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Prescott engineers MSU's comeback in Egg Bowl

Posted 11/29/2013 in Local Columns

In his postgame news conference, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen used words like "miraculous" and "divine intervention" after his team's 17-10 overtime victory against Ole Miss on Thursday night in the Battle for the Golden Egg.

Walters Column: Perkins still gets thrill in coaching for a championship

Posted 11/6/2013 in Local Columns

For Ray Perkins, it has always been about seeing a player or group of players find success.

Hamilton extends dynasty with seventh slow-pitch title

Posted 10/30/2013 in Local Columns

For the past 15 years or so, the future of slow-pitch softball as a Mississippi High School Activities Association sanctioned sport has been debated.

Columbus will rely on its defense to get back to playoffs

Posted 10/23/2013 in Local Columns

What a strange football season this has been for Columbus High School.

Walters Column: Crawford remains calm as uncertainty looms in Maben

Posted 10/8/2013 in Local Columns

West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Danny Crawford begins a bus route each school morning around 5:50 a.m.

Early promise turns into disappointment in rout

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

Entering Saturday's game against No. 10 LSU, Mississippi State's defense was a source of optimism. The Bulldogs were ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and third in pass defense. They can't say that anymore.

Minichino Column: MSU women's basketball takes step forward

Posted 9/24/2013 in Local Columns

LaToya Thomas and Tan White have become synonymous with Mississippi State women's basketball.

Walters Column: Change in weather means time to talk football playoffs

Posted 9/17/2013 in Local Columns

At the official one-third mark of the Mississippi High School Activities Association prep football regular season, some observations can be made.

Walters Column: New Hope ready to from learning how to win to winning

Posted 9/10/2013 in Local Columns

When New Hope High School hired its latest football coach -- Shawn Gregory back in March -- they wanted someone familiar with the program.

Victory doesn't prove a lot about MSU

Posted 9/8/2013 in Local Columns

For Mississippi State University football fans, it must be tempting to look at all that transpired Saturday in a 51-7 victory against Alcorn State University and pronounce MSU is fully recovered from last week's disappointing opener.

Those were (are?) the good old days

Posted 6/14/2013 in Local Columns

Things are never the same when you go home after being away for a number of years. Somehow, things seem smaller, less vivid than the images preserved in memory.

Getman's work in Hoover helps soccer's growth

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Getman gets it. As the de facto ambassador for Division I men's soccer in this part of the country, the University of Alabama at Birmingham coach couldn't help but smile. His work was done. He and a crowd of 9,242 had just watched Indiana University defeat Georgetown University 1-0 to win the Men's College Cup at Regions Park.

Tigers, Jackets get top billing

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

JACKSON -- Energy and effort transformed into joy twice Saturday for Greater Golden Triangle football teams.

Next steps could help transform MSU soccer

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- One counter attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, the Mississippi State University women's soccer team tried to become a program that did more than bunker in and absorb pressure. While MSU had admirable success in non-conference games, it often opted to play a more defensive style against Southeastern Conference opponents. That brand of soccer is what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt gave his team its best chance to be successful.

Punitive measures aren't answer for Oktibbeha schools

Posted 11/3/2012 in Local Columns

Apparently punitive remedies are the only ones that work for the Mississippi Department of Education.


Turning pain into character: West Oktibbeha trying to stay strong after ban

Posted 11/2/2012 in Local Columns

Adam Lowrey has watched helplessly as a program he spent five years building has started to fall apart around him.



Using different lures will help anglers in summer

Posted 7/12/2012 in Local Columns

The summer heat is here. These are times to devise a game plan to catch fish. More than one rod is the best way for a weekend angler to enjoy his or her time on the water without spending the day cutting off lures and tying on several others.


All-Stars make final night of tournament play fun

Posted 7/10/2012 in Local Columns

Perfection is a matter of opinion.

Ask Rufus: From Cordials to Kool-Aid

Posted 4/21/2012 in Local Columns

As warm weather arrives people in the South turn their thoughts to their favorite beverages.

Checking perceptions will be key for Ray

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Columns

Even though Rick Stansbury hadn't been a head coach when he was hired to replace Richard Williams as head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, the perception was he was ready to take the next step.


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