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October 16th, 2014
The Starkville Academy junior varsity Volunteers capped an undefeated season in Class 3A-District II and captured the conference championship by defeating Pillow Academy out of Greenwood 8-7 Thursday night at J.E. Logan Field.
Starkville Academy trailed 7-0 at halftime, but took the lead early in the second half on a 13-yard run by William Wolfe and a two-point conversion run by Taylor Arnold.
It was a bittersweet moment for eight girls Thursday night.
Eight Starkville Lady Yellowjackets played their final regular season match at the Beehive, a straight set win over New Hope.
MABEN â€“ The East Webster Lady Wolverines came out in game one of their opening round Class 2A slow pitch softball series a little rusty.
Still even with the uncharacteristic play the Lady Wolverines achieved a 13-3 victory before shaking themselves to pull out a 17-0 game two victory, allowing them to sweep Puckett in the first round of Class 2A postseason action.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray thinks this year's team is better equipped to handle injuries.
That's a good thing because the Bulldogs are already down two players before the season starts. MSU junior guard Craig Sword could be out at the most two games, while junior college transfer big man Johnny Zuppardo is out for the entire season.
Gavin Ware hasn't had to compete with anybody for points in the post the last two seasons.
Ware has been one of the few big men Mississippi State has had in Rick Ray's first two seasons. This season will be totally different as the Bulldogs have several big men vying for playing time with Ware.
There are five newcomers on this year's Mississippi State women's basketball team.
They are members of a top 20 ranked recruiting class and were the top players on their high school or AAU teams.
It remains to be seen what kind of impact they can make for coach Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs, but as of now, he doesn't see them backing down from a challenge.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer likes everything about sophomore guard Dominique Dillingham.
Well, almost everything.
Schaefer said during Wednesday's MSU basketball on-campus media day that there is one thing keeping Dillingham from being a first-team All-Southeastern Conference player and that is consistently making an outside shot.
Mississippi State currently owns the second-longest winning streak in the nation.
The Bulldogs have won nine-straight games dating back to last season. Defending national champion Florida State has won 22 games in a row.Â
However, MSU is ranked No. 1 in the country in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls and the Seminoles are No. 2 in both.Â
Madison Central's train ride of a season has been all over the tracks.
Starting off the Jaguars seemed to be on fire with three big wins over Brandon, Gulfport and West Monroe. From there the wheels slowed down slightly as the Jaguars suffered defeat at the hands of Petal and Clinton.
There are certain advantages to living in a college town.
For high schools in the Starkville area, it gets to enjoy using the facilities of Mississippi State University from time to time.