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HATTIESBURG – Petal coach Todd Kimble called Friday night the best performance his team has played this season, and it’s easy to see why.

The Petal Panthers blew out the Oak Grove Warriors 73-36 at OGHS, sweeping the season series.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro is joined by Petal basketball head coach Todd Kimble.

PETAL – For a team that lost a Division I player from last season’s roster and is guided by a first-year coach at the school, the Petal Panthers are quietly playing under the radar for a 6A program.

HATTIESBURG – Jackson Academy’s comeback from a first-half deficit can be summed up by one play.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, winter sports take center stage. First, sports editor Camal Petro details where the area soccer teams stand with less than a month left on the schedule.

PRCC basketball sweeps Hinds


POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College got all it wanted from a struggling Hinds team Thursday night, but the Wildcats proved too much in the end as they took a 92-73 victory in men’s basketball action at M.R. White Coliseum.

PRCC improved to 10-1 overall and 2-1 in South Division play; Hinds dropped to 2-7 and 0-3.

No. 6 Lady Bobcats triumph; men drop first division game


SUMMIT – A strong defensive effort lifted No. 6 Jones County Junior College to victory here Thursday night at Holmes Gymnasium.

The Lady Bobcats held Southwest Mississippi without a field goal for 8:30 of the second quarter and went on to defeat the Lady Bears, 69-52.

USM women beat UAB


BIRMINGHAM – Led by career-highs from Shonte Hailes and Megan Brown, the Southern Miss women’s basketball team (10-7, 2-2) snapped UAB’s (14-3, 3-1) seven-game win streak Thursday night with a 80-63 win over the Blazers in Bartow Arena.

The 2017 NFL Draft saved the New Orleans Saints


The New Orleans Saints were in a funk.

For three straight seasons, they won seven games and lost nine. In the NFL, that classifies as a rut – a bad rut.

So how did they get out of the rut in this magical season that has seen them win 11 regular season games, the NFC South Division title and a first-round playoff game?