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Championship fishing more than a family affair for the Ropers

Posted 10/3/2012 in Local Sports

Jarad Roper held his first fishing pole when he was 2-years-old.

 

 

Crappie Masters national championship set for Columbus

Posted 10/1/2012 in Local Sports

There's nothing wrong with having fun while you're fishing and getting a chance to make some money for doing it. That simple plan eight years ago gave rise to the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters AllAmerican Tournament Trail. In that time, anglers from all across the United States have won hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless prizes. The birth of Crappie Masters also helped introduce competitive fishing to a new audience.

 

 

Columbus United's Velek gets MSU coaching honor

Posted 9/30/2012 in Local Sports

Dr. Tom Velek never has looked at soccer as a sport for only his children. That attitude explains why Velek has worked in so many capacities -- coach, administrator, organizer, evaluator, teacher, manager -- to help grow the sport he loves in the city of Columbus. This week, Velek was recognized for his work as he was named Mississippi Soccer Association Coach of the Year.

 

 

Malmstrom hopes to help Tennessee Williams Tribute 5-K Run grow

Posted 9/7/2012 in Local Sports

Abby Malmstrom has lived in Columbus less than a year, but she already has made an impact on the local running scene.

 

Organizers already thinking about second triathlon

Posted 8/20/2012 in Local Sports

Dreams came true in multiple ways Saturday morning. While some competitors eclipsed their time goals and others took pride in finishing, Brad Atkins surveyed the scene at the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon and smiled.

Rollins makes history at triathlon in return home

Posted 8/19/2012 in Local Sports

If Brad Rollins didn't know it, he would have thought the Possum Town Triathlon was a long-standing event with a load of history.

Jeffreys sets healthy example for daughter in first triathlon

Posted 8/19/2012 in Local Sports

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Ellie Jeffreys may not remember an overcast morning on Aug. 18, 2012, in Columbus, Miss., when she grows up, but maybe it will come back to her in a few years when she is in the water, or on a bicycle, or pounding the road.

 

Inaugural Possum Town Triathlon set for Saturday in Columbus

Posted 8/16/2012 in Local Sports

Gunnar Olson has a top-three finish in his sights. Charla Lee just wants to finish.

 

 

Discounted hotel rate for NeSmith racing event in September

Posted 8/16/2012 in Local Sports

The Wingate Inn in Columbus will be the official host hotel for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series $2,000-to-win Black Ice 40 on Sept. 2 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus.

 

 

Gray earns two NeSmith victories at Magnolia

Posted 8/16/2012 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tony Gray, of Coker, Ala., and Jeff Glisson, of Boaz, Ky., were the big winners in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 20 action.

 

 

Red Carpet Bowl celebrates 50th anniversary

Posted 8/15/2012 in Local Sports

James Lawson still remembers the summer of 1962.

 

 

Youth soccer continues growth in Columbus

Posted 8/14/2012 in Local Sports

Tom Velek has seen soccer make incredible progress in Columbus.

 

 

Starkville Quarterback Club set for 47th year

Posted 8/4/2012 in Local Sports

Mississippi State University football fans are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 47th season of weekly meetings on Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football. Club President Tyson Gair said the club expects a large membership this year with all the excitement that surrounded the team's 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi and its 23-17 win against Wake Forest University in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 that helped the team finish 7-6.

 

 

Prep players want softball back in Olympics

Posted 8/4/2012 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Summer Olympic Games have been plagued by controversies in gymnastics and badminton, no such ill will has developed on the softball diamond.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial set for this weekend in Columbus

Posted 8/2/2012 in Local Sports

Tradition will return to Columbus this weekend with the running of the 11th Annual Columbus Nissan James Nickoles Memorial at Columbus Speedway, "The Baddest Bullring in the South.

 

 

Burkhalter will volunteer for inaugural Possum Town Triathlon

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Delynn Burkhalter has swam enough strokes, logged enough miles on a bicycle, and pounded enough pavement to know the elements that make a triathlon successful. In addition to a quality course and hours of planning and organization, Burkhalter knows the importance of having helpful and interested volunteers involved in the race. So while Burkhalter would be able to join the rest of the field for the inaugural Possum Town Triathlon on Aug. 18 in Columbus, the president and chief executive officer of Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. plans to work behind the scenes as a volunteer in an effort to make sure competitors have a memorable experience.

 

 

Nickoles Memorial event will return to Columbus

Posted 7/28/2012 in Local Sports

Columbus Speedway has seen a rebirth in many ways in its 50th year of operation. From new grandstands to new promoters to other improvements, there have been a lot of changes at the facility. Some have involved new items, while others have involved the rejuvenation of events that haven't been held in a few years. One event, the James Nickoles Memorial, will return Saturday with Columbus Nissan as the title sponsor.

 

 

Lee enjoying chance to work in pro football

Posted 7/24/2012 in Local Sports

Tyson Lee never allowed the word no to stop him from doing something.

 

 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE: Atkins gearing up for triathlon

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Brad and Melissa Atkins have done nearly all there is to do when it comes to endurance training events.

 

 

Sting enjoys perfect postseason run

Posted 7/19/2012 in Local Sports

Perfection is an elusive accomplishment in any sport.

 

 

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