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Days after the Maben community received
hail and wind damage to several of its struc-
tures, the threat of similar conditions will
likely be present this afternoon and evening in
Oktibbeha County, according to local offcials.
Oktibbeha County Emergency Manage-
ment Association Director Jim Britt said the
National Weather Service had included the
county in the area that would have a possi-
bility of severe weather and residents should
monitor changes in weather conditions and
prepare for the possibility of hail, damaging
winds and 2 to 4 inches of rain.
He said Friday that county emergency
crews were preparing for the threat and would
be on standby throughout the day in case of
an emergency.
“We have road crews out fnalizing every-
thing to make sure all the culverts are open
and free of debris so water should be able to
fow. We’re making sure our chainsaws are
serviced and ready to go,” Britt said. “We’re
getting prepared for it, and as soon as reports
come in about fallen trees we’ll get folks out
there to help as soon as we can.”
Mississippi State University doctoral stu-
dent in geosciences Matthew Reagan said the
location of a warm front that was due east
would be a signifcant factor in the threat the
Starkville-Oktibbeha County area would face.
The models he’s viewed had differing projec-
tions for what would happen and that uncer-
tainty merited residents to be alert, he said.
“The models are in some disagreement.
If the warm front stays south, we’ll be cool,
rainy, with maybe some lightning,” Reagan
said. “If the warm front does get up this far
north, we’re in warmer air, (we have) more in-
stability, we could have the possibility of some
large hail and damaging winds and that will be
our primary threat.”
The possibility of tornadoes will be higher
in central and southern portions of Missis-
sippi that
already sus-
tained dam-
age from a
potent hail
storm Mon-
day that
sized hail, Reagan said.
“Further south there could possibly be a
tornado threat down towards the Jackson area
and even down into southern and central Ala-
bama, but I don’t see that threat being as high
here,” he said. “With the more intense cells,
you could have golf ball size hail and larger,
more robust thunderstorms. I would suspect
the larger hail will be a little further south of
While a tornado threat is low, the potential
still existed with systems such as the one that
would pass through the area, Britt said.
“We can’t rule out a spin-up, low level tor-
nado. Even a very minor low level tornado can
cause a lot of damage, but there is mostly a po-
tential for hail damage,” Britt said. “We have
to remember the ground is really saturated
right now and it wouldn’t take a lot of wind
to blow some trees down. I’d advise people to
be cautious as they’re driving and take a little
extra time because if the storm comes out dur-
ing nighttime and it’s dark, people won’t see a
tree in the road until they hit it.”
Britt said residents with patio chairs or
Saturday, March 23, 2013
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2: Around Town
3: Obits
4: Church
5: Sports
9: Comics
10: Classifeds
Jazz Festival
in full swing
Carl “Sonny” Leyland conducts the “Talk at the Piano” segment of Mississippi State University’s Charles
Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival Friday at Mitchell Memorial Library’s Templeton Music Museum. Leyland
talked with audiences about ragtime music’s history and its ties to later genres like jazz, boogie-woogie and
rock n’ roll. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Jeff Barnhart’s interest in ragtime
music began at seven years old, with a
soundtrack for a movie he didn’t even
see until he was a teenager.
“The Sting,” a 1974 crime movie set
in 1930s Chicago, prominently featured
Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” and
Barnhart said the movie was largely re-
sponsible for propelling “The Entertain-
er” to the fame it has today. This ragtime
piece appeared on the Billboard charts
for weeks after the movie came out, he
said, a full 72 years after its composition.
When he heard “The Entertainer,” he
said, he wanted more.
“That was it,” Barnhart said. “There
was no turning back.”
Barnhart is a featured performer at
Mississippi State University’s seventh
annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz
Festival, which continues from 9 a.m.-
11:30 p.m. today at Mitchell Memorial
Library and McComas Hall.
Saturday’s festival programming
starts with a tour of the library’s Charles
Templeton Music Museum, where the
bulk of the day’s lectures and presenta-
tions will take place. At 7:15 p.m., Mc-
Comas Hall’s doors will open for a 7:30
p.m. concert featuring Carl “Sonny”
Leland and Frederick Hodges, both ac-
claimed ragtime and jazz musicians from
California. Similar programming on a
similar schedule took place Friday, the
frst day of the festival.
Stephen Cunetto, coordinator for the
museum, said the festival functioned as
an extension of the museum. He said
the museum tour let guests not only see
such artifacts as music sheets, gramo-
phones and other devices, but also hear
what they sounded like.
“There are other (ragtime) festivals
like this around the country, but they’re
not located in a museum of this type,
and most of them are not associated
with an educational institution like we
Amanda Burgess, center, buys metal sculpture garden accessories from Kelly McKee
Howard, right, with Kelly’s Crossing while Ashley Powell carries other garden goods purchased
at the Everything Garden Expo Friday in the Mississippi Horse Park’s arena. The expo continues
today. (Photo by Steven Nalley)
Garden Expo thrives
despite dreary weather
Nancy Henry came to Starkville all the way
from Meridian for the Everything garden Expo.
Meridian had a strong Master gardeners
program, Henry said, but it had nothing like the
Expo. Temperatures below 50 degrees spread
into the Mississippi Horse park’s arena Friday,
but Henry said neither the cold nor the overcast
skies deterred her from attending.
“We’ve been in the past up here, and we en-
joyed ... the variety and ... getting out and go-
ing somewhere,” Henry said. “We went to the
Jackson garden and patio Show last weekend,
so we go around and enjoy the fowers and see-
ing the people.”
The Everything garden Expo began Friday
at the Mississippi Horse park and will continue
today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has already at-
tracted guests and vendors from well beyond
Expo Chair Ali Jones said she was pleased
with the attendance, considering the weather.
More people might have shown up on a clearer,
sunnier, warmer day, she said, but those who
did appear were very receptive to the expo’s ven-
“In fact, we have a holding area to help with
people purchasing items. It’s full back there, so
there are a lot of purchases being made,” Jones
said. “The vendors are doing very well. We have
a vendor here from upstate Missouri, so that’s
pretty impressive.”
That vendor was Lee Coates, also known as
The papercrete potter, based in Highlandville,
Mo. papercrete is a mixture of cement, newspa-
pers and perlite which Coates molds into garden
pottery. He said he also specialized in fairy gar-
dens, where small plants and accessories simu-
late a garden in miniature.
“America’s only growing resource is trash,
so we turn the trash into treasure,” Coates said.
“Fairy gardens are the fastest growing segment
in the gardening industry right now. If you have
bad eyes, can’t see very well you can get your
fairy garden up on a table closer to where you’re
at. If your knees are bad and you can’t crawl
around on your ground pulling weeds ... gar-
dening in containers and especially fairy garden-
ing (are) a lot of fun.”
Coates said he brought his business to garden
shows across the U.S., and he was in Ohio last
Locals could see high winds, hail this weekend
“We’re getting prepared for it, and as soon as
reports come in about fallen trees we’ll get folks out
there to help as soon as we can.”
Jim Britt | County emergenCy management direCtor
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See WEATHER | Page 3
See RAGTIME | Page 3
Around Town
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u Health fair — Missis-
sippi golden Triangle Alumnae
Chapter Delta Sigma Theta So-
rority Inc. will sponsor a health
fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the
Starkville Sportsplex. The pub-
lic is invited. For more infor-
mation call 662-418-2217.
u Garden Expo —
Starkville Area Arts Council’s ffth
annual Everything garden Expo is
happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
at the Mississippi Horse park.
Fill your day with shopping with
garden vendors from around the
South, visit and learn from garden
experts, listen to wonderful garden
speakers, enjoy the children’s area
with your children, sit and talk
with friends over great food from
Sneaky pete’s and so much more.
