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January 11th, 2012
Danny Carlisle welcomes one more year of doing what he loves doing most and that's influencing young people.
Even though he has won over 500 games in his 27 seasons as the head baseball coach at Starkville High School, it has always been about teaching the players lessons that will benefit them later in life.
The Starkville School District granted Carlisle the chance to coach the 2012 season at Tuesday night's board meeting.
Carlisle enters his 28th and final season with much anticipation and gratitude.
"I thank the administration and school board for giving me the opportunity to finish out with this group because it's a good group," Carlisle said. "I'm excited about it. My deal is do it for the kids and make a difference with them in a positive way."
Searching for a way to bounce back from a tough loss at Arkansas, the Mississippi State Bulldogs welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to the Humphrey Coliseum tonight for the Southeastern Conference home opener.
Mississippi State (13-3, 0-1) is 11-2 in SEC home openers under coach Rick Stansbury.Â The Bulldogs face a Volunteer (8-7) team that is riding high after their upset win over the Florida Gators.
âFirst off, they are very good," Stansbury said. "Anytime you do to Florida what they did to Florida, you know you are very good. Theyâve got a good balance inside and outside. Theyâve got some veterans, some guys that have been around. They are going to get after you defensively. Theyâll play extremely hard.âÂ
The Bulldogs gave up a season-high 98 points to the Razorbacks the last time out but Stansbury didnât see that as an issue going forward. The sub-par defense was simply an aberration.
Two Southeastern Conference women's basketball teams needing a win play each other tonight in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
There are just 36 days remaining until Mississippi State returns to the baseball diamond as the Bulldogs open the 2012 season against Washington State University on Friday, Feb. 17.
Mississippi State fans must be prepared to make a difficult decision come Saturday afternoon.Â The beloved New Orleans Saints travel west to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
It just so happens that one of the most praised Bulldogs to those who bleed maroon, Anthony Dixon, plays for San Francisco, leaving the choice, who to cheer for?
The beloved former Bulldog will take the field with the 49ers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.Â In doing so Dixon, who is in his second NFL season, will take the field in the postseason for the first time.
âMan, Iâm excited. You know, coming up as a youngâun this is what you dream of,â said Dixon, who has four career touchdowns in the NFL. âI watched all those games on NFL Saturday and NFL Sunday. I know me personally I always said, âman Iâd love to be a part of that action. Iâd like to see what that whole ride is about.â To do this is really going to be a dream come true, you know.â
Starkville's Jacolby Mobley stole the show in the Beehive Tuesday evening.
Mobley stung the Aberdeen Bulldogs for 35 points in route to the Yellowjacketsâ 94â61 win.
Starkville (14-2) entered the showdown with the top team in 3A basketball without Gavin Ware, who did not play due to a coaching decision, leaving the Jackets searching for players to step up in his absence.
âI knew everybody was going to need to step up and do a little bit more of everything,â said Starkville boys coach Greg Carter. âI needed them to step up and help with not just scoring but rebounding, defending, helping in the post, helping on drivesâŠjust a little bit of everything.Â I thought everybody did that tonight.Â It was a total team effort defensively.â
COLUMBUS â The Starkville Lady Volunteers ventured across the Tombigbee River Tuesday night and head coach Glenn Schmidt was hoping they would take their good shooting with them.
It didn't take long for Schmidt to find out the answer to that question.
The Lady Volunteers scored the first 10 points of the game and went on to defeat the Heritage Lady Patriots 67-42.
"When you are shooting like that, you are running and able to rebound, that sets a tone for the game," Schmidt said. "You have to take the offense on the road. We hit the outside shots, but I was surprised that we got so many."
ACKERMAN â The East Webster High School girls' basketball team used a strong second half Tuesday night to slip by Ackerman.
The Lady Wolverines overcame being down at halftime to beat the Lady Indians 62-52.
Ackerman led 33-31 at the intermission, but East Webster head coach Mandy Fondren inspired her team in the locker room to get the victory.
"I just asked what's the first thing it takes to win and they said 'a good attitude,'" Fondren said of what went on in the locker room at half. "We talked about that. We made a few adjustments on our transition defense and we talked about our new defense and we were going to attack the second half defensively and they came out with good attitudes and they came out ready to win."
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â The Arkansas Razorback press and red-hot shooting proved to be too much for No. 15 Mississippi State Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went on the road and learned a valuable lesson â it is hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, falling 98â88.
Dee Bost broke out of his recent slump playing well yet again inside Bud Walton Arena and freshman DeVille Smith added a career-high 25 points, but they were overshadowed by Arkansas (12-3, 1-0) junior Julysses Nobles who turned in a career-high 24 points and freshman B.J. Young had another outstanding night with 24 points of his own.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. âÂ âšIt's something that many athletes go through at certain times of their careers.âšThey struggle, search, question, and pick a part each and every aspect of their game trying to get rid of it. Baseball players deal with it.Â Receivers experience it.
On Saturday night, Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost broke out of his slump.
Entering the matchup with Arkansas, Bost was not playing up to his usual standards, averaging 7.3 points over the past three games while shooting just 21.5 percent. He struggled with few assists and simply wasnât getting to the foul line with just four attempts.