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  • South Jones grad Mary-Kate Smith enjoying first season at Ole Miss

    South Jones grad Mary-Kate Smith enjoying first season at Ole Miss

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:49 AM EDT2017-10-17 04:49:47 GMT
    South Jones grad Mary-Kate Smith (15) is in her first season at Ole Miss. Courtesy: Ole Miss Sports ProductionsSouth Jones grad Mary-Kate Smith (15) is in her first season at Ole Miss. Courtesy: Ole Miss Sports Productions

    After leading South Jones on the soccer field, Mary-Kate Smith is enjoying her first season at Ole Miss. The junior midfielder has played in all 15 games for the Rebels, scoring two goals and dishing out a team-high seven assists. After spending a season at Southern Miss and Jones County Junior College, respectively, Smtih seems to have found the right fit at Ole Miss.

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    After leading South Jones on the soccer field, Mary-Kate Smith is enjoying her first season at Ole Miss. The junior midfielder has played in all 15 games for the Rebels, scoring two goals and dishing out a team-high seven assists. After spending a season at Southern Miss and Jones County Junior College, respectively, Smtih seems to have found the right fit at Ole Miss.

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  • USM quarterback competition remains a weekly battle

    USM quarterback competition remains a weekly battle

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-10-17 04:38:00 GMT
    Southern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss sophomore quarterback Keon Howard started for Southern Miss for the second straight game on Saturday, leading the Golden Eagles to their second straight win. Howard passed for 221 yards, a touchdown and threw two interceptions in USM's 24-0 win over UTEP.

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    Southern Miss sophomore quarterback Keon Howard started for Southern Miss for the second straight game on Saturday, leading the Golden Eagles to their second straight win. Howard passed for 221 yards, a touchdown and threw two interceptions in USM's 24-0 win over UTEP.

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  • Oak Grove's Kendall Parham making most of opportunity at JCJC

    Oak Grove's Kendall Parham making most of opportunity at JCJC

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-10-17 04:14:22 GMT
    JCJC sophomore wide receiver Kendall Parham. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC sophomore wide receiver Kendall Parham. Courtesy: WDAM

    It was a short pass just meant to give Jones County Junior College some breathing room. Next thing you know, Kendall Parham is breaking through a wall of PRCC defenders; ahead of him, nothing but open field. Ninety-three yards later, Parham was celebrating the longest touchdown reception of his football life.

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    It was a short pass just meant to give Jones County Junior College some breathing room. Next thing you know, Kendall Parham is breaking through a wall of PRCC defenders; ahead of him, nothing but open field. Ninety-three yards later, Parham was celebrating the longest touchdown reception of his football life.

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  • USM freshman Jaylond Adams grabs first career TD

    USM freshman Jaylond Adams grabs first career TD

    Monday, October 16 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-10-16 04:39:14 GMT
    USM freshman wide receiver Jaylond Adams. Courtesy: WDAMUSM freshman wide receiver Jaylond Adams. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss defeated UTEP 24-0 on Saturday, but it took a moment for the Golden Eagle offense to get going. USM turned to a freshman to kick-start its offense. Wide receiver Jaylond Adams hauled in a 52-yard touchdown from Keon Howard to put the Eagles on the board in the first quarter.

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    Southern Miss defeated UTEP 24-0 on Saturday, but it took a moment for the Golden Eagle offense to get going. USM turned to a freshman to kick-start its offense. Wide receiver Jaylond Adams hauled in a 52-yard touchdown from Keon Howard to put the Eagles on the board in the first quarter.

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  • JCJC and PRCC meet in annual "Cat Fight"

    JCJC and PRCC meet in annual "Cat Fight"

    Saturday, October 14 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-10-14 04:14:23 GMT
    Source: PRCCSource: PRCC

    Jones County Junior College and Pearl River Community College renew their annual "Cat Fight" on Saturday. The Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 South Division) host the No. 14 Bobcats (5-1, 3-0 South Divison) at 1 p.m. in Poplarville. The all-time series is deadlocked at 42-42-2. "They've done a great job," said JCJC head coach Steve Buckley.

