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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.

Purvis hits the road again for second round to play Florence

By CAMAL PETRO,

A lot of things had to go right for the Purvis Tornadoes last Friday, but those things went right. Purvis coach Perry Wheat said his team caught “a couple of breaks,” but in the end, his players had to make plays to beat top-seeded Mendenhall in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

CLEVELAND: There's a chance for State against Bama

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Can Mississippi State defeat No. 1 Alabama Saturday night at Starkville?

The easy answer is: Yes, of course, the Bulldogs can.

Alabama opened as a 14.5-point favorite over State. Bigger underdogs win every week in college football. Much bigger favorites lose.

PHOTOS: Petal sweeps FCAHS

By MATT BUSH,

The girls and boys’ Petal basketball teams earned its first win of the season over Forrest County AHS Tuesday night.

The Lady Panthers beat the Lady Aggies in a 10-point, 48-38 game, while the Panthers turned in a dominant performance with a 68-45 win. Both teams are now 1-0 after playing classic games over the weekend.

USM's Yancey loves animals

By CAMAL PETRO,

Southern Miss redshirt junior defensive lineman Darian Yancey loves animals.

He’s had many animals in his life. Some were normal pets like a few dogs, a cat, a few birds or a couple of rabbits, and some were more on the stranger side like his ball python and an iguana.

PETRO: Four teams alive in playoff hunt

By CAMAL PETRO,

My columns the last couple of weeks have highlighted two particular teams – Hattiesburg and Lumberton. Both were district champions and both are considered favorites entering the postseason Friday to make a trip to its respective state championship.

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