Kirk McCarty and Taylor Braley have been playing baseball pretty much their entire lives – from Oak Grove to Southern Miss and now in the minor leagues.It’s what has made the past two weeks feel so strange.
It’s just over 80 degrees and sunny on Friday afternoon in Hattiesburg - a near perfect day to play some golf.Of course, Southern Miss was supposed to be headed up to Wilmington, North Carolina this weekend for the Seahawk Intercollegiate. Instead, Charles-Éric Bélanger is left to practice...
The campus of Southern Miss is quiet on the 26th of March, 2020.Probably quiet enough to hear a basketball bouncing in Reed-Green Coliseum if you were standing at home plate of Pete Taylor Park.It was quite a different scene on March 13, 1987 as the Golden Eagles prepared to host Ole Miss...
Missy Bilderback took the reins of Jones College women’s basketball in 2015 and raised the standard of success.After five seasons, 127 wins, three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College championships and four straight Region 23 titles, Bilderback is rising to another level.
It’s a question we may never know the answer to. How good was the 2019-20 Pearl River basketball team?The team that emerged from a 22-game regular season, Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Tournament and Region 23 Tournament with a perfect 28-0 record.
Just about every corner of the world closed its gates on athletics this week with the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to brew.One corner of Hattiesburg – Pete Taylor Park – joined in. You might not hear many chirps from the “Right Field Roost” in the next few weeks.
The overwhelming changes the Coronavirus has brought to the sports world could not conquer the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball games.The annual event went on as planned on Friday at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. Alabama swept both the boys and girls contests.
It began as just an idea.When Blake Hegstrom approached William Carey president Dr. Tommy King eight years ago with the notion to start a Track and Field program, he knew the challenges ahead.However, Hegstrom also saw the potential and it was realized on Saturday with a Men’s Indoor NAIA National.
It took until March, but Pearl River Community College finally earned the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA as the country’s last unbeaten team.The Wildcats navigated the regular season, MACJC Tournament and Region 23 Tournament with a perfect 28-0 record.
A fourth straight Region 23 championship earned Jones College a fourth straight trip to the NJCAA Tournament. However, the Lady Bobcats will have to wait and see if they’re able to make the trip to Lubbock, Texas.
In the weekend’s three-game series with Little Rock, the Golden Eagles scored nine of their 16 runs in the sixth inning.Southern Miss decided to wait an extra inning on Tuesday to do most of its damage.
Southern Miss allowed Saturday’s contest to hang in the balance for most of the afternoon until a three-run sixth inning lifted the Golden Eagles to their third weekend series win of the season.Gabe Montenegro’s two-run single broke a 1-1 tie as USM defeated Little Rock 4-1.
The first basketball season under Jay Ladner brought stints of excitement back to a program desperate for a revival.However, any momentum the Golden Eagles had throughout the 2019-20 season came to a slow roll in USM’s final four games.
On a Saturday Southern Miss managed just seven hits, Hannah Borden’s heroics proved that more valuable.The true freshman carried the Lady Eagles to series-clinching 4-3 win over Jacksonville State with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jones College had to wait until March to play its first home game. The Lady Bobcats have taken advantage of their return to Gwen Magee Field, jumping out to a 5-1 record in Ellisville. No. 3 Jones split a pair of games with No. 19 Lansing Community College on Saturday.
The last time Southern Miss and Little Rock met on a baseball diamond – March 5, 1997 – Scott Berry was actually coaching Chris Curry at Meridian Community College.The two shared the same field again Friday, Berry in his 11th season as USM’s skipper and Curry in year six leading the Trojans.
Fresh off a Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honor, Sloan Dieter is out to win another.The senior allowed just one hit, zero runs and struck out 15 in seven innings of William Carey’s 10-0 win over Brewton-Parker on Friday night.
Four times Jones College scratched and clawed with Pearl River Community College – and each time the Bobcats were met with a ferocity that has yet to be tamed.The No. 2 Wildcats defended their Region XXIII Championship with a 75-62 win over Jones College on Friday at Mississippi College.
In three meetings with Pearl River Community College this season, Jones College has lost by a combined 16 points – the latter a 90-86 overtime loss in the MACJC Tournament.The Bobcats get a fourth shot at the unbeaten Wildcats on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Region 23 Championship.
When Matt O’Keefe stepped away from coaching basketball 12 years ago, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever pick back up a coaching whistle.But when Sacred Heart was in need of head coach nine games into the season, O’Keefe answered the call and has led the Lady Crusaders on an historic journey.
Laurel entered the final period of Saturday’s class 5A quarterfinal with a hill to climb.The Lady Tornadoes were able to scale Jim Hill behind a fourth-quarter comeback accentuated by Zoey Cooley’s game-winning layup with less than ten seconds to play.