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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.

HATTIESBURG – For the Oak Grove Warriors Tuesday night, it was a total team effort. There’s no other way to describe it.

HATTIESBURG – Sacred Heart coach Brian Butler believes the holiday break can make or break a team. Well, if Friday’s game against the Sumrall Bobcats was any indicator, the Crusaders are trending toward the former.

Gavin sees first action at USM

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – It didn’t take long for former Petal Lady Panthers star Kennedy Gavin to make an impact in a Golden Eagles’ uniform.


Petal's D: from unknown to force

By CAMAL PETRO,

During the offseason, questions swirled about the Panthers’ defense. While the players were busy getting ready for the 2017 season, many didn’t know what Petal would look like on that side of the ball.



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.


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