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    Jones County Junior College and Pearl River Community College renew their annual "Cat Fight" on Saturday. The Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 South Division) host the No. 14 Bobcats (5-1, 3-0 South Divison) at 1 p.m. in Poplarville. The all-time series is deadlocked at 42-42-2. "They've done a great job," said JCJC head coach Steve Buckley.

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  • USM's Ito Smith named C-USA offensive player of week

    USM's Ito Smith named C-USA offensive player of week

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-10-10 21:53:24 GMT
    USM running back Ito Smith. Courtesy: WDAMUSM running back Ito Smith. Courtesy: WDAM
    For the second time this season and second time in his career, Southern Miss running back Ito Smith earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the week honors. The honor came after Smith rushed for 178 yards on 17 carries, including an 89-yard touchdown run in the Golden Eagles’ 31-29 win over UTSA. The senior’s touchdown scamper marked the longest scoring run in school history and hoped him move ahead of Ben Garry and Derrick Nix to second place on USM’s all-time r...More >>
    For the second time this season and second time in his career, Southern Miss running back Ito Smith earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the week honors. The honor came after Smith rushed for 178 yards on 17 carries, including an 89-yard touchdown run in the Golden Eagles’ 31-29 win over UTSA. The senior’s touchdown scamper marked the longest scoring run in school history and hoped him move ahead of Ben Garry and Derrick Nix to second place on USM’s all-time r...More >>
  • USM QB status: 'Waiting to see"

    USM QB status: 'Waiting to see"

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 5:43 PM EDT2017-10-10 21:43:32 GMT
    Southern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss quarterbacks Keon Howard (2) and Kwadra Griggs (7). Courtesy: WDAM

    It every bit of the spring football practice and summer camp for sophomore Keon Howard to find out that he would get his first start of the season as the University of Southern Mississippi’s quarterback. It took USM’s coaches about all of six days to let him know he’d be starting his second.

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    It every bit of the spring football practice and summer camp for sophomore Keon Howard to find out that he would get his first start of the season as the University of Southern Mississippi’s quarterback. It took USM’s coaches about all of six days to let him know he’d be starting his second.

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  • WDAM All-Star: USM's Paxton Schrimsher

    WDAM All-Star: USM's Paxton Schrimsher

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-10-10 21:34:27 GMT
    USM sophomore linebacker Paxton Schrimsher. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore linebacker Paxton Schrimsher. Courtesy: WDAM

    “I remember thinking like, I made two or three tackles back to back to back and I was like, ‘This is going to be a long game,’” said USM sophomore linebacker Paxton Schrimsher. Schrimsher ended up with five tackles, including two for loss, in the Golden Eagles' 31-29 win over UTSA.

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    “I remember thinking like, I made two or three tackles back to back to back and I was like, ‘This is going to be a long game,’” said USM sophomore linebacker Paxton Schrimsher. Schrimsher ended up with five tackles, including two for loss, in the Golden Eagles' 31-29 win over UTSA.

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  • Full Jay Hopson press conference

    Full Jay Hopson press conference

    Monday, October 9 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-10-10 01:15:30 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson recaps the Golden Eagles' 31-29 win over UTSA and previews USM's homecoming game against UTEP on Saturday.

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    Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson recaps the Golden Eagles' 31-29 win over UTSA and previews USM's homecoming game against UTEP on Saturday.

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  • Fan of the Night: Taylorsville's Billy Hamilton

    Fan of the Night: Taylorsville's Billy Hamilton

    Saturday, October 7 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-10-07 04:33:36 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    Former Taylorsville Tartar Billy Hamilton was in town on Friday night to watch his alma mater defeat Lumberton 48-22. Hamilton just wrapped up his fifth season with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, batting .247 with a .299 on-base percentage. The speed Hamilton was known for in Taylorsville has translated to the major leagues.

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    Former Taylorsville Tartar Billy Hamilton was in town on Friday night to watch his alma mater defeat Lumberton 48-22. Hamilton just wrapped up his fifth season with Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds, batting .247 with a .299 on-base percentage. The speed Hamilton was known for in Taylorsville has translated to the major leagues.

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  • Full Jay Hopson press conference

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 10:09 AM EDT2017-10-03 14:09:32 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson talks about the Golden Eagles' upcoming road matchup with UTSA at his weekly Monday press conference.

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    Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson talks about the Golden Eagles' upcoming road matchup with UTSA at his weekly Monday press conference.

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  • USM's Sidney Coleman a Hall of Famer on and off the field

    USM's Sidney Coleman a Hall of Famer on and off the field

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-10-03 05:10:38 GMT
    Former USM linebacker Sidney Coleman. Courtesy: WDAMFormer USM linebacker Sidney Coleman. Courtesy: WDAM

    by Chris Turner, WTOK Former Southern Miss linebacker Sidney Coleman once made a living on sacking quarterbacks. Now, Coleman lives in the Queen City, patrolling the schools and the streets. "[Coleman] came on in July of 2014," said Meridian School District Police Chief Ricardo Clayton.

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    by Chris Turner, WTOK Former Southern Miss linebacker Sidney Coleman once made a living on sacking quarterbacks. Now, Coleman lives in the Queen City, patrolling the schools and the streets. "[Coleman] came on in July of 2014," said Meridian School District Police Chief Ricardo Clayton.

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  • USM basketball holds first practice of 2017-18 season

    USM basketball holds first practice of 2017-18 season

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 12:55 AM EDT2017-10-03 04:55:09 GMT
    USM sophomore guard Cortez Edwards. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore guard Cortez Edwards. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss basketball held its first practice of the 2017-18 season on Monday. The Golden Eagles open the season against Southern-New Orleans on November 10. USM will look different this season as three newcomers and three players who redshirted last year are set to suit up for the Eagles. While there are questions for coach Doc Sadler and company to answer, Southern Miss feels confident it will exceed last season's nine wins.

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    Southern Miss basketball held its first practice of the 2017-18 season on Monday. The Golden Eagles open the season against Southern-New Orleans on November 10. USM will look different this season as three newcomers and three players who redshirted last year are set to suit up for the Eagles. While there are questions for coach Doc Sadler and company to answer, Southern Miss feels confident it will exceed last season's nine wins.

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  • USM faces C-USA's top-ranked defense in UTSA

    USM faces C-USA's top-ranked defense in UTSA

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 12:42 AM EDT2017-10-03 04:42:43 GMT
    USM head coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    After falling to the Conference USA's top-ranked offense North Texas 43-28 on Saturday, Southern Miss (2-2, 0-1 C-USA) heads on the road this week to battle the conference's No. 1 ranked defense in UTSA. The Roadrunners (3-0) opened the season with a 17-10 over Baylor and are allowing just 13.7 points and 207 yards per game.

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    After falling to the Conference USA's top-ranked offense North Texas 43-28 on Saturday, Southern Miss (2-2, 0-1 C-USA) heads on the road this week to battle the conference's No. 1 ranked defense in UTSA. The Roadrunners (3-0) opened the season with a 17-10 over Baylor and are allowing just 13.7 points and 207 yards per game.

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  • USM's Brian Dozer advances to first MLB postseason of career

    USM's Brian Dozer advances to first MLB postseason of career

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 12:22 AM EDT2017-10-03 04:22:41 GMT
    USM alum Brian Dozier is headed the MLB playoffs for the first time in his six-year professional career. Courtesy: WDAMUSM alum Brian Dozier is headed the MLB playoffs for the first time in his six-year professional career. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the first time in his six-year career, Southern Miss alum Brian Dozier is headed the MLB playoffs with the Minnesota Twins. After finishing with the worst record in baseball last season (59-103), Minnesota faces the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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    For the first time in his six-year career, Southern Miss alum Brian Dozier is headed the MLB playoffs with the Minnesota Twins. After finishing with the worst record in baseball last season (59-103), Minnesota faces the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the AL Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.

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  • Former Golden Eagles remember 1997 football team

    Former Golden Eagles remember 1997 football team

    Monday, October 2 2017 2:04 AM EDT2017-10-02 06:04:23 GMT
    USM honored the 1997 Golden Eagle football team on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM honored the 1997 Golden Eagle football team on Saturday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Donning black and gold threads inspired by the 1997 Southern Miss uniforms, the Golden Eagles honored the team that ranked 19th in the nation 20 years ago. The '97 USM football team that finished 9-3, captured the school's first outright Conference USA championship and defeated Pitt 41-7 in the Liberty Bowl was honored during the Eagles' loss to North Texas on Saturday.

