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Sunday, June 29, 2014
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2A: Around Town
4A: Forum
5A: Weather
1B: Lifestyles
6B: Classifieds
1C: Sports
A Macon man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Oktibbeha
County. (Submitted photo)
One vehicle accident
leaves driver at OCH
SDN staff
A one-car accident early Saturday morning on
Highway 82 hospitalized two Golden Triangle
residents, one of whom remained at OCH Regional
Medical Center as of Saturday afternoon.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Criss Turnipseed
said William Thomas III, 20, of Macon was driving a
black 1998 BMW convertible west on Highway 82,
with William Pearson, 20, of Columbus in the front
passenger seat. At about 2:45 a.m., near the Camps
Airport Road bridge, Turnipseed said Thomas’
vehicle ran off the road, fell into the gully between the
westbound and eastbound lanes, and struck the cable
Turnipseed said MHP has not yet determined if
alcohol was a factor in the accident, but a blood test to
determine that is pending on Thomas.
“The driver said he couldn’t remember what
happened,” Turnipseed said. “We can’t take a blood
test unless there’s probable cause, and there was
probable cause to get a blood sample from the driver.”
Turnipseed said both Thomas and Pearson were
transported to OCH Regional Medical Center.
Pearson was treated and released Saturday, he said,
but Thomas remained hospitalized. As of Saturday
evening, OCH spokesperson Mary Kathryn Kight said
Thomas was still at OCH, but in good condition.
TANF drug
testing delayed
House Bill 49 has been temporarily
halted due to another law already on
the books.
The bill, which was approved by
Governor Phil Bryant back on March,
would require those who apply for
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF) benefits to complete
a questionnaire and possibly be drug
As of June 24, the Mississippi
Department of Human
Services(MDHS) has agreed to delay
the implementation of the law — which
was set for July 1— based on requests
made by the American Civil Liberties
Union of Mississippi (ACLU) and the
Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ)
citing the Mississippi Administrative
Procedure Law that states an agency
is not permitted to adopt the law
“until the period for making written
submissions and oral presentations
has expired.”
A public hearing is scheduled
in Jackson for July 22 at the Hinds
County Extension Office in an effort to
inform Mississippi residents regarding
the technicalities and implications of
the new law.
In a press release from ACLU if
Mississippi, legal director Charles
Irvin said holding a public hearing is
an integral part of protecting those
who receive TANF benefits.
“We have taken the position that all
provisions within this new law must
be well defined. If not, the economic
harm and family sanctions would
be exponential and the livelihood of
TANF recipients would be left to
chance,” Irvin said. “The public has
the right to
engage in the
functions of the
government in
order to create
a more perfect
union and any
to ease the
burden on our
most at risk
citizens must
be advanced.”
As outlined
in the bill,
those who
test positively
for drugs
must undergo
in order to
TANF benefits.
according the
ACLU, concerns regarding the law
emphasize ambiguities as to who
would shoulder the cost of screening
as well as treatment and the effect
on households when individual
TANF recipients fail to comply with
screening requirements.
While local MDHS representatives
were unavailable for comment, State
Representative for District 37 Gary
Chism (R-Columbus) said the law
is meant to benefit recipients, not
punish them.
“Recidivism is high among drug
users,” Chism said. “The whole
purpose of this is to help those who
need it.”
See TANF | Page 3A
From left, Millie Drewa buys tomatoes from Ginger Autry, co-owner of D&G Farm in Nettleton, at the Starkville
Community Market Saturday. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)
OSERVS preparing
for local disaster
Jesse McDonald says he wants to be prepared when — not if —
disaster strikes Starkville and Oktibbeha County.
He said the city and county have had near-misses in recent years,
with tornadoes striking Louisville and New Hope in April and Maben,
Webster County and Smithville in 2011. That’s why he believes a
tornado or other disaster hitting Starkville, Oktibbeha County or
Mississippi State University is a matter of time, not a matter of chance.
“They’ve been going to both sides of us,” McDonald said. “Sooner
or later, we’re going to have one.”
McDonald is chair of the board of directors for Oktibbeha-
Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS), which
works year-round to help people put their lives back together after
destructive storms, fires and more.
McDonald said OSERVS is an official arm of the Oktibbeha
County Emergency Management Agency (OCEMA). When disaster
strikes the county, he said, OCEMA intends to use OSERVS as a
clearinghouse to keep up with donations and volunteer assignments.
“We also serve fire victims here in Oktibbeha County,” McDonald
said. “We will put them up in a hotel for three days and give them a
chance to find an alternative (place to live). We provide them Wal-
Mart cards so they can buy essentials they need to get themselves
started back. If they have children, we give all their children stuffed
animals. We give everyone a comfort kit that has a hand towel, a
washcloth, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb and soap.”
OSERVS is also the local coordinating agent with Volunteer
Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and it provides
opportunities for community members to volunteer in emergency and
disaster response. For the Louisville tornado, McDonald said OSERVS
collected $5,000 in Starkville donations, as well as donations of food,
See OSERVS | Page 3A
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uAnniversary Celebration
— Boyd Chapel U.M. Church
will celebrate Pastor Roosevelt
Gage’s 11th anniversary at 3
p.m. Rev. George Pullium
will be the guest speaker. The
church invites everyone to
uBenefit Concert — The
Vince Harris benefit show
will start at 4 p.m. at Rick’s
Cafe. Vince is a local drummer
who is struggling with AVM
(arteriovenous malformation) a
condition for which he urgently
needs life-saving surgery. There
will be a raffle with two electric
guitars as (separate) grand
prizes, a Les Paul Standard
and an Epiphone SG. There
is also a $25 gift certificate
to Backstage Music for raffle.
Tickets are $10.
uChurch Event — Bethel
M. B. Church on Hwy 182
West, will host the Whitefield
District Fifth Sunday
Fellowship Program beginning
at 6 p.m. Rev. Rafael Patrick,
Youth Pastor at First Baptist
Church Longview, will
lecture at 7 p.m. Rev.
Larnzy Carpenter, Pastor of
First Baptist M. B. Church
Longview, will preach. Rev.
John Johnson is the Moderator
for the Whitefield District
& Rev. Thomas Rogers is
the President of the District
Congress. The public is invited
to attend.
uRotary Meeting — The
Starkville Rotary Club will
meet at 11:45 a.m. at the
Starkville Country Club. The
program will be the Changing
of the Guard as outgoing
President Brent Fountain will
pass the gavel to incoming
President Michelle Amos. She
will describe her experiences
at the Rotary International
Convention in Australia earlier
this month. Also, District
Governor Rob Smith will give
a short talk.
uFarm Bureau Event
— Oktibbeha County Farm
Bureau will host an event at
905 Stark Road from 1-4 p.m.
Activities include milking a cow
and opportunities for children
to make their own ice cream
and butter. Free ice cream will
be provided for everyone who
uChildbirth Class —
Ellen McGuffey, CPNP from
Starkville Pediatrics will teach
Infant and Child Care. The
class will begin at 5:30 p.m.
and end at 7:30 p.m. July 1
at Emerson Family Resource
Center. Pregnant women
and couples can register with
Emerson at 662-320-4606.
Free childcare and nutritious
snacks are provided.
uKiwanis meeting —
Kiwanis will meet Tuesday,
July 1 at Hilton Garden Inn
at noon. The program will be
presented by Pastor Larnzy
Carpenter of Longview
Baptist Church. Visitors and
prospective members are
always welcome.
uLions Club — The
Starkville Lions Club will
meet at 11:45 am on at
McAllister’s on Russell Street
for its first business meeting
of the 2014-2015 Lions Club
year. All current members
and prospective members are
invited to attend. For more
information contact club
president Peter Infanger at
706-980-7012 or by email at
uAnimal Shelter closed —
The Starkville Animal Shelter/
Oktibbeha County Humane
Society will be closed for the
Fourth of July city holiday. The
shelter will reopen Saturday,
July 5th at 11 a.m. for regular
uSCT children’s theatre
production — Starkville
Community Theatre will host
a fantastic children’s theatre
production of “Gracelyn and
the Amazing Flycycle!” directed
by M.J. Etua for Project Play.
The production will run at 7
p.m. June 23-27 with a 2 p.m.
performance June 28. Tickets
cost $7 for adults and $5 for
children. Contact SCT at (662)
323-6855 for more info.
uCommunity Arts Grants
Deadline — The deadline to
apply for the Community Arts
Grants offered by the Starkville
Area Arts Council is June 30.
Organizations and individuals
may apply for funding for
arts projects or events that
will benefit the Starkville
community. Application forms
are available at starkvillearts.
org or at the SAAC office,
101 S. Lafayette St., Suite 18,
Starkville, MS 39759. For
information, contact the SAAC
at 662-324-3080 or arts@
uService Time Change —
St. Paul M.B. Church, located
at 1800 Short Main Street in
Columbus, will have a service
time change. Sunday services
will start at 8 a.m. each Sunday.
Beginning on July 6, St. Paul
M.B. Church of Starkville,
located at 5707 Hwy 389,
will hold its Sunday services at
10:15 a.m. weekly.
uLiving Word Christian
Center — Pastor Rich Castle
and the Living Word Christian
Center would like to invite the
public to join them in worship.
Services will be Sundays at
10:30 a.m. at Laquinta Inn &
Suites located 982 Highway
12, East Starkville. For more
information, call 662-341-
uNAACP Meeting —
Oktibbeha County Branch
of the NAACP monthly
meeting are held every second
Thursday at 6 pm at Oktibbeha
County Courthouse Main St.
Contact president Chris Taylor
662-617-3671 or Willie E.
Thomas Sr. 662-418-9687 for
u YTA Summer
Performing Arts Program
— Register for Youth
Taking Authority (YTA)
Summer Performing Arts
Program! Learn and rehearse
skits, dances, and musical
productions created just for
you. Perform for your family
and friends, wear and keep
fabulous costumes and do it
all while gaining invaluable
performing experience!
Registration is open until May
1. Classes start Saturday, May
3 at 1 pm in the aerobics room
of Starkville Sportsplex. The
group will perform “Center
Stage” at a local festival
event this summer. For more
information or to pre-register
for YTA Performing Arts
Summer Program at Starkville
Sportsplex, call Stefanie
Ashford at (662) 268-7747.
u Clover Leaf Garden
Club Meeting — The
Clover Leaf Garden Club
meets the first Wednesday
of the month at 1 p.m. at
the Starkville Sportsplex.
For more information, call
323-3497. u ABE/
GED Classes — Free ABE/
GED classes are offered at the
Emerson Family School and
the J.L. King Center. Emerson
classes are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and are
held at 1504 Louisville Street.
J.L King classes are from 8
a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday -
Thursday and are held at 700
Long Street. Call 324-4183 or
324-6913 respectively for more
u Starkville School District
— SSD Lunch Applications
for 2013-14 school year now
available. The Office of Child
Nutrition is now located on the
north end of the Henderson
Ward Stewart Complex. Office
hours are Monday through
Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Office of Child nutrition
has also completed the direct
certification process for families
who automatically qualify for
certain benefits and services.
For more information contact
Nicole Thomas at nthomas@ or 662-
u Storytime — Maben
Public Library will have
storytime at 10 a.m. on
Fridays. Lots of fun activities
along with a story with Ms.
Mary. Children ages 3-6 are
uMini Moo Time — The
Chick-fil-A on Hwy 12 holds
Mini Moo Time at 9 a.m. every
Thursday. There are stories,
activities, and crafts for kids six
and under. The event is free.
u BrainMinders Puppet
Show — Starkville Pilot Club
offers a BrainMinders Puppet
Show for groups of about 25
or fewer children of pre-school
or lower elementary age. The
show lasts about 15 minutes
and teaches children about
head /brain safety. Children
also receive a free activity book
which reinforces the show’s
safety messages. To schedule
a puppet show, contact Lisa
Long at LLLONG89@
u Dulcimer and More
Society — The Dulcimer &
More Society will meet from
6:15-8 p.m. every first, second,
fourth and fifth Thursday
in the Starkville Sportsplex
activities room and play at 3
p.m. on the third Saturdays
at the Carrington Nursing
Home. Jam sessions are held
with the primary instruments
being dulcimers, but other
acoustic instruments are
welcome to join in playing folk
music, traditional ballads and
hymns. For more information,
contact 662-323-6290.
u Samaritan Club
meetings — Starkville
Samaritan Club meets on the
second and fourth Monday
of each month at 11:30 a.m.
in McAlister’s Deli (Coach’s
Corner). All potential members
and other guests are invited
to attend. The Samaritan
Club supports Americanism,
works to prevent child abuse,
provides community service
and supports youth programs.
For more information, email
com or call 662-323-1338.
Please see our website: http://
u Worship services —
Love City Fellowship Church,
at 305 Martin Luther King
Jr. Drive in Starkville, will
hold worship services at 11
a.m. every Sunday. Apostle
Lamorris Richardson is
u OSERVS classes —
OSERVS is offering multiple
courses for the community and
for health care professionals
to ensure readiness when an
emergency situation large
or small arises. If interested
in having OSERVS conduct
one of these courses, feel free
to contact the agency’s office
by phone at (662) 384-2200
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
to Thursday or from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. on Friday or stop by
the offices at OSERVS, 501
Highway 12 West, Suite 130
during those same hours. Fees
are assessed per participant
and include all necessary
training materials.
u Writing group — The
Starkville Writer’s Group
meets the first and third
Saturday of the month at 10
a.m. in the upstairs area of
the Bookmart and Cafe in
downtown Starkville. For
more information, contact
Debra Wolf at dkwolf@ or call 662-323-
u Square dancing —
Dancing and instruction on
basic steps every Monday 7-9
p.m. at the Sportplex Annex,
405 Lynn Lane. Enjoy
learning with our caller and
friendly help from experienced
dancers. Follow the covered
walk to the small building.
Look us up on Facebook
“Jolly Squares”.
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 e-mail
u Noontime devotional
study — Join a group of
interdenominational ladies for
lunch and discussion about the
book “Streams in the Desert”
from noon to 1 p.m. resuming
Jan. 7 at the Book Mart Cafe
in downtown Starkville. For
more information, please call
u Quilting Group
Meeting — The Golden
Triangle Quilters Guild
meets the third Thursday
of the month at 5:30 p.m.
at the Starkville Sportsplex
Community Building. All
levels of quilters are welcome.
Contact Gloria Reeves at 418-
7905 or Luanne Blankenship
at 323-7597 for more
uSenior Yoga — Trinity
Presbyterian Church offers
free senior yoga class at 9:30
a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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.wheat@gentiva.
u MSU Philharmonia —
Pre-college musicians looking
for a full orchestra experience
are welcome to join MSU
Philharmonia from 6-8 p.m.
on Mondays 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 or 662-
u Line dancing — The
Starkville Sportsplex will host
afternoon line dancing in its
activities 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 Rule 62: Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings — The
Rule 62 Group of Alcoholics
Anonymous meets at 10
a.m. Saturdays and at 7 p.m.
Tuesdays 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-
u Al-Anon meeting —
The Starkville group meets at
6:30 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs
at Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection. Call 662-323-
1692, 662-418-5535 or 601-
u Clothing ministry —
Rock Hill Clothing Ministry
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-
From left, Harpole McMullen, his wife Beverly McMullen, Maury Shurlds, and Kelly Land, retired teachers,
meet for lunch at the Hendrix Café, opened this month on the Hendrix Corner site to accompany the long-
standing Hendrix Store on Clarkson Road in Webster County. (Submitted photo)
Page 2A
Sunday, June 29, 2014
See TOWN | Page 3A
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3A
Several other states have
previously enacted drug
testing laws for government
assistance recipients. Most
recently, Florida and
Georgia have passed similar
laws only to find them both
plagued by legal challenges
and ultimately found
However, Chism said
he expects to see different
results in Mississippi.
“I do think we will find
some people (abusing
drugs),” Chism said. “But
through treatment we
can help them be better
Based on the 2013
annual report from MDHS,
89 families in Oktibbeha
County currently receive
TANF benefits, which
amounts to $146,191 in
total funds.
Oktibbeha County Board
of Supervisors President
Orlando Trainer said he
believes the state should
turn its efforts on areas
more worthy of concern
such as tax fraud.
“I don’t really see this
as necessary,” Trainer said.
“We need to be looking
at the whole ball of wax.
There are plenty of people
taking advantage of the
government in other ways,
and the money used for
these benefits programs
pales in comparison to that.
Why make a distinction
based on economic class?”
From page 1A
water and other supplies.
“We took approximately 30
pickup truck loads of supplies
that had either been collected
at various points or that
we purchased from stores,”
McDonald said. “When we
were down there (in Louisville)
one day, they said they had a
real urgent need for Pedialyte,
a drink you give to real young
children for upset stomachs.
So, OSERVS went to Wal-
Mart and bought every bottle
they had and carried it down to
Tammy Carlisle, co-owner
of Army-Navy Pawn Shop,
said she joined OSERVS in the
wake of the Louisville tornado
after launching a disaster relief
initiative all her own. She said
she created an event on social
media and established the pawn
shop as a drop-off location for
donations and a rendezvous
point for volunteers. Then
she remembered meeting
McDonald at her store before
the storm, and she began
working with them. It was the
beginning of an alliance that
ultimately made her part of
OSERVS’ board of directors
last week.
“I knew most of the
members of OSERVS, and
we pooled our resources to do
everything we could to help,”
Carlisle said. “We continued to
do that for nearly a month, and
we’re still doing that. It was just
a natural fit for us. OSERVS
provides us an opportunity to
be more of an official entity
rather than a private business
trying to help.”
OSERVS also provides
training for volunteers
on emergency aid topics,
including CPR. Carlisle said
seven OSERVS members
recently completed incident
management team training,
supervised by five statewide
agencies including Mississippi
Office of Homeland Security,
Mississippi Emergency
Management Agency,
Mississippi Civil Defense
Emergency Management, the
State Department of Health
and the MSU Extension
Service Center for Government
and Community Development.
Most others taking the
training were fire department
members and emergency
medical technicians, she said,
and OSERVS was the only
volunteer organization to
complete the training.
“It was their first time
having a volunteer group
and first responders, so they
were able to break the class
down and talk about how
volunteer groups could help
first responders,” Read said.
“It was very educational.
When you’re an official agency
like fire, police, or medical
(response), when you have a
volunteer organization show
up, it’s nice if you know them
and you’ve worked with them
before. And if they’re trained,
they’re knowledgeable, and
they’re not an encumbrance to
the project.”
McDonald said he and
OSERVS were so grateful
to an estimated 300 people
who donated or volunteered
for the Louisville relief effort
that for the recent OSERVS
Garden Party, usually one of
OSERVS’ primary fundraisers,
the organization invited these
donors and volunteers to come
for free.
“That’s one thing you can say
about Starkville and Oktibbeha
County,” McDonald said.
“When somebody is in need,
(community members) step up
to the plate, and they do that
through us.”
From page 1A
OSERVS volunteers cook meals for disaster victims and volunteers in the wake of the
Louisville tornado. (Submitted photo)
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 for
physical healing, encouragement,
or other needs. Our teams
consist of Spirit-filled Christians
from different local churches.
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.
uAlcoholics Anonymous —
The Starkville A.A. Group meets
six days per week downstairs
at the Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection. Call 327-8941 or
visit for
schedules and more information.
uPEO 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 662-323-5108.
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. 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 323-1499.
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 Gentle Yoga — Gentle
yoga will be held Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at
Trinity Presbyterian Church at
607 Hospital Road in Starkville.
The course is free and tailored to
u Community call-in 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-
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.
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 662-323-3322.
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 Oldmedic@
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
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Crawford: Say good-bye to open primaries
Once upon a time, Mississippians
were fiercely independent. We didn’t
want any outsiders telling us what to
do. We also wanted to “vote for the
man, not the party.”
That has changed and is about to
change more.
Chris McDaniel’s campaign to un-
seat Thad Cochran depended heavily
upon outsiders telling us how to vote
– former Governor Sarah Palin, for-
mer Senator Rick Santorum, former
Congressman Ron Paul, former TV
host Chuck Woolery, the Club for
Growth, the Tea Party Express, and more. Mc-
Daniel and his Mississippi supporters welcomed
these outsiders with open arms.
That he got almost 50 percent of the vote
twice shows times have changed. We used to be
more like, say, Oklahoma.
