CALEDONIA -- "Guess what happened?" Bailie Cross didn't have any idea what her mother, Beth, was talking about when she arrived home from school last month. Cross said she and her mother usually talk about their days when she gets home from Caledonia High School, but she had a feeling something was different this time.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon's last two weeks have been full of uncertainties. On Nov. 21, it was announced the Mississippi State sophomore guard/forward was going to miss the remainder of the season with a tear to his Scapholunate ligament in his left hand -- his non-dominant hand. He suffered the injury Nov. 18 against Boise State in the Gildan Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. Weatherspoon played the next day against UTEP.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer assembled the Mississippi State women's basketball team's 2016-17 schedule knowing full well his team was going to learn how to handle being the hunted. Trips to Maine and Hawaii as well as a game against Tulane in Biloxi and a lone home game against then-No. 8 Texas have provided plenty of evidence No. 6 MSU has accepted the growing bull's eye on its back and is prepared to travel to any destination to prove it is worthy.
WEST POINT -- It's nearly time. Everitt Cunningham can hardly contain himself. After waiting ever since his freshman season, the West Point senior finally will get to play for a state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday when West Point (13-1) takes on Laurel (13-1) in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title game at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football freshman John Michael Hankerson has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after being arrested for simple assault and trespassing Wednesday, MSU coach Dan Mullen announced Thursday.
SCOOBA -- Whether it has been in high school, senior college football or junior college football, former Starkville High standout Raphael Leonard has been all about making plays. Leonard earned his name as an All-State wide receiver at Starkville High. A brief stint followed at Florida Atlantic. Now, he is racking up the honors as a standout wide receiver at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- You'll have to excuse Chinwe Okorie's confusion. Even though she is a senior, the Mississippi State center has been playing basketball for only four years, so she is still getting used to all of the festivities that follow games and tournaments.
STARKVILLE -- Eli Wright was ready for college basketball. After beginning his high school career at Apollo High School in Owensboro, Kentucky, Wright transferred to 22 Feet Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, for his senior season. The move allowed Wright to play a national schedule, which including games against perennial powers like Oak Hill Academy, of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Tiano said he will explore his options outside of MSU via a Twitter post posted Wednesday afternoon. Tiano served as the third-string quarterback behind sophomore starter Nick Fitzgerald and junior backup Damian Williams this season.
OXFORD -- Giddy Potts scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team to a 77-62 victory against Ole Miss on Wednesday night.
Keil Moore saw the potential in Chloe Bibby the first time he saw her play. As international director of scouting for Prospectsnation.com, a website that covers women's college basketball recruiting, Moore was in the Czech Republic for the 2014 International Basketball federation (FIBA) Under-17 World Championships. One of the standout players Moore saw at the event was Bibby, a 6-foot-1 forward who was playing for Australia. Moore was struck by Bibby's "blue-collar feel" as well as her toughness and strength.
Holmes Community College sophomore running back Matt Fuller is a little freaked out about his team's next game. "Never played in a dome," said Fuller, who prepped at Starkville High School. "I have to admit that freaks me out a little bit. It will be fun, exciting, and definitely something different."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference's two stingiest defenses will take the field in the league championship game. That's no coincidence. No. 1 Alabama has kept its end zone off limits for more than a month and been practically impenetrable to running backs. No. 15 Florida has only given up a few more points per game and flummoxed opposing quarterbacks.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro didn't waste anytime.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready knew it was time for him to step up.
STARKVILLE -- "Live it" has become a new mantra for Vic Schaefer's Mississippi State women's basketball team.
OXFORD -- Dan Mullen was beaming. After the Mississippi State football team beat Ole Miss 55-20 Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in the Battle for the Golden Egg, the MSU coach found it hard to suppress a smile and was lively answering questions.
OXFORD -- The final score -- 55-20 -- is what people will remember for generations. But it's likely people won't remember how the Mississippi State football turned what appeared to be a matchup of fairly even teams into a lopsided result in the annual battle for the Golden Egg before an announced crowd of 66,038 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
HONOLULU -- It's all about the preparation for Chinwe Okorie and it paid off nicely for her Sunday. Okorie scored 12 of her season-high 18 points in the first half as the No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team pulled away from Hawaii 66-41 on the final day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
1. Caledonia's Cross named to All-Star game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Mullen suspends WR Hankerson indefinitely COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Iowa State next road challenge for No. 6 MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Weatherspoon returns to lead MSU past Oregon State COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Leonard gearing up for last game at EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS