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Relay team plans rummage sale
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com It’s easier to name what Collegiate 4-H’s Relay for Life team isn’t collecting for its rummage sale than it is to name all the things it is collecting. Team member Boddrick Hudson said perishable items were the only items he could think of that would be off limits. Everything else — clothes, electronics, movies, entertainment, furniture and jewelry — would be a welcome donation to their cause, he said. “We have a lot of hardware items, clothing and electronics, and we’re still working on getting the jewelry,” Hudson said. The Collegiate 4-H Relay for Life team will hold its first Rummage for the Cure starting at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Rick’s Cafe parking lot to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Donations to the rummage sale would be due Wednesday, Hudson said, and those interested in donating could contact him at 662-392-7522 or fellow team member Portia Randle at 662-3124731. He said those who preferred to make monetary donations could access the team’s website at http://www.relayforlife.org/msstate to make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the American Cancer Society.
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5 Miss. House members running for mayoral offices
By EMILY W. PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Five Mississippi House members are running for mayor this year, and while name recognition might provide some advantage, lawmakers have had a mixed record in trying to go from the Capitol to City Hall. Some have made the move successfully, while others have found that electoral success on one level doesn’t translate to victory for another office. Among those running for mayor now is longtime Democratic Rep. George Flaggs of Vicksburg, who ran unsuccessfully for the city’s top job in 1997. The other four House members running for mayor are also Democrats: Billy Broomfield of Moss Point, Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs, Chuck Espy of Clarksdale and
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Timmy Farish of Louisville holds his trophy for third male overall in the 10K division of the Historic Starkvegas 10K and 5K Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy Meggan Franks)
Omeria Scott of Laurel. All five face opposition. A former state senator, Republican Billy Hewes III, will become the next mayor of Gulfport. His only opponent dropped out of the race, giving Hewes a straight shot to City Hall. Hewes was elected to the Senate in 1991, serving 20 years, with the last four as the chamber’s second-highest officer, president pro tempore. He ran for lieutenant governor in 2011, losing a hard-fought GOP primary to Tate Reeves. Mayors sometimes seek “local and private” legislation — bills that affect only one city or county. If Hewes does that, or if he has other reasons to be at the Capitol, people will watch his working relationship with Reeves, who still has more than two years left on this term as lieutenant governor, the Senate’s presiding officer.
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Winter wheat crop needs break from rain
For Starkville Daily News Cool temperatures through March kept some Mississippians comfortable, but they slowed the development of wheat, the state’s only row crop grown through winter. Erick Larson, corn and wheat state specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wheat acreage is high this year, with 420,000 acres planted in the fall. State growers planted 500,000 acres in 2007, but this year marks the second highest planting since 1990. “We didn’t have a great production year last year, but wheat is a crop that can generate some money in a time that is an off-season for most other commodities grown in the state,” Larson said. “Farmers will often double-crop soybeans after wheat is harvested, or they make improvements to their land in the summer after already making a profit off those acres that year.” Brian Williams, Extension agricultural economist, said July wheat futures were trading as high as $7.30 the third week of March. “Wheat had been on a steady decline since early December, but it appears to have taken a bit of an upward turn over the last couple of weeks,” Williams said. “As of March 20, Mississippi cash wheat prices were ranging from $7.22 per bushel in Greenwood to $7.47 per bushel in Greenville.” Williams said the wheat market has a lot of uncertainty, much of which is caused by weather. In addition, there has been an increased demand for wheat as a feed substitute for corn. “Wheat seems to be competing well with other crops right now, and it is possible that spring wheat prices may rise,” he said. Larson said the wheat was planted on time last fall but struggled with a late winter and an early spring that has been extremely wet. “That has stunted wheat development as it breaks dormancy, and it may limit the yield potential on fields with poor drainage,” Larson said. Wheat that has been stunted does not perform as well at the vegetative stage known as tillering. Tillering is the growth of additional stems on a single plant, which results in more heads to harvest. Tillering happens in the fall and early spring, and saturated soils can limit this process. When
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Twenty-three Oktibbeha County Fire Department members demonstrated their ability to parallel park fire trucks Saturday morning in an exercise that is the final step of an emergency vehicle operators course required for firemen to be certified fire truck drivers. (Photo by Oktibbeha County Fire Services)
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Around Town
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Today
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 Ellenwood. u Passover dinner — Congregation B’Nai Israel in Columbus 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 inquiries will be answered promptly. To reserve a place at the dinner, contact Emilie White at 662328-7084 by MArch 19. Cost is $36 per adult and $12 per student.
Tuesday
u Grief support group meeting — The Grief Support 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 information, call 662-615-0033. u Kiwanis meeting — Kiwanis will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn. Dennis Oliver will give us an update on the Kiwanis International service program, Eliminate.
Terrell Brantley, left, a senior majoring in horticulture at Mississippi State University, talks with Everything Garden Expo visitor Sam Henry about the selection of plants available at the MSU Horticulture Club’s booth at the Mississippi Horse Park Friday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) 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, convenient parking, nursery provided. Bring lawn chairs. For further information, contact First United Methodist Church, 662-2891412; email kosyfumc@att.net, or terrifumc@live.com; FAX 662-289-1418. the first and third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the upstairs area of the Bookmart and Cafe in downtown Starkville. For more information, contact Debra Wolf at dkwolf@copper. net or call 662-323-8152. u Scholarship opportunity — The Starkville Civic League will offer the Camp-Gaston Student Scholarship to an Oktibbeha County, Starkville High School, Starkville Academy or Oktibbeha County Homeschool senior planning to enter college in the fall of 2013. Interested students should contact 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 662-4187089. u Scholarship opportunity — David Rogers Memorial Scholarship applications are now available for graduating high school seniors.  The deadline for submission is April 15.  Applications can be obtained by calling 662-323-3977 or visit the web at www.cococenter. org. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays in the Modern Woodmen office on Lafayette Street. For more information, call Barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance 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 information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Recycling bags available — 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 participate in the recycling program may sign up at any time. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational 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 Starkville. u Quilting 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 information, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-323-7597. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West Point will host childbirth 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 Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: Household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recycling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: Household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. cityofstarkville.org or call 662323-2652. 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. u Veteran volunteering — Gentiva Hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We Honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. wheat@gentiva.com. u MSU Philharmonia — Pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSU Philharmonia 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 senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard Human at Richard.human@msstate.edu or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@msstate.edu 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 662323-2294. u Square dancing — This is fun for all age couples.  Enrollment for new dancers will close at the end of April and will open again in the fall.  Enjoy our new caller and friendly help from experienced dancers.  Dancing and instruction on basic steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at the Sportsplex Annex, 405 Lynn Lane.  Follow the covered walk to the small building. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — Gentiva Hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers 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, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. wheat@gentiva.com. u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot. Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting 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 662-3204607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 University Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 University Drive, or CB&S Bank at the corner 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- 3244864, or Charlie Smith at 662324-2989. 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 information, contact Donna Poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship Baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery 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. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville Healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confiden-
Wednesday
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 Forrest Sr. is pastor. The public is invited. For more information call 662-435-3515.
Friday
u Passion play — The Mount Olivet District Woman’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. Superintendent Etoile Thursday Barnes invites all members and friends. u NARFE meeting — The u Boston butt fundNational Active & Retired raiser — First Baptist Church Federal Employees Association Longview Laymen’s Ministry (NARFE) will meet at the Hil- will hold a Boston butt fundton Garden Inn on Highway raiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 12 East in Starkville.  Guest Rick’s parking lot on Hwy. 82 speaker will be Dr. Mark Kee- in Starkville. For more informanum.  Doors open at 11 a.m. tion, call Deebo at 662-617u Historical Society meet- 0388. ing — The Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. at the Starkville Recurring Public Library.  Leota Cardwell will present a program on Ancesu GED classes — Emerson tors. Family School, 1504 Louisville u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speak- in Starkville, will offer free ABE/ er series will be held at 7 p.m. GED classes from 8 a.m. to 7 in the John Grisham room at p.m. Monday through Thursthe MSU library. Guest speaker day and from 8 a.m. to noon on will be Willie Harvey Johnson Friday. For more information presenting “The Starkville I call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Knew.” Starkville Writer’s Group meets u Passion play — Kos-
tial environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@ worldaflameministries.org and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. Group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org 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 helping 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 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County High School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662242-7962. 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. Community call-in u prayer service — 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 662-615-4001. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support Group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-5271553. u Project HELP — Project HELP with Family Centered Programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie Guest or Cappe Hallberg at 662-3242551 or 662-418-3876. u PROJECT CLASS — PROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-323-3322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the Sassy Sirens will host a Game Day at the Senior Citizens Building “Fun House.” RSVP to Oldmedic@aol.com. Starkville Writer’s u Group — The Starkville Writers’ Group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan Brown at spb107@msstate.edu. u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ Holiness (USA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by
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yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship Hall (ground floor) of First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662-312-2175.