When Palin and company showed up in the
Oklahoma GOP primary, retiring conservative
Senator Tom Coburn said, “we don’t need out-
siders coming out telling us how to vote.”
Palin’s candidate got 34 percent of the vote.
Cochran won the run-off, in part, because
Mississippi has an “open primary”
system. “Open primary” means
we don’t make voters register by
party. We are free to vote for the
Democratic “man” in one election,
then the Republican “man” in an-
other and vice versa. The only re-
striction is we cannot vote in one
party’s first primary then the oth-
er’s run-off primary. If we don’t
vote in any first primary, though,
we can vote in any party’s run-off.
For years Republicans pushed
to open primaries even more. We
wanted a non-partisan open primary like Louisi-
ana has. In Louisiana all candidates – Democrats,
Republicans, Independents, whatevers – run to-
gether in one election. If no-one gets a majority,
a run-off is held. This eliminates party primaries
and substantially reduces election costs.
The U.S. Department of Justice allowed this
for Louisiana, but never for Mississippi. With
the Voting Rights Act pre-clearance rule dead,
now would be the time to get it done.
Or not.
McDaniel and friends are crying foul, claim-
ing “liberal Democrats” and other “non-Re-
publicans” turned out in the run-off and gave
Cochran the victory. They want it so only “real
Republicans” can select Republican nominees.
To get that, Mississippi would have to move
to a “closed primary” with party registration.
This would only allow registered Republicans
to vote in Republican primaries. Same for
Democrats. Voters not choosing a party affili-
ation could not vote until the general election.
While this may sound reasonable for con-
gressional or statewide elections, it would play
havoc with city and county elections where
party affiliation is often unimportant. It would
limit “vote for the man, not the party” to gen-
eral elections.
My bet is our “vote for the man” primary
system is about to die. Expect our Tea Party
fearing Legislature to throw a bone to McDan-
iel supporters by passing some version of closed
primaries next year.
We’re gonna become fiercely not indepen-
Crawford ( is a syndicat-
ed columnist from Meridian.
Despite challenges, state law still allows limited ‘crossover’ voting
In the wake of
the hotly contested
Republican U.S.
Senate second primary
in Mississippi, it’s
important to understand
that state law continues
to allow limited
‘crossover’ voting.
So far, the latest
federal court ruling on
Mississippi’s current
primary election laws
is that crossover voting is allowed
unless the voter “crossing over”
makes a declaration to the poll
workers of his intention not to
support the nominee of the party
primary in which he or she is voting.
In other words, how does a
poll worker establish a voter’s
intent without the voter’s assent or
cooperation? How does one legally
compel voters to statements of
It’s a misnomer to claim that
Mississippi has either an “open” or
“closed” primary system. It doesn’t.
What we have is a mixed primary
system under state law.
An open primary is
defined as a primary
election in which any
registered voter can vote
in any party’s primary.
Voters choose which
primary to vote in, and
do not have to be a
member of that party in
order to vote.
A closed primary is
defined as a primary
election in which only voters
registered for the party which is
holding the primary may vote, i.e.,
only Republicans can vote in the
GOP primary and only Democrats
can vote in the Democratic Primary.
After the contested Senate primary
on June 24, that’s what many
frustrated Tea Party supporters
advocated and what some of them
believed Mississippi had in place.
What Mississippi has is neither of
those two systems. Mississippi voters
do not have to register with a party,
but the law requires they must intend
to support the party nominee if they
vote in that party’s primary election.
Voters are free to choose to vote
in either Democratic or Republican
primaries, but can’t vote in both and
can’t cross the party line in second
primaries if they voted in the first
But in practice, current state law
puts poll workers in the improbable
position of serving as mind readers at
best and profilers at worst. The Fifth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has
held that crossover voting is allowed
under Mississippi law and cannot be
successfully challenged “unless the
voter comes in and ‘openly declares
that he or she does not intend to
support the nominees of the party.’”
Since the 1960s, open primary
proponents have argued they don’t
want to vote for the party, they
want to vote for the man (or the
woman, as is applicable). But there
exists substantial misunderstandings
regarding just what current
Mississippi law allows and what
obstacles exist to moving toward a
true “open primary” system.
What people who really want to
“vote for the person rather than the
party” really want is a nonpartisan,
“blanket” primary in which all
candidates from all parties appear
on one ballot and the two highest-
performing candidates proceed to a
runoff election, regardless their party
Louisiana uses the nonpartisan
blanket primary for state and local
elections, and has since 1976. The
state of Washington has used the
process, too, since the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in 2008 that nonpartisan
blanket primaries were indeed
constitutional following a protracted
legal challenge.
For years, Section 5 of the
Voting Rights Act was the primary
legal obstacle to open primaries in
Mississippi. But the Supreme Court
has since ruled that Section 5 unfairly
discriminates against a region of the
Voters clamoring for closed
primaries in the wake of Mississippi’s
2014 GOP Senate second primary
election should note that closed
primaries come with consequences in
a state with a long history of seeing
voters make their voice heard in
Democrat-dominated local elections
and turning around and voting
Republican in federal elections.
While not as prevalent in the state
as it once was that practice is still
followed in many areas of the state.
Initially, Democrats advocated
open primaries in the state as a
means to cripple the rise of the
state’s new Republican Party in the
1960s. More recently, Democrats
have resisted open primaries in
Mississippi. Historically, it was seen
as a mechanism that would erode
black voter gains in local elections.
The Cochran-McDaniel second
primary is simply the next step in
the evolution of Mississippi’s long
struggle with determining what type
of primaries the majority of state
voters want - open, closed, or the
present mixed or limited crossover
Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist.
Contact him at 601-507-8004 or
Sun Herald
on drilling
A Hinds County chancery judge
has ruled officials with the Mississippi
Development Authority were less
than candid with Coast residents
and businesses about the effects of
offshore drilling.
Chancery Judge William H.
Singletary has tossed out MDA’s
proposed regulations for offshore
drilling in state waters, finding
the MDA failed to complete any
meaningful study of the economic
impact oil exploration and extraction
would have on South Mississippi’s
ecology and economy.
Singletary’s ruling should put any
drilling in state waters on hold until
the MDA resolves the concerns the
chancellor outlined. Singletary issued
the ruling in a 2012 lawsuit the Sierra
Club and Gulf Restoration Network
filed against the MDA.
Singletary said the state’s offshore
drilling regulations are “arbitrary and
capricious and are not supported by
substantial evidence.”
The MDA, he said, wrongly
concluded the state’s role in leasing
oil and natural gas rights is “purely
administrative.” Instead, he said, the
state’s leasing process is directly linked
to drilling and the agency cannot
ignore or evade the consequences of
drilling. The chancellor also took issue
with the MDA’s attempt to postpone
any meaningful examination of the
costs of offshore drilling.
For its part, the MDA sent out an
email saying: “We are aware of the
court’s ruling, and we are working
with our attorneys to determine our
next steps.”
Robert Wiygul of Ocean Springs,
attorney for the environmental groups,
told the Sun Herald’s Anita Lee he
believes it will be “extraordinarily
difficult” for the MDA to show
offshore drilling benefits Coast
residents and businesses.
The state proposes drilling near
barrier islands in the protected Gulf
Islands National Seashore. The
islands draw tourists and residents for
fishing and recreation.
“When you balance those resources
against what you get from drilling
out there, I think it’s very unlikely
drilling wins out,” Wiygul said.
“There are certain places where you
don’t need drilling and around our
barrier islands is one of them.”
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MSU faculty complete institute,
prep syllabi for ‘writing-to-learn’
For Starkville Daily News
After becoming students once again
at Mississippi State’s recent Maroon
Institute for Writing Excellence, the
new faculty-member graduates are
ready to incorporate what they’ve
learned in courses not traditionally
associated with writing.
Now in its second year, the annual
summer institute trains teachers to
modify course syllabi to incorporate
more writing-to-learn strategies in
class assignments. Known as “Maroon
& Write,” the overall initiative is the
university’s quality enhancement plan
to improve undergraduate learning at
all class levels.
The QEP is required to maintain
accreditation with the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
During Thursday ceremonies,
the 11 participants representing
architecture, language arts,
mathematics, music and various
sciences formally concluded the
three-week intensive institute. By free
writing and journaling, conversing
and debating, they have developed
methods to amend syllabi to include
writing assignments, many of which
qualify as participation grades.
Creating a “culture change” to
make MSU a more writing-centric
institution is the underlying purpose of
Maroon & Write, said Rich Raymond.
Head of the English department and
the institute’s facilitator, Raymond
has for some time applied the writing-
to-learn techniques in all his courses.
“We are very excited about the
QEP and Maroon & Write,” said
Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive
vice president, at the graduation
celebration. “We’re introducing
writing-across-the-curriculum, and I
tell students at each orientation, it’s
important for their future careers.
We’re preparing them for life and to
be leaders.
“Our students are going to
graduate from Mississippi State better
prepared to be better members of the
community,” Gilbert added.
The summer 2014 institute
graduates and the writing-to-learn
courses they’ll be teaching this fall
include, by department:
--Agricultural economics assistant
extension professor Becky Smith,
three Honors Forum sections in the
Shackouls Honors College.
u Architecture visiting assistant
professor Jeffery Roberson,
architectural theory.
u Communication assistant
professor Melanie Loehwing,
rhetorical theory.
u Curriculum, instruction and
special education assistant professor
Stephanie Bennett, integrated
language arts instruction.
u Geosciences associate
professor Renee Clary, principles of
u Human sciences assistant
professor Juyoung Lee, sociological
and psychological aspects of clothing.
u Interior design associate
professor Amy Crumpton, principles,
processes and practices for interior
u Landscape architecture
assistant professor Elizabeth Payne,
fundamentals of planning design.
u Mathematics and statistics
instructor Kim Walters, problem-
solving with real numbers for
education majors.
u Music professor Robert Damm,
African-American music.
u Sociology instructor Mehrzad
Netadj, marriage and family.
u Wildlife, fisheries and
aquaculture assistant professor Peter
Allen, fish physiology.
This group joins the institute’s
inaugural class from 2013, many
of whom plan to continue teaching
Maroon & Write courses. They
include, by department:
uAnimal and dairy science assistant
professor Jamie Larson, physiology of
u Associate professor Matthew
Little, American literature survey,
and instructor LaToya Bogard,
introduction to literature. Both are
English department faculty members.
u Forestry professor Stephen
Grado, forest resources survey.
u Human sciences instructor
Rick Noffsinger, introduction to
technical writing in agricultural
uMarketing, quantitative analysis,
and business law professor Robert S.
Moore, Internet marketing.
uMusic professor Michael Brown,
history and appreciation of music and
honors history and appreciation of
Learn more about Maroon & Write
See to discover
more about MSU.
New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from
left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing
from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung
Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad
Netadj. (Photo by Megan Bean, SDN)
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GOP runoff shows new
angle to minority voting
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s
GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black
Mississippians who turned out to vote for
him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of
all persuasions may be forced to learn as this
country’s voting population slowly changes
Cochran’s campaign courted black voters,
perceiving their unhappiness with his tea party-
supported opponent, Chris McDaniel, and his
anti-government rhetoric and scathing criticisms
of President Barack Obama. Blacks responded
by turning out to help give Cochran an almost
7,000-vote win. The use of Mississippi’s open
primary to further their agenda showed political
maturity by black voters and debunked a
longstanding belief that they obediently vote
Democratic and not according to their own
They turned out for a primary runoff with no
Democratic candidate involved. And they voted
Republican even though the smart play for the
Democrats would have been to usher McDaniel
to victory and create a more winnable contest
for Democrat Travis Childers in November.
“I think that Thad Cochran is a shot across
the bow to be felt for a long time,” said the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was the first minority
presidential candidate to win a statewide primary
or caucus in 1984 and 1988. “You cannot win
in the new South or win in national elections
with all-white primaries. This is a new America
Tests of this assertion are coming next
month in Alabama and Georgia, also Southern
states with large minority populations and
open primaries. The Mississippi race may be a
harbinger of more strategic voting for minority
voters, especially African Americans, said
D’Andra Orey, a political science professor at
Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.
“This is not a one-time situation,” Orey said.
“Blacks do recognize their power in the vote,
and in this particular case, blacks saw that they
could actually defeat or be a strong influence ...
in defeating McDaniel.”
In Mississippi, which is 38 percent black and
on track to become the country’s first majority-
black state, some black voters said they planned
to support Cochran, a six-term incumbent,
again in November. Others said they would
keep their options open in November or vote
for the Democrat, even though they considered
Cochran a better choice than McDaniel in the
red state.
“I just think that McDaniel did as much for
the Cochran turnout in the black community
as Cochran people did,” said Democratic Rep.
Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s sole black
Agitating minority voters may soon prove
politically risky anywhere in the nation:
The numbers of black, Hispanic, Asian and
Native American voters are growing not only
in presidential election years but in off-cycle
elections as well, according to the U.S. Census
In presidential election years, the percentage
of black voters eclipsed the percentage of whites
for the first time in 2012, when 66.2 percent
of blacks voted, compared to 64.1 percent of
non-Hispanics whites and about 48 percent of
Hispanics and Asians.
The number of African-American and
other minority voters has also been increasing
during off-cycle, non-presidential elections. For
example, in the 2010 congressional and statewide
elections, 47.8 percent of non-Hispanic whites,
40.7 percent of blacks, 21.3 percent of Asians
and 20.5 percent of Hispanics voted.
But the only groups to increase their
numbers were blacks and Hispanics, who voted
at 38.6 percent and 19.3 percent respectively
in 2006 congressional and statewide elections.
The white and Asian participation rate dropped
during that same time period from 50.5 percent
and 21.8 percent.
And black participation in off-year elections
has been steadily increasing since 1994, when it
was 37.1 percent. In 1998, it 39.6 percent, in
2002 39.7 percent and a slight dip in 2006 at
38.6 percent. No other group showed a similar
Black voting increased during the Mississippi
GOP primary. Statewide turnout increased by
almost 70,000 votes over the June 3 primary,
with turnout in majority-black counties growing
by 43 percent, while in counties where blacks
are less than a majority, it grew 17 percent.
Carol M. Swain, a law and political
science professor at Vanderbilt University in
Nashville, doubted those voters would become
Republicans but said they could become swing
voters in some races. “I believe they may have
purchased some influence with the Republican
establishment that could benefit blacks in the
long run,” Swain said.
Democrats, in return, plan to address more
African American issues in upcoming campaign,
but they have been warned not to take those
votes for granted. At a recent meeting with black
journalists and advocates, several U.S. senators
were warned that some black voters had noticed
that Democrats had no problem talking about
veterans’ issues, women’s issues or LBGT issues,
but seemed hesitant to talk about and address
black issues on the Senate floor.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said he could
understand how “off-putting” it could be that
Democrats “are all about equality and all about
the big tent, but we’re talking about other folks
and not us,” a loyal voting base.
“I hadn’t really thought about our strong
advocacy on these diversity issues actually could
have an undercurrent of ‘We must not be that
important because you’re not talking about us
the same way,’” Kaine said.
Recognition of that can only be a good thing
for minority voters, Swain said.
“The positive thing to come out of this is
that more white candidates and incumbents will
campaign among black voters, and maybe they
will deliver more,” she said.
In this June 24 file photo, supporters of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., break into cheer as
he is declared the winner in his primary runoff for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate at his
victory party at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, Miss. Cochran’s GOP primary
victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a
new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country’s voting
population slowly changes complexion. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Diagnostic diligence finds
new bovine virus in state
MSU Ag Communications
Professional inquiry and persistence
recently resulted in the confirmation
of a new cattle virus in Mississippi that
previously had been identified only in
Dr. Jim Cooley, a veterinary pathologist
and professor in the Mississippi State
University College of Veterinary
Medicine, worked with a colleague at
the University of California-Davis to
identify the neurologic disease that causes
inflammation in the brains or spinal cords
of affected cattle.
Cooley described the disease as a low-
grade encephalitis and myelitis that seems
to attack the neurons in the brainstem,
cerebellum and spinal cord.
“A novel astrovirus has been confirmed
as the cause of clinical neurologic
disease in a 3-year-old Fleckvieh bull in
Mississippi,” Cooley said.
Researchers suspect there are other
cases based on microscopic examinations
of diseased brain tissue samples from
other cattle.
For years, veterinarians were aware
of a persistent viral infection of the
membranes surrounding the brain and
spinal cord of cattle, but the virus was
unidentified. The process to unravel this
mystery began last May when Cooley and
his team were presented with a diseased
bull for necropsy, or animal autopsy.
The bull exhibited the symptoms
that veterinarians had seen before,
and Cooley’s team ran tests to rule out
obvious causes for the condition that led
to the animal’s death. At that point, they
turned to a long list of other diagnostic
“It became a diagnostic work-up to
attempt identification of a specific agent
that would account for the signs the bull
exhibited,” Cooley said. “What we came
up with was nothing, so I talked to people
at several different schools and diagnostic
labs for their input.”
He eventually spoke with Dr. Patty
Pesavento at UC-Davis.
“She became convinced that the
findings were too similar to ignore,” he
Using a proprietary and very sensitive
in situ hybridization technique on
the samples, Pesavento confirmed the
presence of the novel bovine astrovirus.
This case marked the first time the disease
was confirmed outside California, and
solved a particularly challenging case
study Cooley undertook.
“We like to have a definitive explanation
for unique findings in animals,” Cooley
said. “We now know this is an RNA virus
detected in the brainstem and spinal cord
of affected animals.”
Much work remains to be done
regarding this virus, including learning
how it is transmitted. Identification was
simply an early step in the scientific
Dr. Bill Epperson, head of the
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Pathobiology and
Population Medicine, said this case is
an example of the type of work done at
university diagnostic labs.
“Dr. Cooley was able to put together
cases he was working on with recently
published research results and identify a
bovine disease’s first appearance in the
state,” Epperson said. “Our job is to look
for things that are perplexing and address
problems that people in the state are
He praised Cooley’s “stick-to-
it-iveness” and collaboration with
researchers from other institutions.
“He went from the things we know it
could be, and found nothing matched,
until he was finally able to connect with
some people who had some tools and
were able to diagnose an unknown,”
Epperson said. “That’s why it is important
to maintain robust diagnostic services in
our state.
“We need producers to work with their
veterinarians when they have a problem
with their animals, and we need the
veterinarians to work with us when they
are confronted by a new problem so we
have the opportunity to diagnose new
conditions,” he said.
Pesavento’s paper, “Divergent
Astrovirus Associated with Neurologic
Disease in Cattle,” appeared in the
September 2013 journal Emerging
Infectious Diseases.
Veterinary researcher Dr. Jim Cooley examines pathology slides in his office at the
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Cooley recently worked with a
colleague at the University of California-Davis to confirm a new bovine virus in Mississippi
that previously had been identified only in California. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary
Medicine/Tom Thompson)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7A
MSU farm bill simulation
gives soybean crop advice
Miss. Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Mississippi State University scientists analyzed risk-
management programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014
and have a recommendation to help soybean producers
make informed decisions.
In the new farm bill, soybean producers must decide
which of two types of coverage -- Agricultural Risk
Coverage or Price Loss Coverage -- will best protect
their profit margins.
To determine the expected payments for producers,
MSU scientists simulated various farm yields, county
yields and price outcomes thousands of times. The
team used trends in expected yields and future market
prices to analyze the programs instead of relying on
simulations that focus on the past.
“When you consider all of the options for producers,
it can get a little confusing,” said Keith Coble, a
professor in the MSU Department of Agricultural
Economics. “We have analyzed the different alternatives
by constructing a representative farm for each of the
major soybean-producing counties in Mississippi to
simulate future payments and determine the most
beneficial program.”
The results of their computer simulations found that
county-level Agricultural Risk Coverage is expected to
pay more than the Price Loss Coverage program and its
supplemental coverage option.
Agricultural Risk Coverage triggers payment when
the actual county revenue falls below a benchmark
amount. Producers must select either individual
coverage or county-level coverage. They may not
purchase supplemental coverage under the Agricultural
Risk Coverage program.
Price Loss Coverage makes payments whenever
the national market average price falls below a stated
reference price. This program allows producers to
purchase supplemental coverage, which is a shallow-
loss crop insurance product for producers who purchase
Yield Protection or Revenue Protection crop insurance.
