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HATTIESBURG – The 2018 season didn’t start as planned for junior Southern Miss pitcher J.C. Keys. Tabbed as the Sunday start through the first two weeks of the season, Keys pitched six innings in two games with a 0-1 record.

HATTIESBURG – The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are nearly unbeatable in Game 1 of a weekend series. At least, they’ve played like it through their first five weeks.

HATTIESBURG – The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are nearly unbeatable in Game 1 of a weekend series. At least, they’ve played like it through their first five weeks.

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.

USM announces 2018 baseball schedule


HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry announced Wednesday the schedule for the team’s 2018 season, which includes 27 home games, a return trip to Pensacola for the Cox Diamond Invitational and a tournament appearance in the Stephen F. Austin event.

Dick Enberg: the voice of championships


Sports broadcaster extraordinaire Dick Enberg died during the Christmas holidays – Dec. 21 to be exact – at the age of 82. He brought such joy to most sports fans' lives, including this one, his passing should not go without comment.

Naturally my first comment: “Dick Enberg, is gone. Oh my!”

PRCC sends 14 to D-1 programs


POPLARVILLE – A total of 14 players from Pearl River Community College signed their names to four-year college scholarships Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period for football.

The early signing period continues through Friday.

CLEVELAND: Glass half-empty or half-filled for Saints?


New Orleans Saints fans these days should decide whether they prefer their glasses half-empty or half-filled.

This is, of course, ignoring the fact that most New Orleanians will tell you straight-up they prefer their cocktail glasses filled to the brim.

Half empty?

Trussell leaving HPSD for Starkville


It was announced Monday that Hattiesburg Public School District’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Cheyenne Trussell, will step down to take over the same role for the Starkville Oktibbeha School District.

It was a tough decision for Trussell, but a move he had been dreaming of making.

PHOTOS: HHS leaves for Oxford


The Hattiesburg Tigers left the Hub City Saturday morning at 9 a.m., boarding a charter bus for Oxford. Hattiesburg and West Point are set for the 5A State Championship Saturday at 7 p.m. The game is played at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the campus of Ole Miss. 

VIDEO: 2017 Hattiesburg highlights


As Hattiesburg prepares for the 5A State Championship Saturday, check out highlights from the 2017 season.

The Tigers will play West Point Saturday in Oxford at 7 p.m. for the State Championship. It’s the first trip for Hattiesburg since 1998, while the Green Wave have defending 5A Champs and winners of 27-straight games. 

HHS seniors prepare for final game


The Hattiesburg Tigers’ senior class has been the backbone for the 2017 team. As ninth-graders, Hattiesburg had a 6-7 overall record with a first-round loss, and now the group of 28 seniors will lead a 14-0 region champion team into Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night.