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Short: City still offering programs, sports

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Sports

Roger Short wants to make sure the people of Columbus and Lowndes County understand the Columbus Recreation Authority will continue to offer programs. Short wants to make that perfectly clear because there might be some uncertainty about the status of the city's recreation authority now that he is on the job as interim recreation manager for Lowndes County.

 

Greene one of winners to beat Mother Nature at Columbus Speedway

Posted 5/20/2017 in Local Sports

When Rod Taylor pulled off Columbus Speedway after watering it Friday evening, he had no idea Mother Nature had a watering scheduled at almost the same time.

Taylor learning ins and outs of operating a speedway

Posted 5/19/2017 in Local Sports

Rod Taylor has experienced the peaks and valleys of managing a racetrack in just a few short months.

Sullivan wins COMP Cams race at The Mag

Posted 5/15/2017 in Local Sports

An unpredictable and unforgiving surface Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway forced Jack Sullivan into an unconventional approach. After extended periods of rain throughout the day and night Friday, the "Black Ice" never quite dried out and slicked off for the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series headliner.

Increased testing helps Sullivan

Posted 5/12/2017 in Local Sports

Former NBA star Allen Iverson's now-infamous "practice" rant in 2002 is continually parodied and referenced by sports fans, commentators and athletes across all sports. While the context behind Iverson's comments is often lost or ignored, the prevailing sentiment regarding practice is obvious: It's important. It's not just crucial for athletes who throw, shoot, or swing, but it also is important for those who pilot 800-horsepower cars around slick dirt ovals each weekend.

Favre speaks to boy scouts in Starkville

Posted 5/11/2017 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Brett Favre made things look easy throughout most of his collegiate and professional career. After starring at Southern Mississippi, Favre embarked on a record-breaking NFL career, which included three MVP awards, success in the Super Bowl, and enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mattox, Spradling team up to win track titles for Starkville

Posted 5/9/2017 in Local Sports

Kate Mattox came off the track -- having just won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter state championships for Starkville High School -- feeling guilty. She said as much to her coach, Caroline Woomer, who was quick to remind her why.

Heritage Academy back on top of MAIS Class AAA golf

Posted 5/9/2017 in Local Sports

All apologies to Allen Iverson, but a little extra practice doesn't hurt when you're preparing to win another state title.

Byrd will look for fifth win at Columbus Speedway

Posted 5/5/2017 in Local Sports

Jason Byrd doesn't have an explanation for the roll he has been on at Columbus Speedway. Byrd has won four of his last five races there and leads the Factory Stocks points standings entering tonight's Mud Bug Classic at The Bullring.

Moyer, Jr. wins at Bullring for first time

Posted 4/22/2017 in Local Sports

When the chaos of the first Super Late Models race at Columbus Speedway in two years ended Friday night, the consensus was clear: what a workout.

Tennis keeping Hendrix healthy

Posted 4/21/2017 in Local Sports

Waimon Hendrix is coming up on an important anniversary. On April 30, Hendrix will celebrate four years of retirement from his job as a job as a contractor at Columbus Air Force Base. Hendrix worked in that capacity for 44 years, 22 in the military and another 22 years as a civilian. He served two tours in Turkey and in numerous places in the United States.

Super Late Models return to Columbus

Posted 4/21/2017 in Local Sports

After a year-long closure in 2016 and an early season schedule of NeSmith-sanctioned Crate and Street Stocks races, the state's top division has been absent from the state's oldest dirt track, and arguably most unique, with its signature high banks and red clay surface. For the first time since 2015, Super Late Models will race tonight at Columbus Speedway when the track plays host to the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series.

 

Tennis all in family for Milams

Posted 4/20/2017 in Local Sports

Tennis really is a family affair for Edd and Kay Milam. The Starkville couple has played tennis for a large part of their adult lives. The love for the game, combined with a passion for competition, has helped keep them at the top of their game.

 

Erb posts Mississippi State Championship challenge Series victory Columbus

Posted 4/17/2017 in Local Sports

Tyler Erb hadn't been to Magnolia Motor Speedway in more than two years. His first and only appearance at the track -- the 2015 Cotton Pickin' 100 -- ended early after he'd made the feature field. Entering Saturday's Mississippi State Championship challenge Series Super Late Models race, Erb wasn't in the greatest of form. He was coming off a sixth-place finish in a B-main at a Lucas Oil show last weekend in Batesville, Arkansas.

Sheedy shoots for first State Series win

Posted 4/14/2017 in Local Sports

FRENCH CAMP -- It has been a rough first two months in Super Late Models for Shelby Sheedy. After three years racing Crate Late Models, Sheedy, 23, fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing Super Late Models when he sold his sealed motor and bought an open motor in the winter.

Ray, Stokes duke it out for Street Stocks win

Posted 4/8/2017 in Local Sports

If a race car driver grew up in the Golden Triangle or the state of Mississippi, there's a good chance they cheered for Johnny Stokes at some point in time.

Hughes captures win in Street Stocks race at Magnolia

Posted 4/2/2017 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes' right-rear tire touched every speck of dirt along the walls in the corners of Magnolia Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Caledonia's Young signs with Itawamba C.C. in soccer

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Sports

CALEDONIA -- Sam Young has been making regular trips to Itawamba Community College from his home in Caledonia to visit the men's soccer program since he was nine years old. Sometimes he would go for camps, others to visit friends playing for the Indians.

Webber repeats as Columbus Pilgrimage 5K winner

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Sports

Chris Webber went back to back Saturday morning claiming the Columbus Pilgrimage 5K. The Columbus Christian Academy student set a quick pace right from the start and one by one his competitors fell back until Webber was well ahead of his teammates Glenn Misiak and Nate Parker who finished second and third. Kendra Sanders of Belden, Ms won the lady's 5K. Sanders was followed to the line by Carrie Shrock-Haggard of Philadelphia, Ms and Raychel Sanders also of Belden, Ms.

Golden Egg Classic on tap this weekend

Posted 3/30/2017 in Local Sports

The "guy from Missouri" is fast, but he's actually a Mississippi boy.

 

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