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There were two words that came up quite frequently on the local sports front in 2012 - state championship.
Starkville High School football closed the year on a high note by winning the Class 5A State championship. That accomplishment was chosen as the top area sports story of 2012 by the Starkville Daily News staff.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. â€“ The Mississippi State defense has struggled defending a mobile quarterback this season.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs (8-4) face off against another signal caller that doesn't like to stay in the pocket. MSU plays No. 21 (Associated Press) Northwestern in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs entered Saturdayâ€™s basketball game with plans to protect their house.
The matchup against Troy provided the Bulldogs that opportunity and they took advantage by winning an 80-62 contest.
After managing a comeback win on Friday, MSUâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball coach Vic Schaefer was impressed with how his team came out the gates fighting.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer doesn't like to lose.
With that to consider, Schaefer wasn't a very happy man during the first half of Friday's game against Northwestern State.
The Bulldogs saw themselves down by 10 points at 24-14 with 7:23 remaining in the opening 20 minutes and the Lady Demons were having an easy time on the court.
There were some lessons learned by the Starkville Yellowjackets in the three days of action at the Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Basketball Tournament.
The Columbus Falcons could have thrown in the towel when they lost the lead to the Midfield, Ala. Patriots Friday afternoon.
That didn't happen.
After holding the advantage for most of the game at the Humphrey Coliseum on the Mississippi State campus, Columbus trailed 32-30 with 4 minutes left in the game.
DEKALB â€“ Starkville Highâ€™s Lady Yellowjackets spent part of their holiday break competing in the Kemper County Christmas Tournament Friday night.
In their only game of the event, the Lady Jackets fell to the Jaguars of Sumter Central in Ala., 55-48.
â€śThey were a scrappy team that played hard and battled us the whole game,â€ť Starkville girls coach Kristie Williams said.
SENATOBIA â€“ While participating in the Magnolia Heights Tournament, the Starkville Academy Volunteers knocked off Class 5A public school Hernando 44-42.
â€ś(It was a) big win for us and for our confidence,â€ť Starkville Academy boys coach Mark Alexander said. â€śWe had a slow start, but picked it up during the second half.â€ť
When many people look at the Mississippi State secondary, they see Johnthan Banks.
The senior has stood out in the secondary and he was awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's best defensive back.
There is another senior cornerback for the Bulldogs who has more interceptions than Banks for the Bulldogs this season.
The Starkville Yellowjackets got an chance to wipe a poor first-day performance of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump out of their minds with another opportunity on the home court of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.