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A son's actions make his father proud

Posted 8/21/2017 in Local Columns

Phil Atkins couldn't have been prouder. Seeing your son accomplish a first is one thing, but watching him handle the moment with the class and dignity of a sportsman is another.

First games will answer questions about prep teams

Posted 8/16/2017 in Local Columns

We have finally arrived at the opening weekend for football teams in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS).

Walters column: Celebrating six years with The Dispatch

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

As this newspaper hits your yard or perhaps is pulled from a rack, it's time to celebrate another milestone.

West Point shows it's ready to go

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Columns

While it does little good to overanalyze last weekend's play at the New Hope Jamboree, the good news is the prep football season is here.

Behind scenes work helps New Hope Jamboree grow into state's best preseason event

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Aimee Bradley stopped to do an interview discussing the New Hope Jamboree. The eight-game high school football preseason event was held Friday and Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Bradley, the New Hope High School booster club vice president, has helped oversee the event the last five years.

Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 5

Posted 8/8/2017 in Local Columns

Well, we have finally arrived at game week, sort of.

Walters column: Prep schedule full of great games

Posted 8/7/2017 in Local Columns

Game week has finally arrived with practice games set for both the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) this weekend.

Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 4

Posted 8/1/2017 in Local Columns

By now, you know what we do on Wednesdays. Let's get it.

MSU women's basketball team's historic victory whets appetite for more

Posted 7/24/2017 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team is still the national runner-up. Pinch yourself MSU fans if you thought the last month of the 2016-17 season was a dream. Don't worry, it wasn't. A lot of the memories from MSU's run through the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City and its victory against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut have come back into focus this month after MSU won the Best Upset ESPY for its 66-64 overtime victory against UConn in the national semifinals.


Hudson column: Cannizaro impresses by winning 40 games in first season

Posted 6/13/2017 in Local Columns

The finality of the moment wasn't lost on Brent Rooker.



Bulldogs continue to show Cannizaro's fighting style

Posted 6/8/2017 in Local Columns

Cody Brown woke up earlier than usual Saturday morning. It was understandable because something was weighing on his mind.


Walters column: MSU, USM on collision course at Hattiesburg Regional

Posted 5/30/2017 in Local Columns

Many people can recall various road trips from their lives.

Cox enjoyed his time as coach at West Point

Posted 4/20/2017 in Local Columns

Brad Cox called a lot of timeouts in his seven seasons as West Point High School's boys basketball coach. Now, Cox is calling a timeout on his coaching career. Beginning his fourth year in administration, Cox takes over this fall as the principal at West Clay Elementary.

Caledonia shapes Crotwell for move to North Pontotoc

Posted 4/13/2017 in Local Columns

April will be a busy month for Andy Crotwell. Crotwell is honoring the final months of his contract at Caledonia High School, where he served as football coach and still teaches, while tending to the details of his new job of head football coach at North Pontotoc High.

Walters column: New Hope, Oxford bring close to eight years of great theater

Posted 4/12/2017 in Local Columns

Seconds after New Hope closed out Oxford 8-5 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) prep baseball contest Tuesday night, a wild celebration erupted.


Bulldogs have answered questions to climb to top of SEC

Posted 4/11/2017 in Local Columns

With two losses to teams with Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPIs) higher than 50 and two more to teams with RPIs higher than 100, the Mississippi State baseball team gave its fans reason to doubt. Home losses to Morehead State, Louisiana Tech, Florida International, and Marist allowed the curiosity that accompanies a team at the start of a season to turn into skepticism.


SEC softball could set record for teams in NCAA

Posted 4/6/2017 in Local Columns

The buzz has started. Could all 13 Southeastern Conference softball-playing schools make the NCAA tournament? The league has received an all-time best 11 invites in each of the last four seasons. However, the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) figures indicate a higher number might be on the horizon.

Schaefer, MSU are 'heartbroken' no longer

Posted 3/28/2017 in Local Columns

There have been humbling times for Vic Schaefer in five years in Starkville. A 22-day stretch in January 2013 was the most trying time for the veteran coach, as the Mississippi State women's basketball lost to Vanderbilt by 51 points, Kentucky by 53, and Texas A&M by 48. A season that showed so much potential in a 50-38 victory against then-No. 11 Georgia at Humphrey Coliseum ended with a thud to Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Duluth, Georgia.

Noxubee County will miss Patterson

Posted 3/28/2017 in Local Columns

Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew when it was a job well done. When Shorter received a hug from assistant coach/offensive coordinator James Patterson, it meant things were right with the world.


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