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MSU's Rack, EMCC's Thompson at USA Trials

Posted 5/17/2009 in College Sports

If things work out this weekend, Alexis Rack, of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team, will be a little busier this summer than she anticipated. The rising senior guard at Mississippi State is at the USA Basketball National Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball coach Sharon Thompson, a former women’s basketball player at MSU, also is in Colorado working as a court coach who is helping work the player in drills.

 

 

MSU loses lead in loss to LSU

Posted 5/15/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– The Mississippi State baseball team could not hold a lead Thursday night, suffering a 5-4 loss to second-ranked LSU in a Southeastern Conference game at Dudy Noble Field. Mississippi State (24-28, 8-19) led 4-1 before LSU scored three runs in the seventh inning and one run in the eighth. Mississippi State needed to sweep the three-game series with LSU to finish the season with a .500 record.

 

 

LSU's Mainieri has fond memories of Dudy Noble

Posted 5/15/2009 in College Sports

It has been 30 years since his first visit to Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field, but LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said his return this weekend is special. Mainieri’s first experience at the Bulldogs’ home came in 1979 as a player at the University of New Orleans. The Privateers played in the NCAA tournament in Starkville that season. Mainieri’s relationship with the MSU fans took a positive turn in 2000 when he was the head coach at Notre Dame.

 

 

MSU's Bell going home for regional

Posted 5/13/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Softball is serious business in Florida. No one knows that better than Mississippi State sophomore outfielder Brittany Bell. While growing up in the Tampa area, Bell discovered how important the game was in the Sunshine State. Bell will accompany her Lady Bulldogs teammates to her home state this weekend for the NCAA tournament’s Tallahassee Regional. MSU will play California in the first round at 4 p.m. Friday. Florida State will play host to the double-elimination regional.

 

 

Beckwith helps MCC win region by swinging bat

Posted 5/13/2009 in College Sports

William Beckwith picked a good time to start swinging a hot bat for the Meridian Community College baseball team. Beckwith, a 2008 graduate of West Lowndes High School, went 12-for-18 with eight RBIs in four games to help MCC win the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. “I’d been waiting for that to happen,” Beckwith said of getting hot at the plate. “It felt great because I was helping my team get wins. (The ball looked) like a beach ball. It was a great feeling.”

 

 

Harris hopes to get ball in title game for MCC

Posted 5/13/2009 in College Sports

Garrett Harris is looking forward to pitching for the University of South Alabama baseball team. But before he does, his focus is on taking care of unfinished business at Meridian Community College. Harris, a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School who has signed with South Alabama, welcomes an opportunity to pitch for MCC in the NJCAA South Central District Tournament.

 

 

Itawamba's Cole hits his way onto All-Region squad

Posted 5/13/2009 in College Sports

Ladarrius Cole arrived at Itawamba Community College just wanting to contribute. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound outfielder from Nettleton High School has done much more than that, and the Indians are reaping the benefits. Cole, who leads the team with a .456 batting average, was one of a handful of players chosen to the All-Region 23 squad on Wednesday. Cole, Pontotoc’s Dustin Lunn (catcher), Auburn signee Justin Bryant (middle infielder), of Remlap, Ala,. and pitcher/second baseman Josh Chism were selected to the first team all-state squad.

 

 

Varnado will return to MSU for senior season

Posted 5/12/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s men’s basketball program received good news Monday about a big man for the third week in a row. After the signing of Renardo Sidney and the addition of John Riek, the Bulldogs learned Monday that center Jarvis Varnado plans to return for his senior season.

 

 

EMCC's Abrams signs scholarship with UAPB

Posted 5/10/2009 in College Sports

Jasmine Abrams has her eyes set on higher goals. Her two seasons with the East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team have made those aspirations more realistic. Now the former Columbus High School standout plans to take her game to the Division I level in hopes of taking the next step toward realizing her goal to play professional basketball. On Tuesday, Abrams, a 6-foot forward, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball in the fall at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

 

 

Ole Miss baseball has the 'Power'

Posted 5/8/2009 in College Sports

The University of Mississippi baseball team has been known to unleash its “Power” on opponents the past four seasons. As outfielder Logan Power has driven in runs, it has usually led to success for Ole Miss. Since his arrival in 2006, Power has helped the Rebels to a four-season record of 159-86, trips to three NCAA Regionals, and appearances in two Super Regionals.

