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PURVIS – With the game on the line in extra innings, every team would want to have its best hitter at the plate for the chance to win the game. For the Purvis Lady Tornadoes on Tuesday, that was Kadie Hale.

HATTIESBURG – Sacred Heart senior Griffin Wiggins admitted he was depressed earlier this season. Pitching in a game, he suffered an arm injury for the second straight year, and it would prevent him from seeing the field the rest of his high school career.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The spring campaign came to a close for the Southern Miss football team on a balmy Saturday afternoon in M.M. Roberts Stadium, where the Gold squad jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and held on for the 20-15 victory.

PETAL – Friday night was 38 years in the making for the Petal Panthers baseball program. Well, 42 years, to be exact.

PURVIS – After posting a 19-3 overall record in the regular season, it’s not a secret the Purvis Tornadoes have high expectations in the 4A playoffs. They opened up with the McComb Tigers in the first round, and Purvis handled its business in tune for a 9-1 win.

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.


Hopson 'pleased' with RBs through two spring practices

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – When a team loses an NFL-caliber running back like Ito Smith, the position is expected to see some sort of drop off the following season. That might not be the case, especially if you ask the running backs on the roster currently.





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