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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Volume No. 109, Issue No. 61
Hotel fire caused by cord short
By NATHAN GREGORY ager at the hotel said
50 Cents
Starkville Fire Department officials confirmed the cause of a fire Thursday that destroyed the interior of a hotel room at Americas best Value Inn & Suites on Miss. highway 12 as electrical. SFD Training Officer Charles Yarbrough said he concluded in his investigation that the fire was started by a short in a lamp cord. “The way the cord was wrapped up, it was stuck under the lamp and wore out after a while,” Yarbrough said. “We could tell by looking at the lamp and checking the cords out that it had to come from there.” he said friction likely caused the shorted cord to ignite, and sparks caused the carpet to catch on fire, which then spread to a couch and the wall. On Thursday, a shift man-
she called 911 after a customer came into the lobby and said he Yarbrough saw smoke emitting from the back of the building. The manager, who refused to be identified, said neither the room where the fire took place nor any nearby rooms were occupied at the time the smoke was first reported and there was no one in the vicinity of the fire. Yarbrough said everything in the room, from the furnishings to the walls would have to be replaced, but said the hotel’s structural integrity was satisfactory as the rooms were designed to contain and isolate fires. Attempts to contact a shift manager on Friday were unsuccessful.
Mayor Parker Wiseman reads a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” to a group of 3- and 4year-olds Friday at the Oktibbeha County Head Start building. The event celebrates what would have been Seuess’s 109th birthday. (Photo by Matt Crane, SDN)
“We are trying to give seniors a better quality of life. We are trying and succeeding at making a difference.”
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buses transport Starkville students to Annunciation
More than a quarter of the student body at Annunciation Catholic School in Columbus comes from Starkville. Sayuri beltran, ACS marketing director, said transporting these 30 students used to involve three bulldog Cab Company vans each day and 30 parents volunteering as chaperones each week. Now, she said, it involved just one bus. At the beginning of this semester, ACS began a partnership with Waters Transportation Services, LLC to transport students from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to ACS and back by bus. beltran said the new service culminated a five-year journey. She said her own family was one of two in Starkville who began carpooling to take their children to ACS five years ago. A year after that, she said, Starkville ACS families collectively hired a single bulldog Cab Company van to carry 11 children. “Then it grew to two buses the next year, and then three the next,” beltran said. “It was all organized and managed by parents volunteering. Now, everyone just hops on the bus, and we leave. I am now officially the bus lady. I ride three of the days back and forth. It’s much easier, because we only have to deal with one vehicle.”
Annunciation Catholic School students board the bus back to Starkville at the end of their school day. ACS began a partnership with with Waters Transportation Services, LLC to transport students from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to ACS and back by bus at the beginning of this semester. (Submitted Photo) Waters Transportation Services (WTS) buses include video and audio surveillance systems, gpS tracking, pre- and post-trip inspections and more. William Ricketson, Waters Transportation sales manager, said seeing parents hug their children and tell them they loved them was a reminder of the company’s mission. “We are are ever mindful that we are transporting precious cargo,” Ricketson said. “WTS is fortunate to be chosen by Annunciation to provide student transportation services. It is a win-win partnership.” beltran said having just one bus had reduced gas expenses for ACS. parents
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By MATT CRANE tendency to forget about our seniors.” Funded by federal, state For the golden Triangle and local dollars, gann said Area Agency on Aging, the Oktibbeha County had 13 work is not about providing percent of its residents ages a service, it is about fulfilling 60 and older. a need. “Our services are not As the agency’s director based on income, but they are for 39 years, bobby gann for anyone who has a need,” said the organization provid- he said. “people get the idea ed free social and nutritional that this is a welfare program, services for people ages 60 but it’s not.” and older including meal deWith help from both the livery, homemaking, legal and city and county governments, transportation to name a few. gann said he had been en“We are here to help se- couraged by the continued niors remain independent growth of support the agency and in their own homes for received. as long as possible,” he said. “Community support has “Our goals is provide these been growing for the past services and identify older decade now and we used to adults who have needs and to really struggle with that,” he help them remain indepen- said. “It has taken a lot of dent.” hard work to get our message Serving seven counties, out there and convincing peofield screener Cindy brown ple that there is a need for us said she loved her job since to meet in this community.” That need, brown said, starting one year ago. “I’ve never worked with was not realized until a week the elderly before and it has into her current position. “I get emotional about been an eye opening experience and sometimes heart- it sometimes because some breaking,” she said. “It is of the places I have visited, hard seeing these seniors that I have met seniors who did have those needs and knowSee GTAAA | Page 3 ing that we as a society have a
Agency services vital for seniors
2: Around Town 4: Church Page
5: Obituaries 5: Weather
6: Sports 10: Classifieds
Newsroom 662-323-1642
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Around Town
AROUND TOWN ANNOUNCEMENT POLICIES All “Around Town” announcements are published as a community service on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. Announcements must be 60 words or less, written in complete sentences and submitted in writing at least five days prior to the requested dates of publication. No announcements will be taken over the telephone. Announcements submitted after noon will not be published for the next day’s paper. To submit announcements, email
u Consignment sale — Starkville Swap will host a spring and summer consignment sale Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cotton Crossing Shopping Center. A half-off sale will be held 2:30-4 p.m. the same day. This event is cash only. u Benefit program — pleasant grove Robinson M.b. Church will host an appreciation and benefit program for pastor Jimmy Dickerson of Light house Ministry, Deacon Dero Jones Sr. of St. paul and Sister Lizzie Mcgee of good hope Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact pastor george A. Sander at 662-456-0024 or Deacon Larry Tipton at 662-418-7067. u Revival meetings — World Aflame Ministries will host revival meetings Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex activity room. guest speaker will be Rev. Andy glover of Revival to the Nations.
Joel Paz, left, speaks to discussion participants Monday at the Bost Extension Center during “Climate Change: Science, Faith and Free Enterprise.” Other discussion leaders, from left to right, are moderator Karen McNeal, former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis, and Flourish Magazine president Rusty Pritchard. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN) u Kiwanis meeting — The Starkville Kiwanis will meet Tuesday, March 5 at noon at the hilton garden Inn. guest speaker will be MSu architect Tim Muzzy. u Tai Chi classes — The Wellness Center at OCh Regional Medical Center will offer an eight-week Tai Chi class beginning Tuesday, Marc 5 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Lead by Armando de la Cruz, the class is $30 for Wellness Center members and $40 for non-members. pre-registration is required by Monday, March 4. For more information, call 662-323-9355. u Alzheimer’s group meeting — The Alzheimer’s Support group will meet Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Starkville Church of Christ. For more information, call Kim Coble at 662-323-1499 or email house — The newly constructed Oktibbeha County Farm bureau building will hold an open house Friday, March 8 from 2-4 p.m. at 905 Stark Road. A dedication ceremony in honor of F. Warren Oakley will be held 2:30 p.m. that day. cling collection - first and third Wednesday of each month; Schedule 2: household garbage collection – Tuesday and Friday, rubbish collection – Tuesday only, recycling collection – second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Should there be five Wednesdays in a month, there will be no collections of recyclables on the fifth Wednesday. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, recycling bags can only be picked up in April and October of each year. For more information, visit http://www. or call 662323-2652. u Senior Yoga — Trinity presbyterian Church offers free senior yoga class Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9 a.m. The church is located at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. u Veteran volunteering — gentiva hospice is looking for veteran volunteers for its newly established “We honor Veterans” program. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. For more information, call Carly Wheat at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u MSU Philharmonia — pre-college musicians looking for a full orchestra experience are welcome to join MSu philharmonia on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in the MSu band hall at 72 hardy Road. Wind players must have high school band experience and be able to read music, and junior and senior high school string players must be able to read music with the ability to shift to second and third positions. For more information, wind players should contact Richard human at Richard.human@ or 662-325-8021, and string players should contact Shandy phillips at sp867@ or 662-325-3070. u Line dancing — The Starkville Sportsplex will host afternoon line dancing in its activites room. beginners-1 Line dancing is held 11 a.m. to noon, and beginners-2 Line dancing is held noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call Lisa at 662-323-2294. u Square dancing — Square dancers are needed every Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. The evening promises to be filled wtih good fun and fellowship. For more information, call Nelly Lang at 662-341-6259. u Hospice volunteer opportunity — gentiva hospice is looking for dynamic volunteers to join their team. Areas of service include home visits, making phone calls, making crafts or baking for patients. Volunteers can donate as little as one hour per week or more. This is an opportunity to have a wonderful impact on somone’s life. Contact Carly Wheat, manager of volunteer services, at 662-615-1519 or email carly. u Writers group meetings — “Ecclesia,” a group for nonfiction writers will meet ever first and third Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Downtown book Mart and Cafe. The group will help those interested in writing history, biography, essays, newspaper and magazine articles, book reports, etc. For more information, contact Lee Lassner at 662-648-7283 or email u Rule 62: Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — The Rule 62 group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. participants are encouraged to use the office entrance off the rear parking lot.Anyone with a desire to stop drinking is welcome to attend. For more information, call 662-418-1843. u Al-Anon meeting — The Starkville group meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. upstairs at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 662-323-1692, 662-4185535 or 601-663-5682. u Pregnancy and parenting class — A series of classes are being held at Emerson Family Center every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. through Sept. To register, call 662-320-4607. u Samaritan Club cheese — The Starkville Samaritan Club is selling mild, sharp, extra-sharp and round cheese. Cheese may be purchased at any of the following businesses in Starkville: John McMurray Accounting, 320 university Drive, Nationwide Insurance, 520 university Drive, or Cb&S bank at the corner of highways 12 and 25. Cheese may also be purchased from any Samaritan Club member. Contact hall Fuller at 662-323-1338, John McMurray Jr. at 662-3233890, Margaret prisock at 662324-4864, or Charlie Smith at 662-324-2989. u Clothing ministry — Rock hill Clothing Ministry
u Choir musical — bethel baptist Church will hold its gospel Choir musical Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 662-324-0071. u Gospel concert — 3 Johns presents “An Evening of Legend” Sunday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the greensboro Center in Starkville. Musical guests include Spencer Taylor and the highway QCs, Mighty Disciples, Original gospel Tones, Caldwell Singers, grayer Family, Traveling Stars and True Magnifiers. For more information, contact John baker at 662-769-6028. u OCMA meeting — The Oktibbeha County Ministerial Alliance will meet Sunday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Christian Faith M.b. Church. guest speaker will be Rev. Rochester Young of bethel M.b. Church.
