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BILOXI – When Southern Miss was on offense, Gabe Shepard spent the half inning in the tunnel with water cooling off by a fan. While he was on the mound, he delivered the heat to the Rice batters.

BILOXI – In the 24 hours between Southern Miss’ walk-off win over Rice Wednesday and first pitch against Marshall Thursday, the Southern Miss bats didn’t cool down in the South Mississippi heat.

BILOXI – It’s only fitting Southern Miss’ home run king stepped up to the plate one swing away from winning a first-round game in the Conference USA Tournament.

Some say “magic mustards” and some use “championship golds,” but one thing is for sure, there is something special about those all-gold jerseys Pearl River donned Saturday afternoon.

FULTON — When No. 6 Pearl River packed for Fulton and the Region XXIII Tournament, the Wildcats made sure to bring an extra box — containing “championship gold” uniforms.

USM opens fall practice


HATTIESBURG – The first official step toward the 2017 football season was taken Wednesday morning for Southern Miss as Jay Hopson’s squad utilized an almost three-hour workout in Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Freeze resigns from Ole Miss


Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that they found unacceptable.

Sumrall soccer to get its own soccer facility


Sumrall’s basketball gymnasium is less than 10 years old, the Lady Bobcats’ softball complex just completed its second year in use and Larry Knight Field is one of the nicest baseball fields in the area, and now it’s the Sumrall soccer program’s turn to call something its own.

Cooper tabbed to lead Purvis basketball


When Purvis basketball makes its annual trip up Highway 589 to play Sumrall next season, it’ll be a familiar setting for new Tornadoes head coach Eric Cooper. However, the four-year letterman at Sumrall will be on the visiting bench.

Petal returns deep passing game


PETAL – The Panthers are spending their offseason trying to replace a Division I running back in Stephon Huderson, an all-around athlete in Tanner Estill and numerous players on the defensive side of the ball.

Petal head coach Marcus Boyles says it’s been tough, but he likes what he’s seen so far.

Bolar, Bolton ready for senior season


People around the Hattiesburg area know about Purvis as a town and as a football team, but pretty soon, the entire state will get acquainted, if they already haven’t, with two of the better players in the state.

Watch out, because Purvis could have one of the best wide receiver-running back combinations this season.