On the horizon
u Easter egg hunt — Adaton United Methodist Church will host a community Easter egg hunt from 1-3 p.m. March 30. Children, ages infant through sixth grade, are invited to join the fun and games, fellowship, and egg hunting. The church is located at 303 Reed Road West, Starkville. u Counter-violence training — The Downtown Martial Arts Academy will host “Counter-Violence for Teachers” Saturday, March 30 from 1-4 p.m. on South Lafayette Street in Starkville. The cost is $40.
For more information, call 662268-8208. u Agri cooperative meeting — Unlimited Community Agricultural Cooperative will have its monthly meeting at 8 a.m. March 30 at American Legion Post 213 located at 3328 Pat Station Rd Starkville. All small farmers, landowners and other interested persons are invited. For more information contact Orlando Trainer at 662769-0071 or orlandotrainer@ hotmail.com. u Sunrise services — Plair United Methodist Church will have sunrise Easter services at 7 a.m. March 31. The church pastor, the Rev. Rochelle A. Miner, will deliver the message, and the children’s department Easter program will follow. The choir will provide the music. u Easter services — Maben Church of God will host special Easter services March 31, starting with a church breakfast of fruit, donuts, juice, coffee and milk from 9-10 a.m. From 1010:45, the church will host an Easter egg hunt for the kids, followed by an Easter musical at 11 with drama by the youth. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Drive. Pastor is Bro. Kerry Collins. Music director is Brandy Pennington. u Rotary meeting — The
Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, April 1 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. Guest speaker will be KIOR representative Ralph Stewart. u Book sale —The Friends of the Starkville Public Library will hold its monthly book sale on from noon-6 p.m. April 1. There will be a 25-cent special on hardback fiction and nonfiction. Revenue from the sale of books is used to support library projects. u Reunion planning — All graduates of OCTS and Henderson High School are asked to meet to plan its Biennial Scholarship Reunion. Scholarships are awarded to graduates of Starkville High, East and West Oktibbeha County Schools. The next meeting is April 1 at the Greensboro Center. Contact any member of the committee for details or Emil Lovely, president, or Charlene Minor at 312-6211. u Bridges Out of Poverty meeting — Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty is hosting its Getting Ahead Inquiry Meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Emerson Family Center at 1504 Louisville Street. u Speaker series — The Starkville 175th birthday speaker series will be held Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in
the John Grisham room at the MSU library. Guest speaker will be Michelle Weaver Jones presenting “Starkville’s Architecture Over the Years.” u Volunteer training — Starkville Bridges is holding a one-day Facilitator Training event on from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 11 at the South Hall Classroom (Room 407) on the MSU campus. The workshop will be presented by Phil DeVol, a co-author of the book Bridges out of Poverty. The Facilitator Training event will qualify participants to lead the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World class as well as to mentor and serve as an ally to an individual in poverty. The cost of the training event for participants that have attended a prior community training event is $35, which covers the costs of workbooks. The registration fee for a participant that has not attended a training event with Starkville Bridges in the past is $90. For additional information about Starkville Bridges or registration, please visit the Starkville Bridges website at www. starkvillebridges.com , contact Lynn Phillips-Gaines at 662418-3100, or email the organization at bridgesoutofpoverty@gmail.com.
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“We ask people to contact us, and we will come and pick (items up from donors) so it will be no hassle on them at all,” Hudson said. “If I can’t get out (to the donor), I’ll pass (the request) along to other members, and they will come and pick the item up.” Hudson said this was the first time Collegiate 4-H had fielded a Relay for Life team, setting a $100 fundraising goal for each of the team’s eight members and a $1,000 goal for the team as a whole.
“I told my team, however many members we have, that goal is still achievable,” Hudson said. “I always wanted to do (the Relay for Life). I just wasn’t sure which way to start (before now). We have all been affected by cancer in some way. We thought this would be a great way to give back.” Hudson said multiple members of his family had died from cancer, and Randle said her grandfather died from colon cancer. “Pretty much everybody is affected by cancer. If not today, it could be tomorrow,” Randle said. “We just wanted to
help in any way we could to add on to our community service.” Randle said the idea for a rummage sale came from team members’ elders, and the team had also seen other rummage sales succeed around town. She said team members were not only soliciting donations from others but also donating items of their own. “We picked the name and just ran with it,” Randle said. “Rick (Welch) from Rick’s Cafe has been very cooperative ... which we appreciate. We just hope everybody wants to come out and support us. It’s for a good cause.”
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Among the former lawmakers who moved from the Capitol to City Hall was Democrat Kane Ditto of Jackson. The attorney served in the Mississippi House from 1987 to 1989 before serving two terms as mayor of the capital city, from July 1989 to July 1997. Greg Davis of Southaven was elected to the House as an independent in 1991 and served until he was elected mayor in 1997. He has been mayor since then, serving as a Republican, even while running unsuccessfully for the 1st District congressional seat in 2008. Davis is seeking a fifth term this year as an independent, but he could have a tough time because of legal problems, including a state auditor’s demand that Davis repay more than $70,000 for personal expenses charged to the city. Republican Bob Short was in the House 14 years before serving one term as mayor of Gulfport, from 1997 to 2001. Democrat Phillip “Bucket” West of Natchez was elected to the House in 1997 and was elected mayor in 2004, serving one term. Several lawmakers have also been frustrated in their attempts to move into city office. In 1997, Democratic state Rep. Steve Holland ran for mayor of Tupelo, losing to Republican Glenn McCullough. Holland now lives in the Tupelo suburb of Plantersville, where his wife, Gloria Holland, is mayor.
In 2009, state Sen. Ezell Lee, then a Democrat, lost the race for mayor of Picayune. Lee served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the Senate from 1992 until January 2012. He switched to the Republican Party in January 2011, losing in the GOP primary seven months later as he
sought re-election to the Senate. Lee died in May 2012 at age 79. Two current Democratic lawmakers have run unsuccessfully for mayor of Jackson: Rep. Mary Coleman in 1997 and Sen. John Horhn in 2009. Some people have moved from City Hall to the Capi-
tol. Ed Morgan served three terms as Hattiesburg mayor before winning a state Senate seat in 2003. The Republican served one term in the Senate, and then-Gov. Haley Barbour appointed him as head of the state Tax Commission — now the Department of Revenue — starting in January 2009.
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temperatures warm, these stems begin to lengthen and tillering ceases. “Because we’ve been wet, there are some wheat fields that didn’t tiller adequately to meet the standards of high production levels,” Larson said. It is too soon to predict a final yield, but Larson said the crop looks average at best. “Cool conditions have held wheat growth back a lot this year compared to last year. This may not hurt yield potential,
but it makes it difficult to estimate what kind of crop we’ll have,” Larson said. While continued wet weather is wheat’s biggest threat now, later pressures can come from insects and disease. The crop’s most critical point is heading, when grain is set. While heading often begins as early as late March, heading will probably begin in April this year. Wheat is harvested in late May through early June. This year’s cool weather may push harvest dates back, depending on the weather through the rest of the spring.