Admission is $5 a day and free
for children under 6 year old. For
more information, call 662-324-
u Pet adoption rally — A
Come to the Rescue Rally for
pet adoption will be held from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ok-
tibbeha County Co-Op. Local
rescue groups and the Oktib-
beha County Humane Society
will have adoptable animals as
well as face painting and rescue
u Resident to be hon-
ored — The greater Ebenezer
M.B. Church family will honor
Mrs. Martha Rice Vaughn for
her many years of service to
Starkville and Oktibbeha Coun-
ty. Mrs. Vaughn taught school
for 39 years. She retired from
Ward Elementary in 1986 and
has enjoyed 27 years of retire-
ment. All former students, co-
workers, family and friends are
invited to the Baptist Student
Union, MSU campus from 2-4
p.m. Rev. g. W. Jones is pas-
u JA special guest — JA
of Starkville is excited about
bringing special guest, patrick
house, winner of NBC’s Big-
gest Loser, season 10, from
10 a.m. to noon to Starkville
u Community Easter
egg hunt — The annual Life
Church community Easter egg
hunt will be held at 11 a.m. at
McKee park in Starkville. For
more information, call 662-
684-9099 or visit http://www.
u Wellness workshop —
Bell Chapel United Methodist
Church located at 3909 Old
Highway 12 West, will have
its regular Fitness and Well-
ness Workshop at 10 a.m. par-
ticipants will check their blood
pressure and blood sugar.
Bell Chapel and Liberty U.M.
Churches are partnering for
weight reduction to see who
loses the most by June. Lib-
erty U.M. Church is located in
Eupora. For more information
call Carolyn Jackson at 662-
u Mass choir concert —
The greater Ebenezer M.B.
Church Mass Choir will hold
its annual spring musical at 3
p.m. Local choirs will partici-
pate. The Rev. gregory Jones
is pastor. The public is invited.
u Church event — Mead-
owview Baptist Church, lo-
cated at 300 Linden Circle in
Starkville, will host a “Heaven’s
gates and Hell’s Flames: Where
Will You Be When Reality
Strikes” event at 7 p.m. March
24-26. Call (662) 323-2963
to get a free admission ticket.
Childcare will be provided.
u Passion Week services
— Boyd Chapel United Meth-
odist Church’s passion Week
Revival will be held March 24-
26 with services at 7 each night.
The Rev. Thomas Rogers will
be guest evangelist. The Rev.
Roosevelt gage is pastor. Ev-
eryone is invited.
u Rotary meeting —
Starkville Rotary Club will
meet at noon at the Starkville
Country Club. guest speaker
will be golden Triangle Boys
and girls Club Director Joyce
u Passover dinner — Con-
gregation B’Nai Israel in Co-
lumbus will host its annual
passover Seder at Temple B’Nai
at 717 Second Avenue North.
The passover holiday begins at
sundown and the dinner and
program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited and inqui-
ries will be answered promptly.
To reserve a place at the dinner,
contact Emilie White at 662-
328-7084 by MArch 19. Cost
is $36 per adult and $12 per
u Grief support group
meeting — The grief Sup-
port group will meet from
5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Emerson
Family Resource Center. guest
speaker will be Jada gardner of
Legacy Hospice. For more in-
formation, call 662-615-0033.
u Seven Last Words
revival — The Youth Ministry
of pleasant grove M.B.Church
of Crawford will host its youth
revival services during holy
week, March 27-29 starting at
7 nightly. The Rev . Riley For-
rest Sr. is pastor. The public is
invited. For more information
call 662-435-3515.
u NARFE meeting — The
National Active & Retired
Federal Employees Association
(NARFE) will meet at the Hil-
ton garden Inn on Highway
12 East in Starkville. guest
speaker will be Dr. Mark Kee-
num. Doors open at 11 a.m.
u Historical Society meet-
ing — The Oktibbeha County
Historical and genealogical
Society will meet 7 p.m. at the
Starkville public Library. Leota
Cardwell will present a program
on Ancestors.
u Speaker series — The
Starkville 175th birthday speak-
er series will be held at 7 p.m.
in the John grisham room at
the MSU library. guest speaker
will be Willie Harvey Johnson
presenting “The Starkville I
u Passion play — Kos-
ciusko First United Methodist
Church presents its 28th annual
passion play, “His Last Days,”
a live one-hour outdoor drama,
at 8 p.m. March 28-30 on the
church’s lawn at the corner of
Washington & North Natchez
streets. Free admission, conve-
nient parking, nursery provid-
ed. Bring lawn chairs. For fur-
ther information, contact First
United Methodist Church,
662-289-1412; email kosy-, or terrifumc@; FAX 662-289-1418.
u Passion play — The
Mount Olivet District Wom-
an’s Auxiliary will meet at
1 p.m. at Spring Hill M.B.
Church. A skit “Seven Wise
Women, Three Foolish” will
be presented. Theme: god is
omnipotent. Each person must
choose for himself whether or
not to serve Him. Superinten-
dent Etoile Barnes invites all
members and friends.
u Boston butt fund-
raiser — First Baptist Church
Longview Laymen’s Ministry
will hold a Boston butt fund-
raiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Rick’s parking lot on Hwy.
82 in Starkville. For more in-
formation, call Deebo at 662-
uGED classes — Emerson
Family School, 1504 Louis-
ville in Starkville, will offer free
ABE/gED classes from 8 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Monday through
Thursday and from 8 a.m. to
noon on Friday. For more in-
formation call 662-320-4607.
u Writing group — The
Starkville Writer’s group meets
the frst and third Saturday of
the month at 10 a.m. in the up-
stairs area of the Bookmart and
Cafe in downtown Starkville.
For more information, contact
Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper.
net or call 662-323-8152.
uScholarship opportunity
— The Starkville Civic League
will offer the Camp-gaston
Student Scholarship to an
Oktibbeha County, Starkville
High School, Starkville Acad-
emy or Oktibbeha County
Homeschool senior planning to
enter college in the fall of 2013.
Interested students should con-
tact their respective guidance
counselors as soon as possible.
Deadline for applications is
April 1.
u Job training classes —
Emerson Family Center will
hold job training and career
classes March 7, 21 and 28
from 10:30 to noon. For more
information, call Megan with
Building Strong Families at
u Scholarship opportu-
nity — David Rogers Memo-
rial Scholarship applications are
now available for graduating
high school seniors. The dead-
line for submission is April 15.
Applications can be obtained
by calling 662-323-3977 or
visit the web at www.cococen-
u BNI meetings — A
chapter of Business Network-
ing International will meet at
8 a.m. Tuesdays in the Modern
Woodmen offce on Lafayette
Street. For more information,
call Barbara Coats at 662-418-
7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-
uDance team applications
— KMg Creations children
dance company “The Dream
Team” is currently accepting
dance applications for the 4-6
year old group and 10-18 year
old group. For more informa-
tion, call 662-648-9333 or e-
mail danzexplosion@yahoo.
u Recycling bags avail-
able — Recycling bags are
now available for pick-up at the
Sanitation and Environmental
Services Department, located at
506 D.L. Conner Drive. You
make pick-up your supply of
bags now through April 30,
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 4
p.m. Those wishing to partici-
pate in the recycling program
may sign up at any time.
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of in-
terdenominational ladies for
lunch and discussion about the
book “Jesus Lives” from noon
to 1 p.m. every Tuesday at the
Book Mart Cafe in downtown
uQuilting group meeting
— The golden Triangle Quilt
guild meets the third Thursday
of each month at 5:30 p.m. at
the Starkville Sportsplex. All
interested quilters are invited
to attend. For more informa-
tion, call Luanne Blankenship
at 662-323-7597.
u Childbirth classes —
North Miss. Medical Center
in West point will host child-
birth classes Thursdays, Feb.
21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30
p.m. The fee is $35. For more
information, call 662-495-
2292 or 1-800-843-3375.
u Sanitation Department
schedules — A reminder of
collection days for the City of
Starkville Sanitation and En-
vironmental Services Depart-
ment. Schedule 1: Household
garbage collection – Monday
and Thursday, rubbish col-
lection – Monday only, recy-
cling collection - frst and third
Wednesday of each month;
Schedule 2: Household gar-
bage collection – Tuesday and
Friday, rubbish collection –
Tuesday only, recycling col-
lection – second and fourth
Wednesday of each month.
