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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.

Vance enjoying the 'pageantry' of State Championship week


CLINTON – Saturday was a “blur” for Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance. He left the Hattiesburg High School Football Fieldhouse at 3:30 a.m. following Friday night’s win over Laurel, and he finally got in bed for a few hours of sleep at 4:30 a.m.

USM returns home for Senior Day


Fans get a last chance to watch the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home this season on Saturday afternoon, when the Charlotte 49ers invade M.M. Roberts Stadium at 2 p.m.

It will be Senior Day for 23 players, most of whom have started at least once in their USM careers.

CLEVELAND: With 2 games left, a look at instate teams


One wag's opinion on a number of subjects:

• Not to belittle Mississippi State's monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.

Ryder scores 23, OG beats McComb


HATTIESBURG – Oak Grove junior Tate Ryder scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 63-49 over the McComb Tigers Tuesday night. With the win, the Warriors are 3-0 on the young season.

“The team played good defense and got me open shots,” Ryder said. “We just had a good team game.”

Purvis continues to roll


FLORENCE — The revenge tour continues for Purvis.

Behind a big second quarter and a strong rushing attack, the Tornadoes ran past Florence 41-21 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs at Eagle Stadium on Friday night.

Purvis (6-6) will host Poplarville (12-0) next week in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

PHOTOS: Tigers roll South Jones


HATTIESBURG – The Hattiesburg Tigers put their undefeated record on the line in the first round of the 5A playoffs and left little doubt if they could keep the streak going.

Hattiesburg rolled South Jones 50-0 Friday night, and it’ll travel to Stone in the second round next Friday.

Gavin sees first action at USM


HATTIESBURG – It didn’t take long for former Petal Lady Panthers star Kennedy Gavin to make an impact in a Golden Eagles’ uniform.

Petal's D: from unknown to force


During the offseason, questions swirled about the Panthers’ defense. While the players were busy getting ready for the 2017 season, many didn’t know what Petal would look like on that side of the ball.