A jam-packed weekend in Starkville kicks off inside Davis Wade Stadium today at 8:30 p.m. with Mississippi State’s seventh annual Cowbell Yell.
Bulldog fans of all ages are encouraged to bring their cowbells to gear up for Saturday night’s Southeastern Conference opener against No. 11 LSU with the yearly tradition. Fans will be able to enter the stadium through Gate F beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Free t-shirts are available for the first 500 students in attendance. Cowbells will also be randomly given away to 50 students during the event, while 15 lucky students will receive prize packs from Trustmark Bank.
The event is hosted by Matt Wyatt, former MSU quarterback and MSU Sports Radio Network analyst, and Bob Carskadon, HailStateBEAT digital media reporter.
Among others, this year’s pep rally will feature appearances by former MSU football player Anthony “Boobie” Dixon, new play-by-play announcer Neil Price, the Famous Maroon Band, MSU spirit groups, head coach Dan Mullen, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and members of the team.
Fans can purchase Maroon Memories experiences for Cowbell Yell, including early entry passes and photos with featured speakers. Learn more at hailstate.com/memories.
Cowbell Yell is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, fans and community members. For more information about Cowbell Yell 2017, call the Student Association at 662-325-2930 or visit www.sa.msstate.edu.
When Mississippi State opens the 2018 Southeastern Conference schedule at home against Arkansas, the SEC Network will broadcast the 8 p.m. tip.
In all, 15 of the Bulldogs’ 18 league games are on the network.
MSU, coming off a 16-16 campaign under coach Ben Howland, will appear on ESPN in a Super Tuesday showdown at Kentucky on Jan. 23 with an 8 p.m. tip. Then on Feb. 3 at 5 p.m., the Bulldogs will host Georgia on ESPNU.
The following Saturday at Missouri, the 1 p.m. tip will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2.
In non-conference play, the Bulldogs’ game at Cincinnati on Dec. 12 will tip on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
All games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network) will also be available through the ESPN app, which is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. Each of the CBS Sports games will be available to stream live in markets across the U.S. via the CBS All Access subscription service, with additional coverage on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.
With the fall slate fast approaching for Mississippi State women’s tennis, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its preseason rankings Tuesday, with veteran Madison Harrison earning a spot in the singles rankings.
A senior, Harrison came in at 109th in the Tuesday’s initial rankings. Despite battling injuries throughout last season, Harrison still composed a solid 11-12 overall record, 8-10 in dual matches. The Bradenton, Florida, product is 35-22 overall for her career, 23-18 in dual match play.
Tuesday marks Harrison’s eighth appearance in the ITA singles rankings over her career at MSU. She will be a key leader this season as one of only two seniors, along with Khrystyna Vozniak. In 2016, the two paired together to advance to the NCAA Doubles Round of 16, the first duo since 1989 NCAA Doubles Champions Claire Pollard and Jackie Holden to do so.
As a team, MSU women’s tennis turned in one of the best seasons in program history in 2017, capturing the program’s highest-ever ranking of No. 16 on April 4, before tying the program’s best ITA finish at No. 20 to end the season. The Bulldogs finished 15-9 for the season, while earning seven wins in the always-tough Southeastern Conference. The seven SEC wins tied a program record set in 2016.
