Skip to main content


May 29, 2014

To view the E-Edition of the newspaper, please login. If you have not subscribed to the E-Edition, you can do so by subscribing here.

The rates for the E-Edition are:

1 day 99¢
3 months $18
6 months $36
12 months $72

Embedded Scribd iPaper - Requires Javascript and Flash Player

Fri day, May 30, 2014
Vo l u me No . 1 1 0 , I s s u e No . 1 5 0
5 0 Ce n t s
2: Around Town
4: Forum
5: Weather
6: Sports
9: Comics
10: Classifieds
See KOA | Page 3
Hughes looks to Broadway
Mary Kate Hughes has been on
stage since she was a child.
The first performance she remem-
bers is being in her church’s Nativ-
ity play, and she appeared in several
Starkville High School musicals be-
fore graduating in 2013. But when
she went to the University of Missis-
sippi, she chose vocal performance as
a major, thinking her future lay there
specifically. Then she performed in a
musical theater revue, as well as an op-
era, and her mind began to change.
“I think it was my first year at
Ole Miss that showed me that I be-
longed in the musical theater indus-
try, and not just pursuing a career as
a recording artist, that I should do
more with my training, that I should
do more with my life than just sing-
ing,” Hughes said. “Broadway hasn’t
really been my goal until recently. To
be honest, I never thought I was cut
out for a professional musical theater
Now, Hughes is one of 11 finalists
in Stagelighter’s Break Into Broadway
Showcase, where winning could open
up opportunities for her in the Mecca
of musical theater and beyond.
At stake, Hughes said, is an oppor-
tunity to meet six of the top casting di-
rectors in New York City, along with
an all-expenses-paid trip to New York
City, backstage access to a Broadway
show and more. Hughes said these six
casting directors selected the 11 final-
ists from among thousands of entrants,
but choosing the winner is more dem-
ocratic: Facebook users can vote once
per day on their favorite performer by
going to
stagelighter and clicking on the Break
Into Broadway link near the top. Vot-
ing runs through Sunday, and the
winner will be announced Monday.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for
an aspiring performer,” Hughes said.
“You would get to privately meet
with six of the top casting agents ...
one-on-one, and that’s something that
even the big stars on Broadway don’t
get to do. What makes this so huge is
that it’s very personal, and it gets you
on their radar. These men and women
are working on projects all the time.
They are constantly looking for new
faces to put in shows ranging from
Broadway to off-Broadway to feature
films. There’s no limit to the possibili-
ties that could come from this if I were
to win this showcase.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the
competition was tight. Hughes led
the vote with 825 votes, with the next
nearest competitor, Michael Browne
of Boston, carrying 742 votes. Hughes
said she respected all 10 other finalists
as fierce competitors, and she felt she
would need all available support to
KOA benefits from
county lake changes
Recent changes to Oktibbeha County lake have put the camp-
grounds on the map, literally.
This year, the lake became part of the Kampgrounds of Amer-
ica (KOA), a franchise campground association which includes
locations across the country.
Hobie Hobart, managing partner of Starkville KOA, said be-
coming a franchise has helped increase people’s awareness of the
lake and the facilities it offers.
“The park used to be under the control of the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and there were al-
ways a few camp sites out here,” Hobart said. “But we became
a KOA member this March, and that has really paid off as far as
publicity goes.”
Hobart said that, as part of the KOA network, the county
lake campgrounds are listed on the KOA website and app, along
with all of their other locations across the country. Although
visitors do not have to be KOA members to camp or come to the
water park, members do receive a 10 percent discount, he added.
“KOA memberships basically are a rewards program, and
you can build up points for every KOA campground you visit,”
Hobart said. “KOA really just offers a higher standard for camp-
grounds, and we’ve seen some increase in activity this season.”
KOA membership for first-time clients costs $27 for an an-
nual pass, but Hobart said that people who are not members can
still use the all the amenities available at the campground, which
include the Wet-n-Wild water park that opened last summer.
Deluxe cabins start at $125 a night and price varies depend-
ing on the day of the week and time of the year. RV hook-ups
feature cable and can range from $40-$62 dollars, while tent
camping costs $21. Visitors who camp on site are given a limited
number of passes for the water park, but the general public can
pay $10 for an all day pass. Season passes for the water park and
for fishing are also available.
Hobart said that the lake’s location makes the area a good
spot to vacation while still staying close to convenience.
“I have a couple coming to stay this weekend from Texas,
and they asked me if there was anything to do if it rained one
day,” Hobart said. “And, of course, we’re only about eight miles
Oktibbeha County lake is home to Wet-n-Wild water park,
which opened for operation last summer. From Memorial
Day through Labor Day, the water park is open daily from 10
a.m. until 6 p.m. The lake additionally offers camping that
accommodates either tents or RVs and also has five cabins
available for rental. (Photo by Kayleigh Swisher, SDN)
Construction worker Luis Felipe operates at a worksite Thursday in front of Giggleswick Village in Starkville. C Spire
contracted the project, which marks the beginning of construction that will bring the company’s Fiber to the Home
program to the Timber Cove/College Station/Polos neighborhood. Fiber to the Home will provide 1 gigabyte-per-
second Internet speeds to residential neighborhoods in Starkville. (Photo by Ariel King, SDN)
2 men released from jail
on Cochran photo charges
Associated Press
JACKSON — Two men charged with
conspiring to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad
Cochran’s ailing wife were released from
jail Thursday after a court lowered their
Madison County District Attorney Mi-
chael Guest said his office agreed to re-
duce bonds for Clayton Kelly of Pearl and
Richard Sager of Laurel after their attor-
neys appealed amounts set by a Madison
city judge as too high.
“Based on those motions, the circuit
court (with our agreement) lowered the
bond for both defendants,” Guest wrote
in a text message sent to a reporter with
The Associated Press. The cases are now
being sent to a Madison County grand
jury, he added.
Madison police investigators say the
conspiracy was intended to use images
of Rose Cochran to advance allegations
that her husband, the senator, was having
an inappropriate relationship. State Sen.
Chris McDaniel, who’s challenging Co-
chran, has raised questions about whether
it’s appropriate for Cochran to bring a fe-
male aide on a large number of official,
taxpayer-funded trips overseas. Thad Co-
chran has denied any inappropriate acts.
Rose Cochran has been institutional-
ized with dementia since 2001, has lost
the ability to speak and is receiving hos-
pice care, according to her family. Mc-
Daniel has denied having anything to do
with photographing the senator’s wife.
Kelly, who has a conservative political
blog called Constitutional Clayton, was
released from the Madison County jail af-
ter posting $75,000 bond, reduced from
$250,000. Police say he photographed
Rose Cochran, without permission, in a
nursing home and posted her image in an
online video. He’s charged with exploita-
tion of a vulnerable adult, filming without
permission and conspiracy. Kelly has pro-
McDaniel photos on his Facebook page
and anti-Cochran statements on his blog.
Kevin Camp, Kelly’s attorney, said
the lowered bonds are “in line” with the
charges. Camp said he expected the case
would be presented to a grand jury within
the next two to three months.
See CHARGES | Page 3
See HUGHES | Page 3
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 announce-
ments will be taken over the telephone.
Announcements submitted after noon
will not be published for the next day’s
paper. To submit announcements, email
uSessums Community
Cemetery Meeting — There
will be an annual meeting of
the Sessums Community Cem-
etery at 7 p.m. on Thursday at
the Austin Church of Christ
Holiness USA located on Tur-
key Creek Road in the Sessums
community. It is extremely im-
portant that all members be in
attendance to pay your joining
cemetery fee by Saturday. Con-
tact Emma Conley at 662-323-
7520 for more information.
uBook Signing Event —
Author Sandra Collier, a resi-
dent of Ackerman, MS, will be
available to sign copies of her
book, Why are There Colors
in the Sky?, from 1-3 p.m. on
Saturday at the Book Mart &
Cafe, located at 120 E Main St
in Starkville. For more infor-
mation, contact call (405)458-
5642 or email Michelle Whit-
man at
uAppreciation Program
— There will be an Apprecia-
tion Program for the Golden
Gates of Starkville at 7 p.m.
on Saturday at First Baptist
M.B. Church located in Pheba.
Various groups will be in atten-
dance. The Public is invited to
uUsher Program — Zion
Cypress U. M. Church invites
the public to its annual usher
program which will be held at
3 p.m. on Sunday. The guest
speaker will be Sis. Rose Cof-
fee Graham from Pleasant Hill
Church. For additional infor-
mation, contact Lena Smith
at 662-324-4674. Rev. Eddie
Hinton is the pastor.
uVacation Bible School
— The Episcopal Church of
the Resurrection will hold its
Vacation Bible School Mon-
day-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon
daily. They are located at 105
North Montgomery Street.
Please contact the church of-
fice at resurrectionstarkville@ or 662-323-3483
for more information.
uRotary Meeting — The
Starkville Rotary Club will
meet at 11:45 a.m. at the
Starkville Country Club. The
speaker will be Mikel Davis,
DVM, who is retired from the
MSU Vet School and raises
Fleckvieh Simmental and Red
Angus cattle. John Robert Ar-
nold will introduce him.
uBook Sale — The Friends
of the Starkville Public Library
will hold its monthly book sale
from noon to 6 p.m. on Mon-
day. A summer reading special
will include selected groups of
fiction on sale for $1.00. Rev-
enue from the sale of books is
used to support library proj-
uVacation Bible School —
Austin Church of Christ (Hol)
USA will hold its Vacation
Bible School Monday-Friday
from 5:30-8 p.m. nightly. The
theme is Jesus Family Reunion:
The Remix! For more informa-
tion, please contact Sis. Debo-
rah Judon at 662-323-9507 or
Sis. Vergie Bash at 662-324-
uOCH “Stork Support”
Classes — OCH Regional
Medical Center will hold
weekly childbirth classes at the
OCH Ed Facility.from 6-8:30
p.m. on Mondays during June.
Prepared childbirth classes
provide helpful information
about prenatal care, relaxation
techniques, labor and delivery,
postpartum care and many oth-
er aspects of childbirth. A cer-
tified childbirth educator will
lead the class, with special visits
from healthcare professionals.
The fee is $70. To sign up or
for questions, call Paula Hamil-
ton, perinatal nurse manager at
(662) 615-3364.
uRevival Services — Ho-
gan Chapel AME Church of
Pheba will host revival services
from Monday- Wednesday at 7
p.m. nightly. Guest speaker will
be Rev. Bruce Guyton, Pastor
of Johnson Creek MB Church.
Pastor Golden along with the
HCC family invites the public
to attend.
uNAACP Meeting — Ok-
tibbeha County Branch of the
NAACP monthly meeting are
held every second Thursday
at 6 pm at Oktibbeha County
Courthouse Main St. Contact
president Chris Taylor 662-
617-3671 or Willie E. Thomas
Sr. 662-418-9687 for informa-
uYTA Summer Perform-
ing Arts Program — Register
for Youth Taking Authority
(YTA) Summer Performing
Arts Program! Learn and re-
hearse skits, dances, and mu-
sical productions created just
for you. Perform for your fam-
ily and friends, wear and keep
fabulous costumes and do it
all while gaining invaluable
performing experience! Reg-
istration is open until May 1.
