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HATTIESBURG – The best of the best in Mississippi and Alabama have converged on the Hub City in preparation for Saturday’s 31st playing of the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game. Kickoff is set for Noon at Southern Miss’ M.M. Roberts Stadium.

HATTIESBURG – In an important region contest for both the Sacred Heart Lady Crusaders and Crusaders, underclassmen led both squads to big wins over St. Patrick Monday.

On this week’s episode, Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson and three players discuss Thursday’s first practice as the Golden Eagles prepare for Florida State in the Independence Bowl.

HATTIESBURG – PCS basketball plays 10 conference games every season, and in the words of boys’ coach Josh Dorman, the Bobcats will play in 10 “slobber knockers,” so the importance of starting with a win Tuesday night was crucial.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss football program on Sunday announced it has accepted an invitation to participate in the 42nd Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

Vance enjoying the 'pageantry' of State Championship week

By CAMAL PETRO,

CLINTON – Saturday was a “blur” for Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance. He left the Hattiesburg High School Football Fieldhouse at 3:30 a.m. following Friday night’s win over Laurel, and he finally got in bed for a few hours of sleep at 4:30 a.m.

USM returns home for Senior Day

By ALAN HINTON,

Fans get a last chance to watch the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at home this season on Saturday afternoon, when the Charlotte 49ers invade M.M. Roberts Stadium at 2 p.m.

It will be Senior Day for 23 players, most of whom have started at least once in their USM careers.

CLEVELAND: With 2 games left, a look at instate teams

By RICK CLEVELAND,

One wag's opinion on a number of subjects:

• Not to belittle Mississippi State's monumental effort in a heart-wrenching, 31-24 defeat to No. 1-ranked Alabama last Saturday night, but the Crimson Tide has some serious issues at linebacker. If not solved, Alabama will have a difficult time even making the college football playoffs.

Ryder scores 23, OG beats McComb

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Oak Grove junior Tate Ryder scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 63-49 over the McComb Tigers Tuesday night. With the win, the Warriors are 3-0 on the young season.

“The team played good defense and got me open shots,” Ryder said. “We just had a good team game.”

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