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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.

Sumrall hits the road for first-round matchup with Knights


For the first since 2012, the Sumrall Bobcats are gearing up for a playoff game. Third-seeded Sumrall (6-5) travels to second-seeded West Lauderdale (7-4) Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

The winner matches up with No. 1 East Central (9-0) and Lanier (4-7) next week.

Panthers finish season with Salem


The Lumberton Panthers (8-2, 5-0 in Region 4-1A) claimed their second consecutive region title with a win over Stringer Friday, so it was nice, relaxing weekend for the Lumberton coaches and players, right?

Sort of.

Bolden optimistic about Bobcats


ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will be in a rebuilding situation heading into the 2017-18 season.

Not only did the Bobcats lose most every player off of last season’s MACJC and Region 23 Tournament championship team, they will also have a completely new coaching staff.