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Former Starkville High, EMCC standout Baker set for next step in journey at UT-Martin

Posted 7/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Baker feels like he is ready to take the next step.

 

 

Spears set to go for Bulldogs

Posted 7/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maroon and white. Maroon and gray. Maroon and black. There are so many color combinations that Jazmine Spears can wear a different piece of Mississippi State women's basketball apparel almost every day. After waiting two years to get to Starkville, Spears plans to make the most of her next two years and mix and match tops and bottoms to create a lasting impression.

 

 

Howland adds Louisiana Tech transfer Stapleton

Posted 7/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- During his days at Madison Central High School, Xavian Stapleton didn't care where he played basketball at the next level. He just wanted to play. Coming from a team he helped lead to a runner-up finish in Class 6A in 2012-13, the 6-foot-6 guard didn't have many offers from programs within power conferences -- including Mississippi State -- so he selected Louisiana Tech. "I always wanted to go there (MSU), but even if it didn't happen, I just wanted to play basketball," said Stapleton, who also had offers from Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Florida Gulf Coast, and Tulane.

 

 

Gordon hopes U.S. women can help MSU grow

Posted 7/4/2015 in College Sports

Aaron Gordon is always looking for ways to grow the sport of soccer. When you're trying to build a successful program in one of the nation's most competitive conference, it's natural to try to find a way to use the momentum from another top team to help you generate enthusiasm. Gordon and the Mississippi State women's soccer program will try to do that at 6 tonight when they play host to a Women's World Cup watch party for the match between the United States and Japan at Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 12 in Starkville.

 

 

Brooks has learned patience as MSU assistant mens basketball coach

Posted 7/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- George Brooks has learned the value of patience since becoming an assistant coach for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. In the past five years, the former Bulldog player twice has found himself in limbo, as two MSU head coaches he served under were let go. The first time came when Rick Stansbury stepped down after the 2011-12 season. The second came in April, when Rick Ray was fired after three losing seasons. Both times Brooks wondered if he would have a job in Starkville, or if he would have to look somewhere else, so he had to exercise patience in unsure times.

 

 

Howland leads strong group of new coaches in SEC

Posted 7/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference men's basketball will see several new faces roaming the sidelines later this year. Those faces are pretty recognizable at the national level. Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida all hired new head coaches this offseason, and all four received high praise from college basketball experts.

 

 

Sanders starts first international experience

Posted 7/2/2015 in College Sports

IRVINE, Calif. -- Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana-Lafayette rising sophomore DJ Sanders is three games into her first international experience with the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. Through three games at the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, California, Sanders is 3-for-7 for the JWNT program, which is making its first appearance in the World Cup.

 

 

Holmes will look to add depth for MSU women

Posted 6/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun "Jazz" Holmes isn't going to let her relative inexperience hold her back. Going up against speedsters like Morgan William and Roshunda Johnson every day in practice should be just the test Holmes needs to make a quick adjustment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Akins caps 30-year career with MSU athletics

Posted 6/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Few men truly get to live out their dreams.

 

 

MSU football loses two players to transfer

Posted 6/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two positions of need for the Mississippi State football team took unexpected hits Tuesday. MSU's offensive line lost three of five starters from last season, and both starting safeties graduated, leaving questions at both spots. Those questions remain following the transfers of offensive lineman Kent Flowers and defensive back Jahmere Irvin-Sills.

 

 

MSU freshman Campbell focusing on getting stronger

Posted 6/23/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zion Campbell usually is one of the tallest players on the basketball court. At 6-foot-3, Campbell has grown accustomed to having her way in the post, whether it has been at Riverdale Baptist School (Md.), St. John's College (Washington, D.C.) High School, or Hilton Head (S.C.) High. Part of "owning" the paint involves knowing how to throw your weight around and to bang bodies with opponents to get position for rebounds or to set yourself up close to the basket for an easy shot. It has taken only a few weeks for Campbell to realize she likely will have to try to new way to utilize her size to help her make an impact on the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Pitcher Brown leaves MSU baseball program

Posted 6/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's starting rotation will feature a different look next season.

 

 

Transfer Johnson will have key role to play for MSU

Posted 6/17/2015 in College Sports

"You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful." -- a tweet by Mississippi State women's basketball transfer Roshunda Johnson on May 27 STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson knows the power of social media. That knowledge was part of her motivation for the tweet that served as her unofficial welcome announcement to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

MSU's McBride targets 800 title at NCAA meet

Posted 6/10/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- To peer inside the mind of Mississippi State's Brandon McBride is to study an honor student and a soft-spoken business major who is exceptionally talented on the track. It's a great place to start because the mind also is where races sometimes are won and lost.

 

 

MSU's Taylor will try to improve on career-best day

Posted 6/10/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zach Taylor has a tough task ahead of him. Taylor, a decathlete at Mississippi State, will compete today against the top athletes in the country at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He also will compete against himself.

 

 

MSU looks to benefit from extra SEC revenue

Posted 6/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There was a moment, several actually, during Mississippi State's rise to the top of the college football world last fall when MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a second to look around him and soak in everything that was happening.

 

 

SEC champ Hearn turns attention to nationals

Posted 6/4/2015 in College Sports

 

 

Begley returns home as new coach of EMCC men's basketball

Posted 6/4/2015 in College Sports

 

 

Former Caledonia standout Hopper headed to Blue Mountain

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

Even after years of playing softball, Cara Hopper knew she was going to have to make an adjustment when she started her college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.

 

 

Black leaves MSU men's basketball team

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's reinvention of the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues. Since becoming MSU's coach March 21, Howland has signed two highly touted recruits. He also has watched two players leave the program. Late Tuesday night, MSU's attrition continued when freshman Oliver Black, who saw action in all 31 games this past season, decided to leave the program. Black's departure was confirmed by a MSU spokesman.

 

 

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