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Serious boating accidents can be avoided with training

Posted 10/18/2010 in Local Columns

During the Bass Fishing League regional competition last weekend, there was a boating accident that claimed the life of one of the anglers. There were several different tournaments being held on the same weekend one of the boats from one of the other tournaments collided with a BFL contestant's boat.

 

Mississippi State's Tyler Russell unfazed by coaches' choice of Relf

Posted 9/29/2010 in Local Columns

After featuring in Mississippi State's first three football games, backup quarterback Tyler Russell found himself in an unfamiliar position last Saturday.

 

Fall fishing will bring out the shad, so be ready

Posted 9/27/2010 in Local Columns

Fall bass fishing is here. This is the time for all of you anglers that aren't getting ready for hunting season to start paying attention to the signs. The shad are beginning to school and water temperatures have begun dropping.

 

 

KEVIN FORRESTER: So when is the right time to use a crankbait?

Posted 9/23/2010 in Local Columns

With last week's article concerning crankbaits, there are questions on when to use certain crankbaits.

 

Bulldogs unable to grab what was in their grasp

Posted 9/10/2010 in Local Columns

All the Mississippi State football team had to do was grab it. The Bulldogs had every opportunity Thursday night to back up all of their excited talk after a lopsided victory against the University of Memphis. Instead, faced with an opportunity to beat a ranked team at home in their Southeastern Conference opener, MSU struggled to find someone -- anyone -- to make a game-changing play. As a result, No. 21 Auburn escaped with a 17-14 victory in front of a crowd of 54,806 at Davis Wade Stadium.

Bulldogs win to establish building block

Posted 9/5/2010 in Local Columns

The appetizer was delicious. Now bring on the main course. In five days, Dan Mullen's Mississippi State football team will get to show another ESPN audience if his team is up to the challenge. On Saturday, the Bulldogs delivered a building block -- 49-7 victory against the University of Memphis at Davis Wade Stadium -- that at least makes you stop and go hmmm.

Timing right for renewal of Columbus-New Hope rivalry

Posted 8/23/2010 in Local Columns

The timing was perfect. On Thursday, Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Mike Halford was at New Hope High School to catch some of the action between the Columbus and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams. Softball is one of the few sports that the two Lowndes County schools compete against each other. In the past few years, the schools haven't played each other in football and boys basketball due to problems that fans attending the matchups might have created.

Fans should be positve supporting their teams

Posted 8/2/2010 in Local Columns

Expectations can be difficult for student-athletes and parents to handle. As another high school sports scene begins its first official full week today, all teams still have an optimistic glow about them. Most Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fast-pitch softball teams began their seasons Friday and Saturday, while some MAIS football teams -- including Starkville Academy -- will scrimmages later this week.

Nutt should say no thanks to Masoli

Posted 7/27/2010 in Local Columns

The University of Mississippi has the papers. Is Houston Nutt thinking clearly enough to say no? That question could be answered very soon, as the Ole Miss football coach decides what to do about former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

New set of expectations for Nutt, Ole Miss

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Expectations did their best to crush the University of Mississippi football team's season in 2009. Imagine coach Houston Nutt's horror last year when he was asked if his team could have a successful season if it didn't go to Atlanta, the site of the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

Different styles appear set to produce similar results

Posted 7/22/2010 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- It's all about the swagger for Nick Saban and Dan Mullen. The methods used at the University of Alabama and at Mississippi State to instill that mind-set are as different as the coaches who lead the young men.

Throng will have plenty to discuss at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/21/2010 in Local Columns

There's always something at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. Whether it's the aura of Tim Tebow -- and the awkward question about his virginity -- or former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer getting served a subpoena in a libel suit, the event is an extravaganza of like no other.

 

Hype begins Wednesday for eager football fans

Posted 7/20/2010 in Local Columns

Let the hype begin. The recruiting season is nice, as are spring games. But college football officially gears up Wednesday when the Southeastern Conference holds its annual football media days.

 

Time to make decision, move on

Posted 7/8/2010 in Local Columns

"The Decision" will come today. That's what ESPN is calling the latest made-for-TV event. We'll have to see if Jay-Z will provide the music that will accompany LeBron James' announcement of which NBA team he will play for in the 2010-11 season.

Georgia Impact, Mobile Thrillers come away with biggest prizes

Posted 6/6/2010 in Local Columns

The right gear is just one part of a committed lifestyle. But double-barreled backpacks, wheeled coolers filled with caffeinated and clear beverages, bags of Cheez-Its to Cheetos to chewy fruit snacks, a rainbow's array of hair ribbons, or eye-black configurations that would make an artist jealous don't win games. They only make persevering through a day's worth of travel softball a little easier for players and parents. The reward for all of that preparation, which is an integral sidekick of commitment, comes from the chemistry players deliver after playing as many as three to five games in a day.

Hamilton, Bruce saga in quagmire

Posted 5/22/2010 in Local Columns

You have to admire the tenacity of the fans, parents and supporters of the Bruce High School baseball team. If the coaching staff or athletic administrators had exhibited similar diligence in pursuing a clarification of a rule neither the Bruce nor the Hamilton High School baseball teams would be in this quagmire. The situation involving the Mississippi High School Activities Association's ruling to withdraw Bruce from the Class 2A state championship series due to a violation of a pitching restriction took another turn Friday when a motion was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court to get the team reinstated.

Vigilance is crucial in all situations

Posted 5/20/2010 in Local Columns

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. If you have been stopped by a police officer and asked, "Do you know how fast you were going?", you likely discovered that fact after being penalized for going a little too quickly.

Building should be next step for program

Posted 3/30/2010 in Local Columns

Mission accomplished. Even though the Mississippi State womenís basketball teamís season ended Sunday with a 74-71 loss to Florida State in the Sweep 16 of the NCAA tournament, the Lady Bulldogs took the next step.

Decisive victory was fun to watch

Posted 3/25/2010 in Local Columns

Wow. That was the reaction many people had Nov. 22, 2009, when the Mississippi State womenís basketball team rolled past the University of Maryland 84-55 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Starkville needs to be forgetful to have title run

Posted 3/3/2010 in Local Columns

Having watched the Starkville High School boys basketball team provide the best prep basketball entertainment Iíve witnessed in my three years as a reporter and editor, I know the magnitude of todayís work and the storylines that have made this yearís team what it is. Two games away from erasing the state championship frustrations, the Yellow Jacketsí best approach to making history is to forget what happened in the past. Nevermind what youíve heard. Itís the only way. Your opponent will do the same.

 

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