Classes start Saturday, May 3
at 1 pm in the aerobics room
of Starkville Sportsplex. The
group will perform “Center
Stage” at a local festival event
this summer. For more infor-
mation or to pre-register for
YTA Performing Arts Sum-
mer Program at Starkville
Sportsplex, call Stefanie Ash-
ford at (662) 268-7747.
u Clover Leaf Garden
Club Meeting — The Clover
Leaf Garden Club meets the
first Wednesday of the month
at 1 p.m. at the Starkville
Sportsplex. For more informa-
tion, call 323-3497. u ABE/
GED Classes — Free ABE/
GED classes are offered at the
Emerson Family School and
the J.L. King Center. Emerson
classes are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and are
held at 1504 Louisville Street.
J.L King classes are from 8
a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday -
Thursday and are held at 700
Long Street. Call 324-4183 or
324-6913 respectively for more
u Starkville School Dis-
trict — SSD Lunch Applica-
tions for 2013-14 school year
now available. The Office of
Child Nutrition is now located
on the north end of the Hen-
derson Ward Stewart Com-
plex. Office hours are Monday
through Friday from 7 a.m.
to 3 p.m. The Office of Child
nutrition has also completed
the direct certification process
for families who automatically
qualify for certain benefits and
services. For more informa-
tion contact Nicole Thomas at
or 662-615-0021.
uStorytime — Maben Pub-
lic Library will have storytime
at 10 a.m. on Fridays. Lots of
fun activities along with a story
with Ms. Mary. Children ages
3-6 are invited!
uMini Moo Time — The
Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds
Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. ev-
ery Thursday. There are stories,
activities, and crafts for kids six
and under. The event is free.
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 LLLONG89@hot-
u Dulcimer and More
Society — The Dulcimer &
More Society will meet from
6:15-8 p.m. every first, second,
fourth and fifth Thursday in
the Starkville Sportsplex activi-
ties room and play at 3 p.m. on
the third Saturdays at the Car-
rington Nursing Home. Jam
sessions are held with the pri-
mary instruments being dulci-
mers, but other acoustic instru-
ments are welcome to join in
playing folk music, traditional
ballads and hymns. For more
information, contact 662-323-
u Samaritan Club meet-
ings — 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 com-
munity service and supports
youth programs. For more
information, email starkvillesa- or call
662-323-1338. Please see
our website: http://www.
u Worship services —
Love City Fellowship Church,
at 305 Martin Luther King Jr.
Drive in Starkville, will hold
worship services at 11 a.m. ev-
ery 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 emer-
gency 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 Thurs-
day or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Friday or stop by the offices
at OSERVS, 501 Highway 12
West, Suite 130 during those
same hours. Fees are assessed
per participant and include all
necessary training materials.
u Writing group — The
Starkville Writer’s Group meets
the first and third Saturday of
the month at 10 a.m. in the up-
stairs area of the Bookmart and
Cafe in downtown Starkville.
For more information, contact
Debra Wolf at dkwolf@cop- or call 662-323-8152.
uSquare dancing — Danc-
ing and instruction on basic
steps every Monday 7-9 p.m. at
the Sportplex Annex, 405 Lynn
Lane. Enjoy learning with our
caller and friendly help from
experienced dancers. Follow
the covered walk to the small
building. Look us up on Face-
book “Jolly Squares”.
uDance team applications
— KMG Creations children
dance company “The Dream
Team” is currently accepting
dance applications for the 4-6
year old group and 10-18 year
old group. For more informa-
tion, call 662-648-9333 or e-
mail danzexplosion@yahoo.
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of in-
terdenominational ladies for
lunch and discussion about the
book “Streams in the Desert”
from noon to 1 p.m. resuming
Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe
in downtown Starkville. For
more information, please call
u Quilting Group Meet-
ing — The Golden Triangle
Quilters Guild meets the third
Thursday of the month at 5:30
p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex
Community Building. All levels
of quilters are welcome. Con-
tact Gloria Reeves at 418-7905
or Luanne Blankenship at 323-
7597 for more information.
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 Hospi-
tal 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 in-
formation, call Carly Wheat at
662-615-1519 or email carly.
u MSU Philharmonia —
Pre-college musicians looking
for a full orchestra experience
are welcome to join MSU Phil-
harmonia from 6-8 p.m. on
Mondays in the MSU Band
Hall at 72 Hardy Road. Wind
players must have high school
band experience and be able
to read music, and junior and
senior high school string play-
ers must be able to read mu-
sic 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 con-
tact 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 Rule 62: Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings — The
Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics
Anonymous meets at 10 a.m.
Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Tues-
days at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church. Participants are en-
couraged to use the office en-
trance off the rear parking lot.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership gathers with Dawg House Storage owners Chris Carol
and Davey McReynolds, to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently on Highway 25 in Starkville. The storage
facilities are located at 9722 MS Highway 25. (Submitted photo)
Page 2
Fri day, May 30, 2014
See TOWN | Page 3
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3
Saturday • May 31 • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Synergetics Parking Lot • 501 Highway 12 West
Odds and Ends
Sweet Potato Vine
“Every single finalist is de-
serving of this opportunity,”
Hughes said. “They’re all hard
workers, and some of these
people are already performing
in New York City theaters.
They’re at very reputable in-
stitutions like Carnegie Mellon
and Columbia University. I’ve
got some stiff competition, but
I think they’re all very deserv-
More than a few Starkville
residents Hughes has worked
with in the past have already
begun building her voter base.
Starkville High School the-
ater teacher Jessica Price said
she had reached out to others
through Facebook and social
media because she felt Hughes
had the talent and drive to suc-
ceed on Broadway.
“I’ve directed her in a couple
of plays, I’ve been in a couple
of plays with her, and I’ve nev-
er met anyone more deserving
of this chance,” Price said. “In
the (SHS) musical last year,
‘Anything Goes,’ in the middle
of her solo, the microphone
went out and she was able to
carry that solo over the entire
orchestra successfully. She has
a really, really strong singing
Pattye Archer is coordina-
tor for Mississippi State Uni-
versity’s instructional media
center and a frequent leader
in Starkville Community The-
ater productions. She said she
is currently directing Hughes
in rehearsals for a SCT musi-
cal revue called “Unexpected
Song: Broadway Re-Revued.”
She said Hughes had talent
not only in singing but also
in acting, citing Hughes’ ‘Best
Actress’ award from the Mis-
sissippi Theatre Association’s
2013 Secondary Festival. She
also said a win for Hughes
would, in a sense, be a win for
all of Mississippi.
“We’re not always painted
in the best light in the national
picture, and I think this is a
great reminder that we have a
lot of talented people in Mis-
sissippi,” Archer said. “I think
this is a wonderful opportu-
nity for anyone to have the
chance to go to New York and
meet casting directors and get
feedback from them. Just the
fact that she got nominated
and was actually selected by
one of the casting directors
is such an accomplishment in
and of itself. She knows what
her dream is, she’s willing to
go for it, and I think that’s to
be commended.”
Hughes said she was grate-
ful to friends from Starkville
who had spread the word
about her entry into the com-
petition and she hoped for
continued support.
“It’s very humbling,”
Hughes said. “You never know
how many people you have
behind you and supporting
you until something like this
comes along. I’m just grateful
for how good Starkville is at
supporting one of their own.
It’s like one large family that
has my back. I have people
who are constantly tweeting
things in my favor, who are
sharing (news of the compe-
tition with) people I’ve never
Sager, charged with evidence
tampering and conspiracy, was
released after posting $50,000
bond, down from the original
$500,000. A physical education
teacher, Sager posted a McDan-
iel campaign event on his Face-
book page.
Ridgeland attorney Mark
Mayfield, a Central Missis-
sippi Tea Party board member
who has helped raise campaign
cash for McDaniel, posted a
$250,000 bond on one count
of conspiracy the day he was ar-
Police charged former talk ra-
dio host John Mary of Hatties-
burg with conspiracy involving
the exploitation of a vulnerable
person and photographing or
filming of a person without per-
mission where there is an expec-
tation of privacy. But they did
not jail him, citing health prob-
lems. Mary took over hosting a
conservative talk radio show af-
ter McDaniel left that job before
being elected to the state Senate.
from town, so we’re only a few
minutes away from the movie
theater, bowling and different
activities in town.”
Hobart also said that the
lake’s close proximity to town
is important for emergency
situations, too.
“I’ve also had to send people
into town for doctors or for
vets if their pet gets sick,” Ho-
bart said. “Sometimes [guests]
have car issues and need help
with that, but it’s never hard
to get help out here since we
aren’t really out that far.”
Although new develop-
ments to the area have increase
attraction to the county lake,
District 3 Supervisor Marvell
Howard said the work has been
an ongoing effort between the
county and Oktibbeha County
School District.
“The majority of the county
lake property is located on 16th
section land,” Howard said.
“The school board leased the
land out a few years ago, but
the revenue from the lease still
goes to the conservator to be
used for education.”
Howard said that the de-
velopment of the lake and sur-
rounding campgrounds has
benefited both the schools and
the county government.”
“A long time ago, the coun-
ty lake used to be the happen-
ing place to be,” Howard said.
“Then it fell into some bad
management and over the years
kind of just fell into nothing.
But now, it’s really making a
comeback, and it has enhanced
the area tremendously. It really
is a win-win situation.”
Hobart said that he is ex-
cited by the ongoing improve-
ments of the area, and he hopes
to continue to witness expan-
“We are hoping in the future
to have resort status and add a
restaurant,” Hobart said. “We
also have plans for the sum-
mer that include a family talent
night, movies on the beach and
other activities that we hope
will attract more people.”
Hobart added that he hopes
the new events and attractions
at the lake will not only bring
in out-of-town visitors but ap-
peal to local residents, as well.
“This place has really start-
ed to become a destination,”
Hobart said. “Whether people
come from five miles away or
50, this is an easy way to get
out of the house and have some
From page 1
From page 1
From page 1
Mary Kate Hughes (at right) sings in Starkville Community Theater’s musical revue “SCT
Unplugged” as Brenda Mayo (left) and Janis Ross look on. Hughes is one of 11 finalists in
Stagelighter’s Break Into Broadway Showcase. (Submitted photo)
Anyone with a desire to stop
drinking is welcome to attend.
For more information, call
u Al-Anon meeting —
The Starkville group meets at
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs at
Episcopal Church of the Res-
urrection. Call 662-323-1692,
662-418-5535 or 601-663-
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 infor-
mation and directions to the
church, call 662-320-9988 or
uHealing rooms — From
6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday,
Starkville Healing Rooms pro-
vide a loving, safe and confi-
dential environment where you
can come to receive healing
prayer for physical healing, en-
couragement, or other needs.