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    Donning black and gold threads inspired by the 1997 Southern Miss uniforms, the Golden Eagles honored the team that ranked 19th in the nation 20 years ago. The '97 USM football team that finished 9-3, captured the school's first outright Conference USA championship and defeated Pitt 41-7 in the Liberty Bowl was honored during the Eagles' loss to North Texas on Saturday.

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  • Six inducted into USM M-Club Hall of Fame

    Six inducted into USM M-Club Hall of Fame

    Monday, October 2 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-10-02 05:37:24 GMT
    Former USM volleyball player Tosha Barnicoat Firestone. Courtesy: WDAMFormer USM volleyball player Tosha Barnicoat Firestone. Courtesy: WDAM

    Six Golden Eagles had their names forever etched in the Southern Miss record books on Friday as USM held its M-Club Hall of Fame ceremony. Sidney Coleman (football), Art Gill (football), Tosha Barnicoat Firestone (volleyball), Renee Magee (women's basketball), Brad Willcutt (baseball) and Joe Bryant (honorary member) make up the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

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    Six Golden Eagles had their names forever etched in the Southern Miss record books on Friday as USM held its M-Club Hall of Fame ceremony. Sidney Coleman (football), Art Gill (football), Tosha Barnicoat Firestone (volleyball), Renee Magee (women's basketball), Brad Willcutt (baseball) and Joe Bryant (honorary member) make up the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

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  • Last-second field goal lifts Taylorsville over Bay Springs

    Last-second field goal lifts Taylorsville over Bay Springs

    Friday, September 29 2017 12:54 AM EDT2017-09-29 04:54:31 GMT
    Taylorsville defeated Bay Springs 42-40 on Kenner Todd's game-winning 37-yard field goal. Courtesy: WDAMTaylorsville defeated Bay Springs 42-40 on Kenner Todd's game-winning 37-yard field goal. Courtesy: WDAM

    Taylorsville and Bay Springs certainly upstaged the NFL's Thursday night football, as the two high schools battled in one of the more memorable editions to this storied Mississippi rivalry. Taylorsville junior Kenner Todd kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tartars to a 42-40 road win over Bay Springs.

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    Taylorsville and Bay Springs certainly upstaged the NFL's Thursday night football, as the two high schools battled in one of the more memorable editions to this storied Mississippi rivalry. Taylorsville junior Kenner Todd kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tartars to a 42-40 road win over Bay Springs.

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  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC soccer's Aimee Durn

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC soccer's Aimee Durn

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 1:13 AM EDT2017-09-26 05:13:53 GMT
    JCJC freshman forward Aimee Durn. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC freshman forward Aimee Durn. Courtesy: WDAM

    Though she stands at just 4-foot-10, Aimee Durn is a force for the Jones County Junior College women's soccer club. The short freshman from England is a big reason the Lady Bobcats are 5-0-1. "They say big things come in small packages and that's very true for Aimee," said tenth-year JCJC women's soccer coach Dolores Deasley.

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    Though she stands at just 4-foot-10, Aimee Durn is a force for the Jones County Junior College women's soccer club. The short freshman from England is a big reason the Lady Bobcats are 5-0-1. "They say big things come in small packages and that's very true for Aimee," said tenth-year JCJC women's soccer coach Dolores Deasley.

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  • USM assistant football coach takes leave of absence

    USM assistant football coach takes leave of absence

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:57 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:57:07 GMT
    USM running backs coach Lytrel Pollard. Courtesy: WDAMUSM running backs coach Lytrel Pollard. Courtesy: WDAM

    After a week without a football game, the University of Southern Mississippi may be getting some of their walking wounded back as the Golden Eagles prepare to open Conference USA play Saturday with a visit from the University of North Texas. But USM will be down an assistant football coach. USM coach Jay Hopson confirmed Monday that running backs coach Lytrel Pollard was “not with us right now.”

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    After a week without a football game, the University of Southern Mississippi may be getting some of their walking wounded back as the Golden Eagles prepare to open Conference USA play Saturday with a visit from the University of North Texas. But USM will be down an assistant football coach. USM coach Jay Hopson confirmed Monday that running backs coach Lytrel Pollard was “not with us right now.”

