Senior Spotlight

  Paul Pounds talks coaching Archie Manning back in high school

The former coach of Drew High School now resides in Columbia with his wife, Brenda, and their bed and breakfast.

  Three Pelicans tested positive for COVID-19

  MHSAA discuss fall sports being played in 2020

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

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

USM’s Richards has high hopes jumping into future

  From Oak Grove to the Ivy League

  Senior Spotlight - North Forrest Eagles

  Senior Spotlight - Perry Central Bulldogs

  Senior Spotlight - Jefferson Davis Jaguars

  Senior Spotlight - Greene County Wildcats

  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...

  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.

Basketball great Patrick Ewing tests for COVID-19

  Senior Spotlight - Mount Olive Pirates

  Senior Spotlight - Sylva-Bay Academy Saints

  Senior Spotlight - Richton Rebels

  Senior Spotlight - Oak Grove Warriors

  A South Jones Brave’s bold endeavor

  Senior Spotlight - South Jones Braves

South Jones made several deep playoff runs over the last few years. The senior class which was a part of those runs bid farewell to the baseball program.The Braves’ season cut short at 4-4 due to the coronavirus pandemic...

SEC Officials to vote on Reopening Athletic Facilities

If passed, athletes will be allowed access for voluntary workouts on June 1st.

  Senior Spotlight - Wayne Academy Jaguars

Wayne Academy entered 2020 winners of three of the last four MAIS 3A South State Championships.The Jaguars hoped for a fourth, but their season came to a premature end at 12-4. Head coach Justin Ainsworth bids adieu to six seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Petal Panthers

The Panthers were feeling quite well about the 2020 baseball season during their 8-2 start.However, the coronavirus pandemic had other plans and Petal’s campaign came to a short end. In turn, so did the careers of seven seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Laurel Golden Tornadoes

The Golden Tornadoes played just nine games before their baseball season came to a halt...

  Senior Spotlight - Taylorsville Tartars

Taylorsville’s group of four seniors leave Smith County as the 2019 class 2A South State champions.After advancing to the school’s first state title in five years last season, the Tartars were denied the chance at an encore performance.

  Senior Spotlight - Bay Springs Bulldogs

The Bay Springs baseball team fielded just one senior in 2020, but he happened to be one of the more important Bulldogs to don gold and blue the past four years.Krystopher Newell played third base for Destin Ellis’ baseball team.

Senior Spotlight - West Jones Mustangs

This time last year, West Jones was in a dogpile at Trustmark Park celebrating the school’s first state championship.There’s been quite a different mood in May 2020 as the Mustangs haven’t been on a baseball field in two months.

  Senior Spotlight - Poplarville Hornets

The Poplarville Hornets were 8-3 before their season was cut short.Head coach Slade Jones bids adieu to a stellar senior group as well...

  Senior Spotlight - Seminary Bulldogs

Year two under Clay Bush was going well for Seminary with an 8-4 start.But the Bulldogs’ campaign was cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving eight seniors robbed of their final high school seasons...

  Senior Spotlight - Northeast Jones Tigers

Northeast Jones got off to a 10-3 start under head coach Jeremy Parker before the Coronavirus pandemic came and swept away the season and high school careers of five seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Columbia Wildcats

Many in Marion County were eager to see what former Golden Eagle Kyle Lindsey could conjure up in his first season as Columbia’s baseball coach.The Wildcats’ opportunity cut short at 5-8, as was the careers of six seniors...

  Senior Spotlight: Northeast Jones three-sport athlete Jòi Jones

Jòi Jones leads by example of what it truly means to be a well-rounded student athlete.

  Senior Spotlight - East Marion Eagles

A multi-sport athlete and quarterback for the East Marion Eagles, Devin Daniels was eager to complete his high school career with one more baseball season.The Coronavirus pandemic brought coach Mandell Echols and the Eagles’ year to a halt, cutting short the prep careers of three seniors...

Senior Spotlight - Columbia Academy Cougars

Columbia Academy entered 2020 with a large group of seniors and lofty goals for its baseball club.The Cougars’ season came to a short end at 5-5, leading the state with 11 homers at the time. Head coach Keith Stanley parts with nine seniors and three managers...

