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Starkville High introduces Jones as its new football coach

Posted yesterday in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones and his wife, Shaunacy, walked into the Starkville High School football field house with big smiles on their faces. Led by Starkville Athletic Director Milton Smith Sr., Jones and his wife greeted those who already had gathered. Jones shook everyone's hand and introduced himself and said how much of a pleasure it was to be at Starkville.

Third quarter saves No. 4 MSU women

Posted yesterday in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For 30 minutes Thursday night, the No. 4 Mississippi State women's basketball team was immersed in one of those "knock-down, drag-out" games coach Vic Schaefer knows all too well from his years in the Southeastern Conference.


EMCC DL enrolls at MSU

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A day after announcing the enrollment of an East Mississippi Community College football player, the Mississippi State football team announced another Thursday. A team spokesperson said EMCC defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers has enrolled and will go through spring practices with MSU. On Wednesday, MSU announced EMCC defensive back Brian Cole was enrolled in school.



MSU men will try to bounce back from loss to Kentucky

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It hasn't been easy for Southeastern Conference men's basketball teams after playing Kentucky. The No. 5 Wildcats are 6-0 in conference play and are on a six-game winning streak. Kentucky has beaten Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Mississippi State. Auburn, which beat LSU 78-74 at home Wednesday night, is the only team to win its next game after playing Kentucky.



No. 5 South Carolina women beat Ole Miss

Posted yesterday in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell took a bit of comfort in his team's latest loss to No. 5 South Carolina -- that he'll never have to face senior powerhouse Alaina Coates again. Coates had 15 points and 15 rebounds -- her 54th career double-double and fifth in as many games against the Rebels -- to lead the Gamecocks to a 65-46 victory Thursday night at the Colonial Life Arena.


No. 4 MSU not content to be 19-0

Posted 1/19/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Humble and hungry. Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer is going to try to follow that way of thinking the rest of the season. It might sound like a difficult proposition, especially since the Bulldogs are off to a program-record 19-0 start and have climbed to all-time high rankings in The Associated Press and the USA Today polls (No. 4).


Coaches confident about Jones at Starkville

Posted 1/19/2017 in High School Sports

Character is important to Tyrone Shorter. He tries to mold it into all of his football players at Noxubee County. He also tries to instill it in the Tigers by playing some of the toughest competition every season.



Alabama overcomes turnovers, cold shooting to beat Missouri

Posted 1/19/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- There wasn't a lot for the home crowd to cheer about Wednesday night in the Alabama men's basketball team's 68-56 victory against the Missouri Tigers, but Riley Norris did his best to keep the crowd in it with 11 first-half points.


MSU stays close with No. 5 Kentucky

Posted 1/18/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Mario Kegler looked down at the stats and shook their heads. The Mississippi State men's basketball players were somber Tuesday night as they digested an 88-81 loss to No. 5 Kentucky. MSU coach Ben Howland didn't look at the stats as he began his opening statement. He praised his players and didn't gaze at the stats until questions were asked.

Pickens Academy's White signs with Bevill State C.C.

Posted 1/18/2017 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The pictures chart Jeff White's maturation. One picture -- appropriately secured in a frame with a baseball motif -- has White mustering all of his strength to wield a bat in T-ball. Another picture shows White standing a little taller than his age-group teammates. Another is a color one of him in his Pickens Academy uniform -- No. 44 -- and a black and white picture of his grandfather, Jack, poised in a catcher's stance.


Futral's big night lifts Starkville Academy past Heritage Academy

Posted 1/18/2017 in High School Sports

Codie Futral cradled the ball in his hands as the final seconds expired. The Starkville Academy senior then turned his right shoulder and pointed to some of the remaining Volunteer faithful to acknowledge their support.



Late scuffle part of foul-filled game

Posted 1/18/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With less than a minute remaining in the game, a mild scuffle broke out in front of the Kentucky men's basketball team's bench. Mississippi State coach Ben Howland and Kentucky coach John Calipari had to help the officials break up the scuffle and pull their respective players back to their bench.



Late push lifts Ole Miss past Tennessee

Posted 1/18/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Terence Davis scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as the Ole Miss men's basketball team closed with a 12-2 run in the final three minutes Tuesday night to defeat Tennessee 80-69.


No. 4 MSU beats Ole Miss for record 19-0 start

Posted 1/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has had an uncanny knack for making history the past three seasons. Whether it's imposing its defensive will on opponents or frustrating them by taking multiple charges, coach Vic Schaefer has used toughness to transform the Bulldogs into a national contender.


Insell, Ole Miss make progress but want more

Posted 1/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell and the Ole Miss women's basketball team don't want anything to do with moral victories. Coming off a victory against Tennessee that snapped a 28-game losing streak in that series, Insell is fired up about his team, and has been all season. The fourth-year coach believes in his Rebels and feels -- to coin a phrase the program has used all season -- it's time for them to take the next step and return to the NCAA tournament.



Starkville, Columbus boys win in Clinton

Posted 1/17/2017 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team has had a lot of success in the Jackson area lately. Starkville's good fortunes continued in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in a 60-59 victory against Murrah in the 10th-annual Rumble in the South Classic at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.



Starkville High's Bell developing as force

Posted 1/17/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Markedric Bell doesn't have the basketball background others have. Bell didn't play organized basketball in junior high, but he decided to join the Starkville High School boys basketball team. Bell didn't play as a freshmen, but he practiced and received a chance to play as a sophomore.



Howland: MSU will treat Kentucky like any other game

Posted 1/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland doesn't view his team's next game as an opportunity to "prove something." Instead, he views it as a another game, even if it is a matchup against the best team in the Southeastern Conference and one of the best in the nation.



Alabama names former MSU AD Byrne to same position

Posted 1/17/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama's athletic director after running Arizona's athletic department since 2010. The university announced Monday that Byrne, currently the Wildcats' vice president for athletics, will take over March 1. Bill Battle announced his retirement as Alabama's athletic director Sunday night.



No. 4 MSU women look for school record against Ole Miss

Posted 1/15/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Staying humble is important to Vic Schaefer.



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