JACKSON -- Mississippi's football team will not play in the postseason next year. The Rebels might be facing more penalties, too, now that the NCAA says the program has committed more than 20 rules violations over the past several years.
STARKVILLE -- Brant Blaylock had no doubt: he had just hit his first collegiate home run. Mississippi State's redshirt freshman left fielder couldn't help but give a subtle flip of the bat as he watched it soar out of Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was the last Bulldog through the post-game handshake line. As Ready turned to his right to return to the locker room, he untucked his cream jersey and shook his head as a teammate wrapped an arm around him.
The West Lowdnes High School boys basketball team rolled to an 86-50 victory against Lumberton on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A tournament.
It's all about confidence for the Heritage Academy boys basketball team. Buoyed by its first playoff victories in six years, Heritage Academy will look to extend its season at 7:45 tonight when it takes on Simpson Academy in its first game at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State tournament at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
STARKVILLE -- One day after moving up to No. 2 in the third and final NCAA Reveal, the Mississippi State women's basketball team achieved a new record Tuesday when it climbed to No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The ranking eclipses the No. 3 ranking in that poll MSU earned last week and the No. 3 ranking it has achieved in The Associated Press poll.
WEST POINT -- Carl Middleton has seen weight training and conditioning evolve from doing three sets on the bench press and running wind sprints into something much bigger. As regional sales manager of Total Strength and Speed, which is based out of Columbia, South Carolina, Middleton works to educate coaches and student-athletes about how to use equipment and training methods to get the most out of their workouts. The company he works for also played an integral role in helping the West Point High School football team furnished the weight room in its new field house.
In a game where Robert Woodard II and Denijay Harris combined for 55 points, the Columbus High School boys basketball team couldn't hang on to a late lead and lost to Clinton 67-62 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class 6A tournament. Having a young team a year removed from the program's first state championship after winning a state championship, Columbus coach Gary Griffin said he wouldn't trade this team for any other and that he is excited about the experience the Falcons gained throughout a tough season.
STARKVILLE -- The Morehead State baseball team used a 10-run ninth inning Tuesday night to rally past Mississippi State 13-8 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team began its journey in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs on a strong note with a 73-61 victory against Horn Lake on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Turnovers aren't a common Achilles' heel for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. The Bulldogs' average turnover margin per game was just shy of plus-1 prior to Tuesday night, but that number will change after they committed a season-high 22 turnovers in an 87-82 overtime loss to Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum.
WEST POINT -- DeMarrio Edwards and Clayton Knight didn't panic after National Signing Day came and went and they hadn't picked a college. When you're part of a championship program, schools tend to come calling, even after the first wave of players make their commitments official.
STARKVILLE -- It happened so quickly Starkville Academy boys soccer coach Matt Sykes couldn't describe how it happened. That didn't prevent Sykes, a former standout goalkeeper at Heritage Academy and at East Central Community College, from describing the impact goalkeeper Logan Dowell had in denying a scoring chance in the opening minutes.
Teams take on different identities in the postseason. Some, like in the case of the Ridgeland High School girls basketball team, are forced upon them. As the No. 2 seed behind Lanier in Class 5A, Region, Ridgeland had its sights set on a bye or at least a chance to play at home Monday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs.
The air continues to get thinner, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team keeps climbing. On Monday, MSU remained at No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Hours later, though, MSU learned it had moved from No. 4 to No. 2 in the third and final NCAA Reveal by the NCAA tournament selection committee. The NCAA Reveal is a projection of the top 16 seeds for the NCAA tournament if the event was scheduled to start today.
Ginny Swedenburg knows all about the history. As a member of the first New Hope High School junior high slow-pitch softball team, Swedenburg, whose maiden name is Lowery, helped a fledgling program led by former coach Cary Shepherd become a state powerhouse with 14 championships. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Swedenburg knows Shepherd, who died in 2015, will be with her at Lady Trojan Field when the New Hope fast-pitch softball program plays its first junior high games against Kosciusko.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro has a different use for the No. 9 spot in his lineup. Last season, Cole Gordon led the LSU baseball team with a .329 batting average and a .427 on-base percentage. Gordon also was the team's second-best base stealer. Production like that normally is found at the top of the lineup.
STARKVILLE -- Even in losing four of its last five games, the Mississippi State's men's basketball team has remained competitive. The margin of victory or defeat in that stretch has been 5.5 points. You have to go back one more game -- an 88-61 loss to Ole Miss on Jan. 31 -- to see that streak end.
Freshman Marvaysha Seals and junior Edmariah Sherrod fed off each other Monday night and sparked the West Lowndes High School girls basketball team to a come-from-behind 48-31 victory against Piney Woods in the first round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 1A South State playoffs.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 23 Texas A&M women's basketball teams traded eight leads Sunday, leaving MSU coach Vic Schaefer worn but pleased with the end result. "That was a heck of a ballgame, and you hate somebody had to come out on the short end," Schaefer said. "There were a lot of runs in this game. We just happened to get the last one."
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