Jones College football legend passes away

Former Jones College football coach Parker Dykes Sr. died Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 76.

  Deep South Collegiate provides another Wednesday of baseball

  COVID-19 just another hurdle for Wayne County’s first-year head coach

  Three Pelicans tested positive for COVID-19

  MHSAA discuss fall sports being played in 2020

Micro-musings from the Isle of Isolation

  Local players plot next move with MiLB season canceled

Continued Coverage

  “Alternative Baseball” hopes to make way to Hattiesburg

  Coach Berry looks forward to hosting C-USA tourney in 2022 after state flag change

Report: Patriots bring in Newton on 1-year deal

Jones ranked 7th in preseason JUCO football poll

5th PRCC women’s basketball player signs with 4-year college

  USM’s Matt Guidry says 2020 season is his last

  Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins uncomfortable with NFL return amid COVID-19

The All-Pro safety doesn't think football can be played until health & safety measures are addressed.

Tim’s Two Cents: Jefferson Davis County AD/football coach Lance Mancuso

On this week’s episode of Tim’s Two Cents, we sit down with Jefferson Davis County High School football coach Lance Mancuso.

  Attorney: ‘Don’t play another down until the flag comes down'

Community leaders called on the powers that be to change the flag, finally and for good.

  USM AD Jeremy McClain talks state flag, coronavirus concerns

In an interview with WDAM on Wednesday, McClain talked about USM’s stance on the state flag (which hasn’t been flown on campus since 2015), how university leaders and student-athletes can influence Mississippi lawmakers and what challenges the athletic department faces this fall amid COVID-19.

  Saints announce 2020 Hall of Fame class: Jahri Evans, Roman Harper, & Marco Garcia

  Minor League soccer comes to Hattiesburg

  Two of Mississippi’s top talents talk recruiting, senior seasons

Ole Miss to retire Eli Manning’s No. 10 jersey

Miss. State RB Hill: ‘Change the flag or I won’t be representing this State anymore’

C-USA bars postseason play in Miss. over state flag

Musings and meanderings from the Isle of Isolation ...

WDAM's Tim Doherty offers a few thoughts and poses a few questions as he separates himself from the crush, hunkering down on the Isle of Isolation during the days of coronavirus.

NCAA bans Mississippi from holding any championships over state flag

The NCAA Board of Governors is banning any NCAA championship events from being held in Mississippi.

SEC Commissioner: ‘It is past time for change to be made to the flag of... Mississippi'

Greg Sankey, Commissioner of the SEC, has now weighed in to the Mississippi flag controversy.

Tim’s Two Cents: WDAM Sports Director Taylor Curet

On this week’s episode of Tim’s Two Cents, we sit down with WDAM 7 Sports Director Taylor Curet.

  Xavier Evans commits to Arkansas State

As the 2020 fall football season approaches, so nears the last go-round for high school seniors.With the absence of spring ball, there’s been a little more urgency at summer workouts around the Pine Belt.Laurel’s Xavier Evans is one of those seniors excited to be back on a football field.

North Mississippi high school football player collapses, dies during practice

The Lee County School District confirmed the death early Tuesday afternoon.

Ole Miss extends Bianco

Keith Carter announced Tuesday that the school has inked Mike Bianco to a new four-year deal

  Baseball returns with Deep South Collegiate League

If you build the league, they will come.They came Laurel in droves on Saturday for Opening Day of the Deep South Collegiate League.It’s become a summer sanctuary for many local baseball players who were cheated out of a 2020 season.

  Trojans team up again for summer workouts

West Marion was one of several local schools to begin summer workouts this week.The Trojans returned to campus on Monday, about 35 football players rotating in and out of the weight room in groups of ten.

USM sends 15 to wooden-bat leagues

The University of Southern Mississippi baseball program has placed 10 players and five signees in wooden-bat summer leagues.

  Golden Eagles march in unity Thursday

During a time in which protests and movements are an everyday affair in the United States, Southern Miss came together in its own way on Thursday afternoon.A large group of USM football players, student-athletes and coaches took a walk down Hardy Street in a demonstration of unity.

  East Marion holds first day of summer workouts

East Marion hired Brad Hughes in April to take over its football program.He waited nearly two months to finally meet his team. The Eagles returned to the practice field on Thursday for day one of summer workouts.The practice was limited as MHSAA schools go through a 14-day climatization period.

Tim’s Two Cents: Lumberton High School football coach Zach Jones

On this week’s episode, we sit down with Lumberton High School football coach Zach Jones.

