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  Game of the Week Preview: Wayne County at West Jones

For the first time in ten years, longtime rivals Wayne County and West Jones will face off in the playoffs.

  Columbia grapples with Magee for second time

  Petal primed for rematch with Brandon

  PCS sends two to JUCO ranks

  Player of the Week - Laurel linebacker Khylin Dixon

  Richton embraces underdog mentality with visit to Resurrection

USM football up to 10 verbals

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High School Football Recap: Week 13; Part 3

  Oak Grove, Gulfport set for rematch in second round of 6A playoffs

  Laurel’s Omar Bayless named Biletnikoff semifinalist

High School Football Recap-Week 13; Part 2

  Taylorsville takes hard-fought, 21-8 victory over Collins

High School Football Recap: Week 13; Part 1

  Gametime - Week 13 of high school football

Playoff season was in full force on Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt in week 13 of the high school football season...

  Game of the Week Preview: Taylorsville at Collins

For the second time this season, Taylorsville and Collins will meet, however this time it’s do-or-die.

  East Marion hosts reigning state champions Scott Central

In its first season back in class 2A, East Marion has made no excuses.The group of 30 has adopted the moniker “Dirty 30,” a football team comprised of two-way players. It’s been this way ever since head coach Kevin Jackson arrived in Columbia six years ago.

  3 War Eagles sign JUCO scholarships

Camryn Miller and Emily Rigney are a part of a Wayne County senior class that has won over 200 softball games, eight division titles and five South State championships.

  Petal begins new season Friday, welcomes Biloxi

  Local student-athletes sign scholarships Wednesday

  USM baseball signs 12 for 2021

  Player of the Week - Oak Grove’s Nick Milsap

PRCC’s Moore named MACJC’s 1st Player o’Week

  4 local standouts tabbed “Mr. Football” by MCAC

High School Football Recap: Week 12; Part 2

Oak Grove and Richton high schools earned football playoff berths Friday.

High school football playoffs hit full throttle Friday

The high school football playoffs will be in full roar Friday night.

High School Football Recap: Week 12; Part 1

Petal, Laurel and Lumberton high schools wrapped up regular season with football wins.

Picayune dominates 2nd half to top Wayne County

Picayune High School outscored Wayne County High School 21-0 in the second half of a 49-28 victory Friday night.

S. Alabama hands USM hoops 1st loss of season

The University of South Alabama scored the final five points Saturday night to hold off the University of Southern Mississippi, 75-69.

  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.

  USM defense stands tall in 37-2 victory over UAB

The University of Southern Mississippi snapped a three-game losing streak against the University of Alabama-Birmingham 37-2 Saturday.

  Gametime - Week 12 of high school football

It’s playoff season in the Pine Belt! Here’s a look at some of the high school football scores from week 12...

  West Jones finishes off undefeated regular season

West Jones High School finishes undefeated regular season with 42-0 victory over Jackson Wingfield High School.

  Hattiesburg, East Central play for final playoff spot

It’s win or stay homes for Hattiesburg High on Friday night.The Tigers (4-6, 3-3 region 4-5A) host East Central (6-4, 3-3 region 4-5A) at 7 p.m. The winner clinches the fourth and final playoff spot in the region.

  Game of the Week Preview: Picayune at Wayne County

Wayne County (8-2, 6-0) will welcome top-ranked Picayune (10-0, 6-0) on Friday night for 5A-Region 4 showdown.

  Oak Grove one win from 6A playoffs

There are several scenarios in which Oak Grove can make the class 6A playoffs but the simplest involves the Warriors beating Northwest Rankin on Friday.A win for Oak Grove clinches the No. 2 seed in region 3-6A.

  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.

  Annual Lamar Co. breakfast brings students, veterans together

The event brings history to life and allows the high school students to thank these veterans for their service.

High School Football Recap: Week 11; Part 2

Columbia, West Marion, Jefferson Davis County and Petal high schools picked up football wins over the weekend.

  PCS football headed to Florida bowl game

Presbyterian Christian School's varsity football team is headed to Florida bowl game.

High School Football Recap: Week 11; Part 1

West Jones, Laurel and Hattiesburg high schools and Columbia Academy all picked up football this weekend.

Richton topples Mt. Olive, 45-24, behind Hinton’s 4 TDs

Mt. Olive and Richton meet in Region 4-1A football.

Football playoffs to get underway in the Pine Belt

MHSAA football playoffs to get underway Friday.

  Gametime - Week 11 of high school football

The eleventh week of the high school football season featured regular season finales, playoff openers and crucial region contests. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

  20 years since Walter Payton passed away

Twenty years ago Friday, football lost one of its better men.Walter Payton died on November 1, 1999 at age 45 of bile duct cancer and liver failure.The Columbia native played his college ball at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) before playing 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears

Appeal denied, PCS excluded from football playoffs

Presbyterian Christian School to be barred from MAIS football playoffs.

Postseason football fates loom for Pine Belt teams

The football playoff picture is coming into focus for the Pine Belt's teams.

  Game of the Week Preview: Mount Olive vs. Richton

Mount Olive (5-5, 4-2) will visit Richton (5-5, 3-3) on Friday night.

