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SHS, SA to participate in spring jamboree — See Page 6
City to install new siren system


 Residents of Starkville may rest easier during tornado season this year.  The city has fielded bids to install and upgrade its outdoor emergency notification sirens have been submitted, and pending approval from the Board of Aldermen Tuesday, installation could begin soon. Mayor Parker Wiseman said Precision Communications of Columbus submitted the low
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five and upgrade 12 sirens throughout Starkville. Jim Britt, director of Oktibbeha County Emergency Management, said new equipment would be placed on Curry and South Montgomery streets, at the intersections of Industrial Park and Pollard Road and Edgewood and Woodcrest drives, and on Hillside Drive. It’s a muchbid of $99,985, a number just shy of repair work over the last two years, The project — resulting from a needed improvement, Britt said.
 the $100,000 budget. 

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 “We’ve dodged a bullet in the “This is a big deal,” Wiseman said. functional. This will be a substantial agement Agency grant and $5,000 “We’ve done some maintenance and upgrade to the system.”

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“We’ve dodged a bullet in the past. We’ve been fortunate not to have any widespread damage, but we don’t want to let our guard down. Severe weather is something that affects us all.” 

 Jim Britt | Director, Oktibbeha County Emergency Management
SSD, OCSD reps meeting yields hope
By STEVEN NALLEY Members of a commission to study consolidation of the Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District expressed optimism after the commission’s first meeting Wednesday at the Mississippi Department of Education’s offices in Jackson, but the commission’s leader anticipates continual change as new data comes to light. House Bill 716, which will consolidate SSD and OCSD by July 1, 2015, provides for a sevenmember commission to report in March 2014 to the state legislature on what the districts need to successfully consolidate. Interim State Superintendent of Education Lynn House has appointed Larry Drawdy, interim deputy state superintendent, to serve in her stead on the commission. Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum appointed MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw as the university’s representative on the commission. The SSD Board of Trustees chose three representatives at last night’s meeting: Superintendent Lewis Holloway, board vice president Lee Brand and Rex Buffington, a past president of the Starkville Foundation for Public Education and father of one SSD graduate and one current SSD
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A man was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 12 on Wednesday afternoon. His car ran off the road and onto the curb in front of Ruby Tuesday after colliding with a white car trying to turn onto the highway, according to officers at the scene. Emergency responders removed him from the scene in an ambulance. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
Public Library to host United Way book swap
By ALEX HOLLOWAY Three weeks’ worth of effort for United Way will culminate on Saturday morning with a book swap at the Starkville Public Library. The swap caps United Way’s “United We Read” initiative, which began on April 29 with book drives at Armstrong Middle School and Emerson Family School. The book swap will happen on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. “We want the projects we do to be able to touch a variety of elements in the community,” said Brian Hawkins, United Way public relations and outreach coordinator. “This is a town with a large university and a number of schools and a big focus on public education. So we came up with the idea to do a community-wide book drive. We also wanted to engage some of the schools in town. Armstrong Middle School was our first partner, and Emerson also came on board.” United Way partnered with the schools to hold week-long book drives. Hawkins said they offered the class that donated the most books a pizza party. Response to the drive was as strong as anyone at United Way could have hoped. “We got about 785 books from the schools,” Hawkins said. “and that was just the tip of the iceberg for what we raised.” At the United Way offices, on the third floor of the Regions Bank on Main Street, Executive Director Nikki Rives worked with Mandee Lewis, a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville, to get the donated books packed and ready for Saturday’s swap. The number of books, which filled the office’s entry corridor and sat in boxes and bags in a storage room, was staggering. “Right now we’ve counted over 1,500
United Way Executive Director Nikki Rives, left, and Mandee Lewis, volunteer from the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville, pack books in the United Way offices to prepare for Saturday’s book swap at the Starkville Public Library. The book swap will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo by Alex Holloway, SDN)
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2: Around Town 4: Forum 5: Weather 6: Sports 9: Comics 10: Classifieds
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Is there someone you’d like to wish a happy birthday? Submit names with a $5 donation to the Oktibbeha County Humane Society. Call Kayleen at 662-323-1642 by 5 p.m. two days before the birthday.
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u Summer Soiree — Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty will host its Summer Soiree from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center at Mississippi State University. u Mission Mississippi Starkville — Mission Mississippi Starkville will meet at Second Baptist Missionary Church at 314 Yeates St. at 6 p.m. The topic is planning diversity in Starkville.Interested individuals are invited. Mission Mississippi’s mission is ‘To encourage and demonstrate unity in the Body of Christ across racial and denominational lines,” so that Christians of different races throughout Mississippi can better experience the unity of the Gospel through the diversity of the Church. For more information, contact Bill Chapman at 546-0010 in Starkville, or Neddie Winters in Jackson at 601-665-5900. u MUW lunch bunch — The Mississipi University for Women lunch bunch will meet at the Veranda. All alumnae and friends of MUW are cordially invited to meet at 11:30 a.m. for the monthly Dutch treat luncheon. For information, please call 324-0935. u Preschool story hour — Starkville Public Library’s preschool story hour starts at 10 a.m., and the theme is “moms.” Preschool story hour is for children ages three to six. u Grandparents as Parents — Family issues related to grandchildren. Free to all grandparents. It will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Emerson Family School at 1504 Louisville St. Childcare, transportation and light supper will be served. Must call for reservations: 320-4607. u Starkville Park Commission — Starkville Park Commission will hold its monthly meeting at noon. The public is welcome to attend.
ing classes will be held 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u Starkville Area Arts Council Grants — Applicaitons for the 2013-2014 Starkville Area Arts Council Grants are available through June 30. Application forms are available at the SAAC office, located in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Building at 101 South Lafayette Street, Suite 18, or online att For more information, call 662-
Local Realtors participated in an “Appy Hour” to share applications that are useful business tools. Realtors belonging to the Golden Triangle Association of Realtors organized the event and Lakeside Apartments hosted. Pictured are Audrey McBride of McBride and Co. Real Estate and Jennifer Carson of Coldwell Banker SRE. (Submitted photo)
u Senior Day at the Park — There will be a senior day at the park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McKee Park. There will be lunch, live music and more. For more information, contact Itce Solis at 662-323-2421.
u Maben farmer’s market — The Maben Farmer’s Market will open from 7 to 10 a.m. The market will be open 7 to 10 a.m. every Saturday. Vendors are encouraged to call 662-263-8458 for registration information. u Memorial Park Garden — The annual Memorial Park
Garden meeting will be held at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at the cemetery. All members are encouraged to attend. u United We Read — United We Read: The Great Starkville Book Swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library. u Prayer breakfast — New Zion United Methodist Woman is sponsoring a prayer breakfast Saturday at 8 a.m. at 2169 South Montgomery St. Guest speaker is Minister Teresa Jefferson-Gandy. For information contact Helen Odom at 3240419. The public is invited. u Living Legacy Tour — Due to wet weather conditions, Starkville High School has rescheduled its Living Legacy tour for today, from 7 to 10 p.m. The last tour begins at 9:15 p.m. The tour will be hosted at Oddfellows Cemetery on University Drive. u Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance’s (OCMA) monthly meeting will take place at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Gardner Inn, 975 Hwy 12 East. President Brown asks that all pastors and ministers of the OCMA be there, and on time, for our monthly meeting. u The Mighty Travelers Gospel Singers — The Mighty Travelers Gospel Singers will be celebrating its 38th year anniversary beginning at the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church located on Sessum Road in Artesia, Miss. It will start at 7 p.m. u Benefit program for Mrs. Annie Williams — Mount Pelier Baptist Church along with family and co-workers will have a benefit program for Mrs. Annie Williams at 5 p.m. at Mount Pelier Baptist Church. u Henderson High class of 1969 — Henderson High class of 1969 will have a fun-
draiser/meeting at J.L. King Westside Park at 10 a.m. Members are welcome. Call Terry Miller at 323-8895.
