Just some sheltered thoughts while in place

Just a few random thoughts, including a take on the National Football League's expansion of the postseason and how ESPN's basketball bracket named the wrong guy as best-ever college basketball player.

Virus sickens USM athletics’ budget

  Local players in limbo with MiLB put on hold

PRCC athletics debuts streaming service

Payton: This will be Drew Brees’ final season

  NCAA extends eligibility of 2020 spring sports participants

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

Continued Coverage

  USM commit Tae Hardy eager for return to DI level

  Local football players give back to the community

Observations while standing the quarantine wall ...

  Cancelled season not stopping USM golfer from putting in work

WATCH: TODAY host Hoda Kotb’s emotional response to interview with Drew Brees

  1987 NIT Championship remains a benchmark for USM basketball

Tim’s Two Cents: Tim talks about a world with COVID-19 and without sports

The Tim's Two Cents podcast will feature WDAM's Tim Doherty this week discussing life in the world of coronavirus.

Indianapolis 500 postponed for coronavirus

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from May to Aug. 23.

  Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021 by IOC

The IOC said the games will be held "not later than summer 2021" but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

MHSAA extends suspension on all competition and practices until April 17

MHSAA made the decision in response to Gov. Tate Reeves’ decision to close all public schools in the state due to the COVID-19 outbreak, confirming the decision one day after the governor’s order.

Saints head coach Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

  Missy Bilderback leaves Jones College for Northwestern State

  A record season ends in “what-if” for PRCC

  WATCH: USM Athletic Director McClain discusses plans in wake of coronavirus crisis

All MHSAA competition suspended through March 29

MAC All-Star Basketball Games postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

  Extra year of eligibility creates questions among college programs

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.

  Oak Grove rallies in sixth inning to top Purvis, 4-1

Oak Grove High School scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a tie and go on to a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon over Lamar County rival Purvis High School.

  High school baseball - Saturday scores

High school baseball scores Saturday from around the Pine Belt.

  Local players compete in MS/AL All-Star Basketball games

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.

High school baseball - Friday scores

A handful of high school baseball teams in the Pine Belt played Friday night.

Bobcat baseball takes two from Baton Rouge

Jones College picked up last week its first doubleheader sweep of a baseball season that could be cut short by the COVID-19 virus, topping Baton Rouge Community College 11-1 and 4-3.

  Sporting realms go quiet in wake of viral threat

University of Southern Mississippi athletic director Jeremy McClain and his fellow Conference USA athletic administrators have found themselves in a whirlwind the past few days thanks to the looming shadow of the COVID-19 virus.

  High School Baseball - Thursday Scores

High school athletics continued in the Pine Belt on Thursday night. Here’s a look at some of the baseball scores from around the area...

  William Carey takes 8-year-old Track & Field program to historic heights

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.

Lady Eagles bounced in 1st round of C-USA Championships

Marshall erased a 12-point third quarter deficit to stun the Lady Eagles 71-67 in the opening round of the Conference USA Women’s Championships on Wednesday.

  No. 1 PRCC’s championship aspirations postponed

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.

  Lady Bobcats trip to NJCAA Tournament put on hold

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.

St. Patrick’s Dylan Fontan Signs with Jones Baseball

The Fighting Irish's senior ace currently boasts a 1-1 record in the Fighting Irish's 2020 campaign with an ERA of 0.49 and one save.

  Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

Several basketball conferences announced cancellations on Thursday amid a coronavirus pandemic.

USM reacts to sport suspensions from C-USA due to coronavirus outbreak

The league issued the statement Thursday following their announcement of cancelling the 2020 Air Force Reserve Basketball Championships in Frisco, TX an hour before.

NCAA closes March Madness games to public; advises limiting attendance at all college sports

The NCAA has announced that although March Madness basketball games will carry on as scheduled, only essential personnel and family members will be allowed to attend due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Steve McNair to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Mount Olive native Steve “Air” McNair will soon be enshrined as one of the greatest college football players in the history of the game.

Former MSU football star Johnathan Banks arrested for domestic violence

Former Mississippi State football player Johnathan Banks was arrested Wednesday, according to WCBI.

  Reed Trimble’s six RBIs fuels USM to comeback win

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.

  USM falls to Little Rock on Sunday, 5-1, in series finale

Little Rock handed Southern Miss a 5-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.

Carey claims first Indoor Track & Field Title

William Carey University Men's Indoor Track & Field left little to doubt as they claimed their first ever NAIA National Title, with a dominating performance this weekend, at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

  Golden Eagles grab series from Little Rock with 4-1 win

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.

Golden Eagles finish season on 4-game skid

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.

  Walk-off gives USM series win over Jacksonville State

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.

  Lady Bobcats off to 5-1 start at home

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.

  Five-run sixth inning lifts USM past Little Rock, 11-4

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.