OBITUARY
Dan Sims
Dan Curtis Sims, 73, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Calvert Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Morris officiating, assisted by Bro. Scott Griffin. Burial will follow in Pheba Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Monday, 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home. Dan Sims was born Dec. 3, 1939 in Atlanta in Chickasaw County to  the late Lula Rowena Faulkner and William Eli Sims.  He was a Bryan Foods Supervisor of the Beef Cooler for 44 years and was a member of Pheba Baptist Church. He was a member of Pheba Masonic Lodge F. & A. M. #565 and a member of the Maben Lions Club. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Frances Alexander of Houlka, and Lisa Sims Wilson of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren; Daniel Lamar Bigham, Nicholas Eli Bigham, Misty Marie Oliver, Amanda Lynn Broughton, and Erica Summer Krogmann; 15 great grandchildren; Kristian Bigham, Madison Workman, Lila Bigham, Summerlee Krogmann, Ty Freeman, Anna Bigham, Kara Krogmann, Eli Bigham, Savannah Broughton, Brooke-Lynn Broughton, Alannah Sarclette, Abby Bigham, Mary Kathryn Broughton, Zoey Sarclette, Asher Krogmann; one sister, Linda Millsap (Kim) of Pheba; one brother, Jessie Sims (Barbara) of New Hope, and a special friend, Mrs. Anna Ruth Sims of Cedar Bluff. He was preceded in death by his son, Dan "Danny" Curtis Sims, Jr. and his brother, William Eli Sims, Jr. Pallbearers will be Lamar Bigham, Nicholas Bigham, Sonny Sizemore, Avery Sims, Jon Sarclette, Jason Bigham, Thomas Gilbreath and Chris Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers will be H. E. "Buddy" McGee, Carl Bryan, Butch Childs, Bobby Champion, Tommy Sizemore, and all his former co-workers at Bryan Foods.   Memorials may be made to Pheba Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mrs. Becky McNeel, P. O. Box 23, Pheba, MS 39755.
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Downtown Martial Arts Academy owner Doug Bedsaul, left, demonstrates a self-defense technique on fellow DMAA instructor Chris Stevens. Bedsaul will offer a CounterViolence for Teachers Workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at DMAA. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
Bedsaul to offer teachers counter-violence lessons
By STEVEN NALLEY educ@starkvilledailynews.com In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, legislators, media and the public at large are talking about arming teachers with guns. Downtown Martial Arts Academy (DMAA) owner Doug Bedsaul wants to arm them with knowledge. Bedsaul will host a Counter-Violence for Teachers Workshop from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at DMAA, aimed at helping teachers anticipate violence, work proactively to prevent it and, if necessary, use techniques to stop it. Bedsaul said he wanted to make an important distinction between "counter-violence" and the self-defense and martial arts techniques he often teaches. Martial arts and selfdefense were reactionary, he said, in that they worked to stop violence once it had already initiated. "Counter-violence," he said, went beyond that to stop violence pre-emptively if possible. "My intent is to give teachers tools and a frame of mind to where violence is not even necessary," Bedsaul said. "Part of it is a state of awareness, recognizing what's going on around you, being able to recognize when a person's attitude changes. Then, we'll be teaching tools to dissuade an attacker, to deescalate (a situation). Then, as a last resort, we will be teaching techniques and tools to use if a violent situation is unavoidable." Bedsaul said he sent invitations to the Starkville School District, Starkville Academy, the Oktibbeha County School District, Starkville Christian School and the West Point School District, but the program is also open to Mississippi State University faculty and any other teachers who want to attend. Aiding Bedsaul will be fellow DMAA instructor Chris Stevens, who said he sees a strong need in schools for the knowledge Bedsaul offers. "With the state of the world today, bad things are happening at schools," Stevens said. "You see in the news where teachers have gone the extra mile to protect students and themselves, but sometimes just talking to somebody (is) not going to be enough. Teachers have got to be able to defend themselves. There are bullies out there who don't necessarily respect a teacher's authority. All they respect is force." Stevens said his mother is a teacher, and Bedsaul said he has a daughter in Armstrong Middle School, so both have a vested interest in making schools safer. Bedsaul said he also has several young martial arts students who attend local schools. "I view the training that I give on a usual basis and the training from this workshop as something everyone needs to receive," Bedsaul said. "If we can curb violence anywhere, it leads to a better educational experience and enriching lives." Bedsaul said some the physical techniques he would teach at the workshop would help teachers use common school items to defend themselves and others. "The tools are mainly based around things that will be readily available, things the teacher would easily be able to get their hands on: books, staplers, umbrellas, whatever they may have around them in the classroom," Bedsaul said. "Some of the flow of this workshop will be based off of the participants, what they'd like to discuss, what they'd like to see." Bedsaul said he will teach techniques for potential violent situations of many types, from children playing aggressively on the playground to school shootings. He said he plans to go over a few weapon disarmament techniques, and while he does not anticipate spending much time on those, he will go into more detail if participants specifically request it. Participation fees for the workshop are $40. Stevens said teachers, even those who have not tried martial arts before, will feel at home with Bedsaul. "Doug's a great instructor. He knows his technique and what he's looking for when he's trying to communicate that," Stevens said. "Anybody who has come in not knowing anything about martial arts, he's tried to take his time in showing them the skills."
Downtown Martial Arts Academy owner Doug Bedsaul, in blue, demonstrates a throwing technique on fellow DMAA instructor Chris Stevens. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
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Hundreds of grandparents attend the annual SA Grandparents' Day program. (Submitted Starkville Academy Elementary Principal Cherie Maynard, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students welcome grandparents to Starkville Academy. (Submitted photo) photo)
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Reading to Succeed Grant from Starkville School District's Family Centered Program hosted a book signing on March 7 featuring local author Serina Bowlin and illustrator Brian Thrasher at Emerson Family Schools. Here, students in Ms. Lindsey's class listen to Serina Bowlin read her Serina Bowlin, Chase Palmer, Brian Thrasher and "Sam" pose for a picture at Emerson book "Wandering Sam." (Submitted photo) Family Schools. (Submitted photo)
East Oktibbeha County Elementary 3rd nine weeks honor roll
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By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com
MSU’s Mullen trusts Russell in offense
Tyler Russell has reached the point in his Mississippi State career, where his influence on the offense is visible. The senior quarterback enters spring practice with a vote of confidence from his head coach and a green light to speak up when discussing the Bulldog offense. “He knows our system, he knows our offense, he knows what we want to accomplish and he knows what he is comfortable with,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “(He knows) that he is going to have a lot of input because I can trust his input. “He’s been out there on the field. He’s not just going to say, ‘man, I like to throw the ball deep, let’s throw a lot of go-routes.’ He’s going to say, ‘hey, if I’m going to throw a fade to this guy, I like this guy getting this matchup to the field, I like this guy to the boundary better.’” Russell started his career with the Bulldogs as the backup to Chris Relf. Last year, Russell was the number one guy and learned a great deal in his first year as the signal caller under center. During the 2012 campaign, Russell completed 231of-394 passes for 2,897 yards. He tossed 24 touchdowns while only throwing 10 interceptions. Last year has helped him progress as a quarterback and it is seen by offensive coaches. “As a quarterback, you go through learning processes,” MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning said. “(He learned) what to do, how to do it and why you do it. Tyler is at the ‘why we’re doing it’ phase of learning. Now he can come in and say ‘I understand why we’re doing it, I don’t feel real comfortable with it. I’d rather do this.’ It makes it so much easier for us because what we’re trying to figure out with kids is we Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, left, discusses strategy with quarterback don’t want to put them in bad positions. They don’t always understand why we’re doing stuff.” Tyler Russell during a game last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Before MSU started spring practice Wednesday, Koenning was feeling good about his starting quarterback. Last season, Russell was already asking and doing the things Koenning looks for from his quarterbacks. “Last year, there was a lot of comments with Tyler that were really, really rewarding to me,” Koenning said. “He said ‘I messed up. I was a little late. I’ve got it coach. I understand it or I don’t.’ Part of learning and understanding to be successful is learning what you can, can’t do and also learning when not to do it. You win football games that way.” For Russell, the trust is something he likes and feels can help the team this fall. Russell has seen what works for him and the weapons he has been given. He also can relay to the coaches what he feels comfortable in and will give MSU the most success. “(Mullen) trusts me to let him know the things I like, the things I don’t like, the things I feel comfortable with and don’t feel comfortable with,” Russell said. “That’s where I’m at in the point of my career at Mississippi State, just being able to do things like that.” Whether it’s running or throwing, Russell believes he can express to the coaching staff why things are more comfortable one way or another. Russell will have plenty of opportunities this spring to hone his skills. He is the only healthy scholarship quarterback the Bulldogs have for drills. Sophomore backup quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a foot injury last season and it required surgery. Prescott is on crutches and will not be involved in any team drills. Russell, along with two walk-on quarterbacks, will get the bulk of the snaps this spring. “It’s kind of helping me out, especially with the walk-on quarterbacks we’ve got,” Russell said. “I’ve got to kind of teach and help them out. It’s helping me to go back through the basic stuff and the things you don’t forget about, but you take for granted.”