u Memorial Day Scholarship Program — Sand Creek Chapel M.B. Church will have its annual Memorial Day Scholarship Program at 2:30 p.m. at 3818 Rockhill Road. Special guests will be the Rev. Tyrone Orr and the Spring Hill M.B. Church family. For more information, contact Marilyn Trainer at 662-323-8366. u The American Legion Post No. 240 — The American Legion Post # 240 next monthly meeting will be held at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Post # 240 Building at 3328 Pat Station Road. For more information, please contact Walter Zuber at 662-648-8758 or Curtis Snell at 662-648-0244. u First annual Devin R. Mitchell Scholarship and Remembrance program — The program will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church on 405 N. Jackson St. This is a celebration of words and music, remembering the life and legacy of Devin R. Mitchell along with announcing the first recipient of the Devin R. Mitchell Scholarship. u Rust College Club — The Starkville area Rust College Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Griffin United Methodist Church at 212 W. Main St. For additional information, call 323-2418. u The Mighty Travelers Gospel Singers — The Mighty Travelers Gospel Singers 38th year anniversary will continue on at the Brownridge Missionary Baptist Church located on Highway 45 South in Crawford, Miss., at 2:30 p.m. and also will conclude at the Pine
Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located on Bluff Lake Road in Starkville at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 662-418-3930. u Faith Baptist Church revival — Faith Baptist Church revival starts today at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. It lasts till Friday and starts at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Brother Don Davis will be preaching. Special music and a nursery will be provided. It will take place at 1104 J.Y. Turner Road in Maben. u Boyd Chapel U.M. Church — Boyd Chapel U.M. Church will celebrate Red and Black Day at 3 p.m. The annual program is sponsored by Pastor Gage and his wife. Guest speaker will be Rev. Morris Stephenson from Macadonia C.M.E. Church in Ashland, Miss.
u Prairie Opportunity, Inc. — The monthly Board of Directors meeting for Prairie Opportunity, Inc. will be held at 6 p.m. at the Central Office located at 501 Hwy. 12, W. Suite 110. The public is invited to attend. u Real Colors — MSU will host a Real Colors Certification class through May 22. Real Colors is a “baby MyersBriggs” and great for discussing communication, leadership and personality preferences. The cost of the training is $450 using registration code “MSSTATE2013.” To register for the training and for more information, visit: http://tinyurl. com/chq8bs9. u Road to a Healthier Starkville — Please join us between 8:30 and 10:30 in OCH’s Education Room as interested citizens work to improve our city’s health and well-being. The areas of interest are estab-
lishing hiking trails, increasing family-centered programs and building awareness of existing health-related resources. Please address questions to Ann Sansing, MSU Extension Service, at 325-4043. u Rotary Club — Judge John Frasier, former Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, will be the speaker at today’s meeting of Starkville Rotary Club. His topic: Another chapter in his wartime experiences in World War II. Rotary meets each Monday noon at Starkville Country Club. u The Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women — The Oktibbeha County Federation of Democratic Women will meet at the Veranda for a social hour of fellowship and celebration. Please join us! u Civitan Club meeting — Starkville Civitan Club will meet at noon at McAlister’s Deli.
u 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting — There will be a class on the 8 Habits of Successful Relationships and Active Parenting at the Emerson Family Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in May. Barbara Culberson BSF Marriage Counselor and Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager will lead classes. All classes must be attended to complete the program. Call 662-320-4607 to register. u DHS Foster/Adoptive support group — There will be a DHS Foster/Adoptive support group classes from 5-7 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Emerson Family Resource Center. Elmarie Carr Brooks, Project CARE Manager and Marlon Thomas, BA Permanency Specialist, will lead the class. Call 662-3204607 to register. u Teen Parenting Coalition classes — Teen Parenting Coalision Nuturing Parent-
324-3080. u BrainMinders Puppet Show — Starkville Pilot Club offers a BrainMinders Puppet Show for groups of about 25 or fewer children of pre-school or lower elementary age. The show lasts about 15 minutes and teaches children about head /brain safety. Children also receive a free activity book which reinforces the show’s safety messages. To schedule a puppet show, contact Lisa Long at u Dulcimer and More Society — The Dulcimer & More Society will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday in the Starkville Sportsplex activities room. Jam sessions are held with the primary instruments being dulcimers, but other acoustic instruments are welcome to join in playing folk music, traditional ballads and hymns. For more information, contact 662-3236290. u Samaritan Club meetings — Starkville Samaritan Club meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s Corner). All potential members and other guests are invited to attend. The Samaritan Club supports Americanism, works to prevent child abuse, provides community service and supports youth programs. For more information, email starkvillesamaritans@gmail. com or call 662-323-1338. u Worship services — Love City Fellowship Church, at 305 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Starkville, will hold worship services at 11 a.m. every Sunday. Apostle Lamorris Richardson is pastor. u OSERVS classes — OSERVS is offering multiple courses for the community and for health care professionals to ensure readiness when an emergency situation large or small arises. If interested in having OSERVS conduct one of these courses, feel free to contact the agency’s office by phone at (662) 384-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday or stop by the offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street during those same hours. Fees are assessed per participant and include all necessary training materials. u Spring speaker series — A different speaker for Starkville’s 175th birthday celebration will speak at 7 p.m. every Thursday in the John Grisham room at the Mitchell
Memorial Library. u GED classes — Emerson Family School, 1504 Louisville 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 information call 662-320-4607. u Writing group — The Starkville Writer’s Group meets 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 or call 662-323-8152. u BNI meetings — A chapter of Business Networking International will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Comfort Inn and Suites. 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.
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student. OCSD has two representatives: OCSD conservator Margie Pulley and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer. Trainer publicly expressed desire to represent OCSD on the commission at the supervisors’ April 16 meeting, and he said he was honored to be a member now. The bill provides for House to appoint one resident of the OCSD to the commission, and Trainer said he wrote House a letter seeking that spot. He said the commission’s first meeting was cordial, largely spent on getting to know one another and gathering information. “It gave me a little more clarity of the magnitude of the decisions (the commission will make),” Turner said. “Sometimes you think to yourself, ‘I didn’t consider this.’ I think everybody that’s part of the commission has the best interests of the children at heart. I’m an optimist. There will be some things that will come out that may not be as bright or fortunate as others, but I think we can make this work. But at the same time, this could take a lot of tracks depending on the response they get from the (U.S.) Department of Justice.” Drawdy said Mississippi education bills typically pass through the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), but the state has performed consolidations before in Bolivar County, Sunflower County and others throughout the state. He said he expected this process to proceed similarly. “Both school districts are (also) under federal desegregation court orders, and they’ll have to go through the process of working through the individual requirements of their districts,” Drawdy said. “There are many similarities in the consolidation efforts we’ve dealt with and many differences, but you don’t necessarily invent a new wheel (each time). We may change it up to some degree along the way, but ... we’re not starting from scratch.” On the other hand, Drawdy said changes could be the sole constant in the process. As the process brings new data
to light, he said, what is said at one meeting may no longer be true at a later meeting. These changes could affect the process itself, he said, and as such, he was not certain whether future consolidation commission meetings would be public. “(With other consolidations), Some of the meetings were public, but (with) the actual nuts and bolts of trying to make things work, they’re not necessarily public,” Drawdy said. “A lot of these meetings are nuts and bolts. People are not interested in what the bus route is, they’re just interested in making sure the bus is running for their children. (We will do better) if we are diligent and methodical in moving through the process than we would if we made all the decisions right now. The data will be updated all the time. We’re going to be data-driven.” Drawdy said other consolidation processes in the state had featured community information sessions where their commissions addressed the public, but he could not be certain yet when the first such session would be for OCSD and SSD. He said the commission tentatively planned to hold its next meeting June 6 at the Greensboro Center. In the meantime, Drawdy also said Wednesday’s meeting was productive. “There are good aspects in both school districts that we can work with,” Drawdy said. “We have two cooperative administrators (Pulley and Holloway) that can work together. I think it was an excellent start.” Brand said he felt like the meeting was very preliminary, but also very productive. The commission did not get into any serious issues, he said, talking mostly about the commission’s purpose and what it would look at going forward, including any legal issues the USDOJ might pose. “I think both groups showed willingness to come together and hammer out what we’ve got to do,” Brand said. “I think there was a consensus (that) regardless of how we feel about how we got here, we’ve got to think about all the kids in the 39759 zip code.” of the grant, she anticipated project completion within the next two months. 

 “Everything is aimed at better emergency communication so we can better prepare ourselves,” Wiseman said. In addition to improving outdoor notification systems, he said the city’s website would send text message alerts to residents in the event of an emergency. 

 “The system can handle anything,” Wiseman said. “Natural disaster or human event.”

 Britt urged citizens not to rely solely on outdoor alarms and text messaging, however. Weather radios and careful attention to surroundings were key to safety, he said. 

 “We’ll certainly have better coverage with the new system,” Britt said. “As the city grows, we’re always mindful of updating our systems, and I’m glad to see them do it. An outdoor system is just like it says, though — outdoors. We want to increase awareness and be ready in any circumstance.”