Should there be fve Wednes-
days in a month, there will be
no collections of recyclables on
the ffth Wednesday. Recycling
bags can only be picked up in
April and October of each year.
For more information, visit
or call 662-323-2652.
u Senior Yoga — Trinity
presbyterian Church offers free
senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and 9 a.m. Thursdays.
The church is located at 607
Hospital Road in Starkville.
uVeteran volunteering —
gentiva Hospice is looking for
veteran volunteers for its newly
established “We Honor Veter-
ans” program. Volunteers can
donate as little as one hour per
week or more. For more in-
formation, call Carly Wheat at
662-615-1519 or email carly.
u MSU Philharmonia —
pre-college musicians looking
for a full orchestra experience
are welcome to join MSU phil-
harmonia from 6-8 p.m. on
Mondays in the MSU Band
Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind
players must have high school
band experience and be able to
read music, and junior and se-
nior high school string players
must be able to read music with
the ability to shift to second and
third positions. For more infor-
mation, wind players should
contact Richard Human at
or 662-325-8021, and string
players should contact Shandy
phillips at
or 662-325-3070.
u Line dancing — The
Starkville Sportsplex will host
afternoon line dancing in its
activites room. Beginners-1
Line dancing is held 11 a.m.
to noon, and Beginners-2 Line
dancing is held noon to 1 p.m.
For more information, call Lisa
at 662-323-2294.
u Square dancing — This
is fun for all age couples. En-
rollment for new dancers will
close at the end of April and
will open again in the fall. En-
joy our new caller and friendly
help from experienced danc-
ers. Dancing and instruction
on basic steps every Monday
7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex An-
nex, 405 Lynn Lane. Follow
the covered walk to the small
u Hospice volunteer op-
portunity — gentiva Hospice
is looking for dynamic volun-
teers to join their team. Areas
of service include home visits,
making phone calls, making
crafts or baking for patients.
Volunteers can donate as little
as one hour per week or more.
This is an opportunity to have a
wonderful impact on somone’s
life. Contact Carly Wheat, man-
ager of volunteer services, at
662-615-1519 or email carly.
u Rule 62: Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings — The
Rule 62 group of Alcoholics
Anonymous meets at 10 a.m.
Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tues-
days at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church. participants are en-
couraged to use the offce en-
trance off the rear parking lot.
Anyone with a desire to stop
drinking is welcome to attend.
For more information, call
uAl-Anon meeting — The
Starkville group meets at 8 p.m.
Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal
Church of the Resurrection.
Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-
5535 or 601-663-5682.
u Pregnancy and parent-
ing class — A series of classes
are being held at Emerson
Family Center from 5:30-7:30
p.m. every Tuesday through
September. To register, call
u Samaritan Club cheese
— The Starkville Samaritan
Club is selling mild, sharp,
extra-sharp and round cheese.
Matthew Reynolds, center, plays “Anything Goes” main character Billy Crocker, disguised as a senior
citizen in part to get closer to Hope Harcourt (played by Meghan Wolf, right,) without her fancee Sir Evelyn
Oakleigh (left, played by Louis Codling) suspecting anything. Reynolds’ character Billy is also on the run from
police who have mistaken him for a notorious gangster, leading him to assume several disguises throughout
the play. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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week, but this was his frst time at
Starkville’s expo. He said he dis-
covered the Everything garden
Expo from a series of other visits
to Mississippi.
“I did the Southern Region
Master gardener (Conference) as
a vendor in May of 2012 in Nat-
chez,” Coates said. “From Nat-
chez, I was invited to Hernando
to teach the papercrete class by the
DeSoto County Master garden-
ers last August. During that time
somebody took my card and found
out we were mobile vendors, and
we were invited to do this show
and also the show in New Albany
in two weeks.”
Candy Crecink, executive assis-
tant with the Starkville Area Arts
Council, said 12 of this year’s 51
vendors were new to the expo. She
said she thought it was helpful to
have the horse park as a venue be-
cause it allowed vendors to bring
display items of any size, all the
way up to tall wooden gazebos.
She said there were several other
vendors who came from long dis-
“We have several (vendors)
from Alabama that are in-between
Birmingham and here,” Crecink
said. “They’ve just said it’s a won-
derful market over here.”
are,” Cunetto said.
According to the museum’s website,
Starkville businessman Charles H. Tem-
pleton Sr. collected nearly 200 musical
instruments, 22,000 pieces of sheet mu-
sic and 13,000 recordings before donat-
ing them to MSU, creating a founda-
tion for the museum. Cunetto said some
pieces dated as far back as the late 1800s,
with some sheet music dating back to the
Civil War era, and he said ragtime held a
special place in Templeton’s heart.
“Many people refer to it as the birth
of most American music as we know it
today,” Cunetto said. “Ragtime evolved
into jazz, blues and Broadway. It’s a syn-
copated melody with a duple rhythm.
It’s born out of a blend of many different
types of music started in the New Or-
leans area. It’s such a lively music that it
energizes you.”
Cunetto said one difference be-
tween this festival and past festivals was
more focus on the other genres ragtime
spawned, including Broadway, jazz,
blues, boogie-woogie and rock ‘n’ roll.
For instance, at 2:15 p.m. Barnhart,
who has played piano and sung on more
than 75 full-length albums, and grammy
Award-nominated performer Brian Hol-
land will host “Talks at the pianos,” dis-
cussing ragtime music’s infuence while
performing pieces that illustrate this his-
The festival will also show a silent flm
with live accompaniment from Hodges
at 1 p.m., something Cunetto said the
festival had not featured since two years
ago. Barnhart said he, too, had done live
accompaniment for silent flms, and he
enjoyed hearing Hodges’ accompani-
ment Friday.
“We each have a different take on (ac-
companiment for the same flm), and
that’s what makes it fun,” Barnhart said.
“I was stealing some ideas from him.”
Cunetto said he felt fortunate to have
the strong talents of Barnhart, Hodges,
Holland and Leyland on board with the
“The thing that’s interesting about
most of these performers is that they all
started performing very early in life,” Cu-
netto said. “Jeff (Barnhart) was telling us
that he started from the age of 2. Brian
(Holland) had a similar experience. He
has been performing in festivals like this
since he was 12 years old.”
Barnhart said he was raised and still
resides in Connecticut, but he previously
appeared at the frst and sixth ragtime
festivals at MSU. Every time, he said, it
had been worth the trip.
“This place is magnifcent. It’s a
great school. There are so many things
I’ve discovered these past two years (at
MSU), like the Ulysses S. grant collec-
tion,” Barnhart said. “The whole library
is a great place. I just enjoy coming
back here. It’s a great atmosphere at this
school, (and) it’s a great part of Missis-
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smaller lightweight outside items may want to
store them inside of a building to secure them
and make sure batteries in weather radios and
emergency equipment such as fashlights were
fully charged, as the storm could bring enough
potency to cause power outages. He also asked
that motorists who encounter obstructions in
roads such as tree limbs to call 911 and alert
frst responders so they can quickly clear the
“Hopefully this will not be as strong as
what came through Monday, but we’d like to
encourage anyone who has outdoor activities
planned to monitor conditions and be safe,” he
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John Gilliland Sr.
Mr. John E. gilliland, Sr., 80, owner gilliland piggly Wig-
gly grocery in Mathiston, died ThursdayMarch 21, 2013 at the
University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist
Church in Mathiston with burial in the Spring Valley Cem-
etery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral
Home, Eupora.