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  • USM faces C-USA's top-ranked offense in North Texas

    USM faces C-USA's top-ranked offense in North Texas

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:49 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:49:04 GMT
    USM defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro. Courtesy: WDAMUSM defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss (2-1) opens conference play on Saturday against the No. 1 ranked offense in the C-USA: North Texas. The Mean Green (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) average over 500 yards of total offense per game. North Texas comes off a 46-43 shootout win over UAB in which running back Jeffery Wilson rushed for 211 yards.

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    Southern Miss (2-1) opens conference play on Saturday against the No. 1 ranked offense in the C-USA: North Texas. The Mean Green (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) average over 500 yards of total offense per game. North Texas comes off a 46-43 shootout win over UAB in which running back Jeffery Wilson rushed for 211 yards.

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  • JCJC women's soccer off to 5-0-1 start

    JCJC women's soccer off to 5-0-1 start

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:07:28 GMT
    JCJC women's soccer is 5-0-1 so far this season. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC women's soccer is 5-0-1 so far this season. Courtesy: WDAM

    Coming off a 2016 season which featured MACJC and Region 23 titles and a 15-2 record, the expectations were high for Jones County Junior College Women's Soccer entering this year. However, the transition has been challenging. Thirteen of the team's 19 players this season are freshman. While 2017 has been an adjustment, there's hardly been a drop off for JCJC. The Lady Bobcats are 5-0-1 entering Wednesday's contest at Holmes.

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    Coming off a 2016 season which featured MACJC and Region 23 titles and a 15-2 record, the expectations were high for Jones County Junior College Women's Soccer entering this year. However, the transition has been challenging. Thirteen of the team's 19 players this season are freshman. While 2017 has been an adjustment, there's hardly been a drop off for JCJC. The Lady Bobcats are 5-0-1 entering Wednesday's contest at Holmes.

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  • Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

    Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen leads USM's "Bald-headed Bandits"

    Monday, September 25 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-09-25 05:10:47 GMT
    USM senior defensive end Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior defensive end Xavier "PawPaw" Thigpen. Courtesy: WDAM

    On a wet Saturday night in September 2016, Xavier Thigpen feasted. A season-high four tackles-for-loss against Troy, the most by a Golden Eagle since Cleveland Brown Jamie Collins recorded the same in 2012. Thigpen has continued his tenacious play through three games of 2017: Nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery to the end zone so far. This season will be the last ride for "PawPaw" Thigpen.

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    On a wet Saturday night in September 2016, Xavier Thigpen feasted. A season-high four tackles-for-loss against Troy, the most by a Golden Eagle since Cleveland Brown Jamie Collins recorded the same in 2012. Thigpen has continued his tenacious play through three games of 2017: Nine tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery to the end zone so far. This season will be the last ride for "PawPaw" Thigpen.

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  • USM volleyball falls to UTSA at home

    USM volleyball falls to UTSA at home

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:46:58 GMT
    Southern Miss volleyball. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss volleyball. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss was unable to overcome a 2-1 deficit on Sunday, falling to UTSA in four sets (21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25). Following a five-set win over North Texas to open Conference USA play on Friday, the Golden Eagles fell short to the Roadrunners, who came into Reed-Green Coliseum with a 2-10 record. Freshman Chandler Marshall recorded 19 kills in the loss after a career-high 25 on Friday.

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    Southern Miss was unable to overcome a 2-1 deficit on Sunday, falling to UTSA in four sets (21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25). Following a five-set win over North Texas to open Conference USA play on Friday, the Golden Eagles fell short to the Roadrunners, who came into Reed-Green Coliseum with a 2-10 record. Freshman Chandler Marshall recorded 19 kills in the loss after a career-high 25 on Friday.

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  • USM offensive line making strides

    USM offensive line making strides

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:38:51 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss enjoyed a bye this week after beating Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 last Saturday. In that win over the Warhawks, the Golden Eagles rushed for a season-high 284 yards as Ito Smith racked up a career-high 219 on the ground.