u Job training classes — Emerson Family Center will hold job training and career classes March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to noon. For more information, call Megan with building Strong Families at 662-418-7089. u BNI meetings — A chapter of business Networking International will meet Tuesdays at 8 a.m. in the Modern Woodmen office on Lafayette Street. For more information, call barbara Coats at 662-418-7957 or Matt Rose at 662-275-8003. u Dance team applications — KMg Creations children dance company “The Dream Team” is currently accepting dance applications for the 4-6 year old group and 10-18 year old group. For more information, call 662-648-9333 or email danzexplosion@yahoo. com. u Noontime devotional study — Join a group of interdenominational ladies for lunch and discussion about the book “Jesus Lives” every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the book Mart Cafe in downtown Starkville. u Quilting group meeting — The golden Triangle Quilt guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. All interested quilters are invited to attend. For more information, call Luanne blankenship at 662-323-7597. u Childbirth classes — North Miss. Medical Center in West point will childbirth classes Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee is $35. For more information, call 662-495-2292 or 1-800-843-3375. u Sanitation Department schedules — A reminder of collection days for the City of Starkville Sanitation and Environmental Services Department. Schedule 1: household garbage collection – Monday and Thursday, rubbish collection – Monday only, recy-
u Garden club meeting — The Cloverleaf garden Club will meet Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex. For more information, call pearlie perkins at 662323-4959.
u Family workshop — A “building good Relationship” family workshop will be held Monday, March 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at West Oktibbhea high School. The event is sponsored by The Controllers generation 4h Club. u Book sale — The Friends of the Starkville public Library will hold its monthly book sale Monday, March 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at the library. u Rotary meeting — The Starkville Rotary Club will meet Monday, March 4 at noon at the Starkville Country Club. guest speaker will be MSu head football coach Dan Mullen.
u AARP meeting — The Starkville chapter of AARp will meet Thursday, March 7 at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall of First baptist Church in Starkville. guest speaker will be barbara Coats. For more information, call Ruth de la Cruz at 662-324-1424 or Marilyn Laird at 662-323-6309. u Garden club meeting — Starkville Town and Country garden Club will meet Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the home of Marily Tabor. guest speaker will be Steve grado. u DAR meeting — The hic-A-Sha-ba-ha chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at Cadence bank. guest speaker will be Sonic Johnson from the Columbus Air Force base. For more information, call Maxine hamilton at 662-324-0149.
u Childbirth class — Emerson Family School will host a free childbirth class Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. Nancy ball will lead the class. For more information and to pre-register, call 662-320-4607.
u Farm Bureau open
will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The ministry is open to the public and is located across the street from Rock hill united Methodist Church at 4457 Rock hill Road. For more information, contact Donna poe at 662-323-8871 or 662-312-2935. u Celebrate Recovery — Fellowship baptist Church hosts Celebrate Recovery every Tuesday at 1491 Frye Rd. in Starkville. A light meal starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. Child care services are provided. For more information and directions to the church, call 662-320-9988 or 662-295-0823. u Healing rooms — From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Starkville healing Rooms provide a loving, safe and confidential environment where you can come to receive healing prayer. No appointment necessary. Rooms are located upstairs in the Starkville Sportsplex located at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. For more information, call 662-418-5596 or email info@ and visit http://www.healingrooms. com u Alcoholics anonymous — The Starkville A.A. group meets six days per week downstairs at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Call 3278941 or visit www.starkvilleaa. org for schedules and more information. u PEO Chapter N meeting — The pEO Chapter N meeting is held 9 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. pEO is an organization of women helping women reach for the stars. For more information about monthly meetings contact bobbie Walton at 662323-5108. u Senior Center activities — The Starkville Senior Enrichment Center on Miley Drive will host party bridge on Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. To play, call 662-338-9442. Senior game Day will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stitching with Marie will be held Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with afternoon visiting following. For more information, call 662-324-1965. u Alzheimer’s meetings — The Starkville church of Christ (1107 East Lee blvd.) will host the monthly meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support group on each first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to encourage and support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Syndrome. For more information, call 3231499. u Health workshops — A series of free workshops on health and fitness for all ages will be held on the first and third Mondays of each month at West Oktibbeha County high School at 39 Timberwolf Drive in Maben at 5 p.m. Call 662-242-7962. u Senior Yoga — Senior Yoga will be held Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity presbyterian Church at 607 hospital Road in Starkville. The course is free and tailored to beginners. Community call-in u prayer service — The peter’s Rock Temple COgIC will sponsor a call-in prayer service for those in need on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and Sundays 9-11 a.m. Leave your name, number and prayer request and the prayer Team will contact you. Call 662-615-4001. u Line dancing classes — beginners’ line dancing will be held on Mondays in the Activity Room of the Starkville Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Ln.
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BP manager didn’t see ‘high risk’ in drilling
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — bp's head of drilling engineering for the gulf of Mexico at the time of the Deepwater horizon disaster testified he didn't believe deepwater drilling was a "high-risk" activity before the April 2010 blowout of the company's Macondo well, according to newly released court documents. Jonathan Sprague's March 2011 testimony is contained in a batch of more than 100 depositions that plaintiffs' lawyers submitted Thursday to the federal judge presiding over a trial for litigation over the massive gulf oil spill. During his pretrial deposition, Sprague said he recognized the risks associated with deepwater wells but thought they could be eliminated. plaintiffs' lawyers and government attorneys claim bp and its contractors ignored risks in a rush to finish drilling the well. Conrad Williams, one of the lead lawyers for gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money, asked Sprague if the Macondo project "constituted a high-risk operation." "At the time, I did not believe it to be high risk," Sprague said. "Sir, isn't it true that a failure to appropriately appreciate and analyze risk can result in catastrophic consequences?" Williams asked. "I don't know that to be true in all cases," Sprague said. "Well, risk wasn't appropriately analyzed on the Deepwater horizon during the five days before that rig was lost, was it?" Williams asked. "I don't agree with that statement," Sprague said. "I think at the time the individuals involved, which included bp, service companies and contractor personnel believed that they understood all the risk." Sprague isn't expected to testify in person at the trial that started Monday. however, the depositions submitted this week could be evidence for u.S. District Judge Carl barbier to weigh if he ultimately decides how much more money bp and the other companies involved in the Macondo drilling project owe for their roles in the disaster. The raft of documents also includes a June 2011 deposition by henry Thierens, who was bp's wells director for the gulf of Mexico until December 2009. Thierens said he didn't know that bp had to submit a regional oil spill response plan to federal regulators from an agency that was known as the Minerals Management Service at the time of the April 20, 2010, blowout. "So bp submitted this to the MMS
Starting March 28, 2013, Recycling bags can be picked up at the Sanitation and Environmental Services Department, located at 506 D.L. Conner Drive. hours of operations are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. A complete list of all recyclables may be obtained from the office or from http://www.
