Sports Notebook: Four Lady Warriors honored for state tourney performances

From combined reports

The Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors reached the pinnacle of MHSAA Class 1A fast-pitch softball this past spring, taking home the state championship with a 15-6 and 13-7 sweep of West Union in the championship series.

Many girls played huge roles during the Lady Warriors run to the title on the way to amassing an impressive 25-7 record. Four of those young ladies were named to the All-State Tournament team for their efforts in the playoffs. They were Ryan Holdiness, Kara Lane Nowell, Brantlie Sheets and Reagan Holdiness.

— Austin Bishop

MSU unveils 2013-14 non-SEC\ men’s hoops schedule

Year two of the Rick Ray era officially tips off on Friday, Nov. 8 when Mississippi State plays host to Prairie View A&M.

In all, the Bulldogs play 13 non-conference games, including nine at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU will also play at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo on Dec. 13 against Southeastern Louisiana, while also playing two games in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Dec. 22-23.

In addition MSU travels to Utah State on Nov. 23, where the Aggies have posted a 65-10 home mark the last four years. This is a return game for Mississippi State, which claimed a 66-64 win in December of 2011. Last year, Utah State was 21-10 with a 14-4 ledger at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

After opening with Prairie View, the Bulldogs return home Nov. 14 and Nov. 19 to battle Kennesaw State and Mississippi Valley State, respectively. Following the trip to Utah State, MSU opens a three-game homestand, starting with Jackson State on Nov. 27 and continuing with Loyola on Dec. 1 and TCU on Dec. 5 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Loyola game will give MSU fans the opportunity to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the historic NCAA Tournament “Game of Change” outing that took place between the two in 1963. Last year in Chicago, the Ramblers claimed a 59-51 victory.

Before heading out to Vegas, MSU welcomes two teams from the Sunshine State to the Hump, starting with Florida A&M on Dec. 17 followed by Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 19.

— school reports