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    Southern Miss enjoyed a bye this week after beating Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 last Saturday. In that win over the Warhawks, the Golden Eagles rushed for a season-high 284 yards as Ito Smith racked up a career-high 219 on the ground.

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  • A look back: 1997 Southern Miss football

    A look back: 1997 Southern Miss football

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:58:57 GMT
    USM defeated Pitt 41-7 in the 1997 Liberty Bowl. Courtesy: WDAMUSM defeated Pitt 41-7 in the 1997 Liberty Bowl. Courtesy: WDAM

    The 1997 Southern Miss football team is one that is talked about 20 years later. In fact, the University will honor the '97 Golden Eagles during USM's Conference USA opener against North Texas on Saturday. The Eagles finished 9-3 in 1997, claimed their second straight Conference USA title and knocked off Pittsburgh 41-7 in the Liberty Bowl.

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    The 1997 Southern Miss football team is one that is talked about 20 years later. In fact, the University will honor the '97 Golden Eagles during USM's Conference USA opener against North Texas on Saturday. The Eagles finished 9-3 in 1997, claimed their second straight Conference USA title and knocked off Pittsburgh 41-7 in the Liberty Bowl.

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  • Forecast: Warm and humid weather to continue.

    Forecast: Warm and humid weather to continue.

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:44 AM EDT2017-09-21 11:44:53 GMT
    WDAM First Alert Weather TeamWDAM First Alert Weather Team

    Good Thursday morning everyone! Not much to really talk about in the forecast as little is expected to change in our area for the next several days.

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    Good Thursday morning everyone! Not much to really talk about in the forecast as little is expected to change in our area for the next several days.

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  • Ito Smith climbs USM record books after career-high 219 rushing yards

    Ito Smith climbs USM record books after career-high 219 rushing yards

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 1:26 AM EDT2017-09-19 05:26:56 GMT
    Ito Smith rushed for a career-high 219 yards in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAMIto Smith rushed for a career-high 219 yards in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAM

    Coming off the third-most rushing yards in a single Southern Miss season (1,459) in 2016, Ito Smith garnered all the hype headed into his senior year. The running back was named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists before the 2017 season. Smith failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in USM's first two games, but finally erupted in game three.

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    Coming off the third-most rushing yards in a single Southern Miss season (1,459) in 2016, Ito Smith garnered all the hype headed into his senior year. The running back was named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists before the 2017 season. Smith failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in USM's first two games, but finally erupted in game three.

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  • USM deep at defensive line

    USM deep at defensive line

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-19 04:36:28 GMT
    USM linebacker Racheem Boothe (41). Courtesy: WDAMUSM linebacker Racheem Boothe (41). Courtesy: WDAM

    USM's 28-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday marked the third straight game the "Nasty Bunch" defense held its opponent to under 20 points. A week after holding Southern to a school-record 0-for-12 on third down, the Golden Eagles limited the Warhawks to 3-for-16 on Saturday including a goal line stand from the one-yard line in the second quarter.

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    USM's 28-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday marked the third straight game the "Nasty Bunch" defense held its opponent to under 20 points. A week after holding Southern to a school-record 0-for-12 on third down, the Golden Eagles limited the Warhawks to 3-for-16 on Saturday including a goal line stand from the one-yard line in the second quarter.

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  • USM efficient on both sides of ball in win over ULM

    USM efficient on both sides of ball in win over ULM

    Monday, September 18 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-09-18 05:10:36 GMT
    Allenzae Staggers (15) had a game-high four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAMAllenzae Staggers (15) had a game-high four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAM

    For three straight weeks, Southern Miss has played competitive football, resulting in a 2-1 record after the Golden Eagles knocked off Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 on Saturday. "I call it a win and a win's a win," said USM second-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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    For three straight weeks, Southern Miss has played competitive football, resulting in a 2-1 record after the Golden Eagles knocked off Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 on Saturday. "I call it a win and a win's a win," said USM second-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC's Harry Ballard

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC's Harry Ballard

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:38:13 GMT
    JCJC redshirt freshman wide receiver Harry Ballard. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC redshirt freshman wide receiver Harry Ballard. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County wide receiver Harry Ballard was forced to watch every game from the sideline last season, redshirting his freshman year. But Ballard is back in a Bobcat uniform this season, enjoying every second of action.

