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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS, it’s high school baseball playoff time. Camal and Andrew dive into conversations about each playoff series involving Petal, Purvis, Sumrall, Sacred Heart and Lumberton. Plus, interviews from some of the area’s coaches.

The top-seeded Purvis Tornadoes and the second-seeded Sumrall Bobcats have had their fair-share of intense battles this season, but as the two begin their respective playoff journey, a rematch wouldn’t happen until the south state series.

The Oak Grove Lady Warriors are a young team, but most of the players were a part of last season’s early playoff exit. A year older, Oak Grove has posted an 18-2 overall record and it earned a first-round bye in the 6A playoffs after sweeping Region 5-6A play.

The Purvis Tornadoes have found their new head football coach, and they didn’t go very far to get him. PineBeltSPORTS learned Monday afternoon Purvis defensive coordinator Brad Hankins will now lead the program.

This was a no-brainer for Sacred Heart – the 2-year old baseball field at the Sacred Heart Athletic Complex was always going to dubbed after the architect of Sacred Heart baseball.


Wildcats remain in top spot after sweeping East Central

By FROM PRCC,

POPLARVILLE – For the second time this season, Pearl River Community College baseball found itself trailing an MACJC foe on the road Wednesday by a 10-1 margin. And like that first time against Northwest Mississippi, the Wildcats rallied for a 13-10 victory.



No. 12 Bobcats sweep Southwest

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – The 12th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats notched two impressive victories over Southwest Mississippi Wednesday afternoon at Community Bank Park.


USM splits midweek series with Lafayette

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – A day after Southern Miss used its fourth walk-off of the season to beat the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns, the Golden Eagles couldn’t find anymore Pete Taylor magic in Game 2 of the two-game midweek series.


CLEVELAND: Not surprised at Vivians' Success

By RICK CLEVELAND,

So, the question was put to me, via Twitter, just minutes after Arike Ogunboewale's miraculous shot put a dagger right through the hearts of all who bleed Mississippi State's maroon and white.

The question concerned State's senior All American Victoria Vivians and it went like this:


PCS names Derek White head football coach

By CAMAL PETRO,

Presbyterian Christian has found its guy to lead the football program after Joey Hawkins stepped away two weeks ago. Derek White was named the new head football coach Wednesday afternoon, PineBeltSPORTS learned.


USM's Sandlin earns pair of weekly pitching awards

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

HATTIESBURG – After striking out 13 batters and allowing only two hits over a career-best eight innings versus Rice last Friday evening, Southern Miss junior RHP Nick Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week as well as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week.


VIDEO: Ito Smith after Pro Day

By CAMAL PETRO,

Former Southern Miss running back Ito Smith met with the local media Thursday, March 29 after his Pro Day. He talks about his day, what he’s done since the Senior Day and what’s next as the NFL Draft approaches. 

The NFL draft starts on April 26 and ends on April 28. 


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