Bruce named new MSU graduate dean
For Starkville Daily News Lori Mann Bruce is the new associate vice president for academic affairs and graduate school dean at Mississippi State. Bruce, associate dean of the university's Bagley College of Engineering since 2008, succeeds the retiring Louis D'Abramo. Like D'Abramo, she is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, MSU's highest faculty rank. The appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. She will be the first woman to lead MSU's graduate school. "We are delighted that Dr. Bruce has agreed to be our next associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School," said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president. "As dean, she will build on the great progress made under Dr. D'Abramo," Gilbert added, noting that she has "an outstanding record of research and experience in graduate education, with 13 years of experience at MSU." Enrolling nearly 4,000 students, the MSU Graduate School currently offers more than 130 doctoral, master's, specialist and bachelor's/master's degree programs. Bruce is a University of Alabama in Huntsville doctoral graduate in electrical and computer engineering. She also holds a UAH bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master's in electrical engineering from the the summer,” Hawkins said. “We also want them to take a look around the library, which has a whole host of programs and services available for the public. The library’s a treasure and people sometimes don’t realize how much it offers.” Rives, like Hawkins, said United Way’s goal for the project was to promote reading among community children and youth at a time when some may not read as much as they otherwise might. “A lot of the time when school is out for the summer, as it will be soon, kids don’t really read as much,” she said. “The library has summer reading programs, and we thought they were a good thing, since one of our main focuses is education. We want to promote education and encourage learning — it’s a way for us to help that goal and for the community to get involved in it.” The swap itself should be a simple affair. Rives explained that people who came would receive books. There’s no need to bring books to trade in. “The great thing about it is that, in ad-
Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to MSU, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Over her academic career, she has received several teaching awards and National Science Foundation research fellowships. In a candidate statement submitted as part of her interview, Bruce said her vision for the Graduate School was based on a belief "that graduate programs should encompass diverse areas of study, provide a foundation for the continuing evolution of new knowledge and foster leadership." Gilbert praised Bruce's career accomplishments, adding, "She has a great vision for enhancing graduate education at MSU."
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books,” Rives said. “That doesn’t even count all the books we have in bags back in the storage room. I’d say we’ll probably have easily over 2,000 by the time we have everything counted up.” She said she didn’t expect there to be any trouble at all with the number of books for Saturday’s swap. “We should have more than enough to let people have more than one book,” Rives said. “So say, if a family of five comes and they want two books each, there shouldn’t be any trouble at all with that.” And the books continue to pile in — Hawkins said United Way received a number of boxes full of books from Crawford on Tuesday. It’s been a strong start for a first-year effort. “The whole thing is we wanted to encourage families to come in and get books for their kids to have things to read over
dition to letting people see what the library has to offer, everything that’s not used in the swap goes to the Friends of the Library.” Libary Director Ginny Holtcamp is excited for Saturday’s book swap. “We’re really excited,” she said. “The goal to put a book in every child’s hand is just wonderful, and to bring them into the library as well to well to get their free book is another fun thing.” Holtcamp said it was the first time the library hosted a book giveaway like United Way’s book swap, though it had worked with other outside organizations before for other programs for children and adults. “The children that come will also get information on our summer reading program ‘Dig Into Reading,’” Holtcamp said. “So we’re also really excited to get that word out to them so they can come out to all our fantastic summertime events just for them. It’s really nice. I think this is a really unique project that they’re doing, so I’m excited to be a part of it.”
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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 662-4952292 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;
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past,” Britt said. “We’ve been fortunate not to have any widespread damage, but we don’t want to let our guard down. Severe weather is something that affects us all.” 

 Lynn Spruill, chief administrative officer for the city, said the new sirens would come equipped with new speakers, cables and devices that would allow sirens to communicate with signals from systems in place at Mississippi State University and in Oktibbeha County.

 “What we’ve had in the past is a bunch of old sirens that weren’t talking like they should,” Spruill said. “Some of these have been up for over 15 years, and the technology is outdated. Some of them we can’t even get parts for anymore. By the time this is all said and done they all ought to be communicating and sounding at the appropriate decibel.”

 Spruill said while the city had until January to complete the upgrades by the terms
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 662-323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity Presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 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. 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@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy Phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activities 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.  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 someone’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 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-6635682. 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 662-320-4607.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Administration’s fumble gives credence to opposition
When President Obama first took office in 2009, he promised again and again an administration dedicated to transparency. Mission accomplished, Mr. President. Less than six months into your second term, we can all see right through you. In much the same way that an alcoholic would try to disprove his alcoholism by going out and getting a DUI, the Obama administration has tried to undercut the most extreme right-wing elements of its opposition by lending credence to their voice. Not only do we have a debate on the administration's handling of Benghazi, but now we've added the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeting groups that disagree with the White House agenda and the Department of Justice, with no warning, ransacking the Associated Press for records possibly associated with classified information leaks. We may never know all the facts about the Benghazi embassy attack, and one could legitimately argue the threat to national security leaking classified information to the media creates. So let's keep our focus for a moment on the IRS. The organization entrusted with essentially managing our nation's revenue stream has admitted that it not only subjected nonprofit groups associated with the Tea Party to increased scrutiny and a delayed process when they filed for tax exempt status, but it also prosthetically expedited the process for liberal groups to attain that same status. Granted, the Tea Party makes no bones about the fact it thinks Americans are "taxed enough already" and many of the movement's squeakier wheels stand opposed to taxes and a strong central government, in general. So, one could see where some maverick intern at the IRS would discuss in theory what it would be like to "stick it to the haters." This, however, went beyond theory. It was an IRS practice dating all the way back to 2010. On the other hand, these Tea Party groups, some of whom likely oppose the IRS' very existence, didn't just say, "We disagree with the process so we shan't participate." They filed their paperZack Plair work because Editor it was the law, and it ended up being the smartest thing they'd ever done (as staggering as the competition for that honor might have been) because it ended up shining a big, bright light on the very thing they had been screaming about. Obama, himself, claims he didn't know about this until he saw it in the news. He asserted the same claim when his attorney general, the oh-so-honorable Eric Holder, was caught having supervised the DOJ's "Fast and Furious" operation where our government sold firearms to Mexican drug cartels. Surely, Obama knows what's going on in his own administration before we do. So, the President is either asleep at the wheel or he's complicit. I'm comfortable with neither. Obama blames his predecessor for many misuses of power, and many of those criticisms hold water. But he certainly can't point the finger with a straight face while he leads an administration that actively uses the power of government to squash political enemies. In principle, it's no different than Bush's Patriot Act or Nixon's Watergate scandal. To take it a step further, it strikes a chilling resemblance — on a smaller scale, of course — to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's recent actions against his own people. As Egypt stood embroiled in a coup, Morsi ran for office with the promise that the citizens' voices would be heard and he would not head an administration that punished Egyptians for voicing a dissenting opinion. Yet after he was elected, Morsi jailed an Egyptian television host for making fun of him. Sound familiar?
No one has gone to jail for disagreeing with Obama … at least I don't think they have … but his administration has clearly and admittedly exercised government power to infringe upon the rights of his opponents. I do not, for the record, think Obama is a sleeper terrorist bent on destroying the fabric of our nation, but he's either okay with these infringements or he needs to exercise more institutional control over his administration. At the end of the day, if you are the CEO of the free world's banner nation, then the ideals for which it stands must apply to all of its citizens, even those who so ardently oppose you that they chant your name with hatred at rallies or burn you in effigy. Because if you aren't a big enough fellow to protect the rights of your opposition, you may as well not claim to protect the rights of any of us.
