Vivians and Saiz Capture 2017 C Spire Gillom, Howell Trophies

For the third consecutive year, Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State has been selected as the winner of the C Spire Gillom trophy, symbolizing her recognition as the outstanding women’s basketball player in the state. She becomes the first ever three-time winner of the award in its ten year history. Vivians a junior, will have an opportunity to make it four in a row next year. Other finalists for the 2017 award were Brittany Dinkins of Southern Miss and Vivian’s teammate, Morgan William.   Ole Miss senior, Sebastian Saiz was chosen...

Ole Miss Senior Evan Engram Receives the 2016 C Spire Conerly Trophy

The 2016 C Spire Conerly Trophy was presented to Ole Miss Senior tight end Evan Engram on Tuesday night at the Clarksdale Country Club. Engram becomes the first tight end to be awarded the honor, which is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player in Mississippi. Jackson State defensive end/linebacker Javancy Jones, Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross and Southern Miss running back Ito Smith were the other three finalists for the award, named for Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer and Clarksdale native Charlie Conerly. Also, Mississippi State...

Use it or lose it: It’s especially true for Champions Tour pros

Experts says we lose 1.5 percent of muscle strength every year after we reach the age of 50. The PGA Champions Tour, which visits the Gulf Coast this week, is for golfers 50 and over. That means Kent Biggerstaff has his PGA “gym on wheels” parked at Fallen Oak for the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic Presented by C Spire. Biggerstaff's job, where the Champions Tour is concerned, is to help fight Father Time. Eventually, he knows, he loses. After all, he is 69 years old himself. Father Time is undefeated....

Fallen Oak: Wind wasn’t a factor but talent surely was

BILOXI — I was cruising along through seven holes in the Mississippi Gulf Resorts Classic Wednesday Pro-Am at drop-dead gorgeous Fallen Oak. I made two birdies, one for a net eagle, and an up-and-down par out of a deep bunker. More importantly, I hadn't lost a single ball. That's how I usually measure my golf game. That way, I don't have to count nearly as high. And then my group, including pro Tim Thelan, came to our eighth hole, the treacherous, par-3 17th. I took out my 3-hybrid for the...

Fans can help determine 2015 C Spire Conerly winner

With several Mississippi college football teams playing meaningful football games in late November, fan interest is predictably high. And, for the third time, Mississippi college football fans can help choose the C Spire Conerly Trophy winner. Fan voting, conducted by C Spire, will account for a weighted 10 percent of the voting. A panel of statewide media will account for 90 percent. The 10 Conerly Trophy finalists are Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, Mississippi Valley State safety Marquis Green,...

Choctaws’ 2015 C Spire Conerly nominee: Marcel Newson

Coldwater native Marcel Newson, a junior wide receiver, is Mississippi College's nominee for the 2015 C Spire Conerly Trophy. Newson led the Choctaws with 35 pass receptions for 591 yards, eight touchdowns and 17 yards per catch. Newson, a transfer from Northwest Community College, also has returned two punts for 43 yards and returned 19 kickoffs for 20 yards per return. Newson holds the Northwest CC single season and career records for kickoff return yardage. Mississippi's 10 football playing senior colleges all nominate a finalist for the C Spire Conerly...

Coast wind is Montgomerie’s gentle breeze

SAUCIER, Miss. — Colin Montgomerie, the spectacularly accomplished Scottish golfer, was preparing to chip to the second green, his 11th of the day, at Fallen Oak on a windy, sun-kissed Friday afternoon. And then something — something big and blue, caught his eye. It was a sheriff's deputy, walking in Montgomerie's line of sight when he shouldn't have been. “He had a gun, a big gun,” Montgomerie later said. “I presumed it was loaded.” Montgomerie, four shots under par at the time, had an important shot to hit. “So I...