Archive - Jan 2014
The potential distractions are evident for the Mississippi State women's basketball team today.
When the Bulldogs play the Texas A&M Aggies at 2 p.m. in College Station, Tex., the connections surrounding the game are numerous.
Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt refers to Madison-Ridgeland Academy as the one of the best teams in the league.
On Saturday afternoon, her Lady Volunteers tipped off against the Lady Patriots and after a hard fought contest, it was MRA coming out victorious 34-33.
Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander knows there are going to be times when an opponent is just better.
Saturday was one of those times.
The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriots brought the top-ranked team in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools to town and didn't leave much doubt in Alexander's mind that they were anything less than that.
For Greg Carter and his Starkville Yellowjackets, the past few days have been focused on one thing and one thing only.
That attention was on the Columbus Falcons.
The Jackets dropped a road decision to the Falcons in early December.
SHS avenged that loss Friday night.
One step into the gym at Starkville Academy and it was clear the Volunteers had an extra weapon on their side.
The Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers started and finished Friday night's Class AAA, Division II game well.
After jumping out to a 31-8 lead in the second quarter, the Lady Vols saw the visiting Pillow Academy Lady Mustangs make a 12-0 run in the third quarter and cut the margin to 37-30 after three quarters.
For all the ups and downs the Mississippi State Bulldogs have encountered this season, they have yet to lose two games in a row.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 this season coming off of a loss.
MSU looks to push that stat to 3-0 today when it plays host to Texas A&M for a Southeastern Conference game. Tipoff is set for 12:47 p.m. inside Humphrey Coliseum and can be seen on SEC- TV (locally on WCBI).
Mississippi State junior center Martha Alwal was not her happy, joyful self following Thursday night's 67-63 loss to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
In the past, even with some losses, Alwal would be able to keep a smile on her face.
It was different after falling by four points to the 12th-ranked team in the nation.
Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com has reported that Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was offered a raise and an extension on Friday.
Mississippi State didnâ€™t confirm the report by press time.
Although their careers with the Mississippi State Bulldogs may be over, two players have one more chance to prove what they bring to the gridiron.
Running back LaDarius Perkins and linebacker Deontae Skinner will both be playing in All-Star games Saturday.
Offensive lineman Gabe Jackson will also play in an All-Star game, the Senior Bowl, but it isnâ€™t scheduled until next Saturday.