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Pittman’s scheme an insult to the taxpayers
On Tuesday night, some members of the West Point Board of Selectmen crossed that fine line between utter incompetence and gross absurdity. We’ve seen this board pull some in the past, but Tuesday night’s motion by Ward 5 Selectmen Jasper Pittman, which called for the city to retain an attorney who would be tasked with looking for improprieties in the May 7 election is not only absurd but in this editor’s opinion is an insult to the taxpayers of the community. One day after the Tuesday election in question, Gary Dedeaux, Pittman’s opponent, was declared the winner of the election. It was as close as you could get it. Dedeaux needed 50 percent, plus one vote. According to the city’s election commission, he got just that. This newspaper reported Dedeaux the winner, with apparently little opposition from Pittman at the time. Pittman had representatives speak for him on a number of occasions, but he did not comment to the paper. When the initial election was called, and being as close as it was, I assumed that Pittman would challenge the results. His first challenge would have been to the election commission. If not satisfied, he could take it to court. I am not in any way questioning Pittman’s motives when it comes to challenging the election. He is well within his rights to challenge, but on Tuesday night, Pittman requested that the taxpayers of this town pay for his challenge. The worst part about it is that three other board members voted in favor of the motion. Fortunately, City Attorney Orlando Richmond Sr. has to approve the motion. Richmond had already stated by email that he disapproved of the motion even being discussed at the meeting, calling it “improper.” Where do I even start? First of all, Pittman has a vested interest in Bryan Davis the election DTL Editor results, since he is in fact the only candidate whose ballots are close enough to warrant a challenge. Our Ward 5 Selectman should have recused himself from at least voting on the issue, but he did not. Second, Pittman’s motion asks the city to hire an attorney to sue itself. Third, Pittman says that you, the taxpayer, should pay for said attorney. Ward 1 Selectman Rod Bobo, Ward 2 Selectman Homer Cannon and Ward 3 Selectman Charles Collins agree with Pittman. The only selectman to pay heed to the City Attorney’s opinion was Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer, who was the lone no in the vote. Richmond sent an opinion to Mayor Scott Ross that each of the five selectmen read prior to the motion. They all knew that Richmond’s legal opinion was that the entire motion was completely improper. They ignored Richmond’s opinion and voted in favor of Pittman’s scheme. Collins even attempted to make it look as if the whole situation was somehow Richmond’s fault, because he was not present. “Every time there is a tough issue that we need to decide on he is not here,” said Collins. “That’s the problem.” No, that’s not the problem. The problem is that no matter
what Richmond or anybody else says is illegal or improper, you do what you’re going to do anyway, even if it means jilting the taxpayers out of money. The provision within the motion that states that the motion has to be approved by Richmond will surely mean the death of this scheme. I’m sure that this will not stop some members of the city board from making reservations at the nearest Holiday Inn Express this week. How else will they acquire the knowledge and experience needed to argue law with a lawyer in such a short amount of time? If this comes off as insulting, I am glad. As a taxpayer in the city of West Point, I am insulted. Yes Mr. Pittman, you have every right to challenge the election. No, Mr. Pittman, I will not pay for your attorney in doing so.
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O b it u ary
Starkville Daily News has published the following obituaries exactly as the funeral homes submitted them.
Otto Wise
Otto Vance Wise, 93, passed away May 15 in Jackson, Mississippi after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents Eva Otto and James Giles Wise, his wife of 66 years, Mary Wilkinson Wise, and a brother, G.J. Wise. He was born in Hopevilla, Louisiana.  Mr. Wise was manager of several electronic parts stores in Jackson during his career. His hobbies included repairing old radios for friends, camping trips,
and was an active ham radio operator for many years. He was an involved member of First Baptist Church in Clinton where he was known as "the sound guy" for many years and was Sunday School Director for a period of time. In later years he enjoyed participating in The Joy Makers senior adult choir. Mr. Wise was a lifetime member of the Clinton Lions Club. He was a 1938 graduate of Central High School in Jackson. Above all, he loved the Lord. He is survived by his children Roger (Janie) Wise of Alexandria, LA, Vance
(Hillary) Wise of Madison, MS, and Becky Wise (Danny) Gardner of Starkville, MS; a sister Frances Wise Knight of Franklinton, LA, one niece Martha Elliott of Ridgeway, CO, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the chapel of Wright and Ferguson in Clinton. Visitation will be 5:007:00 p.m. Thursday, and 9:00-10:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton.
Students awarded MSMS admittance
For Starkville Daily News COLUMBUS — Several students from The Golden Triangle Region have been awarded admittance to the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. Sumaya Young, of West Point; Jena Dees, of Columbus; Hannah Crouch of Columbus; Jamie Dornan, of Columbus; Jacob Sheward, of Columbus; Breeland Starr of Columbus; Miya Snell, of Crawford; India Yarborough, of Columbus; DaJ’ai Ashford, of Starkville; Sooyoung(Daniel) Chung, of Starkville; Magdalen Dobson, of Starkville; Emoree Heisett, of Starkville; Maggie Hollister, of Stakville; William Kao, of Starkville; Agrippa Kellum, of Starkville; SabriAnan Micha, of Starkville; Quitai(Tom) Pan, of Starkville; Jordan Prather, of Starkville; Keely Russell, of Starkville; and Flannery Voges-Haupt, of Starkville will join approximately 125 other academically gifted students from across the state of Mississippi as a member of the MSMS Class of 2015. u Young is a current sophomore at West Point High School and is the daughter of Fannie Gibson & Perry Gibson. u Dees is a current sophomore at Heritage Academy and is the daughter of Jan & Gary Dees. u Crouch is a current sophomore at Caledonia High School and is the daughter of Catherine & Rudy Cosby. u Dornan is a current sophomore at Columbus High School and is the daughter of Peachie Dorman. u Sheward is a current sophomore at Columbus High School and is the son of Tom & Jasmin Sheward. u Starr is a current sophomore at Heritage High School and is the daughter of Walt & Lee Ann Starr. u Snell is a current sophomore at West Lowndes High School and is the daughter of Angela Jackson & Malcolm Snell. u Yarborough is a current sophomore at Columbus High School and is the daughter of Chuck & Leigh Yarborough. u Ashford is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the daughter of Stefanie Ashford-Shackelford. u Chung is a current sophomore at Starkville Academy and is the son of Seongai Kim. u Dobson is a current sophomore at Starkville Christian High School and is the daughter of Edward Dobson & Susan Cook. u Heisett is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the daughter of Eric & April Heiselt. u Hollister is a current sophomore at Starkville Christian High School and is the daughter of Jack Hollister. u Kao is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the son of Chiati Tsai & Chengkuo Kao. u Kellum is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the son of Heather Hanna & Melissa Fitch & Spence Kellum. u Micha is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is daughter of Abrahim Micha & Kimeya Aliyi. u Pan is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the son of Xiaoming Pan & Xuebin Shi. u Prather is a current sophomore at Starkville Christian High School and is the son of Matthew & Tammy Prather. u Russell is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the daughter of Pamela Hallmark & Kenny Russell. u Voges-Haupt is a current sophomore at Starkville High School and is the daughter of Shannon Voges- Haupt & Jeffrey Haupt. u These students competed against more than 180 other Mississippi high school students for admittance into the prestigious high school. “This is definitely one of the most competitive groups of candidates we’ve ever seen,” said MSMS Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard. “Perhaps more than ever, this group of students absolutely represents the best and brightest Mississippi has to offer.” Located in Columbus, Miss., on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women, MSMS is the state’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of Mississippi’s most academically gifted students. Students who attend the school spend their junior
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The following are felony arrests as reported by Oktibbeha County Sherrif's Department: MAY 6 u John A. Brown, 62, possession of child pornography; u Roderick Lamar Jackson, 31, circuit court order. MAY 7 u Mozelle Simmons, 67, parole violation; u Alphonzo Cortez Garth, 39, sale of cocaine and sale of >30 grams of marijauna; u Shaquina D. Anderson, 27, bench warrant; u Patrick L. Cinningham, 35, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and sale of cocaine; u Colissa Marie Hall, 34, sale of cocaine; u Calvin Smith Jr., 22, probation violation; u Travis Lavon Seymore, 34, aggravated assault. MAY 8 u Trent Trevan Jefferson, 21, indictment; u Dominique Ashford, 29, kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary of a residence; u Josh K. Medders, 23, enticement of a child; u Kassetta Liqinta Coleman, 34, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, aggravated assault, probation violation and disorderly conduct. MAY 9 u Christopher Lee Steed, 36, arson; u Tone L. Witte, 50, kidnapping; MAY 12 u Lonnie Carter, 43, sale of cocaine (two counts), sale within 1,500 feet of a school or church, child abuse; u Chadrick Robinson, 30, possession of weapon by a felon, domestic violence.
and senior years living on the school’s campus and engaging in college level classes in mathematics, science, the humanities and the arts. On average, MSMS graduating classes are offered in excess of $12.5 million in scholarship offers each year. In 2012, Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast named MSMS as one of the best high schools in America. It was the only Mississippi high school to make the list. Students interested in applying to MSMS must be current Mississippi high school sophomores with a record of outstanding academic achievement, especially in the areas of math and science. Students must also have an ACT score (a score of 20 or higher is recommended) and undergo a rigorous application process. During the application process students will be required to submit a resume, two essays, an original project of their devising and secure four recommendations from their teachers and counselors. Application into the Class of 2015 is now closed; however, students interested in becoming members of the Class of 2016 may begin the process in mid-summer 2013. For more information, visit or call Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard at 1-800-5536459.