College Basketball
Gators reach round of 16 with victory
By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Florida guard Mike Rosario stood near midcourt, smiling, shaking hands and high-fiving his teammates as the final seconds ticked off the clock of a win over Minnesota that had started as a laugher and turned into a grinder. Rosario and his teammates could finally relax: the Gators were on their way to the NCAA tournament round of 16 for the third consecutive year. Rosario scored 25 points, most of it coming on six 3-pointers, and No. 3 seed Florida used an overpowering first half to earn a 78-64 win Sunday over No. 11 seed Minnesota in the third round of the South Regional. After scoring just eight points and spending long minutes on the bench in Florida’s first tournament game against Northwestern State, Rosario was the go-to guy for the Gators, who earned a trip back to the Lone Star State to play No. 15-seed Florida Gulf Coast University at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. “The message that coach gave us and gave me personally was ‘you’ve got to go out there and compete,’” said Rosario, who was 8 of 12 shooting overall and 6 of 9 on 3-pointers. “In the second half there, we dug deep.” Florida coach Billy Donovan said he had called out Rosario in front of his teammates over his poor performance in the first game. “He’s a fifth-year senior ... and that’s the focus he comes with?” Donovan said. “I think he felt bad about it. I’m on him all the time. A lot. Because I want him to be the best he can be.” Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the No. 11-seed Gophers (21-13). The Ga-
Explorers nip Rebels to find Sweet 16 spot
By DOUG TUCKER Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time La Salle advanced this far in the NCAA tournament there was no round of 16. The field was only 24 teams. Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left and 13th-seeded La Salle beat Mississippi 76-74 on Sunday, vaulting the Explorers to their deepest run in the NCAA tournament since they played for the championship in 1955. Ramon Galloway had 24 points for the upstarts from the Atlantic 10. The Explorers (24-9) played their third game in five days but showed no sign of fatigue. In the round of 16 in Los Angeles on Friday, the Explorers will meet ninth-seeded Wichita State. No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals
See GATORS | Page 12 during Sunday’s game. (Photo by David J. Phillip, AP)
Florida’s Casey Prather reacts after scoring against Minnesota
for the first time since 2001. After Tyreek Duren’s two foul shots tied it 74-all at the 1:07 mark, Mississippi star and team lightning rod Marshall Henderson missed an off-balance bank shot that would have given the Rebels the lead. Henderson had 21 points in a game with 11 lead changes. Duren had 19 points for La Salle and Tyrone Garland had 17. Murphy Holloway had 14 points for Mississippi, which fell one win shy of breaking the school record. Jarvis Summers had 12 and Nick Williams had 10 for the Rebels, who were a miserable 10 for 21 from the foul line. In the frantic final seconds, Mississippi’s LaDarius White missed from the top of the key and the ball scooted out of bounds while everybody went for the rebound. The Rebels were given possession and Henderson’s offbalance shot failed to draw iron.
Ramey steadily improves his golf game for Bulldogs
By BEN WAIT sports@starkvilledailynews.com When Chad Ramey stepped on the Mississippi State campus, he immediately became the best Bulldog golfer. Now in his junior year, Ramey is showing that he isn't happy just being the best golfer at MSU. "Basically, it's just a continuation from last year and really his first year," State golf coach Clay Homan said. "It's just been a steady progression. He was our best player as a freshman and then he was our best player last year. He's continuing that. (It's) just a steady progression of getting better each and every year." Ramey has gotten better in his three years at Mississippi State. In his freshman season, Ramey had a scoring average of 73.1. In his sophomore campaign, he is averaging 72.39 per 18 holes and this season he is averaging 72.19 in nine events. "I've just gradually kept working at it pretty hard and just gradually gotten better," Ramey said. "Finally, (it's) just my time to win." The Fulton native saw his first ever collegiate win in early March when he recorded a 3-under par, 213 to win the individual title at the Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Ala., hosted by PGA Tour professional Jason Dufner at the Grand National Golf Course. Ramey finished three shots ahead of Auburn's Niclas Carlsson.  "It's pretty exciting because it was first college win," Ramey said. "It was a tough course, just kind of had to grind the whole time. I putted really good pretty much the whole entire tournament. I'd say that's what put it over
SPRINGING FORWARD
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Chad Ramey follows through on his golf swing for Mississippi State. (Photo submitted by MSU)
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The number of points Temple guard Khalif Wyatt scored in two NCAA Tournament games. He scored 31 against both North Carolina State and Indiana.
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Men’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament Glance All Times EDT EAST REGIONAL 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, Pacific 49 Illinois 57, Colorado 49 Third Round Saturday, March 23 At Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky. Marquette 74, Butler 72 At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Syracuse 66, California 60 Sunday, March 24 At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Indiana 58, Temple 52 At The Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Miami (28-6) vs. Illinois (23-12), late SOUTH REGIONAL 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 Philadelphia Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68 San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55 At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. North Carolina 78, Villanova 71 Kansas 64, Western Kentucky 57 At The Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Florida 79, Northwestern State 47 Minnesota 83, UCLA 63 Third Round Saturday, March 23 At The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan 78, VCU 53 Sunday, March 24 At Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia Florida Gulf Coast 81, San Diego State 71 At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. Kansas 70, North Carolina 58 At The Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas Florida 78, Minnesota 64 MIDWEST REGIONAL 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 Philadelphia Duke 73, Albany (N.Y.) 61 Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63 Third Round Saturday, March 23 At Rupp Arena Lexington, Ky. Louisville 82, Colorado State 56 At The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan State 70, Memphis 48 At HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif. Oregon 74, Saint Louis 57
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Ohio State guard Aaron Craft said after hitting the game-winning shot against Iowa State to propel the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16.
“The moment’s a lot bigger than me. It just happened to be in my hands at the end.”
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EMCC teams finish top five at regional
For Starkville Daily News   WEST POINT — As hosts of the third event in the Ozark Region’s spring rodeo schedule, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo teams placed fourth in the men’s division and fifth in the women’s competition held this past weekend. The three days of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association competition concluded Saturday afternoon at West Point’s Eagle Ranch. Highlighting the men’s action for EMCC was the sophomore team roping tandem of D.D. Hunt, of Noxubee County High School, and Shane Overby, of Raleigh High School, who collectively grabbed first-place honors with 260 total points between them. Following a long-go effort of 13 seconds in the first round, the duo was then clocked at 8.3 seconds in the short-go championship round. Freshman Tyler Watt, of Kemper Academy, contributed the Lions’ other 25 points with times of 12.8 and 12.4 seconds in the calf-roping competition. In the men’s standings, EMCC’s 285 team points ranked just behind third-place Troy University (295 points). The University of West Alabama men, with 745 points, edged regional leader UT Martin by 50 points for the team title. “I’d like to personally thank Mr. Luke Lummus, the West Point community and the staff at Eagle Ranch for their help and support in making this rodeo such a tremendous success,” EMCC rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich said. “I’d like to also extend my sincere appreciation to Dr. (EMCC President) Rick Young and to all of the EMCC administrators and staff members who helped make this collegiate rodeo become a reality this past week in West Point.” Former EMCC cowboy Will Lummus, an Oak Hill Academy product now competing for the University of Tennessee at Martin, won the steer wrestling event in his hometown with efforts of 4.2 and 4.4 seconds. As a prior member of the East Mississippi Community College rodeo squad, Lummus was a two-time steer wrestling participant at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.   On the women’s side, sophomore Kellie Hailey individually collected all of EMCC’s 125 points. The former Macon Central Academy standout earned 100 points for her second-place finish in the breakaway roping event with times of 3.7 and 4 seconds. Hailey also added 25 points in the goat tying competition.  The region-leading Troy University women claimed the team title with 380 points, followed by Missouri Valley College (180 points), Northwest Mississippi Community College (170 pts) and Southern Arkansas University (160 points). The fourth event of the Ozark Region’s spring rodeo slate, to be hosted by Northwest Mississippi Community College, is set for April 4-6 in Senatobia.
