Petal, Oak Grove, West Jones and Taylorsville will attempt to take the final step to their respective state championship games this weekend. The undefeated Mustangs will face Picayune, also unbeaten, at home, while Taylorsville will battle Scott Central, the reigning 2A state champs. The big…

The Egg Bowl will have our attention this week in all 82 counties. Mississippi State needs a win to go bowling, while Ole Miss needs a win as they move forward to hopefully brighter days in Oxford. I have enjoyed watching many Egg Bowls in person since 1970. Many of the games I have witnesse…

As a high school football player, this is the time of the year that you look forward to. We are deep into the playoffs, and most teams have already been sent home. Only the best are left, and they are playing for their schools, their communities and a local legacy. Five teams in our coverage…

A little over a month ago, college football had a ‘Sweet 16,’ but as of today we are down to only three perfect teams. The list shortened again this past weekend as Baylor and Minnesota dropped from those ranks. Baylor blew a 25-point lead as Oklahoma came back to win a wild one in Waco. Min…

We don’t have a local high school game on tap this week to match the hype that West Jones versus Laurel generated last week. The one high school game this week that comes closest to carrying the badge of “must see game of the week” is Bay Springs at Enterprise Clarke. The “Bulldogs against t…

The legendary Mississippi sportswriter Rick Cleveland wrote once about the “toughest football coach ever” in former East Mississippi Junior College coach Bull Sullivan. Today, I would like to introduce my “toughest football player ever” nominee.  He was from the small town of Heidelberg. His…

Are you feeling confused? Not sure which direction to go? Can’t decide what to do? “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

The “Brandon Bowl” took place this past Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, as the New Orleans Saints edged past the homestanding Jaguars, 13-6. New Orleans Saints veteran linebacker Demario Davis and Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew represented Brandon and the state of Mississippi. B…

Sixteen college football teams enter this week’s game unbeaten. Clemson, going 15-0, was the only undefeated Division 1 football team last fall. Alabama, Notre Dame and Central Florida entered the bowl season undefeated last season, but all fell. This year Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Okl…

Quarterback Jack Abraham led Southern Mississippi to their first win in Conference USA play this past Saturday as the Golden Eagles downed UTEP, 31-13. USM bolted out to an early two-touchdown lead as Abraham hit on 19-of-28 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. The USM offense was 9-of…

South America and Colombia native Sebastian Munoz won a playoff over Sungjae Im to claim his first PGA Tour win at the Sanderson Farms Golf Tournament held this week at the Jackson Country Club. Munoz birdied the 18th hole to tie Im and force a one-hole playoff.  He then won the playoff hole…

The 52nd Sanderson Farms Championship will be played this week at the Country Club of Jackson. The tournament has been a mainstay in Mississippi since 1968. It began as the Magnolia Classic in 1968 in Hattiesburg. Sanderson has been the lead sponsor since 2013. Since Sanderson Farms took ove…

I never expected to be writing this letter. Many times I thought to myself about how lucky I am to have this job and that I had no intentions of ever leaving it.

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the recent passing of Carson Hall, who graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School about a month ago.

Wow! Mississippi State scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun Auburn, 5-4, Sunday night in the Bulldogs' opening game in the College World Series. It was their 28th  comeback win of the season. MSU was scheduled to play Vanderbilt on Tuesday night in their second contest …

Like many of you, I was on the Coast recently to watch the Southern Miss baseball team paint Biloxi black and gold, and remind everyone who runs Conference USA. What a week it was for the Golden Eagles, who used, among other things, a no-hitter and a walk-off homer to go 4-0 in the five-day …

From their first win at Smokie Harrington Park to their journey to Trustmark Park, the Sumrall Bobcats kept me busy this past baseball season. For that, I say thank you. Though the team came up short of hoisting the gold glove trophy, they took us all on one heckuva ride.

The Pine Belt was recently pummeled by three straight days of rain, and the soggy weather threw a wrench into the South State baseball playoffs. Never before have I seen a high school baseball game played on a Sunday, much less on Mother’s Day. But that was the last and mandatory resort for …

It’s crazy to think LeBron James missed out on the postseason this year for the first time since 2005. What’s even crazier is these NBA playoffs are thriving without him—both a current and all-time great. In fact, these have been the best, most entertaining playoffs in years.

When I wasn’t covering playoff baseball late last week, I was watching my second-favorite sporting event of the year, the NFL Draft. Seven rounds and 254 total selections came and went during the three-day spectacle, and as with every year, there were storylines abound. Here’s a few that cau…

Let’s be clear: On most days, I consider myself a casual golf fan. But when Tiger Woods is on my TV, well, I’m hardcore. Whatever I’m doing, I don’t care if it’s laundry, dishes, etc., I’ll drop it all in a heartbeat to watch Tiger do his thing. One does not simply pass up an opportunity to …

Students at Pearl River Community College have numerous resources that aid and support them on their academic journey. Included in these resources is an internship program offered through PRCC’s Workforce Development Programs. The internships are designed to enhance a student’s skillset whil…

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I do not know Jeremy McClain personally, but within the first five minutes of his introductory speech as Southern Miss’ new Director of Athletics on Monday evening, I felt like I did. First impression? McClain is genuinely a nice, down-to-earth guy who has a knack for working towards and cro…

Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel has announced three new additions to its athletics department staff. The three new staff members all have strong connections to the Laurel/Jones County area. 

The Super Bowl of Golf will take place this weekend in Augusta, Georgia. The 83rd annual Masters Golf Tournament is the most famous of the world’s golf tournaments. Augusta has a population of about 200,000, but on this weekend the city will double in population.

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Sports and debate go together like apple pie and ice cream. Sure, you can have one without the other, but who really wants to live in a world without them together?

Mississippi State’s women’s basketball team saw its historic season come to an end with an 88-84 loss to No. 7 Oregon in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon in Portland, Oregon. Teaira McCowan closed her career recording 19 points and 15 rebounds. She finished as the all-time leading rebound…

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For college basketball fans, March is sacred. Even for the casual sports fan, the month is pretty special.

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Last Tuesday was a long, tough day in Jackson for our remaining area basketball teams as not one, not two, but all three were bounced in the semifinal round of the MHSAA playoffs. Let’s just call it an unfortunate ending to an otherwise fun year.

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I was disappointed by the end of last week’s Southern Miss-Mississippi State baseball series in Starkville for a variety of a reasons.

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Doc Sadler deserves a significant pay raise as Southern Miss’ mens basketball coach. Heck, if the Golden Eagles keep doing what they’ve been doing for the last month, he might be worthy of a statue outside Reed Green Coliseum, too.

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs won their second straight SEC title, 68-64, over their nemesis from the East in South Carolina. The Lady Bulldogs (15-1, 27-2) won for their first time in Columbia, South Carolina, since the 2010 season. The Lady Gamecocks had no answer for States’ 6-foot-…

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Baseball season is here. Man, it feels good to finally say that again.

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Certainly I’m not alone in thinking this year’s Super Bowl was subpar. I mean, it was 3-3 headed to the fourth quarter. Even at that point, the Patriots felt like a lock to win. To the satisfaction of Saints fans, the Rams proved to be pretenders on the game’s biggest stage. Jarod Goff shrun…