MSU Montgomery Leadership honors six for 2013 achievements
For Starkville Daily News Two Magnolia State residents and one each from Kentucky and Tennessee are 2013 G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Foundation Scholars at Mississippi State. The four, along with another student and a Jackson resident, recently were recognized at a banquet organized by the university's Montgomery Leadership Program. The MLP is among several campus memorials to the late alumnus and former longtime U.S. 3rd District representative from Meridian recognized nationally for his continuing congressional efforts on behalf of the military and its service veterans. Each receiving $3,000 awards, the new Montgomery Scholars include: senior Kyle L. Bliss of Somerville, Tenn.; junior Rebecca M. Cash of Louisville, Ky.; junior Tiffany C. Richmond of Long Beach; and graduate student Eric T. Smith of Swan Lake. Also, junior Stephanie E. Nokes of Greenwood was honored at the ceremony with the Best Montgomery Research Paper Award. Additionally, retired Maj. Gen. William B. "Bill" Lee of Ridgeland was this year's selection for the Montgomery Foundation Board of Directors Leadership Award. Senior vice president of Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance Co., he recently stepped down as commander of the Mississippi State Guard, volunteer arm of the Mississippi Military Department. Kyle Bliss, the son of Russell and Kristine Bliss and a Fayette Academy graduate, is a senior interdisciplinary studies major, with concentrations in business, education and military science. In addition to service in the Mississippi Army National Guard, he is cadet battalion commander of Army ROTC at MSU. Rebecca Cash, the homeschooled daughter of Dr. Brandon and Amy Cash, is a doublemajor in history and philosophy. Through the Montgomery Leadership program, she has been a very active volunteer, tutoring local students and helping renovate an elementary school basketball court, among other activities. She also is a member of the local Wesley Foundation organization and College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Council. During the summer, she will take part in a mission trip to Africa. Tiffany Richmond, the daughter of James and Kumiko Richmond, is a geosciences/meteorology major attending MSU on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship received at Long Beach High School. In the AFROTC program, she serves as cadet operations director for the Arnold Air Society-Kenneth J. Snedden Squadron, an honorary service organization. She also is MSU Detachment 425's honor squadron commander. Eric Smith is a University of Southern Mississippi graduate and U.S. Army Reserves veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, he has completed more than half of his master of arts in teaching degree program at MSU while working as a Spanish and social studies instructor at Meridian High School. Stephanie Nokes, a communication major, is a Pillow Academy graduate and the daughter of Thomas and Cindy Nokes. On campus, she is a member of the MSU Student Association, Stennis-Montgomery Association and Maroon Volunteer Center. With Delta Gamma, she directs the social sorority's chapter archives and e-communications. Bill Lee is a Holmes Junior (now Community) College and University of Mississippi graduate. A Winona native, he is a former president and chairman of, respectively, the Jackson Touchdown Club and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. An avid student of history, he is a much-sought speaker on World War II, including European battles and German submarine activity in the Gulf of Mexico. He holds the Magnolia Cross for meritorious service to the Mississippi State Guard and the state.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
College Baseball
South Carolina head baseball coach Chad Holbrook signals an outfield shift during a game Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen, right, has a meeting on the mound with earlier this season. (Photo by Mark Crammer, Anderson Independent-Mail, AP File) pitcher Chad Girado. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Seeds sorted in SEC
MSU, South Carolina set to decide much in league
By BEN WAIT There is a great deal of things yet to be decided going into the final weekend of Southeastern Conference baseball. This year, Vanderbilt has already clinched the overall SEC title and Eastern Division, while LSU has already won the West. With the top two seeds for the SEC Tournament set, the final 10 seeds are up for grabs. Two of those teams in the mix for that is No. 23 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State (38-15, 14-13) and No. 15 South Carolina (38-14, 16-10). The Bulldogs and the Game-
South Carolina (38-14, 16-10) at Mississippi State (38-15, 14-13)
Pitching Rotation
cocks meet in Starkville starting today for the final SEC series of the season. Today and Friday’s games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Dudy Noble Field, while Saturday’s finale will start at 2 p.m. “This is what you want,” MSU head coach John Cohen said in his Wednesday teleconference. “You want to go into weekends like this at the end of the year where everything matters. You want to be totally in the thick of it. Almost every goal that we have had to start the year, with the exception of winning the South- Today: Luis Pollorena (6-3, 3.86) eastern Conference, is still in front of us.”
Friday: Kendall Graveman (5-5, 3.00) See SERIES | Page 12 Saturday: Jacob Lindgren (4-2, 3.91)
Today: Nolan Belcher (7-5, 2.23) Friday: Jordan Montgomery (4-1, 1.86) Saturday: TBA
High School Football
SHS wraps up spring at MSU’s Davis Wade
By DANNY P. SMITH There will be more spring football competition at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium this weekend. Several weeks ago, the Mississippi State Bulldogs wrapped up their spring drills with the Maroon-White Spring Game. The Starkville Yellowjackets will do the same on Saturday when they welcome in Brandon and Gadsden City, Ala., for a spring-ending jamboree. Action begins at noon with Starkville playing Gadsden City for a varsity half, then the two schools will have a 20-minute junior varsity block. Brandon takes on Gadsden City next in a varsity half, then a 20-minute junior varsity block. SHS and Brandon wrap up the scrimmage with a varsity half and a 20-minute junior varsity block. The Jackets are looking forward to showcasing what they’ve learned this spring on the big stage of a college campus. “A lot of times kids don’t get an opportunity to do that,” SHS coach Jamie Mitchell said. “Our kids do get a little bit spoiled because we go there in the fall for a jamboree and this in the spring, but at the same time, they love going out there.” The cost for attending the spring jamboree will be $7 and fans will only Starkville High School football coach Jamie be allowed to sit on the east side of the stadium because the west side is under Mitchell is excited about the three-team spring jamboree the Yellowjackets will host at Mississippi construction. State’s Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by See SHS | Page 9 Dana Smith, For Starkville Daily News)
Today's Eupora jamboree gives SA new perspective
By JASON EDWARDS   Starkville Academy’s football team is going from the boys of fall to the boys of spring tonight. Competing at a football jamboree at Eupora High School, the Volunteers are looking forward to putting the pads back on to see just where the team stands. “We have been real pleased with the effort the guys have given this spring,” Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill said. “We have a few injuries, but those have forced the younger guys to step up. They look around the room and when they see the injuries, it means they have to step up and it has caused some young men to have the opportunity to show us what they’ve got.” Tonight’s jamboree will give Terrill and his staff the chance to see the Vols in a new perspective. During spring practices, the team faces one another, so for Terrill the chance to see his team in actual competition and the opportunity to test what they have been working on will be enlightening. “We are really just trying to make sure we have kids in the proper position,” Terrill said. “We have a young football team and we have had to move a lot of kids around. (Tonight) we really want to see if the guy starting at defensive tackle is in the right spot or would he be better at guard and so on. We are just trying to make the decision that the right person is starting at the right position.” Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill Helping Starkville Academy gauge itself will be the teams lining up across the field. sends his team onto the field today for spring jamboree action at Eupora High School. (Photo See SA | Page 9 by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The number Mississippi State will reach in total paid attendance since 1976 with tonight’s crowd at Dudy Noble Field.
