Nashedra Barry likes to stay busy. In addition to the time she spends with the Columbus High School girls basketball and slow- and fast-pitch softball teams, the senior standout is involved in a host of clubs and other extra-curricular activities.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball and softball teams have something in common at the top of its batting orders. Although both teams are struggling in the Southeastern Conference, baseball’s Grant Hogue and softball’s Chelsea Bramlett have enjoyed personal success stealing bases. Hogue leads the SEC with 28 stolen bases and is tied with Dave Klipstein for second most steals in a season in Mississippi State history. He is fifth in school history with 53 career stolen bases. As far as Bramlett, she has already set the Mississippi State single-season record for stolen bases with 49 and her 141 career thefts are tied her for the most all-time with Iyhia McMichael.
As a redshirt freshman on the Delta State baseball team, Brent Hallmark hasn’t had many opportunities to pitch. But Hallmark has made the most of the opportunities when he has gotten to take the mound. Hallmark, a 2007 graduate of New Hope High School, has appeared in four games for the Statesmen this season and he hasn’t allowed an earned run.
STARKVILLE –– Mississippi State’s football coaches believed the team progressed in all phases of the game during spring practice, but the common opinion throughout the program is that there is much improvement yet to be made. The Bulldogs spent 15 NCAA mandated practices in the spring, mainly trying to install the spread offense. On the defensive side, coordinator Carl Torbush liked going against the spread in practice and said his unit benefited from having many things thrown at it.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado is keeping everyone in suspense about his basketball future. If Varnado has decided to leave Mississippi State for the National Basketball Association, he hasn't made his intentions public. Today is the deadline for college underclassmen to declare their eligibility for the NBA draft, but there hasn't been a peep from Varnado about his plans. The only decision Varnado seems to have made is not to talk.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team is in danger of missing the postseason for the second year in a row. After making the NCAA College World Series in 2007, Mississippi State didn’t reach the Southeastern Conference or NCAA tournaments last year. Mississippi State (21-21, 6-12) will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for its next three-game SEC series against Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Even though he was not in town to see it, Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne could not have been more proud of the turnout for Super Bulldog Weekend.
STARKVILLE –– The Mississippi State athletic department has acknowledged its football program violated an NCAA bylaw April 10 when former coach Jackie Sherrill visited a spring football practice session. The school has self-reported the secondary violation of NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124.1.4 regarding the use of outside consultants when Sherrill was seen working with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and the kickers to the Southeastern Conference. A letter was sent Tuesday by MSU Associate Athletic Director of Compliance Bracky Brett to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
Dan Mullen, Lane Kiffin, and Gene Chizik all have been assigned the same task. The men are in charge of returning three Southeastern Conference football teams to winning ways. Mississippi State, Auburn, and Tennessee all participated in and won bowl games in 2007, but failed in its quests to record winning seasons in 2008.
In her first season at Birmingham-Southern College, Tori Harris helped the softball program reach new heights. Birmingham-Southern ended its season Sunday with the best record in school history. Birmingham-Southern, ranked No. 17 nationally, swept a doubleheader from Hendrix College to finish the season 32-5 for an .865 winning percentage. Harris, a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School, contributed to that success as a junior pitcher and third baseman.
Clark Richey won’t realize his goal until June. But he will take another step toward it tonight when the Cotton States Baseball League unveils its four-team North Division at 4:45 p.m. today at the Magnolia Civic Center in New Albany.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs got a taste of what coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense could be on the football field on Saturday night. In a full game scrimmage, the Maroon team came from behind to defeat the White 24-21 in the Maroon-White Game at Davis Wade Stadium. The announced crowd of 31,606 was the largest ever to watch a spring game at MSU. Although the Bulldogs did not show fans an all-out offensive explosion, it was enough to satisfy Mullen.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior first baseman Connor Powers took out his frustration on one pitch Saturday afternoon. Powers hit a walkoff solo home run in the 10th inning to help the Mississippi State Bulldogs beat the Kentucky Wildcats 4-3 at Dudy Noble Field. A season-high crowd of 10,210, the 22nd largest in MSU history and third largest in the Southeastern Conference this year, looked on during Super Bulldog Weekend. After losing 5-4 in 11 innings on Friday, MSU (20-19, 6-11 Southeastern Conference) was able to even its series with Kentucky at 1-1.
STARKVILLE — John Cohen has had what he calls “weird” experiences in coaching. The first came when he was an assistant at Florida under Pat McMahon and coached against former Mississippi State coach Ron Polk, who he played for from 1988-90.
STARKVILLE — Run, run, run. Tyson Lee, of Columbus, and the other Mississippi State quarterbacks have heard those words shouted at them several times this spring. In coach Dan Mullen’s new spread offense, there are opportunities for the quarterback to call his number for a running play.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury emphasizes winning championships. He believes strongly enough in winning titles that last month he made sure everyone saw the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship trophy on the table for his press conference prior to the NCAA tournament.
The Mississippi State football team said goodbye to Russell Athletics on Wednesday and hello to adidas. Football players Derek Sherrod, Anthony Dixon, Jamar Chaney, and Bo Walters sported their new adidas uniforms for the first time in front of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus. The school reached a new apparel agreement with adidas a few weeks ago.
PEARL –– Senior left-hander Brett Bukvich struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not walk one on the way to Most Valuable Player honors as he helped Ole Miss beat Mississippi State 8-1 to claim the Governor’s Cup. The fifth largest crowd in Trustmark Park history (7,458) watched Bukvich (5-1) pitch six innings and allow only one run on five hits with no walks as Ole Miss (26-10) claimed the annual non-conference contest between Southeastern Conference rivals.
STARKVILLE -- Kyle Roberts is happy to be practicing football in Oktibbeha County again. After taking a detour to East Mississippi Community College for two years, the former East Oktibbeha High School player has walked on at Mississippi State for spring practice. Roberts has been primarily a slot receiver in Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense and has worked his way up to second team.
Rachel Baucom is accustomed to winning when it comes to playing softball. She played on six state championship teams at New Hope High School and back-to-back state championship teams at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. Baucom isn’t on a team that good this season, but she’s helping revive the softball program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
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