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Jones, Starkville off to impressive start in victory against Louisville

Posted 8/12/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones' debut was a smashing success. Starkville dominated offensively and defensively in a 21-0 victory against Louisville on Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium.

Behind scenes work helps New Hope Jamboree grow into state's best preseason event

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE Aimee Bradley stopped to do an interview discussing the New Hope Jamboree. The eight-game high school football preseason event was held Friday and Saturday at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Bradley, the New Hope High School booster club vice president, has helped oversee the event the last five years.

Winkles, Tomlin battle at The Bullring

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Sports

Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.


Thompson shows Bulldogs plenty of promise

Posted 8/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Keytaon Thompson remains unfazed. When the 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback enrolled at Mississippi State in early December, he didn't face a lot of pressure to become the starter. In Nick Fitzgerald, Dan Mullen's Bulldogs have one of the best quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, so Thompson, a top-10 dual-threat quarterback from Landry-Walker High School (La.), knew he had time to digest the offense and watch and learn.



Reed will offer punch to New Hope offense

Posted 8/12/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- New Hope High School senior Tyran Reed couldn't help but smile about the possibilities as he watched his teammates play Friday night at the New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.


Pickard having success in Sportsman Division

Posted 8/11/2017 in Local Sports

Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.


Leaner Jones ready to play bigger role in MSU offense

Posted 8/11/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Unlike most incoming freshmen to college football programs, Dontea Jones made a move for his senior year of high school. The transition for Jones, who was born in Starkville, was designed to help the standout at Louisville High School better prepare for the next level. But the plan changed when Jones arrived at Jireh Preparatory Academy in Matthews, North Carolina.



Lucious ready for finale at West Lowndes

Posted 8/11/2017 in High School Sports

West Lowndes High School football coach Anthony King doesn't have a short list of positions for senior Quinshawn Lucious.


Starkville Academy soccer pair earn player of week honors

Posted 8/8/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Relentless confidence.


Fields ready to lead at quarterback position for New Hope

Posted 8/8/2017 in High School Sports

If New Hope High School senior Kyree Fields could sum up his mind-set in two words, it might be "no regrets."



Coaching experience helps Grantham install defense

Posted 8/8/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham's tour of the country as a defensive assistant coach has given him a total of 27 years of coaching experience; it's also given him an intimate knowledge of how to install his defense.


Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 5

Posted 8/8/2017 in Local Columns

Well, we have finally arrived at game week, sort of.

Walters column: Prep schedule full of great games

Posted 8/7/2017 in Local Columns

Game week has finally arrived with practice games set for both the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) this weekend.


Cherry continues dominance on West Point defensive line

Posted 8/7/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School assistant football coach Roger Burton does not hold back on the praise of lineman Terence Cherry.



Calhoun takes bigger role on MSU offensive line

Posted 8/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Depending on the year, there are times when Mississippi State offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy moving a lineman to a different position can be worn as a badge of honor.



Gardner, Starkville have eye on return to playoffs

Posted 8/7/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown and Raphael Leonard would help the Starkville High School football team rank high on a recent list of the state's top wide receivers.


Breazeale holds top line for win

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Sports

The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.


Daboll ready to work with another intense coach at Alabama

Posted 8/5/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Brian Daboll has thrived under one of the most demanding, intense, and successful coaches. Now, he's working for another.



McFatrich plans to keep building MSU volleyball

Posted 8/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich isn't going to make any bold statements about the 2017 season. It's not that Mississippi State's third-year volleyball head coach isn't optimistic about the campaign, which officially begins Monday with the start of practice. It's just that McFatrich has been coaching long enough to know there are a lot of pieces that go into a program reaching the NCAA tournament.



MSU's Hill arrested for reckless driving

Posted 8/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill was arrested early Thursday morning on reckless driving charges. After Hill practiced with the team Friday morning, MSU coach Dan Mullen didn't provide any indication Hill would receive any further discipline from the program.



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