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April 9th, 2014
Control is the name of the game for Starkville Academyâ€™s Harper Arnold.
â€śI like being in command so pitching is my favorite,â€ť Arnold said. â€śI like having control of the game. The game sort of depends on me and I like that.â€ť
Members of the Mississippi State soccer program are happy to be kicking off the activities of Super Bulldog Weekend tonight.
Even though the weekend on a calendar starts on Friday, the Bulldogs are included on the SBW schedule of events with an exhibition match against the University of Alabama. Action at the MSU Soccer Complex is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Super Bulldog Weekend has grown over the years.
It used to offer opportunities for just football and baseball, but now most every sports team at Mississippi State has an opportunity to showcase their skills.
One of those sports is volleyball.
After being sidelined by injury, Starkville High School's Dontavius Self spent the majority of his junior season watching basketball from the bench.
Many athletes would have let this setback get them down, but not Self, who says he spent his year off focused on â€śgetting stronger, more aggressive and becoming a team leaderâ€ť of the Yellowjackets.
This will be a very important Super Bulldog Weekend this year for all sports involved.
Greg Knox is a busy man.
The Mississippi State assistant coach is in charge of running backs and is the special teams coordinator.
That doesn't leave him much spare time during a 24-hour day.
"I'm up here a lot," Knox said with a smile. "I spend a lot of time doing it. It takes time and you have to be well organized. I have an assistant that does a great job for us."
Three Starkville Yellowjackets picked up their rackets for the final time on the home court Monday.
Kelson Bohna, Alex Mazzola and Emily Turner were recognized prior to Starkville's match against Starkville Academy.
Each senior has contributed to the success of the Jackets and coach Rob Fyke is proud to have them a part of the program for what they have put into it.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers saw playing Starkville High School in a tennis match on Monday as another way to create a competitive situation for its program.
Even though the Vols lost a 7-3 decision to the Yellowjackets, SA coach Lynn Moorehead saw it as another opportunity to get better.
Mississippi State's offense hit a snag over the weekend.
The Bulldogs managed just five runs on 18 hits, while being swept by LSU in Baton Rouge in a Southeastern Conference three-game series.
MSU was shut out in game one of the series had just two hits. In game two, the Bulldogs scored one run and had four hits and in the finale, State managed 12 hits and four runs.
Nick Griffin's career at Mississippi State has been a wall of adversity.
The senior running back has had two knee injuries that have affected his playing time. He missed the first five games of his redshirt freshman season with his first knee injury, and then missed bowl practice and the 2013 Gator Bowl with a knee injury.