Renovated Olympic Room to Open March 27

For Immediate Release:   JACKSON — 2012 Olympics gold medalist and world record holder Bianca Knight of Ridgeland and three-time Olympics medalist Ralph Boston, a Laurel native, will attend the Mississippi Sports Hall ofFame and Museum's March 27 celebration of the renovation and expansion of the museum's Olympics Room. The Olympics Room, sponsored for 16-plus years by the Ben Puckett family, celebrates Mississippi's remarkable Olympics heritage An informal reception, scheduled for 3-6 p.m., is open to the public. Knight was part of the 4 x 100-meter world record-setting U.S. relay...

Our new touchscreen kiosks rock!

We hosted the Wendy's High School Heisman statewide awards luncheon Tuesday, which honored many of the state's best, brightest and most civic-minded student-athletes. So imagine my delight when I noted how intrigued they were by our new touchscreen kiosks that tell the stories of Mississippi's Sports Hall of Famers. “This is really, really cool,” one after another said in one form or another. It is really, really a huge improvement. In recent weeks, we have replaced 1996 computers and screens  with 2013 technology. The kiosks have bigger, high-def screens and...

A team that should never be forgotten . . .

The 1964-65 Lanier Bulldogs finished 43-0, averaged 102 points per game and won a national championship tournament. Get out your calendars. Circle the date: Jan. 23, 2013. This will be a long overdue night to remember. First some background. The 1964-65 Lanier High basketball team, coached by Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Orsmond Jordan, won 43 games and lost zero. The Bulldogs averaged 102 points per game. They won their games by an average of 40 points. They were so good that Cornell Warner, a future eight-year NBA star, came...

History — and hoops — at your museum

If you are a sports and/or history buff, you won’t want to miss this evening's  at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Here’s why: We are approaching the 50th anniversary of Mississippi State’s first game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament when Babe McCarthy’s ballclub defied the wishes of state government and played Loyola of Chicago. Author Kyle Veazey, who wrote Champions for Change, the story of that 1963 team and game, will be on hand to sign his book beginning at 5 p.m. Then, at 6:30, Veazey will...

Wallace wins C Spire Conerly Trophy

Bo Wallace, the Ole Miss sophomore quarterback, who led the Rebels to a surprising 6-6 season and bowl eligibility, Tuesday night received the C Spire Conerly Trophy at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Wallace personally accounted for 28 touchdowns, including five in the Rebels' season-ending 41-24 victory over Mississippi State. He becomes the first Ole Miss player to win the C Spire Conerly Trophy since linebacker Patrick Willis in 2006. Wallace was one of five finalists chosen by a panel of 50 media members from around the...

C Spire Conerly tickets available

Tickets remain available for the Nov. 27 C Spire Conerly Trophy Awards Banquet that will honor Mississippi's most outstanding college football later for the 2012 season. The event will be held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum with a reception at 5:30 and the banquet to follow at 7. Tickets to the reception and banquet are $100 each. There is also a $25 ticket available for mezzanine seating with ballpark food. To purchase tickets call 601 982-8264. If there is no answer, leave a message with your...

Wiley joins watch list; C Spire forum today

Belhaven's outstanding cornerback/kick return Isiah Wiley has been added to the C Spire Wireless Conerly Trophy watch list.   Wiley, a transfer from national powerhouse Southern Cal, started six games last season for the Trojans. He has been a standout for Belhaven this season, returning 12 kickoffs for 370 yards and returning 15 punts for 312 yards and two touchdowns.   Wiley, a senior, also has intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles. He ranks second nationally in NAIA in punt returns and third in kickoff returns.   Wiley is...

C Spire Conerly Trophy list updated

Mississippi football has produced several candidates worthy of consideration for the C Spire Wireless Conerly Trophy, which goes annually to the Magnolia State's most outstanding collegiate football player.   The C Spire Conerly Trophy will be presented at a banquet Nov. 27 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Each of the 10 football-playing senior colleges in Mississippi will select a finalist and voting will be done by a statewide panel of sports media. Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis won the C Spire Conerly in 2011.   What...

It's time to start thinking CSpire Conerly

As always, Mississippi football has produced several candidates worthy of consideration for the CSpire Wireless Conerly Trophy, which goes annually to the Magnolia State's most outstanding collegiate football player.   The C Spire Conerly Trophy will be presented at a banquet Nov. 27 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Each of the 10 football-playing senior colleges in Mississippi will select a finalist and voting will be done by a statewide panel of sports media. Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis won the CSpire Conerly in 2011.   What...

Big game, great cause Saturday

Bulldog Sports Radio is throwing a party for Mississippi State fans and for a good cause.   The on-line network will host a State-Bama watch party starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Burger and Blues Restaurant in Ridgeland to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. Bulldog fans and friends are invited to come cheer the Bulldogs as they face the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.   The game will be shown on a big screen in the dining room and throughout the restaurant, and 10 per cent of...