Mr. John was a member of the Mathiston First Baptist
Church, a mason, and a veteran of the Korean War. He was the
founder and owner of gilliland’s piggly Wiggly in Mathiston
for 49 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Ann gillil-
and of Mathiston; four sons, John E. “Jay” (Sandy) gilliland Jr.,
Robert Lee (Lisa) gilliland Sr., Michael Louis (Tina) gilliland
Sr., and Jeffery glenn gilliland all of Mathiston; and a brother,
Richard “Doug” (gola Mae Breland) gilliland of Ackerman;
seven grandchildren and fve great-grandchildren. please make
any donations to the National Down Syndrome Congress, 30
Mansell Court, Suite 108, Roswell, ga. 30076. Oliver Funeral
Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Mavis White
Mavis V. White, 82, passed away at her residence on Thurs-
day, March 21, 2013.
She was born April 20, 1930 in Oktibbeha County and re-
tired from the Mississippi State University Laundry Service.
She is survived by one daughter, peggy Smith and son-in-
law, Jimmy Smith of Charlotte, NC; two granddaughters,
Melonie Baucom and husband, Larry Baucom of Apopka, Fla.,
and paige Rapson and husband, David Rapson of Cleveland,
Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren, Connor Baucom, and
Bryce, Reagan and Chloe Rapson.
Visitation for Mrs. White is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Sunday
at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville, with the funeral service
immediately following in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Larry
Baucom and Rev. David Rapson will conduct the service. Buri-
al will be in Craig Springs Cemetery in Sturgis.
You can go online and sign the guest register at: www.
Historic District standards too strict
Starkville Daily News inadvertently left off the author’s name on
a letter to the editor that published Friday. The following is the letter
with the author’s name included.
Dear Editor:
My home is my castle! I don’t want anyone to recommend
how it should be maintained, or how and what exterior chang-
es can be made. This letter is in response to an earlier letter
to the editor concerning “myths” about historic neighborhood
I actually like the idea of living in a historic neighborhood! I
grew up in the home in which I now live. Not that it’s historic
but it was built in the early 1900s. There are many sweet mem-
ories of days gone by. I have certainly seen many changes in my
neighborhood, now designated as Overstreet School Historic
District. Some good, some bad. I remember plane crashes,
house fres, demolition, houses removed and set up in other
places and new construction along with much refurbishing.
I have to agree with the authors 10 myths about historic
neighborhood designations. This has been confusing, but it is
no joke and certainly no laughing matter when a governing
body sets rules and regulations binding homeowners to certain
procedures and regulations regarding alterations or repairs to
their homes.
Myth 1 — As to the author’s previous letter addressing 10
myths, I was a little dismayed at their sarcastic humor suggest-
ing residents believed all historic properties would be required
to paint their front doors Historic Oktibbeha Silver No. 32.
The truth is paint color is not now a factor, but you cannot
make a decision to change your front door without a Certifcate
of Appropriateness (COA).
Myth 2 — The historic commission is comprised of city
residents who want to see our city neighborhoods preserved.
I’m confdent that is true, but only four persons on the pres-
ent committee of seven or more actually live in the designated
historic districts.
Myth 3 — The previous author, again, sarcastically suggests
an architect must be hired to replace your mailbox! Maybe not
worded as the Standards read, but the process is time consum-
ing and the Standards do require architectural elevations for
fences, outbuildings and walls. All COA applicants must pres-
ent 10 collated copies of their application along with 10 copies
of supporting materials. Items that may be needed to complete
the application include description of design, photos of exist-
ing building, materials to be used, architectural elevations, site
photographs. Required informational and supporting materials
must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the regular
SHpC monthly meetings. This is a time consuming and pos-
sibly expensive endeavor.
Myth 4 — Landscaping will have to be approved. Not nec-
essarily true! I understand I can plant in my yard as I desire.
The Standards do state landscaping recommendations are en-
couraged and also state sidewalks, driveways, courtyards and
patios are included in landscaping. Now, I would think a build-
ing permit would be required for sidewalks, driveways, etc., so
the SHpC would be involved. Even if a building permit is not
required, I read the Standards to state a COA will be necessary
thereby giving the commission some control over “landscap-
Myth 5 — The SHpC will make life more diffcult for lim-
ited income owners. The Standards has 77 pages of recommen-
dations for maintenance and repair. How these recommenda-
tions will ultimately affect historic district properties is unclear.
Myth 6 — New development will be stifed! permitted as
long as the design of a new construction and refurbishing of
historic buildings is compatible to existing area structures and
Myth 7 — The COA will cost $500 per application. Ac-
tually not true. The cost would be no more than the cost of
10 collated copies of the application, along with supporting
materials and, at times, the cost of an architectural elevations if
required. And that could be over $500.
Myth 8 — The COA will govern interior changes. Not true.
The interior changes are not addressed in the present Stan-
Myth 9 — property values will go down. Not necessarily
true! Those that can afford to make improvements according
to the guidelines may improve their property values. Those
who choose not to, or who cannot afford to make improve-
ments according to the guidelines, will likely show a decline in
property values.
Myth 10 — Starkville has never had these rules, why now?
It is true many beautiful properties have been lost, either to
disaster, removal or demolition. Sad, but true. But, should we
allow seven people to have the authority to determine what
should be demolished, or what are improper or inappropriate
restorations, our individual property rights would be violated.
The Standards read: “No building permit shall be issued
by the City Building Offcial which affects a resource without
a Certifcation of Appropriateness.” I understand this means
if a building permit is not required when making repairs or
changes which can be seen from the street, a certifcate of ap-
propriateness from the Starkville Historic preservation Com-
mission will be required.
Even if you are not concerned about the effects the historic
designation will have on your property, the Board of Alder-
men’s vote to put this into effect will take away property rights
and control. You can simply disregard this letter, or if your are
concerned please call your alderman, mayor and city planner.
Tricia Buckner
Cheese may be purchased at any of the
following businesses in Starkville: John
McMurray Accounting, 320 University
Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 Uni-
versity Drive, or CB&S Bank at the cor-
ner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may
also be purchased from any Samaritan
Club member. Contact Hall Fuller at
662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at
662-323-3890, Margaret prisock at 662-
324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-
u Clothing ministry — Rock Hill
Clothing Ministry will be opened every
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from
8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the
public and is located across the street from
Rock Hill United Methodist Church at
4457 Rock Hill Road. For more infor-
mation, contact Donna poe at 662-323-
8871 or 662-312-2935.
uCelebrate Recovery — Fellowship
Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recov-
ery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in
Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m.
and the program begins at 6:45 p.m.
Child care services are provided. For more
information and directions to the church,
call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823.
uHealing rooms — From 6:30-8:30
p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing
Rooms provide a loving, safe and conf-
dential environment where you can come
to receive healing prayer. No appoint-
ment necessary. Rooms are located up-
stairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located
at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more
information, call 662-418-5596 or email and visit
u Alcoholics anonymous — The
Starkville A.A. group meets six days per
week downstairs at the Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or
visit for schedules
and more information.
u PEO Chapter N meeting — The
pEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m.
the second Thursday of each month.
pEO is an organization of women help-
ing women reach for the stars. For more
information about monthly meetings
contact Bobbie Walton at 662-323-5108.
u Senior Center activities — The
Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on
Miley Drive will host party Bridge on
Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To
play, call 662-338-9442. Senior game
Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays
and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie
will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2
p.m., with afternoon visiting following.
For more information, call 662-324-
u Alzheimer’s meetings — The
Starkville church of Christ (1107 East
Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meet-
ing of the Alzheimer’s Support group on
each frst Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encour-
age and support caregivers of those suf-
fering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For
more information, call 323-1499.
u Health workshops — A series of
free workshops on health and ftness for
all ages will be held on the frst and third
Mondays of each month at West Oktib-
beha County High School at 39 Timber-
wolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-
u Senior Yoga — Senior yoga will
be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30
a.m. at Trinity presbyterian Church at
607 Hospital Road in Starkville. The
course is free and tailored to beginners.
u Community call-in prayer ser-
vice — The peter’s Rock Temple COgIC
will sponsor a call-in prayer service for
those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-
noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your
name, number and prayer request and the
prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-
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College Basketball
The first ride for Ray
Rick Ray’s frst season as a men’s college basketball
head coach was a roller coaster ride.