Manning post-conviction petition ruling pending
JACKSON (Ap) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday asked an Oktibbeha County judge to explain why no ruling has been issue on a post-conviction petition filed by Willie Jerome Manning. Manning was convicted in 1996 for the killings of Emmoline Jimmerson, 90, and Alberta Jordan, about 60, in Starkville. The women were beaten and their throats slashed during a robbery attempt in 1993. The Supreme Court upheld his two death sentences in 2000. In 2004, the Supreme Court said Manning could pursue a pCR on whether prosecutors withheld certain evidence, whether prosecutors presented false evidence and whether Manning was denied effective assistance of counsel both at trial and on appeal. The Oktibbeha circuit court held a hearing in January of 2011.
Fulton to levy fine on meter tampering
FuLTON (Ap) — The Fulton board of Aldermen has approved a $300 penalty to any water or natural gas system customer who damages one of the new meters. The fine, approved this past week, took immediate effect. Andy graham, head of Fulton Water Department, says the penalty covers the cost of replacing the meter plus the work involved. graham tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that broken water meters aren’t unusual. he says sometimes, customers like to fiddle with them. Work began on the $3.2 million project in mid-January. The city is replacing 3,200 water meters and 2,000 gas meters. both water and gas meters will be all digital meaning they won’t have to be read manually. Officials say older meters can either no longer read correctly or result in costly leaks.
Judge agrees to hearing on Winfield lawsuit
JACKSON (Ap) — A federal judge will conduct a telephone hearing Monday on requests to seal documents in Kenya burks' sexual harassment suit against the city and Mayor paul Winfield. The Vicksburg post reports that u.S. Magistrate Michael T. parker agreed this week to schedule a hearing on burks's efforts to get more answers from Winfield in discovery and a motion by the Winfield and the city of Vicksburg to keep information they deem "salacious" or of a sexual nature out of the public domain. burks is suing Winfield and the city for more than $1.5 million. She has claimed she was subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliation after what she says was a consensual affair soured. burks was Winfield's chief of staff from July 2009 to April 2011.
In this 2010 file photo, an oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of the HOS Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The Gulf oil spill settlement trial started in New Orleans Monday. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear several hours of opening statements Monday by lawyers for the companies, federal and state governments and others who sued over the disaster. Barbier is hearing the case without a jury. The trial is designed to identify the causes of BP's well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies. (Photo by Gerald Herbert, AP) for the gulf of Mexico without clearing it through its Wells Director?" a lawyer from Alabama Attorney general Luther Strange's office asked. "Yeah, I don't recall having seen this," said Thierens, who added that he didn't look at the plan while working on the spill response, either. Thierens, who has since left bp, had described his job responsibilities as including "accountability for all aspects of MMS regulatory requirements. but he could only recall having direct contact with MMS once during his three-year tenure as wells director and couldn't re-
call if he ever looked at any of the regulations governing gulf drilling. Alan huffman, a well design expert who testified at the trial earlier this week as a witness for the federal government, said bp continued drilling in dangerous deep water conditions without keeping the Minerals Management Service fully informed. huffman said his review of internal bp documents and MMS records showed the oil giant engaged in a "consistent pattern of misreporting" to the federal agency and gave it a "very false impression" of what was happening on the drilling project.
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also paid a bus fee for their children’s transportation, she said, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church had also done much to make the bus financially feasible for them. “Members of the parish of St. Joseph’s receive a stipend to help offset the cost of the transportation, so that’s a critical part in the whole operation,” beltran said. Other Catholic schools across America had been
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not have anything,” she said. “Of course, I want to get the word out about the fabulous program we have, but also address the awareness aspect of it because people need to know. It’s hard to know about this until you have been out there.” gann said there were times when eligible seniors refused or fought the idea of the services his organization provided because of misconstrued implications. “Sometimes they think that if we help them, then the next step is going into a nursing home,” he said. “We are trying to delay or prevent institutionalization. We have seen people who were at the point of going into a nursing home, but we can provide them social and nutritional services to keep them at home.” With homemaking services providing light house cleaning and physical assistance along with meal deliveries averaging 1,7000 meals a day in seven counties, brown said the agency offered services for full-time caregivers who need a break from the stress of their every day job. “Our respite services are for those caregivers of adult seniors to allow for intervals of rest from that constant burden of care,” she said. “Workers sometimes feel guilty for feeling like that, but where you are there 24 hours a day, seven day a week, it can be hard.” brown said the team she joined had been outstanding. “We have a really great department over there and our supervisors do a great job,” she said. “As for bobby, I can’t speak for all the years that he has been there, but in my last year working with him, he has done just a wonderful job.” Above all, gann said com-
munity awareness was crucial to the success of the seniors in the counties he serviced. “We are trying to give seniors a better quality of life,” he said. “We are trying and succeeding at making a difference.” For more information on the golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging, call 662324-7860 or 1-888-324-9000.
shrinking, beltran said, and ACS’s Starkville students had played a key role in reversing that trend at ACS. Joni house, ACS principal, said she hoped to extend ACS’s reach even further. “We do have a couple of students that actually come from the Alabama line, and we have a few students that come from
Macon,” house said. “We have some people interested in ACS from the West point area, but transportation is an issue for them. We’re just trying to figure out the logistics of it.” house said ACS had no athletics program, but that did not stop ACS from creating a mascot and naming the bus “Eagle One” after it.
“Each class actually nominated a mascot. They had to tell us why that mascot fit the mission statement of our school,” house said. “The top three were chosen, and then a committee was chosen, and that committee chose the mascot based on not just our mascot but how it related to our mission statement.”
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Specialist Fabian Caceres works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock market pushed higher Thursday afternoon, sending the Dow tantalizingly close to a record high. (Photo by Richard Drew, AP)
Stocks close higher despite looming budget cuts
NEW YORK (Ap) — An encouraging manufacturing report nudged the stock market higher Friday, giving it a slight gain for the week, even as a deadline for avoiding sweeping government spending cuts loomed. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35.17 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 14,089.66. It was down as much as 117 points in early trading but recovered following news that u.S. manufacturing expanded in February at the fastest pace since June 2011. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index reached 54.2, up from January’s reading of 53.1. Any reading above 50 signals growth. president barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White house for a meeting aimed at avoiding the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts set to kick in Friday. The cuts are part of a 10-year, $1.5 trillion deficit reduction plan that was designed to be so distasteful to both Democrats and Republicans that they would be forced to drum up a longer-term budget deal. Any agreement between the White house and Congress on the spending cuts could drive the market up next week, regardless of whether investors consider it a good deal or not, said Stephen Carl, head equity trader at The Williams Capital group in New York. “The lack of clarity is the problem,” he said. “I think it will be a positive for the market just as long as there’s concrete news.” In other Friday trading, the Standard & poor’s 500 index rose
3.52 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,518.20. The Nasdaq composite gained 9.55 points, 0.3 percent, to 3,169.74. All three indexes ended higher for the week: The Dow rose 0.6 percent, the S&p 500 and Nasdaq each rose about 0.2 percent. The Dow came within 15 points of its record close of 14,164 on Thursday before sliding back and ending the day lower. Oil and gas companies fell Friday as the price of crude sank to its lowest level of the year. halliburton, peabody Energy and other energy stocks were among the biggest losers in the S&p 500. benchmark u.S. crude oil dropped below $91 a barrel. Americans’ incomes fell 3.6 percent in January, the worst onemonth drop in 20 years, the Commerce Department said Friday. u.S. consumers increased spending modestly in January but cut back on major purchases. The report suggests that the expiration of tax cuts on Jan. 1 may have made Americans more cautious. unemployment across the 17 European union countries that use the euro currency hit a record 11.9 percent during January. That drove money into u.S. Treasurys, pushing their prices up and their yields down. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.85 percent from 1.88 percent late Thursday. Among other stocks making big moves: u gap added 95 cents to $33.87. The retailer said late Thursday that its quarterly profits jumped 61 percent, topping analysts’ estimates, helped by better sales at its Old Navy stores. gap also raised its quarterly dividend to 15 cents. u best buy Co. rose 75 cents to $17.16 after the retailer said that its fourth-quarter loss narrowed as better sales in the u.S. helped offset weakness abroad, particularly China and Canada.
