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MSU fans travel in large numbers to SEC tourney

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tom and Sharon Monaghan have never needed extra incentive to attend the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.


Worst to first: Bulldogs make striking turnaround

Posted 5/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Television analyst Kyle Peterson knows a thing or two about good baseball.


All-Area Boys Basketball: Carter leads Starkville to back-to-back title games

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - When he began his junior year at Starkville High School, Tyson Carter knew the expectation was there for him to become a leader on the basketball team.


All-Area Girls Basketball: Bailey, Daniel help West Point basketball turn corner

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - When Dashmond Daniel began his coaching career four seasons ago at West Point High School, he quickly identified the best player on the girls' basketball team.


All-Area Girls Basketball: Middleton, Dill go out together with state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Oak Hill Academy senior basketball player Sarah Dill received some encouraging words from her coach Brian Middleton during her junior season.


All-Area Boys Basketball: Crawford pushes both West Lowndes teams back to Jackson

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

If nothing else, Danny Crawford has learned patience during his coaching career.


Walters column: Riley, Falcons find perfect match for first state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Columns

Today, The Dispatch presents its annual All-Area Prep Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year.


Former Columbus High standout Patterson signs with Jacksonville State

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Kiki Patterson felt doubly blessed Tuesday afternoon.


Ole Miss' Lunderman says state players need a chance

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss freshman shortstop Hailey Lunderman wasn't sure what to expect when she started playing Southeastern Conference softball. Turns out, Lunderman got the hang of things quickly. In her first season at Oxford, Lunderman leads the Rebels with a .372 average and 73 hits. She has started all 59 games and has fielded at a .961 clip.


Nusz Park impresses in SEC tourney debut

Posted 5/17/2016 in Local Columns

In 2011, Ole Miss brought prestige to the state when it played host to the Southeastern Conference softball tournament for the first time. Ole Miss spent more than $1 million in renovations to prepare its stadium for the eight-team tournament after it had passed on earlier invitations to serve as tournament host. The enthusiasm was dampened, however, when the home team won three conference games and failed to qualify for the event. This season, the roles were reversed. Mississippi State made the field as the last of the 12 seeds.


Auburn earns two big wins to reach title game

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Friday was a pretty good day at the office for the Auburn softball team. After defeating No. 5 seed Alabama earlier in the day, No. 4 seeded Auburn knocked off No. 1 seed and top-ranked Florida 2-1 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park.


Alabama-Auburn rivalry helping softball grow in SEC

Posted 5/14/2016 in Local Columns

In the summer of 2013, the world of college softball was surprised to learn Clint Myers was leaving the Arizona State softball program to take over as head coach at Auburn. In eight seasons as head coach of the Sun Devils, Myers had led his alma mater to seven Women's College World Series appearances and two national championships.


Bell, Simmons lead LSU past Tennessee

Posted 5/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- LSU senior infielder Bianka Bell has fond memories of watching her older sister, Briana, play softball for Mississippi State. Now she is making memories at MSU's new field, Nusz Park. Bell hit a solo home run and teammate Sandra Simmons hit a game-winning two-run shot Friday afternoon to help No. 7 seed LSU beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 3-1 in eight innings in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.


No. 1 Florida survives Ole Miss in quarterfinals

Posted 5/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss senior pitcher Madi Osias looks forward to hanging out with her teammates this weekend. "There is no school and this is the first weekend all year where we have not had games to play," Osias said. "I will be honest with you, this is going to be a lot of fun. We are going to hang out and bond and just enjoy being with each other. "It will be a long weekend because there is so much excitement about what lies ahead."


Ole Miss continues season of firsts with SEC tourney win

Posted 5/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Elantra Cox believes she has always played softball with a level head. Fortunately for the sophomore left fielder, a lot of the members of the Ole Miss softball team feel that way. As Ole Miss continues to re-write the school's record book, the level-headed focus will be critical moving forward. That focus was there Wednesday, as Ole Miss beat No. 15 Georgia 4-2 at Nusz Park for its first victory in the Southeastern Conference tournament.


Alabama ends Mississippi State's season

Posted 5/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball season ended in a less-than-surprising fashion Wednesday night. Playing before a crowd of 1,436 in the first Southeastern Conference tournament at Nusz Park, MSU committed five errors and fell to No. 4 Alabama 7-5.


Walters column: SEC dominance extends to softball

Posted 5/10/2016 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference fans like to beat their chests year round about playing in the best football conference in the nation.


Smith helping Ole Miss make history

Posted 5/10/2016 in Local Columns

Television personalities Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, and Kayla Braud held a spirited debate Sunday about the merits of Florida's Tim Walton and Kentucky's Rachel Lawson being named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year during the SEC Network's coverage of softball.


MSU has been natural fit for Winkfield

Posted 5/10/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kayla Winkfield called it "a leap of faith." When Mississippi State hired Vann Stuedeman in the summer of 2011 to reverse the fortunes of its softball program, one of her initial targets was Winkfield, an All-State senior at Giddings High School (Texas).


New Hope playoff run ends with loss to Grenada

Posted 5/7/2016 in High School Sports

For most of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs, New Hope High School had been looking for its offense.



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