College Basketball
Starkville Daily News
College Baseball Southeastern Conference Glance All Times CT EASTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. Vanderbilt 24-2 .923 46-6 .885 So. Carolina 16-10 .615 38-14 .731 13-14 .481 28-25 .528 Florida Kentucky 10-17 .370 29-22 .569 8-19 .296 16-30 .348 Missouri Tennessee 7-18 .280 21-28 .429 Georgia 5-19 .208 19-31 .380 WESTERN DIVISION SEC Pct. Ovr. Pct. LSU 21-6 .778 46-7 .868 Arkansas 17-9 .654 34-17 .667 Miss. State 14-13 .519 38-15 .717 Ole Miss 14-13 .519 35-18 .660 13-13 .500 31-22 .585 Alabama Texas A&M 11-15 .423 28-24 .538 Auburn 11-16 .407 31-21 .596 Tuesday’s Game Miss. State 3, Oral Roberts 2 Tennessee 6, Morehead St. 4 Kentucky 5, Indiana 3 Southern Miss 10, Ole Miss 3 Jacksonville St. 6, Auburn 1 Georgia 14, Georgia Tech 13 Vanderbilt 6, Belmont 1 LSU 11, New Orleans 2 Texas A&M 12, UTPA 2 S. Carolina 4, Presbyterian 3 Today’s Games S. Carolina at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn, 6 p.m. Florida at Georgia, 6 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri, 6 p.m. Alabama at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Friday’s Games S. Carolina at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee, 5 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn, 6 p.m. Florida at Georgia, 6 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri, 6 p.m. Alabama at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games S. Carolina at Miss. State, 2 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee, noon Arkansas at Auburn, 1 p.m. Florida at Georgia, 1 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri, 1 p.m. Alabama at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU, noon Baseball America Top 25 1. Vanderbilt 2. Louisiana State 3. North Carolina 4. Cal State Fullerton 5. N.C. State 6. Oregon State 7. Virginia 8. UCLA 9. Florida State 10. Oregon 11. Arkansas 12. Louisville 13. Arizona State 14. South Carolina 15. Indiana 16. New Mexico 17. Clemson 18. South Alabama 19. Kansas State 20. Oklahoma State 21. Pittsburgh 22. Virginia Tech 23. Mississippi 24. Mississippi State 25. Oklahoma Record Pvs 45-6 2 45-7 3 45-6 1 41-8 4 39-12 5 41-8 6 42-8 7 34-14 8 41-10 9 40-11 10 34-17 11 42-10 12 32-15 13 37-14 15 38-11 14 32-18 16 37-15 19 39-14 20 37-15 NR 36-13 NR 40-11 24 33-19 22 35-17 NR 37-15 21 35-16 18
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“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”
Miami player Dwyane Wade said before the Heat defeated Chicago 94-91 to win the series Wednesday night. He compared his ongoing issues with a bruised right knee to an Almond Joy candy bar.
‘One Night in March’ airs on PBS tonight
For Starkville Daily News The documentary film highlighting one of Mississippi State University’s finest hours in both athletics and racial reconciliation will be broadcast tonight on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. To air at 8:30 p.m., “One Night in March” tells the story of one of the most historic games in college basketball history, the March 15, 1963, NCAA tournament game between MSU and Loyola University Chicago. Produced by MSU alumnus Robbie Coblentz, the 50th anniversary edition film includes never-before-seen home movies of the team, new photographs and footage from the December 2012 reunion game between the two schools. Coblentz is president of Starkville-based Broadcast Media Group, Inc. “The film ‘One Night in March’ represents one of Mississippi State University’s finest moments, not only in sports history, but in the overall history of the university,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “This true story speaks volumes about MSU’s longstanding commitment to fair competition, fair play and meaningful diversity during a critical time in the state’s history.” The 40-minute film focuses on coach Babe McCarthy’s all-white team that defied a court injunction and, more importantly, the then unwritten rule of a deeply segregated state that prohibited in-state teams from playing teams with black players. In addition to interviews that include former players and others related to the experience, the production includes remarks by former Mississippi governor William Winter, who this week was honored by MSU with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his lifetime achievements. “This story makes national headlines every time Mississippi State is in the tournament, but we wanted to tell it through Mississippi eyes,” Coblentz said. “It is set in the midst of the forceful integration of Ole Miss and the deaths of the civil rights workers in Philadelphia and tells the true story of a game that changed Mississippi State athletics forever.” Originally produced in 2002, the updated version was featured in February at Starkville’s Magnolia Independent Film Festival. For more information about the documentary or to purchase a copy, visit For more information about Mississippi State, see
The Area Slate
N.Y. Mets at St. Louis, late Washington at L.A. Dodgers, late
Today’s Games N.Y. Mets (Niese 2-4) at St. Louis (Wainwright 5-2), 1:45 p.m. Milwaukee (Burgos 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Liriano 1-0), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Latos 4-0) at Miami (Fernandez 2-2), 7:10 p.m. San Francisco (M.Cain 2-2) at Colorado (Chacin 3-2), 8:40 p.m. Washington (Strasburg 1-5) at San Diego (Volquez 3-3), 10:10 p.m. Friday’s Games N.Y. Mets at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Arizona at Miami, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 2 San Diego 3, Baltimore 2 N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 3 Toronto 10, San Francisco 6 Detroit 6, Houston 2 Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3 Chicago White Sox 4, Minnesota 2 L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 2 Texas 6, Oakland 5, 10 innings Wednesday’s Games San Diego 8, Baltimore 4 Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 4 Houston 7, Detroit 5 Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota 4 Texas 6, Oakland 2 Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, late San Francisco at Toronto, late Boston at Tampa Bay, late Kansas City at L.A. Angels, late
C.T. Bradford makes a throw from the outfield for Mississippi State earlier this season. The Bulldogs open a home Southeastern Conference series with South Carolina today with the first pitch for tonight and Friday set for 6:30 p.m. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Today College Baseball South Carolina at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.
Today CYCLING 3:30 p.m. NBCSN — Tour of California, stage 5, Santa Barbara to Avila Beach, Calif. EXTREME SPORTS 11 a.m. ESPN — X Games, at Barcelona, Spain 6 p.m. ESPN — X Games, at Barcelona, Spain (same-day tape) GOLF 6 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Volvo World Match Play Championship, first round matches, at Kavarna, Bulgaria 11:30 a.m. TGC — Tour, BMW Charity Pro-Am, first round, at Greer, S.C., Greenville, S.C., and Sunset, S.C. 2 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Byron Nelson Championship, first round, at Irving, Texas 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, Mobile Bay Classic, first round, at Mobile, Ala. (same-day tape) HOCKEY 5 a.m. NBCSN — IIHF World Championship, 17. New Mexico 18. Kansas St. 19. Oklahoma 20. Mississippi 21. Indiana 22. South Alabama 23. Mississippi St. 24. Seton Hall 25. U.C. Irvine 26. Oklahoma St. 27. Sam Houston St. 28. Campbell 29. Western Carolina 30. Coastal Carolina 32-18 37-15 35-16 35-17 38-11 39-14 37-15 33-16 31-16 36-13 33-18 43-9 36-17 32-18 456 453 450 447 442 439 435 433 431 428 425 422 419 417 18 29 13 27 21 23 24 NR NR NR 28 30 NR NR quarterfinals, teams TBD, at Helsinki 7:30 a.m. NBCSN — IIHF World Championship, quarterfinals, teams TBD, at Stockholm 10 a.m. NBCSN — IIHF World Championship, quarterfinals, teams TBD, at Helsinki 1 p.m. NBCSN — IIHF World Championship, quarterfinals, teams TBD, at Stockholm MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Detroit at Texas or San Francisco at Colorado (8:30 p.m. start) NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. TNT — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 5, Indiana at New York 9:30 p.m. ESPN — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 6, San Antonio at Golden State (if necessary) NHL HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NBCSN — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 1, N.Y. Rangers at Boston 9 p.m. NBCSN — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 2, San Jose at Los Angeles Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 2 Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 3, 12 innings San Diego 3, Baltimore 2 Toronto 10, San Francisco 6 Cincinnati 6, Miami 2 Colorado 9, Chicago Cubs 4 St. Louis 10, N.Y. Mets 4 Arizona 2, Atlanta 0 L.A. Dodgers 2, Washington 0 Wednesday’s Games San Diego 8, Baltimore 4 Cleveland 10, Philadelphia 4 Arizona 5, Atlanta 3 Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 1 San Francisco at Toronto, late Cincinnati at Miami, late Colorado at Chicago Cubs, late
Today’s Games Seattle (Harang 1-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Pettitte 4-2), 7:05 p.m. Boston (Doubront 3-1) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 4-2), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 4-3) at Texas (Darvish 6-1), 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Quintana 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Williams 2-1), 10:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Houston at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Detroit at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. National Basketball Association Daily Playoff Glance All Times EDT (x-if necessary) (Best-of-7) CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Sunday, May 5 Oklahoma City 93, Memphis 91 Indiana 102, New York 95 Monday, May 6 Chicago 93, Miami 86 San Antonio 129, Golden State 127, 2OT Tuesday, May 7 New York 105, Indiana 79 Memphis 99, Oklahoma City 93 Wednesday, May 8 Miami 115, Chicago 78 Golden State 100, San Antonio 91 Friday, May 10 Miami 104, Chicago 94 San Antonio 102, Golden State 92 Saturday, May 11 Memphis 87, Oklahoma City 81 Indiana 82, New York 71 Sunday, May 12 Golden State 97, San Antonio 87, OT Monday, May 13 Miami 88, Chicago 65 Memphis 103, Oklahoma City 97, OT, Memphis leads series 3-1 Tuesday, May 14 Indiana 93, New York 82, Indiana leads series 3-1 San Antonio 109, Golden State 91, San Antonio leads series 3-2 Wednesday, May 15 Miami 94, Chicago 91, Miami wins series 4-1 Memphis at Oklahoma City, late Today, May 16 Indiana at New York, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
MSU women climb golf rankings
When third-year coach Ginger Brown-Lemm took over the Mississippi State women’s golf team, it was ranked No. 127. Three seasons and two recruiting classes later, the Lady Bulldogs vaulted to No. 40 in the rankings. This is the first time MSU has appeared in the Top 50 since 2006 and is its highest ranking since 2003. Sophomore standout Ally McDonald also moved up to No. 15 in the GolfStat Cup, which is the highest ranking by a Lady Bulldog in history. State shot a program second-best 872 in the NCAA Central Regional to earn the school’s first berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be held at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., on May 21-24. MSU owns a 153-54-4 ledger this season, which are the most wins in a single season in MSU history. Its 300.36 average card is also tops all-time. McDonald fired a 10-under-par 206 to win the regional. She is an impressive 874-62-16 on the season with a 72.33 scoring average. All of which are school records. The Lady Bulldogs also entered the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings for the first time since 2005 at No. 45 on Monday. McDonald is No. 26 individually.
