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New Hope loses to Oxford in region opener

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd has spent a lot of quality time with his players coaching third base this season. Boyd would like to see more of those players get from third base to home. In a recurring theme for the season, the timely hit alluded New Hope in a 4-2 loss to Oxford on Tuesday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 game at Trojan Field.

 

Mississippi players help MSU grow softball in state

Posted yesterday in College Sports

Mississippi native Kat Moore made a diving catch in the outfield to help the Mississippi State softball team clinch an upset of No. 11 Alabama on Saturday at Nusz Park. Moore later earned her 10 seconds of fame when the catch was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10" package, which highlights that day's best plays in sports.

 

MSU softball drops series finale to No. 11 Alabama

Posted 3/19/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore outfielder Kat Moore found confidence in a strange place this weekend.

 

MSU softball upsets No. 11 Alabama

Posted 3/18/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - When the Mississippi State softball team knocked off Troy 2-1 two weeks ago at Nusz Park, it was not a season-changing event.

 

MSU softball team looks for more key hits against No. 11 Alabama

Posted 3/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a disappointing season, a veteran coach always looks for a sign the next season will be different. Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman received that sign last Friday when her team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 5-2 victory against then-No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

 

West Point, Starkville girls basketball teams finish banner seasons

Posted 3/14/2017 in Local Columns

JACKSON When the West Point High School girls basketball team defeated No. 1 West Jones in its first game at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state tournament, West Point coach Dashmond Daniel received a congratulatory text from Starkville girls coach Kristie Williams.

 

Olive Branch edges Starkville for 6A crown

Posted 3/11/2017 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- As the clock moved inside three minutes remaining in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship game, quite a battle was going on between two of the state's top players. Olive Branch's Myah Taylor and Starkville's Kelsey Jones were trying to power their teams to a title in their final high school games. The teams were trading slim one-point leads and the capacity crowd was hanging on every possession. Jones then fouled out and Starkville never recovered. Fourteen second-half turnovers provided the difference as the Olive Branch girls beat Starkville 57-54.

 

West Point's Daniel finds theme for 2017-18

Posted 3/11/2017 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- When he entered the coaching profession, West Point High School girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel took advice from several coaches. One suggestion was to build offseason conditioning around a theme. Daniel found his latest theme Friday in the Mississippi Coliseum. In its first state championship appearance, West Point dropped a 56-45 decision to Neshoba Central in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship.

 

Walters column: Mattox sisters continuing running legacy

Posted 3/7/2017 in Local Columns

In the Mattox household, the awards, plaques and trophies are not displayed in one place.

 

MSU softball finishes perfect homestand with 2-1 win over Troy

Posted 3/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior shortstop Reggie Harrison likes the mind-set of her team entering Southeastern Conference softball play.

 

Starkville uses timely hit to beat New Hope

Posted 3/7/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School baseball coach Travis Garner had been waiting for an inning like the first inning of his team's 4-3 victory against New Hope on Monday night for quite some time. He wasn't alone.

 

Walters column: Wicks remembered for making football relevant at West Lowndes

Posted 3/5/2017 in Local Columns

West Lowndes High School football coach Anthony King is going to miss the phone calls this fall.

 

Walters column: West Point girls, Starkville girls share center stage at Mississippi Coliseum

Posted 3/2/2017 in High School Sports

The Mississippi Coliseum has always brought a wide range of players and coaches together with one common goal - winning a state championship.

 

Roberts earns first victory at Starkville Academy routs Oak Hill Academy

Posted 3/2/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy baseball coach Brooks Roberts was happy to look in his dugout and see it full Thursday night.

 

MSU softball team wants to build streak

Posted 3/2/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is a buzz in the Mississippi State softball team's locker room. Eight-game winning streaks always help create that excitement. "The confidence level on this team is growing," MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. "You can see the strides from the first week of the season to the second, then from the second to the third."

 

West Point baseball team beats Starkville

Posted 3/1/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When West Point High School senior Bobby Woodard lacks confidence, all he has to do is look in the dugout and find his head coach. "Bobby is our senior leader," West Point High baseball coach Blake Hutchison said. "He is our go-to guy. I have complete confidence in him getting job done. When he is on the mound, you feel good. You feel like he will find a way." Woodard found that way Tuesday night at Danny Carlisle Field, as West Point beat Starkville 5-3.

 

Green family has reunion at MSU softball tournament

Posted 2/28/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Kevin Green made a life-changing decision roughly 13 years ago. Green left a stable, well-paying job with FedEx to open a business. A personal business venture is always a tricky proposition. However, he had two driving forces behind the move.

 

Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State

Posted 2/27/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- During a record-setting season, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer had said numerous times he didn't see one-sided victories coming. Schaefer felt the same way Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum, but they were for all of the wrong reasons. With a chance to win a share of the program's first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, No. 3 MSU fell flat and was beaten in "every phase of the game" by Tennessee in an 82-64 loss.

 

MSU softball reaches championship of February Freezer

Posted 2/25/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State gets another shot to win a championship.

 

Starkville uses defense to eliminate Columbus in girls' basketball

Posted 2/25/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams challenged her undefeated squad to build a lead early Friday night.

 

 

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