Senior Spotlight - Purvis Tornadoes

The Tornadoes were beginning to turn the corner before their baseball season came to a sudden halt.Purvis finished 7-4 under head coach Tony Farlow, sending off four seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - West Marion Trojans

All is quiet in Foxworth this spring.Typically, West Marion is preparing for a deep playoff run in April and May. Instead, coach Derrick Jerkins and his four seniors see their season come to an abrupt end...

  Senior Spotlight - Stringer Red Devils

After advancing to the state championship in 2019 - a first in 23 years - Stringer was eager to build on its success.The Coronavirus pandemic had other plans and the Red Devils’ season came to an end at 5-3. Head coach Wade Weathers waves goodbye to four seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Lamar Christian Lions

Lamar Christian was off to its best start, 5-1, before the season came to a sudden stop.Head coach Drew Mattison sends off two seniors - Luke Bilbo and Wyatt Miller. Bilbo batted .267 while Miller was hitting .300 through six games.

  Senior Spotlight - Pearl River Central Blue Devils

Neil Walther always puts together a competitive baseball team at Pearl River Central.The Blue Devils don’t get the chance to see just how competitive they were as their season ended at 10-3.

  Senior Spotlight - Mize Bulldogs

The Bulldogs had something brewing up in Smith County.Mize Attendance Center’s season was cut short at 7-3, leaving head coach Adam Dyess to part with five seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Lumberton Panthers

Lumberton just got its season underway before the Coronavirus pandemic interfered.The Panthers finished 4-6 under head coach Lance Hendrix, saying goodbye to three seniors...

  Senior Spotlight - Sumrall Bobcats

Sumrall hoped to defend its class 4A South State championship in 2020.The Coronavirus pandemic stifled the Bobcats’ season at 6-6. Head coach Larry Knight says goodbye to five seniors...

Senior Spotlight - PCS Bobcats

There was quite a bit of excitement surrounding the PCS baseball program in coach Jarrett Hoffpauir’s second season.The former Southern Miss Golden Eagle will have to wait one more year to develop his ball club, and he will do so without six seniors who graduate this spring...

Senior Spotlight - FCAHS Aggies

No more baseball in Brooklyn.The Aggies just got going under head coach Gatlin Steelman, finishing 2-5. Forrest County Agricultural bids adieu to five seniors...

Senior Spotlight - Hattiesburg Tigers

Hattiesburg baseball’s group of seniors are just two years removed from a class 5A state championship.The Tigers don’t get the chance to see where their 9-1 season might have taken them.

Senior Spotlight - Wayne County War Eagles

Ian Sharp was excited about the War Eagles in 2020.Wayne County’s baseball season came to a halt at 8-3, also cutting short the high school careers of six seniors...

Fifth Wildcat headed to senior college

Pearl River Community College guard Kelvin Allen is moving on to continue his basketball career at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla.

Simone Soars: Biles named 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year

Gymnast Simone Biles is the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year.

  Tragedy drives Laurel native Omar Bayless to stunning senior season

As that worn out saying goes, Bayless prefers to let his play do the talking. Boy, has he worn out defensive backs this season...

  A handful of Pine Belt players sign Division I scholarships

Christmas came a week early for many Pine Belt athletes and the respective universities they signed scholarships with on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.Several local players inked with four-year schools during December’s early signing period...

  South Mississippi well-represented at “Mr. Football” Awards

Longtime sports writer and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Rick Cleveland decided to play a game with the MHSAA’s six “Mr. Football” winners of 2019.

Indoor football team coming to Hattiesburg

Indoor football is coming to the Hub City.

  Player of the Week - Laurel linebacker Khylin Dixon

The Golden Tornadoes were struggling to put away Pascagoula on Friday, desperate for a momentum-shifting play.Khylin Dixon seized the moment, scooping up a fourth-quarter fumble and returning it 35 yards to the house in what proved to be the go-ahead score in Laurel’s 21-18 win.

  Player of the Week - Oak Grove’s Nick Milsap

Nick Milsap carried the football just 128 times for Oak Grove last season.He’s toted the rock 200 times this year to the tune of 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns.“It’s been amazing,” Milsap said.

  Local MLB draftees hold baseball camp at HHS

After spending the past year journeying through the Minor League Baseball circuit, a couple of pros were able to be kids for the day.Joe Gray Jr. and Jordyn Adams held a baseball camp at Smokie Harrington Park on Saturday morning.