 

 

South Alabama series meets MSU football's needs

Posted 5/7/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State considers the new three-game contract to play South Alabama in football a win-win situation for both parties. Considering the economics and benefits for the Bulldogs, the deal was too good for the school to pass up.

 

 

Riek officially joins Bulldogs

Posted 5/7/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Signed, sealed, and delivered. The much anticipated paperwork confirming the signing of 7-foot-2 center John Riek reached the Mississippi State men’s basketball office Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

MSU Brownlee has battled back from arm injuries

Posted 5/7/2009 in College Sports

It’s difficult enough for an athlete to come back from one torn labrum. Mississippi State freshman outfielder Brent Brownlee has suffered that injury three times, and has had to have surgery on each occasion.

 

 

MSU going big by signing 7-foot-2 Riek

Posted 5/6/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury understands that there is no such thing anymore as a quiet offseason. This year, it seems to be louder than usual. First, junior center Jarvis Varnado applied for early entry into the National Basketball Association draft. Then this past Thursday, Mississippi State signed McDonald’s All-American Renardo Sidney, from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Now it looks like Mississippi State is on the verge of signing 7-foot-2 center John Riek, of Khartoun, Sudan, via IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

 

 

ICC's Frembgen being groomed for future

Posted 5/6/2009 in College Sports

Travis Frembgen was accustomed to being the starting catcher for five years on the Hamilton High School baseball team. But a year after graduating from Hamilton, Frembgen is learning what it means to have patience as a freshman backup catcher to sophomore Dustin Lunn at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. “I’m day-to-day, basically,” Frembgen said. “I didn’t play in many division games, but the guy in front of me does great behind the plate, and he’s a good hitter, also. “I’m just waiting my turn. I know I probably could have started at other junior colleges, but I’m happy I’m here.”

 

 

MSU will investigate Sidney's amateur status

Posted 5/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Getting Renardo Sidney on the basketball court at Mississippi State might be more difficult than the Bulldogs anticipated. MSU will use sports attorney Mike Glazier to evaluate Sidney’s amateur status.

 

 

MSU looks to cool off Alabama's bats

Posted 5/1/2009 in College Sports

The University of Alabama baseball team’s offense is intimidating when you look at the numbers. Alabama leads the Southeastern Conference in batting average (.338), hits (550), slugging percentage (.592), on-base percentage (.423), runs scored (423), RBIs (394), doubles (116), and total bases (963). When Mississippi State plays host to Alabama in a three-game SEC series at 6:30 p.m. today, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bulldogs primary task will be to try to hold down that offense.

 

 

MSU men's basketball team signs McDonald's All-American

Posted 5/1/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State’s basketball program might not have a “Varnado” next season, but it will have a “Renardo.” Renardo Sidney, a McDonald’s All-American from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and the nation’s No. 7 prospect in the country according to ESPN’s Scout’s Inc., signed Thursday afternoon with Mississippi State. MSU spokesman Gregg Ellis confirmed the signing, which ended a week of speculation about Sidney’s destination.

 

 

Road Dawgs Tour coming to Columbus

Posted 5/1/2009 in College Sports

The Road Dawgs Tour is getting closer to Columbus. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and other members of the athletic department are making plans to make their Lowndes County appearance at the Plymouth Bluff Center on Monday. It’s one of the stops Mullen is making among 16 cities across the Southeast. Anyone wanting to attend must purchase their $15 tickets by today at Coldwell Banker West Realty or BankFirst in Columbus.

 

 

Long jumper Gaines will participate in graduation exercises

Posted 4/30/2009 in College Sports

It was tempting for Mississippi State track jumper Priscilla Gaines to participate Saturday at the Mississippi Open in Oxford. After reaching a season-high and regional qualifying long jump of 19 feet, 8 inches at the Mississippi Invitational on April 11, the chance for more success there was inviting. But Gaines has something more important to do Saturday.

 

 

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