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MSU women's basketball team's historic victory whets appetite for more

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team is still the national runner-up. Pinch yourself MSU fans if you thought the last month of the 2016-17 season was a dream. Don't worry, it wasn't. A lot of the memories from MSU's run through the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City and its victory against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut have come back into focus this month after MSU won the Best Upset ESPY for its 66-64 overtime victory against UConn in the national semifinals.

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.

Harrison optimistic about Heritage Academy's chances

Posted 7/22/2017 in High School Sports

Next man up. In the case of the Heritage Academy football team, coach Sean Harrison would like to see as many as 15 players step into bigger roles this season. If that happens, Harrison feels confident the Patriots will be able to make up for their key graduation losses, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines.

Hill wants to be in mix at RB for MSU

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Seniors Ashton Shumpert and Brandon Holloway combined for 106 carries -- roughly 21 percent -- of the Mississippi State football team's rushing offense last season. Kylin Hill wants to be the one to fill that gap.

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.

 

Luke charged with keeping Rebels together

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

The task of pulling together Ole Miss' shattered football program is in the hands of interim coach Matt Luke. The 40-year-old was promoted from co-offensive coordinator on Thursday night in the stunning aftermath of coach Hugh Freeze's resignation for a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service. It's just the latest issue facing the embattled Rebels.

 

 

West Lowndes' Rieves signs with Mississippi Valley State

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

Wendell Rieves always believed he was going to play baseball at a four-year school. But the former West Lowndes High School standout acknowledged he had to make an adjustment when he arrived at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. A freshman season in which he hit .257 and had two home runs provided Rieves plenty of motivation, so he set out with renewed enthusiasm to show he was capable of realizing his dream. Rieves' sophomore campaign more than proved he was ready.

 

EMCC gets sneak peak at second season of 'Last Chance U'

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Chauncey Rivers knew he had to grow up a little bit when he arrived at East Mississippi Community College. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman was removed from the football program at the University of Georgia after three marijuana arrests in a seven-month period. Rivers enrolled at EMCC in hopes of earning a second chance to play at a Division I football program. On Thursday night, Rivers was part of a crowd of around 500 that watched the first episode of the second season of "Last Chance U" in Stennis Hall on the EMCC campus.

 

Freeze's fall traced partially to Nutt's suit

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

The man who Hugh Freeze replaced as Ole Miss' football coach was at least partially responsible for Freeze's stunning downfall Thursday night.

 

 

Freeze out at Ole Miss

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service.

 

 

Vansau continues hot hitting from April into summer

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

Hunter Vansau remembers everything about the turning point. On April 15 in Columbia, South Carolina, in the middle game of a three-game series against South Carolina, Vansau entered as a pinch hitter. With the Mississippi State baseball team trailing by a run, Vansau hit the first pitch for a double that scored the tying run. Vansau had another hit in the game and scored a run to help the Bulldogs win the game and the series.

 

 

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.

 

Matthews had fun recruiting first softball class

Posted 7/20/2017 in College Sports

Tatjana Matthews couldn't have scripted it any better. When you love something as much as Matthews loves softball, she couldn't have imagined a better way to spend the last eight-plus months than driving throughout the state of Mississippi and the Southeast recruiting players for the Mississippi University for Women's softball program.

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.

Hopper eager to return to softball, play for The W

Posted 7/20/2017 in College Sports

Cara Hopper is almost back. The former Caledonia High School and Itawamba Community College standout has recovered from foot surgery that cost her what would have been her senior season with the Blue Mountain College softball team. Hopper also has returned to Lowndes County to finish work on her physical therapy degree at the Mississippi University for Women.

 

Walters column: Five Prep Football Questions - Week 2

Posted 7/18/2017 in High School Sports

Well, we are quickly getting to that time of year.

 

 

EMCC football returns to Netflix airwaves Friday

Posted 7/18/2017 in College Sports

When Netflix unveiled the "Last Chance U" series chronicling the East Mississippi Community College football program last summer, many were not sure what to expect.

 

 

MSU baseball working through change of venue for summer camps

Posted 7/18/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dudy Noble Field isn't much of a field at the moment. Where grass used to be lies a large field of dirt with construction equipment on it, all lying in front of the almost completely destructed bleachers that surrounded the field.

 

Walters column: MACJC schedule features several must-see games

Posted 7/17/2017 in College Sports

As the calendar prepares to turn to August, preparations are underway for another season of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges football.

Pickle, New Hope looking forward to challenge of Class 4A

Posted 7/17/2017 in High School Sports

Change is usually unavoidable in coaching.

 

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