The Pickens County High School boys basketball team will encounter a peculiar predicament at 7 p.m. Friday when it plays at R.C. Hatch in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A Central Sub-Regional Tournament. It will be the first time in 15 years that the Pickens County Tornadoes will have to travel for a sub-regional tournament game.
CALEDONIA — Tyler Aldridge is honest when he looks back at his athletic career. He always had confidence in whatever sport he played — football, soccer, or baseball — but he feels something was missing. “When I was a freshman and a sophomore, I broke down mentally,” Aldridge said. “The physical part was always there, but I wasn’t thinking.
It is a diverse group. The Mississippi State women’s tennis team has players from Slovakia, Russia, Namibia, and Eupora. That melting pot of talent is 4-0 for the second consecutive season. The Lady Bulldogs have gotten off to that start seven times.
STARKVILLE — On the cusp of breaking into the NCAA Division I Top 25 softball rankings after a weekend of three consecutive victories in the Bulldog Round Robin, Mississippi State seemed poised to continue its winning ways Wednesday against the University of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles had different plans.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team isn’t the only squad feeling the urgency as February counts down to March. If MSU feels a tinge of anxiety being on the bubble for the NCAA tournament, coach Renee Ladner’s Ole Miss women’s basketball team has a host of butterflies as it enters the stretch run. The Rebels can quiet some of that uneasiness at 8 tonight (Fox Sports Net South) when they play host to Mississippi State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado had a career night Wednesday for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team. It was nothing compared to what Tasmin Mitchell did for LSU. Varnado scored a career-high 31 points, but Mitchell had a career-high 41 to lead the Tigers to a 97-94 victory in double overtime in front of a crowd of 9,021 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Robert Byrd hopes a week off is the recipe for success this week for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. A little home cooking won’t hurt the Trojans, either.
A more patient Rachel Hollivay is a scary proposition for opponents who dare to venture into the lane. The Caledonia High School girls basketball team discovered just how dominating the 6-foot-4 freshman center can be last week when she scored 22 points and blocked 17 shots in a 49-32 victory.
Heritage Academy has promoted Brad Butler to be its new football coach. The 31-year-old Butler accepted the promotion Monday after being Heritage Academy’s offensive line coach this past season.
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost moved into elite status Monday. Bost learned from MSU officials he had become the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He becomes the third second-time honoree of the award, joining Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Ole Miss’ Terrico White.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Bulldogs take great pride in being back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division champions. Mississippi State’s 2008-09 basketball poster features junior guard Barry Stewart and junior center Jarvis Varnado holding the past two SEC Western Division championship trophies.