In his frst year at Mississippi State, Ray saw his share
of downs with very little ups in Starkville.
When the dust settled, he led the Bulldogs to a 10-22
overall record and a 4-14 mark in Southeastern Confer-
ence play.
The cards were stacked against Ray even before the
season started. Ray lost freshman Jacoby Davis and An-
dre Applewhite to ACL knee injuries before MSU started
the 2012-13 campaign.
Before MSU embarked on the 18 SEC games, the
lone scholarship senior Wendell Lewis went down with a
fractured right patella.
These circumstances left the Bulldogs with seven
healthy scholarship players and two walk-ons. With only
nine healthy players, practice was a bit of a challenge.
“The toughest challenge for me was fguring out a way
for us to practice,” Ray said. “We were never able to go
fve on fve until the very end when Jacoby Davis got
cleared. Trying to fnd a way for our guys to be competi-
tive in practice, but also not wearing those guys out and
killing them in the practice sessions. To me, (it was) just
trying to fnd a way to be creative in practice to make our
guys play hard and still be competitive, but also not going
graduate assistant Nick Lagroone also suffered a knee
injury while flling in at practice. Ray also used his as-
sistant coaches to help provide more bodies in practice.
Junior guard Jalen Steele, junior forward Colin
Borchert and sophomore forward Roquez Johnson were
all suspended for three games each throughout the sea-
Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Ray, middle, talks to his team during the season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
MSU head coach has
roller coaster season
Mississippi forward Reginald Buckner (23) dunks the ball
during the frst half of Friday’s second-round NCAA Tournament
game against Wisconsin. (Photo by Charlie Riedel, AP)
Ole Miss advances at NCAA
Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It turns out there is someone who
can tone down the taunting and irreverent antics Marshall Hen-
derson is becoming known for.
His name is Marshall Henderson.
Mississippi’s famboyant guard missed 12 of his frst 13 shots
and was 0 for 6 from 3-point range Friday when he fnally con-
nected for a long 3-pointer in a second-round NCAA game
against Wisconsin. Then he remained unusually businesslike
while scoring the rest of his 19 points and leading the Rebels to
a 57-46 victory.
“You can’t go a little crazy when you go one for your frst 17,”
said Marshall, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference.
“I know what I can do and what I can’t do, and that’s not the
time, no.”
Henderson’s futility reached its zenith with about 12 minutes
to go when he fumbled the ball in the Wisconsin back court
right into the hands of Sam Dekkar, who raced down the court
with Henderson on his shoulder and laid the ball in for a 36-30
Badger lead.
But on Ole Miss’ next possession, Henderson hit that 3-point-
er, and the game quickly changed character.
“There’s no question Marshall Mania affects the psyche of the
other team,” said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. “How can you
avoid it? Marshall this, Marshall that. We live with Marshall Ma-
nia. So for us, it’s normal, another day at the offce.”
It was the frst NCAA tournament win for the Rebels (27-8)
in 12 years and snapped a string of six straight frst-game wins
for the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), who held a three-point
halftime lead after Henderson had scored only two points on
one-for-11 shooting.
It’s not the frst time Henderson’s been known to go ice-cold
in the frst half and erupted in the second.
“He made that frst shot and I celebrated,” said Kennedy.
“We’ve seen his show before. A lot of guys, you go 0 for 5 and
it’s going to be a long night. If you go 5 for 5 it’s going to be a
great night. He’s been on both ends of the spectrum. As long as
he’s taking shots within our offense, our guys understand that.
We were getting him looks. Then once he makes one or two, we
keep feeding him.”
Wisconsin, known for its stout defense, did hold the Rebels to
their lowest point total of the year.
High School Baseball College Baseball
The Starkville Yellowjackets and the Yazoo City
Indians were trying to get a jump on the weather by
playing Friday’s varsity game prior to junior varsity.
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the teams
decided to swap times between the junior varsity and
varsity games. With the new schedule, varsity played
early., while the junior varsity took the feld shortly
The new timeslot was not favorable to the Jackets
as they fell to the Indians 2-1.
“When you only give up two hits, you’re supposed
to win – bottom line,” Starkville coach Brian Jones
said. “They played hard. We just didn’t get a hit when
we needed to. (We) pitched great and played pretty
soundly on the defensive side. It’s just sometimes
you have to be able to hit, (and) you have to be able
to score some runs. That just didn’t happen (Friday
The Jackets scored their frst run in their very frst
turn at the plate.
With two outs, after Max Bartlett was caught steal-
ing and Tanner Jones struck out, Tanner Clanton
came to the plate picking up a single. Jalen Campbell
drop decision
to the Indians
Hunter Renfroe hit his seventh home run of the year for Mississippi
State during Friday’s game against Kentucky. (AP photo)
Bulldogs win first
in series with ’Cats
For Starkville Daily News
LEXINgTON, Ky. – A fve-run sixth inning provided the dif-
ference as No. 14 Mississippi State rallied past No. 8 Kentucky 8-4
in a Southeastern Conference baseball game played Friday night at
Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Bulldogs captured the opening game of a three-game confer-
ence series, while winning their frst true road contest of the season.
The victory also marked a happy homecoming for MSU head coach
John Cohen, who served fve seasons as UK’s head coach. The con-
test was MSU’s frst game played at Kentucky since the 2008 season.
“We got some balls on the barrel,” Cohen said. “We really
wanted to extend their starting pitcher (A.J. Reed). He throws 106
pitches through fve innings. I am proud of our guys for continue to
believe and continuing to work hard.
“Through fve innings, we had 11 line drive outs. We knew the
Kentucky bullpen was not as strong as it has been. Our job was to
get into that pen because we thought we could have some add-on
runs late.”
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 21-4 overall and 2-2
in league play, while Kentucky fell to 16-5 and 2-2. MSU won a
conference series opener for the frst time, after accomplishing that
feat seven times last season. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 this season
against Top 10 opponents.
For MSU, the tone was set on the mound. Sophomore left-
hander Jacob Lindgren delivered another strong start. Despite a sec-
ond straight Friday no decision, Lindgren pitched well, working 4.1
innings, while allowing six hits and four runs (all earned), with six
strikeouts and four walks.
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NCAA Woods
STArkville dAily newS
With Florida gulf Coast’s 78-68 win
over georgetown, seven 15 seeds have
beaten a two seed in the NCAA Tourna-
ment. It is the third in the last two years.
“We’ve got a long way to go. And
certainly four shots can be made
Tiger Woods said after bogeying his last holes
to fall four shots behind the leaders after the
second round of the Arnold palmer Invitational.
Men’s College Basketball
NCAA Tournament Glance
All Times EDT
Second Round
Thursday, March 21
At Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
Butler 68, Bucknell 56
Marquette 59, Davidson 58
At HP Pavilion
San Jose, Calif.
California 64, UNLV 61
Syracuse 81, Montana 34
Friday, March 22
At UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Temple 76, N.C. State 72
Indiana 83, James Madison 62
At The Frank Erwin Center
Austin, Texas
Miami 78, Pacifc 49
Illinois 57, Colorado 49
Second Round
Thursday, March 21
At The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Michigan 71, South Dakota State 56
VCU 88, Akron 42
Friday, March 22
At Wells Fargo Center
Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68
San Diego State (22-10) vs. Oklahoma
(20-11), late
At The Sprint Center
Kansas City, Mo.
North Carolina 78, Villanova 71
Kansas (29-5) vs. Western Kentucky (20-
15), late
At The Frank Erwin Center
Austin, Texas
Florida 79, Northwestern State 47
UCLA (25-9) vs. Minnesota (20-12), late
Second Round
Thursday, March 21
At Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
Louisville 79, N.C. A&T 48
Colorado State 84, Missouri 72
At The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Michigan State 65, Valparaiso 54
Memphis 54, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 52
At HP Pavilion
San Jose, Calif.