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    Jones County wide receiver Harry Ballard was forced to watch every game from the sideline last season, redshirting his freshman year. But Ballard is back in a Bobcat uniform this season, enjoying every second of action.

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  • USM freshmen seeing the football field

    USM freshmen seeing the football field

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:17:29 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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  • PRCC Rodeo hosts event in Hattiesburg

    PRCC Rodeo hosts event in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:10:57 GMT
    PRCC. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC. Courtesy: WDAM

    Pearl River Community College Rodeo is set to host its first event this week at the J. Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg. Thirteen teams from the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will compete in the rodeo that begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.

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    Pearl River Community College Rodeo is set to host its first event this week at the J. Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg. Thirteen teams from the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will compete in the rodeo that begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.

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  • JCJC football travels to Coahoma on Thursday

    JCJC football travels to Coahoma on Thursday

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:02:06 GMT
    JCJC head football coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC head football coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAM

    After falling to No. 2 East Mississippi in week one, Jones County Junior College bounced back with a 51-10 win over Mississippi Delta in week two. The Bobcats dominated in all three phases of the game, even limiting the Trojans to just five yards rushing.

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    After falling to No. 2 East Mississippi in week one, Jones County Junior College bounced back with a 51-10 win over Mississippi Delta in week two. The Bobcats dominated in all three phases of the game, even limiting the Trojans to just five yards rushing.

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  • T'Rod Daniels shows off speed in USM's win

    T'Rod Daniels shows off speed in USM's win

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:28 AM EDT2017-09-11 05:28:57 GMT
    T'Rod Daniels scored his first touchdown at USM in Saturday's win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAMT'Rod Daniels scored his first touchdown at USM in Saturday's win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAM

    "T'Rod [Daniels] is fast," said USM senior running back Ito Smith. "He kind of reminds me of myself but he's just faster than me." "Man, that's about the fastest guy I've ever seen," said USM junior linebacker Jeremy Sangster. "He is 'shwoo.' That's all I can say: 'shwoo.'" The Golden Eagles have talked about the speed of newcomer T'Rod Daniels all offseason long.

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    "T'Rod [Daniels] is fast," said USM senior running back Ito Smith. "He kind of reminds me of myself but he's just faster than me." "Man, that's about the fastest guy I've ever seen," said USM junior linebacker Jeremy Sangster. "He is 'shwoo.' That's all I can say: 'shwoo.'" The Golden Eagles have talked about the speed of newcomer T'Rod Daniels all offseason long.

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  • USM defense scores two touchdowns in Southern win

    USM defense scores two touchdowns in Southern win

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-09-11 05:02:17 GMT
    Xavier Thigpen (32) celebrates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown in USM's 45-0 win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAMXavier Thigpen (32) celebrates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown in USM's 45-0 win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAM

    When the Southern Miss box score reads 45-0, it's easy to see the Golden Eagle offense was productive in Saturday's win over Southern. However, the USM defense played just as pivotal, if not more significant, of a role on Saturday.

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    When the Southern Miss box score reads 45-0, it's easy to see the Golden Eagle offense was productive in Saturday's win over Southern. However, the USM defense played just as pivotal, if not more significant, of a role on Saturday.

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  • Kwadra Griggs efficient in first USM start

    Kwadra Griggs efficient in first USM start

    Monday, September 11 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-09-11 04:39:56 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Kwadra Griggs had already played a full half against Kentucky, so when he made his first start for Southern Miss in Saturday's win over Southern, Griggs felt a lot more comfortable.

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    Kwadra Griggs had already played a full half against Kentucky, so when he made his first start for Southern Miss in Saturday's win over Southern, Griggs felt a lot more comfortable.

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  • Heidelberg Oilers off to 3-1 start

    Heidelberg Oilers off to 3-1 start

    Saturday, September 9 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-09-09 20:55:25 GMT
    Heidelberg beat Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday. Courtesy: WTOKHeidelberg beat Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday. Courtesy: WTOK

    Heidelberg has returned from its 2016 third-round playoff exit with vengeance. The Oilers are off to a 3-1 start after beating Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday.

