Basketball

  Wayne County sends Lady War Eagle to next level

Shakirria Everett has come a long way from her freshman season at Wayne County – so long that she now has the opportunity to play college basketball.The Wayne County senior guard signed a scholarship with Northwest Mississippi Community College on Wednesday.

  Southeastern Baptist signs Wayne County forward

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

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

  Three local players sign JUCO scholarships

  Laurel girls lose to Columbus in Class 5A semifinals

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

Continued Coverage

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

  Sacred Heart’s historic run ends in semifinals

  Laurel tops Jim Hill, advances to first semifinal

  High School Hoops - Saturday Scores

  HS Hoops - Quarterfinal Scores

  North Forrest steals victory from Amite County, heads back to “Final Four”

  Lady Tigers in for a challenge against Brookhaven

Playing basketball this time of year is nothing new to the Lady Tigers.Hattiesburg is just two years removed from winning a class 5A state championship and one season removed from the semifinals.

  Sacred Heart’s historic run continues to semifinals

Gracie Falla is best known for her achievements on the soccer field. The sophomore led Sacred Heart with 13 assists and was second on the team with eight goals in the Lady Crusaders’ run to the 2020 state title game.Falla made it clear on Thursday she can hoop just as well.

  Jeff Davis basketball comes to a halt in quarterfinals

With the joy of bringing two basketball teams to the MHSAA quarterfinals comes double the pain when faced with defeat.The Jaguars and Lady Jaguars of Jefferson Davis both saw their seasons come to an end on Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

  Purvis girls back in quarterfinals after two-decade absence

The Lady Tornadoes trailed South Pike by 17 points midway through the third quarter of last Friday’s contest – their season hanging in the balance.Purvis rallied to win 48-45 and send its program back to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

  Laurel used to playing this time of year

  Double Trouble - Tony Woody leads both Jeff Davis teams to 3rd round

  Panthers make first appearance in third round

  North Forrest makes return trip to “Elite 8”

  HS Hoops - Quarterfinal Playoff Matchups

  Playoff Basketball - Round 2 Scores

  Laurel takes on rival Wayne County in round 2 of playoffs

The 2019-20 season hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Laurel High School.Albeit, some of that has to do with an area of Mississippi that’s as competitive as it’s been in “15 years” according to Laurel head coach Marcus Price.

  Heidelberg welcomes North Forrest for class 2A clash

While Heidelberg’s had talented teams in the past, head coach Billy Wright believes the 2020 Oilers are separating themselves from the rest of the pack.Heidelberg (24-6) captured the region 5-2A title and awaits North Forrest (18-8) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in a class 2A clash.

  Lady Crusaders enjoy record season

Sacred Heart is best known for winning soccer state championships – the boys team capturing their second straight crown just two weeks ago.However, girls basketball is making a name for itself this season.

  High School Basketball - Round 1 Playoff Roundup

Round 1 of the MHSAA basketball playoffs wrapped up on Tuesday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from across the Pine Belt...

Pine Belt girl’s basketball results

High school girls' basketball scores from around the Pine Belt Monday night.

  Region Championships Roundup

Region championships wrapped up regular season play across the Pine Belt on Friday. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the area...

  HS Hoops - Region Tournament Scores

Region tournament play continued around the Pine Belt on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the high school basketball scores...

  FCAHS hoops enjoying 18-4 season

Grayson Timidaiski has slowly turned Brooklyn into a basketball town in five years as head coach of Forrest County Agricultural High School. The Aggies hosted their first playoff game in over a decade last season and sit 18-4 (9-1 region 7-4A) in 2020.

  National Signing Day 2020: Pine Belt athletes make their decisions

Our sports and digital team will keep you updated on the different signings that are taking place across the viewing area.

Pine Belt high school basketball players selected for All-Star games

Pine Belt basketball will be on display as many high school basketball players from around the area have been selected to be in all-star games in the state.

  Hattiesburg honors 1970s state championship teams

It was a tremendous Friday night at Hattiesburg High as the Tigers honored their two state title basketball teams from 1972 and 1974.It was not only a night for reunions but one of recognition.

  Friday Night Basketball Scores

Playoff basketball is quickly approaching in the Pine Belt. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s prep scores...

  Columbia Academy basketball improves to 27-1

Columbia Academy highlighted Thursday night’s action in boys basketball. The Cougars improved to 27-1 with their 58-50 win over Copiah Academy. Here’s a look at some of the other scores from around the Pine Belt...

