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Rebuild helps put Hughes back behind wheel

Posted 8/25/2017 in Local Sports

It takes a lot of practice, a lot of luck, and a really good car to win a race. Ellie Hughes has been racing since she was 8 years old. She started out in go-karts, worked her way up to Hot Shots, and has been racing Factory Stocks for the last two years. The 16-year-old has had to rebuild cars after wrecks, but after her latest crash totaled her car at Whynot Motorsports Park a few weeks ago, Hughes' racing experience was tested unlike any other period.


Reality of first win sinking in for Atkins

Posted 8/21/2017 in Local Sports

The last week has been a whirlwind for Justin Atkins. Between being surprised at home by friends and doing a handful of radio and newspaper interviews, Atkins finally is getting time to savor the reality that he is a champion.



LeBrun eager for challenge of another Possum Town Triathlon

Posted 8/18/2017 in Local Sports

Chris LeBrun loves competition. When LeBrun started running 10 years ago, he immediately found something he loved. He soon found himself competing in longer and longer events, like the Boston Marathon and ultra marathons, which refer to any footrace longer than 26.2 miles.



Columbus' Atkins wins FLW title

Posted 8/14/2017 in Local Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former New Hope High School, East Mississippi Community College, and Mississippi State fishing team member Justin Atkins landed a bag of 22 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to win the Fishing League Worldwide Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray.


Winkles, Tomlin battle at The Bullring

Posted 8/12/2017 in Local Sports

Chad Winkles hadn't been to Columbus Speedway in nearly eight years. "It had a bit more banking last time I was here," Winkles said Friday. It likely wouldn't have mattered if Winkles had never been to The Bullring, as nothing has slowed his march toward a NeSmith Street Stocks points championship, except Josh Tomlin.

Pickard having success in Sportsman Division

Posted 8/11/2017 in Local Sports

Jamie Pickard ran one season of 602 Late Models in 2014 before he had enough. Pickard was in favor of an even field of sealed 602 motors, but from 2014 through 2016, tracks that ran the division allowed sealed motors and motors privately built to spec.

Breazeale holds top line for win

Posted 8/5/2017 in Local Sports

The top line around Columbus Speedway is fast. It also is tough to handle. Those who ventured up top Friday either smacked their right quarter panel off the wall or backed off the throttle. Either way, the line routinely killed drivers' momentum in the corners of The Bullring. Things were different for David Breazeale.

Barham returns to racing after totaling car

Posted 8/4/2017 in Local Sports

Craig Barham was out after the second roll. The Columbus native was running in the top 10 midway through the NeSmith Late Model race May 13 at Magnolia Motor Speedway when he entered turn one and didn't make it out of turn two. Barham's GRT car hit a rut and flipped three times. His car was totaled. He had two cracked ribs, a bruised back, and swollen knee. He was knocked out.

Hughes continues dominance at Magnolia Motor Speedway

Posted 7/30/2017 in Local Sports

NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.

Starkville Little League All-Stars advance to two regional tournaments

Posted 7/29/2017 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.

Hughes off to fast start in NeSmith Late Models series

Posted 7/27/2017 in Local Sports

Spencer Hughes is about to reach the top of the ladder.

Starkville All-Stars roll to another state title

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

Along with sweltering heat, another certainty of the summer is success for the Starkville Little League All-Stars. The baseball team made up of 11- and 12-year-olds won their third-straight state tournament Thursday night with a 14-0, four-inning victory against Brookhaven at Vernon Dahmer Park in Hattiesburg.

First round paves way for Logan to win Junior Amateur

Posted 7/22/2017 in Local Sports

A few pretty good weeks gave Hunter Logan a little confidence entering the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club earlier this week. Little did Logan know he was going to have a lot more confidence after the opening round.


Caledonia High's Hunter Logan wins Junior Amateur title

Posted 7/21/2017 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Caledonia High School's Hunter Logan shot a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to win the boys 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club.


Former Bulldog Bowers will hold basketball camp at The W

Posted 7/20/2017 in Local Sports

Timmy Bowers is gearing up for the next phase in his life. The former Mississippi State standout also is preparing for his 14th season as a professional basketball player. Slated to return to Italy, where he has played the last eight years, Bowers credits a solid fundamental base for enabling him to have such a long career following his success in Starkville.


Local players earn awards at Southern Elite camp

Posted 7/15/2017 in Local Sports

It's all about showing out when you want to attract attention. Logan Canerdy, Jeremy Tate, and Eli Acker have learned that in what has turned out to be a busy summer for the three local prep football standouts.


Cooley targets victory at The Mag

Posted 7/14/2017 in Local Sports

Eric Cooley has a grudge to settle with himself and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Cooley was leading the Governor's Cup in 2013 when a late caution killed his momentum and he finished second. He has finished fifth and seventh in the last two editions of the race.


Caledonia High golfer Logan wins tournament in Tupelo

Posted 7/9/2017 in Local Sports

Golfer Hunter Logan was aware of the feeling. After all, he calls it "the best feeling in sports."


McElhannon gets first career USCS win at Bullring

Posted 7/8/2017 in Local Sports

Andy McElhannon didn't make it more than four laps at Columbus Speedway before getting knocked out of the USCS race in 2012.

Turpen looks for continued success at Columbus Speedway

Posted 7/6/2017 in Local Sports

Morgan Turpen is usually still searching for her first feature win by the midway point of the season.


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