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New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title

Posted 2/18/2017 in High School Sports

New Hope and Oxford sent its entertaining basketball rivalry out on a high note Friday night.

 

Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday

Posted 2/18/2017 in High School Sports

The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) basketball playoffs begin Monday night.

 

Tupelo-Columbus matchup will be twice as nice Friday

Posted 2/16/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin had a plan. He just had to wait to use it. That opportunity will come at 8:30 p.m. Friday when Columbus (16-11) plays host Tupelo (24-4) for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 championship. Tupelo (23-5) will take on Columbus (21-4) at 7 p.m. for the girls title.

 

Niu takes long way to MSU

Posted 2/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- What would become the biggest day of Sarai Niu's life didn't begin or end as planned. A talented high school softball-playing senior, Niu had fought back great reservations and decided to take an official visit to Mississippi State.

 

Second half defense lifts Columbus boys into region tournament championship

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus boys basketball coach Gary Griffin and junior player Robert Woodard II came to the same conclusion at halftime of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.

 

Columbus girls race past Hernando to reach region tournament championship

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School had a 45-second stretch where it stole the basketball seven times against Hernando at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.

 

New Hope, West Point primed to start district play

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

As the close losses mounted in January, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer never lost confidence in his team. One of the preseason favorites to compete for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship, the Trojans had to fight through a series of tough losses in a difficult schedule. McBrayer feels like his team learned from those opportunities and can put that knowledge to use tonight when New Hope plays host to the Class 5A, Region 2 tournament.

 

Prep basketball teams gearing up for playoffs

Posted 2/13/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin is ready for the payoff. While playing a difficult non-region schedule, Griffin stressed the challenges were designed to help his young squad be at its best when postseason play arrived.

 

MSU softball team's offense quiet in 12-inning loss

Posted 2/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior Alexis Silkwood is confident her team will score more runs sooner rather than later. That will come as a welcome relief to the squad's pitching staff. Georgia State scored two runs in the 12th inning to upset MSU 3-1 in the championship game of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic on Sunday afternoon at Nusz Park.

 

Pitching leads MSU softball to title game of opening tournament

Posted 2/11/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman feels like her pitching staff has enough quality and depth to win a lot of games this season. So far, the sixth-year head coach has been on target.

 

MSU softball team will kick of season today

Posted 2/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Opening day always has been special for Alexis Silkwood. However, today at Nusz Park, Silkwood will be full of even more emotion as she begins her senior season by pitching for the Mississippi State softball team in its season opener against Georgia State at 3 p.m. at Nusz Park. MSU will play five games in three days in the Bulldog Kickoff Classic to open the 2017 season. MSU also will face Western Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. today.

 

MSU softball team wants to get back to NCAA tournament

Posted 2/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Senior third baseman Caroline Seitz knows the relevance of the 2016 softball season for Mississippi State. "You have to learn from last season," Seitz said. "You can't dwell on it. You can't have adversity and not make sure it makes you better. We have to take the positives from last season, and we have to fix the things that went wrong. Everybody is ready to get started on that."

 

Offensive rebounds play key role in Bulldogs' rally

Posted 2/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the only statistic that counts is the final score, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland had to search the stat sheet a while for a number he liked after his team's 64-59 victory against Tennessee Saturday afternoon in a Southeastern Conference game at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

Stapleton fuels MSU's comeback victory against Tennessee

Posted 2/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sophomore Xavian Stapleton wanted to bring energy to the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Turns out the Bulldogs also needed the points, rebounds, and steals the Louisiana Tech transfer provided. Stapleton's first career double-double, coupled with his passion on defense, helped MSU erase a 19-point deficit and earn a 64-59 victory against Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 7,581 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

Six signees add to Noxubee County's tradition

Posted 2/2/2017 in High School Sports

MACON -- Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter is quick with the statistics. "We are No. 3 in the state with the number of former players we have playing junior college and senior college ball around the state," Shorter said. "These young men receive a free education, and if you don't make the National Football League, you have a degree to fall back on. My message has always been the same: Use football and don't let football use you."

 

State champion West Point sends three to college

Posted 2/2/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had two favorite days this season. "Winning a state championship is always special," Chambless said. "My favorite day each year is signing day because it is an opportunity to see some young men have a chance at a free education and to continue playing the game they love. We have been fortunate to have a good number of players sign. We take pride in that as a program. This day ranks right up there with championship day."

 

Late push helps MSU earn top-25 signing class

Posted 2/2/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sent a subtle message Wednesday: The Bulldogs plan to continue to recruit the Golden Triangle and the state of Mississippi.

 

Fast start pushes Ole Miss to rout of Mississippi State

Posted 2/1/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland stepped to the podium and reviewed all of his team's injuries. It was that kind of night for the Bulldogs. A 22-5 run to end the first half helped carry Ole Miss past MSU 88-61 on Tuesday night in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 8,205 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.

 

MSU men ready for biggest game of season

Posted 1/31/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland calls his team's matchup against Ole Miss tonight "the biggest game of the season." It's common for coaches to promote the next opponent as the biggest game of the season. However, Howland labels tonight game "big" because of the rivalry aspect, as opposed to where it falls on the schedule.

 

MSU softball will count on depth, experience on pitching staff

Posted 1/31/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior Cassady Knudsen always has believed she could pitch in the Southeastern Conference. Hearing the high expectations of her coach Vann Stuedeman only helps reinforce that belief.

 

 

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