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New Hope basketball drops region pair to Oxford

Posted 1/14/2017 in High School Sports

Oxford High School senior Jarkel Joiner missed a critical front end of a one-and-one free throw-opportunity Friday night.


Heritage Academy boys rout Winston Academy

Posted 1/11/2017 in High School Sports

Joseph Riley knew what to do when the Heritage Academy student section started chanting his name. Riley worked to get open, took a pass at the top of the key, and drained a 3-pointer. The student section went delirious after the basket, Riley's first of four in a 72-30 rout of Winston Academy on Tuesday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener.


Stuedeman will try to reverse Bulldogs' fortunes

Posted 1/11/2017 in Local Columns

Saturday really can't come quick enough for Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman and her Bulldogs. Saturday marks the opening day of practice for the 2017 season. To borrow a phrase from president-elect Donald Trump, it's a "huge" season for the Bulldogs.


Starkville's Leonard signs with Southern Illinois

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

Raphael Leonard feels better prepared for the second time around.


District play signals start of 2017 following holiday tournaments

Posted 1/4/2017 in Local Columns

March is the best month of the year for prep basketball coaches. That is when the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) crown state champions.


EMCC's Lipscomb will continue career at Delta State

Posted 1/4/2017 in College Sports

While football players are coached to focus on one week at a time, East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Alexander Lipscomb couldn't help but think ahead. As EMCC continued to win games and closed in on winning a fifth Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship, Lipscomb's heart sank a little lower each week.


Walters column: Well-wishes for 2017

Posted 1/1/2017 in Local Sports

Hopefully, each of you have had an enjoyable time with family and friends during the holiday season.


Williams hits game-winner as Columbus tops New Hope at Trojan Classic

Posted 12/31/2016 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys' basketball coach Gary Griffin has been encouraging point guard Kaderius Williams to take more shots.


Columbus girls use fast start to rout New Hope

Posted 12/31/2016 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior Briona Green has had two things on her mind during Christmas holidays -- family and basketball.


Weatherspoon's dagger against Vanderbilt highlights best games of year

Posted 12/29/2016 in College Sports

As Ben Howland has slowly built the Mississippi State men's basketball program, it has become apparent that Quinndary Weatherspoon will be a key building block.


Starkville boys learning to play defense like Carter wants

Posted 12/28/2016 in High School Sports

Tupelo High School boys basketball coach Jeff Norwood had that sinking feeling Monday night. The second half of his team's game against Starkville had just started. At halftime, Starkville led 18-14. As the score would indicate, efficient offense hadn't been plentiful.


Columbus boys basketball team's title top prep story

Posted 12/27/2016 in High School Sports

When Luther Riley took over the Columbus High School boys basketball program, he said the Falcons would be title contenders right away. It turned out to be an accurate prediction. In his first and only season on the bench, Riley earned The Dispatch's All-Area Coach of the Year honors after leading the Falcons to their first Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship in boys basketball.


Chambless keeps it simple in title march

Posted 12/24/2016 in High School Sports

Coaching football isn't complicated for Chris Chambless. While many coaches lay awake at night coming up with an extra formation or a set of plays that will give their team a competitive advantage, Chambless has kept it simple for the West Point High School football team.


Hill helps transform Columbus football

Posted 12/24/2016 in High School Sports

The original goal for Kylin Hill was to carry the Columbus High School football team to new levels of success. As an added bonus, Hill will leave school as one of the state's best running backs.


Murphy fuels West Point's run to eighth title

Posted 12/24/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Marcus Murphy is considered a "self-starter." When it comes to the weight room, practice field, or on game nights, the West Point High School junior always finds a way to make himself better. One day after West Point won the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A State championship, Murphy tweeted he was headed back to the weight room to start work on an even bigger senior season.


Stapleton return in MSU's rout of Southern Mississippi

Posted 12/20/2016 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Xavian Stapleton spent a few hours Monday night acknowledging well-wishers on Twitter. After not playing competitive basketball for 18 months, the Mississippi State sophomore guard wanted to savor his return to the court for as long as possible. Stapleton scored eight points, had a rebound, a blocked shot, and two steals in 11 minutes as part of the MSU men's basketball team's 86-44 victory against Southern Mississippi in the inaugural Capital City Showdown before a MSU-dominant crowd of 4,031 at Mississippi Coliseum.


EMCC's Johnson signs with Florida Atlantic

Posted 12/15/2016 in College Sports

De'Andre Johnson stayed true to his Florida roots Wednesday morning. The East Mississippi Community College quarterback made official a return to his home state when he signed a scholarship offer with Florida Atlantic and new coach Lane Kiffin.


Walters column: Stephens, EMCC eagerly anticipate 2017 season

Posted 12/13/2016 in College Sports

When the question was first asked, this writer really didn't pay any attention.


Bell leads New Hope in come-from-behind win over West Lowndes

Posted 12/13/2016 in High School Sports

For New Hope senior JaQuante Bell, it was a matter of slowing things down.


Richardson leads No. 5 MSU women past Southern Miss

Posted 12/10/2016 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- This road trip wasn't as simple as packing clothes, collecting meal money, and boarding the bus for Breanna Richardson. The Mississippi State senior forward participated in commencement ceremonies Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Richardson and MSU women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer pulled in to Hattiesburg around 12:30 Saturday morning.



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