Supported by the MSU Extension Service and
the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
Station, the scientists used a forward-thinking analytical
approach to weigh the options of these programs.
“It is often easiest to recall the most recent years when
considering these types of impacts,” said Barry Barnett,
also a professor of agricultural economics. “However,
those vibrant memories are only part of the story when
considering the possible outcomes of tomorrow.”
Barnett said only one thing is certain about the future
for producers: It will not look exactly like the past.
Even with the insights provided by their simulation
program, the MSU scientists caution producers not
to base planting decisions or crop insurance coverage
levels on expected payments for any of the farm bill
“In all of our analysis, future federal payments were
relatively small,” said John Michael Riley, Extension
agricultural economist. “Based on current price
projections, these payments are unlikely to be large
enough to have any appreciable impact on planting
decisions or decisions regarding crop insurance coverage
The economists noted that individual-level
Agricultural Risk Coverage was not included in their
analysis due to the many factors involved in evaluating
an individual farm.
The analysis of the farm bill alternatives for soybean
producers is funded by the Mississippi Soybean
Promotion Board through producer check-off dollars.
The complete policy brief is available at http://www.
Mississippi State University scientists simulated various on-farm soybean production scenarios to
analyzed risk-management programs in the new farm bill. Their results should help soybean producers
make informed decisions for the next crop. (Photo by MSU MAFES/David Ammon)
Blueberries in this Hinds County yard are beginning to ripen on June 25. A cold
winter and spring delayed blueberry maturity and harvest for growers throughout
the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
Wet, cold weather delays
watermelons, blueberries
MSU Ag Communications
JACKSON – Party planners may have a hard
time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons
and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this
Unfavorable weather slowed maturity
and increased disease pressure for both crops.
Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in
south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons
are grown in the southeast quarter of the
state. Acreage for both crops remains steady.
Blueberry producers grow about 2,700 acres,
and watermelon growers have about 2,400
David Nagel, a horticulture specialist with
the Mississippi State University Extension
Service, said wet conditions and cooler-than-
normal temperatures set harvest back for
watermelons and increased the occurrence of
fungal diseases.
“Rainy weather and overcast skies slowed
fruit set and increased disease pressure,” Nagel
said. “Bees do not visit flowers as often when
rain is falling, which leads to poor pollination.”
Jeremy Maness, Extension agriculture agent
in Smith County, said his watermelon growers
are behind by one to two weeks.
“July 4th is next week, and we still haven’t
had a 100-degree day,” Maness said. “Night
temperatures were in the 50s and low 60s for a
while and are only up to the 70s now. If those
really cool nights didn’t kill the vines, it put
them behind. Some of my growers lost their
first blooms.”
Growers do have watermelons that are nearly
ready for harvest, but the continued rainfall has
Maness concerned.
“We have scattered showers forecast all
week,” Maness said on June 23. “One of my
growers got 6 inches yesterday. If all of that
water doesn’t cause the melons to explode, it
could give them a mealy texture, like sand.”
Maness said the wet weather combined
with the cool nights has caused anthracnose
and bacterial wilt to show up in Smith County
fields. Growers are managing the diseases with
regular fungicide applications.
Rick Snyder, MSU Extension vegetable
specialist and Mississippi Agricultural and
Forestry Experiment Station research professor,
said MSU pathologists diagnosed gummy stem
blight and fusarium wilt on watermelon foliage
samples from other counties.
Nagel said wholesale prices for watermelons
are about the same as 2013 prices. Wholesale
prices for large, seeded fruit are around $6 per
melon and between $4 and $5 for the smaller,
seedless fruit.
Eric Stafne, Extension fruit crops specialist,
said blueberry growers will harvest a big crop
this year but are about three weeks behind
“After 2013’s problems, it is great to get
a bountiful crop,” Stafne said. “However, the
cold in the winter and spring caused all varieties
to be late ripening.”
Excess rain increased disease pressure for the
crop. Mummy berry and Exobasidium spot are
the most common fungus problems this season,
Stafne said.
Pest issues have been limited to the spotted
wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly first detected
in Mississippi in 2010. The fly reduces fruit
yield and quality, and the key to control is to
catch it early and treat plants, Stafne said.
North Carolina growers have spotted the
invasive kudzu bug on their plants but have not
seen damage.
“Mississippi growers shouldn’t be overly
concerned about this pest, but they should be
able to recognize it so they can monitor it,”
Stafne said.
The crop’s lateness pushed wholesale fresh
market prices down from last year, Stafne said.
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UMMC seeks legal opinion
on relocating graves
Associated Press
JACKSON — The University of Mississippi
Medical Center is seeking an attorney general’s
opinion on whether the state Department of
Archives and History has authority over the medical
center’s ability to relocate unmarked graves on its
Jackson property.
Officials with that agency say they can already
answer that question — they don’t have any
The medical center found the graves last year
while it was building roads. Mississippi State
University archaeology faculty and students working
with an outside archaeology firm exhumed 66 sets
of remains. Another 40 graves were located in the
After a survey with ground-penetrating radar, the
medical center estimates at least another 932 graves
remain, although the university said the number of
unmarked graves is probably much greater.
Because of the graves, the medical center is
building a $20 million, 1,000-space parking garage
in a different location. Two other buildings planned
for the area — the American Cancer Society’s Hope
Lodge and the children’s justice center — are on
But spokesman Jack Mazurak said the university
still wants the future ability to remove the graves
and develop the wooded land because its 164-acre
campus is running out of space.
The graves likely are those of residents of the
Mississippi State Insane Asylum, which was once
located at the site.
Requesting the opinion earlier this week, the
medical center says laws passed in 1973 and 1974
give it the authority to “rearrange or disinter, remove
and reinter human remains” to a different location.
But the medical center wrote that the archeologists it
hired declared the unmarked cemetery as a location
of “archaeological significance,” which could require
a permit from the archives and history agency before
Under Mississippi’s antiquities law, agencies
must notify the archives when planning work on
a property, said Historic Preservation Division
Director Jim Woodrick. But that doesn’t
automatically give the agency power to block the
work. Pam Lieb, chief archaeologist for the archives
agency, said the medical center shouldn’t be worried.
“The Department of Archives and History
doesn’t have any jurisdiction over that anyway,”
Lieb said, He said the agency can only block
relocation of graves belonging to Native Americans
or in rare instances of high historical significance.
She said only approval from a county coroner is
usually needed to move a cemetery.
The university has said it cost $3,000 per grave
to move bodies it found while building the road. It
cited the possible expense of relocation as the reason
it was withdrawing from plans to buy the Landmark
Center office building in Jackson.
Lieb said the archives agency has recommended
a less costly relocation approach that doesn’t involve
using archaeologists.
Ticket surcharge planned in New Albany
From Wire Reports
NEW ALBANY — Police in New Albany are
moving ahead with to add a $10 surcharge to tickets
issued for moving violations.
Officials told WTVA-TV that the department
plans to use revenue from the surcharge to buy new
radio equipment and software that would link the
department with others around Mississippi.
“The state of Mississippi has come up with one of
the best radio systems in the United States probably.
It’s called the Miss Win radio system,” Police Chief
Chris Robertson said.
The chief said the system would link perfectly
with the equipment already in use by New Albany
“This is a way for us to keep up with some of our
technology issues as far as wireless communications
and also our mobile data in the vehicles. We actually
have work stations here in our cars,” Robertson said.
The chief said that with the surcharge, violators
fund the system.
“We’re curious to see how much we’re going to
accumulate the next year, the next twelve months.
And, just kind of assess it at that point and go from
there,” he said.
Not all area residents are in favor of the plan.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea because the fines
now, anything you get, it’s over $100 now. And, that
should be enough,” said Karen Nix.
But local store clerk Judy Culver was in favor of
the surcharge. “I think it’s a good idea because the
police department does need help with its equipment.
I think it’s a good idea.”
The chief said that if his department does get the
new equipment at least violators won’t have to get
the hand-written citations anymore.
“No more tickets, no more handwritten reports.
It’ll all be done on computer,” he said.
Robertson said the Mississippi Department of
Public Safety must approve the surcharge before it’s
State approval also would be required for the
purchase of new communications equipment.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Sect i on B
Look your age,
just don’t act it
A reader dropped me
a note suggesting that I
do a column blasting cos-
metic companies for using
30-something year-olds to
advertise products those
kids won’t need for an-
other three decades. Amen,
sister. I’m on it.
To be honest this has
been bothering me for
some time too …like for
the last 30 years when
I’ve been completely available to help advertise the
fountain of youth. I could be the “before,” and the
peaches and cream “Gidget” could be the “after.”
Look! Right there on the small screen in all her
dewy glory is a girl, practically a toddler, smiling
glibly while the voice-over describes some miracle
cure for wrinkles, feathery lips, thinning hair, un-
der-eye circles, and age spots. I guess you are sup-
posed to think you can avoid or reverse all these
conditions if you buy the product. So, you can’t eat,
drink or travel, but you’ll be sitting home miserable
with beautiful skin. Where’s the sense in that?
Who are these teeny boppers prancing around
in their skivvies advertising foundation garments to
lift those parts that won’t be sagging until the day
we have computer chips in our brains.
Judging from the products advertised on the
5:30 nightly news, I figure senior citizens are the
only people still watching the nightly news. I’m
kind of tired of ads for incontinence, impotence, in-
somnia, and indigestion. Then, there’s my favorite
— the couple holding hands from separate bathtubs
on a beach. Will someone please explain this to me?
I’m pretty sure that looking younger is an at-
titude. My personal role model is a woman named
Elizabeth who is 105 years old. She can tell you
about life from the roaring 20s right up to yester-
day — and all in great detail. She is a national trea-
sure and her allure is BECAUSE of her vast experi-
ence, not in spite of it.
She also gave me the secret to her enduring
youthfulness: Ponds Cold Cream. I kid you not. My
mother used it, I use it, and like my credit card, I
will never leave home without it.
Why do we need to look younger anyway? Why
can’t we just look our age? There’s so much angst
about growing older that no one seems to feel com-
fortable about being any age over 21.
I’ll never forget my 40th birthday when I re-
ceived a dozen dead roses and bottle of Geritol. I
was still a spring chicken at 40 and had no idea. The
attitude about aging almost ruined what should
have been the prime of my life. Dead roses. Really?
I have set a new target for my prime of life which
keeps moving north. Furthermore, I’m convinced
age isn’t a bad thing whatever it is. I read a sign the
other day that said “How old would you be if you
didn’t know how old you are?” I don’t know about
you, but I can go from 10 to 90 in 30 seconds or
less depending on who I’m with.
Let’s all change our attitudes about age. It gives
shiny summer foliage its rich golden — red hues by
fall. It gives metal its rich patina. Age gives … OK,
so I can’t think of anything else at the moment, but
I’ll come up with something.
Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a blog
for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement. Her book,
“Love, Laughter and Losing My Keys” will be available
in September.
Editor’s Note: Carole
McReynolds Davis who
passed away recently,
submmited columns for
publication through July
I’m an artist, and I
have a strong emotion
with great enthusiasm to
create something every
day. I express myself on
a piece of stretched can-
vas that is all white or
maybe a very plain and boring hat
or outfit. I attempt to turn both
into artistic creations that are very
colorful and bright! Just the one
word, “create” is bringing into
being a from out of nothing into
existence development and design.
The creation now is now alive!
I have quite a “love affair” with
hats which are coverings for the
head. A hat adds dignity to one’s
face. In our great state of Missis-
sippi located in the northeastern
little spot on this earth is Starkville,
Oktibbeha County and Mississip-
pi State University. I am a native
of all three, and I adore my extra
special world! When I was grow-
ing up as a little girl I always wore
a hat. I have heard many time that
in Mississippi, “A beautiful face is
shadowed by a perfectly enormous
hat!” Hats live in a hatbox, and we
often use a hatpin with a beautiful
ornamental head on the hatpin to
secure a woman’s hat to her head.
My own grandmother, Mary Ed-
wards McReynolds, and my aunt
Parthenia McReynolds
Dodds designed and
made hats. Parthenia
was named by her own
father, John Andrew
McReynolds. I who
spoke seven languages,
and he was a gradu-
ate of Roanoke College
in Virginia named her
for a Greek Goddess.
Parthenia designed, and
she made hats for many
of our Mississippi Gov-
ernor’s wives. I have in my trea-
sured hat collection several of their
original hats.
It was Friday, April 4, 2014
and Saturday, April 5, 2014 that I
became very inspired which is “an
impulse of an idea which great
animation and with exalted feel-
ing of inspiration to create and ex-
press myself.” I created 3 hats and
3 outfits, and attempted to make
them have a life of their own! In-
spiration is “a divine supernatural
happening within the heart and
soul of an artist.”
Why these two days? Well, it all
began with knowing that on Sat-
urday, April 12. It is Mississippi
State University’s “Super Bulldog
Weekend” which is also spelled,
“Bulldawg!” Frank and I would
be eating breakfast with the MSU
Alumni of the College of Agricul-
ture and Life Sciences/CALS at
7:30 a.m. at the Bost Building.
We would be spending time on
our MSU campus for sporting
events too. We would then go to
the Cotton District Arts Festival,
Taste of Starkville, visit the Arti-
sans Village and enjoy the food
and entertainment which is within
walking distance of all the Super
Bulldog Weekend activities.
I was inspired to design and
create a whole outfit to wear all
day long to go to both the func-
tions. A little secret of mine for
years has been to be a hippy. I was
born on March 4, 1942 a child of
the1950s and 1960s, graduating in
the Class of 1960 from Starkville
High School and in 1964 from
MSU. A hippy is “A person of
unconventional appearance typi-
cally with long hair, wears jeans,
has beads and who has a rejection
of conventional values!” There
was no way in God’s green earth
my parents would ever allow me
to become a hippy! I have always
wanted to drive a tiny, shiny, red
“Bug” convertible Volkswagon
with a little vase up front on the
dash board with a big yellow sun-
flower in a pretty real crystal vase
bumping/riding along with me!
It had to first be an artsy/hippy/
MSU outfit as well!
The first outfit and hat had
to be “Free Spirited” and very
“Whimsical” I would become a
“Hippy” and a touch of a MSU”
Alumni “Bulldawg” too, de-
signed, on Friday, April 4, and
two more outfits the next day on
Saturday, April 5. You are now
going to become “My Viewer”
It’s A Colorful Bright World!
See DAVIS | Page 2B
Polar heart monitors are a popular new device for accurately tracking calorie output during workouts. (Photo by Kayleigh Few, SDN)
Being busy throughout the day does not
necessarily mean being active.
As many individuals may find themselves
confine to a desk or cubicle for most of their
day, staying active isn’t always an easy task,
and keeping track of activity levels can be even
more of a challenge.
For those looking to reach new fitness goals
or for those looking to maintain the results they
have worked to achieve, fitness tracking devices
and programs are quickly becoming a popular
way to monitor daily input and output levels.
Prewitt Gregory, owner and personal train-
er at Big Dawg Fitness, said he regularly uses
fitness trackers with his clients and believes
they can be greatly beneficial to those looking
to lose weight.
“I really like the app MyFitnessPal, which
is available for both iPhone and Andrioid,”
Gregory said. “It tracks caloric content and
can also break it down into protein and car-
bohydrate percentages. My clients can also
link their account to mine on the app so they
can share their information with me. The best
thing about it is that it is free, and it’s very user
friendly, which is a plus for those people who
aren’t too tech savvy.”
Not only are smartphone apps a popular
and easy way to help people keep track of their
calorie count and activity level, other wearable
devices are becoming common, as well.
Devices such as Fitbit wristbands resemble
high-tech versions of yesteryear’s pedometers,
but they can sync to smartphone apps to help
users keep track of daily activity levels and ca-
loric output, and more advanced models can
even assess users’ sleep quality.
Starkville resident and fitness enthusiast
Courtney Kimbrough regularly uses a Polar
FT4 heart rate monitor during her workouts
and says they are a great way to monitor caloric
“I used to base my calorie burn off of the
estimation given by the machine,” Kimbrough
said. “…And the first time I used my moni-
tor, I was shocked at how many fewer calories
I actually burned. This made me amp up my
workouts and adjust my diet even more.”
While these devices are helpful in tracking
fitness levels and progress, some may initially
be deterred by their price tags.
Costs can range anywhere from $50 to
$200 on up, depending on device and model.
For those just beginning a fitness regimen,
Gregory suggested buying used in order to
both save money and test out the product.
“If you do a little digging around online,
you can usually find used or refurbished devices
which are still is pretty good shape,” Gregory
said. “And they can be more than half the price
of a new one sometimes.”
Kimbrough said that the price may seem
high, but it pales in comparison to other op-
tions many people try for a weight loss.
“I think we all know people looking for
the secret drug or pill or shake or delivered-
to-your-door meal plan that will allow them to
drop weight quickly,” Kimbrough said. “Those
products are outrageously priced and unrealis-
tic in that no one can keep up only drinking
shakes every day for the rest of their lives or
whatever the particular gimmick is. That can-
not be healthy. Invest in things that will last.”
Although investing in a fitness tracking de-
vice can bolster goals and improve progress,
Kimbrough added that activity levels must be
Fitness trackers become
important part of regimen
See TRACKERS | Page 4B
Page 2B • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, June 29, 2014
Starkville High School
becomes The Greensboro Center
For Starkville Daily News
The building opened in 1927 as the
Starkville High School. It was the first
high school in the city and a school
superior to many in the state accord-
ing to several sources. It was not un-
til 1940, thirteen years later, that the
PTA headed a project to add a lunch-
room. Prior to this, students brought
their lunch or ate at Buckley’s store just
across Louisville Street on the east of
the school. The school newspaper, The
Hi-Jacket, announced in January 1940
that: “A lunchroom would be opened.
China for the lunchroom will be col-
lected by donations. The students are
encouraged to bring some articles such
as a cup, plate, saucer, etc. Every stu-
dent should bring as much as possible
for this cause.”
Mrs. Pam Hunt and her advanced
placement American history class pre-
pared “A History of the Greensboro
Center” which was included in the ded-
ication program on October 22, 1987.
It reads as follows.
“Voters in an election in 1925 au-
thorized the Starkville Separate School
district to issue bonds in the amount
of $100,000 to build a modern high
school building. The mayor and Board
of Aldermen subsequently issued those
bonds on August 4, 1925. The amount
was later changed to $125,000.
The Board of Trustees for the
school district, thinking that they had
the duty of providing the location for
the building, took an option on the J.
A. Yeates lot on the corner of Greens-
boro and Yeates streets. They also took
an option on another lot owned by R.
B. Neal that was back of and adjoining
the first lot. This was to be used for a
playground. The board ordered checks
to be written (warrants issued) for the
purchase price of the two lots.
A group of residents thought the
new high school should be located in
the eastern part of Starkville near or ad-
joining the old school building (Over-
street). The plans called for Overstreet
to become the grammar school upon
completion of the high school. This
particular group got the Mississippi
Legislature to pass a special act taking
away the powers of the trustees and
giving a special commission (to be ap-
pointed by the mayor) the authority
to select the location for the new high
school building. Mayor H.A. Beattie
and a majority of the Board of Alder-
men were supporters of the eastern
location for the building. Aldermen at
that time were L.B. Camp, R.J. Good-
man, J.L. Martin, J.D. Keene and John
M. Arnold.
The special act grossly conflicted
with a provision of the Mississippi
Constitution of 1890 so another tac-
tic was devised. The city clerk was in-
structed to refuse to issue the warrants.
The trustees who were represented
by John D. Green, Jr. and Will E. Ward
brought “Mandamus” proceedings. B.
F. Bell represented the city clerk. On
the day of this hearing, all further steps
and proceedings were enjoined in a
complaint brought by F.L. Hogan, a
local citizen.
Hogan’s lawyer, W.W. Magruder,
argues that the City Council was autho-
rized to purchase land, not the school
trustees. The contention of the lawyers
for the school board was that the pow-
er was implied and that an individual
taxpayer (Hogan) had no right to ques-
tion the acts of the trustees.
The lower court ruled in favor of
Hogan, but that decision was reversed
by the Mississippi Supreme Court ...
the high court ruled November 22,
1926 that the school board was acting
within its authority.