George McIngvale Sr.
hOuSTON, Texas — Mr. george Critz McIngvale Sr., 89, devoted family man, World War II veteran, successful businessman, philanthropist and devout Catholic, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 in houston, Texas. he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angela; five children, Jim McIngvale, Julia Stout, Mary Dunson, Ralph McIngvale, AnMcIngvale gela Jones and their spouses; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. he was preceded in death by his eldest son, george C. McIngvale Jr.; and his great-granddaughter, Mathilde Juliette Stout. Mr. Mack’s legacy can be summed up with the three Fs: Faith, Family and the bishop Lynch Friars. he was born on Sept. 17, 1923, the youngest of four children to loving parents, bessie and george McIngvale, and grew up in his beloved hometown of Starkville. There, his outgoing personality and zest for life made him a friend to all, many who knew him as “Teaberry” McIngvale given his penchant for performing the Teaberry shuffle for his teammates. he attended Starkville high School where he lettered in football and track, and was voted “Mr. Starkville high School” and “best Athlete.” After two years at Mississippi State, he joined the u.S. Army to fight in World War II. he served in the 91st Infantry Division, 316th Engineer Combat battalion, and between 1943-1945 saw action in the Italian Campaign in Rome, Acno, North Appennines and po Valley. Following his military service, he returned to Mississippi State and lettered in football, basketball and track. he was also a member of pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity — a tradition his son, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and three grandsons upheld. After graduating college in 1947, he met the love of his life, Angela buffler. They married Oct. 13, 1948 in Florence, Ala. and moved to Dallas, Texas in the early 1950s. Mr. McIngvale worked for Allied Finance for years before beginning his own insurance company, McIngvale Associates. Moved by his wife’s faith, george converted to Catholicism and raised their children in the traditions of the Church: attending St. pius X Catholic Church and parochial school. In the early 1960s, Mr. McIngvale worked with Msrg. Weinzapfel as chairman of the budget Sunday campaign to build a new church for St. pius X. Their collective vision was to build a beautiful church where only cotton fields had stood. Monsignor dubbed the team his “twelve apostles.” Mr. McIngvale then took his fundraising talents to the next level helping to raise the capital to build bishop Lynch high School. Always an avid sports fan, he took a particular interest in construction of the football and baseball field for the school’s teams, dubbed the Friars. Mr. Mcingvale traveled the state following the Friars. Today, bishop Lynch is a blue Ribbon school recognized around the state as one of the finest private schools in Texas. It has served over 10,000 students in the Dallas area, had more than 320 National Merit Scholars (one of which was his eldest son george), and has won over 60 state championships in various sports. Over 25 years ago, Mr. Mack and his wife moved from Dallas to houston to join his son in his new business venture, gallery Furniture. he was loved by the gallery employees and noted for his generosity and devotion to his faith. In fact, he served as a mentor to many throughout his life, and was responsible for numerous conversions to the Catholic faith.
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from noon-1 p.m. u SLCE Cancer Support Group — The SCLE Cancer Support group will meet every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Second baptist Church on 314 Yeates St. in Starkville. Call 662-323-8775 or 601-527-1553. u Project HELP — project hELp with Family Centered programs and the Starkville School District is a grant funded project that can assist “homeless” students in the district and provides school uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and\or in-school tutoring. Call Mamie guest or Cappe hallberg at 662-324-2551 or 662-4183876. u PROJECT CLASS — pROJECT CLASS is seeking volunteers who wish to make a difference in the life of a young student by practicing reading and arithmetic with them in a one-on-one session for one hour per week. Call 662-3233322. u Sassy Sirens Game Day — On the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., the
Sassy Sirens will host a game Day at the Senior Citizens building “Fun house.” RSVp to u Starkville Writer’s Group — The Starkville Writers’ group will meet on the first and third Saturday of each month at the book Mart in downtown Starkville. Contact Stan brown at u Brotherhood breakfast — Men and boys are welcome to attend a brotherhood breakfast at Austin Creek Church of Christ holiness (uSA) at 2298 Turkey Creek Rd. in Starkville every second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. followed by yard work at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring yard supplies. Officer elections will be held at the end of the year. Call Willie Thomas at 662-323-2748. u Casserole Kitchen — The Casserole Kitchen serves free meals to anyone in need from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lunch is served on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. All meals will be served in the Fellowship hall (ground floor) of First presbyterian Church in Starkville. Call 662312-2175.
Known as Daddy, pops, pepaw and Mr. Mack, he was the lifeblood of his family — always encouraging his children and grandkids to do their best, help others, make friends, love one another and work hard. Mr. Mack was the quintessential optimist. he saw the best in all people and had never met a stranger. Complimenting people, putting them at ease making them feel like the most important person in the world. his greetings were full of colloquialisms and truisms which would straighten you out in a hurry — “Right’s right and wrong’s wrong. The Lord hates a coward. Make up your mind and be somebody.” Finally, the McIngvale family would like to express our most sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. McIngvale’s wonderful, skilled, kind, and devoted caregivers: Febe Keers and Alicia Cortes. A vigil and rosary service will be held this Sunday, March 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Forrest park Woodlands Funeral home, 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384 phone (936) 321-5115. The Mass of the Resurrection will be Monday, March 4th at 1 p.m., Christ the good Shepherd, 18511 Klein Church Road, Spring, TX 77379. pallbearers for Mr. McIngvale will be his grandsons, bryan Dunson, Thomas Dunson, george McIngvale, Randol Stout, hank Stout, James McIngvale, Sam McIngvale, Ken Jones and benjamin Jones. A Christian burial will follow the funeral mass at Forest park Cemetery 18000 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384 phone (936) 321-5115. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to bishop Lynch high School, Dallas, Texas (http://www.bishoplynch. org/page.aspx?pid=1324) or blessed Frasatti high School in Spring, Texas (
Catherine Harris
Mrs. Catherine Swayze harris, 83, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville. graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Memorial garden park Cemetery in Starkville with Rev. Dr. prentiss gordon officiating. Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Sunday, March, 3, 2013 at Welch Funeral home in Starkville. Welch Funeral home of Starkville is in charge of arrangements. She was a retired teacher at Starkville Academy and a member of First united Methodist Church, where she was in Circle Mary. She loved Mississippi State Athletics and was an avid bridge player. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Ann harris of Starkville and Janet harris Wasson (Thomas Jr.) of Raymond; sons, Yandell Swayze harris (Cindy) of Columbus and Ralph Neal harris Jr. (brenda) of Starkville; sister, georgia Smith of brandon; grandchildren, Matthew Thomas Wasson, Swayze Lynn harris and Catherine bailey harris; and great-grandchild, Andrew Thomas Wasson. Mrs. harris was preceded in death by her parents, henry Yandell Swayze and Catherine butler Swayze; and her husband, Ralph Neal harris Sr. The family would like to thank the staff of OCh Regional Medical Center, the staff of The Carrington Nursing Center and the staff of Montgomery gardens for their loving care. Memorial donations may be made to First united Methodist Church Music Ministry. You can go online and sign the guest register at http://www.