Our teams consist of Spirit-
filled Christians from different
local churches. No appoint-
ment necessary. Rooms are lo-
cated upstairs in the Starkville
Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn
Lane in Starkville. For more in-
formation, call 662-418-5596
or email info@worldaflame- and visit http://
u Alcoholics Anonymous
— The Starkville A.A. Group
meets six days per week down-
stairs at the Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection. Call 327-
8941 or visit www.starkvilleaa.
org for schedules and more in-
u PEO Chapter N meet-
ing — The PEO Chapter N
meeting is held 9 a.m. the sec-
ond Thursday of each month.
PEO is an organization of
women helping women reach
for the stars. For more infor-
mation about monthly meet-
ings contact Bobbie Walton at
u Senior Center activi-
ties — The Starkville Senior
Enrichment Center on Miley
Drive will host Party Bridge on
Mondays and Fridays at 1:30
p.m. 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 af-
ternoon visiting following. For
more information, call 662-
u Alzheimer’s meetings
— The Starkville Church of
Christ (1107 East Lee Blvd.)
will host the monthly meet-
ing of the Alzheimer’s Support
Group on each first Tuesday
at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and
support caregivers of those suf-
fering from Alzheimer’s Syn-
drome. For more information,
call 323-1499.
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
u Gentle Yoga — Gentle
yoga will be held Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trin-
ity Presbyterian Church at 607
Hospital Road in Starkville.
The course is free and tailored
to beginners.
u Community call-in
prayer service — The Peter’s
Rock Temple COGIC will
sponsor a call-in prayer ser-
vice for those in need on Sat-
urdays from 9 a.m.-noon and
Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your
name, number and prayer re-
quest and the Prayer Team will
contact you. Call 662-615-
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 601-527-1553.
u Project HELP —
Project HELP with Fam-
ily 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, per-
sonal hygiene items, and\or
in-school tutoring. Call Mamie
Guest or Cappe Hallberg at
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-
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
u Starkville Writer’s
Group — The Starkville
Writers’ Group will meet on
the first and third Saturday of
each month at the Book Mart
in downtown Starkville. Con-
tact Stan Brown at spb107@
u Brotherhood breakfast
— Men and boys are wel-
come 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 yard work
at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked
to bring yard supplies. Of-
ficer 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 Pres-
byterian Church in Starkville.
Call 662-312-2175.
uFree childbirth classes
— To pre-register, call 320-
4607. Free childcare and
snacks are provided. Space is
uTutoring — New Cen-
tury Mentoring & Tutoring
Summer Program, Monday
through Friday, 7 a.m. until
6 p.m. For students pre-K
through sixth grade. For more
information, call 662-418
u Longview Baptist
Church — Longview Bap-
tist Church, 991 Buckner St.,
Longview, has Sunday school
at 10 a.m., morning worship
at 11 a.m., discipleship train-
ing at 5:15 p.m., evening wor-
ship at 6 p.m. and Wednesday
prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m.
For more informatin, con-
tact Pastor Larry W. Yarber
at 662-769-4774, or email
u Beth-el M.B. Church
— Beth-el MB Church,1766
MS Highway 182 West,
Starkville, has morning wor-
ship at 8 and 10:45 a.m.,
Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.,
children’s church on sec-
ond Sundays at 10:45 a.m.,
midmorning Bible study on
Wednesday at 11 a.m. and a
prayer meeting on Wednes-
days at 6:30 p.m. For more
information contact 662-324-
uVolunteer Starkville —
Have you been looking for the
right volunteer opportunity
for you? Or maybe you are a
nonprofit organization need-
ing help recruiting volunteers
for your cause or event? We at
Volunteer Starkville can help
you find volunteer opportuni-
ties that match your interests
and can assist your organiza-
tion in your volunteer recruit-
ment efforts at no cost.Con-
tact us today by phone (662)
268-2865 or email at info@, and
be sure to visit our website at
uVolunteer with Gentiva
Hospice — Gentiva Hospice
is looking for dynamic volun-
teers to join our team. Areas of
interest may include home vis-
its, phone calls, letter or card
writing, and crafts or baking
for patients. Volunteers can
donate as little as one hour per
week or much more. Also, we
are looking for Veteran volun-
teers for our “We Honor Vet-
erans” program. Contact Dori
Jenrette at 662-615-1519 or
From page 2
Page 4
Fri day, May 30, 2014
(USPS #519-660)
Starkville Daily News, 304 Lampkin St., P.O. Box 1068, Starkville, MS 39760.
Phone: 323-1642. FAX: 323-6586. Internet:
Starkville Daily News is the successor to the Starkville News (established in 1901)
and the East Mississippi Times (established in 1867), which were consolidated
in 1926.
Subscription Rates: Subscribers are encouraged to make payment and be billed
through the Daily News office on the following basis:
• By Carrier: 3 months, $36; 6 months, $63; 1 year, $106.
• By Mail: 1 month $18, 3 months, $54; 6 months, $108; 1 year, $216.
Postmaster: Send address changes to the Starkville Daily
News, P.O. Drawer 1068, Starkville, MS 39760. Periodi-
cals postage paid at Starkville, MS 39760.
Copyright 2013, Starkville Daily News. All Rights Re-
served. All property rights for the entire contents of this
publication shall be the property of the Starkville Daily
News. No part hereof may be reproduced without prior
written consent.
Publisher: Don Norman,
Business Manager: Mona Howell,
Editor: Zack Plair,
Education Reporter: Steven Nalley,
General Reporter: Alex Holloway,
Kayleigh Swisher,
Lifestyles Reporter: Ariel King,
Sports Editor: Danny Smith,
Sports Reporters: Ben Wait, Jason Edwards
Account Executives:
Wendy Hays,
Vickie Robertson,
Blake Prisock,
Classified/Legals Rep:
Circulation Manager: Byron Norman,
Circulation Clerk: Candie Johnson,
Circulation Associate: R.W. Tutton
Production Manager: Byron Norman,
Graphic Artists:
Chris McMillen,
Connor Guyton,
Casondra Barlow,
Page Designers:
Jason Cleveland, Stephanie Nokes
Pressroom Foreman: Don Thorpe
Pressroom Associate: Matt Collins, Adam Clark
Member Newspaper
The art of frying biscuits (and everything else)
By Ronda Rich
Syndicated Columnist
Mama used to fry biscuits. If you
knew Mama, that doesn’t surprise
you because she fried every food
possible. In the course of her life, I
knew her to fry green beans, corn,
grits and cornmeal mush.
Should you not know what mush
is, it’s probably because you aren’t
from poor Southern mountain
people who ate whatever would fill
their stomachs. Corn, Mama used
to say, sustained them because it
grew plentiful in the hard, rocky,
nutrient-poor red clay. That’s how
moonshine came to be because the
resourceful mountaineers figured out
how to turn the corn into “likker.”
Just before Mama died, corn pric-
es went crazy to the point that all the
news shows were talking about the
high price of corn. “I’m glad that I
lived long enough to see corn worth
something,” she said, shaking her
head. “My daddy wouldn’t believe
But it could quiet their hunger
and that, to the poor Appalachian
people, was worth its weight in gold.
Many generations of my ancestors
knew hunger as a constant compan-
Mama grew up on mush -- a mix-
ture of cornmeal (which they ground
themselves), water, butter, salt --
and developed a love for what is the
substantive, hearty cousin of grits.
“I think I’d like to have some
mush,” Mama said once or twice a
month when I was growing up. I
developed a taste for it, too.
It was usually better the second
night, because Mama would fry
the leftovers in a cast-iron skillet
with lots of butter. It was delicious
and it was an example of Mama’s
lifelong mantra, “Waste not, want
Still, of all the things she fried
-- cured ham, hominy, kale, okra,
cornbread, squash, green tomatoes
(my favorite) -- the one I miss most
are her fried biscuits. There weren’t
many days of Mama’s life when she
didn’t make biscuits. For over 50
years, she made fluffy biscuits every
morning, forming them perfectly
and placing them on a pan into a
hot oven. Fried biscuits were a lazy,
quick fix which became her staple
after Daddy died. Self-rising flour
and buttermilk (no shortening)
stirred up quickly and dropped into
sizzling grease in a cast-iron skillet.
They were delicious hot but almost
as good when cold.
Oh, to be able to count the times
that I stopped by her house and
wandered into the kitchen to see
what leftovers might be in a dish on
the top of the stove. If there were
three biscuits left, I ate all three. If
there happened to be leftover crisp
bacon, I was in heaven.
I miss those fried biscuits. Yes,
I can make them and sometimes I
do. But there was something dif-
ferent about Mama’s biscuits and
something special about finding the
cold ones waiting for me on the
stove as though Mama knew I’d be
stopping by.
It’s a delicious memory.
The search for a summer job
Enterprise Journal
As my son Thomas has learned the
past few years, the toughest job for a
college student is finding one in the
Through high school he was a bus-
boy at Justin’s on the Lake, and I am
still grateful to Mike and Marshia Boyd
for hiring him and keeping him em-
ployed for more than two years.
The restaurant, in fact, is where one
of the waitresses, Sandra Martin, told
Mary Ann and me about five years
ago that it had been such a pleasure to
watch Thomas grow and mature into a
young man. For parents of a teenager,
it doesn’t get any better than to hear
something like that.
During his college years, Thomas
worked one summer as a cashier at the
Walmart in McComb. He also worked
at the Enterprise-Journal, calling small
businesses to solicit ads for our annual
phone book.
The ad staff still giggles about his
sales pitch, which included the intro-
duction, “Hello, this is Thomas Ryan
with the Enterprise-Journal phone
book department.” It sounded good
— since he was a department of one.
But the last two years, he has strug-
gled to find work for the summer, and
never did catch on anywhere.
I know he’s not alone; a friend
called me last week to ask if we had
anything available at the newspaper for
her daughter, who like Thomas is in
Part of the problem is that a lot of
kids are way too picky about what job
they’ll take. Thomas, for example, did
not wish to return to the cashier’s job
at Walmart, even though his supervi-
sors praised his courteous treatment of
customers. My thinking was, it’s a job
for the summer; take whatever you can
He has finally learned that lesson,
which is a good thing, because when
he graduates in 2015, he will be enter-
ing a pretty tough market for full-time
When he returned home from
school a couple of weeks ago, Mary
Ann put him right on the job trail. By
my estimate, he’s been to 12-15 places
so far. Both his parents, when stopping
at a restaurant or retail store, have not
hesitated to ask if there is any part-time
work available.
While jogging at the McComb
High School track one evening last
week, I bumped into a friend who
runs a business. The subject of summer
work came up and I said the recession
has made it more difficult for college
students to find a job.
He agreed, saying he used to hire
five or six people each summer but
simply couldn’t afford to any more.