The Area Slate
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Louisville, Ky. Purdue 77, Liberty 43 Louisville 74, Middle Tennessee 49
SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Spokane, Wash. Iowa State 72, Gonzaga 60 Georgia 70, Montana 50 Lubbock, Texas California 90, Fresno State 76 South Florida 71, Texas Tech 70 Sunday, March 24 Stanford, Calif. Stanford 72, Tulsa 56 Michigan (21-10) vs. Villanova (21-10), 30 minutes following Baton Rouge, La. Penn State 85, Cal Poly 55 LSU 75, Green Bay 71 NORFOLK REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Boulder, Colo. South Carolina 74, South Dakota State 52 Kansas 67, Colorado 52 College Station, Texas Texas A&M 71, Wichita State 45 Nebraska 73, Chattanooga 59 Sunday, March 24 Iowa City Notre Dame 97, UT-Martin 64 Iowa 69, Miami 53 Durham, N.C. Duke 67, Hampton 51 Oklahoma State 73, DePaul 56 BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Storrs, Conn. Vanderbilt 60, Saint Joseph’s 54 Connecticut 105, Idaho 37 College Park, Md. Maryland 72, Quinnipiac 52 Michigan State 55, Marist 47 Sunday, March 24 Newark, Del. Delaware 66, West Virginia 53 North Carolina 59, Albany (N.Y.) 54 Queens, N.Y. Kentucky 61, Navy 41 Dayton 96, St. John’s 90, 2OT College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. Vanderbilt 5-1 .833 21-4 .840 Kentucky 4-2 .667 18-5 .783 Tennessee 3-3 .500 13-10 .565 So. Carolina 2-4 .333 18-6 .750 Florida 2-4 .333 11-14 .440 Missouri 2-4 .333 8-12 .400 Georgia 0-6 .000 8-16 .333 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. LSU 5-1 .833 21-2 Texas A&M 5-1 .833 17-8 Alabama 5-1 .833 16-9 Arkansas 4-2 .667 17-7 Ole Miss 3-3 .500 21-4 Miss. State 2-4 .333 21-6 Auburn 0-6 .000 15-9 Friday’s Games Miss. State 8, Kentucky 4 Ole Miss 8, Texas A&M 2 Alabama 6, Georgia 3 LSU 9, Auburn 4 Arkansas 15, S. Carolina 3 Tennessee 4, Missouri 0 Florida 7, Vanderbilt 1 Pct. .913 .680 .640 .708 .840 .778 .625
WHAT’S ON TV
Today GOLF 11 a.m. TGC — Tavistock Cup, first round, at Windermere, Fla. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon ESPN — Preseason, Boston vs. Baltimore, at Sarasota, Fla. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN — NIT, second round, Robert Morris at Providence 8 p.m. ESPN — NIT, second round, Mercer at BYU Sunday, March 24 At Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia Duke (28-5) vs. Creighton (28-7), late WEST REGIONAL 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 Iowa State 76, Notre Dame 58 At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46 La Salle 63, Kansas State 61 Third Round Saturday, March 23 At EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City Arizona 74, Harvard 51 Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 70 Sunday, March 24 At UD Arena Dayton, Ohio Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75 At The Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo. La Salle 76, Mississippi 74 NCAA Low Seeds Sweet 16 Teams seeded 13th or lower that have advanced to the regional semifinals: 1986 — No. 14 Cleveland State: lost to No. 7 Navy 1988 — No. 13 Richmond: lost to No. 1 Temple 1997 — No. 14 Chattanooga: lost to No. 10 Providence 1998 — No. 13 Valparaiso: lost to No. 8 Rhode Island 1999 — No. 13 Oklahoma: lost to No. 1 Michigan State 2006 — No. 13 Bradley: lost to No. 1 Memphis 2012 — No. 13 Ohio: lost to No. 1 North Carolina 2013 — No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast: vs. No. 3 Florida, Friday. 2013 — No. 13 La Salle: vs. No. 9 Wichita State, Thursday National Invitation Tournament Glance All Times EDT NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN — Los Angeles at Chicago WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Oklahoma vs. UCLA at Columbus, Ohio; Creighton at Tennessee; Vanderbilt at Connecticut; Michigan St. at Maryland 8 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, second round, Iowa State vs. Georgia at Spokane, Wash.; California vs. South Florida at Lubbock, Texas; South Carolina vs. Kansas at Boulder, Colo.; Nebraska at Texas A&M First Round Tuesday, March 19 Maryland 86, Niagara 70 St. John’s 63, Saint Joseph’s 61 Louisiana Tech 71, Florida State 66 Robert Morris 59, Kentucky 57 Alabama 62, Northeastern 43 Virginia 67, Norfolk State 56 Denver 61, Ohio 57 BYU 90, Washington 79 Stanford 58, Stephen F. Austin 57 Wednesday, March 20 Iowa 68, Indiana State 52 Providence 75, Charlotte 66 Stony Brook 71, Massachusetts 58 Mercer 75, Tennessee 67 Baylor 112, Long Beach State 66 Southern Mississippi 78, Charleston Southern 71 Arizona State 83, Detroit 68 Second Round Thursday, March 21 Maryland 62, Denver 52 Friday, March 22 Baylor 89, Arizona State 85 Iowa 75, Stony Brook 63 Saturday, March 23 Alabama 66, Stanford 54 Sunday, March 24 Virginia 68, St. John’s 50 Today, March 25 Robert Morris (24-10) at Providence (1814), 7 p.m. Mercer (24-11) at BYU (22-11), 9 p.m. Louisiana Tech (27-6) at Southern Mississippi (26-9), 10 p.m. Quarterfinals Tuesday, March 26 Maryland (24-12) at Alabama (23-12), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 Iowa (23-12) at Virginia (23-11), 7 p.m. Women’s College Basketball NCAA Tournament Glance All Times EDT OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL First Round Saturday, March 23 Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma 78, Central Michigan 73 UCLA 66, Stetson 49 Knoxville, Tenn. Creighton 61, Syracuse 56 Tennessee 83, Oral Roberts 62 Sunday, March 24 Waco, Texas Florida State 60, Princeton 44 Baylor 82, Prairie View 40
BRIEFLY
Starkville Saints to hold registration
The Starkville Saints youth tackle football team will have registration on April 1 at 6 p.m. downstairs at the Starkville Sportsplex. Registration fee is $125 and the age range is from 6-12. For more information, contact Fred Tate at 662-7699733 or Leonardo Thompson at 662-341-1830. There will also be a mandatory parent meeting as well.
Lady Bulldogs play golf in S.C.
In the midst of one its hottest streaks in recent history, the Mississippi State women’s golf team travels to John’s Island, S.C., for the Briar’s Creek Invitational beginning today at the par-72, 6,120-yard Briar’s Creek Club. Entering the event with a Top 10 finish in all seven tournaments this season, the Lady Bulldogs have posted back-toback sub-900 54-hole cards for the first time since the fall of 2005 and have never posted three straight sub-900 tallies. The Lady Dogs are also sporting a 299.86 scoring average, a school record through seven events. The Briar’s Creek Invitational is a two-day, 54-hole event hosted by the College of Charleston. State has already played the 36-18 format twice this season at the Johnie Imes Invitational (906, 7th) and the Westbrook Invitational (903, 4th). Just a season ago MSU posted a fourth-place, 891 card at the two-day John Kirk/Panther Invitational. Ally McDonald headlines MSU’s lineup after earning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors following her fourth-place, 4-over-par 214 in the SunTrust Gator Invitational. It was her third Top 5 finish in the sophomore’s last four events. McDonald’s 72.13 scoring average ranks fourth in the SEC and 13th nationally, while on pace to break the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time single-season average by nearly two strokes. Freshman Gabi Oubre’ also hopes to keep her hot streak going as she posted her first-career Top 25 finish in the SunTrust Gator Invitational. Carrying the team’s second-best spring scoring average (76.00), the Mobile, Ala., native has posted a 74 or better in three of her previous five rounds. Rica Tse’s 75.61 season stroke average is only second to McDonald on the MSU squad and is on pace to be State’s eighth-lowest season scoring clip. The sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, owns a Top 10 and four Top 25’s this season.
