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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.

No. 9 Bobcats earn split with No. 17 Warriors Tuesday

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – It was a classic pitcher’s duel Tuesday evening at Community Bank Park.

Tyler Spring (Stone) and Will Hicks (Germantown) came out on top against Brooks Warren to lead ninth-rated Jones County to a 1-0 victory over No. 17 East Central in game 2 of a doubleheader.


Wildcats move into first place with sweep over Gulf Coast

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College put together a couple of efforts suitable for framing Tuesday against Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The 18th-ranked Wildcats moved into sole possession of first place in the MACJC baseball standings by sweeping a doubleheader from No. 20 Gulf Coast with a pair of 6-2 triumphs.


CLEVELAND: MSU peaking at the right time

By RICK CLEVELAND,

When it comes to tournament basketball – or baseball, or football, for that matter – it's all about peaking at the right time if you are going to win championships. It's about playing your best when it counts most. In a way, it's about saving your best for last.



PETRO: Covering games won’t be the same without Hawkins, Wheat

By CAMAL PETRO,

In my two and a half years of working here, last week was a first for me. Of the eight schools I cover, I’ve never had to deal with a football coaching turnover. PCS’ Joey Hawkins announced his retirement last Monday, then Purvis’ Perry Wheat soon followed suit on Friday.


Hopson: Nelson missing last season a 'blessing in disguise'

By CAMAL PETRO,

Southern Miss redshirt senior Picasso Nelson became a fixture as a defensive back for the Golden Eagles through his first three years on campus. Instead of finishing his career in 2017, like he was slated to do, he missed the entire season due to an undisclosed injury.


PRCC completes first week of spring football drills

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College football is back on the practice field starting the preparations for the 2018 season.

The Wildcats completed the first week of spring practice Thursday, looking to build on last fall’s 5-4 season, which included a 4-2 mark in South Division play.


Hinds takes two from No. 3 JCJC

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Hinds Community College swept a doubleheader from No.3 Jones County here Wednesday at Community Bank Park.

The Eagles won Game 1, 6-5 in 10 innings. Hinds then posted a 4-1 decision in Game 2.


Wheat steps down as Purvis head football coach

By CAMAL PETRO,

Purvis coach Perry Wheat is stepping down as the Tornadoes’ head football coach, he announced Friday. The thought of resigning was on his mind a lot lately, and he thought now was a good time to make it official.

He wanted to give the program the opportunity to find a new coach in time for spring football practice.


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