During the 15-month court battle,
Zeno Yeates increased the asking price
for the J.W. Yeates property. The trust-
ees then bought the J.T. Gunn lot on
the corner of Greensboro and Louis-
ville Streets. Also purchased was a lot
owned by W.C. Gunn property and the
R.B. Neal lot originally opted for on
the opposite side of Louisville Street.
Because of the legal fight, the tax-
payers lost about $4,000 on the inter-
est of the bonds. The bonds were 5.25
percent bonds sold to Central State Na-
tional Bank of Memphis.
The architects for the building
were Lindsey and Martin of Jackson.
Starkville benefited in one respect from
the legal delay. A temporary slump in
the building material industry permit-
ted the $125,000 construction for a
school superior to many erected later
for $150,000 to $175,000.
From 1927 to 1930, the superinten-
dent was E.E. Fox, principal and coach
in 1929 was C.E. Russell. Class officers
of the Class of 1928 were: president,
Hunter Scales; vice president, Virginia
Curtis; and secretary, John Moore
From 1930 to 1940, superintendent
1931-32 was G.P. Dorsey and J.W.
Overstreet followed as superintendent.
Teachers were individually voted on by
the School Board members. The school
district had to borrow money during
1935-39 periods as tax revenues (dur-
ing depression days) were not sufficient
to pay teachers.
From 1940 to 1950, the school
year began just after Labor Day. The
school board investigated the pos-
sibility of adding ROTC at Starkville
High School during World War II.
J.W. Overstreet was superintendent in
1947, principal was D.G. Fulton, and
D.W. Barton was band director. Sev-
eral seniors returned as “Veterans of
the US Navy” by names and pictures
in the annual. Description of SHS vs.
Amory football game in 1948: “Pound
for pound, suh, we’ve got a better
team than Amory – they just had more
pounds than we.”
From 1950 to 1960, the superin-
tendent was J.W. Overstreet and later
C.A. Johnson, the principal was W.B.
Baker and D.W. Barton was still band
director. There were 100 in the first
band and 40 in the second and third
bands. The SHS band went to the
Delta Band Festival in Greenwood for
State Contest. School beauties were
selected by sending photos of girls to
Hollywood where they were judged.
Bonds for a new gym were issued in
1952. The old gym in the basement
was converted into a cafeteria.
From 1960 to 1970, the superinten-
dent was C.A. Johnson, assistant super-
intendent was Benny Baker, principal
was Clyde Muse, assistant principal was
Paul Armstrong and band director was
Kelly Love. Hal Buchanan was elected
superintendent in July 1965 and Clyde
Muse was assistant superintendent.
From 1970 to 1980, the superin-
tendent was Paul Armstrong and Jack
C. Nix was principal.
Nolan Vickers was elected superin-
tendent in 1977 after the death of Paul
Armstrong and Larry Hailey was elect-
ed assistant superintendent.
Robert Garvue was elected interim
superintendent for the year 1984-85.
In 1985, Dr. David DeRuzzo was
elected superintendent and Larry Box
was assistant superintendent. James
Smith was administrative assistant.
The building was vacated as the high
school building in 1962 and the new
Starkville High School was occupied.
The building housed the Armstrong
Middle School until the new middle
school was built and occupied in Janu-
ary 1979. At that time the building was
vacated and remained unoccupied until
1985 when under the leadership of the
school board and Superintendent De-
Ruzzo, the voters of this community
said “YES” we want to renovate this
building for a community center and
on October 22, 1987, the dedication of
the Greensboro Center became a real-
ity: “A place for our people.”
The Starkville Committee for Better
Education in directing the successful
passage of the 1985 Bond Issue mak-
ing the Greensboro Center a reality
consisted of Co-Chairs, Frank Chiles,
Clay Simmons and Dr. Douglas Con-
ner; Dr. Clyde Williams, publicity and
media production; Jim Cook, finance
chairman; Dr, Joe Cardwell, civic or-
ganization chairman; Dr. Merre Dor-
man, school division chairman and Dr.
Fenton Peters, school division chair-
Committee membership consisted
of Dr. Reagan Ford, Earl Goodrich,
Rev. Bernard Crump, Doug Horan-
burg, Chip Templeton, Rev. O. Wen-
dell Manuel, Tom Nelson, Michael
Peterson, HelenSue Parrish, Dr. Roy
Ruby, O.F. Parker, Bonnie Teater, Bill
Vanderclock, Sara Foster and Gerri
The School Board of Trustees in-
cluded Clyde Williams, president;
Mary Bell, secretary; Ann Andrews,
Victor Evans and Paul Millsaps, Jr.
Pictured is the old Starkville High School before (above) and after (below) being landscaped. The after picture
also shows cars of that period parked in front of the school. (Submitted photos)
• Renovation costs ................................................ $900,000
• Total gross area ............................................... 41,200 sq. ft
• Renovated area ............................................... 17,730 sq. ft.
• Central offices and alternative education classroom .......
.............................................................................. 11,070 sq. ft
• Auditorium ...................................................... 6,660 sq. ft
• Mothballed space ......................................... 23,470 sq. ft
Architects were Gary Shafer, AIA, PA and Ian Banner RIBA.
and “My Reader” to enjoy my
three “Artistic Creations” I cre-
ated in these two joyful, happy
and fun days in the year 2014.
Let’s together start to see it as
well as we read the sentences like
we are reading book which is left
to right and end on the bottom
of the right hand side at the bot-
tom of the page.
I brought all three of my
creations out on the drive way
of the south side of our family
home dating back to 1911 with
the land being purchased in 1904
by my own Great-Grandaddy,
Wiley Bartley Pearson who de-
signed and built our home with
his own two hands, “She’s A
Grand ‘Ole Lady,” The Pearson
Place. My own mama, Elizabeth
Jeanette Lewis McReynolds, was
born in our home July 9, 1911,
married in this home, December
23, 1935, and lived most of her
life here too. We have six gen-
erations who have called this
“Home Sweet Home!”
I carried a tall red easel (see
one of the red legs of the pop up
easel) holding my entire “Hippy
Outfit?” We’ll start at the tip top
with my Southern Belle white all
100-percent cotton Picture Hat.
Look at all the bows of all the
colors. Now look closely at baby
“Bully Belle” catching a ride on
the tip top with her maroon and
white bows on the tip top of her
head! See her? Look at my hippy
tie-died shirt with a white short
sleeve tee shirt underneath it.
Look at the strings of many col-
ors which I picked up in all the
colors the bows. You can not see
all the beads and hippy jewelry
underneath the big grouping of
the bows. On a shoulder small
leather purse is the third group-
ing of the colorful bows. See it.
Underneath on a clothes hanger
is a pair of light blue jeans. On
my shoulder I pinned a white
palette and a red bush to show
that I am a “hippy artist!” I’ll be
ready to attend both the MSU
and the Art’s Festival without
having to go home to change
outfits! Two outfits rolled into
Look next to the easel is
a lime green Snow Ball Bush
which will soon within days turn
very white which looks just like a
huge Snow Ball! It is a cultivated
form of the Guelder Rose. What
a great background for this now
“Landscape” scene/Artistic Cre-
ation with our wooden fence in
the far distance.
Outfit No. 2 is a colorful
turquoise colors mixed in with
shades of blues, lime greens and
bright greens and white. There
is a huge flower with a large fake
diamond in the middle on one
side of the pinned onto the pic-
ture hat. See it? I am holding in
my hands with my thumb in the
palette. A palette is a thin board
or slab with a hole for the thumb
on which an artist lays out and
mixes her colors. See, I have my
thumb in the hole and two huge,
green and red brushes along
with there other brushes in my
hand as well. A yellow, green
and black brush too. Look at
the colors on my palette, greens,
reds browns, purples and coral
Outfit No. 3 is all hot pink,
white and lime green. The hat
is what we call, “A Fascinator
Hat!” It is indeed fascinating!
It was made popular when the
Princess and Prince married sev-
eral years ago in England. We
Americans “fell in love” with
the English Fascinating Hats!
I used a huge hot pink flower
with a big diamond jewel in the
center of the flower, lots of hot
pink curly ribbon, and I added
a large green bow in the center
with lime green jewelry.
I am sitting in an antique
1800s little dark brown rocker
from inside our family home that
I brought out to use to sit in. I
am leaning at an angle inside the
landscape. See the weathered
concrete drive way at the bot-
tom. The dark green hedge tree
was a nice background for the
lime green Snow Ball Bush.
I became lost in my own ar-
tistic “Bubble World” creating
this “Artistic Creation.” In a way
I mixed and blended all the col-
ors I saw in my life for two days.
The day I was born, and I was
delivered by both of the Eckford
Medical Doctors Jim Ecford
MD, and his son, Feddy Eck-
ford, MD, in an old two-story
white clap board home we called
our Starkville Hospital right be-
hind what was built later as a
large brick building which is still
standing and used our Exten-
sion Building. It was named The
Old Felix Long Memorial Hos-
pital. My Daddy, John Andrew
McReynolds II, told me many
times, “Carole, the second I saw
you after your Mother, Elizabeth
Jeanette Lewis McReynolds
gave birth to you, I was holding
one of her hands, and with the
other hand was her own mother,
Daisy Pearson Lewis. I looked
into your green eyes and they
were wide open as if you were
going to conquer this new, col-
orful world. You had suddenly
arrived into your own artistic
I want you to look back at
the whole “Artistic Creation”
now. See the odd numbers that
are artistically correct: three
hats, three outfits, five brushes,
, 19 Snow Ball flowers, one art-
ist’s palette and one artist lean-
ing into the now “Landscape
Scene!” I especially “Thank” my
husband, Dr. Frank Marvin Da-
vis Sr., my best friend and part-
ner for 50 years on March 21,
2014 our Golden Wedding Cel-
ebration we held and invited ev-
ery one in our city, county, and
university to say “Thanks” for
your friendships and your love
down at The Starkville Cafe. To
Frank, “Thank You” for snap-
ping this photo for me. He did a
great job! Agree?
I appreciate the opportu-
nity to share my artistic work
with each of you on Sunday’s
Starkville Daily News Lifestyles
Section as a Contributing Col-
umnist. It is my honor! I want
you to promise me that every
day we live can be a happy, col-
orful and fun day! Don’t look
back to your past of yesterday.
The past is gone forever, and
don’t worry about your future
because it is just too much to
handle, but only live in the pres-
ent which is this day, today!
Smile, giggle, laugh until
your tummy hurts! Why? Be-
From page 1B
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3B
Waldrop - Ferguson
The engagement and forthcoming marriage
of Marla Evan Waldrop of Starkville and Benja-
min Craig Ferguson of Union City, Tennessee
are being announced today.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Sandra
Waldrop of Starkville and the late Dr. Rodney
Waldrop. Her grandparents are Wanda Smith
of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and the late Dr. Lloyd
Smith and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dever Wal-
She is a 2004 graduate of Starkville Acad-
emy. She earned her bachelor of science degree
followed by a doctorate of veterinary medicine
degree in 2010 at Mississippi State University.
She works as a veterinarian at Animal Hospital
of Milan in Milan, Tenn.
The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Scott Ferguson of Union City, Tenn. He
is the grandson of Sue Ferguson of Louisville,
Ky. and the late Ron Ferguson and Wanda Sub-
lett of Union City and the late Kenneth Sublett.
He is a 2005 graduate of Union City High
School. He is a 2009 graduate of University of
Tennessee Martin, where he earned a bachelor
of science and business administration degree in
accounting. He is now employed with Hilliard
Lyons as a financial adviser.
The couple will wed at 6 p.m. on July 19
at First Baptist Church Chapel in Starkville. A
reception will follow at the Burnt Oak Lodge.
Polk - Hazzard
Mr. and Mrs. Neal Denton Rogers, Jr., of
Indianola, announce the engagement of her
daughter, Anne Barrett Polk, to Matthew Ste-
vens Hazard, both of Jackson, Wyoming. Mr.
Hazard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Boswell
Stevens Hazard of West Point.
The bride-elect is the daughter of the late
Mark Christopher Polk of Indianola. She is the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cooke
Robertson, Mrs. Neal Denton Rogers and the
late Mr. Rogers, all of Indianola, and Mr. and
Mrs. Hal Moody Polk of Starkville.
The prospective bridegroom is the grand-
son of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Gordon Hazard,
Jr., of West Point, and the late Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel Russell Gfroerer of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Miss Polk is a 2006 honor graduate of In-
dianola Academy. She graduated cum laude
from the University of Mississippi in 2010
with a bachelor’s degree in communication
sciences and disorders. She was a member of
Chi Omega sorority. Miss Polk received her
master’s degree in speech-language pathology
from the University of Mississippi in 2012.
She is currently a speech-language patholo-
gist at Children’s Learning Center in Jackson,
Mr. Hazard is a 1999 honor graduate of
Jackson Preparatory School. He graduated
from Mississippi State University in 2004 with
a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture.
He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. In
2010 Matt received a post-graduate degree in
land development and construction manage-
ment from the University of California. He is
a landscape architect and project manager at
Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyo.
The couple will exchange vows on August 2
at St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Chapel of
Transfiguration, in Moose, Wyo.
A sub-plot in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One involves the King’s
son, Prince Harry, who spends time with a bad crowd, but secretly
plans to transform himself into a noble prince. Harry keeps company
with low class friends and exhibits poor behavior to make his father and
the people think negatively of him so that when he indeed transforms
into a noble prince, it will be a pleasant surprise and make a greater
Like the prince, sometimes individuals will maintain a low quality of
communicating, but when a transformation takes place, it is an impres-
sive surprise. The starting point of becoming a princely communicator,
as it were, is deciding to become effective in communicating. Effective
communication involves thinking, listening, speaking, reading, writing,
interpreting, and learning in a manner that transforms you and others.
Vocabulary building can make communication more effective, princely if you will.
A. to cover or coat
B. to paint skillfully
C. to speak
D. to change
daub (DAWB)
A. having the condition of starving
B. having a cheerful readiness, promptness or willingness
C. having an unwillingness to complete a task
D. having a mean or unpleasant disposition
alacritous (uh-LACK-ruh-tus)
A. to precipitate
B. to encourage
C. to shake
D. to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding
deter (dih-TUR)
A. extremely delicate or refined
B. characterized by great knowledge
C. light, airy, tenuous
D. heavenly or celestial
erudite (AIR-you-dite)
This word is often misspelled with a “pre.” All four choices are correct.
This week’s mystery word to solve has the name Greg in it, like the word gregarious. The mystery word
means flagrantly bad.
Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication,
s a professor at East Miss. Community College.
Contact him at
A. when an individual has the attitude of “I should be obeyed without question”
B. used to describe an order or command that must be obeyed
C. when an end to a right of action is put into effect
D. expressive of urgency or command
peremptory (puh-REMP-tuh-ree)
Daub, last week’s mystery word, appears in the first scene of King Henry IV Part One. The King
states, “No more the thirsty entrance of this soil shall daub her lips with her own children’s blood.” A
is the answer. Example: Megan daubed makeup on her face.
No. 2, alacritous, is B. No. 3, deter, is D. For No. 4, A, C and D are definitions for one of my favorite
words, ethereal. B is correct for erudite.
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Greer - Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Greer, of Wesson, an-
nounce the engagement and approaching mar-
riage of their daughter, Casey Lynn Greer, of
Wesson, to Brandon Stennis Berry of West
Point, MS.
He is the son of Bobby and Mary Ann Berry,
of West Point.
She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Hubert Greer of Wesson, Mrs. Joy Christelle
Davis of Wesson, and the late Charles Frank
He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sten-
nis of Starkville, Mrs. Cindy Berry of Starkville,
and the late Mr. Ernest Berry.
The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Wes-
son Attendance Center and 2010 graduate of
Copiah-Lincoln Community College and 2012
graduate of Mississippi State University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is
currently a Kindergarten Teacher.
The prospective groom is a 2009 graduate
of West Point High School, 2012 graduate of
East Mississippi Community College, and 2014
graduate of Mississippi State University with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. He
is currently employed with the United States
Army National Guard and the ROTC depart-
ment at Mississippi State University.
The couple will exchange vows at 6pm,
Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Wesson Baptist
Church. A reception will follow at the Thames
Center on Copiah Lincoln Community College
Campus. All family and friends are invited to
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matched by a smart diet.
“You can monitor every bit
of exercise and activity you do,
but if you aren’t eating right,
you’re never going to se results.
And if you stop eating right,
the progress you’ve made will
go away,” Kimbrough said.
Along with obvious physical
benefits of exercise, Gregory
said being fit can improve an
individual’s confidence and ul-
timately increase longevity.
“People carry themselves
with a more positive attitude
when they are in shape,” Greg-
ory said. “By building up your
strength and endurance, you
can add not just 10 years to
your life, but 10 quality years.
Make a good investment in
Fitbit Flex wristbands are another popular option for moni-
toring activity levels throughout the daily. Not only can they
keep track of number of steps and distance, they can also sync
with smartphone apps to assess caloric intake and output.
(Photo by Kayleigh Few, SDN)
From page 1B
Smart ways to make the most of summer with your pets
For Starkville Daily News
With warmer weather finally arriving, it’s time to get
smart about making the most of summer with your pet.
To keep pets energetic and active during the summer
months, take a proactive approach to protecting them
from health hazards.
Understanding Heat-
Triggered Pet Threats
Warmer weather can trigger problems for pets, such
as heat stroke, dehydration, sunburn, and flea and tick
“After this cold winter, I can’t wait for the weather
to heat up,” said Wendy Diamond, Chief Pet Officer of
Animal Fair magazine. “The best way to prevent flea and
tick infestations and other potential warm-weather health
problems is to plan ahead. Your pet will appreciate your
thoughtfulness and you’ll both have a happier summer.”
Tips for a Healthy Summer
As the weather heats up, follow Diamond’s tips to
ensure your pets have a healthy and safe summer:
u Drink up: Encourage your pets to drink extra water
so they don’t get dehydrated.
u Watch for hot spots: Look for shade and try to
avoid heated surfaces like sidewalks, sand and asphalt as
they can burn delicate paws. Also, walk your dogs early
in the morning and at night to avoid the hottest times
of the day.
u Hang loose: Avoid trimming your pet’s hair short-
er than an inch as this can lead to sunburn. If your pet is
naturally short-haired, or you have to cut their hair short
to keep them cool, make sure to use pet sunscreen to
protect against sunburn.
u Check home base: Walk the perimeter of your
backyard to check the fence for areas that need to be
u Go on the offense with fleas and ticks: Fight pests
proactively to save time, money and hours of scratching.
Choose a product that is easy to apply like Adams pet
products. The Adams line of Spot On treatments, home
sprays and many other flea & tick control products also
kill flea eggs and larvae that may be hidden in bedding
and carpets. Killing flea eggs and larvae prevents them
from growing into biting, breeding adult fleas.
“My motto: Why wait for our pets to tell us when
they’re in trouble by panting or scratching when it is easy
and smarter to get ahead of the issues,” shared Diamond.
Smart Opportunity
for Summer Fun
The makers of Adams products have launched the
Smart Pets Contest, where you can upload a picture or
video of your smart pet’s story. The grand prize winner
will receive $15,000 or a smart car. For more informa-
tion about the contest, visit
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5B
World Travel on the Rise
According to the airline industry association A4A, air travel is expected to
rise to its highest level in six years this summer, with a record number of
people travelling internationally. However, if you count yourself among
those travelers — perhaps one of the estimated hundreds of thousands
of Americans headed to Brazil for the World Cup — are you prepared to
stay connected with friends and family back home and easily share your
adventures with them?
Many travelers hit the road expecting to use their smartphones abroad in
the same way they use them at home, relying on them for navigation, using
their favorite apps for travel tips and freely posting pictures to social media.
But many are unclear about international roaming costs and coverage.
“For those who do travel or call overseas, it’s hugely expensive or
requires all kinds of workarounds to avoid the huge fees,” said Ovum
analyst Jan Dawson. “So this is a real pain point for some customers,
at least.”
A recent Kelton survey confirmed a high level of exasperation that inter -
national travelers feel when journeying abroad. Here are some of the results:
n Nearly everyone surveyed (88 percent) reported being frustrated by the
expenses and challenges of staying connected while abroad.
n Among customers of the big three carriers, nearly 20 percent leave
their devices at home or never turn them on while travelling outside
the U.S.
n Another 40 percent turn off data roaming to avoid high costs, and 20
percent say they would turn off data roaming if they knew how.
