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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.


Southern Miss wins series over Louisiana Tech

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

RUSTON Hunter Slater registered three hits and drove in two runs, while Erick Hoard knocked in a pair of his own to lead Southern Miss to a 5-1 Conference USA victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field to capture the series win.


Southern Miss falls to WKU in C-USA Semifinals

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

FRISCO, Texas -- If the clocks were turned back to fall, and many schools' basketball fans were told they were going to have 20 wins and a tie game with eight minutes left in their conference tournament semifinals, they would have taken it.


William Carey takes series against Mobile

By FROM WILLIAM CAREY,

HATTIESBURG – William Carey University baseball picked up a key SSAC series win as it split a doubleheader with No. 8 University of Mobile on Saturday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field.

In Game 1, the Crusaders used some timely hitting late as they defeated the Rams, 10-4.





Apparently turkey calls don’t have to be perfect

By PHIL DIFATTA,

I offered up some of my best yelps and purrs to a boisterous gobbler one morning, but the tough old bird absolutely refused to be fooled. He'd come and go, come and go, but never gave me a shot. There were no natural barriers between us to stop him, and I just couldn't understand it.


WCU softball splits doubleheader Tuesday

By FROM WILLIAM CAREY,

HATTIESBURG – No. 15 William Carey University softball returned to action for the first time in nine days as it split its Tuesday afternoon doubleheader with Georgetown College at Joseph & Nancy Fail Field.

Errors proved costly for the Lady Crusaders as they dropped Game 1 of the 5-2.


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