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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.

PREP POLL: Hattiesburg, Lumberton move up


Hattiesburg moved up in this week’s Associated Prep Poll, bumping up one spot to No. 4 in the Overall Poll. The Tigers are still No. 2 in the 5A poll, as West Point remains on top of both the 5A poll and the Overall Poll.

Lumberton moved up a spot in the 1A poll to No. 3.

Hattiesburg goes for undefeated regular season Friday at WH


That Hattiesburg Tigers are 10-0 and Region 4-5A Champions heading into their final regular-season game at West Harrison. There is literally nothing the Tigers can do that will affect their playoff standings, but there are some things they can do that can affect their football team.

Purvis falls, but clinches playoffs


PURVIS – Two crucial second-half turnovers, combined with an absence of solid tackling, put the Purvis Tornadoes in the position of counting the points for the playoffs after the Forrest County AHS Aggies took a 35-30 Region 7-4A victory Friday night in Purvis.