Make Sure You’re Prepared
So, before you head off on your summer journey, T-Mobile wants to make sure
you’re armed with the best mobile tech tips for staying connected internation -
ally. These ideas can save you from unnecessary headaches and a ton of money
along the way.
n Check your coverage: Before you travel, make sure you know the network
specifications and international data rates for your carrier in the places
where you’re travelling. Be sure to make adjustments if necessary to avoid
costly surprises in your bill when you return.
n Find the best international plan: Look for carriers, such as T-Mobile for
example, that provide unlimited data and texting in 120-plus countries and
destinations worldwide with their Simple Choice plan, freeing you from
the worry of coming home to bill shock from outrageous roaming fees.
Because most carriers tack 90 percent margins into their global roaming
plans, many consumers see their costs total more than $1,000 a day when
they use their phones abroad the way they normally do at home. Last Fall,
T-Mobile launched international data roaming and texting at no extra
charge — plus slashed calls to a low flat rate of 20 cents a minute — in
more than 120 countries and destinations worldwide.
n Explore the extras: Prepaid international calling cards may also be avail -
able through your wireless provider. Also, special day or week passes can
get you access to high speed data or additional services.
n Don’t forget insurance: In case your device gets lost, stolen or damaged
along the way, be sure to secure an insurance plan to protect it.
Travel blogger Summer Hull of Boarding Area’s Mommy Points column notes
her own personal experience with trying to stay connected while abroad.
“I am honestly sick of having to jump through so many hoops and keep such
close tabs on usage internationally with other providers,” said Hull. “I’m also
sick of the big bills that come with having international add-ons. This T-Mobile
approach sounds so much, well, simpler.”
Vacation-worthy Devices and Accessories
Here is a list of the smartphones, tablets and accessories to take with you to
keep up with your summer travel needs:
n Samsung Galaxy S5: This water-resistant phone is perfect for all your
outdoor activities and includes a story album to journal your travels with
pictures and notes that can be published as actual books.
n HTC One M8: The highlights for this device include Boomsound for
listening to music outside, HTC Duo Camera for taking brilliant day or
night shots and Zoe for creating mini-movies in seconds.
n Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition: A lightweight and durable
tablet that allows you to take your games, music, movies and social
network virtually anywhere you go. For affordable data, the T-Mobile
Tablet Freedom program allows you to get more than a gig of free data
every month through 2014 and 200 MB of free data for life every month
after that.
n Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot PRO: This half-inch-thick device expands
your mobile freedom, allowing you to take the Internet with you on your
qualifying service. Plus, you can share your connection with up to 10 other
Internet devices.
n TYLT Zumo Portable Battery Pack: Did you finish up a long day of
sightseeing? Don’t get caught with a dead device. This portable pack
provides up to four hours of extra battery life.
With these tips in mind, summer travel can go back to being a carefree experi -
ence. For more information, visit
Worry-free Wireless
Travel Abroad
Following are a few simple tips from
T-Mobile to help keep your travels on
track and free of complications:
n Pack the essentials: This
includes portable chargers, an
international power converter
and MicroSD cards to give you
added storage space for photos
and more.
n Travel safe: Use features such
as Bluetooth for hands-free
driving while navigating the
twists and turns of unfamiliar
roads, or applications like T-
Mobile’s DriveSmart Plus,
which silences incoming noti -
fications, sending callers to
voicemail and auto-responds
to incoming text messages.
n Make packing light: Use a
multi-function smartphone that
allows you to access entertain -
ment with videos and games,
mobile music player, GPS
navigator, high quality digital
camera, and in some cases, even
a mobile hotspot.
Best Apps for Travel
Check out these leading apps to help
you navigate a successful journey:
n GateGuru (Android, iOS,
Windows Phone): Especially
helpful when traveling with
children, GateGuru can locate
kid-friendly restaurants, clean
public restrooms and more. View
your TripIt and Kayak itineraries,
as well as view or post airport
security wait times and see a
structured list of airport food,
shops and services.
n Viator (Android, iOS): Helps
you find and book countless
tours, day trips, shows and
activities for the best travel
experiences worldwide.
n Unit Conversion Free,
Currency (iOS, but others are
available for most platforms):
Converts temperature, distance,
weight, volume, speed and more,
including currency in real time.
Best Bets for Brazil
Are you heading to the World Cup? Here are some tips to make
your travel a little easier:
n The World Cup is spread over 12 host cities, so it’s probably
best to decide which games are must-watch and plot out an
itinerary around a convenient home base in one of the cities.
n With hotel rooms likely already booked or at a premium
price, consider alternate, more affordable forms of housing.
In addition to couchsurfing and Airbnb, Fodor’s recommends
AlexRioFlats, or family-run guesthouses or pousadas, which
are an authentic way to experience the different regions of
Brazil and can be booked via online travel sites like
n To get around Brazil — which is just slightly smaller than
the U.S. in area — it’s easiest to travel by bus or domestic
flights. If you choose to travel by bus, you can purchase tickets
in the bus stations, or online from or Domestic airlines include TAM and
GOL, as well as TRIP Azul Linhas Aereas, Brazil’s newest
airline, with service to about 100 domestic destinations.
n Can’t make it to the match? Then join fellow futbol fans and
be part of “El Gran Pase,” a website in which viewers submit a
video showcasing their best kick of the soccer ball. You could
be included in the longest pass in the world, alongside soccer
fanatics like Jorge “Soccer Machine” Perez and Shakira.
hether you’re seeking the view from the London Eye, the thrill of zip-lining in Belize or the taste of an icy cold
gelato in the streets of Rome — summer adventure is calling.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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Most people
I know like to
celebrate our na-
tion’s birthday
with fireworks,
and gardening
and fireworks have
something in com-
When the Chi-
nese invented fire-
works, they gave
the individual
shells the names
of the showy flow-
ers they resembled after ex-
ploding in the sky. One of the
most common fireworks is an
expanding circle of stars and
is called a peony. Others have
much larger expanding rings
of stars and are called dahlia.
When long trailing streaks are
added, the firework becomes a
As beautiful as fireworks are
in the sky, we still need color-
ful flowers in our summer gar-
dens and landscapes. Consider
growing a couple with names
reminiscent of Fourth of July
Fireworks gomphrena is a
two-time Mississippi Medallion
winner. This is a large plant
that can reach 4 feet tall. The
iridescent pink bracts feature
yellow stamens resembling tiny
firecrackers exploding.
Known botanically as Gom-
phrena globosa, Fireworks will
bloom from spring until frost.
These plants also have relatively
few pest problems and perform
well in the garden. All Around
Purple gomphrena was chosen
as a Mississippi Medallion win-
ner in 2008. This plant reaches
2 feet tall, and its purple flow-
ers attract loads of butterflies
all summer long.
Be sure to plant in the full
sun, as high light produces the
best flowering show. The other
requirement is a planting soil
that is well drained. Once es-
tablished, it is a good choice
for the periods of hot and dry
weather we are sure to have
every summer. If we get into
an extended dry period, apply
some supplemen-
tal irrigation.
Another plant
that reminds me
of the fireworks
season is Sparkler
cleome. The spi-
dery pistils and
stamens resem-
ble bright, long
streamers bursting
across the night
Sparkler cleome
is available in
white, pink and lavender. Spar-
kler Blush cleome was selected
as an All-America Selections
winner in 2002. These plants
also have a bushy growth habit
and will grow to about 36 inch-
es tall. Sparkler has the poten-
tial to reseed, but subsequent
generations will likely resemble
one of the breeding parents.
Cleome plants are great
choices for our Mississippi
summer gardens, as they are
strictly warm-weather flowers.
It’s not too late to plant them
if you find nice-looking trans-
plants in your local garden cen-
The planting site should
be in full sun at least part of
the day. Be sure the landscape
soil is well amended and has
good drainage. As with any
summer planting bed, don’t
forget to mulch after trans-
planting. Cleomes are tolerant
of droughty weather once the
root system gets established,
but they will need supplemen-
tal watering during extended
dry periods. Fertilize at plant-
ing and again about mid-sum-
mer using a slow-release fertil-
Cleomes make great com-
bination partners in the sunny
mixed landscape. Plant towards
the back and don’t crowd the
plants together. Once the
cleome start to grow out, the
flower heads can cause the
branches to arch, but resist the
urge to stake the taller varieties.
The gentlest breeze can cause
the arching branches to sway,
adding movement to land-
While you are oohing and
aahing this Fourth of July, look
for the sky flowers. Happy
birthday, America!
Gary Bachman is an assistant
Extension research professor of
horticulture at the Coastal Re-
search and Extension Center in
Biloxi. Locate Southern Garden-
ing columns and television and
radio programs on the Internet at
Flowers explode for July 4th displays
A two-time Mississippi Medallion winner, Fireworks gom-
phrena burst into color with pink bracts featuring yellow sta-
mens resembling tiny firecrackers exploding. (Photo by Gary
Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
The spidery pistils and stamens of the Sparkler cleome resemble long streamers bursting
across the night sky. They are available in this white variety as well as pink and lavender. (Photo
by Gary Bachman, MSU Extension Service)
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Braves sweep
pair from Phillies
College Tennis
Roberts chosen coach
of MSU men’s team
Mississippi State didn’t have to look very far when it came
down to hiring its next men’s tennis coach.
All the Bulldogs had to do was check the same side of the net.
Matt Roberts, an assistant to former head coach Per Nilsson
the last two years, has been promoted to the top job as announced
by MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin on Saturday. The move
is pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of
Higher Learning.
“We are very excited to announce Matt Roberts as our next
head men’s tennis coach,” Stricklin said in a school release. “He
has been an integral part of the success we have had recently and
having him lead our program will give us the opportunity to
continue the great culture and approach he and Per have worked
hard to establish.”
Roberts replaces Nilsson, who left earlier this month to take
the head women’s coaching position at Pepperdine.
After joining the Bulldogs in the summer of 2012, Roberts
saw them advance to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2013 with a
record of 18-10. It was the first time MSU had advanced to that
point since 2001.
The Bulldogs made their 23rd overall appearance in the
NCAA Championship last season under the watch of Nilsson
and Roberts. MSU had 19 victories, which was tied for seventh
all-time at the school.
“It’s great to be able to continue our success, our philosophy
and our culture here,” Roberts said Saturday afternoon. “Per did
such a good job establishing an identity and reputation and I’m
very excited to keep that moving forward. I’m ready to hire an
assistant coach and go from there.”
Among the other coaching stops for Roberts were three
seasons as an assistant at Michigan State and one season as a
volunteer assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock (2008).
Roberts was a very successful player in the Southeastern
Conference at Arkansas. He was a three-time captain and four-
year letterwinner for the Razorbacks from 2003-06. He compiled
a career record of 84-50 in singles play as Arkansas landed in the
top 25 rankings each of his four seasons.
As a junior and senior in Fayetteville, Ark., Roberts was at his
best with his 54-19 mark and two All-SEC honors.
“Matt has ties to the SEC as a player and coach, and a great
vision for keeping our tradition-rich program in position to
consistently compete for championships on the conference and
national levels,” Stricklin said.
Roberts, a native of Little Rock, Ark., was one of the top-
ranked juniors in the country. From 2000-02, he was ranked as
the No. 1 Southern junior and climbed to as high as No. 7 in the
national junior rankings.
Mississippi State announced Matt Roberts as the new men’s
tennis coach on Saturday. (Photo submitted by MSU athletic
media relations)
Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware (20) and Craig Sword (32) try to keep up with Florida’s Casey Prather last season. (AP
file photo)
Bulldogs look to utilize
time in summer wisely
Basketball season doesn’t start until late October,
or early November, but college teams are taking
advantage of the summer.
According to NCAA rules, coaches can only work
with their players for 16 hours during an eight week
period in the summer.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray likes having
workouts during the summer, but two hours a week
doesn’t leave much time for interaction between his
players and his coaching staff.
“The strength and conditioning part is going very
well,” Ray said. “It’s great that we get to work with
our guys during the summer time, but at the end of the
day you get eight weeks. We get two hours a week, so
we’re talking about 16 hours that we get a chance to
work with our guys, which is really two full work days
if you look at it that way.”
Ray doesn’t want to throw too much at his players
in such a little time this summer. There are several
things the Bulldogs need to improve on, but Ray wants
to focus on the more important things this summer.
“First and foremost, we want to become a better
one-on-one defending team,” Ray said. “I thought we
had to help way too much, so we were always helping
and it created long closeouts.
“The second thing is we want to become better one-
on-one basketball players. We had a lot of opportunities
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Vanderbilt’s unexpected run in baseball caps another banner SEC year
he Southeastern
Conference has once
again proven its
dominance in sports with
the way it concluded the
2013-14 athletic year.
With the Vanderbilt
Commodores winning the
national championship in
baseball, it was another
feather in the cap of the
SEC. The league didn’t
need much more to validate
itself, but the Commodores
sure helped in that cause.
Vanderbilt and national
champions are not words
that were expected by
many to be used in the
same sentence, especially
in baseball, but the
Commodores were sure
able to get the job done and
deserve to feel good about
what they accomplished.
It was my thought
through the years that
Vanderbilt had a better
opportunity to win a
national title in the sport
of basketball because coach
Kevin Stallings has had
some pretty talented teams
in Nashville, Tenn., with
the ability to shoot the
basketball well.
Even though the
Commodores were able to
make a little bit of noise in
the NCAA Tournament in
hoops, they were never able
to reach the status where
baseball is now.
Coach Tim Corbin
has done an excellent job
of keeping the players
focused in baseball. The
Commodores had made
the College World Series,
before, but seemed just
happy to be there. They
returned to Omaha, Neb.,
this season with a purpose
in mind.
After finishing sixth in
the SEC during the regular
season and being eliminated
on the Thursday of the SEC
Tournament, Vanderbilt
entered the NCAA
Tournament as a No. 1 seed
in its regional, but not a top
national seed.
The Commodores
emerged from a field that
included Xavier, Clemson
and Oregon, then knocked
off Stanford in the super
College Athletics
See SMITH | Page 8C
East Webster girls
sharpen up game
Traditionally basketball has not been a summer sport.
That ideal is rapidly changing as more and more teams
use the offseason as a testing ground before the upcoming
regular season.
East Webster’s Stan Hughey is a part of that movement as
the coach has been keeping his team busy with competition
all throughout the month of June.
“If you look around the state, all the places that have good
programs are generally playing a good bit in the summer,”
Hughey said. “It keeps you in basketball shape. It keeps the
game on your mind and shows you the things you need to
work on. Now we can go in
the gym and work on some
of those things.”
Hughey and the Lady
Wolverines have not just
been playing run of the
mill teams during their
offseason. This past week
the team traveled to
Mississippi State University
where it took on a pair of
teams from Alabama before
playing Belmont who has
historically been one of
the strongest programs in
After returning from
Starkville, East Webster
did not rest. Instead the
team packed up and headed
to Columbus to take on the Lady Falcons as well as Noxubee
“It is always good to play strong teams,” Hughey said.
“You can see how to adjust and it always good to look at
somebody else instead of going against your own teammates
every day. Playing in the summer gives us an indication of
what we can do and what we need to work on right now.”
For now, the Lady Wolverines have ceased traveling and
are at home in Webster County where the team plans to
spend the remainder of the summer adjusting the things they
saw during June while also perfecting the basic fundamentals
of the game.
Stan Hughey
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Page 2C • Sunday, June 29, 2014
Darvish Cuban
The number of games Texas Rang-
ers pitcher Yu Darvish has with at
least 10 strikeouts since 2012, which
leads Major League Baseball.
“We’re going to swing for the
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
said about what his plan was on aggres-
sively pursuing superstars in free agency.
Youth Baseball
All-Star Tournament
CP 7 State Tournament – Starkville July 4-6
CP 7 World Series – Southaven July 18
CP8 State Tournament – West Point July
CP8 World Series – Southaven July 23
9 State Tournament – Grenada July 4-6
9 World Series – Southaven July 18
10 State Tournament – Eupora July 11-13
10 World Series – Southaven July 25
11 State Tournament – Winston County
July 4-6
11 World Series – Southaven July 18
12 State Tournament – Starkville July 11-13
12 World Series – Southaven July 25
(10-year-old and 12-year-old 1st place
advances to World Series)
(Any team participating in other state
tournaments are eligible to compete in
World Series)
SBA All-Star rosters
(Names listed alphabetically)
Coach Pitch 7-year-olds
Xan Arnett
Henry Fyke
Nicholas Hallberg
Patton Huxford
Luke Johnson
Conner Lewis
Tanner Mckee
Luke McKenzie
Cameron Sherman
Major Smith
Thomas Stallworth
Kade Waltmon
Will Whatley
Coach Pitch 8-year-olds
Coach: Brent Deweese
Briggs Bennett
Torin Brooks
John Steven Card
Kenneth Cheeks
Cohen Deweese
Cameron Ellis
Kardarius Isaac
Jake Lockhart
Seth Lockhart
Camp Overstreet
Larkin Perry
Trey Petty
Connor Rogers
Parker Simpson
Elijah Stovall
Carson Tidwell
Quinton Wiley
Coach: Ryan Taylor
Ashton Bogard
Caston Clanton
Eli Dale
Caden Edison
T.J. Edmonds
Cy Halberg
Zack Harris
Rett Keenum
Justin Ming
Ethan Pulliam
Logan Taylor
Newt Thomas
Drew Williams
Brennon Wright
Coach: T.J. Kent
Brody Bennett
Bo Carter
Charlie Cox
Hayes Davis
Cole Gonzales
Chipper Hornburger
Koby Livingston
Will Lockhart
Will McReynolds
Harris McReynolds
Jamario Moss
Xavier Sherman
Porter Skelton
Coach: Ronnie Betts
Carson Betts
Will Davis
Jack Hevesy
Sam Lyle
Lawson McReynolds
Matt Miller
Quaylen Nance
Camron Petty
Stacy Robinson
Ahmir Taylor
Dash Turman
Marquez Williams
Coach: Leonardo Thompson
Judah Buckner
Braden Carlisle
Thomas Gable
Jase Grantham
Tanner Graves
Izak Hanson
Jaden James
Gregory Knox
Garrett Lewis
Elijah Parrish
Jontavious Spearmon
Orien Thompson
Major League Baseball
National League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Atlanta 43 38 .531 —
Washington 43 38 .531 —
Miami 39 42 .481 4
New York 37 44 .457 6
Philadelphia 36 45 .444 7
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 51 32 .614 —
St. Louis 44 38 .537 6½
Cincinnati 41 38 .519 8
Pittsburgh 41 40 .506 9
Chicago 34 46 .425 15½
West Division
W L Pct GB
San Francisco 46 34 .575 —
Los Angeles 46 37 .554 1½
Colorado 35 46 .432 11½
San Diego 34 46 .425 12
Arizona 34 48 .415 13
Saturday’s Games
Washington 3, Chicago Cubs 0, 1st game
Atlanta 10, Philadelphia 3, 1st game
N.Y. Mets 5, Pittsburgh 3
Milwaukee 7, Colorado 4
Oakland 7, Miami 6, 14 innings
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 1, 2nd game
L.A. Dodgers 9, St. Louis 1
Washington 7, Chicago Cubs 2, 2nd game
Cincinnati at San Francisco, 10:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Diego,late
Today’s Games
Oakland (Milone 5-3) at Miami (Heaney
0-2), 1:10 p.m.
Atlanta (Harang 6-6) at Philadelphia
(D.Buchanan 4-3), 1:35 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Colon 8-5) at Pittsburgh (Volquez
5-6), 1:35 p.m.
Colorado (J.De La Rosa 7-6) at Milwaukee
(Gallardo 5-4), 2:10 p.m.
Cincinnati (Bailey 7-4) at San Francisco
(Hudson 7-4), 4:05 p.m.
Arizona (Bolsinger 1-3) at San Diego
(Despaigne 1-0), 4:10 p.m.
St. Louis (S.Miller 7-6) at L.A. Dodgers
(Kershaw 8-2), 4:10 p.m.