In ordinary times, college students
may have had an advantage over other
workers during the summer. An em-
ployer could be reasonably confident
that a college student would be a ca-
pable fill-in for a couple of months.
Things are different now. If Thom-
as’ experience showed me anything,
it’s that more employers are looking
for people who won’t leave in August
to return to school. They hope some
of these non-college workers will stick
around a while longer.
I get it. If my kids were still in high
school, I’d argue in favor of hiring
11th graders who will stay on when
school resumes. Since mine are in col-
lege, I can’t help but wonder if this
perceived aversion to college students
is short-sighted.
Assuming other college students
are scrounging for work too, I’m glad
to share the advice Thomas got from
his parents — repeatedly — the last
three years:
n Don’t be a snob. If you need
some money, take whatever work is
available. Learn from my son’s mis-
take in resisting a return to Walmart.
n Don’t be shy. Ask everywhere.
Some kids seem to think there are
only four or five places to find a part-
time job in Pike County. That’s just
wrong; there are dozens, and em-
ployees leave all the time. If you need
work, you’ve got to stop in at every
one of them.
nBe persistent. If you stop some-
where and ask if they’re hiring, odds
are good that you’ll speak to someone
who’s busy with 16 other things. It
may take two or three return trips be-
fore they see a potential employee.
n Cross your fingers. Say a prayer.
Sometimes getting a summer job is
as easy walking into a business right
after someone has quit. Timing and
good luck mean a lot.
There is a happy ending to this sto-
ry. On Friday afternoon, while I was
writing this column, I got a call from
Thomas. He found a summer job and
starts this week.
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5
Weather Obituary
Today's Weather
Local 5-Day Forecast
storms de-
veloping dur-
ing the after-
noon. High
5:47 AM
7:59 PM
and thunder-
storms late.
5:47 AM
7:59 PM
storms pos-
5:47 AM
8:00 PM
Highs in the
mid 80s and
lows in the
upper 60s.
5:46 AM
8:01 PM
chance of a
5:46 AM
8:01 PM
81/69 Starkville
Mississippi At A Glance
Area Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Baton Rouge, LA 83 69 t-storm Memphis, TN 81 69 t-storm
Biloxi 79 73 t-storm Meridian 78 67 t-storm
Birmingham, AL 86 66 t-storm Mobile, AL 81 72 t-storm
Brookhavem 79 67 t-storm Montgomery, AL 88 67 t-storm
Cleveland 81 68 t-storm Natchez 82 68 t-storm
Columbus 81 68 t-storm New Albany 83 67 t-storm
Corinth 82 66 t-storm New Orleans, LA 83 72 t-storm
Greenville 81 69 t-storm Oxford 82 67 t-storm
Grenada 83 67 t-storm Philadelphia 79 66 t-storm
Gulfport 80 74 t-storm Senatobia 81 67 t-storm
Hattiesburg 80 69 t-storm Starkville 79 66 t-storm
Jackson 80 68 t-storm Tunica 79 68 t-storm
Laurel 78 68 t-storm Tupelo 83 67 t-storm
Little Rock, AR 79 67 t-storm Vicksburg 81 68 t-storm
Mc Comb 80 68 t-storm Yazoo City 81 68 t-storm
National Cities
City Hi Lo Cond. City Hi Lo Cond.
Atlanta 88 68 t-storm Minneapolis 85 64 sunny
Boston 68 52 rain New York 73 58 pt sunny
Chicago 77 55 sunny Phoenix 100 74 sunny
Dallas 87 69 t-storm San Francisco 62 51 pt sunny
Denver 72 51 t-storm Seattle 70 51 sunny
Houston 87 70 t-storm St. Louis 84 68 t-storm
Los Angeles 82 62 pt sunny Washington, DC 76 60 pt sunny
Miami 85 76 t-storm
Moon Phases
May 28
Jun 5
Jun 13
Jun 19
UV Index
Very High
Very High
Very High
The UV Index is measured on a 0 - 11 number scale,
with a higher UV Index showing the need for greater
skin protection.
0 11
©2010 American Profile Hometown Content Service
James Franklin Hooper
Mr. James Franklin Hooper, 74, retired Inspector with Bab-
cock & Wilcox Mfg., died 5/27/14 at the North Ms. Medi-
cal Center in Tupelo, Ms. Funeral Services will be 11:00AM
Saturday 5/31/14 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial
in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation will
be 5:30PM until 8:00PM Friday 5/30 at the funeral home.
Mr. Hooper was a member of the Mathiston Church of God
and was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife; Joyce
Vance Hooper, Mathiston, a daughter; Renae Hooper, Athens,
Al., two sons; Pastor Don Hooper, Hattisburg, Ms. and Jason
Hooper, Brandon, Ms., a sister; Martha Nell Hall, Mathiston,
Ms., three brothers; Hugh Hooper, John Edd Hooper and
Thomas Everette Hooper all of Mathiston, Ms. and two grand-
children. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all
You may go online and sign our guestbook at http://www.
Boys State Commissioner for Agriculture Johnathon Gage of Picayune visits with Mississippi Commissioner for Agriculture
and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith following her remarks at Mississippi State University on May 29. (Photo by Megan Bean,
MSU Public Affairs)
For Starkville Daily News
Cindy Hyde-Smith, the
Mississippi Commissioner of
Agriculture and Commerce,
challenged participants in the
2014 American Legion Boys
State to work hard and make
wise choices when she spoke
Thursday at Mississippi State
“Farmers are some of the
most resilient people around.
They are good businessmen
and women with positive atti-
tudes,” she said.
Hyde-Smith told the 380
Boys State participants about
visiting a Winston County
poultry farmer. His family had
the foresight to install a storm
shelter and take cover in it
three minutes before the April
28 tornado demolished their
house and poultry barns.
“As soon as the farmer came
out of the shelter, he started
cleaning up and getting ready
to rebuild,” she said.
“Never stop applying your-
self. If you are the smartest one
in the room, you are in the
wrong room,” she said. “Be
courageous. Step out of your
comfort zone. There is nothing
wrong with failing. A master
has failed more times than a
beginner has tried.”
Hyde-Smith added that
wise choices have long-term
implications. For example,
poor decisions about postings
on social media sites may never
go away. She warned the teens
that “employers are watching.”
Hyde-Smith became the
first woman to be elected
Mississippi’s commissioner of
agriculture and commerce in
2011 after serving 12 years in
the Mississippi State Senate.
As a state senator, she was an
advocate for Mississippi farm-
ers, serving as the chairman of
the Agriculture Committee for
eight years and as a member of
numerous other committees.
“I’ve got the best job in gov-
ernment,” said the state’s lead-
ing advocate for agriculture.
Hyde-Smith recently gained
insight into the national chal-
lenge of immigration. She
joined other agricultural com-
missioners for a meeting in
Texas and toured the border
“I knew a little about the
challenges, but this gave me
the opportunity to see it first-
hand. They told me that they
had detained 1,400 illegals just
the night before and pulled sev-
en bodies from the Rio Grande
River. The next challenge
would be to process them back
out of the country,” she said.
“This is an important national
issue that we must address.”
Hyde-Smith concisely ex-
plained her platform on immi-
“I support the legal way to
get here and the legal way to
send (illegals) back,” she said.
The commissioner took
questions from the audience
covering topics such as nega-
tive campaigns, immigration,
discrimination, water shortages
and fire ants.
Johnathon Gage of Pica-
yune was elected the Boys State
Commissioner of Agriculture
and Commerce. He said the
business aspect motivated him
to run for that office. Like
Hyde-Smith, who owns her
own farm and stockyard in Lin-
coln County, Gage is a business
“I have a grass cutting busi-
ness, taking care of 10 two-acre
yards,” he explained. “That was
one reason I asked her about
fire ant control.”
Gage, the son of an active
duty member of the U.S. Coast
Guard, said he hopes to attend
either the Coast Guard Acad-
emy or Naval Academy.
MSU was selected in 2013
as the host campus through
2015 for Mississippi’s Ameri-
can Legion Boys State. Boys
State teaches upcoming high
school seniors how government
works and helps them develop
leadership skills and nurture an
appreciation for the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship.
More about Boys State is
available at www.msboysstate.
Mississippi Boys State also
is on Twitter @MS_Boysstate
and Facebook at https://www.
To learn more about MSU,
Hard work, wise choices
offer keys to leadership
The 21st CCLC: Trans-
formers program is in need
of volunteers to assist teach-
ers by working one-on-one
with students and assisting
with classwork as a classroom
tutor during Summer School
at Ward Steward, Hender-
son and Arm Strong schools.
Starting Monday, volunteers
will be needed on week-
days from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
through June 27. To volun-
teer, contact Stacey Johnson
at stjohnson@starkville.k12. or 662-615-0033.
Volunteer mentors are needed
for the “Summer at the View”
Camp held at The Croft Center
(FBC of Longview) from June
2 – July 31. Volunteers are
needed weekdays from 7 a.m.
– 6 p.m. To volunteer, call
The We Care Committee
is in need of volunteers this
summer to help serve food
to children in the Sandhill
community. Volunteers are
needed weekdays from June
2 - August 6. Volunteers
are needed to help setup and
serve breakfast from 7:30-
11 a.m. and lunch from
noon - 3p.m. To volunteer,
contact Lue Robinson at
or 662-364-7120.
The Tombigbee Public
Health District IV needs a
Healthy Activities Coordina-
tor to plan 1-hour activities
for kids in a summer feeding
program Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
and Thursdays at 2 p.m. from
June 2-August 6. To volun-
teer, contact Eileen Carr-Tabb
at 662-312-3431 or eileen.
For more information visit
For a more in depth look at
Mississippi State sports go to
our web site and click on
Ben’s MSU Sports Blog banner. SPORTS
Page 6
Fri day, May 30, 2014
For a more in depth look at your favorite
local prep team’s sports go to
our web site and click on
Jason’s Prep Sports Blog banner.
1 p.m.
6 p.m.
College Baseball
Bulldogs brace
for tough Aztecs
Trevor Fitts will get the start on the mound today as Mississippi State takes on San Diego
State in the first round of the Lafayette (La.) Regional. (Photo by Hal Yeager, AP)
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen is
trying not to look at the potential winner’s game
matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette.
Because the first round game will not be an
easy one.
The No. 2 seed Bulldogs open the Lafay-
ette (La.) Regional with a 1 p.m. contest today
against the No. 3 seed San Diego State Aztecs
at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.
“It’s not difficult as a coach because all you’re
concerned about is what’s in front of you,” Co-
hen said about not looking ahead. “Our kids
know that San Diego State is a really good base-
ball team.”
The game can be seen via computer on
The winner of game one in Lafayette will
more than likely play No. 6 overall seed and No.
1 Louisiana-Lafayette.
The winner of this regional will move on to
play the winner of the Oxford regional in a su-
per regional.
This will be the first game between No. 21
MSU (37-22) and San Diego State (41-19).