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Saturday, March 2, 2013
High School Basketball
SA girls win, set to meet PCS for title
From Staff Reports CLINTON – Even though the game was closer than usual for the Starkville Academy girls, the Lady Volunteers never lost sight of their goal. Starkville Academy’s quest of finishing the season undefeated as the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State champions has one more hurdle to clear. Following a 68-54 defeat of the Lady buccaneers of bowling green Academy on Friday, the Lady Vols have earned that opportunity. “It was a really good game overall for us,” Starkville Academy coach glenn Schmidt said. “We had a lot of different people do a lot of different things. We had a great defensive effort by everybody. Overall, I thought it was a really good game and just a good team effort.” The Lady Vols’ first point of the game did not come until almost 2 minutes into the game when Caroline halk fouled sending Maggie proffitt to the line for SA. proffitt hit one of two to give the Lady Vols the one-point advantage. A few seconds later Nora Kathryn Carroll sank a shot from behind the arc to get things moving for SA. Following Carroll’s successful shot from long range, the Lady Vols went on to score 10 additional points making it a 14-9 ballgame after one. “Nora Kathryn seemed to be the person that stepped out there and got it going,” Schmidt said. “They kind of left her open and she responded well to it. They keyed on Anna Lea (Little) and Maggie pretty good, then one thing led to another, Nora hit some baskets and then it kind of opened it up for every-
Nora Kathryn Carroll, left in top photo, Tiffany Huddleston, middle, and the rest of the Starkville Academy Lady Volunteers were honored with a sendoff at the school on Friday prior to their semifinal game in the Overall State Tournament in Clinton. Starkville Academy defeated Bowling Green (La.) School 68-54 to advance to today's finals against Presbyterian Christian School. The tip is set for 1 p.m. at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum. (Submitted photos)
body else.” Offensively, in the second period as both squads scored just under 20 points. With 5:09 remaining, Starkville Academy pushed its lead to eight at 2113. The Lady Vols extended the lead even more as they led 27-15 with 3:13 left to play in the half. The final 2 minutes before intermission were very active as both teams scored six points, including back-toback 3-pointers by bowling green to end the half with Starkville Academy leading 33-27. bowling green made a run during the third period of competition. With 1:16 left in the period the Lady buccaneers cut the Lady Vols’ lead to three at 44-41. SA extended the lead back out to seven point at 48-41 as the buzzer sounded ending the third. The Lady Vols kicked things into another gear and sealed the victory as the clock ticked down. With 3 minutes remaining SA led 59-50, but the team was not done yet. Defensively, the Lady Vols held the Lady buccaneers to four points while scoring nine points of their own to walk away with a 14-point victory. Following her outstanding first-half performance, Carroll ended her night as one of the team’s leading scorers. Tied with proffitt, the pair left A.E. Wood Coliseum as Starkville Academy’s offensive leaders with 20 points each. Sallie Kate Richardson had a good night as well for the Lady Vols. posting 13 points, the junior also pulled down 10 rebounds to post a double-double. Starkville Academy’s victory sets
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College Baseball
bulldogs remain hot, down visiting hawks
By BEN WAIT On a day where the temperatures were in the 30s and snow flurries were seen, it didn’t cool down the Mississippi State baseball team. The No. 9 (Collegiate baseball) bulldogs fought off the cold weather for a 10-0 win over the St. Joseph’s hawks. It is the fourth game this season in which MSu (12-0) has scored in double digits and third in a row. MSu only managed five a season ago. “I think our kids have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder about the offensive side of it,” MSu head coach John Cohen said, whose club registered 12 hits. “Our kids are older too. Experience is everything. We have a much more balance, (and) much more experienced club than we did last year.” The bulldogs were able to get the job done with the bats, but it was a pitcher who stole the show. MSu sophomore left hander Jacob Lindgren (2-0) pitched a career-long seven innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters to get the victory. “he was spectacular,” Cohen said. “I think he could have beaten almost anybody (Friday) with the stuff he had, the location he had and the way he competed. he really spun the fastball different. I thought he went into attack mode early in the game and he never really came off of it. his breaking ball is very good. he had 13 strikeouts in seven innings. That’s pretty good stuff. “It was very workman like under really brutal conditions. I was really, really proud of his effort.” Lindgren only walked one batter and gave up only one hit on 89 pitches. he retired 12 batters in a row from the second to the sixth inning. “Coach (butch) Thompson really told me to get ahead of the hitters and good things will happen,” Lindgren said. “I was really just trying to attack them. The slider was really working.” The 13 strikeouts by Lindgren is the most by a bulldog since former MLb first round pick Chris Stratton struck out 17 at LSu in March of last year.
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Jacob Lindgren works on the mound for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
College Softball
MSu’s bats come alive in sweep at Citrus Classic
For Starkville Daily News ORLANDO, Fla. – going up against two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, the Mississippi State softball team captured two victories on the opening day of the 2013 D9 Citrus Classic Friday. The bulldogs defeated hofstra in game one by a score of 9-1 in six innings, before holding on for a 4-3 triumph against Maryland in game two. With the first-day sweep at the ESpN Wide World of Sports Complex, MSu improved to 11-4 this season, the best start for the bulldogs through 15 games since the 2009 squad also began 11-4. going up against a hofstra squad that was a swing away from making it to the Women’s College World Series a season ago, State tied a season high with nine runs on an efficient 11 hits. The nine runs came despite the fact that the pride started All-American Olivia galati, who led the NCAA in 2012 with a 0.95 ERA. Junior Alison Owen, the reigning Southeastern Conference Co-pitcher of the Week, picked up her fourth win in as many appearances. The right-hander improved to 6-1 overall after surrendering one run on three hits for her fourthconsecutive complete game as a starter. Owen struck out five and walked none, improving upon her NCAA-best 70-to1 strikeout to walk ratio. The run allowed in the fifth inning was the first run given up by the Newnan, ga., native in her last 30.0 innings as a starter.
At the plate, shortstop Erin Nesbit made the most of her first start of her redshirt junior campaign, finishing 2-for-3 with a grand slam. The fourrun bases clearer was her second career grand slam (April 7, 2010), making her the seventh player in school history with two career grand slams.
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The number of strikeouts for Mississippi State pitcher Jacob Lindgren, which was a career-high, and most for a bulldog since Chris Stratton had 17 against LSu last season.
College Tennis
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College Basketball Men’s SEC Glance All Times CT Florida Alabama Kentucky Ole Miss Tennessee Missouri LSU Arkansas Georgia Texas A&M Vanderbilt S. Carolina Auburn Miss. State SEC 12-3 11-4 11-4 10-5 9-6 9-6 8-7 8-7 7-8 6-9 6-9 3-12 3-12 2-13 Pct. .800 .733 .733 .667 .600 .600 .533 .533 .467 .400 .400 .200 .200 .133 Ovr. 22-5 19-9 20-8 21-7 17-10 20-8 17-9 17-11 13-15 16-12 12-15 13-15 9-19 7-20 Pct. .815 .679 .714 .750 .630 .714 .654 .607 .464 .571 .444 .464 .321 .259 Tuesday’s Games Alabama 61, Auburn 43 Tennessee 64, Florida 58 Wednesday’s Games Kentucky 85, Miss. State 55 LSU 65, Arkansas 60 Ole Miss 82, Texas A&M 73 Vanderbilt 63, Georgia 62 Thursday’s Game Missouri 90, S. Carolina 68 Today’s Games Ole Miss at Miss. State, 4 p.m. Alabama at Florida, 11 a.m. Tennessee at Georgia, 12:30 p.m. LSU at Missouri, 3 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas, 3 p.m. S. Carolina at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Auburn, 8 p.m. Men’s Associated Press Top 25 1. Indiana (64) 2. Gonzaga (1) 3. Duke 4. Michigan 5. Miami 6. Kansas 7. Georgetown 8. Florida 9. Michigan St. 10. Louisville 11. Arizona 12. Syracuse 13. Kansas St. 14. New Mexico 15. Oklahoma St. 16. Ohio St. 17. Wisconsin 18. Saint Louis 19. Memphis 20. Butler 21. Notre Dame 22. Marquette 23. Pittsburgh 24. Oregon 25. Louisiana Tech Record 24-3 27-2 24-3 23-4 22-4 23-4 21-4 22-4 22-6 22-5 23-4 22-5 22-5 23-4 20-6 20-7 19-8 21-5 24-3 22-6 22-6 19-7 21-7 22-6 24-3 Pts 1,624 1,530 1,461 1,411 1,317 1,272 1,236 1,164 1,105 1,047 998 915 875 764 692 675 558 495 453 351 328 317 158 61 54 Prv 1 3 6 7 2 9 11 5 4 10 12 8 13 16 14 18 19 — 21 15 25 17 20 23 —
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“It’s just not a good qualifying effort.”
Nascar Sprint Cup driver Danica patrick said after qualifying 40th for the phoenix raceway.
