High School

East Marion’s Johnathan Abram a top safety in 2019 NFL Draft

Johnathan Abram played quarterback most of his high school career at East Marion.This weekend he’s likely to be drafted in the NFL as the top safety on the board.Abram is projected to be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL’s 2019 Draft.

  Playoff Baseball Scores - 4/22

  Javien Hamilton works toward dream of playing pro football

  Playoff Baseball Scores - 4/20

  Playoff Baseball Scores - 4/19

  East Marion’s John Rawls signs with Jones College

  Northeast Jones makes 5th straight playoff berth

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  Prep Baseball Scores - 4/16

Pine Belt Baseball Results & Schedule (April 15-18)

  Prep Baseball Scores - 4/12

  Hattiesburg looks to bounce back in midweek matchup against Pearl River Central

  Pine Belt Prep Baseball

  Prep Baseball Scores - 3/29

Marcus Boyles to retire as Petal football coach/athletic director

After seven seasons with Petal High School, Marcus Boyles plans to retire as the Panthers head football coach and athletic director.Boyles compiled a record of 62-32 at Petal, leading the Panthers to the 2015 South State title before losing to Starkville 27-7 in the class 6A state championship.

  West Jones, South Jones renew rivalry on the diamond

The latest chapter in the West Jones-South Jones rivalry will be written on Friday night when the Mustangs host the Braves at 7 p.m.It’s a meeting that’s intense in every arena...

Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule

Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule (March 25-30)

  Seniors key to success for Sumrall baseball

The Sumrall baseball team defeated rival Purvis 5-2 on Tuesday night in game one of the series.

Pine Belt baseball results/schedule

  Jimmy Bass - a local Laurel legend

  Prep Baseball Scores - 3/21

USM sweeps C-USA series against La. Tech

  Prep Baseball Scores - Saturday Night

  Prep Baseball - Friday Scores

Bay Springs HS to host pep rally, parade to celebrate state title

The event will be March 16 at 4 p.m.

  West Jones girls fall short of state title

For the second straight season, West Jones girls basketball made it all the way to the state championship game – and for the second straight season the Lady Mustangs came up just short of winning a title.

  Bay Springs boys win second state basketball title with win over Ingomar

The Bay Springs Bulldogs defeated the Ingomar Falcons 56-51 at the Mississippi Coliseum to win the school’s second 2A boys state basketball title.

  East Marion downs Okolona to win first boys state basketball championship

East Marion defeated Okolona 58 to 53 to claim the 2019 Class 1A Boys Mississippi High School Athletic Association state basketball championship.

  Three Pine Belt teams advance to state basketball finals

Three Pine Belt teams advance to state basketball finals...

  Bay Springs returns to Jackson for 4th time in 5 years

The feeling of defeat is still very fresh for Bay Springs after falling in the 2018 state championship.The Bulldogs lost to Coahoma County 62-46 in the class 2A state title. Coincidentally, Bay Springs battles Coahoma on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the 2A semifinals.

  North Forrest Eagles soar to the semifinals

The North Forrest Eagles head to Jackson to face Ingomar in the class 2A semifinals on Tuesday night.Head coach Quenton Loving and company are eager for another shot in the “Big House.”

  East Marion advances to class 1A semifinals

East Marion is headed to the “Big House.”The Eagles defeated Piney Woods 82-53 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the class 1A playoffs. East Marion faces Potts Camp on Monday at noon in the Mississippi Coliseum.

  Hattiesburg back in “Big House” for 2nd straight year

Hattiesburg is back in the “Big House” for the second straight season.The Tigers face Center Hill on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the class 5A semifinals. "It's a blessing,” said Hattiesburg junior guard Cameron Brown.

  Unbeaten West Jones eyes state championship

West Jones girls basketball is headed back to Jackson.The unbeaten Lady Mustangs (28-0) battle Germantown on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the class 5A semifinals.“As a coach you're like, ‘What do you want to do with your season?’” said West Jones head coach Sharon Murray.

  1970 Columbia football and the first year of integration

Everybody in America knows the name Walter Payton. An NFL Hall of Famer that not only paved the way for future running backs, but for humanitarians. Payton’s 45 years on this Earth had a seismic impact, particularly the year 1970.

  Jones, PRCC winners on day 1 of MACJC tourney

The MACJC men’s basketball tournament opened at Jones College on Tuesday. Jones battled Mississippi Delta down to the wire, coming away with a 78-73 win behind Galen Alexander’s 30 points.The Bobcats face Northeast Mississippi on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

  Three Pine Belt teams punch tickets to “Big House”

A number of Pine Belt area basketball teams punched their tickets to the “Big House” on Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the area...

