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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.

PHOTOS: Petal sweeps FCAHS


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


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


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.

Oak Grove ends season with a shutout


Friday night’s Oak Grove homecoming victory against winless Jim Hill of Jackson brought out a lot of smiles on the Warriors sideline and in the home stands.

Petal's Dykes signs with JCJC


Petal senior Hunter Dykes took all of two hours to decide to make his commitment to play baseball at Jones County Junior College. When he was first offered a scholarship over the summer, he quickly called back.

“In about two hours, I made my decision and called right back,” Dykes said.