San Antonio 45 14 .763 Memphis 38 18 .679 Houston 32 28 .533 Dallas 25 32 .439 New Orleans 20 39 .339 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 42 15 .737 .627 Denver 37 22 Utah 31 27 .534 Portland 26 31 .456 Minnesota 20 35 .364 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 42 18 .700 25 .569 Golden State 33 L.A. Lakers 29 30 .492 Phoenix 20 39 .339 Sacramento 20 39 .339 Thursday’s Games L.A. Clippers 99, Indiana 91 Chicago 93, Philadelphia 82 L.A. Lakers 116, Minnesota 94 Friday’s Games Indiana 93, Toronto 81 Houston 118, Orlando 110 New York 96, Washington 88 Golden State at Boston, late L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, late Detroit at New Orleans, late Dallas at Brooklyn, late Memphis at Miami, late Sacramento at San Antonio, late Charlotte at Utah, late Atlanta at Phoenix, late Oklahoma City at Denver, late Today’s Games Golden State at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Chicago, 8 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Games — 5½ 13½ 19 25 GB — 6 11½ 16 21 GB — 8 12½ 21½ 21½
bulldogs win thriller in conference opener
For Starkville Daily News AubuRN, Ala. – battling chilly temperatures at the Yarbrough Tennis Complex, the No. 10 Mississippi State men’s tennis squad defeated No. 32 Auburn in an exciting 4-3 match to open Southeastern Conference play Friday afternoon. The bulldogs are looking to claim a third consecutive SEC Western Division title in 2013. With the win, State (11-2, 1-0 SEC) is now 24-20 all time against the Tigers, winning the last five meetings. State also claimed a 4-3 victory against Auburn earlier in the year during the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the A.J. pitts Tennis Centre. In what would prove to be the deciding factor of the match, MSu took the doubles point from the Tigers. State’s Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson defeated Auburn’s Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso 8-3 on court two to give an advantage to MSu. however, Auburn answered back with a 9-7 victory from Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren against MSu’s Romain bogaerts and pedro Dumont on court three, bringing the doubles point down to court one. MSu’s No. 24 Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp battled back and forth with Auburn’s duo of Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies, the top-ranked tandem in the nation. The Tiger duo went up 3-1 early, but Angus and Stropp fought back into the match, tying it at 4-4. The two sides would trade games, eventually ending up in a tiebreaker to decide the point. The two sides battled to a 4-4 tie in the tiebreaker, until Angus and Stropp took hold of the match to win 9-8(4), giving the bulldogs the doubles point for the seventh time this season. In singles, State took the first sets on courts one, two and five to set up for an overall victory. At the top spot, No. 23 bogaerts defeated No. 107 Mies 6-3, 6-4 for the MSu rookie’s second victory against the senior this spring. Auburn answered back quickly, as Ollert defeated No. 93 James Chaudry 6-2, 6-4 on court three. In one of the more crucial matches for State, MSu’s White earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Lopasso on court five to give MSu a 3-1 lead. Auburn fired back with a 6-4, 7-5 victory from Van Dooren against MSu’s Dumont on court six, and a 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 win from Lengsfeld on court five, handing MSu’s Angus his first loss of the dual match season. With the match tied at 3-3, it all came down to a showdown on court two between No. 59 Stropp of MSu and Auburn’s Dan Cochrane. After taking the first 6-4, Stropp found himself down 3-0 in the second set. From there, Stropp roared back to take the match 6-4, 6-4 and clinch the victory for State. “Our top doubles came up with a huge win today and Zach White pretty much won the match for us on court five,” MSu men’s coach per Nilsson said. “(It was) great for our team to have Zach back healthy and to get this win on the road.” The bulldogs return to action Sunday as they take on the 31st-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa to close out the two-match road swing. Match start time is set for noon. For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis, follow the bulldogs on Twitter ( and on Facebook (
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Today High School Basketball MAIS Overall State Tournament At Mississippi College (Clinton) Girls Championship Game Starkville Academy vs. Presbyterian Christian, 1 p.m. College Basketball Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 4 p.m. College Baseball Saint Joseph’s at Mississippi State, noon High School Baseball Winona Tournament Starkville vs. Ethel, TBA Starkville vs. Kosciusko, TBA High School Softball Tupelo Jamboree Starkville vs. Amory, 11:30 a.m. Starkville vs. Lamar County (Ala.), 2:30 p.m. Hatley Tournament East Webster vs. Kossuth, noon East Webster vs. Hatley, 2 p.m.
Miami at New York, 1 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Charlotte at Sacramento, 6 p.m. Memphis at Orlando, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 6 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 7 p.m. Detroit at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Chicago at Indiana, 8 p.m. Atlanta at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Transactions
Today AUTO RACING 11 a.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Subway Fresh Fit 500, at Avondale, Ariz. Noon SPEED — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for Dollar General 200, at Avondale, Ariz. 2 p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for Subway Fresh Fit 500, at Avondale, Ariz. 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 — NASCAR, Nationwide Series, Dollar General 200, at Avondale, Ariz. 4:30 p.m. SPEED — Rolex Sports Car Series, GRAND-AM of The Americas, at Austin, Texas (same-day tape) GOLF 8 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, Tshwane Open, third round, at Centurion, South Africa (same-day tape) Noon TGC — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, third round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 2 p.m. NBC — PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, third round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 5:30 p.m. TGC — LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions, third round, at Singapore (sameday tape) GYMNASTICS Noon NBC — American Cup, at Worcester, Washington Orlando Charlotte Indiana Chicago 18 39 .316 16 43 .271 13 44 .228 Central Division W L Pct 37 22 .627 33 25 .569 24 27 29 GB — 3½ Mass. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m. CBS — National coverage, Louisville at Syracuse ESPN — Alabama at Florida ESPN2 — Butler at VCU Noon FSN — Memphis at UCF 1 p.m. CBS — National coverage, West Virginia at Kansas ESPN — Notre Dame at Marquette ESPN2 — Wichita State at Creighton NBCSN — George Mason at Delaware 2 p.m. FSN — Arizona St. at Southern Cal 3 p.m. CBS — National coverage, Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN — Texas at Oklahoma St. NBCSN — UNLV at Nevada 5 p.m. ESPN — Miami at Duke NBCSN — Harvard at Penn 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Kansas St. at Baylor 8 p.m. ESPN — Arizona at UCLA ESPN2 — Vanderbilt at Auburn NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. WGN — Brooklyn at Chicago SOCCER 8:55 a.m. ESPN2 — Premier League, Norwich City at Manchester United 7 p.m. NBCSN — MLS, D.C. United at Houston WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. FSN — Baylor at West Virginia Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland 28 23 20 28 37 38 .500 .383 .345 7½ 14½ 16½
Others receiving votes: Colorado St. 49, VCU 45, Akron 43, Wichita St. 35, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 24, Illinois 19, UConn 18, UNLV 13, North Carolina 8, California 5, Middle Tennessee 2, Belmont 16, Missouri 1, Stephen F. Austin 1. Women’s SEC Glance All Times CT Tennessee Kentucky Georgia Texas A&M S. Carolina Vanderbilt LSU Florida Arkansas Missouri Miss. State Auburn Alabama Ole Miss SEC 14-1 12-3 11-4 11-4 10-5 9-6 9-6 6-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 4-11 2-13 2-13 Pct. .933 .800 .733 .733 .667 .600 .600 .400 .333 .333 .333 .267 .133 .133 Ovr. 23-5 24-4 23-5 21-8 22-6 19-9 18-10 17-12 17-11 16-13 13-15 15-13 12-16 9-19 Pct. .821 .857 .821 .724 .786 .679 .643 .586 .607 .571 .464 .536 .429 .321
Women’s Match Auburn 5, Mississippi State 1
In its first Southeastern Conference match of the 2013 season, Mississippi State’s Lady bulldog tennis team fell 5-1 to the No. 17 ranked Lady Tigers of Auburn Friday afternoon. State (5-3, 0-1 SEC) continues league play with a match against No. 5 ranked Alabama Sunday at the A.J. pitts Tennis Centre beginning at 1 p.m. Due to frigid temperatures Friday, the match with Auburn began with singles competition. Court 4 was the first to complete, as Lady bulldog sophomore petra Ferancova fell in a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Auburn’s Jackie Kasler. Court 5 followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory for Jen pfiefler of Auburn against MSu freshman Lien Van geel. Auburn extended its lead to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory for Emily Flickinger at the No. 3 position against MSu’s Naomi Tran. Auburn’s No. 70 ranked pleun burgmans clinched the match for the Lady Tigers, posting a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 1 position against MSu’s Alexandra perper. The setback was perper’s first loss of the 2013 dual season. The final two matches of the afternoon were then completed, with the teams splitting decisions. Lady bulldog Roseline Dion lost her grip on a 4-1 lead, falling 7-6(6) in the first set on court 6 to plamena Kurteva of Auburn. Dion then retired before the second set commenced, stretching the Lady Tiger lead to 5-0. georgiana patrasc posted MSu’s lone victory of the day, coming back from a 6-1 loss in the first set to take the second set on court 2 6-3. patrasc sealed the win with a 10-7 victory in the deciding super tiebreaker. Doubles matches were not played. “Auburn was a better team than us (Friday),” MSu head coach Daryl greenan said. “We were pretty evenly matched in three positions, but lost decisively in the other three. georgiana did a great job adjusting after losing the first set and competed hard to earn the win, but we are going to need all 6 players on the court to be fired up and playing well to have a chance against No. 5 Alabama on Sunday.” updates for the Lady bulldogs Sunday match against No. 5 Alabama on Sunday will be available through twitter @ mstateWT and through LiveStats at