  Hattiesburg hoops primed for second-round matchup

The Hattiesburg Tigers are back in the playoffs. HHS hosts Wingfield on Saturday at 7 p.m.The goal is to return to the Coliseum where the Tigers fell in the quarterfinals last season. A tough region and non-region schedule prepared Hattiesburg for the postseason.

  North Forrest enters second round of 2A playoffs

North Forrest hosts Pelahatchie on Saturday in the second round of the class 2A playoffs.The Eagles (23-4) are happy to advance to round two after falling by one possession in the first round last season.

  Prep Basketball - 2nd Round Schedule

The high school basketball playoffs continued on Tuesday night as many local teams looked to punch their tickets to the second round. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt and round two’s schedule of events...

  Larry Watkins - 42 years of coaching Petal baseball

Petal High school opens its baseball season on Saturday and for the first time in 42 years, Larry Watkins will not be in the Panthers’ dugout.“He’s been a picture in the Petal program for a long time,” said first-year Petal head coach Shane Kelly. “For him not to be at practice is a change.

  High School Hoops - Region Tournament action

The high school basketball playoffs began on Monday as several Pine Belt area teams competed in region tournaments.

  Fred McNair honored in Mount Olive

It was a special night in Covington County as the city of Mount Olive honored one its sons - Fred Mcnair.The former Pirates quarterback went on to play college football at Alcorn State. For the past three years, McNair has coached the Braves to three SWAC East division titles.

  Sacred Heart sweeps soccer state championships

Just a week after Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots cemented their NFL dynasty by capturing the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl championship since 2001, the Sacred Heart girls soccer program reaffirmed its dominance in the realm of Mississippi high school soccer.

  Sacred Heart girls, boys soccer teams capture state titles

The Lady Crusaders defeated St. Andrew’s 2-0, claiming their 6th state title in the last 7 years. The boys defeated St. Andrew’s 1-0, winning their first state title since 2013.

  National Signing Day 2019: Southern Miss football commits

Here are Southern Miss football 2019 football commits.

  National Signing Day 2019: The latest college commits in the Pine Belt

Some of the best high school athletes in the Pine Belt signed their letters of intent to play at the next level Wednesday.

  Three local soccer teams advance to South State finals

Eight Pine Belt area soccer teams entered the weekend still alive in the high school playoffs. However, only three remained standing by Saturday night.Sacred Heart girls soccer took one step closer to its second straight state championship with a 3-0 win over Clarkdale on Saturday afternoon.

  Oak Grove soccer visits Gulfport on Saturday

Oak Grove soccer is back in the playoffs as both the boys and girls visit Gulfport on Saturday.The Lady Warriors seek their fourth state championship (2000, 2001, 2007) while the Warriors look for their first after reaching the state finals three times.

  Lady Mustangs advance to second round of soccer playoffs

A strong second-half lifted the Lady Mustangs past Hattiesburg on Wednesday night and into the second round of the playoffs.West Jones defeated the Lady Tigers 4-1 in Hattiesburg. Three different Lady Mustangs scored goals, led by junior Natalie Allgood’s two scores.

  It’s “win or go home” for Sacred Heart soccer

It’s win or go home for Sacred Heart on Saturday night.Only two teams from Region 8, class 1A/2A/3A make it to the playoffs. Two of the three schools battling for contention face each other on Saturday when Sacred Heart visits Resurrection Catholic.

  Saints linebacker Demario Davis hosts try-outs for new 7-on-7 travel football team

In his first season with the Saints, Mississippi native Demario Davis lead the defense in tackles. Now, the linebacker is hoping to make an impact off the field with his new Devoted Dreamers 7-on-7 travel football team.

  High School Basketball - Friday Night Recap

It’s crunch time around the Pine Belt. As February nears, the high school basketball regular season comes to a close. Here are some of the scores from a crucial Friday night in the Pine Belt...

  Johnathan Abram, Javon Patterson represent Pine Belt at Senior Bowl

The nation’s top seniors in college football gather in Mobile, Alabama this week for the 70th Reese’s Senior Bowl.Two Pine Belt natives are among the group that will showcase its talents to a crowd of NFL scouts.

  Andrew Howard signs with Jones College baseball

Growing up in Ellisville, it was easy for Andrew Howard to root for Jones College baseball.Howard gets the opportunity to play for his hometown Bobcats after signing a scholarship on Wednesday at South Jones.

  Sumrall native Jordan Thomas finds success in the NFL

It was a moment that Texans tight end Jordan Thomas will never forget. The Sumrall native scored his first NFL touchdown against the Dolphins.

  From Bassfield to the NFL - A.J. Moore and Cornell Armstrong

Since 2012, 33 players have left Bassfield to play football at the Division I or Junior College level.Two of those players just finished their rookie seasons in the NFL.

