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Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Gas up the recreational vehicle. Check to see which credit card is giving out free airline miles and sign up. If you already have one of those credit cards, get ready to accumulate some frequent flier miles into free tickets. You better be ready because those are some of the things you're going to have to do in November and December if you want to see the Mississippi State women's basketball team.


Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter didn't want to be in this position again. A year ago, Shorter could rely on an experienced group of players that was primed to play at the next level. With talented leaders like Jeffery Simmons, Qendarrion Barnett, Timorrius Conner, Deveon Ball, Bobby May and Ladaveon Smith, Shorter had confidence the Noxubee County football team could erase a 2-4 start and defend its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title.


New Hope, Noxubee County trying to build momentum

Posted 9/23/2016 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle is eager to start sorting things out. Tyrone Shorter feels the same sense of urgency, but he has another week before games really start to count. At 7 tonight, Pickle's New Hope High School football team will play host to Clarksdale in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 opener. In Macon, Shorter's Noxubee County High Tigers will play host to Class 3A rival Kemper County in their final non-district match.


Rival Patriots-Volunteers open region play Friday

Posted 9/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rivalry games typically don't need any added drama to make them more appealing. That might be the case for the Heritage Academy-Starkville Academy matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener at J.E. Logan Field. But the Patriots' high-powered offense and the Volunteers' typically stingy defense adds a little spice to a rivalry that has seen the teams split the last 10 meetings.


Starkville Academy bounces back after him loss to Lamar School

Posted 9/22/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was no question in Chase Nicholson's mind that the Starkville Academy football team was going to respond. The only thing Nicholson didn't know was how Starkville Academy planned to bounce back following a 40-0 loss to Lamar School on Sept. 9.


MSU looks to open SEC play on right foot

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

David McFatrich is all about creating new habits. In his first year as Mississippi State volleyball coach, McFatrich guided the Bulldogs to a 17-15 finish and their first winning record since 2006. MSU capped its 2015 season with a victory against Ole Miss that gave the program its first back-to-back victories against the Rebels since 2009. The win heightened optimism that 2016 could be MSU's year to take the next step, to entertain thoughts of moving into the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference, and to compete for its first bid to the NCAA tournament.


Return of athletics at MUW beginning to take shape

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

The next step for athletics at Mississippi University for Women is coming soon.


West Point's Burris returns home with gold medal

Posted 9/20/2016 in Local Sports

Being one of the best in the world has its perks. For West Point's John Burris, the hard work that went into helping the United States' 35+ Water Ski Team win the gold medal at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships this past weekend at the Sesena Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain, gave him an opportunity few people realize.


Heritage Academy offensive line paves way for dominating night

Posted 9/20/2016 in High School Sports

In baseball, hitters are "seeing the ball well" when they're in a groove. In basketball, shooters are "in the zone" when that feeling comes over them that they can't miss. The Heritage Academy offensive linemen showed Friday night that even big boys up front in the trenches can get into a rhythm that makes an entire group feel like it can't do anything wrong. Judging by the numbers, the Patriots came pretty close to realizing that goal.


Erby leads New Hope offense in rivalry win

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- It's not the shoes.


Passons propels Starkville Academy past Heritage Academy

Posted 9/16/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sydney Passons isn't good at disguising her emotions. That's because the Starkville Academy senior often is her worst critic on the soccer field. If she is a touch off on a pass or doesn't hit a shot just right, Passons is apt to show her frustration in a variety of ways. In addition to contorted facial countenances, Passons has a habit of using her hands to show her displeasure.


Lowndes County rivals New Hope, Caledonia meet tonight

Posted 9/16/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Andy Crotwell and Kris Pickle have used bye weeks early in the 2016 season to gauge where their teams can improve. At 7 tonight, the Caledonia and New Hope high school football coaches will get a chance to put what they have learned to the test when the Lowndes County rivals square off in Caledonia. WJEC-FM (106.5) will broadcast the game live.


Columbus Christian still fighting injury bug

Posted 9/15/2016 in High School Sports

STEENS -- The sight of another football player limping around the hallways at Columbus Christian Academy isn't a good sign. But there RJ DeLoach was Wednesday, wearing a Tennessee Volunteers warmup jacket/top and moving slowly to class. With starting quarterback Dawson Shaw already out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, the thought of playing without DeLoach, an experienced two-way contributor, was a sobering thought for coach Greg Watkins, especially with the team's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class A-AA, District 2 opener against Winona Christian set for 7 p.m. Friday in Steens.


Shorter confident Noxubee County's schedule will be an asset

Posted 9/14/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knows how this story plays out. Regardless of classification, the Noxubee County High School football team hasn't shied away from playing the state's best teams. Since he replaced M.C. Miller as the head coach in 2010, Shorter has taken that notion to the next degree by filling the Tigers' schedule with local rivals -- West Point, Starkville, Columbus, New Hope -- that play in higher classifications in the Mississippi High School Activities Association -- as well as state powers like Meridian and Kemper County and regional powers from the states of Alabama and Texas.


Oak Hill Academy's Easterling delivers winning kick

Posted 9/13/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Craven doesn't have any problem leaving the fate of his football team in the hands of a kicker. The confidence Craven has in Grayson Easterling is magnified because the 5-foot-11, 140-pound sophomore is in only his second year with the Oak Hill Academy varsity football team. Prior to Friday night, Easterling had attempted only one game-winning field goal. But Easterling's inexperience in last-second situations didn't factor into Craven's decision to send his sophomore into the game to attempt the game-winner against West Memphis Christian.


Central Academy gets 'needed' win against Hebron Christian

Posted 9/11/2016 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Michael Dawkins and the Central Academy football team needed this one. After falling victim to bigger and faster teams and a fair share of self-inflicted mistakes in their first three games, Dawkins and the Vikings hoped Friday night to establish some positive momentum against Hebron Christian in their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Eight-Man, District 2 matchup.


MSU soccer wants to extend winning streak at home

Posted 9/9/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks and Tanya de Souza like what the Mississippi State women's soccer team has accomplished through six games. While some might be surprised by the team's 4-2 start to the season, Eubanks, a junior forward, and de Souza, a junior goalkeeper, believe the results are a sign of bigger and better things to come for the Bulldogs. Eubanks and de Souza hope the next positive step comes at 7 tonight when MSU plays host to No. 25 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at the MSU Soccer Field.


Heritage Academy hopes pieces continue to click

Posted 9/9/2016 in High School Sports

Sean Harrison always believed the Heritage Academy football team had plenty of pieces to put defenses back on their heels. A loss to Lamar School in Week 2 forced Harrison to re-examine his play-calling and ultimately convinced him the best way to utilize his assets was to mix them up and move them around to create multiple looks and formations. The decision enabled the Patriots to go back to the spring when Harrison first arrived from Wayne Academy and the team worked on a spread attack. The move paid off last week, as Heritage Academy broke out to a 28-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 48-13 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The win helped erase the memory of a 26-6 loss to Lamar School and gave the team a sense of confidence entering its matchup at 7 tonight against Lee Academy.


Noxubee County hopes to eliminate simple mistakes against Meridian

Posted 9/7/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter doesn't have to rant and rave to let you know he isn't happy.


Former MSU volleyball standout Warren set for pro career

Posted 9/7/2016 in College Sports

Alex Warren knew she wasn't done.



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