Saint Louis 64, New Mexico State 44
Oregon 68, Oklahoma State 55
Friday, March 22
At Wells Fargo Center
Duke 73, Albany (N.Y.) 61
Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63
Second Round
Thursday, March 21
At EnergySolutions Arena
Salt Lake City
Wichita State 73, Pittsburgh 55
Gonzaga 64, Southern 58
Arizona 81, Belmont 64
Harvard 68, New Mexico 62
Friday, March 22
At UD Arena
Dayton, Ohio
Ohio State 95, Iona 70
Notre Dame (25-9) vs. Iowa State (22-
11), late
At The Sprint Center
Kansas City, Mo.
Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46
La Salle 63, Kansas State 61
Women’s College Basketball
NCAA Basketball Tournament Glance
All Times EDT
First Round
Today, March 23
Boulder, Colo.
South Carolina (24-7) vs. South Dakota
State (25-7), 4:10 p.m.
Colorado (25-6) vs. Kansas (18-13), 30
minutes following
College Station, Texas
Texas A&M (24-9) vs. Wichita State (24-
9), 4:05 p.m.
Nebraska (23-8) vs. Chattanooga (29-3),
30 minutes following
First Round
Today, March 23
Storrs, Conn.
Vanderbilt (20-11) vs. Saint Joseph’s (23-
8), 11:05 a.m.
Connecticut (29-4) vs. Idaho (17-15), 30
minutes following
College Baseball
Southeastern Conference Glance
All Times CT
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Vanderbilt 3-1 .750 19-4 .826
So. Carolina 2-2 .500 18-4 .818
Kentucky 2-2 .500 16-5 .762
Tennessee 2-2 .500 12-9 .571
Florida 2-2 .500 11-12 .478
Missouri 1-3 .250 7-11 .389
Georgia 0-4 .000 8-14 .364
SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct.
Ole Miss 3-1 .750 21-2 .913
Texas A&M 3-1 .750 15-8 .652
Alabama 3-1 .750 14-9 .609
LSU 2-1 .667 19-2 .905
Miss. State 2-2 .500 21-4 .840
Arkansas 2-2 .500 15-7 .682
Auburn 0-3 .000 15-6 .714
Friday’s Games
Miss. State 8, Kentucky 4
Ole Miss 8, Texas A&M 2
Alabama 6, Georgia 3
Auburn at LSU, late
Arkansas 15, S. Carolina 3
Tennessee 4, Missouri 0
Florida 7, Vanderbilt 1
Today’s Games
Miss. State at Kentucky, 11 a.m. (DH)
Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m.
Alabama at Georgia, 3 p.m.
Auburn at LSU, 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas at S. Carolina, 2:15 p.m.
Missouri at Tennessee, 3 p.m.
Florida at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m.
Sunday’s Games
Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.
Alabama at Georgia, 1 p.m.
Auburn at LSU, 2 p.m.
Arkansas at S. Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
THe AreA SlATe
College Baseball
Mississippi State at Kentucky (DH), 11 a.m.
College Softball
Mississippi State at Kentucky, noon
High School Baseball
Newton County at Starkville, noon (JV)
Hamilton at Starkville Academy, 1 p.m.
Eupora at Calhoun City, TBA
Louisville at Ackerman, 11 a.m.
Ackerman at Winona, 5 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
TGC — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invi-
tational, third round, at Orlando, Fla.
1:30 p.m.
NBC — PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invi-
tational, third round, at Orlando, Fla.
4 p.m.
TGC — Champions Tour, Mississippi
Gulf Resort Classic, second round, at
Saucier, Miss.
6 p.m.
TGC — LPGA, Kia Classic, third round,
at Carlsbad, Calif.
3 p.m.
WGN — Preseason, Chicago Cubs vs.
L.A. Angels, at Mesa, Ariz.
11 a.m.
ESPN — NIT, second round, Stanford
at Alabama
11:15 a.m.
CBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, VCU vs. Michigan at Au-
burn Hills, Mich.
1:30 p.m.
CBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Memphis vs. Michigan St.
at Auburn Hills, Mich.
4:15 p.m.
CBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Colorado St. vs. Louisville
at Lexington, Ky.
5:10 p.m.
TNT — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Harvard vs. Arizona at Salt
Lake City
6:10 p.m.
TBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Oregon vs. Saint Louis at
San Jose, Calif.
6:30 p.m.
CBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Butler vs. Marquette at
Lexington, Ky.
7:40 p.m.
TNT — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, Wichita vs. Gonzaga at
Salt Lake City
8:40 p.m.
TBS — NCAA Division I tournament,
third round, California vs. Syracuse at
San Jose, Calif.
7 p.m.
WGN — Indiana at Chicago
10 a.m.
ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tourna-
ment, frst round, Vanderbilt vs. Saint
Joseph’s at Storrs, Conn.; Oklahoma
vs. Central Michigan at Columbus,
Ohio; Maryland vs. Quinnipiac at Col-
lege Park, Md.; Syracuse vs. Creighton
at Knoxville, Tenn.
12:30 p.m.
ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tourna-
ment, frst round, Connecticut vs. Ida-
ho at Storrs, Conn.; Michigan St. vs.
Marist at College Park, Md.; UCLA vs.
Stetson at Columbus, Ohio; Tennes-
see vs. Oral Roberts at Knoxville, Tenn.
3 p.m.
ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tourna-
ment, frst round, Texas A&M vs.
Wichita St. at College Station, Texas;
South Carolina vs. South Dakota St. at
Boulder, Colo.; Iowa St. vs. Gonzaga at
Spokane, Wash.; California vs. Fresno
St. at Lubbock, Texas.
5:30 p.m.
ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tourna-
ment, frst round, Georgia vs. Mon-
tana at Spokane, Wash.; Texas Tech
vs. South Florida at Lubbock, Texas;
Colorado vs. Kansas at Boulder, Colo.;
Nebraska vs. Chattanooga at College
Station, Texas.
MSU track helps SEC in Challenge
To kick off day one of the Conference Challenge at the
Carl Maddox Track Facility, the Mississippi State men’s and
women’s hammer throw allowed for the Southeastern Confer-
ence women to post 30 points, while the non-Southeastern
Conference men led the way with 18 points.
Representing the MSU women, Megan Rayford threw the
hammer 43.51 meters to collect six points for the Lady Bull-
dogs and land a third-place fnish. Maureen gross added to the
SEC’s total by placing ffth and picking up two points as she
threw for 34.49 meters.
While MSU did not see action in the men’s hammer throw,
other SEC competitors captured 13 points to place the confer-
ence just behind the opposing teams.
The meet resumes today at 10 a.m. with the women’s jav-
elin. All running events will begin at noon, starting with the
women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.
For more information regarding this weekend’s action
and MSU track and feld, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@
Bulldogs rally for tennis victory
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind a dominating perfor-
mance in singles play, the No. 12 Mississippi State men’s ten-
nis squad overcame dropping the doubles point to defeat No.
54 Arkansas 4-1 at the Dills Indoor Tennis Complex Friday
With the win, State (13-6, 3-4 SEC) has won its last fve
matches against the Razorbacks and improves to 24-7 all-time
against the SEC West foes.
Arkansas (12-9, 0-6) grabbed an early lead by taking the
doubles point with wins on courts one and two. UA’s gre-
goire Lehmann and Mike Ward took down MSU’s Zach
White and Ethan Wilkinson 8-4 on court two. However, State
evened the playing feld with an 8-6 win on court three from
the freshmen duo of Romain Bogaerts and pedro Dumont
against UA’s Hall Fess and Santiago Munoz, leaving it all up
to court one.
Lady Bulldogs lose in tennis
Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis fell 4-0 to the No.