The Bulldogs kick off the fall slate September 22-24 when they travel to Greenville, S.C. for the Furman Invite. High School Football
Week-by-Week Area Schedule
All Times 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Starkville 43, Noxubee County 3; Stakville Acaademy 43, Lamar School 21; East Webster 14, Choctaw County 12; Eupora 13, Water Valley 7; French Camp 36, Winona Christian 34
Starkville 28, Oxford 21, 2OT; Starkville Academy 38, French Camp 7; East Webster 31, Okolona 19; Newton 24, Eupora 19; Choctaw County 29, Winona 21
Choctaw County 49, Choctaw Central 0
West Point 28, Starkville 3; Indianola Academy 35, Starkville Academy 21; East Webster 62, Smithville 27; Eupora 40, French Camp 6
Starkville 44, Columbus 7; Starkville Academy 34, East Webster 24; Eupora 33, West Tallahatchie 0; Choctaw County 34, Caledonia 0; French Camp 35, Vardaman 25
Meridian at Starkville; Starkville Academy at Magnolia Heights; Strayhorn at East Webster; Eupora at Choctaw County
Starkville at Provine; Winston Academy at Starkville Academy; East Webster at J.Z. George; Charleston at Eupora; French Camp at Nanih Waiya
Northwest Rankin at Starkville; Pillow Academy at Starkville Academy; East Webster at Eupora; Houston at Choctaw County; West Lowndes at French Camp
Starkville at Greenville; Starkville Academy at Canton; Calhoun City at East Webster; Eupora at Winona, Aberdeen at Choctaw County; French Camp at Noxapater
Madison Central at Starkville; Starkville Academy at Heritage Academy; Leflore County at Eupora; Choctaw County at Nettleton; Ethel at French Camp
Starkville at Murrah; Leake Academy at Starkville Academy; East Webster at Winona; Choctaw County at South Pontotoc; French Camp at Hamilton
Starkville at Warren Central; East Webster at Calhoun City; Hatley at Choctaw County; Sebastopol at French Camp
Clinton at Starkville; Leake County at French Camp
Starkville (3-1) Starkville Academy (3-1) East Webster (3-1) Eupora (3-1) Choctaw County (3-1) French Camp (2-2)
SDN Game of the Week
Week 1: Starkville 43, Noxubee County 3
Week 2: Starkville 28, Oxford 21, 2OTs Week 3: West Point 28, Starkville 3 Week 4: Starkville Academy 34, East Webster 24
Week 5: Eupora at Choctaw County
High School Football Mississippi Prep Polls
Here are Mississippi’s top high school football teams in each class as selected by a panel of Associated Press state sports writers.
1. West Point (8)…(3-0)
2. Pearl (5)…(4-0)
4. Madison Central…(3-0)
7. Warren Central…(3-1)
8. Oak Grove…(3-1)
10. Olive Branch…(4-0)
Others receiving votes: Pontotoc 10, Cleveland Central 8, Brandon 8, North Panola 4, Picayune 4, Jackson Prep 3, Yazoo County 3, Northwest Rankin 3, Philadelphia 2, Simmons 1.
1. Pearl (10)…(4-0)
2. Tupelo (3)…(4-0)
3. Madison Central…(3-0)
5. Oak Grove…(3-1)
Others receiving votes: Warren Central 20, Brandon 13, Meridian 6, Hancock 6, Oxford 6,
1. West Point (10)…(3-0)
2. Hattiesburg (2)…(4-0)
3. Olive Branch…(4-0)
5. Cleveland Central (1)…(4-0) Others receiving votes: Natchez 7, North Pike 6, Stone 6.
1. Poplarville (11)…(4-0)
2. Pontotoc (2)…(4-0)
3. East Central…(3-0)
5. Noxubee County…(2-2) Others receiving votes: Greene County 25, Itawamba AHS 6.
1. North Panola (8)…(4-0)
2. Charleston (1)…(3-1)
3. Hazlehurst (3)…(3-1)
4. Yazoo County (1)…(4-0)
5. Jefferson Davis County…(3-1)
AUTO RACING 7 p.m.
FS1 — ARCA Series, Scott 150, at Joliet, Ill.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m.
ESPN — New Mexico at Boise St.
GOLF 8:30 a.m.
GOLF — LPGA Tour, The Evian Championship, first round, at Evianles-Bains, France
GOLF — Web.com Tour, Albertsons Boise Open, first round, at Boise, Idaho
GOLF — PGA Tour, BMW Championship, first round, at Lake Forest, Ill.
MLB BASEBALL 12:30 p.m.
MLB — Regional coverage, Oakland at Boston OR Cincinnati at St. Louis
MLB — Colorado at Arizona (joined in progress)
Week 1: Amber Bock, Starkville Academy, junior
Week 2: Jessica Davis, East Webster, senior
Week 3: Rodriguez Clark, Starkville, junior
Week 4: Jariyah Covington, Starkville, senior
Week 5: Charlie Brand, East Webster,
MLB — Regional coverage, Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees OR Kansas City at Cleveland
MLB — Regional coverage, Houston at L.A. Angels OR Toronto at Minnesota (joined in progress)
NFL FOOTBALL 7:20 p.m.
NFL — Houston at Cincinnati
FS2 — UEFA Europa League, Atalanta BC vs. Everton
FS1 — UEFA Europa League, Arsenal vs. Koln
FS2 — UEFA Europa League, Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Athletic Bilbao
WNBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m.
ESPN2 — Playoffs, semifinals, Game 2, Washington at Minnesota