New Hope and Oxford sent its entertaining basketball rivalry out on a high note Friday night.
If he had his druthers, Jeff Norwood probably wouldn't have the Tupelo High School boys basketball team shoot a lot of 3-pointers.
STARKVILLE -- Tanner Poole can, as he put it, "chill," now.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) basketball playoffs begin Monday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has found a way all season.
STARKVILLE -- With 2 minutes, 24 seconds left against a top 15 team, Mississippi State pieced together a fluid transition possession ending with an emphatic Aric Holman dunk. The play tied the game at 52, officially erasing what was an eight-point halftime lead for Florida.
STARKVILLE -- Things rarely have been as tough as they were for the Mississippi State women's basketball team on Thursday night. Stunted, stalled, stymied -- you name it and No. 3 MSU had to overcome it against Georgia in one of those knock-down, drag-out Southeastern Conference fights Vic Schaefer knows all too well.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State went to Daktronics for a little more than just an upgrade because it wanted to make a statement. When Daktronics sales representative Andrew Rice talked with MSU about a new video board at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium, the first option was to build a bigger version of the board that was already in place. That video board would have had a traditional, static line score at the bottom. Then MSU pushed for more -- all video screen, no static space.
STARKVILLE -- Recent opponents of the Mississippi State men's basketball team aren't afraid to say the Bulldogs are coming closer to beating teams at the top of the league.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Junior Reggie Harrison went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs Thursday to lead the Mississippi State softball team to a 4-1 victory against No. 21 Fresno State in Game 1 of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
OXFORD -- Shandricka Sessom had a game-high 26 points Thursday night to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 63-59 victory against Auburn at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has hired Freddie Roach, former Alabama All-Southeastern Conference player and staff member at Alabama and South Alabama, as its new assistant coach for the defensive line, coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior Coco Knight scored a career-high 18 points, while fellow junior Hannah Cook added 16 Thursday night to pace the Alabama women's basketball team to a 65-57 victory against Tennessee at Coleman Coliseum.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin had a plan. He just had to wait to use it. That opportunity will come at 8:30 p.m. Friday when Columbus (16-11) plays host Tupelo (24-4) for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 championship. Tupelo (23-5) will take on Columbus (21-4) at 7 p.m. for the girls title.
STARKVILLE -- November seems like a long time ago. But as the regular season runs its course this month and turns toward March Madness, the Mississippi State women's basketball team can look back to the first month of the season for one of its signature accomplishments. On Nov. 20, then-No. 10 defeated then-No. 8 Texas 79-68 at Humphrey Coliseum. A national television audience on the SEC Network watched junior point guard Morgan William score a game-high 23 points to lead MSU a victory that was part of a program-record 20-0 start.
Eric Sherrod knows what it's like not to be noticed. At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, it's pretty hard not to see Sherrod. But the Columbus High School offensive lineman entered his senior without much to go on. He hadn't seen much playing time as a junior, so even though he harbored dreams of playing football in college, he wasn't really sure if he could attract the attention of college coaches. "I thought I wasn't going to sign," Sherrod said.
STARKVILLE -- In November, Andy Cannizaro took the kind of job he had been dreaming of. At 4 p.m. Friday, Mississippi State's first-year baseball coach will begin it in earnest when his team opens his inaugural season against 2016 College World Series participant Texas Tech at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Gridley is the self-proclaimed expert on the last year of Konnor Pilkington's development. After playing with Pilkington last season at Mississippi State, Gridley was a teammate of his with the Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps before returning to Starkville for the fall and spring.
STARKVILLE -- What would become the biggest day of Sarai Niu's life didn't begin or end as planned. A talented high school softball-playing senior, Niu had fought back great reservations and decided to take an official visit to Mississippi State.
JACKSON -- Jesse Little played a big role in Starkville High's semifinal-round game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 3 tournament ... despite what his surname might suggest.
1. New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU baseball gives Cannizaro first career victory COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. No. 3 MSU women face huge test at Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS