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Starkville Academy boys defeat CCA

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Bruce Allsup has seen success from one season bleed into another. The Starkville Academy boys basketball coach watched with great interest in the fall as the school's football team overcame a loss to Indianola Academy in the third week of the season and marched to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game. The Volunteers completed the journey with a 21-14 victory in overtime at Jackson Academy to win the program's seventh state championship.


Smith working to improve CMSD facilities

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

The holiday season typically is a busy time of the year for Sammy Smith. For many years, Smith spent the first few weeks of December putting the finishing touches on Columbus High School's Joe Horne Christmas Classic to make sure the annual basketball tournament remained one of the state's premier attractions.


Personnel changes affect stability of CMSD athletics

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

Rusty Greene worked as athletic director for six years for the Columbus Municipal School District. A 1981 graduate of Stephen D. Lee High, Greene has lived in Columbus his whole life. He grew up in East Columbus, so he was part of Caldwell High before his family moved to north Columbus and he switched to Lee High. He admits no one wants Columbus High to succeed more than he does.


Former coach, grandfather believe MSU is right fit for Danberry

Posted yesterday in College Sports

Ashley Nance knows all about Jordan Danberry's exploits on the basketball court. Nance, the girls basketball coach at Conway (Ark.) High School, had a front-row seat to watch Danberry win back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year honors in the state of Arkansas. She also saw Danberry play a pivotal role in leading Conway High to two state championship game appearances.


Caledonia's Logan wins top award from MJGA

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

The 2017 season was a banner year for Hunter Logan. In addition to winning the individual championship at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A Championship and leading the Caledonia High School boys golf team to its second-consecutive state title, Logan won the 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur in July at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. On Friday, Logan topped of his season when he was named the Mississippi Junior Golf Association's boys overall and Division A Player of the Year. It is Logan's first honor.


Danberry set to join No. 6 MSU

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Teams don't often get to add elite talents to their rosters. In April 2015, Roshunda Johnson, a four-star recruit out of Little Rock, Arkansas, opted to transfer from Oklahoma State to Mississippi State.


Acker leads Patriots past Panthers

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

It's easy to conjure images of Charles Barkley when you see Eli Acker leading a fast break. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Acker probably has a half an inch at least on the former Auburn great and NBA All-Star. Acker also is significantly lighter than Barkley was in his hey day when he was affectionately known as the "Round Mound of Rebound."


Schaefer confident No. 6 MSU's defense will improve

Posted 12/8/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer isn't worrying about the numbers. If you have been around the Mississippi State women's basketball coach long enough, though, you know he loves statistics. He has a habit of highlighting numbers of interest on his team's statistical breakdowns. Schaefer also has a habit of circling and squaring good and bad stats after every game before he talks to members of the media.


Stevenson takes new mind-set for New Hope

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

It's all about a mind-set for Tyler Stevenson. At 6-foot-7 1/2, 180 pounds, the New Hope High School swingman has the athleticism, length, and quickness to be one of the top players in the state of Mississippi.


Carlyle, Falcons preparing for Yellow Jackets, annual tournament

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Anthony Carlyle hasn't shied away from competition this season. A busy pre-Christmas schedule has seen Columbus play a game at Quitman High School, face nationally ranked Memphis East at the MLK Classic in Hamilton, Tennessee, take on Hazel Green (Ala.) and Madison Prep (La.) at the fifth-annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic in Corinth, and play Curie (Ill.) in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky.


Noxubee County, West Point cap memorable seasons with titles

Posted 12/5/2017 in Local Columns

OXFORD "We score, we win." L.C. Clemmons' message to his Noxubee County High School football teammates was simple. With the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title game tied at 35 with 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, the Tigers had destiny in their hands.


Vivians leads No. 6 MSU past Oklahoma State

Posted 12/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team is showing its age. With four seniors and a junior in the backcourt, MSU coach Vic Schaefer might have the deepest group of guards in the nation. Through eight games, MSU's guards are putting their experience to work in a variety of ways. On Sunday, Victoria Vivians poured in a season-high 30 points to help No. 6 MSU outlast Oklahoma State 79-76 before a crowd of 5,138 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Humphrey Coliseum.


Murphy scores four touchdowns as West Point repeats

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.


West Point defense makes statement in championship win

Posted 12/2/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Xavier Fair has played a lot of "spy" since his junior season.


Monster day from Clark leads Noxubee County to Class 4A state championship

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Rashad Eades has a future as a counselor.


Late stop seals victory for Noxubee County defense

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Keymarcus Jackson couldn't wait for the ball to come down.


MSU women set for battle in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Posted 12/2/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Shooters love to shoot.


Short earns top honor for football officials

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

Roger Short is more than an official.


Former New Hope standout Sanders opts for transfer to Oregon

Posted 11/30/2017 in College Sports

DJ Sanders never imagined she would leave the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Welch, Morgan team up to lead West Point offense

Posted 11/30/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.



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