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Joe Gray’s dream of becoming a professional baseball player has come true. The former Hattiesburg star and two-time PineBeltSPORTS Player of the Year flew to Milwaukee Thursday and signed his pro deal with the Brewers on Friday.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Lumberton head coach Zach Jones joins the show to talk everything Lumberton. He touches on how summer is going, last year’s disappointing finish and the popular misconception of Lumberton schools shutting its doors for good.

Entering his fourth season as the head coach of his hometown team, Lumberton’s Zach Jones has never had a problem finding a running back to tote the ball.

This part of the country is known as an untapped well for the recruitment of high school boy’s soccer players. There are just not many opportunities to go around.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro kicks off the summer high school football coverage with Oak Grove and a conversation with Mississippi State commit and Warriors’ defensive end, Jack Harris.


USM basketball to play in Cancun Challenge this season

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – The Southern Miss men's basketball team has officially been announced as one of eight participating teams in the 2018 Cancun Challenge. The games take place in the modified ballroom of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, in a setting where teams and fans can walk from their rooms to the restaurants to the games.


Conference USA inks expansion ESPN agreement

By CONFERENCE USA,

IRVING, Texas – Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today a new multi-year contract with ESPN. The agreement triples ESPN’s inventory of C-USA events from the previous deal to include more than 175 events on ESPN+ and ESPN3 for the upcoming 2018-19 season.


Montenegro tabbed Freshman All-American

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss outfielder Gabe Montenegro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) earned Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Wednesday morning in a release by the news outlet.




Quick Glance: Arkansas' Fayetteville Regional

By CAMAL PETRO,

The Conference USA regular season and tournament champions, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, are heading Fayetteville Regional, along with Dallas Baptist, Oral Roberts and the host team, Arkansas.


USM starting pitching dominates in C-USA tournament

By CAMAL PETRO,

BILOXI – There’s no denying it – the Southern Miss’ starting pitching has had a phenomenal week at the Conference USA Tournament in Biloxi.

“They’ve done a tremendous job,” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said of the four starters. “Coach (Christian) Ostrander has done a great job lining those guys up and calling pitches.”


WATCH: Charlotte downs USM to force decisive game

By CAMAL PETRO,

BILOXI – The Charlotte 49ers gave Southern Miss a little taste of its own medicine Saturday in the Conference USA Tournament. After former Southern Miss star Taylor Braley hit a walk-off on Charlotte in the same semifinal game to force another contest, the same happened Saturday night at MGM Park.


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