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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.


No. 2 JCJC Bobcats’ winning streak now at 18 games

By FROM JCJC,

GOODMAN – No. 2 Jones County took two from Holmes here Wednesday afternoon at Charlie Donald Field.

JCJC scored seven runs in the sixth inning and won game one, 12-2 in six innings. The Bobcats then completed the sweep over the Bulldogs with an 8-3 decision in game two.



Area teams have tough task in third round

By CAMAL PETRO,

I’m not here to sugar coat things, and I’m not going to say it’s all rainbows and butterflies for our area teams this week. Things are about to get real for the teams left in the MHSAA baseball playoffs.

Typically, the third round is when things start to get interesting with compelling matchups, and this year isn’t any different.



Area athletes qualify for MHSAA State Track

By CAMAL PETRO,

Athletes from across the state competed in South State track meets Saturday, vying for a spot in this weekend’s MHSAA State Track Meet.

The MHSAA State Track Meet will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon at Pearl High School’s Woody Barnett Track and Field Complex.



Remembering Hattiesburg’s own, the ‘Blade’

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Ricky Donegan, who threw some of the prettiest passes these eyes ever saw, died of cancer April 17 at age 68 in his adopted hometown of Tupelo. And I know what some of you older readers are thinking: “Ricky Donegan, where have I heard that name before?”


Homers lift Tulane over USM

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

HATTIESBURG – Luke Reynolds hit a pair of home runs in the same game for the third time this season Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough as No. 13 Southern Miss fell 10-7 to Tulane at Pete Taylor Park.


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