STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team needed an emotional effort Wednesday night. After MSU coach Rick Stansbury said his team played “with no passion” for the first time this season in a loss to Auburn on Saturday, he was satisfied with his team’s performance Wednesday night in an 80-71 victory against the Florida Gators at Humphrey Coliseum.
Reed Long used to be like a lot of fans who sit in the stands at Columbus Speedway and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Long would sit and watch the races with friends and would think to himself, “I can do that. How difficult can it be to race a car?” That question is part of the reason Long, 31, of Columbus, finally left the stands and climbed into a race car.
University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy knows his team would not be where it is if not for freshman point guard Terrico White. White’s emergence has helped the Rebels overcome three season-ending injuries and has kept them out of the bottom of the Southeastern Conference Western Division instead of Arkansas, tonight’s opponent at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
When Russ Boyd was a freshman at Millsaps College, he contemplated playing basketball and not baseball. The only problem was he was recruited to Millsaps to play baseball. Boyd, a 2005 graduate of New Hope High School, played basketball and baseball that first season at Millsaps, but he since has focused on baseball.
STARKVILLE –– Mississippi State freshman point guard Dee Bost will have his defensive skills tested again tonight. Bost has chased some of the best point guards in the Southeastern Conference this season, including South Carolina’s Devan Downey and Arkansas’ Courtney Fortson. Another one comes along at 7 tonight when MSU plays host to Nick Calathes and the Florida Gators in a SEC game at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning smiles as she flips through her players’ goal sheets. The pages bring back memories of what players have listed as their team and individual goals and how they want to realize those dreams. Going back nearly three years, Fanning comes to a sheet for then freshman Alexis Rack dated Sept. 11, 2006.
Robert Harmon doesn’t have as much time to fish as he would like. As a criminal investigator for the sheriff’s office in Chickasaw County, Harmon needs to be available at a moment’s notice, so planning leisure time can be difficult. This weekend, though, Harmon hopes to take a break from his full-time work as an investigator to a different kind of searching. Harmon hopes his time will be well spent Saturday when he competes in the American Bass Anglers district tournament in Columbus.
Ryan Stowers used to be like a lot of high school baseball players. Some players can hit home runs in practice or in a scrimmage, but hitting one in a game is the real deal.
JACKSON — The sigh said it all. Jameika Hoskins walked the length of the Aberdeen bench with her back turned as Raymond’s Valencia McFarland went to the free-throw line. The Aberdeen junior standout took a breath, exhaled, and shook her head, not wanting to turn to face the clock and the prospect the Lady Bulldogs’ season was nearly over.
The Auburn men’s basketball team has moved into second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings. With two games left in the regular season, the Tigers still have to look over their shoulder at the rival Alabama Crimson Tide.
This is the time of the year when the phrase “on the bubble” is used quite a bit in college basketball. Teams are trying to move into the best position possible to make the NCAA tournament in a couple of weeks.
STARKVILLE — Can a baseball game be declared “snowed out” even when most of the white stuff had melted by the scheduled start time? Apparently, the Nicholls State Colonels thought so, and the NCAA agreed.
STARKVILLE — An opportunity was all Brian Johnson could ask for, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs were happy to give it to him. After having three knee surgeries to repair a torn lateral meniscus before his college career began, Johnson wasn’t sure he would see the court again.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — From Kayla Robinson’s perspective, the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team will have its work cut out for it at 8 tonight when it takes on Raymond in the Class 3A Mississippi High School Activities Association Cellular South State Basketball Championships at Mississippi Coliseum. The Lady Rangers are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and are riding a state-best 24-game winning streak.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his staff are making quite an impression on local athletes. After signing players like Deontae Skinner from Noxubee County High School in Macon, Johnthan Banks from East Webster High in Maben, Johnathan McKenzie from Starkville Academy, and Dennis Thames from Louisville High, Mullen has gotten off to a quick start on identifying area prospects for next year’s class.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team is still discovering what kind of team it wants to be. Coach Sharon Fanning has stressed all season the importance of hard work, defense, communication, and execution in an effort to help her players realize what it takes to advance to the NCAA tournament.
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