Having watched the Starkville High School boys basketball team provide the best prep basketball entertainment I’ve witnessed in my three years as a reporter and editor, I know the magnitude of today’s work and the storylines that have made this year’s team what it is. Two games away from erasing the state championship frustrations, the Yellow Jackets’ best approach to making history is to forget what happened in the past. Nevermind what you’ve heard. It’s the only way. Your opponent will do the same.
Most water sports men and women you see wear sunglasses. Anglers wear them to see better while fishing. With polarized lenses, you are able to see underwater stumps and other cover that will likely hold a fish or two. During bedding season, anglers that bed fish wear polarized sunglasses to spot fish while they are on the bed. Pleasure boats are filled with men, women and children and most of them are wearing sunglasses for a number of reasons. Some wear them because of having to squint in the sunlight. Others wear them to look stylish.
With the hunting season coming to a close, I am seeing more boats on the water lately. Anglers are beginning to feel the itch to start fishing. If they are slow and methodical with their lures and casts, they will find some good fishing.
In our area, winter time normally gives us passing cold fronts and slow-biting bass. Air temperatures and water temperatures rise and fall like a roller-coaster so the fish you caught on Saturday are not cooperating on Sunday afternoon. A good friend of mine and I were able to fish for a couple of hours one Saturday and were on the water by 2 p.m. The fish weren’t biting at first, but they seemed to wake up and it turned into a good time of fishing. The best fish were caught on a jig, but the majority of the fish were caught on soft plastics.
Sometimes the coaching carousel in college football can spin out of control. In just one week, the University of Tennessee lost head coach Lane Kiffin, was turned down twice, and hired Derek Dooley. The Volunteers found an abrupt change can make for a very uncomfortable situation.
Weekend anglers can get caught up in the all the sales hype when it comes to buying fishing line. Each manufacturer has many different types, colors and sizes of line. Most are designed for a specific purpose and a few, in my opinion, I consider hype. Fishing line was first made in the early 1900s out of a combination of linen, cotton and silk. In reading I found out that the line had to be un-spooled and laid out on a flat surface to dry or it would rot.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team still has an opportunity to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. Anyone who saw No. 4 Tennessee’s 74-48 victory against MSU on Sunday would have to consider that statement ludicrous.
Being stuck in the house on a brutally cold weekend can be boring or have you wrapped up in “honey-do’s.”. Now is the perfect time to pull out all your fishing rods and do some maintenance. Take the reel off of each rod and inspect the rods for problems. One of the main problems with rods is the “eyes” or guides will get bent. Straightening a rod guide is simple and should be done carefully so that you don’t break one off.
It is no secret that the economy has impacted everyone. Jobs have been lost by the thousands and businesses have cut back and several have closed down. Although this is no secret to anyone in our nation today, what is not seen as much is the impact it is having on bass fishing. Football, baseball, basketball, etc.... have all been sports that have been followed on the television, in the paper and even going to the stadiums. Teams rise and fall in popularity based upon their success each season and most never think of the millions of dollars each team generates for the sport each season.
The picture was one of desolation. The 2009 season was supposed to be a coronation, a five-month love fest in which the West Point High School football team reclaimed what was rightfully something it had lost in 2005. But Shannon High didn’t get that message, and on Aug. 21 the Red Raiders spoiled the Green Wave’s plans with an exciting 27-20 overtime victory in the season opener for both teams.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team passed its first true test of the season Sunday afternoon with an 84-55 victory against Maryland. A crowd of 3,042 at Humphrey Coliseum watched as the Lady Bulldogs used a hot shooting day from senior guard Alexis Rack (career-high 43 points), stout defense, and their experience to overwhelm the younger Terrapins.
Women’s basketball fans can rejoice. ESPN and its family of networks will kick off a schedule of 250 women’s basketball games at 4 p.m. today (ESPN2) when Baylor plays at Tennessee in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. The game will be the first of a season filled with women’s basketball on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN Full Court. The schedule will be the biggest ever by the family of networks.
SCOOBA — The Wild Rebel has its next star. Randall Mackey is still a few months away from officially finding his way to the University of Mississippi, but when he does, coach Houston Nutt could have a quarterback with the potential to shift the Rebels’ offense to a sixth gear.
There’s only one thing better than winning a North State championship. The Hamilton and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams experienced that feeling Saturday at the V.A. Fields in Jackson when they won the Class 2A and Class 5A championships, respectively.
Mississippi has some of the best fishing waters anywhere in the South. If you ask most weekend anglers, they stick with the water areas close to home. The fact is an angler can plan a day trip and fish most any body of water Mississippi offers.
If day one of the Southeastern Conference Media Days was an appetizer, the filet mignon served Thursday was a treat. Four of the SEC’s heavy hitters — Georgia’s Mark Richt, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt, and Florida’s Urban Meyer — were on hand to give their appraisals of the upcoming 2009 season. Each coach had a hot topic item to address, and the four programs should be the most interesting ones this season in the rough and tumble SEC.
The victory lap just might be the precursor to the dogpile. That thought popped into my head Wednesday night as members of the Columbus Nationals 10-year-old Dizzy Dean baseball team followed each other on a run around the bases at Patterson Field at Propst Park. The team had just received their medals following a 13-3 victory against Clinton that helped it clinch the South Half state title. The scene made me smile.
Remember the Titans? It’s hard to forget the Ridgeland High School version. For the second consecutive year, the Ridgeland Titans won the Dizzy Dean High School World Series. The Titans defeated Kosciusko 6-1 on Monday at New Hope High School’s Trojan Field to repeat as champions. The thing that seems to make Ridgeland click more than anything else is teamwork.
There wasn’t much more one could add to what was expressed Tuesday at a memorial service for Don Foster at the Starkville Sportsplex. Foster, the former sports editor of The Starkville Daily News, was a friend to many people, and I’m fortunate to be one of them. Don died June 8 at his West Point home. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt, Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle, and former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton were the main speakers and couldn’t have done a better job in recalling memories of Don. Their words were heartfelt and sincere.
Politics and coaching don’t mix. Stacy Hester followed that credo in his dealings with parents, administrators, and players. Sometimes it got him into trouble. Players left his program because they didn’t like playing for him. Parents thought Hester to be arrogant or unyielding in how he dealt with them or with their children. But through it all Hester established a standard of excellence. His teams won 551 games and three state titles his 18 years as New Hope High School’s baseball coach.
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