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January 5th, 2013
Mississippi State's football season started so promising, but when all was said and done it was a tailspin.
The Bulldogs opened the season 7-0 with victories over Southeastern Conference opponents Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.
It's amazing to consider that Texas A&M went into the season in August not knowing who the starting quarterback was going to be.
At that time, nobody knew what Johnny Manziel could do.
Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin decided to give Manziel a chance and that seemed to work out pretty well.
It wasn't the type of beginning the Starkville Academy Volunteers wanted to Saturday afternoon's game against Lamar School.
However, the finish was pretty good.
After falling behind their visitors 9-1 early, the Vols shook themselves and rallied for a 52-43 victory at home.
It didn't take long for the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers to knock off the rust of the Christmas break.
The Lady Vols were off and rolling again by defeating the Lamar School Lady Raiders 74-36 at home Saturday.
Facing a tough basketball team, Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt is proud of the way her team performed.
It's difficult to win basketball games when shots aren't falling.
The Starkville Christian Cougars learned that lesson the hard way Friday night.
Starkville Christian's 33-25 lead at halftime could have been much more, then found out it wasn't enough as the Tupelo Christian Academy Crusaders rallied for a 59-52 win at the Cougar Cave.
The Cougars were outscored 34-19 in the second half.
Overcoming scoring droughts is something Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray is looking for his squad to do.
The Bulldogs routed the University of New Orleans 97-46 Thursday evening inside Humphrey Coliseum.
Colin Borchert got the best of a former teammate on Thursday night.
The Mississippi State forward and New Orleans guard Tradarrius McPhearson are transfers from East Mississippi Community College and they opposed each other on the basketball court.
Borchert scored a career-high 17 points to help MSU to a 97-46 victory over the Privateers at Humphrey Coliseum.
There is a saying in sports that the effort of a player doesn't show up in the boxscore.
That statement may hold true in soccer more than any other athletic endeavor.
On Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex, Starkville Academy soccer coach Robert Gardner wished the effort of Austin Miles could have been rewarded with a goal.
The process continues for the Mississippi State women's basketball team as it enters Southeastern Conference play tonight.
MSU coach Vic Schaefer would like to be further along and more prepared as the Bulldogs look to challenge the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road, but consistency remained an issue as the non-conference part of the schedule came to a close.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. â€“ Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has not had the best of luck against ranked teams.
It didn't get much better on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (8-5) fell 34-20 to No. 21 (Associated Press) Northwestern (10-3) in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl at EverBank Field.
Mullen's record against ranked teams dropped to 2-17 all-time at Mississippi State.