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Joe Gray’s dream of becoming a professional baseball player has come true. The former Hattiesburg star and two-time PineBeltSPORTS Player of the Year flew to Milwaukee Thursday and signed his pro deal with the Brewers on Friday.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Lumberton head coach Zach Jones joins the show to talk everything Lumberton. He touches on how summer is going, last year’s disappointing finish and the popular misconception of Lumberton schools shutting its doors for good.

Entering his fourth season as the head coach of his hometown team, Lumberton’s Zach Jones has never had a problem finding a running back to tote the ball.

This part of the country is known as an untapped well for the recruitment of high school boy’s soccer players. There are just not many opportunities to go around.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro kicks off the summer high school football coverage with Oak Grove and a conversation with Mississippi State commit and Warriors’ defensive end, Jack Harris.

Former USM player Hoffpauir named PCS baseball coach

By CAMAL PETRO,

The PCS athletics program has gone through a couple of coaching changes in 2018. On Thursday, the school announced former Southern Miss baseball player Jarrett Hoffpauir as its new head baseball coach. A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 10:45 a.m. in the school’s library to introduce the new coach.



Loftin earns NJCAA DII Player of the Year honors

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) has been named the NJCAA Division II Dudley Player of the Year.

Loftin helped the Lady Bobcats to a 54-3 record and its first-ever national championship this season. The award was announced Thursdaymorning.



After U.S. Open, Mickelson has not tarnished legacy

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Golf, as we know it, has come to an end, according to the purists. Phil Mickelson, a man who is paid millions of dollars to play a game that began on sacred ground “across The Pond,” committed an unconscionable error by hitting his golf ball while it was still in motion.


US' absence at World Cup very telling for sport in States

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Question: What do Iceland, Tunisia, Senegal, Croatia, Costa Rica, Panama and Nigeria all have in common?

Answer: All those countries qualified for – and are playing in – the World Cup, the world championship of soccer.

Here's the kicker: The United States is not. We. Did. Not. Qualify.




CLEVELAND: Mangum dazzles in Supers

By RICK CLEVELAND,

As we all know, Jake Mangum wasn't selected in last week's Major League Draft until the 32nd round – a fact that became all the more puzzling after Mangum spurred Mississippi State to a memorable NCAA Super Regional victory over Vanderbilt last weekend.


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