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With the Petal Panther football team receiving most of the shine with their sSouth State run and District champs title, the men’s basketball team looks to steer the glory to the hard court and continue the progress made from the previous successful year.

The Oak Grove Warriors start the basketball season looking to pick up where they left off last year. Having their best year with Coach LaRon Brumfield at the helm has Oak Grove hungry to build off of a style of play that got the Warriors a 25-win season last year.

The Hattiesburg Tigers have high hopes on the hardwood as they look to take the experienced starters from a successful season a year ago, and make a deep push into the playoffs.

The Oak Grove Warriors’ season came to an end Friday night and with the it the hope of a state championship title .

Nanih Waiya proved to be too big and too strong for Lumberton and the Warriors from Winston County ended the Panthers 2019 season Friday afternoon with a 28-13 win in the 2019 1A state title game.

Colts QB is leaving the NFL at the top of his game.

By RICK CLEVELAND,

It was so shocking because it happens so seldom: An NFL superstar retiring at the top of his game.

Andrew Luck's retirement this past weekend from the Indianapolis Colts caught the football world off guard for so many reasons:

• Luck is one of the best in the world at what he did.


Abraham back at QB for Golden Eagles

By ALAN HINTON,

Jack Abraham will be the Southern Miss quarterback in the Golden Eagles’ first game of the 2019 football season Saturday night, but he won’t be throwing to All-Conference USA wide receiver Quez Watkins.


Warrior Club $1.5M campaign for new field, other improvements ongoing.

By BETH BUNCH,

When the Oak Grove Warriors take the field in just a couple of weeks, they’ll be doing so on brand new turf. But they aren’t the only ones benefitting.

The new turf is the result of a $1.5 million Warrior Club Oak Grove Capital Improvement campaign that’s been five months in the making.


All new drivers need a 'Coach Pool'

By DAVID GUSTAFSON,

My youngest son, Solomon, passed his driver’s permit test recently.

It was a proud moment for the unassuming 15-year-old high school sophomore – and sort of terrifying for yours truly.

Don’t get me wrong. He’s (mostly) a responsible kid. He (usually) makes excellent grades. He (generally) uses good judgment.



Mitchell living out childhood dream at USM

By STAFF,

In a wide receivers room loaded with experience, perhaps none is bigger than redshirt senior Jordan Mitchell's.

Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mitchell's childhood dream became a reality when he gave his commitment to the Golden Eagles in 2014. In fact, 24 hours prior to that commitment, he didn't hold a single Division I offer.


School board honors AD’s, scholar athletes

By BETH BUNCH,

Extracurricular activities and athletics are important parts of a school district, but academics can’t be pushed aside. In Lamar County, efforts are being made for the two to work hand-in-hand with great results.



DiFatta: I was almost a snack for a mamma gator

By PHIL DIFATTA,

I can't personally mimic the sound, so it would be virtually impossible for me to describe in print the sound a frightened baby alligator makes. I can, however, describe the sound I made when I saw the baby's 10-foot mama swimming toward the boat.


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