The Bulldogs were the national runner-up at
the College World Series last year in Omaha,
Neb. MSU eventually lost to national champion
UCLA, which did not make the field of 64 this
The Aztecs won the Mountain West Confer-
ence Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. last week
to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. They
beat host UNLV.
“One of the things is we’re an experienced
club, gritty program,” SDSU assistant coach
and acting head coach Mark Martinez said.
“We’re a blue-collar program that prides itself
on earning everything we get, and this is an-
other opportunity.”
Head coach Tony Gwynn has been battling
cancer and has missed the last month or so with
treatment. He will more than likely not be on
hand to coach the Aztecs this weekend.
San Diego State doesn’t look at this as a great
opportunity to continue its season, rather the
Aztecs are here to show the country and the
Bulldogs what they can do.
“We’re excited about it,” Martinez said. “In
fact, we were talking about it on the bus ride
Sunday that we really kind of wanted to go to
a regional outside of the west to put our stamp
on our program nationally. This is an opportu-
nity for us to go play a national brand in college
baseball and make some noise.”
MSU will go with junior right hander Trevor
Fitts (4-3, 2.51 ERA) on the mound. Fitts has
started 15 games this season and has struck out
56 batters to 12 walks. The Helena, Ala., native
has also thrown 12 wild pitches.
“They’re a very right-handed lineup and we
think they’re going to have either seven right
handers or eight right handers in the lineup,”
Cohen said. “You look at how they set up in the
box, you look at their tendencies and you look
at Trevor, who has pitched on the front end of
weekends for us and is used to it. He’s pitched
in the College World Series.”
Cohen said the entire bullpen will be avail-
able for game one. He also hinted that sopho-
more righty Myles Gentry and junior closer Jon-
athan Holder might be the two that are looked
at first to relieve Fitts. Junior left hander Jacob
Lindgren has been the best pitcher out of the
bullpen for the Bulldogs this season, and Cohen
mentioned him as a possibility as well, although
he would like to use him on Saturday.
San Diego State has not decided on a starter
yet, but sophomore right hander Bubba Derby
(8-3, 2.69 ERA) seems to be the front runner.
“With our pitchers pitching the way they
know how to and with our offense and defense
working the way they know how to, I feel ev-
erything is going to come together,” Derby said.
MSU is batting .275 as a team this season.
The Bulldogs are led by senior second baseman
Brett Pirtle with a .341 batting average. The
All-Southeastern Conference first team selection
has 27 runs batted in and two home runs.
Freshman catcher Gavin Collins is second
on the team with a .325 batting average. Se-
nior center fielder C.T. Bradford is batting .311,
with SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Seth Heck
batting .304.
The Aztecs are batting .291 as a team. Soph-
omore Ty France is batting .358 with five home
runs and 45 RBI. Senior Tim Zier is batting
.325 and junior catcher Brad Haynal leads the
team with 12 long balls. He is also batting .313.
“I think just overall our team chemistry and
In this June 11, 2013, photo, Hall-of-Fame baseball player
Tony Gwynn, left, watches with Padres manager Bud Black
as Padres players prepare for a baseball game in San Diego.
Gwynn remains in the thoughts of his San Diego State Aztecs,
who have reached the NCAA regionals for the second straight
season. Gwynn has been on a medical leave of absence since
late March. (Photo by Lenny Ignelzi, AP)
SDSU plays with Gwynn’s spirit
The San Diego State Aztec baseball team has had a good bit on
its mind the last month.
Head coach Tony Gwynn has been on a leave of absence while
recovering from cancer treatment.
The 15-time Major League Baseball All-Star will more than
likely not make the trip with the Aztecs to Lafayette, La., this
weekend for a NCAA regional.
“We’re just praying for him and trying to make sure that we
hear about how he’s doing,” SDSU sophomore pitcher Bubba
Derby said in a press conference on Tuesday. “We’re out here
grinding for him every day. We know that he wants to come back
with us and we want nothing more than that. Everything we do
on the field is for him.”
The Aztecs open up the NCAA Tournament today against the
2013 College World Series runner-ups Mississippi State.
SDSU qualified for this year’s tournament by winning the
Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., this past week
and it was bitter sweet for the Aztecs.
“To come away with another MW Championship was no bet-
ter feeling because I know he was sitting at home watching,” se-
nior Tim Zier said of Gwynn.
Gwynn is in his 12th year as the head coach of his alma mater
after playing Major League Baseball.
Although Gwynn is not with his team physically, he is there
in spirit.
The Aztecs are reminded of their coach every time they look
at a Gwynn bobble-head that freshman Ryan Alvarez keeps in his
possession. He is referred to as “Little Tony” by assistant coach
Mark Martinez who has been acting as head coach in Gwynn’s
“Tony is so proud of our program and our kids,” Martinez said.
“One of the things we try to do all the time is reach his level of
expectation and his standard, and that’s what we’ve talked about.
(We want to) continue to play the game the right way, (because)
that’s what he preaches. Do it the right way. He’s so proud be-
cause we’ve done that.”
Mississippi State head coach John Cohen doesn’t know Gwynn
personally, but is a big admirer of one of the greatest San Diego
“I really wish he could be there because I think it would be a
thrill for our kids just to be able to shake hands with a guy like
Women’s College Golf
State enjoys banner season, McDonald qualifies for U.S. Open
“Surreal” is the only word coach Ginger
Brown-Lemm can use to describe the season
her women’s golf team enjoyed this year at
Mississippi State.
Wins at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invita-
tional and Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational
saw the team post their first multi-title season
since 1999. From there, the Bulldogs were
selected a Team of the Week
before rounding out the season with a third
place finish at the NCAA Central Regional
and a sixth place finish at the NCAA Champi-
onship tournament.
“It was a great season,” Brown-Lemm said.
“We worked so hard to have a good year like
this. It went so fast that I am reflecting now on
a sheet I keep track of it on. We took 21 shots
off our scoring average in four years and had
two big wins. We had an All-American and
See BULLDOGS | Page 8
See GWYNN | Page 8
See GOLF | Page 8
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Page 7
Rea Schmidt
The batting average for Mississippi State’s
Wes Rea in 14 career NCAA Tourna-
ment games. He also has 10 runs batted
in and six doubles during that stretch.
“They are the common denominator.”
Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn
Schmidt said Thursday about what seniors Nora
Kathryn Carroll, Maridee Higginbotham and
Sallie Kate Richardson have meant to the team.
College Golf
Women’s Golf Coaches Association
2014 First Team All-American
Laetitia Beck, Duke
Celine Boutier, Duke
Doris Chen, Southern California
Tonje Daffinrud, Denver
Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State
Kyung Kim, Southern California
Lauren Kim, Stanford
Alison Lee, UCLA
Gaby Lopez, Arkansas
Ally McDonald, Mississippi State
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama
Grace Na, Pepperdine
Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford
Second Team All-American
Matilda Castren, Florida State
Karen Chung, Southern California
Simin Feng, Vanderbilt
Dana Finkelstein, UNLV
SooBin Kim, Washington
Erynne Lee, UCLA
Yu Liu, Duke
Marijosse Navaroo, Texas A&M
Annie Park, Southern California
Samantha Swinehart, South Carolina
Lindsey Weaver, Arizona
Honorable Mention
Daniela Darquea, Miami
Justine Dreher, South Carolina
Augusta James, NC State
Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma
Alexandra Kaui, Oklahoma
Bronte Law, UCLA
Brittany Marchand, NC State
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State
Sophia Popov, Southern California
Jessica Porvasnik, Ohio State
Ashlan Ramsey, Clemson
Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA
Emma Talley, Alabama
Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Oklahoma
Charlotte Thomas, Washington
Jennifer Yang, Washington
NCAA Division I
Regionals Glance
All Times EDT
Double Elimination; x-if necessary
At Davenport Field
Charlottesville, Va.
Game 1 — Virginia (44-13) vs. Buck-
nell (30-19-1), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Liberty (41-16) vs. Arkan-
sas (38-23), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Carolina Stadium
Columbia, S.C.
Game 1 — Old Dominion (36-24) vs.
Maryland (36-21), 1 p.m.
Game 2 — South Carolina (42-16) vs.
Campbell (40-19), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Gainesville, Fla.
Game 1 — North Carolina (34-25) vs.
Long Beach State (32-24), 1 p.m.
Game 2 — Florida (40-21) vs. Col-
lege of Charleston (41-17), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
At A-Rod Park at Mark Light Field
Coral Gables, Fla.
Game 1 — Columbia (29-18) vs. Tex-
as Tech (40-18), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Miami (41-17) vs. Bet-
hune-Cookman (26-31), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Dick Howser Stadium
Tallahassee, Fla.
Game 1 — Kennesaw State (37-21)
vs. Alabama (34-22), Noon
Game 2 — Florida State (43-15) vs.
Georgia Southern (39-21), 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, Noon
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 5 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Jim Patterson Stadium
Louisville, Ky.
Game 1 — Kansas (34-24) vs. Ken-
tucky (35-23), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Louisville (45-15) vs. Kent
State (36-21), 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, Noon
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 5 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Bart Kaufman Field
Bloomington, Ind.
Game 1 — Stanford (30-23) vs. Indi-
ana State (35-16), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Indiana (42-13) vs.
Youngstown State (16-36), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 5:30 p.m.
At Hawkins Field
Nashville, Tenn.
Game 1 — Clemson (36-23) vs. Or-
egon (42-18), 1 p.m.
Game 2 — Vanderbilt (41-18) vs.
Xavier (29-27), 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Swayze Field
Oxford, Miss.
Game 1 — Georgia Tech (36-25) vs.
Washington (39-15-1), 4 p.m.
Game 2 — Mississippi (41-18) vs.
Jacksonville State (36-25), 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 8 p.m.
At Alex Box Stadium
Baton Rouge, La.
Game 1 — LSU (44-14-1) vs. South-
eastern Louisiana (37-23), 3 p.m.
Game 2 — Bryant (42-14) vs. Hous-
ton (44-15), 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 3 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 3 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 8 p.m.
At M.L. ‘Tigue’ Moore Field
Lafayette, La.
Game 1 — San Diego State (42-19)
vs. Mississippi State (37-22), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Louisiana-Lafayette (53-7)
vs. Jackson State (31-23), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Allie P. Reynolds Stadium
Stillwater, Okla.
Game 1 — Cal State Fullerton (32-
22) vs. Nebraska (40-19), 1 p.m.
Game 2 — Oklahoma State (45-16)
vs. Binghamton (25-25), 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, TBA
At Charlie and Marie Lupton
Fort Worth, Texas
Game 1 — Sam Houston State (41-
17) vs. Dallas Baptist (40-19), 3:30
Game 2 — TCU (42-15) vs. Siena (26-
31), 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 8 p.m.
At Reckling Park
Game 1 — Texas A&M (33-24) vs.
Texas (38-18), 4 p.m.
