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Pickard having success in Sportsman Division

Posted 8/11/2017 in Local Sports

Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.

Breazeale holds top line for win

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Sports

The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.

Barham returns to racing after totaling car

Posted 8/4/2017 in Local Sports

Craig Barham was out after the second roll. The Columbus native was running in the top 10 midway through the NeSmith Late Model race May 13 at Magnolia Motor Speedway when he entered turn one and didn't make it out of turn two. Barham's GRT car hit a rut and flipped three times. His car was totaled. He had two cracked ribs, a bruised back, and swollen knee. He was knocked out.

Hughes continues dominance at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 7/30/2017 in Local Sports

NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.

Starkville Little League All-Stars advance to two regional tournaments

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.

Hughes off to fast start in NeSmith Late Models series

Posted 7/27/2017 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes is about to reach the top of the ladder.

Starkville All-Stars roll to another state title

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

Along with sweltering heat, another certainty of the summer is success for the Starkville Little League All-Stars. The baseball team made up of 11- and 12-year-olds won their third-straight state tournament Thursday night with a 14-0, four-inning victory against Brookhaven at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg.

First round paves way for Logan to win Junior Amateur

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

A few pretty good weeks gave Hunter Logan a little confidence entering the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club earlier this week. Little did Logan know he was going to have a lot more confidence after the opening round.

 

Caledonia High's Hunter Logan wins Junior Amateur title

Posted 7/21/2017 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Caledonia High School's Hunter Logan shot a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to win the boys 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club.

 

Former Bulldog Bowers will hold basketball camp at The W

Posted 7/20/2017 in Local Sports

Timmy Bowers is gearing up for the next phase in his life. The former Mississippi State standout also is preparing for his 14th season as a professional basketball player. Slated to return to Italy, where he has played the last eight years, Bowers credits a solid fundamental base for enabling him to have such a long career following his success in Starkville.

 

Local players earn awards at Southern Elite camp

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Sports

It's all about showing out when you want to attract attention. Logan Canerdy, Jeremy Tate, and Eli Acker have learned that in what has turned out to be a busy summer for the three local prep football standouts.

 

Cooley targets victory at The Mag

Posted 7/14/2017 in Local Sports

Eric Cooley has a grudge to settle with himself and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Cooley was leading the Governor's Cup in 2013 when a late caution killed his momentum and he finished second. He has finished fifth and seventh in the last two editions of the race.

 

Caledonia High golfer Logan wins tournament in Tupelo

Posted 7/9/2017 in Local Sports

Golfer Hunter Logan was aware of the feeling. After all, he calls it "the best feeling in sports."

 

McElhannon gets first career USCS win at Bullring

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Sports

Andy McElhannon didn't make it more than four laps at Columbus Speedway before getting knocked out of the USCS race in 2012.

Turpen looks for continued success at Columbus Speedway

Posted 7/6/2017 in Local Sports

Morgan Turpen is usually still searching for her first feature win by the midway point of the season.

Brian Rickman posts dominating victory at Magnolia

Posted 7/3/2017 in Local Sports

Brian Rickman joked last week that of the three Mississippi tracks the COMP Cams Dirt series was set to visit this weekend, Magnolia Motor Speedway "hadn't been good to him." "The Black Ice" is notoriously difficult to navigate, particularly for drivers who, like Rickman, prefer a hooked-up surface.

Acceleration issues can't stop Stokes

Posted 7/1/2017 in Local Sports

The more Johnny Stokes had to gear-down, the lesser his odds were of winning the Mississippi Street Stocks feature Friday night at Columbus Speedway. Stokes, who was looking for his second win in as many races, saw his acceleration struggles continue from his last race into Friday's qualifying and heat race. Still, he set the fastest time and nearly passed Rodney Wing on the final lap of their heat race before changing his spark plugs ahead of the feature.

Whitley hopes for big payday in Columbus

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Sports

Brandon Whitley's ready for a big payday. The Pontotoc native, who finished third in a recent $2,500-to-win Factory Stock show in Jackson, leads the Columbus Speedway Factory Stocks points chase. Two of his seven career wins have come this season at The Bullring.

Sullivan will run three COMP Cams races this weekend

Posted 6/30/2017 in Local Sports

Brian Rickman and Jack Sullivan have a few things in common. Both drive Rocket XR-1 cars, both ran well during the Lucas Oil Clash at The Mag last week, and both plan to race in all three COMP Cams races tonight through Sunday.

 

Former MSU standout Berkery continuing to grow game in Golden Triangle

Posted 6/27/2017 in Local Sports

Thomas Berkery wants to bring people together.

 

 

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