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McQuary, Rooker lead MSU past Ole Miss

Posted earlier today in College Sports

PEARL -- Denver McQuary credited confidence. Andy Cannizaro cited McQuary's changeup. Whatever it was, McQuary wasn't the same pitcher at the end of his start Tuesday night than he was when it began.


International flavor works for MSU men's tennis team

Posted earlier today in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Walters doesn't spend much time in the United States in the offseason, but he doesn't complain. It's just part of the life of a college tennis recruiter. As assistant men's tennis coach at Mississippi State, Walters will spend close to two months overseas this summer as part of the new norm in college tennis: recruiting international players.


Columbus High girls basketball team sends four more to colleges

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

COLUMBUS -- Yvonne Hairston looks pretty comfortable hosting a signing ceremony. The Columbus High School girls basketball coach should because she has had plenty of practice the last few years. After sending two of its three seniors to play college basketball following the 2015-16 season, Columbus sent four more off to the next level Monday in signing ceremony in the school's gym. Guards Kaylyn Wilson and Zaria Jenkins will continue their careers at Itawamba Community College, while Briona Green will stay local at East Mississippi C.C. and Kennedi Stephens will play at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.


MSU's Marrero popped for DUI

Posted 4/24/2017 in College Sports

Mississippi State catcher Elih Marrero was arrested on two charges early Sunday morning, driving while under the influence and driving without proof of insurance, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office.


MSU baseball goes extra innings to complete sweep of Alabama

Posted 4/23/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro called his third baseman Luke Alexander in for a meeting that could have easily gotten volatile.


Notebook: Self enjoys career day as Bulldogs enjoy sweep

Posted 4/23/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The idea started as a self-deprecating joke. It ended in Riley Self doing something he's never done before -- and doing so wildly successfully.


No. 11 MSU holds on to beat Alabama

Posted 4/21/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ryan Gridley was ready for a rebound after a loss to South Alabama on Tuesday that Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro thought was littered with uninspired effort. No. 11 MSU had to wait four innings for it. A three-run fifth inning gave MSU a lead it never relinquished thanks to the bullpen that threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-5 victory against Alabama in Game 1 of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series.


Peng will lead MSU women into SEC Championship

Posted 4/21/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The first step in getting one of the Southeastern Conference's top talents to Mississippi State was a lucky Internet search. Around 2011, MSU women's golf coach Ginger Brown-Lemm was looking through the recent results in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), which serves as host for junior golf tournaments, including many sponsored by current or former PGA pros.


Mangum has added maroon to his family tree

Posted 4/20/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the spring of 2013, one of the worst kept secrets in college baseball recruiting was Jake Mangum's love for Alabama. Anyone who talked to Mangum could tell he was raised in an Alabama household. His father, John, played football for the Crimson Tide in the late 1980s. His commitment to Alabama seemed airtight, so much so that then-Mississippi State coach John Cohen stopped recruiting one of the state's best prospects once he learned of the commitment.


MUSH! A Southern boy finds his calling among sled dogs

Posted 4/15/2017 in Area

Seth Barnes needed freedom, a change in life. So he got on his BMW motorcycle and (loosely) followed his parents' RV on a trip out west.


Starkville Academy's Dempsey signs with Mississippi College

Posted 4/14/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- To say Dalton Dempsey had options would be an understatement. The Starkville Academy senior was a standout running back on the football team, a key forward on the boys soccer team, and is one of the best track and field runners in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. He could have used any of those skills to earn a college scholarship.


Boxing gloves symbol of MSU baseball team's fighting spirit

Posted 4/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The most coveted gloves in the Mississippi State baseball program aren't of the batting or fielding variety. They also already have been defaced by multiple writings in black marker.


MSU's Lee having banner season with marriage proposal

Posted 4/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The crowd gathered around Jasmine Lee as she served to Sara Lizariturry after practice. When the phones came out, Lee knew something was off. Lee thought she was serving to Lizariturry so she could work on returning wide serves. What she didn't know was her boyfriend, Stanton Price, was coming from his spot in the elevated bleachers with four balls, each with one word written on them. Will, you, marry, me.


MSU tennis teams benefit from video technology

Posted 4/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre is a sea of maroon and tan divided by the white lines that surround the courts -- with one exception. On the far right of the court on the far right, a blue kiosk stands out. The small, blue support structure houses a tablet that receives information from five cameras. It is Mississippi State's portal to the future of college tennis.


Starkville High's Spradling signs with Mississippi State

Posted 4/13/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The pitch to get Lake Spradling to transfer from Starkville Academy to Starkville High School started with Patton Little. Spradling and Little knew each other outside of their respective schools. Entering the fall of 2015, with Spradling set for his junior year and Little for his senior year, Little made his case to get Spradling to move from the Volunteers to the Yellow Jackets.


Three Starkville High basketball players commit to schools

Posted 4/13/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter remembers Jesse Little, Darrious Agnew, and Markedric Bell as freshmen. The veteran coach didn't rule out the possibility, but he didn't guarantee they were going to play college basketball, either. After all, Little had plenty of room to grow into his body and Agnew and Bell had plenty to learn to make up for their lack of experience.


MSU throws shutout to beat Mississippi Valley State

Posted 4/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jacob Billingsley is more than a starting pitcher for Mississippi State, he's the definition of an innings eater.


Safety becomes second nature for MSU's Gray

Posted 4/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Safety is, "second nature," to Mississippi State's J.T. Gray. "It's what I've been growing up on." It was the position that got him to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and to the second round of the playoffs in his senior year of high school.


Improvement in ball-handling focus of off-season workouts for MSU basketball

Posted 4/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In a matter of weeks, the summer of transformation is set to begin for Mississippi State men's basketball. It's the summer where the youngest team in America is supposed to make the big jump expected of freshmen and sophomores, in theory enough to compete among the top of the Southeastern Conference.


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.



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