November 17th, 2014
JACKSON â€“ One step into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and it is clear that football has a storied history in the Magnolia State.
On Monday, a group of Starkville Academy athletes got to experience the Hall of Fame as they took part in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football state championship press conference.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen needed two wins in the final two regular season games to get bowl eligible a year ago.
The Bulldogs won those games and knocked off Rice to win the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. There was mention of Mullen being on the hot seat entering those final two games.
Mississippi State put on a shooting clinic inside Humphrey Coliseum Monday night.
The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field as they routed in-state foe Mississippi Valley State 89-68.
It wasn't the type of offensive effort that coach Mark Horstemeyer wanted, but the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars played well enough defensively to make up for it on Monday.
The Lady Cougars frustrated the visiting Central Academy Lady Vikings, especially on the inside, and won a 52-41 decision at home.
Kelcy Gooch and a team of his fellow Mississippi State University students set out last Friday to start a new social network.
Little can stop Caddy Taylor from attending a meeting of the Starkville Pilot Club.
Club member Ellen Mauldin said when Taylor was young and relatively new to the club, she missed very few meetings even when she was having her children. And now that Taylor has been part of the club for more than 60 years, Mauldin said she is still a faithful standby at the meetings.
College football still has two weeks left in the regular season and then conference championship week takes place, so there is still a good bit to be decided.
For Mississippi State, the season isn't over by a long shot.
If Mississippi State's first-year women's players are blinded by the bright lights of college basketball, they haven't shown it yet.
The ability to lose weight physically is not the only thing that's helped Gavin Ware become a better player with the Mississippi State basketball team.
Even though the former Starkville Yellowjacket has dropped some pounds that has made him a better player on the college level, there is less pressure on him to perform because of more Bulldogs on the roster.
Anyone who has been to Starkville High lately has noticed the new addition of artificial turf. EachÂ Friday nightÂ the football team takes their turn on the new field, but a big reason for that new surface was not only improved elements for football, but also to assist with Yellowjacket soccer to prevent the cancelation of games while also enhancing the playing surface for matches.