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February 18th, 2014
There have been several positive signs over the first two years of the coach Vic Schaefer era that lead towards the thinking that the Mississippi State women's basketball program is on the right track.
The Bulldogs got a signature win last season when they knocked off No. 11 Georgia.
MADISON â€“ Starkville High School will be well-represented in Friday's Class 6A, Region 3 Tournament championship games as both the boys and girls won first round games on Tuesday.
The Lady Jackets defeated the Columbus Lady Falcons 58-55 in the first game, while the Jackets followed that up with a 66-58 decision over the Northwest Rankin Cougars.
Control is going to be the name of the game when the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers play the Lady Patriots of Jackson Prep.
Mississippi State is set to play five games in the next five days.
Bulldog head coach John Cohen will find out a good deal about his pitching staff and rotation when they end this five-game marathon of a week.
No. 2 MSU (2-1) starts that streak today when Memphis (3-0) comes to Dudy Noble Field. The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. but was moved back to 6:30 p.m.
There's always a little bit of anticipation to get a new season underway.
Starkville Academy did just that in baseball on Tuesday and the Volunteers let that opening day "hype" get the better of them as they dropped a 10-4 contest to visiting Winston Academy.
The regular season action may have come to a close for Starkville High School, but coach Greg Carter sees this time of year as a new beginning.
â€śOnce the regular season ends it is like a new season begins,â€ť Carter said. â€śEverybody is rejuvenated and ready to play again.â€ť
It's not an easy task to ask a team to beat another three times during a season.
The occasion of a trio of meetings doesn't happen often, but when division opponents play twice during a season and then in the postseason tournament, those situations are destined to happen.
It will be a rematch when the East Webster and Okolona boys basketball teams meet on the court tonight in the Class 2A, Region 4 Tournament.
Just last week the Wolverines and Chieftains tipped off with Okolona walking away with a 66-53 victory.
The Choctaw County Chargers have gotten a taste of what Class 3A, Region 5 basketball is like this season.
Now, it's time to see what they can do in the postseason.
Choctaw County, which has won two games each in boys and girls, attempt to advance at the division tournament in Forest.
The Lady Chargers (3-9) are young with the only senior Tiara Conner going down with an injury.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers don't worry about support as far as the baseball program is concerned.
Jody Britt, who begins his first season as the head coach of the Vols, has witnessed this first hand.