Game 2 — Rice (41-18) vs. George
Mason (34-20), 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 4 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
At Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
Corvallis, Ore.
Game 1 — UC Irvine (35-22) vs.
UNLV (35-23), 5 p.m.
Game 2 — Oregon State (42-12) vs.
North Dakota State (25-24), 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 5 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 5 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 11 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 11 p.m.
At Baggett Stadium
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Game 1 — Pepperdine (39-16) vs.
Arizona State (33-22), 4 p.m.
Game 2 — Cal Poly (45-10) vs. Sacra-
mento State (39-22), 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2
loser, 4 p.m.
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game
2 winner, 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game
4 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game
5 winner, 9 p.m.
Monday, June 2
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs.
Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.
Collegiate Baseball Poll
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Collegiate
Baseball poll with records through May
25. Voting is done by coaches, sports
writers and sports information directors:
Record Pts Prv
1. Louisiana-Lafayette 53-7 494 2
2. Oregon St. 42-12 492 1
3. Miami, Fla. 41-17 489 3
4. Virginia 44-13 488 4
5. Cal Poly 45-10 484 5
6. Indiana 42-13 482 9
7. Louisiana St. 44-14-1 480 14
8. Florida St. 43-15 477 6
9. Texas Christian 42-15 475 12
10. Oklahoma St. 45-16 473 7
11. Florida 40-21 471 11
12. Louisville 45-15 468 10
13. Washington 39-15-1 465 8
14. Mississippi 41-18 463 13
15. South Carolina 42-16 461 15
16. Houston 44-15 458 19
17. Rice 41-18 457 20
18. Arizona St. 33-22 454 21
19. Vanderbilt 41-18 452 18
20. Oregon 42-18 449 16
21. Mississippi St. 37-22 445 17
22. Cal St.-Fullerton 32-22 443 —
23. Arkansas 38-23 440 23
24. Nebraska 40-19 437 24
25. Pepperdine 39-16 434 —
26. Kentucky 35-23 431 —
27. Kennesaw St. 37-21 428 —
28. Georgia Tech. 36-25 426 —
29. Texas 38-18 423 28
30. San Diego St. 42-19 420 —
Baseball America Top 25
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The top 25 teams
in the Baseball America poll with records
through May 25 and previous ranking
(voting by the staff of Baseball America):
Record Pvs
1. Louisiana-Lafayette 53-7 2
2. Oregon State 42-12 1
3. Florida 40-21 7
4. Florida State 43-15 4
5. Cal Poly 45-10 5
6. Indiana 42-13 9
7. Louisiana State 44-14 14
8. Virginia 44-13 3
9. Texas Christian 42-15 13
10. Oklahoma State 45-16 11
11. Miami 41-17 6
12. Mississippi 41-18 10
13. Louisville 45-15 12
14. Washington 39-15 8
15. Houston 44-15 16
16. Rice 41-18 17
17. Mississippi State 37-22 18
18. South Carolina 42-16 15
19. Nebraska 40-19 20
20. Vanderbilt 41-18 19
21. Texas 38-18 22
22. Kentucky 35-23 NR
23. Pepperdine 39-16 NR
24. Arkansas 38-23 NR
25. Georgia Tech 36-25 NR
Major League Baseball
All Times EDT
National League
Thursday’s Games
N.Y. Mets 4, Philadelphia 1
Boston 4, Atlanta 3
San Francisco at St. Louis, late
Cincinnati at Arizona, late
Pittsburgh at L.A. Dodgers, late
Today’s Games
Colorado (Nicasio 5-2) at Cleveland
(Kluber 5-3), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (R.Montero 0-2) at Philadel-
phia (A.Burnett 3-4), 7:05 p.m.
Texas (Lewis 4-3) at Washington (Stras-
burg 3-4), 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta (Teheran 4-3) at Miami (Koehler
4-4), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 5-4) at Milwau-
kee (Estrada 4-2), 8:10 p.m.
San Diego (Kennedy 3-6) at Chicago
White Sox (Joh.Danks 3-4), 8:10 p.m.
San Francisco (Bumgarner 6-3) at St.
Louis (Wainwright 8-2), 8:15 p.m.
Cincinnati (Leake 2-4) at Arizona (Arroyo
4-3), 9:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Liriano 0-5) at L.A. Dodgers
(Beckett 3-1), 10:10 p.m.
American League
Thursday’s Games
Texas 5, Minnesota 4
Detroit 5, Oakland 4
Boston 4, Atlanta 3
Kansas City at Toronto, late
Baltimore at Houston, late
L.A. Angels at Seattle, late
Today’s Games
Colorado (Nicasio 5-2) at Cleveland
(Kluber 5-3), 7:05 p.m.
Minnesota (Nolasco 2-5) at N.Y. Yankees
(Nuno 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Texas (Lewis 4-3) at Washington (Stras-
burg 3-4), 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Vargas 4-2) at Toronto
(Happ 4-1), 7:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Price 4-4) at Boston (Work-
man 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 3-3) at Houston
(Oberholtzer 1-6), 8:10 p.m.
San Diego (Kennedy 3-6) at Chicago
White Sox (Joh.Danks 3-4), 8:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Richards 4-1) at Oakland
(Pomeranz 4-2), 10:05 p.m.
Detroit (Verlander 5-4) at Seattle (Iwa-
kuma 3-1), 10:10 p.m.
NCAA Division I
World Series Glance
At ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City
All Times EDT
Double Elimination; x-if necessary
Thursday, May 29
Game 1 — Florida 11, Baylor 0, 5 in-
Game 2 — Oregon 3, Florida State 0
Game 3 — Kentucky 4, Louisiana-
Lafayette 1
Game 4 — Oklahoma (50-11) vs. Ala-
bama (50-11), late
Today, May 30
Game 5 — Florida (51-12) vs. Oregon
(55-7), 7 p.m.
Game 6 — Kentucky (49-14) vs. Game 4
winner, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 7 — Baylor (47-15) vs. Florida
State (55-8), Noon
Game 8 — Louisiana-Lafayette (49-9) vs.
Game 4 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 9 — Game 5 loser vs. Game 7
winner, 7 p.m.
Game 10 — Game 6 loser vs. Game 8
winner, 9:30 p.m.
College Baseball
Lafayette (La.) Regional
Lafayette, La.
Mississippi State vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, final
practice for Lucas Oil 200, at Dover,
1 p.m.
FS1 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series,
final practice for May Dover Race, at
Dover, Del.
2:30 p.m.
FS1 — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole
qualifying for FedEx 400, at Dover, Del.
4:30 p.m.
FS1 — NASCAR, Truck Series, Lucas
Oil 200, at Dover, Del.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
regionals, Nebraska vs. Cal St.-Fuller-
ton at Stillwater, Okla.
3 p.m.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
regionals, Texas vs. Texas A&M at
6 p.m.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
regionals, Arkansas vs. Liberty at Char-
lottesville, Va.
10 p.m.
ESPNU — NCAA, Division I playoffs,
regionals, N. Dakota St. at Oregon St.
6 p.m.
ESPN2 — World Series, game 5, Flori-
da vs. Oregon, at Oklahoma City
8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 — World Series, game 6, La.-
Lafayette-Kentucky winner vs. Oklaho-
ma-Alabama winner, at Oklahoma City
8 a.m.
TGC — European PGA Tour, Nordea
Masters, second round, part II, at Mal-
mo, Sweden
11 a.m.
TGC — LPGA, ShopRite Classic, first
round, at Galloway, N.J.
1:30 p.m.
TGC — PGA Tour, The Memorial Tour-
nament, second round, at Dublin, Ohio
6 p.m.
TGC — Champions Tour, Principal
Charity Classic, first round, at Des
Moines, Iowa (same-day tape)
7 p.m.
MLB — Regional coverage, Baltimore
at Houston or San Francisco at St. Louis
WGN — Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee
7:30 p.m.
ESPN — Playoffs, conference finals,
game 6, Indiana at Miami
7 p.m.
NBCSN — Playoffs, conference finals,
game 6, Chicago at Los Angeles
(Editor’s Note: Mississippi State’s baseball
game against San Diego State in today’s
Lafayette (La.) Regional will be available
for viewing online only on ESPN3 at 1 p.m.)
Baseball players make All-State
Several area high school baseball players were chosen got
the Mississippi All-State Team this week.
Chosen to the first team in Class 2A were Eupora’s Rusty
Johnson as a pitcher and Derek Jones of East Webster as
an outfielder. French Camp’s Hagan Box was a first team
infielder in Class A.
Trey Pittman of Eupora was a second team pitcher in
Class 2A, while East Webster’s Miller Hancock was a sec-
ond team infielder for Class 2A and Cole Henson of French
Camp was second team in Class A as a pitcher.
SHS boys soccer holds tryouts
The Starkville High School boys soccer team will hold
tryouts on June 3 and 10 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each
Participants must be at the fields at Armstrong Middle
School to complete permission forms no later than 5:30 p.m.
Any boys from 7th to 12th grades are welcome to tryout,
but they must have a current physical ready.
MSU’s McBride advances to semis
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two weeks ago, Brandon Mc-
Bride won the 800-meter run at the Southeastern Confer-
ence Championships. Now, he’s just one step away from
competing for the national title.
On Thursday at Hodges Stadium for Day 1 of the NCAA
East Preliminary at North Florida, the sophomore from
Windsor, Ontario, ran 1:48.31, the fifth fasted time of the
day, to advance to today’s semis, where the top 12 advance
to Eugene, Ore., next month.
But McBride wasn’t the only Mississippi State standout
enjoying success. Scottie Hearn and Rhianwedd Price did
Price placed 2nd in the 1,500 meters with a personal-best
time of 4:16.13 to punch her ticket to Saturday’s semifinals,
while Hearn finished 11th in the 400-meter hurdles at 51.44
to join Friday’s semifinals field.
“They came here with the mindset to advance, and that’s
what they done,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “They’re
not satisfied, because their ultimate goal is nationals. That’s
what they are fighting for now.”
In addition to today’s semis, also competing for the Bull-
dogs are Ste’yce McNeil and Keisha Wallace in the 100-me-
ter hurdles and Cornelia Griesche, Emma Neigel and Lisa
Ziegler in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Major League Baseball
Martin runs Rangers
to 5-4 win over Twins
From Wire Reports
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With their rotation depleted
and the new slugger sidelined by a rash of injuries, the
Texas Rangers have been forced to find alternate methods
for winning.
It’s working quite well in late May.
Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times,
including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the
Rangers beat Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Thursday to win
their second straight four-game series on the road.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run double in the second for
the Rangers, but the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth in-
ning on Josh Willingham’s first home run of the season, a
no-doubt drive to the second deck above left-center field.
Red Sox 4, Braves 3
BOSTON — Chris Johnson’s throwing error from
third base allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score from second
with none out in the ninth inning, giving Boston a win
over Atlanta for their fourth straight win after a 10-game
The Red Sox took advantage of two more errors to
score twice in the eighth to tie it 3-all and set up closer
Koji Uehara (1-1) for the win.