American League
At A Glance
All Times EDT
East Division
W L Pct GB
Toronto 45 38 .542 —
Baltimore 42 38 .525 1½
New York 41 38 .519 2
Boston 37 44 .457 7
Tampa Bay 34 49 .410 11
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Detroit 44 33 .571 —
Kansas City 41 39 .513 4½
Cleveland 38 41 .481 7
Chicago 38 44 .463 8½
Minnesota 36 43 .456 9
West Division
W L Pct GB
Oakland 50 30 .625 —
Los Angeles 45 34 .570 4½
Seattle 43 37 .538 7
Texas 37 43 .463 13
Houston 35 47 .427 16
Saturday’s Games
Chicago White Sox 4, Toronto 3
L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 2
Texas 5, Minnesota 0
Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4
Detroit 4, Houston 3
Oakland 7, Miami 6, 14 innings
Boston 2, N.Y. Yankees 1
Cleveland at Seattle, late
Today’s Games
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 4-7) at
Toronto (Buehrle 10-4), 1:07 p.m.
Oakland (Milone 5-3) at Miami (Heaney
0-2), 1:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Cobb 2-6) at Baltimore (Mi.
Gonzalez 4-5), 1:35 p.m.
Detroit (Smyly 4-6) at Houston (Feldman
3-5), 2:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 8-6) at Kansas City
(Guthrie 5-6), 2:10 p.m.
Minnesota (Gibson 6-6) at Texas (Lewis
5-5), 3:05 p.m.
Cleveland (House 0-1) at Seattle
(F.Hernandez 9-2), 4:10 p.m.
Boston (Lackey 8-5) at N.Y. Yankees
(Whitley 3-1), 8:05 p.m.
League Leaders
National League
BATTING – Tulowitzki, Colorado, .348;
Lucroy, Milwaukee, .336; MaAdams,
St. Louis, .325; Stanton, Miami, .316;
AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, .314; Puig, Los
Angeles, .311; Gennett, Milwaukee, .311.
RUNS – Tulowitzki, Colorado, 61;
Goldschmidt, Arizona, 58; Pence, San
Francisco, 57; Stanton, Miami, 57;
FFreeman, Atlanta, 55; MCarpenter, St.
Louis, 53; Rizzo, Chicago, 53.
RBI – Stanton, Miami, 60; Morneau,
Colorado, 57; Goldschmidt, Arizona, 53;
Howard, Philadelphia, 51; AdGonzalez,
Los Angeles, 49; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh,
48; McGehee, Miami, 48.
HITS – Lucroy, Milwaukee, 99; DanMurphy,
New York, 98; Stanton, Miami, 97;
McGehee, Miami, 96; AMcCutchen,
Pittsburgh, 95; CGomez, Milwaukee, 94;
Pence, San Francisco, 94.
DOUBLES – Goldschmidt, Arizona, 28;
Lucroy, Milwaukee, 27; Span, Washington,
25; SCastro, Chicago, 24; AMcCutchen,
Pittsburgh, 24; Utley, Philadelphia, 24;
FFreeman, Atlanta, 23.
TRIPLES – DGordon, Los Angeles, 9;
BCrawford, San Francisco, 8; Owings,
Arizona, 5; Rendon, Washington, 5;
Revere, Philadelphia, 5; Span, Washington,
5; Yelich, Miami, 5.
HOME RUNS – Stanton, Miami, 21;
Tulowitzki, Colorado, 18; Frazier,
Cincinnati, 17; Rizzo, Chicago, 17;
Gattis, Atlanta, 16; JUpton, Atlanta, 16;
Goldschmidt, Arizona, 15.
STOLEN BASES – DGordon, Los Angeles,
40; BHamilton, Cincinnati, 33; Revere,
Philadelphia, 23; EYoung, New York,
21; SMarte, Pittsburgh, 18; Blackmon,
Colorado, 15; Segura, Milwaukee, 14.
PITCHING – Simon, Cincinnati, 10-3;
Greinke, Los Angeles, 10-4; Wainwright,
St. Louis, 10-4; Lohse, Milwaukee, 9-2;
Ryu, Los Angeles, 9-4; Bumgarner, San
Francisco, 9-5; WPeralta, Milwaukee, 9-5.
ERA – Cueto, Cincinnati, 1.88; Wainwright,
St. Louis, 2.01; Beckett, Los Angeles, 2.11;
HAlvarez, Miami, 2.32; Teheran, Atlanta,
2.34; Hudson, San Francisco, 2.62;
Greinke, Los Angeles, 2.78.
STRIKEOUTS – Strasburg, Washington,
123; Cueto, Cincinnati, 122; Bumgarner,
San Francisco, 114; Kennedy, San
Diego, 111; Greinke, Los Angeles, 111;
Wainwright, St. Louis, 105; Samardzija,
Chicago, 103; Teheran, Atlanta, 103.
SAVES – FrRodriguez, Milwaukee, 27;
Rosenthal, St. Louis, 24; Jansen, Los
Angeles, 24; Kimbrel, Atlanta, 23; Romo,
San Francisco, 22; Street, San Diego, 20;
RSoriano, Washington, 19.
American League
BATTING – Altuve, Houston, .343; Beltre,
Texas, .333; VMartinez, Detroit, .323;
Brantley, Cleveland, .322; Cano, Seattle,
.320; MiCabrera, Detroit, .315; Trout, Los
Angeles, .312.
RUNS – Dozier, Minnesota, 60; Donaldson,
Oakland, 55; Encarnacion, Toronto, 55;
Kinsler, Detroit, 55; Bautista, Toronto,
54; Brantley, Cleveland, 53; Trout, Los
Angeles, 53.
RBI – NCruz, Baltimore, 66; Encarnacion,
Toronto, 65; MiCabrera, Detroit, 64;
JAbreu, Chicago, 63; Donaldson,
Oakland, 60; Moss, Oakland, 59; Trout,
Los Angeles, 59.
HITS – Altuve, Houston, 113; MeCabrera,
Toronto, 103; AJones, Baltimore, 100;
Kinsler, Detroit, 100; Markakis, Baltimore,
99; VMartinez, Detroit, 95; MiCabrera,
Detroit, 94; Cano, Seattle, 94.
DOUBLES – MiCabrera, Detroit, 28;
Kinsler, Detroit, 25; Altuve, Houston, 24;
Pedroia, Boston, 23; EEscobar, Minnesota,
22; AGordon, Kansas City, 22; Plouffe,
Minnesota, 22.
TRIPLES – Rios, Texas, 8; Bourn, Cleveland,
7; Eaton, Chicago, 6; Trout, Los Angeles, 5;
Gardner, New York, 4; Reddick, Oakland,
4; 15 tied at 3.
HOME RUNS – JAbreu, Chicago, 25;
NCruz, Baltimore, 25; Encarnacion,
Toronto, 25; VMartinez, Detroit, 20;
Donaldson, Oakland, 18; Moss, Oakland,
18; Ortiz, Boston, 18; Trout, Los Angeles,
STOLEN BASES – Altuve, Houston, 34;
RDavis, Detroit, 21; Ellsbury, New York, 21;
AEscobar, Kansas City, 20; Andrus, Texas,
18; LMartin, Texas, 17; Reyes, Toronto, 16.
PITCHING – Tanaka, New York, 11-3;
Buehrle, Toronto, 10-4; Porcello, Detroit,
10-4; FHernandez, Seattle, 9-2; Kazmir,
Oakland, 9-3; Scherzer, Detroit, 9-3; Lester,
Boston, 9-7.
ERA – Tanaka, New York, 2.10;
FHernandez, Seattle, 2.24; Darvish, Texas,
2.42; Buehrle, Toronto, 2.52; Kazmir,
Oakland, 2.66; Richards, Los Angeles,
2.76; Keuchel, Houston, 2.78.
STRIKEOUTS – Price, Tampa Bay, 144;
Scherzer, Detroit, 132; FHernandez,
Seattle, 128; Darvish, Texas, 128; Tanaka,
New York, 127; Kluber, Cleveland, 122;
Lester, Boston, 115.
SAVES – Holland, Kansas City, 23; Rodney,
Seattle, 22; Perkins, Minnesota, 19;
DavRobertson, New York, 18; Nathan,
Detroit, 17; Uehara, Boston, 17; Soria,
Texas, 15.
World Cup Glance
All Times EDT
Saturday, June 28
Game 49
At Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brazil 1, Chile 1, Brazil advanced 3-2 on
penalty kicks
Game 50
At Rio de Janeiro
Colombia 2, Uruguay 0
Sunday, June 29
Game 51
At Fortaleza, Brazil
Netherlands vs. Mexico, Noon
Game 52
At Recife, Brazil
Costa Rica vs. Greece, 4 p.m.
Monday, June 30
Game 53
At Brasilia, Brazil
France vs. Nigeria, Noon
Game 54
At Porto Alegre, Brazil
Germany vs. Algeria, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1
Game 55
At Sao Paulo
Argentina vs. Switzerland, Noon
Game 56
At Salvador, Brazil
Belgium vs. United States, 4 p.m.
Friday, July 4
Game 57
At Fortaleza, Brazil
Brazil vs. Colombia, 4 p.m.
Game 58
At Rio de Janeiro
France-Nigeria winner vs. Germany-
Algeria winner, Noon
Saturday, July 5
Game 59
At Salvador, Brazil
Netherlands-Mexico winner vs. Costa Rica-
Greece winner, 4 p.m.
Game 60
At Brasilia, Brazil
Argentina-Switzerland winner vs. Belgium-
United States winner, Noon
Tuesday, July 8
At Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Game 57 winner vs. Game 58 winner, 4
Wednesday, July 9
At Sao Paulo
Game 59 winner vs. Game 60 winner, 4
Saturday, July 12
At Brasilia, Brazil
Semifinal losers, 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 13
At Rio de Janeiro
Semifinal winners, 3 p.m.
Wimbledon Results
At The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet
Purse: $42.5 million (Grand Slam)
Surface: Grass-Outdoor
Third Round
Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. Mikhail
Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1,
Roger Federer (4), Switzerland, def.
Santiago Giraldo, Colombia, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
Milos Raonic (8), Canada, def. Lukasz
Kubot, Poland, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Nick Kyrgios, Australia, def. Jiri Vesely,
Czech Republic, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.
Tommy Robredo (23), Spain, def. Jerzy
Janowicz (15), Poland, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5),
4-6, 6-3.
Simone Bolelli, Italy, vs. Kei Nishikori (10),
Japan, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 3-3, susp.,
Third Round
Maria Sharapova (5), Russia, def. Alison
Riske, United States, 6-3, 6-0.
Simona Halep (3), Romania, def. Belinda
Bencic, Switzerland, 6-4, 6-1.
Eugenie Bouchard (13), Canada, def.
Andrea Petkovic (20), Germany, 6-3, 6-4.
Alize Cornet (25), France, def. Serena
Williams (1), United States, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Zarina Diyas, Kazakhstan, def. Vera
Zvonareva, Russia, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3.
Angelique Kerber (9), Germany, def.
Kirsten Flipkens (24), Belgium, 3-6, 6-3,
Sabine Lisicki (19), Germany, leads Ana
Ivanovic (11), Serbia, 6-4, 1-1, susp.,
Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, leads
Madison Keys, United States, 7-6 (7), 6-6,
susp., darkness.
No area games scheduled
David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox play at the New
York Yankees tonight on ESPN. (Photo by Julie Jacobson,
3 p.m.
NBC — U.S. Outdoor Championships,
at Sacramento, Calif.
10 a.m.
FS1 — United SportsCar Champion-
ship, Six Hours of The Glen, at Watkins
Glen, N.Y.
2 p.m.
ESPN2 — NHRA, Route 66 Nationals,
at Joliet, Ill.
NBCSN — IndyCar, Grand Prix of
Houston, race 2
TGC — PGA Tour, Quicken Loans Na-
tional, final round, at Bethesda, Md.
2 p.m.
CBS — PGA Tour, Quicken Loans Na-
tional, final round, at Bethesda, Md.
TGC — Champions Tour, SENIOR
PLAYERS Championship, final round,
at Pittsburgh
4 p.m.
TGC — LPGA, NW Arkansas Champi-
onship, final round, at Rogers, Ark.
WGN — Chicago White Sox at To-
3 p.m.
MLB — Regional coverage, St. Louis
at L.A. Dodgers or Cincinnati at San
7 p.m.
ESPN — Boston at N.Y. Yankees
10:30 a.m.
ESPN — FIFA, World Cup, round of
16, Netherlands vs. Mexico, at For-
taleza, Brazil
2:30 p.m.
ESPN — FIFA, World Cup, round of
16, Costa Rica vs. Greece, at Recife,
For Starkville Daily News
There are 17 home matches, eight nationally televised
contests, two tournaments in Starkville and 11 contests
against 2013 NCAA Tournament participants that highlight
Mississippi State’s 2014 volleyball schedule, announced
Saturday afternoon by head coach Jenny Hazelwood.
The Bulldogs will play 18 matches in the perennially
tough Southeastern Conference, which had eight programs
advance to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, in addition
to 15 non-conference matches. Mississippi State begins the
season with two road non-league tournaments before hosting
two in Starkville prior to the SEC campaign beginning.
“The non-conference portion of our schedule has a great
variety of opponents and will be exactly what we need in
preparation for conference play,” Hazelwood said. “Hosting
two home tournaments is also wonderful because we always
get such great support from our amazing fans.”
Mississippi State opens the 2014 regular season August
29-30 at Sam Houston State for a four-match tournament.
At that event, the Bulldogs will face Cal State Bakersfield,
host Sam Houston State, Texas-Pan American and Louisiana-
Following the opening-weekend slate, the Bulldogs
head to Bloomington, Ind., on Sept. 5-6 for a three-game
tournament against Southeast Missouri State, Miami (Ohio)
and host Indiana.
Mississippi State kicks off the home portion of the
schedule with the Maroon Classic from Sept 11-13. The
Bulldogs play South Alabama, Memphis, Nicholls State and
Northwestern State.
For the final non-conference tuneup Sept. 18-20, MSU
will host the Bulldog Invitational. Mississippi State will
welcome North Dakota, Mississippi Valley State, SIU-
Edwardsville and Pacific to Starkville for the three-day event.
The Bulldogs open the SEC portion of the slate on Sept.
26 at Missouri and finish the opening weekend of league play
on Sept. 28 at Arkansas.
The following weekend, Oct. 3-5, MSU welcomes South
Carolina and Florida to the Newell-Grissom Building on
Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Mississippi State returns to road action Oct. 8 at LSU and
travels to Oxford to face rival Ole Miss on Oct. 12.
State hosts Tennessee on Oct. 17 and Missouri on Oct. 19
before hitting the road for another two-match weekend. The
Bulldogs travel to South Carolina on Oct. 24 and Florida on
Oct. 26. MSU ends the month at home versus Auburn on
Oct. 31.
To open the final month of the regular season, Mississippi
State welcomes Ole Miss to Starkville on Nov. 5 before
heading to Alabama on Nov. 12. The Bulldogs’ final three
home matches will be Nov. 16 versus LSU, Nov. 23 against
Kentucky and Nov. 26 versus Texas A&M. Sandwiched
between the two home weekends is a Nov. 21 trip to Georgia.
Mississippi State ends the regular season Nov. 29 at
The 2014 campaign will also mark the debut of the SEC
Network. The Bulldogs will have five games broadcast on
the network: Oct. 5 against Florida, Oct. 19 versus Missouri,
Oct. 31 against Auburn, Nov. 21 at Georgia and Nov. 23
versus Kentucky.
“The SEC Network is providing unprecedented
opportunities to showcase Mississippi State volleyball,”
Hazelwood said. “We are so excited to be able to reach
family, friends and volleyball fans throughout the season.”
In addition to the SEC Network, part of the ESPN family
of networks, MSU will appear three times on ESPNU at
LSU (Oct. 8), against Ole Miss (Nov. 5) and at Alabama
(Nov. 12).
College Volleyball
Bulldogs announce
the 2014 schedule
SHS set to sell football tickets
Football season tickets for Starkville High School
games will go on sale starting on July 7.
The tickets will be available at the SHS athletic
department located inside the Greensboro Center.
The Yellowjackets begin the season at home against
Noxubee County on Aug. 22.
Reed builds lead at Congressional
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Patrick Reed held it
together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot
lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in
an ideal position.
He has never lost a PGA Tour event when he had at
least a share of the 54-hole lead.
Reed made three bogeys in a seven-hole stretch
in the middle of his round and salvaged an even-par
71, giving him a two-shot lead over Seung-yul Noh,
Freddie Jacobson and Marc Leishman going into the
final round.
He was at 6-under 207.
Reed will try to become the only player with four
PGA Tour victories in the last year, and history is on
his side. He won the Wyndham Championship when
tied for the lead going into Sunday, and he converted
a seven-shot lead at the Humana Challenge and a two-
shot lead at Doral into victories.
Reed matched the highest score to par for a 54-hole
leader in a tour event at Congressional. The other time
was in 1983 at the old Kemper Open.
Noh finished off his 5-under 66 — the best score
of the third round — about the time the leaders went
off. He was at 4-under 209, which looked better by the
Jacobson made four birdies in his opening eight
holes to reach 8 under, only to take double bogey on
the 11th hole and a sloppy bogey on the par-5 16th
hole. He wound up with a 71. Leishman was still only
one shot behind until he failed to get up-and-down for
par on the 17th and fell to a 73.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 3C
SSA teams perform well at State Games
For Starkville Daily News
The Starkville Soccer Association saw a under-10 boys team bring
home gold, while a under-8 boys team captured bronze medals at
the State Games of Mississippi held in Meridian last weekend.
Playing in the tournament, over 70 players from 7 SSA Division
II teams participated in the event which involves year-around all-
stars from a number of different sports.
Under-10 Clark Beverage Bulldogs won the Under-10 boys
division by dominating their bracket with convincing wins over the
Bullets 6-0, Schwartz/DeCamp 5-0, and the ECSC Chaos 8-0. They
advanced to the championship game after edging FFC Alliance 1-0
in the semifinal game. Due to inclement weather, the championship
game came down to a penalty kick shoot-out with the Biloxi Soccer
All-Stars which the Starkville Bulldogs won 1-0.
Meanwhile, the SSA Under-8 Oktibbeha County Hospital boys
brought home bronze medals after their efforts in Meridian.
In addition to the gold and bronze medalists, the under-12
boys William Wells Tire and Auto Bulldogs fell in a penalty kick
shootout for the bronze medal after going undefeated in bracket
play Saturday, and Sunday morning. The Under-9 boys Bulldogs
missed playing in the semifinals by 2 points despite playing in the
Under-10 division.
State Games of Mississippi marks the end of the 2013-2014
seasonal year for SSA, which also saw state champions crowned in
the recreational division when the U12 boys Callaway Orthodontics
brought home gold medals after the Kohl’s Cup in May.
Registrar Tina Green announced earlier this month that
registration for the 2014-15 season has been opened and is now
underway. She indicated that the deadline to register is August
1, and that information about how to register is available at the
Starkville Sportsplex Administration Building help desk, and online
The members of the Under-8 Starkville team are John Robert Walker, from left, Jackson
Ham, Joe Barrett, Ian Pickle, Larkin Perry Jackson Easton, Joseph Schauwecker, Neehil Patel,
Ben Buehler, and coach Mike Buehler. (Submitted photo)
The members of the Under-10 Bulldogs are Christian Dunne, front from left, Andrew Pollan,
Carter McIIwain, Henry Zimmerman, Ashton Staton, Dylan Miller, Jackson Powney, Isaac
Lepard, Grant Smith; and Charlie Cox, back from left, coach Tyler Edwards, Griffin Davis, and
coach Simon Powney. (Submitted photo)
Players and parents from several Starkville teams celebrate participation at the State Games of Mississippi last weekend in
Meridian, which resulted in one team winning first and another third place while representing Division II Challenge for Starkville
Soccer Association. (Submitted photo)
Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 to advance
Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO — With a spectacular swivel-
and-strike, James Rodriguez provided one of the
highlights of the World Cup and gave Brazil reason
to worry.
Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the
tournament and added a second to put Colombia into
the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a
2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday — setting up a
meeting with the host nation.
Rodriguez added to his growing list memorable
moments in Brazil when he gave his team the lead
with a long-range volley as he turned in the 28th
minute. He scored the second from close range
shortly after the break as Colombia dominated an
Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis
“I think now the toughest is coming up,”
Rodriguez said of the quarterfinal match against
Brazil. “I’m happy because we are making history
and as a young man I dreamed of being here. And of
course we want to do even more.”