  Lady Bobcats dominate their way to 4th straight Region 23 crown

It was not a good feeling.The Lady Bobcats walked out of Keyes T. Currie Coliseum on Thursday, February 27 after East Mississippi stole the MACJC championship right out of their hands.

  Carey baseball sweeps Brewton-Parker

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.

  Pearl River sweeps “Catfight,” defends Region 23 Title

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.

Drew Brees gets a buzz for charity

The future Hall of Fame quarterback shaved his head in Boston for charity.

  Jones, PRCC’s fourth meeting is for Region 23 Title

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.

  Lady Eagles win home finale

In the final basketball game of the season at Reed-Green Coliseum, the Lady Eagles turned to a veteran who’s played 124 contests in a black and gold uniform.

  Three local players sign JUCO scholarships

A tremendous season of high school basketball in the Pine Belt resulted in many college scouts visiting the area.Several more local players signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Tim’s Two Cents: WDAM Chief Meteorologist Nick Lilja

On this week’s episode of Tim’s Two Cents, we sit down with WDAM’s own Chief Meteorologist Nick Lilja.

  USM’s Bower Academic Center receives donation

The Bower Academic Center and Financial Literacy Program at the University of Southern Mississippi received a donation of $150,000 from The First, a National Banking Association.

WATCH: JSU basketball sensation ‘Snacks’ shines on TODAY Show

Jackson State viral sensation Thomas “Snacks” Lee made an appearance on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna on Thursday morning.

  Southern Miss falls to Rice in final home game of the season

The Golden Eagles came up short of making the Conference USA Tournament as Rice handed USM a 72-57 loss on Wednesday night.

JSU basketball manager ‘Snacks’ to appear on Today Show after epic 3-pointer

Thomas ‘Snacks’ Lee is headed to New York City!

MSU vs USM baseball game postponed

The Mississippi State University vs University of Southern Mississippi baseball game has been postponed for Wednesday night.

  Jones moves on to Region 23 semifinals with win over LSU-Eunice on Tuesday

Jones College is moving on to the Region 23 semifinals after a 67-52 win over LSU-Eunice on Tuesday afternoon.

  Laurel girls lose to Columbus in Class 5A semifinals

Laurel falls one win short of 5A girls state title game after a 57-29 loss to Columbus on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Tornadoes finish their season 17-16 overall.

  Coahoma County takes down North Forrest, 44-31, in 2A boys semifinal round

North Forrest falls to Coahoma County, 44-31, in the 2A state semifinals on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles finish their season 20-9 overall.

  Bay Springs falls to Coahoma County, 53-37, in the 2A girls semifinals

The Lady Bulldogs fall just short of the state title game and finish their season 24-5 overall.

JSU team manager, “Snacks,” goes viral after 3-point shot during game

Kevin Durant saw the viral 3-pointer and tweeted in response to it.

Ole Miss rises to No. 8 in the latest college baseball rankings

The Rebels are currently on a 10-game win streak, having beaten Louisville, Southern Miss and East Carolina in their wake.

  Sacred Heart’s historic run ends in semifinals

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.

  Area prep baseball schedule/results (March 2-8)

Pine Belt high school baseball schedule/results for the week of March 1-8

  USM’s Powell named C-USA pitcher o’week

University of Southern Mississippi senior right-hander Walker Powell was named Conference USA "Pitcher of the Week" after throwing an eight-inning, complete-game shutout against McNeese State University Saturday at the Lake Area Classic.

  Lady Bobcats sweep doubleheader in first homestand of season

Jones College had to wait ten games into the season to host a softball game at Gwen Magee Field.The Lady Bobcats made up for lost time with two victories in a Sunday doubleheader.

  UTEP rolls past USM, 75-56, in C-USA men’s play

University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball dropped a 75-56 Conference USA men's basketball decision at the University of Texas-El Paso.

  McNeese throttles USM, 18-8, in 7 innings

The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team got a taste of payback Sunday when McNeese State University 10-run-ruled the Golden Eagles in seven innings in the Lake Area Classic.

  USM baseball takes 2 at Lake Area Classic

The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team took down McNeese State University and Valparaiso University Saturday at the Lake Area Classic in Lake Charles, La.

  Laurel tops Jim Hill, advances to first semifinal

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.

  High School Hoops - Saturday Scores

The MHSAA quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday in the Pine Belt. Here’s a look at some of the scores...

  PIne Belt high school baseball results

Pine Belt high school baseball results for week of Feb. 23-29

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Hattiesburg in March

The “Pushing the Limits” World Tour will be live on March 10 at the Reed Green Coliseum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus.

  Dieter, Carey subdue No. 6 Faulkner, 10-0

William Carey University opened Southern States Athletic Conference play with a 10-0 blanking of sixth-ranked Faulkner University.

Pine Belt high school baseball schedule/results

Pine Belt high school baseball schedule/results