Bradley and Brock Holt drew back-to-back walks off
closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1). Xander Bogaerts followed
with a hard grounder to Johnson at third. Johnson
stopped it and picked it up, but his attempt to force Holt
at second base was off and the Red Sox were rushing out
of the dugout as the ball trickled into right and Bradley
came around for the winning run.
Royals 8, Blue Jays 6,
10 innings
TORONTO — Omar Infante hit a two-run single in
the 10th inning and Kansas City overcame two home runs
by Edwin Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays, snapping
Toronto’s winning streak at nine games.
Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled
to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front
of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori Aoki ad-
vanced the runners with a sacrifice before Infante lined a
single just over the reach of leaping third baseman Brett
Tigers 5, Athletics 4
OAKLAND, Calif. — Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead
sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello’s eighth vic-
tory, and Detroit beat Oakland for a split of the four-game
series between division leaders.
Mets 4, Phillies 1
PHILADELPHIA — Chris Young hit a two-run hom-
er and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings to
lead the New York Mets to a victory over Philadelphia in
the opener of a rare five-game series.
Page 8 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, May 30, 2014
the way we mesh together on
the field,” Zier said on the this
team’s chances. “I’ve never
been on a team since I’ve been
here that has so much fun (at
the) yard and really wants to do
nothing but win.”
Tony Gwynn,” he said. “Our
thoughts are with him and I
know his club will play well for
Gwynn talks to his coaching
staff as often as he can, and last
week there was a good bit to
celebrate with the MW Tourna-
ment championship.
“A lot of times this past week
was good stuff,” Martinez said.
“We’ve been winning games,
so it’s been a lot of celebration
and, `Let’s go get them the next
Gwynn was elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan.
9, 2007. He played all 19 of
his big league seasons with the
Padres. He won the National
League batting championship
eight times, was a NL Silver
Slugger seven times and won
five Gold Gloves.
From page 6
From page 6
From page 6
College Basketball College Softball
Coaches count on exposure
SEC Network will provide
Associated Press
DESTIN, Fla. — New Auburn coach
Bruce Pearl has some ideas about rais-
ing the profile of men’s basketball in the
Southeastern Conference.
Most of
them involve
the SEC Net-
work. One of
them would be
must-see TV.
“Bring the
SEC Network
to my home,
let them see a
barbecue and
let them see what a barbecue looks like,”
Pearl said. “Let them see me cooking.”
The suggestion drew laughs since the
former Tennessee coach was fired after he
invited recruit Aaron Craft to his home
for a barbecue in 2010 and later lied about
it to NCAA investigators. Pearl ended up
with a three-year, show-cause penalty.
“Got to make sure the guest list is what
it needs to be, right?” Pearl said, taking
a playful shot at himself. “But don’t you
think the fans want to see that? So much
of what we do is beyond just the basket-
Pearl and his fellow SEC coaches are
counting on the SEC Network’s nation-
al exposure and better non-conference
schedules to bolster a league that has
been criticized in recent years for a lack
of depth.
The football powerhouse has been far
from a hardwood heavyweight — even
with Kentucky and Florida advancing to
this year’s Final Four. The league ranked
seventh in conference RPI last season, got
just three teams in the NCAA tournament
and then had two coaches at high-profile
places leave for other jobs.
Missouri’s Frank Haith bolted for
Tulsa, and Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin
jumped to Cal. Those moves did little to
change the SEC’s reputation as a mostly
football-first conference.
Coaches and administrators are look-
ing for solutions that would ultimately
land teams in the NCAA tournament.
“This is as focused as I’ve seen this
league and these coaches and the pro-
grams and the ADs in how do we move
this ball forward,” Kentucky coach John
Calipari said. “We had three teams in the
Elite Eight, two teams in the Final Four, a
team in the national championship game
and still ... come on now. Our goal is let’s
get half of our teams in within the next
three years and two of us playing for a
national championship.”
That’s fairly ambitious for a league that
has gotten five teams in the NCAA tour-
nament just once in the last five years.
Better nonconference schedules could
help. The league hired former NCAA
tournament guru Greg Shaheen as a
scheduling consultant last year.
Shaheen made his second consecu-
tive trip to the annual SEC meetings this
week, giving detailed presentations to
coaches and athletic directors. It’s essen-
tially scheduling analytics, which show
coaches that who they play in November
and December affects everyone they play
— fellow SEC teams — in January and
The SEC also started approving non-
conference schedules.
But the league is going a step further
this year, mandating three permanent,
home-and-home opponents on everyone’s
18-game conference schedule. And Com-
missioner Mike Slive plans on pitting the
best against the best, essentially strength-
ening schedules across the board for the
top half of the league while weakening those
for the others.
“If every program just took the bottom-
feeder off its schedule — just one bottom-
feeder — then we go from seventh in RPI
to second,” Pearl said. “What’s best for the
league is what’s best for the upper half of the
league. Let’s look at the best playing against
the best because that’s what fans want, that’s
what television wants and that ultimately
going to get us more teams in the tourna-
The SEC Network, which is scheduled
to launch in August, could create more bas-
ketball awareness of the league in a football-
dominated region as well as other parts of
the nation.
“This has got to be a cool league to play
basketball in,” Calipari said. “This TV ties it
to a different level. You define the narrative.
They can’t write the story about you, ‘The
league’s this, the league’s that.’ You have
your own narrative now and you also can be
transparent. So the narrative that’s not accu-
rate, people can see is it accurate or not ac-
curate? It’s out there for everybody to see.”
The narrative last season, and the year be-
fore, wasn’t very good.
More exposure, better recruiting and
improved non-conference scheduling could
change that.
Pearl’s return — and maybe his barbecue
— might help, too.
“He’s going to do a fine job,” Calipari
said. “I just told him, ‘Keep your shirt on
and don’t be painting your body.’”
Bruce Pearl runs a basketball practice during his time as men’s basketball coach at Tennessee. (Photo by Amy Smotherman,
AP file photo)
All-SEC candidate. We made
it to the National Champion-
ship for the second time and
finished top six there. It feels
a little surreal still, but at the
same time, I know that we
did the work every single day
so that helps know why you
got where you got.”
With all that took place
over the past year, the coach
said it might take some time
for it all to sink in if it ever
does. Still even with the suc-
cess, Brown-Lemm is not
content. Each and every day
she can be found studying
how to not only maintain
the level her Bulldogs are on,
but to take the program to
the next level.
“I am constantly reading
and challenging myself to
be a better coach,” Brown-
Lemm said. “I am always
asking what can we do today
that will help us next week,
month or at nationals, but I
can tell you that I don’t know
if what happened this season
has sunk in because some
coaches coach their whole
lives and don’t make it to the
National Championship. For
me to have finished my sixth
year of coaching and gone
twice, it is fulfilling, but I
also know we have a national
championship program go-
ing here so I can’t wait for
next year.”
The coach has definitely
has a great deal to look for-
ward to as MSU moves to-
ward the next season. Gone
are the days of playing a run
of the mill schedule and in its
place is a brand new highly
competitive slate of tourna-
ments. It will be tough, but
the change is simply part of
Brown-Lemm’s plan to con-
stantly raising the bar be-
cause she knows that is “how
national rankings happen
and how you move forward.”
“I want to test our pro-
gram and I want to test us
every day,” the coach said.
“I want the test to come in
tournament field against the
best and then ask what they
did that we can do to become
stronger. I cannot wait for
next year because we have an
incredible fall schedule and
an even better spring.”
The gauntlet has been laid
and it will be up the Bull-
dogs to step up to put in
the work necessary. Look-
ing across her roster Brown-
Lemm is confident that if
this year’s team was any indi-
cation MSU has the athletes
in place to get the job done.
From outgoing senior
Mary Langdon Gallagher
to Southeastern Conference
All-Freshman team honoree
Jessica Peng, there were very
few gaps in the Bulldog ros-
ter and right there holding it
all together was SEC Golfer
of the Week Rica Tse.
“Rica has been here for
three years and has been a
solid number two or three
player,” Brown-Lemm said.
“It takes five players to make
a team. You have a stellar
athlete like Ally (McDonald)
and a serious senior in Mary
Langdon and you have your
hot freshman you can’t do it
without, but Rica has been
that steady player for three
years. I have watched her
grow mentally and her golf
game grow. I am very proud
of Rica and all the hours and
efforts she has put in.”
Tse was certainly the an-
chor on this year’s squad,
but equally as necessary was
McDonald, who week after
week provided a surge of
top-notch talent. After post-
ing the lowest single-season
stroke average (71.48) and
most birdies (74) in school
history the Fulton native was
chosen a first team All-Amer-
ican and All-SEC honoree.
On Thursday, the junior
earned a spot in the upcom-
ing United States Golf As-
sociation’s U.S. Women’s
Open at Pinehurst in North
“Ally was born that way,”
Brown-Lemm said. “I have
said this over and over some
people are just driven in ev-
erything they do. In her aca-
demics, she strives to make
good grades and in all the
drills and skill enhancements
we do in practice, she is very
competitive. It means some-
thing to her. She has been
a critical leader. She knows
how to have fun, but she
also knows when to be se-
rious and take advantage of
the moment.”
Along with the athletes on
the course, there is still one
more member of the Bulldog
golf team that Brown-Lemm
says she could never make it
without. From her days as a
collegiate golfer at MSU to
her time as a graduate as-
sistant to her current role as
assistant coach, there is not
a day that goes by where
Brown-Lemm is not thank-
ful to have Leigh Phillips
standing beside her.
“There is no chance we
would be where we are to-
day without coach Phil-
lips,” Brown-Lemm said.
“She brings an unbelievable
wealth of knowledge. She
is passionate and as hard-
working as you can get. Her
strengths are my weaknesses.
It takes us all and we love
what we do.”
It has been a long time
coming, but Brown-Lemm
and the Bulldogs finally saw
all their hard work come to
“fruition” this season.
No longer are the MSU
golfers considered under-
dogs. Instead when they
“show up in maroon” people
know exactly who they are
and Brown-Lemm intends to
keep it that way.
“I am so proud to be a
Bulldog,” Brown-Lemm
said. “We battled it out when
nobody knew who we were.
What feels good is for Mis-
sissippi State to get the re-
spect we deserve in collegiate
women’s golf. It feels good
to show up in maroon and
people know who you are
before they see the logo on
your shirt. These girls did a
great job. We are winners
because of their efforts.”
Rogers pitches
Florida to win
against Baylor
Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida senior Hannah Rogers
is a seasoned vet at the Women’s College World Series and
pitched like one on Thursday.
Rogers, appearing in her third WCWS, threw a com-
plete-game three-hit shutout and fifth-seeded Florida rolled
to an 11-0 win over No. 13 seed Baylor on Thursday in the
NCAA softball championship tournament’s opening round.
Rogers (27-8) threw her fourth shutout of the postsea-
son for the Gators, who have won six of its seven NCAA
tournament games this season by shutout. The run-rule win
over Baylor (47-15) was the fifth of the tournament for
Florida (51-12).
Florida advanced to play today against the winner be-
tween Florida State and Oregon, while Baylor will face the
loser in an elimination game Saturday.
Two errors and a passed ball led to three unearned runs
for Florida in the first off Baylor starter Whitney Canion
(31-11), who pitched the Bears into the national semifinals
in 2011. Bailey Castro had the big hit for the Gators, a two-
run double that scored Lauren Haeger and Briana Little.
“For our team to come out and get as many runs as we
were able to get there early off of Whitney Canion, I thought
that was pretty much the goal, to get out there and score as
many runs as we can, because we know what their offense
can do and has done,” Florida coach Tim Walton said.
Kirsti Merritt lined a shot over the center field wall to
lead off the third inning, putting Florida up 4-0. Aubree
Munro’s double to center with one out in the fourth chased
Canion and Munro later scored on a single by Kelsey Stew-
Baylor failed to record an out in the bottom of the fifth as
Florida’s first six batters all reached base and scored. Pinch-
hitter Chelsea Herndon ended the game with a walk-off
grand slam to left-center field while facing her former high
school teammate, Heather Stearns. Both attended Hebron
High School in Carrollton, Texas.
The loss was Baylor’s worst since falling 14-2 to Georgia
three years ago to the day. Baylor hadn’t suffered a run-rule
loss since losing 8-0 to Texas A&M to end the 2013 season.
Kentucky 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kelsey Nunley threw a one-
hitter, Lauren Cumbess homered and had an RBI double
and Kentucky won the first Women’s College World Series
game in program history, beating Louisiana-Lafayette.
Kentucky (49-14), which won twice at longtime softball
power UCLA in the super regional, posted its first win in
five tries against Louisiana-Lafayette (49-9-1).
The Wildcats will play Alabama or defending national
champion Oklahoma today, while Louisiana-Lafayette will
face the loser of the Alabama-Oklahoma game Saturday.
Lexie Elkins had the only hit against Nunley (30-9),
slamming her 23rd home run of the season in the first in-
ning. But the Louisiana-Lafayette never advanced a runner
past second base after that.
Nunley outdueled Louisiana-Lafayette’s Christina Ham-
ilton (29-3), who threw a five-hitter but saw her six-game
winning streak end.
Cumbess was 3 for 3.
Oregon 3, Florida State 0
OKLAHOMA CITY — Making her debut in the Wom-
en’s College World Series, Oregon sophomore left-hander
Cheridan Hawkins acknowledged she was a bit nervous,
which led to a shaky first inning.
She quickly recovered, though, pitching a one-hitter in
top-seeded Oregon’s victory over Florida State in the open-
ing round.
Alexa Peterson had a pair of hits, including a run-scoring
double, to help Oregon (55-7-1) break the school record for
victories in a season. The Ducks advanced to play Florida
today. Florida, which beat the Ducks 2-1 in eight innings
on Feb. 28, downed Baylor 11-0 in five innings in another
first-round game on Thursday.
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 9
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
A family matter will keep you busy, as your
inner dialogue will be focused on this top-
ic. Make an effort to calm down the situa-
tion. You might be ready for a change, and
your mind could point to a special goal or
dream. Is it time?
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You might not have thought of the impli-
cations of what you say to certain people.
You may want to tighten up your inner
circle. Express concern to an associate or
friend who is hurting. Allow your creativity
to open up doors.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
You have a way about you that makes oth-
ers think that you agree with them. You un-
derstand their logic. This type of approach
opens up certain individuals, and they share
more as a result.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You have a strong sense of what to do.
Your ability to pick up on others’ desires
will help you more than you realize. A
friend might be trying to convince you that
his or her suggestion is the best. Be aware
of false flattery.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You need some downtime, and the sooner
you get it, the better. There are a lot of rea-
sons for why you might want to keep up
the hectic pace. An associate will manage to
slow you down. Discuss an idea that seems
too difficult to make a reality.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Zero in on what you want. Reach out to
others and schedule a meeting. As a result,
a loved one might want to share more.
News could encourage you to get out of
town for part of the weekend. Your imagi-
nation is likely to go haywire.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
A conversation with a superior or an associ-
ate will add an important note to the day.
You might not be as sure about this situ-
ation as you would like to be. Remember
that nothing is written in stone, regardless
of how direct the other party might be.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You could be upset by what is happening
behind the scenes at work. You might not
be as sure about those with whom you as-
sociate as you have been in the past. They
might seem deceptive. Reach out to a trust-
ed loved one and get some feedback.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You might want a loved one to reiterate an
idea. Make an effort to communicate bet-
ter. Your efforts do count, especially with
someone you see nearly every day. Keep
conversations on a one-on-one level.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You are more flexible than a partner or
associate might realize. You could be in a
situation where you need to open up more
to others in order to gain their confidence.
You have the ability to sense what others
are going to say before they say it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your playfulness might not be as appropri-
ate as you might think it is. Stay anchored
when dealing with a child or roommate.
Your ability to handle a transforming situ-
ation will help you. Use caution with mon-
ey, as you easily could make an error.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You might want to open up to feedback
from a loved one. Work with this person,
and understand that he or she is trying to
give you helpful comments. You could be
delighted by what comes out of this con-
by Jacqueline Bigar
1. Each row and column must contain
the numbers 1 through 3 without re-
2. The numbers within the heavily out-
lined set of squares, called cages, must
combine (in any order) to produce the
target number in the top corner of the
cage using the mathematical opera-
tion indicated.
3. Cages with just one box should be
filled in with the
target number
in the top cor-
ner. A number
can be repeat-
ed within a cage
as long as it is
not in the same
row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers
1 through 9 must fill each row,
column and box. Each number
can appear only once in each
row, column and box.
President Nixon announced agreement had been reached on an Israe-
li-Syrian troop disengagement Wednesday and made plans to visit the
Middle East, perhaps as early as next week.
There was no official announcement of the trip. But an administration
official said privately it could come as early as June 6 and would take
Nixon on a week-long swing to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and
perhaps Syria and Algeria.
The official said Nixon would return to the United States, then leave
around June 21 for his Moscow meeting.
Nixon would be the first American president to visit the region. Such
a trip would underscore the U.S. peacemaking role in what has been one
of the world’s most dangerous trouble spots and would greatly enhance
Nixon’s personal prestige at a time he needs it most.
Israel and Syria agreed Wednesday night to stop fighting Friday and
separate their armies under an agreement negotiated by Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger in 32 days of gruelling shuttle diplomacy that at
times verged on breakdown.
The announcement came first from President Nixon in a nationwide
television, followed by communiques in Jerusalem and Damascus. Nixon
hailed the agreement as a “major diplomatic achievement” and praised
Kissinger for his refusal to give up even when it appeared the negotia-
tions would collapse.
The agreement is the first to be mutually accepted by either nation
since the 1949 agreements that set armistice lines following Israel’s war
on independence.
May 30, 1974
Page 10 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, May 30, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 11
Page 12 • Starkville Daily News • Friday, May 30, 2014
High School Basketball
Starkville Academy seniors Sallie Kate Richardson, from left, Maridee Higginbotham and Nora Kathryn Carroll receive an embrace from coach Glenn Schmidt during the state championship
ring ceremony Thursday at The Little Dooey. (Photos by Danny P. Smith, SDN)
Lady Vols rack up more rings
The jewelry box for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers is
starting to get pretty full.
For the third consecutive season, the Lady Vols won the Class
AAA-Division II State Tournament and they celebrated that accom-
plishment Thursday at The Little Dooey with a ring ceremony.
“It solidified our tradition,” Starkville Academy girls basketball
coach Glenn Schmidt said. “Instead of people thinking it’s a one time
deal, you needed to be ready to play these girls if you are going to
play. We’re just blessed and fortunate.”
Schmidt spoke about that tradition to those gathered to see the
Lady Vols get their rings. She became emotional when the com-
ments became specific about the three seniors – Nora Kathryn Car-
roll, Maridee Higginbotham and Sallie Kate Richardson – because of
what they meant to the team.
Carroll, Higginbotham and Richardson were part of three Class
AAA-Division II State Championships (2011-12, 2012-13 and
2013-14), two Class AAA State Championships (2011-12 and 2012-
13) and two Overall State Championships (2011-12 and 2012-13).
They were a part of the undefeated season (43-0) in 2012-13 and a
52-game winning streak from 2011-2013.
“They are the common denominator,” Schmidt said of the seniors.
“We had some girls move in that hadn’t been with us a long time, but
these three seniors when I first came, I had the little elementary camps
and they have been with me since like the 3rd grade.
“You look out there, you are practicing, playing, thinking, and
you always say to yourself those are my girls. When a team is starting
to develop, you wonder if what you are doing is right or wrong, then
it all comes together. Whatever it’s been…it’s ours. It’s having it on
the wall and it’s on our fingers. Those three seniors along with our
youngsters can forever say this is our state championship and no one
can take it away.”
The seniors had a winning percentage of 80 percent during their
time at Starkville Academy.
Richardson was a little surprised when she heard that number
from Schmidt.
“That’s a really big accomplishment,” Richardson said. “It’s a big
deal because we got a ring every year.”
Higginbotham was injured during her senior season, but was still
able to support the team from the bench.
Even though she did not get to compete on the floor with her
teammates, Higginbotham “loved being a part” of the experience and
put another ring on her finger.
“Even though this year wasn’t what I wanted it to be, I realize that
life isn’t always about getting what you want,” Higginbotham said. “I
was still there to support the team and it means a lot to me.”
Carroll, Higginbotham and Richardson have grown along with
the program.
The winning, the championships that have come along with it and
the people that have shared it won’t be soon forgotten by Carroll.
“These last three years have meant everything to me,” Carroll said.
“I’m going to miss it. It’s really been fun the last three years and I’ve
really enjoyed it. The girls mean everything to me and coach Schmidt,
coach (Kayla) Mosley and everyone that’s part of the program.”
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers show off their Class AAA-Division II State Championship rings after receiving them
on Thursday. (Photo by Sandra Gladney, For Starkville Daily News)
This document is © 2014 by editor - all rights reserved.
05-30-14 SDN E-Edition.pdf3.37 MB
View more articles in:
The memories of April 21, 2008 when we went to the Boston Marathon still lingered in our hearts and souls on April 15...
Emily Jones Deluded Diva My neighbor, (I'll call her Brenda for the sake of anonymity), is one of the best things that...
By RUTH MORGAN For Starkville Daily News General Wiley Norris Nash was one of Mississippi as well as Starkville’s most...
Creation is imagination, and being a visual artist I'm attempting to be creative, inventive, and imaginative. To...
Monday was a really bad day.  Huey P, my oversized HP laptop computer, just up and died. He had no symptoms indicating...


Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes