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March 1st, 2015
Mississippi State women's coach Vic Schaefer will enjoy a happy birthday Monday.
"It sure will be a sweet day," Schaefer admitted.
The Bulldogs provided him some early presents on Sunday.
With a 55-47 home victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, MSU locked up the No. 3 seed for next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament and the 11 league wins are the most in a single season for the Bulldogs.
A house is only as strong as its foundation.
The same can be said for sports teams.
At Mississippi State, the 2014-15 campaign featured a quartet of seniors, who have been busy building a solid foundation for an already successful crop of underclassmen.
Vance Tatum has made the most of his opportunities as a starter this season.
The Mississippi State sophomore left hander turned in another solid outing as he helped the No. 14 Bulldogs complete a four-game weekend sweep with a 6-2 win over Samford Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.
Coach Vic Schaefer knows what a rivalry looks like.
As an assistant at Texas A&M, Schaefer saw one develop between the Aggies and the Texas Longhorns in women's basketball.
The same thing is happening for him at Mississippi State.
In his third season as the coach of the Bulldogs, Schaefer has watched the action between the Ole Miss Rebels become very competitive.
March Madness is here and it starts at Humphrey Coliseum.
It doesn't get any bigger than Mississippi State and Ole Miss. That's what we get today in women's basketball.
Even though bragging rights are always on the line whenever the Bulldogs and Rebels get together for any athletic event, it's going to be an electric atmosphere in Starkville for other reasons.
The Murrah Mustangs threw just about everything but the kitchen sink at the Starkville Yellowjackets.
Each time that Murrah changed defenses, Starkville had an answer.
The Jackets had four players to score in double figures and they defeated the Mustangs 69-55 Saturday night in the Class 6A playoffs.
There has been an inside presence for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets all season in the form of sophomore Kelsey Jones.
She has been becoming more and more effective during the course of the year as guards Jariyah Covington and Eryka Williams have improved.
MABEN â€“ For the final time, a basketball has been bounced on the floor of West Oktibbeha County High School.Â
On Saturday evening, Montgomery County ended the Timberwolves season with a 61-52 second round, Class A playoff win.Â
MABEN â€“ After days of delays East Webster finally took to the hardwood in Cumberland for the opening round of Class 2A playoff action on Saturday and the Lady Wolverines knocked off the Hatley Tigers 72-63.
Austin Sexton struck out a career-high 10 batters for Mississippi State on Saturday.
But that's not his proudest achievement of the outing.
The sophomore right hander didn't issue a walk as the No. 14 Bulldogs beat Arizona 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field.