Rodriguez now has a tournament-leading five
goals in Brazil and further enhanced his status as
perhaps the World Cup’s biggest revelation. In the
absence of injured star Radamel Falcao, the Monaco
winger has become the focal point of a Colombia
team that won all three of its group games with
impressive attacking play.
Uruguay, meanwhile, simply couldn’t find anyone
to fill the absence of Suarez. The team struggled
badly in attack and replacement striker Diego Forlan
was substituted in the 53rd after a disappointing
performance in what was likely his final World Cup
Colombia is playing its first World Cup since
1998 and has already achieved its best-ever result.
“Congratulations to all the Colombian people,”
said coach Jose Pekerman, who is from Argentina.
“The people in Colombia deserve this.”
Colombia will play Brazil in the quarterfinals on
July 4 in Fortaleza after the host nation beat Chile in
a penalty shootout earlier Saturday.
But Rodriguez showed once again that the
Brazilians have every reason to be wary of Colombia.
The opener was his most spectacular goal yet.
He chested the ball down with his back to goal well
outside the area and in one fluid motion turned
around and fired a left-foot volley that went off the
underside of the crossbar and into the net.
It was a goal that came seemingly out of nowhere
and provided another example of the technique
and creativity that has made Rodriguez one of the
standout players of the tournament.
Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira tried to clear the
ball with a diving header, but it went straight to Abel
Aguilar, who headed it forward toward Rodriguez.
His maneuver only took a split second and left
goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flailing helplessly as the
ball looped over him and into the net. Rodriguez ran
over the corner flag and thrust both hands out to his
sides in a “how about that” gesture.
“I think he is the best player of the tournament so
far,” Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said.
Rodriguez’s second was a perfectly executed team
move as Colombia worked the ball over from the
right flank to the left, where Pablo Armero sent in a
cross that was met by Juan Cuadrado at the far post.
Cuadrado headed back across goal toward Rodriguez,
who slotted in from just a few yards (meters) out.
This time, the entire team ran over the corner flag
for a celebratory dance.
Tabarez tried to respond with a double
substitution, taking off Forlan and Alvaro Pereira for
Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. That livened
up the attack, with goalkeeper David Ospina having
to make good saves from Cristhian Rodriguez and
Maxi Pereira before diving to push away a shot from
Edinson Cavani in the 84th.
But in the end Uruguay simply couldn’t cope
without Suarez, who was banned for four months
for biting an opponent in the group-stage victory
against Italy that sent the team through to the next
round. Suarez also missed Uruguay’s first game of the
tournament, a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, before scoring
both goals in a 2-1 win over England.
“We all knew what happened, but we had to forget
about it and think positive,” Tabarez said. “Suarez is
a great player, and I don’t need to say it. He is very
important. But we knew he wasn’t going to play.”
Brazil’s Neymar celebrates after scoring during a penalty
shootout following regulation time during the World Cup
round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the
Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo
Mazalan, AP)
Brazil gets World Cup win
Associated Press
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Tight
and tense as it was, it was enough to keep
Brazil’s national obsession of winning the
World Cup on home soil from taking a
desperately disappointing turn.
And it wasn’t Neymar, the country’s poster
boy for this year’s World Cup, that played
the key role this time. It was goalkeeper Julio
Cesar, the country’s scapegoat from the last
World Cup, who made several crucial saves
and even got some help from the woodwork
in a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Chile.
With the score level at 1-1 on Saturday,
Brazil was inches away from an early exit when
Chile forward Mauricio Pinilla hit the crossbar
in the final moments of extra time.
Then, on the final kick of the match and
after a pair of saves from Cesar in the shootout,
Gonzalo Jara hit the post.
“I believe the Brazilian people just needed
this,” said Cesar, who made a mistake
four years ago in South Africa that led to a
quarterfinal loss. “The players, everybody else,
we needed this.”
The fans still have to wait to celebrate the
title, however. There are three more matches
to win before the home team can lay claim to
a sixth World Cup title.
“Let’s see if we can make fewer mistakes in
the next matches,” Brazil coach Felipe Scolari
said. “Perhaps next time we won’t be as lucky.”
To be fair, it wasn’t just luck that saw
Brazil through to the quarterfinals at Mineirao
Stadium, which was a sea of Brazilian yellow
with islands of Chilean red.
Neymar, David Luiz and Marcelo scored in
the shootout, and Cesar saved penalties from
Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez before watching
Jara’s final attempt hit the post.
The game over, some Brazilian players
fell to the ground, exhausted and emotionally
drained. Willian, who missed a penalty for
Brazil, sobbed uncontrollably, as Fred helped
him to his feet.
The Chileans stood still, staring into the
ground, wiping the sweat off their faces.
“Do you think I can be satisfied with the
result?” Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said.
“We’ve played a hard 120 minutes even if
everybody was against us in the stadium.”
Brazil, which extended its 39-year unbeaten
streak in home competitive matches to 61, will
next face either Colombia or Uruguay in the
Brazil dominated the first half against Chile
and took the lead when Luiz scored following
a corner kick. After Sanchez equalized for
Chile, Brazil had several chances to regain the
Neymar’s header deflected wide, Fred lifted
the ball over the bar from close range and Dani
Alves forced a backpedaling Claudio Bravo to
make a one-hand save.
But after referee Howard Webb disallowed
Hulk’s second-half goal, ruling he had used
his arm to control a long pass, Brazil lost
the initiative to a Chile team that can leave
the World Cup with pride after eliminating
defending champion Spain in the group stage.
Page 4C • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, June 29, 2014
National League
Braves crush Phillies
in first game of DH
From Wire Reports
PHILADELPHIA — The Braves took advantage of a little help
from their opposition.
Justin Upton had two hits and three RBIs, and the Atlanta
Braves were helped by two straight Ryan Howard errors in a 10-3
victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a day-night
doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Tommy La Stella hit a three-run triple and Chris Johnson drove
in two runs for the Braves, who have won four of five.
Atlanta trailed 2-0 before tying it in the fourth on two unearned
“You make an error and give teams extra opportunities, and
sometimes they’ll make you pay for it,” Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez said. “We only got two runs out of those errors, but it got
us back in the game. You have to take advantage of those. If you
give opportunities to good baseball teams, they’re going to get you.”
Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Revere had a pair of hits for the
slumping Phillies, who have lost six of eight. Philadelphia scored
three runs or less for the 40th time, dropping to 7-33 in those
contests. The Phillies also fell to 18-25 at hitter-friendly Citizens
Bank Park, where they entered Saturday batting .229 as a team.
While the offense didn’t shine, it was the defense that really let
Philadelphia down this time.
Howard made two costly errors in the fourth inning, resulting
in two unearned runs that allowed the Braves to tie the game at 2.
Freddie Freeman’s hard-hit grounder went through Howard’s legs
and the error put runners on second and third.
“It was a possible double-play ball and we would’ve been out of
the inning,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It changed the
whole game.”
The next batter, Upton, hit a medium grounder to first but
reached safely when Howard bobbled and then lost control of the
Simmons scored on that error and Freeman, who went to third
on the play, then reached on Jason Heyward’s groundout to first.
Fans gave a sarcastic cheer when Howard made the putout of
“We have to tighten up on the defensive end,” Sandberg said.
Atlanta then went ahead in the sixth on Upton’s two-run double
off the wall in left.
Braves 5, Phillies 1, 2nd game
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Doumit homered and Tommy La
Stella had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs to lead Atlanta to
a doubleheader sweep of Philadelphia with a victory in the nightcap.
The Braves, who have won five of six.
Atlanta finished with 13 hits in the nightcap and had a combined
15 runs and 20 hits on the day.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Shae Simmons throws against the
Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. (Photo by H. Rumph Jr.,
Niese, Campbell lead Mets over Pirates 5-3
Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — There were smiles all
around in the New York Mets’ clubhouse
After a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates,
the Mets got good news on third baseman
David Wright’s sore left shoulder: There was no
structural damage in the joint.
Jonathon Niese extended his streak of
solid starts with six gritty innings, rookie Eric
Campbell had three hits while subbing for
Wright as the Mets spoiled Gerrit Cole’s return
from the disabled list.
“I think it’s important with (Wright) out that
a bunch of other people need to step up and
today we had timely hitting and timely pitching
and were able to get a W, which was nice,”
Campbell said.
The Mets said Wright had a bruised left
rotator cuff. He will be treated with anti-
inflammatories before being reevaluated on
Monday. For now, the Mets think Wright can
avoid a trip to the DL.
“They want to see if it feels better after a
couple days’ rest,” assistant general manager
John Ricco said. “If he’s still feeling the same,
we’ll reassess it at that time.”
Niese (5-4) gave up three runs and scattered
seven hits. It was his 20th straight outing
without allowing more than three runs, dating
to last season.
“I told (pitching coach Dan Warthen) when
I came out that I was the worst pitcher in
the world in the fourth and fifth innings, the
dumbest pitcher in the world but was pretty in
the other innings,” Niese said.
Niese was handed a 5-0 lead by the middle
of the second inning, but he nearly squandered
it by issuing consecutive bases-loaded walks to
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart in the fourth
and an RBI single to Neil Walker in the fifth
that made it a two-run game.
Neise, however, made it through the sixth,
Jeurys Familia followed with two perfect innings
and Jenrry Mejia pitched a perfect ninth for his
eighth save.
“Jon went back out there and battled after
that fourth inning, even though he didn’t have
good stuff,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Campbell drove in the first run in a three-run
first inning with a double off Cole (6-4). Daniel
Murphy capped the Mets’ scoring with a two-
run single with two outs in the second.
Cole, who leads the Pirates in victories, lasted
just four innings. Activated from the DL earlier
Saturday, he was tagged for five runs and seven
hits. Cole had been out since June 4 with right
shoulder fatigue.
Brewers continue mastery
of Rockies with 7-4 win
From Wire Reports
MILWAUKEE — Carlos Gomez launched
a three-run homer and Matt Garza battled into
the seventh inning for his first win in four starts
to help the Milwaukee Brewers continue their
mastery of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-4
victory Saturday.
Garza (5-5) pitched five scoreless innings
before allowing two runs each in the sixth and
seventh. His first win since June 7 helped the
Brewers improve to a season-high 19 games
above .500 at 51-32. They also are 6-0 against
the Rockies this season.
Francisco Rodriguez, who got the victory
Friday night despite blowing the save, pitched a
perfect ninth inning for his majors-best 27th save.
Garza is 3-1 in six June starts with a 2.88
Gomez staked the Brewers to a 3-0 lead in the
first with his 13th home run. Ryan Braun and
Jonathan Lucroy reached on consecutive singles
and Gomez then drove a 3-2 pitch from Jhoulys
Chacin (1-7) over the center-field wall.
Gomez left the game in the seventh inning
with a left neck strain after colliding with Braun
in the outfield.
The Brewers added three runs in the fifth
to make it 6-0. Jean Segura singled to open,
advanced on Garza’s sacrifice bunt and moved to
third on Scooter Gennett’s infield single. Braun
followed with a triple into the corner when right-
fielder Charlie Blackmon missed on a diving
attempt at the sinking liner. Braun scored on
Lucroy’s groundout.
Colorado got two runs in the sixth after
loading the bases with three consecutive one-out
singles. Drew Stubbs’ bloop single to shallow
right drove in one run and Troy Tulowitzki
followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Brewers answered with a run in the
bottom of the inning on Lyle Overbay’s RBI
single to increase the lead to 7-2.
Dodgers 9, Cardinals 1
LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke became
the third NL pitcher to reach double digits in
victories, and the Los Angeles Dodgers had four
RBI doubles during a six-run second inning to
beat St. Louis.
Greinke (10-4) allowed a run and four hits
over seven innings, struck out 10 and did not
walk a batter as the Dodgers won for the 11th
time in 15 games. The 2009 AL Cy Young
Award winner is 13-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 19
starts following a Dodgers loss since signing
a $147 million, six-year contract in December
Greinke became the first Dodgers pitcher to
reach double digits in wins before the All-Star
break since 2007, when Brad Penny started out
10-1 and finished 16-4.
Lance Lynn (8-6) lasted just two innings
and was charged with seven runs, nine hits and
two wild pitches. The right-hander is 2-4 with
a 3.90 ERA in six starts since pitching his first
professional shutout May 27 and beating the
Mets 6-0 with a career-high 126 pitches.
Matt Carpenter’s third-inning homer
accounted for St. Louis’ run. The defending
NL champions tried to get back in the game in
the fifth, but Greinke struck out Carpenter with
runners at second and third.
Los Angeles got an unearned run in the first
after back-to-back infield hits by Yasiel Puig and
Hanley Ramirez, who returned to the lineup after
missing four games with a sore right shoulder.
Puig went to third on a fielder’s choice grounder
by Adrian Gonzalez and continued home when
shortstop Daniel Descalso dropped the ball on
the exchange from his glove to his right hand.
The Dodgers, who didn’t get an extra-base hit
in either of the first two games in this series, broke
the game open during Lynn’s 45-pitch second
inning with RBI doubles by Justin Turner, A.J.
Ellis, Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier. Gonzalez
and Matt Kemp added two-out RBI singles.
The defending NL West champs sent 11
batters to the plate during their most productive
inning of the season — including Miguel Rojas,
who came in as a pinch runner after Turner
strained his left hamstring running out his double.
Nationals 3, Cubs 0, 1st game
Nationals 7, Cubs 2, 2nd game
CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche and Wilson
Ramos homered, Blake Treinen earned his first
major league win and the Washington Nationals
beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 on a rainy Saturday
night to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Gio Gonzalez pitched two-hit ball over seven
innings in the opener for a 3-0 Nationals victory.
In the night game, Washington tagged Jeff
Samardzija (2-7) for six runs over five innings to
salvage a four-game series split.
LaRoche led off the second with a long
drive to right for his 11th homer, and Ramos
connected to start the fifth, sparking a four-run
rally that made it 6-2.
Making his fifth major league start, Treinen
(1-3) allowed two runs and four hits in five
innings. The right-hander was recalled from
Triple-A Syracuse as the 26th man on the roster
for the doubleheader.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 5C
American League
Red Sox edge Yankees
Associated Press
NEW YORK — Mike Napoli stung Masahiro
Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in
the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Boston
Red Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1.
Napoli had struck out in his previous two at-
bats before lining an opposite-field drive into the
first row of the seats in right. Napoli, who also
homered off Tanaka at Fenway Park in late April,
raised his right arm as he rounded first base.
The Red Sox won for just the third time in nine
games. The victory made the defending World
Series champions 37-44 at the midpoint of the
season — it’s the first time since 1997 that Boston
has been under .500 at the halfway mark.
Lester (9-7) held the Yankees hitless until the
sixth. He gave up an unearned run and five hits in
eight innings, striking out six and walking two.
Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th
save in 18 chances.
Tanaka (11-3) took the hard-luck loss. The top
winner in the majors and AL ERA leader allowed
seven hits in a complete game, striking out eight
and walking one.
The matchup between Lester and Tanaka shaped
up as a pitchers’ duel, and it certainly was. Lester
improved to 13-6 lifetime against the Yankees,
including a loss to Tanaka in Boston on April.
Lester and Uehara came through for a Red Sox
team that has scored three runs or less in 12 of its
last 14 games.
An odd sequence ended the Yankees eighth.
Jacoby Ellsbury tried to steal second with two
outs and the fans cheered when catcher David
Ross’ throw skipped into center field. As Ellsbury
headed toward third, however, the crowd began to
realize strike three had already been called on Mark
Earlier in the inning, second baseman Dustin
Pedroia made a nifty pickup and glove flip to start a
double play on Derek Jeter.
Ross homered in the Boston third, launching a
drive far over the left-field fence. Tanaka muttered
to himself after the ball cleared the wall.
Tanaka has demonstrated a deft touch at
escaping jams, and did it again the next inning
after Pedroia led off with a single and David Ortiz
followed with a double.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers against the New York Yankees in the second
inning in New York. (Photo by Julie Jacobson, AP)
Rays hit 3 homers, beat Chen and Orioles 5-4
From Wire Reports
BALTIMORE — Desmond Jennings
opened the game with the first of Tampa Bay’s
three home runs off Wei-Yin Chen, and the
Rays got an impressive pitching performance
from former Oriole Erik Bedard in a victory
over Baltimore.
Tampa Bay built a five-run lead in the fourth
inning, then held off a late comeback bid to
improve to 3-8 against the Orioles this season.
Logan Forsythe and rookie Kevin Kiermaier
each hit a two-run shot against Chen (7-3), who
lasted only 3 1-3 innings in the shortest outing
of his three-year career. Of the 15 home runs
Chen has yielded this season, five have come
against the light-hitting Rays.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO — Dayan Viciedo hit a three-
run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and
Chicago beat Toronto.
Chicago won back-to-back games for the
first time since winning two straight over San
Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11
of 14 before the consecutive victories.
Held in check through the first six innings
by rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman, the
White Sox took the lead with a two-out rally
in the seventh inning. Jose Abreu doubled,
Adam Dunn walked and right-hander Dustin
McGowan came on to face Viciedo, who drilled
a second-deck home run on the reliever’s first
McGowan (4-3) blew his second straight
save opportunity.
Rangers 5, Twins 0
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish allowed
just four hits over eight sharp innings and Texas
beat Minnesota, handing the Twins their fifth
straight loss.
Darvish (8-4) allowed only one hit and one
walk after the second inning in lowering his
earned run average to 2.42 and his home ERA
to 1.83. With 10 strikeouts, he hit double digits
for the fifth in his last eight starts.
The Twins have lost nine consecutive road
games. Phil Hughes (8-4) lost for only the
second time in eight road starts this season,
allowing all five runs on 11 hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Tigers 4, Astros 3
HOUSTON — Ian Kinsler hit a three-run
homer with two outs in the ninth inning to rally
the Detroit past Houston after Max Scherzer
struck out a season-high 13 batters.
Detroit trailed by one before Kinsler sent
an 81 mph slider from Jerome Williams (1-4)
to left-center for a 4-2 lead. Kinsler also had a
double in his seventh straight multihit game and
33rd this season.
Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez both
singled in the ninth before Kinsler connected.
Suarez finished with three hits, including an
RBI single in the fifth.
Phil Coke (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth
and Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth
before earning his 17th save in 22 chances.
Angels 6, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Albert Pujols and
David Freese combined to drive in five runs
as Los Angeles beat the Kansas City for their
seventh victory in eight games.
There were two rain delays with the second
after the fourth inning lasting 3:58. The game
didn’t end until nearly 7 hours after it started.
Rookie right-hander Mike Morin (2-1),
who went to high school at a Kansas City
suburb, allowed two runs on two hits over two
innings to pick up the victory.
Royals rookie Yordano Ventura (5-7) took
the loss.
Athletics 7, Marlins 6
MIAMI — Josh Donaldson’s two-out RBI
single scored the go-ahead run from second
base in the 14th inning, and Oakland beat
For the second game in a row, the Athletics
won despite squandering a 4-0 lead. They also
overcame a blown save by Sean Doolittle,
whose streak of 26 2-3 innings ended when
Miami scored the tying run in the ninth.
Jeff Francis came on with the bases loaded
and one out in the bottom of the 14th to earn
his first career save.
Page 6C • Starkville Daily News • Sunday, June 29, 2014
Camp Corner
MSU soccer
With a great summer of soccer that culminates with the World Cup, there is no better
way to get your player involved in the game than with a week at Mississippi State soccer
Players can register for the camps online at
The Bulldogs will host three camps in July, beginning with the popular Striker/Keeper
Camp July 11-13. The camp, open to boys and girls ages 10-18, costs $350 for residents
and $300 for commuters.
Strikers will work on ball striking, finishing techniques, 1v1 dribbling and movement off
the ball to create scoring opportunities. Goalkeepers will focus on shot stopping, handling,
diving, crosses, breakaways and positioning. Each afternoon the two will come together to
create game-like environments.
High school squads will have the chance to begin preparations for the season with
Mississippi State’s High School Team Camp July 22-24. For $275, teams will have the
chance to identify team leaders, work with younger players and experiment using different
systems of play without the pressure of the season looming.
