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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Hattiesburg girls basketball coach Caronica Jackson joins the show to talk all things State Championship. Her Lady Tigers claimed the 5A State Title last Friday, and she goes into detail about everything from that night.

PETAL – For a brief moment, Petal’s sophomore catcher Matt Mercer was in the doghouse. The keyword – brief.

HATTIESBURG – Hattiesburg senior A.J. Stinson saved his best outing of the season for a good time.

HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss starting pitcher Stevie Powers hurled a gem Saturday in Game 2 of the series against Georgia Southern. He didn’t earn the win after throwing 6.1 innings of six-hit ball, but the Golden Eagles did, and that’s all the matters to him.

JACKSON – The ghosts of past state championship losses almost haunted the Hattiesburg Lady Tigers Friday night inside the Mississippi Coliseum, but sophomore Chelsea Ulmer wanted none of it.

Turnovers plague Lady Warriors in 6A Semifinals


JACKSON – Even without their leading scorer and a key defensive presence in the paint, the Murrah Lady Mustangs ended the Oak Grove Lady Warriors’ season with a 43-37 loss in the 6A Semifinals Wednesday.

JCJC softball, baseball ranked No. 1


ELLISVILLE – A bit of history was made Tuesday afternoon.

Both the Jones County Junior College baseball and softball teams are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the first 2018 NJCAA Division II regular season polls that were released.

Wildcats knock off Gulf Coast to advance in regional


CLINTON – The beat goes on for Pearl River Community College in men’s basketball.

The Wildcats used a smothering defense and got enough out of their offense to roll past Mississippi Gulf Coast 66-57 Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.

Going undefeated is hard to do


Years ago, New Hope's baseball team went through an entire season undefeated and finished 43-0, causing the late, great baseball legend Boo Ferriss to gush.

“Forty-three and zero,” Ferriss said. “That's unbelievable! There are too many pebbles and rocks on a baseball field to do that. Sooner or later, you've got to get a bad hop.”

WCU wins SSAC Championship


MONTGOMERY – No. 12 William Carey University captured the 2018 SSAC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship defeating Dalton State, 83-76 in the title game at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery.

Saturday’s win was the Crusaders second SSAC Tournament Title with the last coming in 2014.

Lady Bobcats capture second straight state championship


SENATOBIA –  Fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College has done it again.

The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 16-2 lead midway through the first quarter and went on to whip Copiah-Lincoln 78-53 in the MACJC Tournament championship game here Thursday night at Howard Coliseum.

William Carey softball sweeps MUW


HATTIESBURG – No. 8 William Carey softball showed no effects of a 10-day layoff as it swept Mississippi University for Women in non-conference action at Joseph & Nancy Fail Field.

In Game 1, Carey (5-1) put the game away in the second inning as it rolled to a 7-3 win.