Saturday’s Games Kentucky 3, Miss. State 2, first game Kentucky 4, Miss. State 3, second game Texas A&M at Ole Miss, ppd. rain Alabama 6, Georgia 3 LSU 5, Auburn 1 Arkansas 4, S. Carolina 2 Tennessee 7, Missouri 6, first game Missouri 14, Tennessee 6 Vanderbilt 6, Florida 1 Sunday’s Games Texas A&M 2, Ole Miss 1, first game Texas A&M 10, Ole Miss, second game Alabama 3, Georgia 0 LSU 8, Auburn 2 Arkansas 5, S. Carolina 3 Vanderbilt 5, Florida 4
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Kentucky swept Saturday pair from MSU
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Thanks to strong Kentucky hitting, the No. 21 Wildcats swept the Mississippi State softball team in a Saturday afternoon Southeastern Conference doubleheader at the UK Softball Complex. The Wildcats (23-8, 5-4 SEC) won the first game 3-2, before picking up a 7-0 victory in game two, extending their winning streak against the Bulldogs (20-9, 1-5 SEC) to nine games. Five of the six games in the series the last two seasons have been one-run games. While MSU manufactured runs last season in Starkville en route to a sweep of UK, the Wildcats swept State this weekend by scoring 11 of their 15 runs courtesy of seven long balls. The second game of the series went much like the first game, with the Bulldogs losing by a run thanks to a pair of Big Blue blasts. Kentucky cleanup hitter Griffin Joiner hit a two-run home run in the first and third baseman Nikki Sagermann hit the gamewinning solo shot in the fourth inning for the narrow 3-2 victory against MSU. The one-run victory was the fifth-straight game in the series decided by a single run. Junior right-hander Alison Owen tossed her 10th complete game of the season for State, giving up three runs on two home runs with three additional hits. The Newnan, Ga., native’s record dropped to 10-4 after 6.0 innings of work in her 14th starting assignment on the season. Wildcats’ righty Lauren Cumbess improved to 6-2 after yielding two runs on five hits. At the plate, junior catcher Logan Foulks had a team-high two hits, but it was the 6-7 combo of redshirt sophomore Briana Bell and redshirt junior Erin Nesbit that both went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Shelby Fisher, fresh off her career-high four hits Friday, also finished 1-for-3 in game one. The home team jumped on the visitors early in the first inning, thanks to a two-out rally. After two-straight popups, Friday’s hero Alice O’Brien hit a shot up the middle for a single. Joiner stepped up to the dish next and on the first pitch homered over the wall in left for an early 2-0 lead. Bouncing back in the top of the second, the Bulldogs cut the deficit in half thanks to an RBI double to the gap in right by Bell, who knocked in senior left fielder Jessica Cooley. Following a Sagermann’s second homer of the 2013 campaign, the teams played scoreless softball in the fifth and sixth frames before MSU attempted some late-inning magic. Foulks started the last stanza with a double off the wall in right, and was immediately pinch ran for by freshman Kayla Winkfield. The Bulldogs flied out twice and were down to their last out before Nesbit plated Winkfield with a single through the gap in left. With the tying run at first and the go-ahead run on the plate, Fisher grounded out to third in a bang-bang play at first base.
Kentucky 7, MSU 0
MSU men’s tennis postponed
BATON ROUGE, La. — With high winds sweeping through the area Sunday, the No. 12 Mississippi State men’s tennis team’s match against No. 48 LSU has been postponed. The match, originally set to be played Sunday afternoon, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs (13-6, 3-4 SEC) return home to the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre for a two-match homestand, starting Friday at 2 p.m., when they entertain No. 7 in-state rival Ole Miss. State will finish home play for the 2013 regular season when it hosts No. 32 South Carolina on Friday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky first baseman Maisie Steed hit two home runs in the first three innings and the Wildcats never looked back, downing MSU to conclude the doubleheader and weekend sweep. Senior left-hander Stephanie Becker (6-3) earned the start and gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits. Kentucky’s Kelsey Nunley (14-3) shut out the Bulldogs for the second-straight day, giving up two hits and a walk to go along with seven strikeouts in a complete-game victory. Cooley (1-for-3) and Fisher (1-for-3) mustered the only hits for MSU. Steed, who was 0-for-8 for the weekend entering the final game of the series, hit a solo shot in the first frame, and a two-run homer in the third to give UK an early 3-0 lead. The Wildcats added to the lead with another two-run round tripper thanks to Emily Jolly in the fourth inning. Kentucky tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mississippi State is back in action Tuesday as it travels to Birmingham, Ala., for a 6 p.m. first pitch at UAB. Live audio streaming of the games will be available online to HailStateTV subscribers (www. HailState.com/hstvlive), as the Bulldogs look to extend their 13-game winning streak against non-conference opponents.
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NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Ohio State beats Iowa State 78-75
By JOE KAY Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio — Aaron Craft dribbled in place at the top of the arc, watching to see if any of his Ohio State teammates were getting open near the basket for a game-winning shot. Nothing there. The point guard had a clear look at the clock as it raced toward zero atop the backboard. He realized what he had to do — take a little Ohio State tournament history into his hands. Craft held the ball until he had no other choice, then swished a 3-pointer with a half-second left Sunday for a 78-75 victory over Iowa State, sending the Buckeyes to a school-record fourth straight trip to the round of 16. No. 2 Ohio State had managed to escape as the lone high seed left in the NCAA tournament’s most-busted bracket. “The moment’s a lot bigger than me,” said Craft, who had allowed Iowa State to catch up with missed free throws and an errant jumper. “It just happened to be in my hands at the end.” Ohio State (28-7) needed Craft’s fearless shot — over 6-foot-7 defender Georges Niang — to avoid yet another upset in the oh-so-wild West Regional. Four of the top five seeds fell fast and hard in the first weekend. The Buckeyes’ 10th straight win sent them to Los Angeles for a game on Thursday against sixthseeded Arizona. “With all that’s gone on in college basketball, anything’s possible,” Craft said. “You can see it Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, right, hugs guard Aaron Craft (4) after they defeated with what’s gone on in our bracket right now.” Tenth-seeded Iowa State (23-12) overcame a Iowa State 78-75 in a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament. (Photo late 13-point deficit by hitting 3s — the Cyclones’ by Al Behrman, AP)
specialty — but wound up beaten by one, a tough way to have their upset bid end. “We played our hearts out,” said Will Clyburn, who scored 17 points. “It was a tough game and he made a tough shot. He made a great play.” Craft’s missed free throws helped Iowa State catch up. He missed the front end of a pair of oneand-one chances and was off on a jumper from just inside the arc with 29.2 seconds left and the score tied. The Cyclones knocked the ball out of bounds while trying for the rebound, setting up the final chance. Coach Thad Matta called a timeout and went over the options. “I told ‘em, ‘Hey, let’s get the last shot; let’s play for the win here,’” Matta said. When the Cyclones switched coverages to take away leading scorer Deshaun Thomas and put their tall freshman on Craft, the point guard decided to take it himself. Not a bad outcome, Iowa State thought. “He had a tough shot,” said Korie Lucious, who led Iowa State with 19 points. “He hadn’t hit a 3 all game.” The officials reviewed the play to confirm that Craft’s foot was behind the arc when he shot. Lucious didn’t come close on a long heave as the final half-second ran off. Lucious stood on the court after the buzzer sounded, stung by the final half-second. Coach Fred Hoiberg was unable to make an opening comment during the postgame news conference, the pain etched all over his face. Thomas led Ohio State with 22 points, and Craft had 18. LaQuinton Ross scored 10 straight for the Buckeyes as they built that second-half lead.