MSU pitcher drafted by Mets

The New York Mets drafted Ginn in the second round with the 52nd overall pick.

NASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from all events, properties

NASCAR is prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag at all events and properties.

  Ryan Earnest eager to lead his alma mater

Student-athletes and coaches around the Pine Belt are just beginning to regain a small sense of normalcy with summer workouts underway.While Ryan Earnest returns to a familiar place, he takes on a new endeavor as head coach of his alma mater.

  Sacred Heart’s Flathau named soccer Player O’Year

Former Sacred Heart High School senior Heath Flathau was named Gatorade Mississippi boys soccer player of the year.

Bianco picks up Coach of the Year honors

Mike Bianco was named the 2020 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday.

Alabama-transfer Shavers signs with Mississippi State

Mike Leach has added Alabama graduate transfer Tyrell Shavers, a former unanimous four-star wide receiver from Lewisville, Texas, to Mississippi State

NFL release planner on teams’ return to facilities

League will take a tiered approach that revolves around infection prevention and social distancing.

5 Wildcats invited to prestigious JuCo hoops showcase in Atlanta

Five Pearl River Community College men's basketball players have been invited to participate in the All-American JUCO Showcase this summer in Atlanta.

Thoughts from the shores of the Isle of Isolation

Just a few thoughts while standing on the shore of the Isle of Isolation.

USM’s Richards has high hopes jumping into future

University of Southern Mississippi high jump All-American Eric Richards not only had his final year cut short, but his Olympic aspirations delayed until 2021. But Richards intends to return to Hattiesburg for a "second" senior season.

  From Oak Grove to the Ivy League

Alex and Lauren Perren are competitive.“They’d call me on weekends,’” said Oak Grove head softball coach Benji Hornsby. “’Coach can we come to the fieldhouse and hit? Coach, can you pitch to us, can we catch?’" The twins are even competitive about who was born first – Lauren wins that battle.

  Senior Spotlight - North Forrest Eagles

Anthony Dillon not only coached North Forrest football this school year, but he led the Track and Field team as well.Unfortunately, the Eagles’ season fell victim to the Coronavirus pandemic and so did the senior years of six...

  Senior Spotlight - Perry Central Bulldogs

Perry Central baseball is just two years removed from its first region championship.The Bulldogs’ senior class of four leaves the program after just ten games in their final season...

  Senior Spotlight - Jefferson Davis Jaguars

The Jefferson Davis Jaguars are one of many Track and Field teams that weren’t afforded the chance to see their season play out due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Head coach Coleman Price sends off seven seniors...

President Trump addresses Drew Brees’ latest statements on kneeling

"I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag," President Trump said.

Saints’ Thomas and Lattimore among players calling for NFL to admit silencing players in peaceful protests

The minute long video called “A message on behalf of the NFL” that was posted to Thomas’ Instagram Thursday night features Odell Beckham Jr., Tyrann Mathieu, Ezekiel Elliot, Patrick Mahomes and many others.

  Throwback Thursday - Jones College’s 2016 World Series

When Christian Ostrander left Jones County Junior College for Louisiana Tech in 2015, Chris Kirtland was called out of the bullpen.The one-time assistant was named the Bobcats’ head coach just two months prior to the 2016 baseball season.

Tim’s Two Cents: South Jones football coach Todd Breland

This week's Tim's Two Cents podcast will feature WDAM's Tim Doherty talking with new South Jones High School football coach Todd Breland.

Drew Brees takes to social media to apologize for comments on protests

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has taken to social media to apologize for comments he made regarding protests of the National Anthem.

Current and former Saints speak out against Drew Brees’ comments

Drew Brees' comments against kneeling during the national anthem have a divisive effect on the Saints.

Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during national anthem anger fellow players

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees said he will continue his stance against players who kneel during the national anthem before NFL games.

  73rd annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo canceled

Money spent on this year's event will roll over into 2021.

C-USA trims hoops tourneys to 8 teams

University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball coach Jay Ladner (left) said he understood the thought process behind Conference USA trimming its men's and women's basketball tournaments to eight teams from 12 teams.

Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson releases statement on death of George Floyd

“One week ago today, George Floyd was tragically and senselessly murdered. Anger, sadness and protest followed throughout our nation in response to this unjust murder," said Benson.