  West Jones looks to finish strong entering playoffs

From the outside looking in, West Jones appears to be sitting pretty.The Mustangs are 9-0 and atop region 3-5A at 5-0. However, head coach Scott Pierson is quick to tell his team their record means nothing.

  Hattiesburg controls own destiny in final two weeks

Hattiesburg High is winners of its last two games. The Tigers need to win their final two in order to punch a ticket to the class 5A playoffs.After a 1-6 start, Hattiesburg has been in survival mode for most of the 2019 season.

  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.

  High School Football Recap: Week 10; Part 3

High school teams win football games.

High School Football Recap: Week 10; Part 2

Laurel, West Jones, Lumberton, Greene County high schools each pick up football victories over the weekend.

Perkins scores twice to lift Southern Miss over Rice, 20-6

Perkins' two touchdowns lead Southern Miss past Rice, 20-6.

  Perry Central nips Collins, 12-2, in Region 8-2A

The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 12-2.

High School Football Recap: Week 10; Part 1

Hattiesburg, Oak Grove, West Marion, Columbia, Petal and Wayne County high schools picked up football victories Thursday.

  East Marion clinches Region 8-2A with win at North Forrest

East Marion High School clinches Region 8-2A with 8-0 win Thursday over North Forrest High School.

  Gametime - Week 10 of high school football

The threat of rain pushed many of week ten’s high school football games to Thursday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

PCS football facing postseason forfeiture

Presbyterian Christian School could lose a spot in MAIS football playoffs.

  Oak Grove fights for final playoff spot in Region 3-6A

With just three regular season games remaining, Oak Grove sits in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in region 3-6A.The Warriors (5-3, 2-2 region) visit Brandon (6-3, 3-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m.

  Golden Tornadoes look to finish regular season strong

The Golden Tornadoes stumbled early and eventually fell to West Jones 24-14 on Friday, slipping out of a first-place tie with the Mustangs in region 3-5A.However, everything Laurel (6-2, 3-1) wants to accomplish is still within reach. It begins with a strong finish to the regular season

LIST: More high schools move football games to Thursday

More Pine Belt high schools have moved football games to Thursday night due to the possibility of storms on Friday.

  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.

High School Football Recap: Week 9; Part 3

Perry Central, Stringer and Poplarville high schools each locked down football victories over the past weekend.

High School Football Recap: Week 9: Part 2

Taylorsville, Lumberton, Wayne County and Mt. Olive high schools picked up football victories over the weekend.

High School Football Recap: Week 9; Part 1

Oak Grove defeated Terry 48-8 to improve to 5-3 overall, and 2-2 in district play.

West Jones takes control of Region 3-5A

West Jones High School seizes control of Region 3-5A after beating Laurel High School 24-14 Friday night.

  Wayne County advances to slow-pitch state title

After a sweep of North Pike on Thursday, Wayne County clinched its sixth slow-pitch softball South State championship in the last eight years.The Lady War Eagles defeated the Lady Jaguars 2-0 and 13-5 to advance the Class II state title in Madison.

  Gametime - Week 9 of high school football

The third Friday in October provided some competitive high school football across the Pine Belt. With many region implications on the line, here’s a look at some of the scores from week 9...

  Columbia tops West Marion, 33-14, in county clash

Columbia High School won the Marion County football crown with Thursday night's 33-14 victory over West Marion High School.

  Petal’s 3-game win streak places them atop region

A string of wins over Pearl, Oak Grove and Brandon has Petal in the driver’s seat of Region 3-6A at 3-0.

  Marion County clash features two unbeatens

In October 2001, two undefeated football teams met for what West Marion head coach Brad Duncan described as “the Super Bowl.”“The biggest crowd that’s ever been in Foxworth,” Duncan said.The Trojans (7-0) defeated Columbia (7-0) by the score of 12-7.

  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.

High School Football Recap: Week 8; Part 4

High School Football Recap: Week 8; Part 4

High School Football Recap: Week 8; Part 3

Petal, Wayne County, Northeast Jones and Mt. Olive high schools picked up football victories this past weekend.

  Gametime - Week 8 of high school football

Week 8 of the high school football slate featured many key region contests. Here’s a look at some of the Friday night scores from around the Pine Belt...

Pine Belt Football Recap: Week 8; Part 2

Taylorsville, West Jones, West Marion and Lumberton high schools pick up football wins this past weekend.

  Columbia takes down Jefferson Davis County, 36-22

Columbia High School top Jefferson Davis County, 36-22, Friday night.

High School Football Recap: Week VIII; Part I

Laurel and Bay Springs high schools picked up football victories Thursday night.

Purvis powers past Sumrall, 28-17, in region play

Purvis High School rallied past Sumrall High School, 28-17, in a Region 7-4A football game.

  Thursday Night Football Scores

A number of high school football games were pushed up to Thursday night with impending rain expected on Friday. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

  Columbia, Jeff Davis clash in region 8-3A

In what’s been called the SEC West of Class 3A football, Columbia and Jefferson Davis clash in an all-important region 8-3A contest on Friday night.The Wildcats roar into Bassfield at 6-0 while the Jaguars are 2-4, having dropped three of their last four games in part due to a slew of injuries.