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    Heidelberg has returned from its 2016 third-round playoff exit with vengeance. The Oilers are off to a 3-1 start after beating Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday.

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  • PRCC falls to 5th-ranked Northwest

    PRCC falls to 5th-ranked Northwest

    Thursday, September 7 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-09-08 03:54:52 GMT
    PRCC head coach Ted Egger. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC head coach Ted Egger. Courtesy: WDAM

    Pearl River Community College couldn't pull off its second-straight upset win. A week removed from their 27-21 win over ninth-ranked Northeast, the Wildcats fell to fifth-ranked Nortwest 34-21 on Thursday. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter when Quarderman Sloan rushed eight yards to the end zone.

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    Pearl River Community College couldn't pull off its second-straight upset win. A week removed from their 27-21 win over ninth-ranked Northeast, the Wildcats fell to fifth-ranked Nortwest 34-21 on Thursday. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter when Quarderman Sloan rushed eight yards to the end zone.

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  • Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:36:50 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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  • USM falls to Kentucky, 24-17

    USM falls to Kentucky, 24-17

    Sunday, September 3 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-09-03 05:17:40 GMT
    Source: Ryan Moore WDAMSource: Ryan Moore WDAM

    On a sultry September afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the University of Southern Mississippi just about did enough right to knock off a visitor from the Southeastern Conference. 

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    On a sultry September afternoon at M.M. Roberts Stadium, the University of Southern Mississippi just about did enough right to knock off a visitor from the Southeastern Conference. 

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  • Ponchatoula hosts 46th annual Strawberry Festival

    Ponchatoula hosts 46th annual Strawberry Festival

    Festival season is in full swing across Louisiana and a featured favorite is offering up some delicious treats. 

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    Festival season is in full swing across Louisiana and a featured favorite is offering up some delicious treats. 

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy now inland

    Tropical Storm Cindy now inland

    Thursday, June 22 2017 8:41 AM EDT2017-06-22 12:41:50 GMT
    WDAM First Alert Weather TeamWDAM First Alert Weather Team

    Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in SW Louisiana early this morning. 

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    Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in SW Louisiana early this morning. 

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy Update

    Tropical Storm Cindy Update

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:29 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:29:34 GMT
    WDAM First Alert Weather TeamWDAM First Alert Weather Team

    Tropical Storm Cindy will continue to impact our weather for the next several days here in South Mississippi with heavy rain and breezy conditions. 

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    Tropical Storm Cindy will continue to impact our weather for the next several days here in South Mississippi with heavy rain and breezy conditions. 

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  • Conservation officers uncover illegal hog selling operation

    Conservation officers uncover illegal hog selling operation

    Monday, April 10 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-04-10 16:50:32 GMT
    Several people fro Louisiana and Mississippi were charged. Source: RNNSeveral people fro Louisiana and Mississippi were charged. Source: RNN

    Mississippi Conservation Officers in South Mississippi recently dismantled a group responsible for the illegal selling and transporting of wild hogs. 

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    Mississippi Conservation Officers in South Mississippi recently dismantled a group responsible for the illegal selling and transporting of wild hogs. 

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  • Laurel Arabian Theater celebrates 90th birthday with costume party

    Laurel Arabian Theater celebrates 90th birthday with costume party

    Friday, April 7 2017 5:17 PM EDT2017-04-07 21:17:12 GMT
    The party will be 20's themed and help serve as a fundraiser for a new Pinehurst Room. Source: LLTThe party will be 20's themed and help serve as a fundraiser for a new Pinehurst Room. Source: LLT

    Laurel's historic downtown Arabian Theater is turning 90 this year, and will be celebrating it's history with a costume party. 

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    Laurel's historic downtown Arabian Theater is turning 90 this year, and will be celebrating it's history with a costume party. 

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  • Petal teacher named Mississippi Teacher of the Year

    Petal teacher named Mississippi Teacher of the Year

    Friday, April 7 2017 5:07 PM EDT2017-04-07 21:07:17 GMT
    Luke Daniels. Source: MDELuke Daniels. Source: MDE

    A Petal teacher has been named Mississippi Teacher of The Year.  

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    A Petal teacher has been named Mississippi Teacher of The Year.  

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