  USM’s Karley Nichols making most of her musical chops

Karley Nichols has worn many different hats – or should we say gloves – in her 17 years of playing softball.From the pitcher’s mound to the outfield to first base – the sport is truly a love she has nurtured from Brandon to Southern Miss.

  Senior Spotlight - Greene County Wildcats

The Wildcats were optimistic about the 2020 season, beginning the year 8-4 until the Coronavirus pandemic cut in.Head coach Nick Chatham graduates six seniors from the Greene County program...

  Senior Spotlight - Magee Trojans

The Magee Trojans are just a year removed from the class 3A South State championship and were looking for another great season in 2020.However, their campaign interrupted just nine games in. Head coach Allen Eubanks sends off three seniors...

USM football to begin voluntary workouts Monday

The University of Southern Mississippi football team is scheduled to start voluntary, on-campus workouts Monday.

Wayne County pushes back workout restart date after spike in COVID-19 cases

The MHSAA announced last week teams can restart workouts on June 1st, however after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, WCHS officials have decided to push back the date to June 15th.

Mississippi high school teams prepare for June 1 restart

The MHSAA announced last week that high school teams can finally get back to practice on June 1st with restrictions. Coaches and athletes must follow the safety guidelines in order to do so and workouts will be voluntary.

  Senior Spotlight - Collins Tigers

The Collins Tigers played just two games before COVID-19 came calling.Head coach Lester Magee says his goodbyes to seven seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Sacred Heart Crusaders

We were able to witness just a snippet of what Sacred Heart baseball looked like under longtime Petal head coach Larry Watkins.The 42-year coaching veteran with six state championships and 868 wins added nine more victories during the Crusaders’ shortened season.

  Senior Spotlight - Heidelberg Oilers

Half of Heidelberg’s Rob Winpigler’s team had just traded their basketball shoes for baseball cleats a week before the 2020 season ended.The Oilers played just four games when Coronavirus cancelled the rest of the season. Winpigler’s lone senior, Jason Guston, bids adieu to the program.

Tim’s Two Cents: Southern Miss men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner

On this week’s episode of Tim’s Two Cents, we sit down with USM men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner.

USM baseball’s 2004 C-USA tourney run turned Memorial Day even more memorable

The University of Southern Mississippi's 2004 run in the Conference USA baseball tournament capped one of the most foundational seasons in program history.

A smattering of musings from the Isle of Isolation

WDAM's Tim Doherty does a little mental meandering while social isloating during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Overtime Sports hopes to bring C-USA Tournament back to Biloxi

A typical Biloxi weekend in late-march features the echoes of baseballs being hit and fans cheering.Instead of hosting the Conference USA baseball tournament for the fourth straight season, MGM Park sits silent.Not only did Southern Miss hope to defend its C-USA crown this Memorial Day Weekend...

USM sports teams receive passing grade from NCAA

The University of Southern Mississippi's 15 sports programs received a passing grade from the National Collegiate Athletic Association in last week's Academic Progress Report.

Basketball great Patrick Ewing tests for COVID-19

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing, pictured here in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Seton Hall in Washington earlier this year, said in a statement Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

  Wayne County appoints Kevin Gandy interim football coach

He played wide receiver and defensive back at Wayne County, went off to college in 2002, returned to Waynesboro in 2007 and has been there ever since.Kevin Gandy enters his 14th season coaching at his alma mater and for the first time will take over as interim head coach.

  Senior Spotlight - Mount Olive Pirates

On the edge of Covington County, Mount Olive baseball was excited for what the 2020 season had in store.Head coach Scooter Prince and company made it just five games into the year (2-2-1) before the Coronavirus pandemic interrupted the Pirates.Six seniors leave the Mount Olive program...

  MHSAA allows summer athletics/activities to resume June 1

The Mississippi High School Athletic Association announced on Thursday that school athletics and fine arts programs can begin summer practices, workouts, etc. on June 1, pending Governor Tate Reeves’ reopening of school facilities.

SEC to allow voluntary in-person athletic activities for all sports

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced Friday, May 22 that voluntary in-person athletic activities may resume on SEC campuses beginning on June 8, at the discretion of each university.

Jerry Sloan, Jazz great and Hall of Fame coach, dies at 78

The Utah Jazz organization said Friday that Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at the age of 78.

  Southeastern Baptist signs Wayne County forward

The pipeline from Wayne County to Southeastern Baptist College continued on Thursday.Devonta Pittman became the fifth War Eagle in two years to sign a basketball scholarship with the Chargers.