Collegiate Baseball Poll 1. Vanderbilt 2. North Carolina 3. Louisiana St. 4. Oregon St. 5. Cal St. Fullerton 6. Oregon 7. Virginia 8. N.C. State 9. Florida St. 10. Louisville 11. UCLA 12. Arkansas 13. Arizona St. 14. Clemson 15. South Carolina 16. Pittsburgh Record Pts Pvs 45-6 498 1 45-6 495 2 45-7 494 3 41-8 491 5 41-8 489 4 40-11 488 6 42-8 485 8 39-12 484 7 41-10 483 9 42-10 479 10 34-14 475 11 34-17 470 12 32-15-1 466 14 37-15 464 15 37-14 462 16 40-11 459 17
Love develops diabetes, cut by Pats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots released defensive tackle and former Mississippi State player Kyle Love on Wednesday after he was diagnosed with diabetes. Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago then gained about half of it back, Richard Kopelman, his agent, said. He said Love has Type 2 diabetes, which is less serious than Type 1, and was working out at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday before being released. The Patriots did not mention the diagnosis in a statement announcing the move. “They expressed some concern that they didn’t know what the recovery time would be and, in their view, didn’t want to leave something to chance,” Kopelman said. “That’s OK. There are 31 other teams in the NFL.” Love started the first 11 games last season next to Vince Wilfork. Brandon Deaderick started the last five but was released on Monday and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the offseason, the Patriots signed two free-agent defensive tackles, Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead. Love joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi State in 2010 and started 25 of the 41 regular-season games in which he played. “I think he was, as anybody might be, a bit surprised that a decision would be made in the manner it was, but he completely understands and there’s no grudge,” Kopelman said. He said that after he consulted with doctors, he expects Love to be “100 percent” by the start of training camp. In Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, people can’t properly break down carbohydrates because their bodies do not produce enough insulin or they’ve become resistant to the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Insulin is needed to turn sugar into energy. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after the 2007 season, his second in the NFL. Former Pittsburgh Steelers starting offensive lineman Kendall Simmons was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes before the 2003 season and played until 2009. Love “should be able to play football without conditions attributable to diabetes,” Kopelman said. “I anticipate that he will be on another roster going into training camp and certainly he has every intention of making a 53-man roster.”
Major League Baseball All Times EST NATIONAL LEAGUE
Major League Baseball
From Wire Reports PHOENIX (AP) — Tim Hudson threw Eric Chavez a steady diet of cut fastballs and sliders Wednesday and the Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman feasted. Chavez drove in three runs, Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles and the Diamondbacks beat Hudson and the Atlanta Braves 5-3. With the Diamondbacks trailing 3-1 with one out in the fifth, Jason Kubel pinch-hit for Kennedy and walked. Gerardo Parra reached on an infield hit and Didi Gregorius followed with an RBI single. Hudson struck out Goldschmidt looking and had two strikes on Chavez before his one-time Oakland Athletics teammate doubled to left, scoring Parra and Gregorius to make it 4-3. Cody Ross added an RBI single to cap the fifth as the Diamondbacks won the final two games of the series after a 10-1 loss in the opener. Ian Kennedy (2-3) yielded three runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three for his first win since Opening Day. preferred his run-saving, diving catch to his towering, three-run homer. Those contributions with the bat and glove played a huge part in the first-place Texas Rangers holding momentum in the AL West with a victory against Oakland for a winning series. Cruz connected for his 10th homer in the fifth, then chased down Brandon Moss’ line drive to the gap in right-center for a defensive gem to end the sixth with Oakland runners on first and second.
D-backs beat up on Hudson, Braves
inspired his teammates with a tough atbat his first time up to the plate in the majors. Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back Kluber, and the Cleveland Indians beat Philadelphia.
White Sox 9, Twins 4
Padres 8, Orioles 4
BALTIMORE — Not so long ago, the Padres were scuffling for victories no matter the opponent. Now a scrappy roster minus high-profile names is finding ways to win even against one of the American League’s best. Alexi Amarista homered and doubled twice and the San Diego Padres matched their season-high with 17 hits, beating Baltimore for a two-game sweep. Everth Cabrera had four hits and a walk, and Jedd Gyorko had three singles for the Padres, who are 13-6 after a 5-15 start.
MINNEAPOLIS — Last in the American League in hitting and scoring, the Chicago White Sox started to find some offense this week in Minnesota. Adam Dunn’s big bat has been a key part of that. Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering the White Sox past the Twins. The nine runs are a season high.
Astros 7, Tigers 5
Rangers 6, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. — If he had to choose one highlight play, Nelson Cruz
DETROIT — Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera’s drive against the wall for the final out, and Houston avoided a season sweep against Detroit with a victory. Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking douIndians 10, Phillies 4 ble in the top of the ninth for the Astros, who lost their first six meetings with the PHILADELPHIA — Corey Kluber Tigers by a combined 50-12.
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Men’s College Tennis
Bulldogs set to play Vols on big stage
For Starkville Daily News URBANA, Ill. – After three days filled with traveling, practices and hours of preparation, the stage is finally set. The 10th-ranked and No. 10 national seed Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (18-9) will battle the sixth-ranked and No. 7 national seed Tennessee Volunteers (28-5) today for the right to advance to the 2013 NCAA quarterfinals. Today’s match is set to begin at noon at the University of Illinois’ Atkins Tennis Center. The two teams will face off for the second time this season, as the Volunteers edged the Bulldogs 4-2 in Starkville earlier in the year. However, State has claimed three of the last four matchups and will look to grab its fourth victory against the Vols in the Per Nilsson era today. If MSU advances, it would be the program’s first national quarterfinal showing since 1998. The Bulldogs are headlined by the freshman-junior combo of sixth-ranked Romain Bogaerts and 57th-ranked Malte Stropp, who have been a mainstay atop the MSU lineup. The Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, Bogaerts has 28 wins this 2012-13 season, with a 15-6 record in dual match play. Stropp, an All-SEC second team selection, is 15-7 this spring and is one win away from collecting his 70th career victory. Senior James Chaudry and freshman Jordan Angus fortify the middle of the Bulldogs lineup, having both seen major time at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. Chaudry, who has won his last four matches, has 12 victories this spring and is one win from earning win No. 50 of his career. Angus goes into today’s match having put together a team-leading 17 dual match victories and 22 for the overall season, which stands second on the team. Rounding out the MSU lineup is Zach White and Pedro Dumont, who have fortified the bottom half of the order. At the No. 5 spot, White, one of two Bulldog juniors, has collected eight wins for the spring, with six of them coming in the grueling SEC. At the final spot, freshman Dumont has won his last seven matches and has accumulated 20 wins for the 2012-13 campaign. In doubles, MSU is led by the No. 13 duo of Angus and Stropp. The two have won 10 matches this spring, with six coming against ranked opponents. Rounding out doubles is Dumont and Ethan Wilkinson at the No. 2 spot and Bogaerts and White at the No. 3 position. The top-ranked singles player and the No. 1 doubles squad in the nation will lead the Volunteers into today’s match. No. 1 Mikelis Libietis and No. 34 Hunter Reese top the Tennessee singles lineup, both combining for 38 wins this spring. The nation’s No. 1 tandem of Libietis and Reese leads the way for Tennessee on the doubles court, along with No. 34 John Collins and Edward Jones. Should the Bulldogs advance, they will face the winner of No. 3 and 2ndseeded Virginia and No. 18 California, who also face off today at noon. The national quarterfinal match would take place Saturday at noon. For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, follow the Bulldogs on Twitter ( and on Facebook (www.facebook. com/mstatemt). Full details on the 2013 NCAA Championship finals at Illinois can be found at
Freshman Romain Bogaerts has been a mainstay at the top of the Mississippi State men’s tennis lineup this season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
High School Softball
The East Webster defense backs up pitcher Bailie Springfield this season. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN)
East Webster ready to play for State title
By JASON EDWARDS   This is it. Everything the East Webster Lady Wolverines have been playing for comes down to a best-of-three series to crown the Class 2A State champion. Knowing his team has earned the right to compete for the title makes East Webster coach Lee Berryhill a happy man. “I’m proud of the girls,” Berryhill said. “They’ve worked hard all season, but they’ve got to keep working hard and taking things one day at a time. We still have one series to go and at this point, you just focus on competing and giving yourself chances.” The only thing that stands between the Lady Wolverines and the Class 2A championship is a date with the Lady Bulldogs of EnterpriseClarke.