Thursday’s Games Miss. State 50, Georgia 38 Tennessee 82, Texas A&M 72 Florida 69, Arkansas 58 LSU 76, Alabama 42 Kentucky 90, Ole Miss 65 Missouri 65, S. Carolina 58 Vanderbilt 59, Auburn 44 Sunday’s Games Miss. State at Auburn, 2 p.m. Florida at S. Carolina, noon Vanderbilt at Georgia, 12:30 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. Missouri at Alabama, 2 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas, 2 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky, 2:30 p.m. Women’s Associated Press Top 25 1. Baylor (40) 2. Notre Dame 3. UConn 4. Stanford 5. Duke 6. California 7. Penn St. 8. Tennessee 9. Maryland 10. Kentucky 11. Georgia 12. Dayton 13. Texas A&M 14. South Carolina 15. North Carolina 16. Louisville 17. UCLA 18. Delaware 19. Colorado 20. Nebraska 21. Green Bay 22. Syracuse 23. Iowa St. 24. Florida St. 25. Purdue Record Pts 26-1 1,000 25-1 957 25-2 909 26-2 875 26-1 850 25-2 804 23-3 755 22-5 676 22-5 665 23-4 634 23-4 607 24-1 492 21-7 486 22-5 455 25-4 443 22-6 426 21-6 417 24-3 319 22-5 288 21-6 215 22-2 139 22-4 131 19-6 122 20-7 90 20-7 74 Prv 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 11 8 8 13 14 10 15 16 12 17 18 20 24 25 21 — 19 22
WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB
BASEBALL American League TEXAS RANGERS – Promoted general manager Jon Daniels to president of baseball operations/general manager and chief operating officer Rick George to president of business operations. National League CINCINNATI REDS – Agreed to terms with RHP Mark Prior on a minor league contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES – Agreed to terms with RHP Vic Black, INF Chase d’Arnaud, RHP Jeanmar Gomez, INF Josh Harrison, RHP Jared Hughes, RHP Phil Irwin, RHP Chris Leroux, LHP Jeff Locke, OF Starling Marte, RHP Vin Mazzaro, C Michael McKenry, RHP Kyle McPherson, RHP Mark Melancon, INF Jordy Mercer, RHP Bryan Morris, LHP Andy Oliver, RHP Stolmy Pimentel, OF Alex Presley, INF Clint Robinson, C Tony Sanchez, OF Jerry Sands, OF Travis Snider, RHP Hunter Strickland, LHP Tony Watson, RHP Duke Welker and LHP Justin Wilson to one-year contracts. American Association FARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKS – Signed LHP Joe Harris. GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS – Signed RHP Ian Durham, LHP Carlos Rivas, INF Aljay Davis and RHP Matt McSwain. GRAND PRAIRIE AIR HOGS – Signed INF Brandon Pinckney. LINCOLN SALTDOGS – Acquired OF Stephen Douglas from Amarillo for a player to be named and cash. ST. PAUL SAINTS – Signed RHP Wes Roemer. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES – Signed C Luis Alen. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS – Signed INF Frank Martinez to a contract extension. NORMAL CORNBELTERS – Signed RHP Jose Trinidad. ROCKFORD AVIATORS_Signed RHP Jacob Kemmerer, RHP Josh Schneider and RHP Syke Severns. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MIAMI HEAT – Assigned F Jarvis Varnado to Sioux Falls (NBADL). Women’s National Basketball Association TULSA SHOCK – Acquired G Candice Wiggins from Minnesota for a 2014 second-round draft pick. Acquired F Nicole Powell and a 2013 third-round draft pick from New York for the rights to G-F Deanna Nolan and 2013 second- and third-round draft picks.
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St. 58, Toledo 34, South Florida 21, Vanderbilt 13, LSU 10, SMU 7, Gonzaga 6, San Diego St. 6, Texas Tech 6, West Virginia 4, Chattanooga 3, Michigan St. 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1. National Basketball Association All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct New York 35 20 .636 Brooklyn 34 24 .586 Boston 30 27 .526 Philadelphia 22 34 .393 23 36 .390 Toronto Southeast Division W L Pct Miami 41 14 .745 33 23 .589 Atlanta
SbA registration takes place
The Starkville baseball Association is holding registration with forms available at the Starkville Sportsplex through March 15. There will be another onsite registration today from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Swing with another player evaluation for ages 7 and 9.
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East Oktibbeha pair ink with Holmes CC
By JASON EDWARDS CRAWFORD – A couple of East Oktibbeha Titans will be taking their talents to the next level. On Friday, Steven bell and Eddie Young both inked letters of intent to play football for holmes Community College. “This is a proud day for East Oktibbeha,” Titans coach Randy brooks said. “We had a lot of negativity and uncertainty surrounding our school district and our school, so this is a very positive thing for us.” bell enters holmes Community College following a stellar senior season that saw the defensive end and running back secure 68 solo tackles, 53 assists and bring down seven sacks. Now that his days in the East Oktibbeha uniform are over, bell is looking forward to the opportunity to suit up for the bulldogs. “It is a good opportunity to be able to go, to have a scholarship to prepare for the next level and it’s really a better opportunity that I get to share it with one of my family members,” bell said. “I know that the next level is not going to be like the level we just left. It is going to be a little more complicated, but we should be able to handle it.” The success that bell saw while competing for the
Titans was a result of hard work on his part, but can also be traced to his coach. “(Coach brooks) kept us on track,” bell said. “he conditioned us a lot. he just basically kept us straight. I thank him for giving me the opportunity to play out here at East Oktibbeha.” Young’s senior season was highlighted by success. The tight end and defensive end recorded 56 solo tackles, 27 assists and posted four sacks. Just as his teammate is grateful to be moving on to the next level, Young is also excited about the opportunity to compete on a higher playing field. “It’s a good opportunity,” Young said. “I just like the college. I like the campus, (and) everything looks great to me. I like the football program. I always wanted to go to the next level (and) see if I can improve my game a little bit.” brooks knows East Oktibbeha will certainly miss having bell and Young on the team, but knows that great things lie ahead for the pair as they embark on their career with the bulldogs. “These two were leaders on our football team,” brooks said. “They are big kids and with the right weightlifting program, they can do some special East Oktibbeha football players Eddie Young, seated left, and Steven Bell, things at the next level. There have been times this year when you can see it in them. They can really be right, celebrate signing with Holmes Community College as witnessed by coach Randy Brooks. (Photo by Jason Edwards, SDN) an asset to holmes Community College.”
MSu’s Mullen says impacting young lives important
By BEN WAIT Dan Mullen knows there is more to life than coaching football. The fifth-year Mississippi State coach makes sure he is involved with organizations that are helping people in need. he took advantage of an opportunity Thursday night to speak to an organization that is geared toward helping. Mullen addressed the boys and girls Club of the golden Triangle at a charity fundraiser on the golden Triangle campus of East Mississippi Community College. “The boys and girls Club does a great job impacting people’s lives and try to make a difference in young people’s lives,” Mullen said before he took the stage. “That’s why I coach – to make that same impact and have Mississippi State football head coach Dan Mullen talks to the same impression on a young person that The Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle during a charity later in life might achieve an awful lot of fundraiser Thursday night at the East Mississippi Community great things.” College-GT campus. (Photo by Ben Wait, SDN) Mullen was greeted with a big round of applause when he took the podium to deliver his message. Many board members, children, parents and supporters were in attendance. Mullen’s job is to coach a football team and develop his players football skills, but he takes it upon himself to use his position to help people around him. “I do a bunch of these different events,” Mullen said. “I’m a big believer that if you have the opportunity to impact people in a positive way, you should be obligated to do that. The good Lord has put me in a position to where I can have an impact on people’s lives. I feel I want to make sure that I give back and take advantage of that opportunity to help others.” Mullen has compiled a 29-22 record as the bulldog head coach. he is 13-19 in Southeastern Conference play. While being introduced Dr. Roy Ruby, he made sure to make that point that Mullen “has beaten the university of Mississippi three out of four times.”
Mullen talked in his speech how he knew what he wanted to do from a young age. Football was always a part of his life, but he also wanted to help people. Mullen and his wife Megan have two children. They have a son, Canon, and a daughter, breelyn Elisabeth. he wants Canon and breelyn Elisabeth to follow in his footsteps and help people if they have the means to. “You’re giving people the opportunity to be the best they can become,” Mullen said. “I want to set a great example for my family. I want to be a great husband, I want to be a great father and I want to make sure that I give my young kids the values in life that are necessary to be successful and achieve the most they can achieve in this world.” Mullen will be making another public appearance before spring practice starts on Thursday, March 22. “It’s always great to hopefully give back and give a little to these kids so they can continue to improve in their life,” Mullen said.
