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

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.

Oak Grove native Hayes Maples is participating in something he’s never done before. Yes, he’s been playing football for a while now, but he’s never gone through spring practice at Southern Miss nor at Oak Grove.

Southern Miss is now without a head basketball coach.

After fives years leading the Golden Eagles program, Doc Sadler stepped down Thursday amidst reports of his return to the University of Nebraska as an assistant coach under new head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Pearl River’s Rachal named NJCAA All-American


POPLARVILLE — The post-season honors keep rolling in for Pearl River standout Brandon Rachal (Natchitoches, La.; Natchitoches Central) as the talented sophomore was named a Second Team All-American by the NJCAA on Monday.

Purvis falls to Greene County


PURVIS – It’s become a free-for-all in Region 7-4A, with one week of region play remaining and four teams contending for two playoff spots.

Southern Miss names McClain new Director of Athletics


Southern Miss has found its new Director of Athletics. Jeremy McClain, who was serving as Troy’s Director of Athletics since September 2015, was announced by Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett Thursday. McClain and his family will be introduced Monday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Trent Lott Center on campus.

DiFATTA: Word of advice while planning turkey hunting trips


If you love turkey hunting as much as I, here's a piece of advice you might want to stick under your cap, particularly if your season isn't going so well: Listen to what both the weather man and turkey biologists have to say about gobbler activity on any day you intend to hunt.

CLEVELAND: Mississippi State women plan to reload


Limping Chloe Bibby was in Oregon last weekend, supporting her Mississippi State teammates, while continuing the rehab process on her injured knee.

Yes, she said, the knee is coming along fine and will be stronger than ever by next season.

Yes, she said, she can't wait to play again.

No. 4 Pearl River has sweet trip to No. 18 Gulf Coast


PERKINSTON — No. 4 Pearl River extended its regular season success against archrival Gulf Coast to six straight victories Tuesday with a sweep at Ken “Curly” Farris Field. The Wildcats (22-5 overall, 7-3 MACJC) slugged their way to a 6-1 victory over the No.