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February 16th, 2013
JACKSON â€“ The Starkville Academy Volunteers found a way to come back and win when it seemed like they were beaten.
The Volunteers (17-15) beat Washington School 67-65 in the consolation game of the Class AAA, Division II Tournament Saturday night at Hillcrest Christian School.
There has been a good bit of documented history surrounding the Mississippi State baseball program.
On Saturday, it encountered another milestone.
The No. 13 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State Bulldogs held off the Portland Pilots 2-1 for MSU's 1,000th win at Dudy Noble Field.
It has been a rough past few weeks for the Mississippi State men's basketball team.
The Bulldogs have lost nine-straight games after opening up 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
MSU head coach Rick Ray wants his team to finish strong, but he knows to do that it has to find a way to stay in the game early.
It was unclear going into the season if the offense was going to be one of the strong points for the Mississippi State baseball team coming into the 2013 season.
On Friday, the question was answered in a positive way for at least the opener.
Chris Stratton found himself in a familiar position Friday afternoon.
The Tupelo native was standing on the mound at Dudy Noble Field to throw a pitch.
With his career with the Mississippi State Bulldogs complete, one toss was all he got Friday as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the series opener against University of Portland.
JACKSON â€“ Starkville Academyâ€™s girls are one step away from being Class AAA, Division II State champions after defeating Hillcrest Christian in the semifinals 79-37 on Friday.
â€śWe had a good one,â€ť Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt said. â€śIt was a huge team effort. We had five players in double figures and two with double rebounds. Everybody really came together and we pulled it off.â€ť
CANTON â€“ It wasn't the type of start that the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets were looking for, but the finish was more to their liking.
Even though the Lady Jackets lost a 58-51 decision to homestanding Canton in the finals of the Class 5A, Region 3 Tournament, they came back to make a run, only to see it fall a bit short.
MADISON â€“ Following a closely fought contest that extended into overtime the Eupora Lady Eagles ended Friday evening victorious over Madison St. Joseph's 56-53.
Baseball season is usually a highly-anticipated one for Mississippi State fans.
The wait comes to an end this afternoon as the No. 13 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs open the 2013 season this weekend with a four-game series against West Coast Conference foe the Portland Pilots.
Mississippi State redshirt sophomore Wes Rea can be an intimidating presence in the batter's box.
When looking at his 6-5, 272-pound frame, one might think Rea is all about hitting the baseball out of the park.
Senior pitcher Kendall Graveman said there's more to Rea than power.