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October 3rd, 2014
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has created some high expectations after a successful run to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitational Tournament last spring.
With the start of practice two days away, coach Vic Schaefer knows there will be a bullseye to a certain extent on his Bulldogs.
That's just fine with him.
The objective for the Starkville Academy Volunteers against Madison-Ridgeland Academy tonight is simple.
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is anxious to see how his team responds to some first half adversity.
There hasn't been any of that yet for his Yellowjackets.
In fact, SHS has yet to punt in the first three quarters of any game this season. It has only punted 11 times all season.
MABEN â€“ The East Webster Wolverines might hold a 5-1 record, but starting tonight, it is a whole new ballgame.
No longer is it about learning strengths and weaknesses. Instead, these are the games that matter because Class 2A, Region 4 football opens up with the Okolona Chieftains (2-3) embarking on Wolverine territory.
Mississippi State's defense hasn't been on the gridiron facing an opposing team in two weeks.
That's not necessarily a bad thing.
The No. 12 Bulldogs face a tough challenge this Saturday as they welcome the top offense in the Southeastern Conference in No. 6 Texas A&M.
The road to Scooba has become a familiar one for Rick Garner.
When he was being recruited by East Mississippi Junior College out of Starkville High School in 1967, Garner admits that he "really didn't know where Scooba was."
Starkville Academy junior varsity coach Sam Wright said he has been preaching effort and finishing all season to his football team.
Even though the Volunteers lost to Madison-Ridgeland Academy 16-0 at home Thursday night, Wright saw them respond in a positive manner.
Going into Thursday evening, coach Lauren Love knew her Starkville High School volleyball team was in for a fight.
Love was not wrong as the match went four sets with No. 1 DeSoto Central ultimately claiming the 3-1 match 25-18, 24-26, 25-14, 25-15 over the Lady Yellowjackets.
There is no doubt in head coach Rick Rayâ€™s mind that this yearâ€™s Mississippi State basketball team is going to be better.
He also thinks the Bulldogs, who won 14 games last year, will win more games this season.
Saturday's game at Davis Wade Stadium features two of the better offenses in the Southeastern Conference.
Even Las Vegas thinks the scoreboard will light up in Starkville, as BetOnline.com lists the over/under for No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State at 68.