Indiana holds off Temple 58-52
By TOM WITHERS Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio — Indiana’s season, the one that’s supposed to finish with confetti falling and nets coming down, was minutes from ending in shock and disappointment. The Hoosiers were on the brink. As the clock ticked down, coach Tom Crean wouldn’t allow himself to thing about defeat, so his mind wandered elsewhere. “That’s when you just pray,” he said. Request answered. Victor Oladipo hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining and the top-seeded Hoosiers, unable to stop Temple star Khalif Wyatt for most of the game, shut him down in the final three minutes for a 58-52 win on Sunday in the East Regional. Trailing by four with 2:56 left, the Hoosiers (29-6) closed with a 10-0 run and advanced to the round of 16 for the second straight year. After stopping to tell Temple’s players they’re as good as any Big Ten team, Crean, his red tie askew and his hair messed, was overcome by emotion. “That,” he said, “was relief.” Indiana, with its sights set on a sixth national championship, will play No. 4 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington, a rematch of the classic 1987 title game won by the Hoosiers. Wyatt scored 31 points to lead the Owls (24-10), who for 37 minutes gave top-seeded Indiana all it could handle before collapsing when it mattered most. “We competed really hard,” Wyatt said. “We battled. A couple plays here and there, we win. It was just a tough battled game, and they came out on top.” Oladipo, who drew the assignment of chasing Wyatt around the floor and needed plenty of help from his teammates, scored 16 and Cody Zeller added 15 for the Hoosiers, the regular-season Big Ten champs. After Oladipo’s long 3 put the Hoosiers up 56-52, Indiana had to buckle down on Wyatt, the Atlantic 10’s Player of the Year. Wyatt was way off with a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left and Indiana’s Christian Watford grabbed the rebound and was fouled. With his hands on his hips, Wyatt walked dejectedly up the floor as Dayton Arena rocked and the senior pounded his chest. The Hoosiers’ heartbeats finally slowed. On Saturday, Gonzaga became the first No. 1 seed to be knocked off and, until Wyatt’s miss, Indiana was in danger of zigging with the Zags. Instead, Indiana will pack up and head to the nation’s capital and a homecoming for Oladipo, who is from Upper Marlboro, Md. The junior will get to play in front of family
and friends. Most importantly, he’ll get to play. After Watford, who earlier made a huge block on Anthony Lee with Indiana trailing 52-50, hit two free throws to seal the win, the red-and-white-clad Indiana faithful relaxed and celebrated much the way Big Ten brethren Ohio State did earlier, when Aaron Craft’s 3-pointer in the final second beat Iowa State and pushed the Buckeyes ahead in the West Regional. Wyatt nearly turned this tournament into his national coming-out party. Despite playing with an injured left thumb, Wyatt, who also scored 31 in the opener against North Carolina State, gave the Hoosiers fits. With the score tied at 52-all, he broke free from Oladipo, but missed a 3-pointer and Indiana got the rebound. Oladipo was fouled, and during a stop in action, Wyatt stared at the ball at his feet and yelled in frustration. Oladipo split a pair of free throws, but he was able to keep the ball from Wyatt on Temple’s next trip, which ended when Rhalir Hollis-Jefferson’s contested shot missed everything. Then, with Indiana needing a score to open some breathing room, Oladipo hit a shot Hoosier fans will add to the pantheon Indiana guard Jordan Hulls shoots against Temple in of big ones by IU players. “I was just open, and I shot it,” Oladipo half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament. (Photo by Al Behrman, AP) said, downplaying his heroics.
No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast beats SDSU 81-71
From Wire Reports PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast went from shocking the college basketball world to downright impressing it. And the Eagles were smiling the whole time. Playing loose and easy, little-known FCGU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” said Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, whose players tossed him in the air and poured water on him in raucous celebration before his postgame interviews. “We try to have fun, get serious when we have to. “Our goal was to make history and we did it.” The next opponent for the upstart state school will be the main campus, third-seeded Florida, on Friday night in the South Regional semifinal in Dallas. “We tried to scrimmage them early in the season in the preseason, now we get our shot,” Enfield said. Bernard Thompson had 23 points and Sherwood Brown added 17 for FGCU, the 16-year-old school in just its second season being eligible for postseason play. In its first-ever NCAA tournament game on Friday, the Atlantic Sun champion busted brackets everywhere with an upset win over No. 2 Georgetown, a game the Eagles took control of with a 21-2 run in the second half. It went much the same way against San Diego State. This time the run was 17-0 and Brown, who was saddled early in the second half with foul trouble, had eight of the first 10 points of it. When it was over the Eagles led 71-52 with 4:19 to play and the only decisions left were how the players and fans were going to celebrate. After at least one basket, Brown opened his mouth and waggled his tongue at FCGU as he ran up court. And after the game, the whole team joined in a bird dance that the players on the bench. On the court, FCGU played like it had nothing to lose. And really, the Eagles didn’t. Given their school’s short history, nobody expected them to win a game at the NCAA tournament, let alone two. Brett Comer, who didn’t have as many lob passes for dunks as he did against the Hoyas, finished with 10 points and 14 assists, some of which resulted in dunks that had the crowd cheering and wanting more. FGCU even unleashed another offensive weapon. Christophe Varidel, a native of Switzerland, hit two big 3s early for the Eagles and finished with 11 points after going scoreless against Georgetown. Jamal Franklin had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the seventhseeded Aztecs (23-11), who were trying to reach the regional semifinals for the second time in three years. Xavier Thames’ layup brought the Aztecs within 54-52 with 11:33 to play but the Eagles were off on their run about 90 seconds later. FGCU held San Diego State without a field goal for 7 1-2 minutes as it again pulled away again against a teams with much bigger national profile. The Eagles shot 55.9 percent for the game (33 of 59), including going 7 of 18 from 3-point range. The Aztecs finished at 44.3 percent (27 of 61) and were 8 of 23 from beyond the arc. FGCU had one of its highlight plays in the first half when Comer flipped the ball up toward the rim and a flying Eric McKnight grabbed it for a one-hand jam with 8:50 to play that woke up the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. Suddenly it sounded a lot like Friday night, when the Eagles had several jams on lob passes that were a big part of the Georgetown upset.
Kansas 70, North Carolina 58
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Top-seeded Kansas was on the ropes, turning the ball over about as often as it was putting up shots, and had allowed North Carolina to build a comfortable lead by halftime. Bill Self followed his team into the locker room and, undoubtedly, delivered quite a message, even though his answer dripped with sarcasm when he was asked later to describe it. “I told them, ‘Hey, just keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll be fine,’” Self said with a grin. The Jayhawks were fine indeed, but only because they flipped the script.
They played better on defense, protected the ball on offense — making shots didn’t hurt either — and behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, pulled away from the eighthseeded Tar Heels for a victory Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament. “We played miserably the first half and they took us out of everything,” said Self, whose team trailed the Tar Heels 30-21 at the break. “The second half, we played really, really well.” Much to the chagrin of former Kansas coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heels were knocked out of the tournament by Kansas during its 2008 title run and again last year, when the Jayhawks advanced all the way to the Final Four. “It was definitely a nightmare in the second half,” Williams said, “no question about it.” Withey and Releford led the way, the 7-footer scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds and Releford adding 22 points. Together, the two senior starters helped the Jayhawks (31-5) outscore the Tar Heels 49-28 in the second half, pushing the Big 12 champs into a South Regional semifinal against fourth-seeded Michigan on Friday night in Arlington, Texas. P.J. Hairston scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo finished with 11 for the Tar Heels. Of course, the subplot whenever two of college basketball’s bluest blue bloods meet these days centers on Williams, who coached the Jayhawks for 15 seasons and led them to four Final Fours. Williams has always had a fond place in his heart for his former school, but the Southern charmer was booed heavily by the proKansas crowd during pre-game introductions, and the din never died down in the second half, when things were spinning out of control for North Carolina. Withey made life miserable for the Tar Heels (25-11) in the paint, and the Tar Heels’ new-look, four-guard offense was stuck around the perimeter. And when those shots quit falling, and the veteran Jayhawks started to get into transition, North Carolina was powerless to stop them. Of course, none of that was the case in the first half. After the opening minute, the Jayhawks missed 11 straight shots, committed four of their 12 first-half turnovers and went 7-plus minutes without a field goal.