51 ranked Lady Razorbacks of Arkansas in the team’s Friday
MSU (6-9, 0-7 Southeastern Conference) will continue its
weekend of league play with a Sunday match against No. 54
ranked LSU at 1 p.m. at the A.J. pitts Tennis Centre.
Forced to move indoors because of rain, the match began
with singles competition. Alexandra perper of the Lady Bull-
dogs was the frst to complete play, falling 6-4, 6-4 on court 2
to No. 93 ranked Claudine paulson of Arkansas.
Arkansas (9-10, 2-6) extended its lead to 2-0 with a gruel-
ing battle on court 1 between MSU’s georgiana patrasc and
No. 68 ranked Yang pang of Arkansas. pang took the frst set
6-3, but patrasc battled back notching an early 5-0 to take the
second set 6-1. patrasc began the fnal set with a 2-0 lead, but
couldn’t hold back pang falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the match.
State softball loses at Kentucky
LEXINgTON, Ky. – With temperatures dipping into the
30s, the ending was even colder for the Mississippi State soft-
ball team, who fell 5-4 at No. 21 Kentucky via a walk-off
home run in the bottom of the 10th Friday night.
The extra-inning heartbreaker at the UK Softball Complex
dropped MSU to 20-7 overall and 1-3 in the Southeastern
Conference, while snapping its school-record 12-game win-
ning streak on the road.
Shockwave look
for records to fall
The Starkville Shockwave
swim team will be getting back
into the pool today and Sunday
in Meridian and is looking for
some records to fall.
With the event being a 25-me-
ter meet, Shockwave swim coach
Allison Conn expects success to
come the way of her team.
“You maybe have those once a year and they don’t host
a lot of 25-meter meets,” Conn said. “In 25 meters, the re-
cords are not as fast and we could go down and break a
couple of state records this weekend.”
Shockwave have been working non-stop since fnishing
second in the State short course meet recently.
“We didn’t take a break like other teams do after a state
meet,” Conn said. “Some teams take a three-week break, but
we were limited on pool time going into state meet and we
didn’t take a break at all.
“Everything is going really good and we’re real excited.
The kids have been training hard and we’re ready to go down
and break some records.”
After getting back from Meridian, Shockwave will be
hosting a one-week free tryout for perspective swimmers,
beginning beginning Monday.
This opportunity is to tryout, meet the swimmers and
parents, and receive professional instruction from the staff.
To take advantage of the free tryout, show up at the Sand-
erson Center pool at 225 Coliseum Blvd. on the Mississippi
State campus from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Even though
the tryout if free, a refundable insurance deposit of $55 per
child is required.
“We’re looking to pick up about 50 to 60 new swim-
mers,” Conn said.
For more information, contact Conn at allison1conn@ or 662-549-1145 and assistant coach Russell
Dumas at, or 601-260-1448. The team
website is
Ross Mitchell (5-0) fnished
the contest in relief. Mitchell
worked the fnal 4.2 innings, al-
lowing fve hits and no runs, with
three strikeouts and no walks.
The Bulldogs built an early
2-0 lead with single scores in
the frst and fourth inning. The
Wildcats responded with two
runs in both the fourth and ffth
innings to grab a 4-2 lead.
MSU came right back with
fve runs on four hits in the sixth
inning. UK also helped out with
three of its four errors coming in
that half inning.
Wes Rea began things by
reaching on a dropped fy ball.
Brett pirtle and Daryl Norris
followed with back-to-back hits
to load the bases. This ended
the night for Reed (2-3) on the
After a strikeout, Adam Fra-
zier reached on an infeld er-
ror, which forced in a run. C.T.
Bradford connected for a game-
tying sacrifce fy. Another infeld
hit by Hunter Renfroe re-loaded
the bases.
Mitch Slauter followed with
a two-run single, with another
run coming home as the ball was
misplayed coming back to the
In the ninth inning, the Bull-
dogs capped their scoring when
Renfroe hit his seventh home
run of the season. The MSU
right felder has now hit safely in
10 straight games and 22 of 25
games this season.
Mitchell got the Bulldogs’
conference-leading 34th double
play ball to close out the victory.
MSU fnished with 10 hits.
Renfroe had three hits, while
Frazier and pirtle each added
two hits.
The Wildcats fnished with 11
hits. Thomas Bernal had three
hits, while Zac Zellers and Max
Kuhn each added two hits.
The series resumes with an
11 a.m. start today. Due to a
forecast of wintry weather con-
ditions for the remainder of the
weekend, a doubleheader will be
played today, with each game
nine innings in length. Today’s
opener will be televised region-
ally by Fox Sports Net South.
After today’s twinbill, the
Bulldogs return home to face
Austin peay at 6:30 p.m. Tues-
came in as a courtesy runner for
Clanton and promptly advanced
to third on a error by Yazoo
City pitcher Darius Wright. Ty-
ler Barnes then approached the
batter’s box and hit a single to
score Campbell and gave SHS a
one-run lead.
Clanton was on the mound
for the Jackets and did quick
work of the Indians in the frst
two innings, but in the top of
the third, Yazoo City came to
life as Ralph Jones scored on
a wild pitch to tie the game at
Things remained relatively
quiet the remainder of the game
as neither team was able to cross
the plate until the seventh in-
In the top of the inning, the
Indians found itself with two
outs, but the team wasn’t done
as Willie Harris approached the
plate and hit a double. With
Harris on second, Ralph Jones
hit a single to bring him home
and gave Yazoo City a 2-1 ad-
Starkville managed to escape
the inning without anymore
damage, but was not able to
score in the bottom portion of
the inning.
Losing a close contest could
make it easy for the team to get
discouraged, but Jones said the
team doesn’t have time to get
down and that process has to
begin with him.
“I have to do it myself,”
Jones said. “I feel like it starts
at the top. I’m not going to sit
here and lie to you and tell you
I’m not frustrated and disap-
pointed, but that’s something I
have to deal with myself. I have
to be able to tell these guys it’s
just one game and we have to
bounce back. We are going to
play again (today).
“That’s the thing about base-
ball. You can’t sit there and
dwell on it for a week or so.
You have to bounce right back
and play.”
With the loss, the Jackets saw
their records slip to 7-9 overall
and 1-1 in Class 5A, Region 3,
District 4.
Starkville hosts Newton
County this afternoon with the
junior varsity game beginning
at noon and the varsity at 2 p.m.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 • Starkville Daily News • Page 9
Florida Gulf Coast’s Sherwood Brown,
left, and Brett Comer celebrate after
Brown’s basket during the second half.
(Photo by Michael Perez, AP)
Florida gulf Coast stuns georgetown 78-68
From Wire Reports
pHILADELpHIA (Ap) — Sher-
wood Brown scored 24 points and
Bernard Thompson had 23 to lead
Florida gulf Coast to an incredible
NCAA tournament debut, a 78-68
win over second-seeded george-
town on Friday night in the second
round of the South Regional.
Florida 79, NW St. 47
AUSTIN, Texas — Erik Murphy
had 18 points to lead four Florida
players in double fgures and the ga-
tors shut down the NCAA’s highest-
scoring team, beating Northwestern
State in the second round of the
South Regional.
Indiana 83, James Madison 62
DAYTON, Ohio — Freshman
Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the
frst six minutes as top-seeded Indi-
ana slam dunked its way past James
Temple 76, N.C. State 72
DAYTON, Ohio — Khalif Wyatt
scored 31 points, fnishing the game
with an injured left thumb that had
him grimacing before his clinching
free throws, and Temple broke with
its one-and-done NCAA tourna-
ment trend.
Miami 78, pacifc 49
AUSTIN, Texas — Durand Scott
had 21 points and Miami had a tri-
umphant return to the NCAA tour-
Illinois 57, Colorado 49
AUSTIN, Texas — Brandon paul
and D.J. Richardson made consecu-
tive 3-pointers to give Illinois back
the lead with 6 minutes left and the
seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a
tough win over Colorado.
Duke 73, Albany 61
pHILADELpHIA — Seth Curry
scored 26 points, Mason plumlee
had 23 and second-seeded Duke
beat Albany.
Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63
McDermott had 27 points and 11
rebounds, and gregory Echenique
scored 13 points to help Creighton
hold on.
La Salle 63, Kansas State 61
rell Wright made three foul shots
in the fnal 30 seconds, and No. 13
seed La Salle advanced after blow-
ing an 18-point halftime lead to beat
fourth-seeded Kansas State.
Ohio State 95, Iona 70
DAYTON, Ohio — Sam Thomp-
son had career highs with 20 points
and 10 rebounds, part of a domi-
nating performance by Ohio State’s
front line, and the Buckeyes ran
away to a victory over Iona in the
second round of the West Regional.
UNC 78, Villanova 71
Hairston scored 23 points, James
Michael McAdoo added 17 and
North Carolina unleashed a furry of
3-pointers to subdue gritty Villano-
va in the NCAA tournament, giving
coach Roy Williams his 700th career
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Junior College Baseball
Focus brings no-no
for EMCC’s Brooks
East Mississippi Community College
pitcher Nick Brooks saw all of the zeros on
the scoreboard in the ffth inning on Wednes-
The Starkville native knew he was pitch-
ing a good game for the Li-
ons, but wasn’t aware that
he was about to do some-
thing special.
Despite experiencing a
little fatigue from throw-
ing 140 pitches by the end
of the game, Brooks found
the strength to complete
the no-hit bid as EMCC
defeated Mississippi Delta
Community College 3-0 in the second game
of a division doubleheader.
Brooks knew he had to respond on the
mound after the Lions dropped a 9-6 deci-
sion in the frst game.
“I wasn’t going to change anything,”
Brooks said about his thoughts about pos-
sibly hurling a no-hitter during the game. “I
was just going to go out there, give myself a
chance and give my team a chance to get a
win in a conference game. I wanted to stay
focused and do the job.”
Brooks struck out 10 batters along the
way and scattered seven walks that didn’t
come back to haunt him as he did not allow
a run in the seven-inning stint.
EMCC baseball coach Chris Rose said
Brooks is capable of having such outings as
he did against Mississippi Delta because of
the four pitches available to him.
“Nick has pretty good stuff,” Rose said.
“It’s pretty uncommon to be a starter and
have four pitches that you can throw for a
strike and somewhat command. guys usu-
ally have two they command and have a third
that’s much weaker. They basically live off of
two and try to show a third. Nick has four
and he commands three of them well.
“He has an idea of how to pitch. He works
the zone in and out and can speed you up and
slow you down.”
The outing provided a shot of confdence
for the former Starkville Yellowjacket, who
brought an 0-3 record into the game.
“My frst couple of outings weren’t so
bad.” Brooks said. “In the early innings, I
hurt myself with a few walks. I had to get
the ball over the plate and college hitters are
good enough to take advantage of that when
it happens.”
With his no-hitter, Brooks was able to get
his frst win of the season and cut his earned
run average to 4.91. He has given up 14
runs, 10 earned, on 19 hits in 18.1 innings
and also has a pair of saves.
Rose said Brooks is smart enough to ad-
just and understands the game well.
Even during the course of the no-hitter,
Rose looked on as Brooks continued to work
against each batter and take it one inning at
a time.
“He never did too much or put pressure
on himself,” Rose said. “He kept pitching
the same game and would always get a little
bit better. He walked a guy and there were
guys on second and third, then he gets two
big punch outs. He pitched a really good
game and was locked in the whole game. It
couldn’t have happened at a better time after
losing game one.”
Brooks has also had 20 at-bats on offense
with four hits, including a home run, a dou-
ble and eight runs batted in. He has scored
six runs.
The Lions are scheduled to be back on the
feld today against Holmes Community Col-
lege in goodman. The doubleheader begins
at 1 p.m., weather permitting.
East Mississippi Community College pitcher Nick Brooks, a former Starkville High School player,
now has a no-hitter under his belt this season. (Photo submitted by EMCC)
Steele also saw his season end
when he injured his knee in the
next to last regular season game.
“Obviously Jacoby was
cleared,” Ray said. “He was full
board fve on fve contact, so
there are no limitations on him.
The only limitation he still has is
he’s wearing a brace right now.
From my understanding, An-
dre Applewhite is on schedule.
Same thing with Wendell Lew-
is, (and) he’s on schedule. Jalen
Steele had his ACL surgery
(Wednesday). (He) also (had)
his two meniscus repaired.”
Lewis will apply for a medi-
cal redshirt and in hopes to gain
a ffth year of eligibility.
Although MSU saw many
injuries and suspensions, it
didn’t fnish last in the SEC. The
Bulldogs beat Auburn in over-
time on the last Saturday of the
season to claim the No. 13 seed
in the SEC Tournament and
sent the Tigers to the bottom of
the SEC.
MSU rode the momentum
and beat South Carolina in the
frst round of the tournament to
reach double-digit wins.
“What I’m proud of is the
continued individual improve-
ment of our kids throughout the
season,” Ray said.
The Bulldogs started three
freshman for most of the season
in gavin Ware, Craig Sword
and Fred Thomas.
Ware, a forward and
Starkville native, was selected
to the SEC All-Freshman Team
along with Sword.
“I’m really pleased with the
fact that two of our kids ended
up on the All-Freshman Team,”
Ray said. “You could’ve made
a valid case that Fred Thomas
(needed to be added) to that
as well. Kentucky had multiple
guys on that All-SEC freshman
team, but for us to have two on
there and the only other school
to have that is Kentucky, I most
proud of that.”
Ray had to rely on the three
freshman for most of the season.
Ware, who played at
Starkville High School a year
ago, logged 824 minutes and
started 27 games. He averaged
8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per
“people saw that gavin Ware
was a problem down low for
teams and they started to focus
in on that,” Ray said. “He has to
focus on making his teammates
around him better.”
Sword and Thomas played
854 and 917 minutes, respec-
tively. Sword started 32 games,
while Thomas started 19.
Sword led the team with 10.5
points per game, while Thomas
was third with a 9.7 clip.
“(Sword) continually got
better in his distribution of the
ball,” Ray said. “For that young
man to take on that much load
as far as being a penetrator and
being a distributor by constant-
ly reducing his turnovers was a
positive. Fred Thomas started to
display better shot selection and
he’s going to be a good player
for us.”
Mississippi State saw a big
boost from East Mississippi
Community College trans-
fer Colin Borchert down the
stretch. He averaged nine points
and fve rebounds for the sea-
Sophomore Trivante Blood-
man started all 32 games for
the Bulldogs and averaged 6.1
points per game.
Johnson was suspended
near the end of the season, but
came back to help MSU end the
regular season with two wins in
three games.
“Roquez Johnson accepted
who he is toward the end of
the season,” Ray said. “At the
beginning of the season, he was
a energy guy that came in and
made hustle plays. I thought he
got away from that a little bit.
After the suspension, he realized
what his role is on the team.”
Shifting to the offseason,
Ray has a couple of things he
wants his team to focus on. Af-
ter losing to Tennessee in the
SEC Tournament to end the
season, Ray saw the difference
in his team and the Volunteers.
“We have to work on our
strength and conditioning,” Ray
said. “If you watch the physical-
ity of our game between Ten-
nessee, you’ll see the difference
between our team and Tennes-
The Bulldogs always seemed
to bring a good effort every
night. Ray was pleased with that
throughout the season.
Ray knows MSU needs to
build on that and start winning
the battle of the statistics.
“There’s 345 Division I
teams and we were 304th in the
nation in rebounding margin,”
Ray said. “You need to fnish
a possession with a rebound.
The second thing is once again
there’s 345 team in Division I
and we were 342nd in assist-to-
turnover ratio. We’re not giving
ourselves a chance to score and
win basketball games if we’re
going to be that bad taking
care of the basketball. That’s the
smartness factor. Those are the
things we want to improve on.”
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