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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.

USM hires Ladner to lead basketball program

By CAMAL PETRO,

Southern Miss has found its man to lead to Golden Eagles basketball program, and it’s one of the university’s own.

Jay Ladner, who spent the last five seasons coaching Southeastern Louisiana University, was hired to be Southern Miss’ next head basketball coach Thursday night. Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report the news. 





Whatley, McLaurin have big day at USM Spring Game

By ANDREW ABADIE,

Both sides of the ball at Southern Miss’ Black and Gold spring game seemed very parallel compared to this past season. The defense, again, looks to be dominant, but the eyebrow raiser for the day went to Gold Team members sophomore quarterback Tate Whatley and senior wide receiver Neil McLaurin.




DIFATTA: Before a day on the water, do much-needed inspections

By PHIL DIFATTA,

After a fun-filled day of skiing at Paul B. Johnson State Park a long, long time ago, my friends (both of 'em) and I were headed back to Hattiesburg when a pickup, towing a really nice (as in expensive) ocean-going fishing vessel, blew by us like a rocket and topped the hill. When we reached the top, a frightful sight greeted us.



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