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October 11th, 2012
The basketball season and the start of a new era for Mississippi State is almost here with new coaches at the helm of the men's and women's programs.
Tonight as Pumpkinpalooza takes over the streets of Starkville, Rick Ray, his Bulldogs, Vick Schaefer and his Lady Bulldogs take center stage to debut the 2012 version of Mississippi State basketball.
Starkville High School head football coach Jamie Mitchell takes pride in meeting any challenge with dedication and hard work.
There has been more than usual on Mitchell's plate this season.
Along with trying to mold the Yellowjackets into state championship contenders in Class 5A, Mitchell also has the responsibility of getting ready to coach in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.
The Winston Academy Patriots have done a lot of improving over the past season.
They have a new head coach in Bo Milton who came from Parklane Academy.
The Patriots (3-4) look to get to .500 this season when they travel to Starkville to take on the Volunteers of Starkville Academy (4-4, 2-2).
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on homecoming weekend for the Volunteers.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen really wasn't surprised to hear that one of his former players was expected to get his first start in the National Football League this weekend.
Due to injuries in the Indianapolis Colts backfield this season, former Bulldog Vick Ballard has been given the starting nod for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
It was an accomplishment that's been 10 years in the making.
When Dakota Jordan bowled an 875 series at Bulldog Lanes last week, the total was good enough to set a state record.
Jordan, a student at Mississippi State, began bowling when he was 10-years-old. There were two bowling houses near his home in Perlington, close to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and another in Slidell, La.
JACKSON â€“ The Starkville Lady Yellowjackets locked up an undefeated regular season in Class 5A, Region 2 play and clinched a first-round home playoff game with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-13) victory at Jackson Callaway Tuesday night.
Starkville finished the regular season with records of 19-11 overall and 8-0 in the region. The Lady Jackets did not drop a set in region matches.
The Starkville Academy girls soccer team had a strong senior class.
When the trio of Tiffany Huddleston, Tiffany Evans and Jessica Dennis were chosen to represent the Lady Volunteers in today's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Game, it indicates the strong leadership that was available to coach Robert Gardner last season.
When it comes to being a team player, Deangelo Liggins is the definition.
The sophomore for the East Webster Wolverines was selected as the starting quarterback this season. Liggins has played running back for most of his life.
MABEN â€“ Kendall Wilkinson came to the plate in the seventh inning in a pressure-packed situation.
She delivered a 2-run double to stretch East Webster's lead to five and got three-up-three-down in the bottom half to give the Lady Wolverines a 13-8 win over Bay Springs.
Entering the season, there were analysts and fans alike that circled the Sept. 8 match up with Auburn as the first real test for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
However, as the football gods would have it, the first test for coach Dan Mullenâ€™s Bulldogs will come this weekend when the high-flying offense of Tennessee comes to Starkville.