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NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Women
Kentucky crushes Navy in Newark 61-41
From Wire Reports NEWARK, Del. (AP) — DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points and Jennifer O’Neill added nine of her 12 points in the second half to lead Kentucky over Navy 61-41. The Wildcats (28-5) trailed by one at the half before O’Neill, who grew up in New York, took over. She hit a quick 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run. The sophomore guard had seven points, a steal and an assist during the burst. Kentucky had been off for 14 days since losing Delaware 66, in the SEC tournament title game and looked rusty West Virginia 53 early on. Two-time SEC player of the year A’dia Mathies didn’t have a field goal for the first time in NEWARK, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored her career. 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried Alix Membreno and Jade Geif scored nine each Delaware past West Virginia. to lead Navy (21-12). Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime beNorth Carolina 59, Louisville 74, fore bouncing back to extend their school-record Albany 54 Middle Tennessee 49 winning streak to 26 games. Duke 67, Delaware (31-3) had never won an NCAA Hampton 51 NEWARK, Del. — Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a tournament game before last year. The Blue Hens LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shoni Schimmel scored career-high 30 points, and North Carolina squeezed have yet to reach the round of 16, a milestone they DURHAM, N.C. — Tricia Liston scored 13 of 20 points, and fifth-seeded Louisville beat Middle past Albany to stagger into the second round of the will seek to accomplish Tuesday night against either her 20 points in the second half and Duke pulled Tennessee for its fifth straight opening NCAA NCAA tournament. tournament win under coach Jeff Walz. North Carolina or Albany. North Carolina trailed 28-23 at halftime and 48-44 with just under 10 minutes left before rallying behind Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 17 of the Tar Heels’ final 21 points — including two clinching free throws with 10.8 seconds left. Waltiea Rolle had 14 points and 14 rebounds for North Carolina (29-6), which will next face sixth-seeded Delaware (31-3) on Tuesday night. Delaware advanced with a 66-53 win over West Virginia.
away to beat Hampton. Elizabeth Williams added 18 points and Haley Peters finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Andrea Hoover scored a career-high 24 points the Blue Devils (31-2). and Dayton outlasted St. John’s. Oklahoma State 73, It was the first double overtime game in the DePaul 56 tournament since 2000 when Vanderbilt beat Kansas. DURHAM, N.C. — Toni Young scored 20 of Brittany Wilson hit a 3-pointer and Kelley Austria had a three-point play to make it 90-86 with her 25 points in the first half to help Oklahoma 2:11 left in the second extra period. After St. John’s State beat DePaul. failed to score, Olivia Applewhite added a basket Purdue 77, with 47 seconds left to seal the win. Liberty 43 The Red Storm (18-13) trailed by 13 with 5:30 left in regulation before rallying. Nadirah McKLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Courtney Moses scored enith hit a layup with one-tenth of a second left in regulation to force OT. Dayton’s Amber Deane 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and tied it with 15 seconds left in OT to force a second Purdue routed Liberty. one.
Dayton 96, St. John’s 90, 2 OT
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National Basketball Association
Heat win 26th straight, defeat Bobcats 109-77
By TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press MIAMI — LeBron James and company put on quite a show for some of the biggest names in sports on Sunday night. James finished with 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, Chris Bosh added 15 points and the Miami Heat won their 26th straight game, cruising to a 109-77 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. The world's best were courtside in Miami. Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men's tennis player. Wladimir Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing king. Rory McIlroy, who sits atop the golf rankings for at least one more night. And James responded with another sterling performance, making 11 of 14 shots while helping Miami move within seven wins of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the league record of 33 in a row. Norris Cole scored 15 and Ray Allen added 14 for the Heat, who played without Dwyane Wade, held from the lineup because of right knee soreness that the team believes is minor. After overcoming yet another slow start, Miami begins a four-game road trip in Orlando on Monday, a swing that will also take the Heat to Chicago, New Orleans and San Antonio. Charlotte led by 11 in the early going and was within five in the third quarter, but two huge spurts by the Heat were more than enough to put the game away. Miami used a 31-6 run in the first half to erase the deficit, and a 26-5 blitz in the second half finished the job. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 20 points, and Gerald Henderson had 18. James departed with about 8 minutes left, after perhaps the highlight of the night. Chris Andersen blocked a layup try by Walker, doing so with such force that the ball caromed right back into play and basically started a Miami fast break on its own. James capped the sequence with a spectacular dunk, his final points of the night. Djokovic clapped and smiled. McIlroy — who could lose his No. 1 ranking if Tiger Woods holds on and wins at Bay Hill on Monday — turned toward Heat owner Micky Arison and grinned. Klitschko's facial expression was one of disbelief. By then, the only order of business was for some fans to sing "Happy Birthday" to Bosh, which happened with about 3 minutes left. He turned 29 Sunday. Minnesota wasn’t ready to roll over just yet and Donovan told his team as much. “I knew (Minnesota) would have a lot of pride,” Donovan said. “I know Tubby and I knew they would respond.” Hollins, who scored 53 points in two games, made three 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that took some of the swagger out of the Gators. Minnesota kept chipping away and trimmed the Florida lead to 53-46 with 12 minutes left. “We didn’t just hang our heads,” Hollins said. “We just had to come out blazing.” But Hollins soon picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench for about four minutes. The Gophers had lost their first shooting option and by the time he returned, the Gators had built the lead back to 12 before a 7-0 run all but closed it out. “We couldn’t get any flow,” Smith said. “When your point guard is your best shooter and your best scorer, it makes it tough.”
The Starkville Saints are the 2013 champs Starkville Area Youth 6th grade basketball champs. The members of the team are David Tucker, front from left, Thomas Elliot, Destin Lee, Chase Naylor; and Tyson Tate, back from left, Landon Carpenter, Kyran Williams and coach Fred Tate. (Submitted photo)
RAMEY
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the edge." A day after winning at Auburn, Ramey was honored with Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. "It's definitely exciting," Ramey said. "I wasn't really expecting it. It happened, so it definitely was a plus." The No. 41 Bulldogs shot a 25-over, 889 as a team to win the Tiger Invitational by seven shots. They shot a 9-over, 297 on the final day to run away with the tournament. "I really think the golf course at Auburn suited (Ramey's) game a little bit better," Homan said. "A lot more mid to long iron shots into the greens, which is what I think he does the best." Ramey has put in the work to get to where he is now. Just like in any other sport, practicing and staying within yourself are building blocks to being successful in golf. Homan has seen that from his star. "He's the hardest worker we have on the team as far as the amount of time he puts in for practice," Homan said. "He stays on top of his game, (and) he stays in constant contact with his swing instructor, so he's just got a good handle on what he's out there to do. He understands his swing, he understands his game and the success has been there."
Ramey and MSU followed up the win in Auburn with a runner-up finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. The Bulldogs shot an 18-under, 846 to finish seven shots behind host Florida State. It was the seventh top-five finish of the season for MSU. They are two away from tying the 2007-08 team that went to the NCAA Championship.  The Bulldogs have moved to No. 36 in the Golfweek college rankings. Ramey has been a big part of MSU's success this season. He still has one more year with MSU and he can continue to improve. Homan feels Ramey can play at the next level and make a living out of playing golf. Ramey doesn't give it much thought. "I haven't really thought that much into yet," Ramey said. "I'm just going to keep doing what I do. It's obviously really hard out there financiallywise. I'm going to have to maybe find a sponsor here or there. "I kind of always felt like there is just a real fine line. It can kind of go either way. I think everybody is right there close. It's just that little extra you have to have like short game just to put you over the edge." Ramey and the Bulldogs will be back in action next Monday and Tuesday when they travel to Madison to compete in the BancoropSouth Reunion Intercollegiate at the Reunion Golf and Country Club. 
GATORS
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tors led by 21 at halftime before Hollins’ 3-point shooting sparked a Gophers rally that pulled Minnesota within seven points. Rosario’s last 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pushed the Gators’ lead back to 16 and effectively locked up the win. The rematch of old coaching rivals Billy Donovan of Florida and Tubby Smith of Minnesota looked for a while like it would be a laugher. Donovan’s Gators rode into the tournament as one of the best defensive teams in the country and backed that up in their first two games of the tournament. After thrashing Northwestern State, the Gators shoved aside the Gophers of the Big Ten in a 20-minute show of muscle and offensive firepower. Defensively, the Gators denied just about everything the Gophers tried in the first half. Florida tied up Gophers shooters at the perimeter, challenged
layups and blocked a dunk when Casey Prather stuffed Minnesota’s muscular Trevor Mbakwe in a clear statement that the Southeastern Conference regular-season champs would be as tough as anything the Gophers faced in the Big Ten. Offensively, it seemed like Florida shooters couldn’t miss. The Gators shot 65 percent in the half, Rosario made four 3-pointers and Erik Murphy delivered a dagger when he buried one from the right corner to put Florida up by 22. Minnesota gathered itself for a brief burst when Hollins knocked down consecutive 3-pointers and a steal and layup trimmed Florida’s lead to 39-23. If the Gophers could have pulled within 10 by halftime, they might have been able to grab a lead in the second. Instead, the Gators scored nine straight points to roll into the locker room leading 48-27 and the “Gator Chomp” was sounding ominous, even 1,000 miles away from home.
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