STARKVILLE -- "I think we have come a long way in a short amount of time."
Wendell Rieves has area-code range on the basketball court.
But Rieves' skills and accomplishments in sneakers pale in comparison to the versatility and potential the West Lowndes High School senior has in cleats.
Last week, Rieves had an opportunity to showcase those skills for a chance to earn a scholarship to play baseball. He didn't disappoint.
India Yarborough doesn't use words like "empower" and "leader" lightly.
From being a co-captain on the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science girls soccer team to being an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church to working as a volunteer to sponsoring a mentoring program for eighth-grade girls at Columbus Middle School, Yarborough understands the importance of setting an example for others. It's something she has done for 10 years on the soccer field and throughout her time as a student at Columbus High School and now at MSMS, a public residential high school for academically gifted students in Columbus on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women.
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team will have to wait until next season to try to put together 40 minutes on offense.
While MSU's defense was consistent for most of the season, the Bulldogs offered flashes of what they could do on offense all year, particularly in the first 25 minutes of a loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Eight.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Martha Alwal doesn't want to have that feeling again.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Sometimes players need a little reminder to light a fire under their feet.
DURHAM, N.C. -- At 5-foot-9, Dominique Dillingham knows her limitations.
DURHAM, N.C. -- The "upstart" vs. the traditional power.
The "uniform" is different for Sharon Fanning-Otis these days.
STARKVILLE -- For 25 minutes, the struggles were gone.
STARKVILLE -- Jace Hobart doesn't recall feeling out of place on a golf course.
Maybe all of the time he spent with his father, Hobie, using sand wedges on the family's yard helped him develop an appreciation for the skills he needed to develop.
Change is a constant in college basketball.
Coaches getting fired, reassigned, or leaving one school for a "better" opportunity is only one side of the equation. On the other, you have players transferring to different schools because of a lack of playing time, a difference in opinion with a new coach, or a desire to play in a system they feel allows them to showcase their skills.
Matt Insell thought it would take four years to reverse the fortunes of the Ole Miss women's basketball program.
Judging from the fact that Ole Miss will return to the postseason tonight for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Insell's rebuilding efforts are ahead of schedule.
Ole Miss (17-13) will take that first step at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tennessee-Martin (22-10) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
STARKVILLE -- The disappointment didn't last long.
With all the Mississippi State women's basketball team has accomplished in a record-breaking season, the announcement Monday that MSU was heading back to the NCAA tournament was plenty of reason to celebrate for coach Vic Schaefer, his coaching staff, his players, and the fans at Dawg House Sports Grill.
JACKSON -- Greg Carter's answer was perfect.
Asked "How did you do it?" Thursday following a victory against Meridian, the Starkville High School boys basketball coach said he didn't do anything and that all of the credit went to his kids. It was a fitting comment because the Yellow Jackets had three players score in double figures and two more add eight points to help them advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State title game against Madison Central.
JACKSON -- Defense probably isn't the first thing that pops into your head when you consider the athletic exploits of Raphael Leonard.
If you have seen the Starkville High School senior on the football field or on the basketball court, you likely would recall him elevating to highlight-reel levels to catch a touchdown pass from Brady Davis or snaring an alley-oop pass from Tyson Carter and delivering a rim-shaking dunk.
JACKSON -- The spark finally ignited.
Jay Jay Swanigan will get a chance today to make an impression.
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