This will be the first time for the two teams to face each other this season, but Berryhill knows that at this stage of the game every team faced is competitive. At this point, every pitch counts, every swing of the bat matters and any team can beat any other team, but as Berryhill states, “that is why you play the games.” What Berryhill does know is that EnterpriseClarke is a “very-athletic” team with “a lot of speed,” but flipping the coin over, the coach knows there is a reason his team has made it this far and that it is ready to step in and battle. “We are going to go down there, enjoy it, compete and give ourselves a chance and just gain the experience,” Berryhill said. The State championship experience starts Friday at noon as the Lady Wolverines and Lady Bulldogs take the field in Jackson for game one. The series will continue at 10 a.m., on Saturday with game three to follow should it be necessary.
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Men’s College Golf
For Starkville Daily News BATON ROUGE, La. – Mississippi State continues the most successful men’s golf season in program history today when the No. 23 Bulldogs tee off the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. State, making its first NCAA appearance in three seasons, will be among 22 teams teeing off in the three-round event at the par72, 7,700-yard University Club. The field also includes No. 2 Alabama, No. 10 Florida, No. 17 LSU, No. 26 Houston, No. 34 Northwestern, No. 38 Tennessee, No. 47 South Alabama, No. 50 Coastal Carolina, UAB, Wichita State, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist. The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships to be held at the Capitol City Club in Atlanta, Ga., May 28-June 2. “Our team is looking forward to reaching another one of our goals this week,” Bulldog head coach Clay Homan said. “ We just need to go out and execute the way we have for the majority of the year and the results will take care of themselves.” MSU has executed splendidly this season, to the tune of four tournament wins and 10 Top-5 finishes. One of those Top 5’s came at the University Club in October when State posted a 54-over 918 to tie for fourth at the David Toms Intercollegiate. This week’s regional marks the eighth postseason appearance as a team and the third under Homan. The Bulldogs will use the same lineup that claimed a fifth-place finish at the April 19-21 SEC Championship. The junior trio of Chad Ramey, Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Axel Boasson will spearhead the lineup along with senior Robi Calvesbert and junior Barrett Edens. Ramey brings NCAA regional experience to the group after qualifying for the NCAA
MSU competes at NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
Southeast Regional in Athens, Ga., a year ago. Ramey built on that experience and capped this season with All-SEC First Team accolades and a school second-best 71.89 scoring average. Boasson enters the weekend looking to continue a hot streak that has seen him post fourth-straight Top 10 finishes. The Iceland native has finished in the Top 10 six times this season and averaged a 72.00 to claim All-SEC second team honors. MSU tees off today’s opening round at 8:20 a.m. alongside Houston and Northwestern. Fans can follow the Mississippi State men’s golf program through Facebook (facebook. com/mstateMG) and Twitter (@mstateMG).
From page 6
A group which includes host team Eupora, East Webster and J.Z. George. The Vols face off in three contests including junior varsity and varsity meetings with Eupora as well as a varsity match-up with J.Z. George. Action will kick off at Eupora at 5 p.m., and games will run consecutively until 7 p.m.
From page 6
Mitchell believes the Jackets have gotten a little bit tougher this spring and have tried to bring that out of them with “physical” practices. He gets to see exactly what strides have been made in that area against Brandon and Gadsden City. “I don’t know what better measuring stick you can get than this,” Mitchell said. “You are talking about the 6A runner up in Brandon and they
return a lot of players, then Gadsden City has such a great tradition of producing college players year after year. That’s what we need to be in and a part of.” The biggest questions for SHS going into the spring was with the defensive secondary and the skilled positions on offense. The Jackets lost some talent at defensive back and on offense from last year’s Class 5A State championship squad and finding replacements has been a concern for Mitchell.
“That’s where we are having to get some things fixed,” Mitchell said. “There’s been some growth there, but still have a long way to go. If nothing else, we’ve identified the people that will be in competition for those positions. The most important thing is to know coming into the summer who we need to focus in on.” There have been some surprises in the younger class where Mitchell has found some players that have a chance to contribute. “Colby Jones has done really well,”
Mitchell said. “He will start at left tackle for us and will just be a sophomore. That’s Kyle’s younger brother and has a chance to be really, really good. “Terrance Grayer is a wide receiver and defensive back in that group that has had a really good spring for a young player. Jeremy Skinner is another linebacker that we’re really pleased with. Those three are ones that will contribute for sure and there are others, but those three have really done well.”
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From page 6
The Bulldogs come into the final weekend of SEC play in third place in the SEC West and tied for fifth overall. The Gamecocks are second in the SEC East and are in solo fourth. The top four teams in the league get a bye in the first round of the SEC Tournament, while the other eight teams will play each other in a playin type game to get to the doubleelimination conference tournament. According to, MSU is ranked 10th in the rating percentage index, while the Gamecocks are 11th. “There’s a ton of similarities,” Cohen said. “It’s two very evenly matched clubs. They’re just a really good club.”
The Bulldogs are on pace of going over the five million mark in paid attendance since they started tracking that in 1976, and are on track for the single-season record in paid attendance. Cohen wants a good amount of fan support, but knows it will be tough with most students gone for summer. “The challenge for us being out of school, you just lost 50 percent of our population in Starkville,” Cohen said. “Maybe more than any school in Southeastern Conference, we have depended on our students to be a huge part of our crowd, and they have. They’ve been vocal, and they’ve done a great job. Man, I want that for our kids, with everything on the line this weekend.” The Gamecocks will throw senior
left hander Nolan Belcher (7-5, 2.23 ERA) today and sophomore lefty Jordan Montgomery (4-1, 1.86) on Friday. They have yet to select a starter for Saturday. Belcher has pitched 93 innings and given up just 10 walks. He has struck out 79 batters this season. “Their arms, even though maybe their numbers aren’t as strong as what they’ve had in the past, they’ve gotten on a roll,” Cohen said. “If you look at their last two or three starts, the guys that are starting against us – (Nolan) Belcher and the other kid (Jordan Montgomery) – they’re pretty impressive. You know they’re capable of beating anybody in the country.” MSU will stay with the same rotation over the past few weekends. Senior left hander Luis Pollorena
(6-3, 3.86) will throw today, senior right hander Kendall Graveman (55, 3.00) will get the ball Friday and sophomore lefty Jacob Lindgren (42, 3.91) will take the mound Saturday. Graveman had three consecutive complete game wins earlier in the SEC portion of the schedule. In his last four starts, the Bulldogs have lost three of those with Graveman taking two of the losses. “He was on fire, (and) he had three great starts,” Cohen said. “If he just goes back to being who he is – no more, no less – he’s pretty darn good, and that’s something (pitching coach) Butch Thompson does a great job with with our pitching staff. I really believe Kendall, he knows what’s at stake, and I really believe he’s going to get right back to where he was.
He’s going to have some good starts for us down the stretch.” Senior LB Dantzler leads the Gamecocks with a .337 batting average, 12 home runs and 45 RBI. Sophomores Joey Pankake and Connor Bright are also hitting over .300 with .325 and .306 batting averages respectively.  Junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe paces the Bulldog offense with a .381 batting average. He leads the SEC with 15 home runs and leads MSU with 51 RBI.  Junior shortstop Adam Frazier is batting .336 with eight three-hit games this season. He leads MSU with 74 hits and six triples. As part of the 5,000,000th-fan recognition Friday, a commemorative pin will be given to the first 5,000 fans in celebration of the landmark.
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