  Player of the Week - Taylorsville’s Ty Keyes

Taylorsville looked well on its way to a second straight state title – 15-1 and the 2018 South State champions.However, it’s South State victory over Bay Springs didn’t come without a price.

  Player of the Week - Lumberton’s Rodney Parker

In a game that would likely decide region 4-1A, suddenly Lumberton was without its bell-cow Robert Henry who sat sidelined with a sprained ankle.Head coach Zach Jones handed the football to sophomore Rodney Parker to lead the Panthers.

  Player of the Week - FCAHS senior Evan Clark

Forrest County Agricultural High School struggled in 2018 – a record of 1-10 by season’s end.No one hurt more watching the Aggies than Evan Clark, knowing he couldn’t help his team with a broken collarbone.

  Adam Doleac’s journey from Pete Taylor Park to Music City

From Pete Taylor Park to Music City, Adam Doleac has made his name known. After hanging up his cleats, the former Southern Miss infielder moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

  Player of the Week - Zhakerreun “Phat” Wesley

If there’s anyone who knows what a talented runner looks like, it’s Shelton Gandy.The second-year Wayne County head coach rushed for more than 6,000 yards in three years at Waynesboro Central High School.

  Player of the Week - Petal’s Micah McGowan

Petal High School returned to a damp football field after a lengthy lightning delay on Friday, knotted 7-7 with rival Oak Grove.Panthers head coach Marcus Boyles put the football in the hands of senior Micah McGowan 27 times.

  Player of the Week - Bay Springs junior Eddie Payton

In its 6-0 start to the season, Bay Springs has found different ways to win ball games.At Clarke County on Friday, it was the defense that stepped up and yielded just seven points. Junior Eddie Payton had a hand in the Bulldogs’ success with 11 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

  Player of the Week - Richton’s Dylan Farve

After hosting the school’s first playoff game last season, Richton has gone through some growing pains in 2019.An inexperienced group of Rebels turned to senior Dylan Farve on Friday night, who helped lead Richton a 40-11 win over Sacred Heart.

Munoz wins Sanderson Farms in playoff for 1st PGA Tour title

Munoz, who closed with a 2-under 70, made it two straight weeks for South American winners, following Joaquin Niemann winning last week at the Greenbrier.

  Player of the Week - Lumberton junior Robert Henry

Since he was a freshman, Robert Henry has made plays for Lumberton High.As a junior, he seems to be making them all over the field. Henry rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries in the Panthers’ 41-7 win over Stringer.

  Player of the Week - Oak Grove quarterback Damon Stewart

When Oak Grove sent John Rhys Plumlee to Ole Miss, it said goodbye to 5,430 career passing yards, 2,314 rushing yards and 82 total touchdowns.

  Player of the Week - Laurel quarterback Xavier Evans

Surveying his group of Golden Tornadoes last August, coach Todd Breland knew Xavier Evans would be a playmaker for Laurel.He just needed to find a way to get No. 10 on the field.

  Player of the Week: Columbia’s Kentrel Bullock

The Wildcats found success early with a big week one win, led by senior running back Kentrel Bullock.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Wilson, Heidelberg ready for 2019 football season

Heidelberg senior tackle Justin Wilson intends to make senior season his best.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Wayne Academy’s Castle still standing for senior season

Wayne Academy's Jacob Castle is ready to rebound from junior football season cut short by mono.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Cocroft hoping to help Sumrall take another step forward

Gabe Cocroft wants to follow in brother's footsteps at Sumrall High School.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Glover looking to leave his mark at FCAHS

Forrest County Agricultural High School looking to bounce back from rough 2018 football season.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Swartz hoping to help put Purvis back in the mix

Purvis senior lineman Austin Schwartz hoping to help Purvis High School football return to prominence.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Pace to lead Cougars for final time

Columbia Academy looks for bounce-back football season.

  Players of Pine Belt: Dossett looking for Mt. Olive to return to winning ways

Mt. Olive High School looks to return to winning ways on the football field.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Title shot remains tops on McCray’s, Taylorsville’s football agenda

Taylorsville High School prepping for another Class 2A title run.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Freeman, Perry Central ready to take step forward

Perry Central High School football looking to return to winning ways.