Dreams came true Thursday for three Mississippi State women’s basketball players and the University of Mississippi’s Bianca Thomas. Now Armelie Lumanu, Chanel Mokango and Alexis Rack, of Mississippi State, and Thomas are faced with the hard part: Making the most of their opportunities. Things likely will be a little easier for Mokango and Thomas, who were selected with the No. 9 and the No. 12 picks in the WNBA draft by the Atlanta Dream and Los Angeles Sparks, respectively.
STARKVILLE — Fueled by a mid-week offensive uprising, the Mississippi State baseball team will yet again have another first when it plays host to Arkansas this weekend. New faces, new positions, new lessons learned and another new attempt by MSU coach John Cohen hope to provide a spark for the Bulldogs. But make no mistake, Caleb Reed’s first career start scheduled for today’s 6:30 p.m. opener against the Razorbacks isn’t just a shot in the dark to get longer innings out of starters.
STARKVILLE — Chanel Mokango is ready for anything today. The only problem is the Mississippi State senior doesn’t know when it will happen.
Bianca Thomas believes in herself. You can hear it in her voice. More importantly, the University of Mississippi senior makes you believe on the court.
None of the four WNBA coaches and/or general managers could pinpoint where Mississippi State seniors Armelie Lumanu, Chanel Mokango, and Alexis Rack and University of Mississippi senior Bianca Thomas will be picked today in the annual WNBA draft. But all four individuals agreed all four will be drafted, likely in the first two rounds of the three-round event.
In his first season on the East Mississippi Community College baseball team, Hilton Gibson ranks among the team leaders in hitting and power production. The freshman first baseman is third with a .376 batting average to go with two home runs and 20 RBIs. But the production at the plate isn’t Gibson’s greatest contribution to the Lions, according to EMCC coach Tony Montgomery.
STARKVILLE — Pernell McPhee admitted there was some revenge laid out during Mississippi State’s football scrimmage on Saturday. Just one day after being dominated by the offense, the defensive meetings “weren’t pretty,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said following Saturday’s work.
STARKVILLE – The search for a consistent offense continues for the Mississippi State baseball team entering a Southeastern Conference series at South Carolina. Mississippi State (14-11, 2-4 SEC) enters the series following a 5-3 loss to Ole Miss at Pearl on Tuesday, a game which the Bulldogs managed just six hits. The offsensive struggles have seen Mississippi State strike out an SEC-leading 206 times this year.
STARKVILLE — The road to fulfilling potential can come with setbacks. Tobias Smith has taken a pair of detours. The Mississippi State guard spent his first two seasons in Starkville wondering if he’d get a chance to make good on the potential two coaching staffs have seen in him.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s appeal to the NCAA to reduce Renardo Sidney’s punishment fell short Tuesday as the ruling handed down at the beginning of March was upheld. The original penalty, which stated the Mississippi State men’s basketball signee will lose a year of eligibility and be forced to miss the first nine games of the 2010-11 season, will remain as the The Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee turned down Mississippi State’s appeal of the nine-game suspension. Sidney, a Jackson native, sat all of the 2009-10 season while the NCAA investigated whether the McDonald’s and Parade All-American received improper benefits while playing high school basketball.
While playing baseball at West Lowndes High School, D.Q. Farmer never got to trot around the bases as the result of hitting a home run. But since getting to Mississippi Valley State University, Farmer has shown he has some pop in his bat. Farmer, a freshman at Mississippi Valley, leads the Delta Devils with two home runs –– connecting in both games of a doubleheader against Alabama State on March 20.
STARKVILLE — A dramatic weekend behind them, the Mississippi State baseball team will try to bottle up what went right for it against Georgia when it takes on the University of Mississippi today for the Governor’s Cup in Pearl.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s track teams will try to stand out Wednesday when they invade Austin, Texas, for the 83rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. More than 5,000 high school and college track and field athletes will compete in the nation’s second-largest track meet, which is also one of its most storied events.
STARKVILLE — Defense has been the calling card for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bulldogs used a 13-0 run in the final four-plus minutes to rally past Middle Tennessee State in the first round. MSU had 14 steals and forced 24 turnovers Tuesday against second-seeded Ohio State in an 87-67 upset that secured the program’s first trip to the Sweet 16.
STARKVILLE — With Greg Byrne’s recent decision to resign his athletic director post at Mississippi State, the facilities upgrades and plans he initiated to push the program forward will be paramount in building the MSU brand. Byrne’s two-year reign at MSU saw the fan experience improve, Bulldog Club membership grow, and the ability of athletes to train at the highest level become a reality. The ideas Byrne brought to the table weren’t radical as the high-spending world of college athletics required MSU to find ways to boost the athletic department’s image and to enhance game-day atmosphere.
STARKVILLE — Until Friday, no one knew just how tough a decision Greg Byrne was faced with in his choice to leave Mississippi State for the University of Arizona. In his first meeting with the media since announcing Monday that he’d end his two-year run as MSU’s athetic director, Byrne talked about much of what he’d released in a prepared statement earlier in the week. But as the questions rained down about how hard it was for him to leave MSU after initiating a progressive atmosphere and change in the athletic department, Byrne shed tears and struggled with words to describe the last two years and how comfortable the Starkville community has made he and his family.
STARKVILLE — The third day of Mississippi State’s spring practices on Saturday gave the coaches and players the first opportunity to have live contact. As MSU coach Dan Mullen expected, the crispness was lacking. Mullen described the workout as “sloppy,” but he admitted he anticipated it with the players’ excitement over the first day of pads and the team installing its base offense.
STARKVILLE — A rocky fourth inning and a lack of pop at the plate sent Mississippi State to its fourth Southeastern Conference loss after a late comeback bid fell short Saturday in a 7-4 setback to Georgia. Mississippi State (13-10, 1-4 SEC) gave up a five-run fourth inning and struggled to string together timely hits, but didn’t cunt on freshman starter Chris Stratton making it to just the fourth inning. Stratton (2-3) was the losing pitcher, giving up four earned runs on three hits in three innings. He struck out eight batters, but Georgia (9-14, 1-4) took advantage of his location issues and scored two runs off walks in the fourth inning.
STARKVILLE — Dogged by heavy gusts of wind, coach Dan Mullen was pleased with the second day of the Mississippi State football team’s spring practice.
STARKVILLE — The “experts” have spoken. On Thursday, ESPN.com contributors Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, and Mechelle Voepel turned in their predictions for the Sweet 16 pairings in the women’s NCAA tournament.
1. Epiphany helps Holman return to New Hope HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Lady Trojans fall a little short HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Ray looks to newcomers to improve depth COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Thomas' development gives MSU positive for future COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Defense does job for South Jones HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS