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The Starkville High School soccer teams were not only going against Madison Central Tuesday night, but against history.
Madison Central's program has had the reputation of being strong and that was reflected in its play at Yellowjacket Stadium.
Even though the Lady Jackets lost the girls contest 2-0, coach Anna Albritton could not be prouder of the way her team competed.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray and his coaching staff took full advantage of school being out for the past month.
They doubled up on practices and had two-a-days.
The practices paid off, especially with the shooting, for the Bulldogs. The biggest jump that was seen was MSUâ€™s free-throw percentage.
In the last four games, the Bulldogs made 64-of-90 (71 percent) free throws.
The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars handled the pressure well on the court Monday night.
After falling behind Starkville Christian 21-13 at halftime, the Kemper Academy Lady Rams decided to get into a press defense.
The Lady Cougars showed they were ready to handle the attempts by the Lady Rams to disrupt the flow of the game and secured a 51-29 home victory.
Like mother, like daughter is the perfect phrase to describe Starkville Highâ€™s Skyler Runnels journey into the sport of bowling.
â€śI started several years ago mainly because my mom did it and I would come up here with her,â€ť Runnels said. â€śFrom there, I met some of the East Webster coaches and they started teaching me how to bowl.â€ť
Michael Godley's athletic career has been one of adjustments.
Not only has he made the transition from the football field to the soccer field over the last couple of months for the Starkville Yellowjackets, but he has also changed positions in soccer.
SHS boys soccer coach Brian Bennett has moved Godley out of the goal and right into the thick of the action.
Rick Ray is only focused on the present.
After beating in-state rival Ole Miss 76-72 inside Humphrey Coliseum on Saturday, the Mississippi State head coach was asked about his teamâ€™s upcoming game.
Ray honestly had no clue who the Bulldogs played next.
Starkville Soccer Association president Sean Owen calls soccer the â€śuniversal sport.â€ť
Over the weekend, it was just that as kids from all across the state descended on Starkville for the Frostbite Tournament.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs saw one get away from them in the second half in its first Southeastern Conference game of the season against Kentucky.
A second game was on the verge of getting away in the second half, but the Bulldogs held serve and finished out the game.
They might be from "The Gump," but on Saturday, they made quite an impression at the Hump.
Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword, both from Montgomery, Ala., combined for 35 of MSU's 76 points as the Mississippi State Bulldogs went on to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels 76-72 Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.
It takes a little bit of toughness to win any athletic event between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has gotten off to an 0-2 start once again in the Southeastern Conference just like last season, but there's a different feeling about what's taking place right now.
During the 2012-13 season, the Bulldogs lost their first two conference games at Vanderbilt 92-41 and to South Carolina at home 60-46.