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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro is joined by potential new co-host Andrew Abadie. The two hit on a plethora of topics spanning from high school to Southern Miss athletics.

The Pine Belt was home to a ton of good high school basketball this season, and that’s not a surprise because of the players who played in the area. This season, two area point guards elevated their game to help their teams see more success than they’ve ever seen before.

SUMRALL – Purvis sophomore Jesse Johnson was red-hot on the mound Tuesday night, and so was Sumrall freshman Kros Sivley.

HATTIESBURG – The 2018 season didn’t start as planned for junior Southern Miss pitcher J.C. Keys. Tabbed as the Sunday start through the first two weeks of the season, Keys pitched six innings in two games with a 0-1 record.

HATTIESBURG – The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are nearly unbeatable in Game 1 of a weekend series. At least, they’ve played like it through their first five weeks.

Dick Enberg: the voice of championships


Sports broadcaster extraordinaire Dick Enberg died during the Christmas holidays – Dec. 21 to be exact – at the age of 82. He brought such joy to most sports fans' lives, including this one, his passing should not go without comment.

Naturally my first comment: “Dick Enberg, is gone. Oh my!”

PRCC sends 14 to D-1 programs


POPLARVILLE – A total of 14 players from Pearl River Community College signed their names to four-year college scholarships Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period for football.

The early signing period continues through Friday.

CLEVELAND: Glass half-empty or half-filled for Saints?


New Orleans Saints fans these days should decide whether they prefer their glasses half-empty or half-filled.

This is, of course, ignoring the fact that most New Orleanians will tell you straight-up they prefer their cocktail glasses filled to the brim.

Half empty?

Trussell leaving HPSD for Starkville


It was announced Monday that Hattiesburg Public School District’s Director of Athletics, Dr. Cheyenne Trussell, will step down to take over the same role for the Starkville Oktibbeha School District.

It was a tough decision for Trussell, but a move he had been dreaming of making.

PHOTOS: HHS leaves for Oxford


The Hattiesburg Tigers left the Hub City Saturday morning at 9 a.m., boarding a charter bus for Oxford. Hattiesburg and West Point are set for the 5A State Championship Saturday at 7 p.m. The game is played at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on the campus of Ole Miss. 

VIDEO: 2017 Hattiesburg highlights


As Hattiesburg prepares for the 5A State Championship Saturday, check out highlights from the 2017 season.

The Tigers will play West Point Saturday in Oxford at 7 p.m. for the State Championship. It’s the first trip for Hattiesburg since 1998, while the Green Wave have defending 5A Champs and winners of 27-straight games. 

HHS seniors prepare for final game


The Hattiesburg Tigers’ senior class has been the backbone for the 2017 team. As ninth-graders, Hattiesburg had a 6-7 overall record with a first-round loss, and now the group of 28 seniors will lead a 14-0 region champion team into Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night.

Vance enjoying the 'pageantry' of State Championship week


CLINTON – Saturday was a “blur” for Hattiesburg head coach Tony Vance. He left the Hattiesburg High School Football Fieldhouse at 3:30 a.m. following Friday night’s win over Laurel, and he finally got in bed for a few hours of sleep at 4:30 a.m.