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SA Lady Vols pick off Pillow at home 40-25

January 21, 2012

It was only fitting that Friday night's girls game against Pillow Academy ended with a steal by the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers.

The defense displayed by the Lady Vols was instrumental in picking up a 40-25 victory over the Lady Mustangs at the SA gymnasium.

"It was as good a defense as we've played all year," Starkville Academy girls coach Glenn Schmidt said. "I don't think either one of us played particularly well offensively, but I think it's because of pretty good defense."

Senior point guard Anna Prestridge said the Lady Vols did place special emphasis on defense in practice this week.

Mobley, Ware help SHS turn back Canton

January 21, 2012

The Starkville High School Yellowjackets received a performance from the usual cast.

Jacolby Mobley and Gavin Ware helped the Jackets turn away the Canton Tigers 77-56 in the Beehive Friday night. 

SHS improved to 16-3 this season thanks to the intensity on both ends of the floor. 

“That’s something we talked about coming into the game,” said Head Coach Greg Carter of the Jackets. “They were going to play fast and we like that tempo. We wanted to make a special effort to get out and run. In the first half, we ran really well but we missed some opportunities too.”

Bulldogs go back on the road

January 21, 2012

The 18th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to ‘Music City’ tonight to face the Vanderbilt Commodores following a disappointing 75-68 loss to in-state rival Ole Miss.

Nashville, Tenn., was the site of the most recent football success for MSU after winning the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest in December.  

For the Bulldogs to pull off a Southeastern Conference win there in basketball against the Commodores, they’ll have to deal with Memorial Gymnasium, one of the more unique settings in college basketball. 

“There’s no question Vanderbilt is one of the more difficult places to play in the country,” said MSU coach Rick Stansbury, who is 10-8 all-time against the Commodores. “That setup makes it very difficult, but you know that going in. But more than the setup is the fact Vanderbilt is a very good team. It’s going to be a challenge.”

SHS teams sweep New Hope

January 21, 2012

The Starkville High School girls' soccer team was able to get a much needed Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 victory Friday on senior night.

The Lady Yellowjackets shut out the New Hope Lady Trojans 3-0 to win and take first place in the district.

The Lady Trojans won the first match up between the two teams on Wednesday 2-1 at home. SHS head coach Anna Albritton did not change her gameplan much, but did tweak it a little bit.

East Webster hurlers sign with JUCOs

January 21, 2012

MATHISTON – The East Webster Wolverines expect to have a strong pitching staff for the 2012 season.

One of the indications of that is two of those pitchers have attracted attention from the next level.

On Friday morning, Ty Hendrix and Conner Burton signed letters of intent to continue their careers at junior colleges. Hendrix will take his talents to East Central Community College in Decatur, while Burton will join the program at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.

Burton is excited about what coaches Chris Rose, Michael Wallace and Jim Wells have brought to the Lions.

"Coach Rose is a very nice coach and the big thing was coach Wells coming from Alabama," Burton said. "That inspired me a lot.

"They've got nice facilities and nice dorms. Everybody down there are real nice people. I think I can go down there and make an impact. That's what I will try to do. I hope the coaches can teach me enough to get me to the next level."

It's Burton's hope to improve enough to have a chance to join Mississippi State.

Burton is the second high school player in as many days with pitching skills to sign with EMCC. The Lions were able to get Starkville High School's Nick Brooks on Thursday.

"We're excited to get guys from the 100-mile radius of East Mississippi," Wallace said. "We're going to look at (Brooks) in the outfield, middle infield and possibly pitching because with the aluminum bats, you can never have enough. We're always looking for pitching."

Frostbite Half-Marathon set to run rain or shine

January 21, 2012

Weather in the middle of January for Starkville can be somewhat hard to predict.

It has been a rainy winter season so far and the temperatures has been up and down.

One thing is for sure, there's always a Frostbite.

The 27th Frostbite Half Marathon will take place today and race officials expect the event to be run no matter the conditions.

"Rain, shine, sleet or snow and that's why we call it the Frostbite," said Eddie Myles of the Wellness Connection. "The weather for me being that it is the Frostbite, I want it to be a little bit colder and think we have a forecast of 63 degrees."

SHS boys soccer earns first place spot in the division

January 20, 2012

The Starkville Yellowjackets didn't want there to be any question by the end of the night which soccer team was the best in Class 5A, Region 3, District 4.

With Thursday's 5-0 win over the Neshoba Central Rockets, the Jackets clinched first place in the division and will host a first-round playoff match Tuesday night.

"It's a long time coming," Starkville boys coach Brian Bennett said. "We had tied for the division the last two years with TUpelo, but our motto has been leave no doubt this season, put everyone away, finish No. 1 and not let it get down to the tiebreaker. It feels good."

Lady Jackets register 5-0 home soccer win

January 20, 2012

The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets wanted to take control of Thursday's match early.

After losing a tough 2-1 decision at New Hope on Wednesday night, the Lady Jackets were intent on getting off to a fast start against the Neshoba Central Rockets.

Starkville did that as Noa Hardin scored two early goals and it went on to a 5-0 victory at Yellowjacket Stadium.

"(Wednesday night) was definitely a heartbreaker, but they rebounded," SHS girls coach Anna Albritton said. "Sometimes it takes something like (the New Hope loss) to get you back on track. Not that we played bad, I thought we were the better team and we possessed the ball 90 percent of the time. We just couldn't finish."

Johnson leads MSU to win over Ole Miss

January 20, 2012

OXFORD – The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs were able to survive on the road again Thursday night in an Southeastern Conference rivalry game.

The Lady Bulldogs beat Alabama last time they were on the road.
This time they beat in-state rival Ole Miss 51-46 at Tad Smith Coliseum.

"You should always take this game personal," MSU senior guard Diamber Johnson said. "There is always something behind it."

With less than 2 minutes remaining in the ball game, the Lady Bulldogs were hanging onto a 48-43 lead. Johnson took care of that when she knocked down a 3-pointer and did her well-known salute to the crowd.

Brooks of Jackets calls joining EMCC 'dream come true'

January 20, 2012

Kids grow up playing sports dreaming of bigger days.

They dream of playing in the big leagues, hitting home runs, and being the hero.

On Thursday morning, Starkville High School senior Nick Brooks, took a step toward reaching his dream of playing college baseball as he signed his letter of intent with East Mississippi Community College.

“Man, this is a dream come true for me,” said Brooks. “I’ve always wanted to play college baseball. It is just something that I want to pursue later in my life. I have an opportunity to go to a school like EMCC, baseball and academically, it is just a good fit.”

As his head coach watched with family and friends on hand for the ceremony, it was easy to see he was proud of his young player.

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