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This week’s title seems to be somewhat of a paradox, right? Modern NCAA rules (thankfully) prevent any and all games from ending without a winner. As LSU and Texas A&M proved last year, the referees will let you play ‘til the cows come home in order to ensure that one team comes out on t…

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Early in the fourth quarter of Laurel’s Round 1 playoff game against Pascagoula, several local journalists were tweeting the infamous phrase, “Upset alert!” The Panthers had taken over possession on the Tornadoes’ 48-yard line with an 18-14 lead and just 8:30 remaining in regulation. Having …

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West Jones dominated its way to a 56-20 win at home over East Central in the first round of the 5A playoffs. Junior quarterback Alan Follis accounted for scored a career-high six touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a postseason victory for the fourth time in two seasons as a starter. 

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The Laurel boys’ and girls’ basketball teams claimed road wins over Northeast Jones in front of a packed house Thursday night at Northeast Jones. The Lady Tornadoes (2-1) defeated NEJ, 60-28, and the Tornadoes (1-1) outlasted their opponents to earn their first victory, 66-57. 

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Two members of the 12th-ranked Jones College women’s basketball team signed national letters of intent here Wednesday afternoon.

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The days of seeing inconsequential football games on Friday nights are officially over now that all classes have completed their regular season schedules. This week, classes 1A, 5A and 6A join the rest in postseason competition, meaning several of our area’s top programs will be fighting to …

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The Laurel Tornadoes (9-2, 6-1) are preparing for Friday night’s postseason opener against the Pascagoula Panthers (6-5, 4-3). Entering the playoffs on a three-game winning streak, head coach Todd Breland is pleased with where the team stands but said they must continue improving in order to…

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The West Jones Mustangs (11-0, 7-0) enter the postseason as undefeated region champions for the first time in nearly a decade. That accomplishment, however, is something head coach Scott Pierson said he and his team will have to look back on and appreciate at a later date. For now, there is …

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For the third consecutive season, the Taylorsville Tartars (11-1, 5-0) and the Collins Tigers (4-7, 2-2) are preparing to go head-to-head in a 2A postseason showdown. Every meeting between the two rivals demands attention from fans, as the Tartars and Tigers have combined for four South Stat…

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Surrounded by family, teammates and friends, Northeast Jones senior Mason Smith signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. Smith is the son of Ken and Mechelle Smith of the Glade Community. Pictured are, seated from left, Mechelle Smith, Mason …

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The Northeast Jones Tigers (4-8, 2-3) faced the tough task of playing a road game against the No. 1 seed South Pike Eagles (12-0, 5-0) in Round 1 of the 4A playoffs. 

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This past Friday officially marked the end of the regular season for MHSAA football. That being the case, I couldn’t help but pull out our football preview magazine to see how well my predictions lined up with the actual results. 

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The South Jones Braves (4-8, 3-4) ended their football season with a thrilling 43-40 road win over the Natchez Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5) to finish fifth in Region 3-5A standings behind Ole Brook, which claimed the final playoff spot. 

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If the Jones College men’s basketball team is going to win games in 2019-20, third-year head coach Randy Bolden knows where they will have to focus.

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Postseason football is finally upon us! Some, like Northeast Jones, Taylorsville, Heidelberg and Bay Springs, will begin their playoff campaigns this week, while others have one last opportunity to secure a ticket to the dance or improve their seeding. One of the most watched matchups in the…

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The Taylorsville Tartars (10-1, 5-0) begin their long-awaited postseason run Friday night with a home game against Union (6-4, 1-3) in Round 1 of Class 2A playoffs. The red-hot Tartars are riding a dominant five-game winning streak, having scored 48 points per game and held four of those fiv…

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The Laurel Tornadoes (8-2, 5-1) enter the final week of the regular-season schedule having already secured a No. 2 seed in the 5A playoffs. On Senior Night Friday, they will host the Jim Hill Tigers (2-8, 1-5) with one last opportunity to make adjustments and create momentum that could carry…

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The South Jones Braves (3-8, 2-4) will travel to Natchez on Friday to take on the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4) in the final game of their 2019 regular season.

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Tegarrious Roberts scored two touchdowns for South Jones, but that wasn’t enough for the Braves to overcome the loss of their top two quarterbacks to injuries.

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Six student athletes from South Jones and West Jones signed letters of intent to play various sports for collegiate programs. (South Jones photo by Brad Crowe/ West Jones photos submitted)

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The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum last week announced its Class of 2020. The six new inductees, a group as accomplished as it is diverse, will bring to 322 the number of Hall of Famers enshrined at the museum in Jackson.

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The West Jones Mustangs (9-0, 5-0) are among the hottest high school football teams in Mississippi entering November, standing as one of only nine undefeated squads in the entire state. In Friday night’s road game against Jim Hill (2-7, 1-4), the Mustangs will be fighting for a sixth region …