Tim’s Two Cents: Hattiesburg boys basketball coach Ernie Watson

WDAM's Tim Doherty talks with Hattiesburg High School boys basketball coach Ernie Watson.

  Panthers vie to finish season strong

The Petal Panthers took their lumps early in the 2019-20 season.Petal (12-6) is ranked No. 22 in the state, according to Maxpreps, but are just 1-4 in region play. However, the Panthers rarely get a night off with No. 4 Oak Grove and No. 3 Meridian occupying the top two spots in region 5-6A.

MAC announces Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The 48th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Banquet will be held on June 19, 2020.

  Oak Grove sweeps season series with Meridian

No. 4 Oak Grove swept its regular season series against No. 3 Meridian with a 63-60 win to highlight Tuesday night’s action. Here’s a look at some of the other scores from around the Pine Belt...

  Pine Belt enjoys competitive year in basketball

In the Pine Belt area, the sport of basketball often seems to be swept under a baseball rug or covered by the shadow of a football stadium.However, this area of Mississippi has been treated to tremendous basketball seasons over the years and witnessed some superior talent pass through.

  High School Hoops - Friday Scores

The high school basketball season is beginning to wind down as February nears. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s scores around the Pine Belt...

Tigers take down Warriors in hoops’ rubber match

Hattiesburg High School defeated Oak Grove High School, 69-67, Tuesday to take two of three games from the Warriors this basketball season

Tim’s Two Cents: Oak Grove boys basketball coach LaRon Brumfield

Tim Doherty talks with Oak Grove High School boys basketball coach LaRon Brumfield.

  Hattiesburg’s Melyia Grayson nominated to play in McDonald’s All-American game

A Hattiesburg native has the chance to attend an event that’s seen the likes of Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Candace Parker.Hattiesburg senior Melyia Grayson was nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American game on April 1 in Houston, Texas.

  Oak Grove basketball climbing state ranks

There are several branches of the Steve Knight coaching tree leading high school basketball teams around Mississippi.LaRon Brumfield scored 1,348 points in four seasons under Knight at William Carey. The 1994 WCU graduate has spent the last six years building his own program at Oak Grove.

  Hattiesburg Tigers playing competitive basketball

Hattiesburg High has advanced to the MHSAA basketball playoffs every season since 2015-16.The Tigers have gradually improved in each outing – reaching the sweet 16 in 2016 and 2017, the elite 8 in 2018 and the final four last season.

  High School Hoops - Friday Night Scores

It was a Friday night of region action across the Pine Belt. Here’s a look at some of the high school basketball scores...

  High School Basketball - Tuesday Scores

Basketball season begins to ramp up in January as region play begins for many area schools. Here’s a look at some of Tuesday’s scores from around the Pine Belt...

  High School Basketball - Saturday Scores

Several local schools wrapped up their respective Holiday tournaments over the weekend. Here’s a look at some of the high school basketball scores on Saturday...

  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.

  MAC Hall of Fame to induct 5 coaches

Mississippi Association of Coaches to induct five into its Hall of Fame.

  Four War Eagles sign athletic scholarships

A number of Wayne County War Eagles signed athletic scholarships on Wednesday afternoon.Tanner Wells heads to Summit to join Southwest Mississippi baseball. Lasharia Everett and Bayleigh Busby both signed women’s basketball scholarships with Coastal Alabama Community College.

  East Marion’s John Rawls signs with Jones College

Following a state championship season with East Marion, John Rawls will continue his basketball career at Jones College.The power forward signed with the Bobcats on Thursday morning in Columbia.

USM sweeps C-USA series against La. Tech

USM completed a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs with a 10-5 victory Sunday at J.C. Love Field.

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.

  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...

  High School Hoops - Region Tournament action

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

  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...

  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...

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  Columbia Academy’s Morgan Jones signs with Lady Eagle basketball

Lady Eagle basketball got a big signee on Wednesday – literally.Six-foot-two center Morgan Jones signed with Southern Miss women’s basketball out of Columbia Academy."It's like a lifetime dream,” Jones said.

  Video: Mississippi basketball coach uses sign language in pep talk to deaf team

The video shows Bulldogs coach Sekoe White passionately communicating to the team in American Sign Language during a timeout, as they tried to mount a comeback against Jackson Preparatory School