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Three MSU women's players earn SEC honors

Posted 3/3/2010 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women’s basketball team made history Tuesday. Seniors Alexis Rack and Armelie Lumanu were named to the first and second All-SEC teams, respectively, while Lumanu was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Lumanu and classmate Chanel Mokango also were named to the All-SEC Defensive Team for the second consecutive season.

 

 

SEC women's schedule affects seedings for tournament

Posted 3/3/2010 in College Sports

Van Chancellor was only half right. The LSU women’s basketball coach was asked in October at Southeastern Conference Media Day his thoughts about how the SEC race would shape up.

 

 

MSU moves on without Sidney in its plans

Posted 3/2/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — While Mississippi State men’s basketball fans wonder what’s up with freshman forward Renardo Sidney, head coach Rick Stansbury isn’t worrying about his gem recruit helping the team this season. It makes sense, seeing as the Bulldogs (21-8, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) have clinched the SEC West and are on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament, according to NCAA bracket experts.  Sidney wasn’t on the bench for the team’s game against Alabama, but the yet-to-be-reinstated player’s attorney, Don Jackson, said he was sick and did not attend. 

 

 

MSU's Grimes returns home for LSU game

Posted 2/27/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Tysheka Grimes hopes she will be able to make her homecoming special for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. Grimes, who is from Baton Rouge, La., will lead the Lady Bulldogs against LSU at 2 p.m. today in the Southeastern Conference regular-season finale for both teams. The game is one of a handful of SEC matchups that will set the pairings for the SEC Tournament on March 4-7 in Duluth, Ga.

 

 

Cohen bemoans mistakes in MSU loss

Posted 2/27/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — John Cohen believes the Mississippi State baseball team is trying too hard to make good things happen. The MSU coach bemoaned five errors and accepted the team’s reality of playing so many newcomers following an 8-5 loss to Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. It was the Bulldogs’ second-straight loss in the series. It’s the first time this season for MSU to drop a series as the team is 4-2 going into the series finale at 1:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

Sir Swat rules land

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — History couldn’t be made on the road. It just wouldn’t have been right for Humphrey Coliseum to miss out on an NCAA record being broken. Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado needed eight blocked shots Wednesday to set a NCAA record, and he registered that total to pass former Louisiana-Monroe center Wojciech Myrda with an all-time mark of 536.

 

 

MSU women will try to get back on track

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team can be thankful it is a member of the Southeastern Conference. But the parity in the league that its coaches have praised so much this season just might prove to the undoing of the Lady Bulldogs.

 

 

MSU women show energy in victory

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — One big hop is all Mary Kathryn Govero needs. When Govero is in rhythm and “feeling it,” she typically steps into her outside shot with a jump that gives her balance and allows her to get maximum lift. Thursday was one of those nights.

 

 

MSU tracksters will be busy this weekend

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University women’s track team will try this weekend to cap a stellar indoor season with a pair of league titles at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.

 

 

Pearl River C.C. beats EMCC in men's MACJC title game

Posted 2/26/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA — In a classic championship contest between regular-season division champions, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team dropped a 61-58 decision to No. 25 Pearl River C.C. on Thursday in the men’s title game of the EMCC-hosted MACJC State Basketball Tournament at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

 

 

Chaney, Dixon hope to impress at NFL Combine

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

Today marks the start of a hopeful rise or fearful plunge in National Football League draft stock for more than 300 former amateur athletes. A pair of former Mississippi State Bulldogs have some work to do if they want to become the program’s first draft picks since 2007.

 

 

Powers' blast in ninth lifts MSU

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Down, but not out. That seems to be a theme for the Mississippi State University baseball team this season. For the third time in four games, MSU overcame a deficit, this time thanks to Luke Adkins and Connor Powers, who hit back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-5 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday night.

 

 

Bigger lineup gives Bulldogs another option

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Apparently everyone in the Mississippi State University men’s basketball camp is fine with the lineup the Bulldogs use and when they use it. So long as the team is winning. In the past two games, the Bulldogs (19-8, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) have started a “big” lineup with Jarvis Varnado, Kodi Augustus and Romero Osby across the front line.

 

 

Top eight seeds advance at MACJC state basketball tournament

Posted 2/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA — The top eight seeds have advanced to today’s semifinals of the MACJC State Basketball Tournament, as all four No. 1 and 2 women’s seeds prevailed Tuesday in opening-round women’s action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. In Tuesday’s nightcap, which was a rematch of last year’s NJCAA Region 23 championship contest, the No. 3 nationally ranked Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln remained unbeaten (24-0) with a 73-65 victory against East Mississippi Community College.

 

 

Auburn holds MSU to lowest scoring output of season

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Senioritis came on the wrong day for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team. With a chance to solidify its chances to earn a first-round bye to the Southeastern Conference Tournament next month in Duluth, Ga., the Lady Bulldogs played their most uninspired and unfocused game of the season. Alli Smalley and Auburn were only too happy to take advantage.

 

 

EMCC men face uncertainties

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

Mark White isn’t sure what he’ll get today. His East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team is still dealing with sickness that affected the Lions on Thursday in a loss to Northeast Mississippi C.C. in the regular-season finale.

 

 

Varnado hopes to set NCAA mark at home vs. Tide

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado doesn’t spend much time thinking about his ascent to the top of the NCAA record books. But Mississippi State men’s basketball fans are keenly aware of the chance Varnado has to make history Wednesday night.

 

 

MSU baseball will try to build on start

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — John Cohen admits his Mississippi State baseball team couldn’t have had a better start to the 2010 season. After sweeping the University of Rhode Island last weekend, the Bulldogs (3-0) will try in today’s home game (4 p.m.) against the University of Alabama at Birmingham to use youth on the mound and to get solid run support like they did against the Rams.

 

 

Gray, EMCC women will try to knock off Copiah-Lincoln

Posted 2/23/2010 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team can accomplish a feat tonight that no other team has realized this season when it takes the court in the MACJC state tournament. The Lady Lions can be the first team to beat Copiah-Lincoln Community College when the teams tip off against each other at 7:30 tonight in Scooba.

 

 

Rack finds sport she loves on the hardwood

Posted 2/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Pearl Rack had dreams for her daughter. As someone who enjoys dancing and as a past sponsor of the Franklin High School (La.) dance team, Pearl imagined a day when her youngest child, Alexis, would take the stage for a performance and delight audiences with her moves. Pearl decided to assist Alexis with her steps by enrolling her in a dance class. But Alexis wouldn’t move.

 

 

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