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EMCC football begins season ranked fourth nationally by publication

Posted 6/23/2016 in College Sports

A lot of familiar faces could be found when Sporting News magazine released its preseason junior college football national rankings.


Walters column: Mississippi enjoys record college baseball season

Posted 6/22/2016 in College Sports

For fans of college baseball, this year was mighty good inside this state.


NPF plays regular-season contest Friday at Nusz Park

Posted 6/15/2016 in College Sports

While the initial season at Nusz Park proved action-packed for the Mississippi State softball team, one final piece of business remains on the docket.


Walters column: West Point softball program making strides under Finch

Posted 6/8/2016 in High School Sports

Casey Finch was a 22-year-old nursing student at Mississippi University for Women when she got a life-changing phone call.


Huge crowds flock to Starkville Regional

Posted 6/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A two-hour, 10-minute rain delay Sunday couldn't stop Mississippi State's party. Playing host to a baseball regional for the second time in four seasons, No. 4 Mississippi State stamped its super regional invite with a 4-0 victory against Louisiana Tech that finished a few minutes shy of Monday morning.


MSU one win away

Posted 6/4/2016 in Area

STARKVILLE -- One more win. The top-seeded and No. 4 Mississippi State University baseball team moved into the championship round of the Starkville Regional with a 4-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field.


Former New Hope star Golsan finds comfort at new position for Ole Miss

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

Former New Hope High School standout Will Golsan knew he had a chance to be part of something special.


Southeast Missouri enters regional with SEC comfort level

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Southeast Missouri State will attempt to play a professional type of game today when the Starkville Regional opens at Dudy Noble Field.


Hoover is right place for SEC baseball tournament

Posted 6/2/2016 in College Sports

The Southeastern Conference rarely rushes to make a decision. The league watched patiently as the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences launched television networks. A partnership with ESPN enabled the SEC to launch one of the most powerful cable networks, paving the way for a financial windfall for each of the league's 14 institutions.


Tough regional awaits Ole Miss in Oxford

Posted 5/31/2016 in College Sports

Preparing to host a regional never gets old for Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco. "Each year, you are a little more excited," Bianco said. "In football, there are 105, 110 teams, and more than half of those (around 70) play in a bowl game. In baseball, there are 301 teams. The top 64 get this invite. That is special. I don't think you ever take this opportunity for granted."


MSU fans travel in large numbers to SEC tourney

Posted 5/27/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Tom and Sharon Monaghan have never needed extra incentive to attend the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.


Worst to first: Bulldogs make striking turnaround

Posted 5/26/2016 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Television analyst Kyle Peterson knows a thing or two about good baseball.


All-Area Boys Basketball: Carter leads Starkville to back-to-back title games

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - When he began his junior year at Starkville High School, Tyson Carter knew the expectation was there for him to become a leader on the basketball team.


All-Area Girls Basketball: Bailey, Daniel help West Point basketball turn corner

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - When Dashmond Daniel began his coaching career four seasons ago at West Point High School, he quickly identified the best player on the girls' basketball team.


All-Area Girls Basketball: Middleton, Dill go out together with state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Oak Hill Academy senior basketball player Sarah Dill received some encouraging words from her coach Brian Middleton during her junior season.


All-Area Boys Basketball: Crawford pushes both West Lowndes teams back to Jackson

Posted 5/21/2016 in High School Sports

If nothing else, Danny Crawford has learned patience during his coaching career.


Walters column: Riley, Falcons find perfect match for first state championship

Posted 5/21/2016 in Local Columns

Today, The Dispatch presents its annual All-Area Prep Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year.


Former Columbus High standout Patterson signs with Jacksonville State

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Kiki Patterson felt doubly blessed Tuesday afternoon.


Ole Miss' Lunderman says state players need a chance

Posted 5/17/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ole Miss freshman shortstop Hailey Lunderman wasn't sure what to expect when she started playing Southeastern Conference softball. Turns out, Lunderman got the hang of things quickly. In her first season at Oxford, Lunderman leads the Rebels with a .372 average and 73 hits. She has started all 59 games and has fielded at a .961 clip.


Nusz Park impresses in SEC tourney debut

Posted 5/17/2016 in Local Columns

In 2011, Ole Miss brought prestige to the state when it played host to the Southeastern Conference softball tournament for the first time. Ole Miss spent more than $1 million in renovations to prepare its stadium for the eight-team tournament after it had passed on earlier invitations to serve as tournament host. The enthusiasm was dampened, however, when the home team won three conference games and failed to qualify for the event. This season, the roles were reversed. Mississippi State made the field as the last of the 12 seeds.



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