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Presbyterian Christian School’s C.J. Buckhalter and Cameron Shaw didn’t know each other a few months ago. C.J. was entering the summer before his sophomore year on the Bobcats’ football team, while Shaw was making the move from Fort Worth, Texas, to Hattiesburg.

The Petal Panthers have found themselves in a rare position.

The Panthers’ backfield returns three players in 2019 who combined for 4,123 offensive yards, which leaves Petal coach Marcus Boyles and his assistant coaches with a lot of options on that side of the ball.

As of July 1, Marcus Boyles is back as the Petal Panthers head football coach.

The Mississippi high school coaching legend announced his retirement from his athletics director and head coach positions in March, but took back the reins last week.

Southern Miss basketball coach Jay Ladner admits his path to his new office inside Reed Green Coliseum isn’t common for other coaches.

“How did you do it? How can I do it?”

The Sacred Heart family is mourning right now.

HHS' season ends in second round


HATTIESBURG – Vancleave flashed its skill Tuesday night in the second round of the Class II playoffs, as it took down Hattiesburg in straight sets (25-12, 25-13, 25-20) to advance to the semifinals at Mississippi State Thursday.

The Lady Tigers’ season comes to an end with an 18-6 overall record.

Sacred Heart playing for its seniors


The Sacred Heart Crusaders were officially eliminated from making a return trip to the 1A playoffs last week, but don’t tell that to the Sacred Heart seniors who are playing in their final two games this week and next week. They’re still playing their hearts out, according to Sacred Heart head coach Lonny Schraeder.

PRCC confident heading into season finale


POPLARVILLE – It will be a confident group from Pearl River Community College that will make the trip to Wesson Saturday to battle Copiah-Lincoln in the Wildcats’ football season finale.

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg stays put, Lumberton moves up


Again, it’s another week of not much movement for our area teams. Undefeated Hattiesburg stays put at No. 5 in the Overall Poll and No. 2 in the 5A poll, but Lumberton (7-2) did move up to No. 4 in the 1A Poll after being ranked No. 5 last week.


Bobcats move up to No. 8


ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College continues to climb in the NJCAA rankings.

Head coach Steve Buckley’s Bobcats moved up to No. 8 in this week’s poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon. JCJC was No. 8 last week.

PCS finishes regular season at MRA


It’s not a 100 percent fact, but when Presbyterian Christian visits Madison-Ridgeland Academy Thursday night, it could be the first of two matchups in back-to-back weeks.

PETRO: Hattiesburg is now the clear favorite in 5A South


I’m not breaking any news here, but the Hattiesburg Tigers are good. So good, they’re now the clear favorite to win the 5A South and take a trip to Oxford for the state championship. There’s still a long way to go, though, but a record of 9-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 4-5A speaks for itself.

Bobcats clinch South Division


ELLISVILLE – The battle of NJCAA Top 10 teams lived up to its billing here on a wonderful Homecoming Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

The 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats used a clutch fake punt and prevailed over the No. 4 Hinds Eagles 41-36 in an entertaining MACJC contest.