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January 13th, 2015
It's time to wipe the slate clean, hit the reset button and move forward.
There hasn't been very much for Mississippi State to brag about over the years when it comes to volleyball.
For a program that has only enjoyed eight winning seasons in 40 years, it's been a struggle for the Bulldogs to get very much going in the sport.
Win or lose, there is always something to gain from tough competition.
On Tuesday, Starkville High took to the soccer field against Madison Central, one of the best in the state.
Even though the game went the way of the Lady Jaguars 1-0, for the Lady Yellowjackets, there was much to take away.
CRAWFORD â€“ The East Oktibbeha Titans made hard work over the holiday break pay off in their first Class A, Region 5 game of the season.
East Oktibbeha jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter and went on to defeat the Noxapater Tigers 59-34 on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray has used a different starting lineup the last three times out.Â
Sophomore guard I.J. Ready, junior guard Craig Sword, junior forward Travis Daniels, freshman forward Oliver Black and redshirt freshman Fallou Ndoye have been in the starting lineup against Florida State, Tennessee and Florida.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will see a familiar face on the sidelines when it travels to College Station, Texas today.
The Texas A&M Aggies have former MSU head coach Rick Stansbury on staff.
MABEN â€“ Supporting actors sometimes provide the biggest keys to a plot.
On Monday night, East Webster was grateful for not only its starters, but also for those coming off the bench as the Wolverines pulled out a close 66-60 win over visiting Hebron Christian.
New Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn't want to base any decision on personnel just by watching film.
As students return to campus for the second semester this week, Diaz will meet and greet some of the Bulldogs he will be evaluating during the offseason.
Seattle 31 (13-4) vs Carolina 17 (8-9-1)
MABEN â€“ First and foremost Danny Crawford and his teams want to take care of business in the division.
Following that, the West Oktibbeha coach said the sky is the limit.
"We want to win the division and make a run for the tourney â€“ boys and girls," Crawford said. "We have a great chance. The teams have bought in and we are ready."
Nick James has come a long way during his three years at Mississippi State.
The redshirt sophomore came to Starkville as a highly sought after recruit out of Long Beach High School. But things haven't been easy for the defensive lineman.
He played sparingly as a true freshman and was redshirted his sophomore season. This season was a different story.