The Bulldogs wrap the summer camp schedule with the College Prep Camp July 25-
27. Cost for the camp is $350 for residential and $300 for commuters. The College Prep
Camp exposes players to the demands of a college soccer student-athlete, and it is designed
to develop technical and tactical abilities through functional and position-specific training.
Campers are also exposed to the speed and agility training used by the Bulldog soccer team.
All campers receive a free T-shirt.
For more information on MSU soccer camps, contact Phil Casella at pcasella@athletics.
Fans can keep up with the Bulldog soccer team on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by
searching “HailStateSOC.”
MSU softball
Mississippi State’s summer softball camps are in full swing.
The Bulldogs round out the camp season with a team camp, open for high school and
travel ball teams, from July 8-10.
The clinics will be held at the MSU Softball Complex, the Shira Athletic Complex and
the Palmeiro Center, Starkville’s praised softball indoor practice facility. Instruction for the
camps will be provided by head coach Vann Stuedeman and assistant coach Tyler Bratton.
Cost for the July 8-10 team session is $200 per player and there is a maximum of 16
squads. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games with umpires. The daily schedule
will include team defense and hitting workouts, skill competitions, team-building activities
and a strength & conditioning information session with an MSU strength coach.
For questions regarding the clinics, please contact Alicia Catlette at 662-325-5463 or via
MVSU soccer
ITTA BENA – Mississippi Valley State University head women’s soccer coach Fabio
Boateng is set to host the inaugural Valley Soccer Academy Elite Residential Camp on July
25-28 on the MVSU campus.
The camp is for students who will be in grades 9-12 and is designed for the player who
seeks a high level training environment and collegiate exposure. Costs for the four-day camp
is $350 for those who plan to stay overnight and $290 for commuters.
Talladega College Head Women’s Soccer Coach Emmanuel Stephens and Delta State
University women’s soccer graduate assistant Cristina Coca will serve along with Boateng
as camp instructors.
The curriculum during the camp will be designed towards competitive technical and
tactical training sessions. In addition to collegiate level training sessions, players will also
compete in small-sided and 11 vs. 11 matches. Goalkeeping training will also be included
before joining field players in training and matches for game simulation.
(Editor’s Note: Camp Corner will be published in the Starkville Daily News throughout the
late spring and summer as space allows. There is no charge to place items within Camp Corner.
Just provide the information on the event to The Starkville Daily News by emailing to sports@ Flyers can be faxed to 662-323-6586.)
Williams’ stay
at Wimbledon
cut very short
Associated Press
LONDON — As Serena Williams
began to fall behind in what would
become her earliest Wimbledon exit
in nearly a decade, her coach could tell
something was awry.
Not the so-so serving. Or the bad
backhands. This was a larger problem.
“Right now, she doesn’t have her
usual ability to respond and turn matches
around,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, who
has worked with Williams since 2012.
“It was obvious when she trailed 3-0 in
the second set. Nothing happened.”
Unable to get back on track once she
no longer had control of the match, five-
time Wimbledon champion Williams
lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of
France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday in the
third round, the latest in a recent series of
surprising Grand Slam defeats.
“If I’m not playing a great, great
match, these girls, when they play me,
they play as if they’re on the ATP Tour,”
Williams said, rolling her eyes.
She hadn’t left Wimbledon so soon
since 2005, also beaten in the third
round. The No. 1-ranked and top-seeded
Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles,
one fewer than Martina Navratilova and
Chris Evert, but has departed before
the quarterfinals at four of the past five
majors. There were fourth-round losses at
Wimbledon last year and the Australian
Open in January, and a second-round
loss at the French Open in May.
“It might be a bit premature to talk
about her decline, but when she plays
someone who finds the right tactics, she
looks a bit lost on the court,” Cornet
said. “In my opinion, there are more and
more players understanding how to play
Cornet also beat the 32-year-old
American at the Dubai Championships
in February, and watched video clips of
that triumph before playing Saturday.
“I just knew that I could do it, because
I did it once,” Cornet said.
Still, this result was rather unexpected,
given that Cornet never had been past
the third round at Wimbledon, and only
once before reached a major’s fourth
“I cannot say that I played my best
tennis today, really,” Cornet said.
Perhaps, but it was good enough.
On match point, after one last drop shot
drew a netted response from Williams,
Cornet pounded a fist on her chest,
hopped around Court 1, then knelt to
kiss the turf.
“It’s very symbolic, because it means,
‘Now I love you grass, and I didn’t
before,’” said Cornet, who had been 0-13
against top-20 opponents at majors.
Saturday’s match was halted in the
third game because of showers. When
they returned about 4 1/2 hours later
— “the rain delay killed me a little bit,”
Cornet said — Williams was terrific,
reeling off five games to grab the first set.
Then everything changed, because
Williams couldn’t find the mark. She
finished with 29 unforced errors, 11
more than Cornet. Two particular
strokes let Williams down: Her serve,
with seven double-faults and five breaks;
and her backhand, with 12 unforced
Serena Williams holds her head after losing a point to Alize Cornet on Saturday at Wimbledon. (Photo by Sang
Tan, AP)
Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Starkville Daily News • Page 7C
Don’t let ticks
spoil good time
This adult female American Dog tick died after latching onto a dog that was treated with a
veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick repellant. (Photo by Marina Denny, For Starkville Daily
ississippi summers
invoke thoughts of
family vacations, rainy
days and outdoor explorations.
With the heat and humidity,
come tiny critters that, if not
discovered quickly, can ruin a
fun day.
There are 19 species of ticks
that exist in Mississippi, but
only a few are known to bite
In Mississippi, the lone star
tick – or deer tick – is the most
common tick species. The adult
stage is frequently found on
white-tailed deer. It is present
in all 82 counties and is most
active in late summer and
early fall. Deer ticks that feed
on white-footed mice infested
with Lyme disease ingest the
bacterium and may pass it to
Two other common tick
species are the American dog
tick and the brown dog tick.
While their preferred host
might be Fluffy the poodle,
they won’t pass up a chance
to latch onto Fluffy’s loving
human counterpart. Both tick
species are primary vectors of
Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
To decrease the chance of
tick bites, wear light-colored
clothing. This makes it easier
to spot ticks. Wear long-sleeved
shirts and closed-toed shoes,
and tuck pant legs into socks. If
you’re not opposed to applying
insect repellent, spray your
clothes – but not your skin –
with a repellent that contains
permethrin. Apply repellants
containing DEET to skin, but
wash them off as soon as you
return indoors.
Ticks that are not already
attached to an animal host will
hang out on the tips of grasses
and low shrubs looking to hitch
a free ride and an easy meal.
Check your body for ticks as
soon as you return indoors,
since the longer a tick has to
feed, the greater the chance of
disease transmission.
So what do you do if you
find one of these eight-legged
creatures dining on you or a
loved one?
Tick removal suggestions
range from coating the tick with
clear nail polish or petroleum
jelly to burning it off with a hot
match. None of these methods
are really effective, and they may
even make the problem worse.
For example, touching a feeding
tick with a hot match may cause
it to burst or even regurgitate
infected fluids into the wound,
increasing the risk of exposure
to a disease pathogen.
The recommended removal
method is to use blunt tweezers
to grab the tick as close to the
skin as possible and slowly pull
up with steady, even pressure.
Once the tick is removed,
immediately disinfect the bite
site and wash your hands with
soap and water. The infectious
agents carried by ticks can
enter the skin through mucous
membranes or minute cuts.
If a tick bites you, pay close
attention in the following days
for any physical symptoms
that may indicate disease
Within two to nine days after
an infected tick bites a human,
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
symptoms – sudden fever,
severe headache, muscle pain
and a rash on the palms or
soles of feet – may occur. Some
symptoms are more common
than others, and some, like the
rash, may not appear at all.
Lyme disease symptoms are
a bit trickier to spot. The most
common indicator is flu-like
symptoms – headaches, swollen
lymph nodes, stiff joints and
muscles, fatigue and low-grade
fever – sometimes accompanied
by a bull’s-eye-shaped rash
around the site of the bite.
If detected early, antibiotics
can cure Lyme disease. If left
undiagnosed or untreated, late
stage Lyme disease can become
quite painful and debilitating.
For more information,
download State University
Extension Service bulletin
1150, “A Guide to Ticks of
Mississippi,” at http://msucares.
Marina D’Abreau Denny is
a research associate at the
Mississippi State University
Extension Offce. The opinions
in this column are her’s and are
not necessarily the views of The
Starkville Daily News or its staff.
Poor planning could hold back pond production
any small bodies
of water do not
produce the amount
of fish desired by the owner
because of poor planning, bad
construction or a lack of good
A good pond or small lake
depends on location, design,
construction, stocking rate and
management practices such
as harvest, fertilization and
weed control. Often, ponds
can produce five to 10 times
more pounds of fish if proper
techniques are followed.
Ponds or small lakes should
be at least 0.5 acres in size and
constructed so that at least 20
percent of the area is 6 feet or
greater in depth. All ponds
should have a drain, overflow
pipe and emergency spillway
for best management. A drain
will allow one to manage the
water level of the pond, which
is often necessary for weed
control and managing fish
Regarding pond dams,
many pond owners do not
control woody vegetation on
the dam. When large trees
die, or are cut, deteriorating
roots can leave a hole in the
dam, causing major structural
problems which are expensive
to fix. No woody vegetation
should be allowed to grow on
pond dams.
Once your pond has been
constructed, adding fish-
attracting, artificial structures
can greatly increase harvest.
Structures can be created
using trees such as blackjack
oak or old Christmas trees,
or logs. Structure design can
also vary. For example, one
proven design consists of three
or four trees that are crossed
to form a pyramid. The bases
of the trees should be braced
together using 6-foot-long
pieces of lumber. Holes should
be driven through the base of
the trees and weights attached
using No. 12 UF cable. These
structures will stand upright on
the bottom and have a height
between 10 and 16 feet.
Artificial structures can
either be set out singly or in
groups of three to five trees
in either a triangular setup or
set in a line down the slope of
drops-offs. Structures should
be weighted with concrete
blocks (2.0 to 2.5 feet in length)
weighing approximately 60
pounds each. They should be
placed in 5 to 10 feet of water
near points, creek channels or
artificial drop-offs. For ponds
less than 1 acre, one fish
structure is plenty. Otherwise,
use one fish structure per 2 or
3 acres.
Spawning beds for bream
are also useful for catching fish.
Spawning beds are made by
covering portions of the pond
with gravel to create areas
desired by bream. Spawning
beds should be located in 2 to
4 feet of water near locations
that are convenient for fishing.
Use 3 to 5 cubic yards of
washed gravel (0.5 to 1.0 inch
in diameter) and place so that
a spawning site approximately
12 to 15 feet in diameter is
created. One should avoid
sites that have a sedimentation
James L. Cummins is
executive director of Wildlife
Mississippi, a non-proft,
conservation organization
founded to conserve, restore
and enhance fsh, wildlife and
plant resources throughout
Mississippi. Their web site is The
opinions in this column are his
and do not necessarily refect
the views of the Daily News or its
Kayaks make sense for anglers
From Wire Reports
JACKSON — In a sport that is synonymous
with big boats, big motors and even bigger
price tags, bass fishing from a kayak may
seem as out of place as a snowmobile dealer
in Biloxi.
For an increasing number of anglers, it
makes perfect sense.
“I used to have a Ranger,” Dwayne Walley
of Madison said. “It was a big 18-foot boat
with a 150 Johnson (motor) and all the bells
and whistles.”
Walley said he used that platform to
compete in bass tournaments across central
Mississippi until family obligations required
additional time and money.
“I started tightening the screws down on
myself and sold it,” Walley said. “It just got
“You’ve got a boat, motor and gas. And,
you’ve batteries (to replace) every year.”
With that, Walley backed away from
Through the years, he began to miss his
time on the water and occasionally fished
from a Jon boat. But, when he saw anglers
on a television program setting hooks while
fishing from kayaks, he jumped back in the
“It changed the whole way I look at
fishing,” Walley said. “It’s just a more laidback
way of fishing. It’s just fun.
“One of the cool things about it is fighting
a fish. You can tell when you have a good fish
because he’ll pull you around.”
His passion for pursuing largemouth
from his paddle-powered craft eventually
led to landing something typically associated
with bigger boats and bass tournaments —
a sponsorship from kayak manufacturer
Wilderness Systems.
Kayak fishing has seen a growth in
popularity among saltwater anglers to the
point it is now the preferred watercraft of
many. Matthew Lofton, of Hattiesburg, said
it was just a matter of time before some bass
anglers began to accept kayaks.
Like most anglers, Lofton said he started
fishing in a more conventional boat. But he
discovered kayaks about 10 years ago and
never looked back.
“It’s (about) where you can go,” Lofton
said. “Like Lake Perry. It’s got miles of lily
pads and if I were in a bass boat, I’d be limited
to where I could go. In a kayak, I can glide
over the top.”
Improved access also works for Lofton in
another way.
“I like fishing for dumb fish,” Lofton said.
“I like fishing for fish that have never seen a
bait before. You throw a spinnerbait and the
fish says, ‘Wow, look at that shad.’”
Increasing popularity and manufacturer
responses created somewhat of a snowball
effect. Anglers wanted more from their boats,
and the industry responded.
Kayaks today have greatly improved hull
designs that are stable enough to stand in
while fishing. Some have rudders, pedal-
powered propellers or trolling motor mounts,
and fish-finding electronics are commonly
seen on fishing kayaks.
These improvements, in turn, have led to
more anglers using kayaks, and Mississippi
will soon see what might be the first organized
kayak bass fishing tournament in the state.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one in
this area,” Aaron Nicholas of Sumrall said. “I
know there have been tournaments in other
Nicholas cited Texas as an example where
he said kayak bass fishing tournaments quickly
expanded from a handful each year to dozens.
Nicholas was involved in the early stages
of organizing the Kayak Bass Fishing Classic,
hosted and sponsored by Little Black Creek
Campground and Park in Lumberton.
Nicholas said the responses have been positive.
“There’s a lot of excitement and interest
that someone’s doing something in the area,”
Nicholas said. “We actually expect fishermen
from three states.
“We’re shooting for 125 (competitors),
we’re hoping for 100 and we’ll be happy with
75. I feel comfortable that we’ll be in that 75
to 100 range.”
The tournament is scheduled for July 12
and starts at safe light.
George P. Cossar
State Park to host
youth fishing rodeo
For Starkville Daily News
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will host a youth
fishing rodeo at George P. Cossar State Park on
Saturday, July 5.
The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years
and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
George P. Cossar State Park is located at 165
County Road 170 near Oakland.
Participants are encouraged to bring their
own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.
Fishing rodeos offer a quality fishing
experience for younger anglers in a controlled
and safe environment. The rodeo ponds are
well stocked with catfish to make it easier for
participants to catch fish. This event is a great
way for a family to spend quality time together.
Those seeking additional information can call
the George P. Cossar State Park Office at 662-
623-7356 or the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau at
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“We are trying to get where we
can play a little more man-to-man
defense,” Hughey said. “We are
getting better at that. We are also
trying to implement an offensive
system where we look for the
mismatches and trying to work that
It has only been a short time since
the games ended, but Hughey said he
is already “pleased with the progress”
and the team’s “general work ethic.”
Another thing that has the first
year East Webster coach impressed is
the large number of athletes that have
come out and expressed an interest
in basketball. From seniors to junior
high players, excitement about the
upcoming Lady Wolverines season
is present, which has the coach more
than ready to get back on the court.
“We have a really good group of
seniors as well as some young kids
that are coming around and are going
to be able to help us out,” Hughey
said. “We have about 18 or 19 girls
on high school and the numbers are
just as good in junior high.”
The numbers are there and the
summer games have been played. All
that is left now is for East Webster
to put everything together in order
to be ready come basketball season
in the fall.
“It has been a very productive
summer so far,” Hughey said.
“We are getting better and better.
Hopefully once the season gets here
it will show.”
From page 1C
regional to make the CWS.
Vanderbilt won a pair of
two-run decisions against
Louisville 5-3 and UC Irvine
6-4 to begin its run in Omaha.
The Commodores were shutout
by Texas 4-0, but knew they had
to lose twice to the Longhorns,
so they came back for a 4-3
victory to make the National
Championship Series.
With a couple of one-run wins
9-8 and 3-2 sandwiched around
a 7-2 loss to No. 3 national seed
Virginia, Vanderbilt showed it
was up to the task of defeating
the best teams in the nation.
Did the Commodores have
the best talent of any team in
the nation this season? Probably
not, but they did get hot at the
right time and was playing the
best baseball as anyone. In June,
that’s all that matters.
That’s what took place in
2013 when the Mississippi State
Bulldogs and UCLA Bruins met
for the national championship.
Neither team was a national
seed, but pitched it well and hit
it well enough to become the
last two squads left standing at
the end.
If someone had said that
UCLA would have won the
crown in 2013, there probably
wouldn’t have been many to
agree. If that same case was
made for Vanderbilt this season,
it would have been interesting
to see who would have jumped
on that bandwagon in early
In the great and wonderful
sport that is baseball, it doesn’t
really matter if a team finishes
in the middle of its conference
standings or not. If it can just
get into the NCAA Tournament
somehow, it can do some
amazing things with a little bit
of confidence as a motivational
Danny P. Smith is sports editor
and columnist for the Starkville
Daily News. The opinions in
this column are his and do not
necessarily reflect the views of
the Daily News or its staff.
From page 1C
in space where we didn’t
execute closeouts and just
beat our man one-on-one.
The big thing offensively that
we want to do is we want to
become a better rebounding
The last two seasons have
not been great to Ray and
the Bulldogs. When Ray
took over the head coaching
duties two seasons ago, the
roster was depleted.
Now Ray has a full roster
and several experienced,
veteran players. If MSU is
going to have a better season
than the last two, it starts
with the players buying in,
and that means preparing for
the season on their own this
“What we do there is
important, but if our guys
are going to get better, they
have to do so much more
outside of that than what
we’re doing,” Ray said.
Many of the older
Bulldogs have bought into
this and are gathering the
team for open gyms.
Fred Thomas, Craig
Sword and former Starkville
High School standout Gavin
Ware will all be juniors this
season and will be looked to
as leaders.
“I thinking we’re working
harder than we ever worked
before,” Thomas said of him
and the other two juniors.
“We want it more now. We
know what to expect when
we get on the floor. There
should be no more excuses.”
Ray and his staff have
focused more on strength and
conditioning this summer.
Strength and conditioning
coach Richard Akins has
been busy getting veteran
Bulldogs and new Bulldogs
stronger and in better shape
this summer.
A few of the new
Bulldogs have already made
it to campus and enrolled
in summer school. Junior
college transfer Johnny
Zuppardo has already felt
the wrath and the toll it can
take on the body of what
coach Akins system does.
“It’s a little bit of a shock
to his system being with
coach Akins,” Ray said.
“He’s upchucked a few times
in the weight room. It’s a
good thing for him.”
Many of the guys were
brand new two years ago
and were having to learn the
system. Players were familiar
with system last summer,
but Akins has seen a totally
different attitude from the
guys this year.
“They’ve done a great job
this summer,” Akins said.
“All the kids we had here last
year that are here right now
have matured a lot. I see a
large difference in the work
habits from a year ago, two
years ago, to the ones we
have here now. They’ve done
a great job.”
Fallou Ndoye will play a
big part of what the Bulldogs
do this season. The 6-foot-11
center sat out last season but
did practice with the team.
The goal for this summer is
to put more weight on him.
“He hasn’t got as big as
we would like right now,”
Ray said. “We want him
ultimately to be playing at
235 pounds when he starts
playing his freshman year.
Right now he’s at about 225
pounds, but that has more
to do with his eating habits.
Because of his religion, he
won’t eat a lot of things.
“What you’ve seen in the
weight room from him is he’s
got increasingly stronger.
That’s what you want.”
Ndoye along with Travis
Daniels, who arrived on
campus in December, have
put in their fair share of
practice time and haven’t
seen the court during an
actual game. Both were
redshirted and a majority
of their time has been spent
with Akins.
“They’re chomping at the
bit to get in there,” Akins
said. “All they’ve done is
practice and lift weights
and be with me every day.
They’ve maintained a great
attitude through the whole
thing. I haven’t seen a drop
off with either one of them.”
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