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LUMBERTON – The Lumberton Panthers were ready to get back to their winning ways Friday evening, and they made quick work of their first-round opponent.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, we focus solely on this weekend’s first round of the high school baseball playoffs.

HATTIESBURG – Jay Ladner gave his father Larry Ladner the best birthday present Thursday. On Larry’s 82nd birthday, Jay was introduced as to the Southern Miss faithful as the next head basketball coach.

It’s not about how the Purvis Tornadoes spent most of the season with peaks and valleys, coach Tony Farlow said. It’s about how they’re playing entering the postseason, and the Tornadoes are coming off two solid wins over Poplarville and Lumberton to close out the regular season.

The Lumberton Panthers have had quite an interesting road to the playoffs. The Panthers started the season by winning six of their first seven games, but now they’ve lost three of their last four.

No. 6 Pearl River provides the thunder in sweep of Holmes


POPLARVILLE — No. 6 Pearl River provided the thunder and Mother Nature supplied the lightning Friday as the Wildcats belted four homers en route to a convincing sweep of Holmes at Dub Herring Park. The Wildcats used a seven-run first to run rule HCC 10-0 in Game 1.

Roundup: First Round


The MHSAA high school baseball playoffs began Friday and there were five teams in our coverage area that competed. Six total teams are playing in the postseason, but Oak Grove is the lone team with a bye into the second round.

Below is a recap of area Game 1s:

Petal vs. D’Iberville

Whatley, McLaurin have big day at USM Spring Game


Both sides of the ball at Southern Miss’ Black and Gold spring game seemed very parallel compared to this past season. The defense, again, looks to be dominant, but the eyebrow raiser for the day went to Gold Team members sophomore quarterback Tate Whatley and senior wide receiver Neil McLaurin.

DIFATTA: Before a day on the water, do much-needed inspections


After a fun-filled day of skiing at Paul B. Johnson State Park a long, long time ago, my friends (both of 'em) and I were headed back to Hattiesburg when a pickup, towing a really nice (as in expensive) ocean-going fishing vessel, blew by us like a rocket and topped the hill. When we reached the top, a frightful sight greeted us.