted 4/4/2016 in Local Sports

Seconds after Spencer Hughes exited his No. 11 car following his Street Stocks feature win Saturday, he was greeted by the first of many admirers in the pits. Hughes, 15, probably should still be driving go-karts. That is what most of his counterparts were doing when they were his age, which might explain the adulation expressed toward Hughes at Magnolia Motor Speedway.


CCA runners take top two spots at Columbus Pilgrimage 5-K

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Sports

Columbus Christian Academy classmates Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak made sure they knew what they were getting into Saturday. Prior to the Columbus Pilgrimage 5-K race, the two surveyed the downtown course Friday on wheels to see what they would need to do to finish it first.



Elite runners show their stuff at Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon

Posted 4/2/2016 in Local Sports

Meggan Franks ran the 13 miles in the Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon on Saturday morning. She then had to run some more. Franks finished ninth overall in the third-annual Columbus Pilgrimage Half Marathon and 5-Kilometer Road Race, and was the first area female to cross the finish line. Franks made the hilly downtown trek in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 45 seconds. She then ran back down hill to her vehicle to lead some 1,000 Mississippi State students in The Big Event service day.



Columbus' Burchfield targets another big payout

Posted 4/1/2016 in Local Sports

There's a good chance a blue Chevrolet Malibu wagon will finish in the top three if it is competing in a Street Stock race. At driver Jay Burchfield's current pace, his odds of landing in victory lane are even better.


Running helps Franks juggle busy life

Posted 3/31/2016 in Local Sports

Running is still fun for Meggan Franks. From 5-Kilometer races to half marathons to marathons, Franks enjoys the high she gets from pushing herself and competing. Even after completing a career as a cross country runner and a track and field athlete at Mississippi State in 2006, Franks has found a way to keep running as an integral part of her life. It doesn't matter that work, teaching, family life, and motherhood sometimes make finding time to run challenging because Franks' competitive fire still drives her to find time to run.


Dunn overcomes injury for successful racing career

Posted 3/25/2016 in Local Sports

Each time Ronald Dunn climbs into his No. 17 Street Stock car, he slides his racing boot into a flip-flop that's strapped to the brake pedal.



Breazeale earns Super Late Model victory

Posted 3/21/2016 in Local Sports

David Breazeale hadn't had his race car for more than a week when he took the track Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. But if qualifying was any indication of how he'd fare in the season's first race, the veteran Super Late Model driver knew he wouldn't be tested by the end of the night.



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