  Sacred Heart soccer picks up a pair of wins

On a rainy Saturday in Hattiesburg, Sacred Heart soccer picked up a pair of wins over South Jones.The Lady Crusaders (8-5) opened the afternoon with a 4-0 win over the Lady Braves (10-5-2).The Crusaders held off the Braves 1-0 to improve to 8-2-2.

  Pine Belt well-represented on All-Star basketball teams

The 2019 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball roster has been announced and a number of Pine Belt players were invited.John Rawls of East Marion will suit up for the Mississippi boys team while Hattiesburg head coach Ernie Watson serves as an administrative coach.

  Friday night prep basketball scores

The basketball season is beginning to heat up as the calendar turns to January. Here’s a look at some of the high school scores from around the Pine Belt on Friday, January 4...

  Jordan Thomas making Sumrall proud in the NFL

Jordan Thomas was 6-foot-4, 240 pounds when he left Sumrall for East Central Community College in 2014.Thomas now stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs nearly 280 pounds as a tight end for the Houston Texans.

  Early Signing Day 2018: Latest college commits in the Pine Belt

A few players in the Pine Belt signed their names on the dotted line to play at the next level Wednesday.

  Petal basketball heads to City of Palms Classic

Petal boys basketball began its journey to Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday afternoon for the City of Palms Classic.The prestigious high school basketball tournament has featured 140 players that eventually advanced to the NBA.

  MS defeats AL 24-20 in MS/AL All-Star Game, Conner named MVP

Conner rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to win Most Valuable Player honors for Mississippi.

Mississippi defeats Alabama in 32nd All-Star game

Mississippi defeated Alabama 24-20 in the 32nd Mississippi-Alabama All-Star football game on Monday night in Montgomery.

How to watch the MS/AL All-Star Game

Some of Mississippi and Alabama’s finest high school athletes will meet under the lights Monday night in the 32nd Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.

  Pine Belt players prepare for MS/AL All-Star Game

Monday night’s game can be seen on WDAM Bounce, channel 7.3.

Collins’ McLaurin commits to USM

Collins’ Markel McLaurin commits to Southern Miss

  WDAM Coach of the Year: West Jones head coach Scott Pierson

WDAM Coach of the Year: West Jones head coach Scott Pierson

  West Jones girls win thriller over South Jones

With their backs against the wall and time running out, the Lady Mustangs never flinched.West Jones girls soccer trailed rival South Jones 1-0 in stoppage time of the second overtime period.

  Kendrick Davis records 100th win with Wayne County basketball

Since rejoining his alma mater as the Wayne County boys basketball coach in 2013, Kendrick Davis has brought the War Eagles to the “Big House” in four of his five seasons – including two final four appearances and a state runner-up finish.

  FCAHS Lady Aggies spread Christmas cheer

The Forrest County girls basketball team proved they are winners both on and off the court.The Lady Aggies sponsored two needy children this Christmas as a part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

  Eight local players head to MS/AL all-star game

The Pine Belt will be well-represented at the 32nd annual Mississippi/Alabama all-star game on Monday in Montgomery, Alabama.Eight area players and three coaches will compete for the Mississippi team on Monday night at the Cramton Bowl.

Jarod ‘Snoop’ Conner decommits from Memphis, commits to Ole Miss

The former Hattiesburg high quarterback made the announcement Friday on his Twitter page.

  Petal boys remain unbeaten with win at West Jones

Petal basketball remained unbeaten with a 62-43 win at West Jones on Friday night.The Panthers improved to 8-0 and will host Picayune on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Mustangs dropped to 4-5 and host Ridgeland on Tuesday.

  Mud & rain highlight 70th Annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game

The 2018 Bernard Blackwell Classic North/South game ended in a tie Saturday afternoon in Gulfport.

  Hattiesburg’s Taytum Terrell signs with Troy soccer

Hattiesburg senior Taytum Terrell signed a soccer scholarship with Troy University on Wednesday morning.Despite tearing her ACL in September, Terrell was still very high on the Trojans’ list of recruits. Her Hattiesburg High career ends with 203 goals.

  Hattiesburg basketball sweeps Oak Grove

The Battle of the ‘Burg took to the basketball court on Tuesday night as Hattiesburg and Oak Grove squared off.The Tigers swept the Warriors as the defending state champion Hattiesburg girls opened the night with a 58-32.

Taylorsville falls to Scott Central 21-7 in 2A State Championship game

Taylorsville falls to Scott Central 21-7 in 2A State Championship game

  Oak Grove falls short in 6A state title game

The Oak Grove Warriors fell just short of a 6A state championship against Horn Lake on Friday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.

MS high school football championships come to The Rock

The MHSAA state football championships are headed to The Rock.

  Seminary battles Water Valley in first state title since 2003

Seminary has been battle-tested this season.Two of the Bulldogs three losses came against Taylorsville and Poplarville – teams that are both competing for a state championship alongside Seminary this weekend.