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Leonard gearing up for last game at EMCC

Posted yesterday in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Whether it has been in high school, senior college football or junior college football, former Starkville High standout Raphael Leonard has been all about making plays. Leonard earned his name as an All-State wide receiver at Starkville High. A brief stint followed at Florida Atlantic. Now, he is racking up the honors as a standout wide receiver at East Mississippi Community College.


Clinton High's Akers has one more shot to win title

Posted 12/1/2016 in Local Columns

This is Cam Akers' final opportunity. The Clinton High School senior, who many consider the state's top prep football player, will have a final chance to win a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state championship at 7 p.m. Friday when Clinton faces Pearl at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.


Fuller, Holmes C.C. preparing for bowl game

Posted 12/1/2016 in College Sports

Holmes Community College sophomore running back Matt Fuller is a little freaked out about his team's next game. "Never played in a dome," said Fuller, who prepped at Starkville High School. "I have to admit that freaks me out a little bit. It will be fun, exciting, and definitely something different."


Walters column: Columbus basketball team needing a lift

Posted 11/29/2016 in High School Sports

The holidays always bring out feelings of good will.


MSU men lose first game without Weatherspoon

Posted 11/27/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team had its first glimpse of life without leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon on Friday night. It wasn't pretty. Playing for the first time since the squad's leading scorer was announced out for the remainder of the season, MSU failed to string together enough defense stops in an 87-73 loss to Lehigh at Humphrey Coliseum.


Walters column: West Point stands two wins away from Class 5A title

Posted 11/23/2016 in Local Columns

Twenty-four high school football teams will have one extra reason to say thanks today.


Columbus boys take small steps in loss to Callaway

Posted 11/23/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Columbus High School senior Chris Blair knows no one will feel sorry for his basketball team. The Falcons have four new starters and a new head coach. They also have the added pressure of playing as the reigning Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State champions. The first basketball state championship has set this squad up with one of the state's most difficult schedules.


West Point has answered questions on run to title

Posted 11/23/2016 in High School Sports

When it came time for preseason football interviews, one could sense a different attitude in the West Point field house. The Green Wave believed. In the previous two seasons, West Point players and coaches talked about trying to get things back to championship level. This season, the answers were still cautious but way more determined. Instead of the Green Wave talking about what they would try to do, they talked about what they would do. Now, West Point is two wins away from closing the deal.


Calvert's return bolsters West Point's ground game

Posted 11/22/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School junior Chris Calvert always has enjoyed playing football. However, his love of the game grew this season as he spent more and more time out of uniform. In a 17-13 victory against Columbus, Calvert suffered a hit to the head. He was held out of the West Point lineup due to the concussion protocol until being cleared to play last week.


Ole Miss wants to secure bowl eligibility

Posted 11/22/2016 in College Sports

While the Ole Miss football team suffered a disappointing loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee, there is no time to be upset because rivalry week is here for the Rebels. Ole Miss can clinch a fifth-straight bowl game under coach Hugh Freeze with a third-straight win against Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) in the Battle for the Golden Egg at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.


West Point, Oxford renew region rivalry in playoffs

Posted 11/18/2016 in High School Sports

It was only a matter of time.


Starkville basketball sweeps pair from rival West Point

Posted 11/17/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Starkville High School junior Blake Rogers enjoyed the game that he and his teammates played Thursday night.


Fast start sparks No. 10 MSU women

Posted 11/17/2016 in College Sports

BILOXI -- Dominique Dillingham told her teammates Wednesday night would be a good time for a fast start. The No. 10 Mississippi State women's basketball team then delivered for its senior leader. MSU found offensive balance early and used hard-nosed physical defense throughout a 66-49 victory against Tulane before a crowd of 1,724 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.


Noxubee County, West Point last teams standing

Posted 11/17/2016 in Local Columns

Almost all prep football coaches enjoy practicing on Thanksgiving Day. School isn't in session, so it usually involves a workout in the crisp, early morning air. After a couple of hours of work, teams usually will break and share a Thanksgiving meal. Booster clubs have been known to buy large numbers of turkeys to make the day complete.


EMCC likely will have to wait until 2017 for title

Posted 11/16/2016 in Local Columns

East Mississippi Community College's season of redemption likely won't end with a national championship. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced the pairings for eight bowl games Tuesday. No. 3 EMCC (10-1) will face No. 13 Kilgore College (Texas) (6-4) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Mississippi Bowl.


Murphy remains leader for Green Wave in different role

Posted 11/15/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Even though only a sophomore, Marcus Murphy assumed the leadership role and quarterbacking duties for the West Point High School football team at the same time. A year later, Murphy's job title has changed slightly. However, he has a firm grasp on remaining the team leader. Thanks to his offensive ability and leadership skills, West Point is three wins away from winning the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship.


Patterson gives Rebels boost in upset

Posted 11/15/2016 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team returned the practice field Monday feeling good again. Ole Miss received huge boost to its bowl hopes Saturday with a 29-28 upset of then-No. 8 Texas A&M at College Station, Texas. Ole Miss erased a 21-6 halftime deficit thanks to the strong performance of quarterback Shea Patterson in his debut.


Horsley, EMCC celebrate winning state championship

Posted 11/13/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore running back Jacquez Horsley posed for a picture with the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship trophy.


EMCC ends wait, beats Northwest for state title

Posted 11/13/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The championship was one year in the making for the East Mississippi Community College football team. It was two years in the making for the player who made the biggest play of the day. Columbus native Alexander Lipscomb had the game-changing interception Saturday afternoon to help No. 3 East Mississippi C.C. defeat No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. 38-30 to win the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship.


Columbus comes close again but can't put it together

Posted 11/13/2016 in High School Sports

MADISON -- For the 21-member Columbus High School football senior class, the end of their careers happened in heart-breaking fashion. However, the ending wasn't unexpected because the Falcons had seen this script so many times this season. Madison Central erased a 10-point third-quarter deficit to take a 28-25 victory against Columbus before a sparse crowd at Jaguar Stadium in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs.



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