Flacco agrees to Ravens deal
By BARRY WILNER Associated Press Joe Flacco and the baltimore Ravens reached a tentative agreement Friday on a new contract that would make the Super bowl MVp the highest-paid player in NFL history. If the deal is finalized, the veteran quarterback would receive in excess of $120 million over six years, according to a person close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed. Flacco would earn more than the $20 million average salary Drew brees receives with the New Orleans Saints. Flacco played out his rookie contract last season for $6.76 million and led baltimore to the NFL championship. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the sides have settled on the parameters of the deal, but still have some language and details to work out. Fox Sports first reported the new deal. Reaching agreement with Flacco before Monday’s 4 p.m. franchise deadline means the Ravens are assured of retaining their starting quarterback and don’t have to take a salary cap hit of approximately $19.5 million. On Feb. 7, Newsome said, “If we are able to get a deal done, it will allow us to participate more in the (free agent) market, if
we so choose.” With Flacco’s contract essentially settled, Newsome can turn his attention toward re-signing free agents Ed Reed, paul Kruger and bryant McKinnie. The 28-year-old Flacco is the only quarterback to win a postseason game in each of his first five pro seasons. he had a spectacular playoffs and Super bowl this year, throwing for 11 touchdowns with no interceptions. he also holds the record for playoff road wins with six. before the Super bowl, Ravens owner Steve bisciotti expressed confidence that Flacco would be the Ravens’ quarterback of the future. “We’ve never lost a great, great franchise player from the beginning,” bisciotti said. “I’m just very comfortable that it will get done.” On Friday, it did. Flacco was a first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Delaware and one of the most consistent postseason winners in NFL history. Flacco said after the Super bowl victory over San Francisco that he expected to be back in baltimore. he made sure of that Friday, coincidentally hours after the franchise tag figures for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) has reached 2013 became known. had Flacco been franchised, he would have earned at least an agreement with the team that would make him the highestpaid player in NFL history. (Photo by Matt Slocum, AP) $14.896 million this season.
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Fellow junior Sam Lenahan (2-for-4, 3 RbIs, 2 runs) and redshirt sophomore briana bell (2for-3, 2 RbIs, one run) also went yard for the bulldogs. bell’s solo homer came directly after Nesbit’s grand salami, making it the first time in 2013 MSu hit back-to-back jacks. The trio of round-trippers marked a season high for State, while also equaling its output from the previous six games. Also having multiple-hit games at the dish were the junior duo of heidi Shape (3-for-4, run) and Logan Foulks (2-for-4). Despite going 0-for6 to start the inning at the plate, the bulldogs still
came one hit shy of tying the season high of 12 The southpaw had a no-hitter going with four hits thanks in part to a .538 average with two outs outs left in the game, until Maryland leadoff hitter (7-for-13). Sara Acosta broke up the no-no bid with a bunt single. Overall, becker yielded three runs off four hits in 6.1 innings of labor, striking out five and Mississippi State 4, walking none. The southpaw now has 28 strikeMaryland 3 outs and zero walks over her last three starts. Lenahan continued where she left off in game Mississippi State jumped out to a 4-0 lead one, ending game two with three RbIs off of a through the sixth frame and held on for a hard- single, double and a walk. Shape (1-for-3, two runs), Foulks (1-for-3, run) and bell (1-for-3, fought victory against Maryland. The SEC-ACC battle marked a matchup of run) also collected base knocks. Senior first basetwo NCAA Tournament teams from last season. man Shelby Fisher rounded out the offense courSenior left-hander Stephanie becker picked up tesy of a sacrifice fly for an RbI. At 9 a.m. today, the bulldogs play their firstthe win in her seventh start of the season, moving to 2-0 all-time against the Terps (Feb. 27, 2010). ever contest against LIu-brooklyn (2-12). The
game will be available live on ESpN3, giving fans a chance to watch the contest on their computer, smartphones or tablets via the WatchESpN app and through ESpN on Xbox LIVE to gold members. Following the ESpN3 game against LIu, MSu takes on Fordham (4-6) at 11:15 a.m. today. For live in-game updates of MSu’s games in the Citrus Classic, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSb. For pictures from the Classic, like the team on Facebook at MStateSb and visit the team’s Instagram account at MStateSb. For pregame and postgame video, check out MSu’s official YouTube channel at YouTube. com/hailState.
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up a repeat contest with presbyterian Christian School. In fact, this will be the fourth time for the Lady Vols and Lady bobcats have met on the hardwood this season. In all three previous contests, Starkville Academy has emerged victorious, but that does not mean Schmidt and her team are taking a break in preparations. “We had to play well to beat them the last time we played,” Schmidt said. “They are a good team and we will have to play well to beat them again.” Today’s tip between Starkville Academy and pCS is set for 1 p.m. on the campus of Mississippi College.
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“Chris Stratton was a great player,” Lindgren said. “It’s good to have somebody to watch and look up to. he really kind of led the way.” MSu was able to get back sophomore first baseman Wes Rea back into the starting lineup. he hadn’t started the last nine games. he finished the night with two hits in two at-bats. “It felt good to get back on the field,” Rea said. “I’ve just been itching to get back out there.” Rea scored on the first run of the game for MSu after singled to start off the bottom of
the second inning and was brought home on a RbI single by Trey porter. “We need Wes Rea to be as good as we can be,” Cohen said. “We need him to be a component to this. Sometimes when you put somebody out there, you take one step forward and then you take two steps back.” porter later scored in the inning to make it 2-0. MSu added one in the third and three in the fifth inning. Junior shortstop Adam Frazier’s Southeastern Conference leading fourth triple of the year drove in three runs to make it 9-0. he later scored on a wild pitch. “guys have just been doing a good job,” Rea said. “putting together a lot of good swings and a lot of timely hitting.”
Jack Stover (0-1) pitched 4.1 innings giving up six runs on seven hits to take the loss for St. Joseph’s (2-5). The hawks only managed to get three hits off of bulldog pitching. Demarcus henderson led MSu with three hits. Frazier, C.T. bradford and Rea each had two hits. bradford extended his hitting streak to eight games and his on-base streak to 12 games. Frazier’s hitting streak is now at seven and he has eight multiple-hit games this season. The bulldogs and hawks are back at it today in a single game starting at noon. The hawks will throw senior right hander Kyle Mullen (11, 2.25 ERA) and MSu will go with junior righty Kendall graveman (1-0, 1.86).
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College Basketball
Bulldogs hope Rebs bring out their best
By BEN WAIT The Mississippi State men’s basketball team wants to get back its competitive spirit. One thing that could bring that about is a matchup against the arch rival. The bulldogs (7-20 overall, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) host in-state rival Ole Miss (21-7, 105) today. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Net. The Rebels took a 93-75 decision earlier in the year in Oxford. MSu looks to avenge that loss, and will try to have a different mindset in this game. “We didn’t have enough competitive spirit,” bulldog freshman forward and Starkville native gavin Ware said, who is seventh in the MSu record books with 174 rebounds as a freshman. “I think that affected us in the way we played. We just played down without enthusiasm, without confidence and (without) motivation. Coming into this next game against Ole Miss, we just have to bring our motivation and our confidence.” MSu started out the game slow and fell behind early to Ole Miss. The bulldogs tried to make a late run in the game, but they fell victim to foul trouble. Ware fouled out late in the game. “We are just going to have to have a stable defense and not get in foul trouble,” Ware said. “(We) just (need to) do the simple things.” MSu has not been swept by Ole Miss since 1998. Since 1984, the bulldogs have only been swept twice by the Rebels. State has won the last three games against the Rebels inside humphrey Coliseum and 13 out of the last 14. “It’s a privilege and an honor just to play Ole Miss,” Ware said. “It’s a historic game. I’m just looking forward to it.” In the last showing by the bulldogs at home against Vanderbilt last Saturday, there were less than 40 students in attendance.
MSu head coach Rick Ray has been trying to correct that this week. Throughout the week, Ray has visited fraternity houses, sorority houses and student organizations. he is trying to get students to come out in full force to help cheer the bulldogs on against the Rebels. “It would help us greatly in the motivational factor,” Ware said. “It would help us play even better because we have students that are loyal fans.” Mississippi State has lost 13-straight games. In the first meeting, Ole Miss got 31 points from Marshall henderson and 24 from Murphy holloway. henderson has been coming off the bench the last week and that trend looks to continue. Freshman guard Craig Sword leads MSu with 9.8 points per game. Junior guard Jalen Steele Mississippi State player and Starkville native adds 9.7 points per outing and freshman guard Gavin Ware (20) tries to work his way out of a Fred Thomas adds 9.6 points per contest. Ware is fourth on the team with an 8.7 points crowd against Vanderbilt. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN) per clip.
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