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Mustangs take victory lap after winning state title

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Mississippi often is called a football state, and you can make a strong case because so many of the world’s greatest football players come from here. Again, this year, Mississippi produced the largest percentage (per capita) of players selected in the NFL Draft.

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South Jones’ Jackson Delk signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Jones College for coach Randy Bolden. About 75 people were on hand for the signing ceremony at SJ, including family, friends, school officials and coaches from Laurel and his AAU programs. Delk said he has always loved…

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Dustin Dickerson had a season to remember, as a standout on the mound, in the field and at the plate. He was selected as the Player of the Year in Class 5A after helping West Jones win its first state championship. Only one thing was missing — his dad.

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Mississippi State’s irrepressible Jake Mangum was hitting for a .401 average coming into this week. He had stolen 20 bases. As a centerfielder, he uses sprinter’s speed to catch balls others can’t reach. He turns triples into outs. He is the heart and soul of a team that has won 42 games whi…

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’Stangs await winner of Lafayette-Saltillo series to play for 5A title in Pearl

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In a battle of Bay Springs teens, 13-year-old Paige McNeil, above right and in right photo, beat 14-year-old Case Thurston, left, in the grand finale of the Laurel Rotary Club’s Magnolia Street Derby early Saturday afternoon. Just as the gate dropped on the starting ramp for the last race, t…

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CARRIERE — West Jones batters kept cranking out the hits and West Jones pitchers kept opposing batters out of rhythm as they completed the sweep of Pearl River Central, 8-3, for the South State championship on Friday night.

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I made the trip to the Hub City a couple of years ago to cover South Jones playing Hattiesburg in a winner-take-all Game 3 of their Class 5A baseball playoff series.

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Northeast Jones senior baseball players Joey Withers, left, and Tyler Harper signed letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at the next level. Withers signed with Erskine College, a Division II school in Due West, S.C. Harper signed with Mississippi Delta Community College. A ce…

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Soggy forecast could throw monkey wrench into baseball playoffs

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This past weekend brought a drive through the Delta on a road not traveled in recent years. We were headed north on U.S. 49 East on a sunny spring Sunday, just passing the community of Sidon, when I saw the sign: “Willye B. White Memorial Highway.”

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The basketball jersey of Laurel Christian School’s Karsten Knobles was retired during a special presentation at the LCS athletics banquet on April 30.  He is one of four Lions to exceed 1,000 points in varsity basketball, and he is the second-leading scorer in school history, with a total of…

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As “Celebration” played on the PA, the West Jones players high-fived and fist-bumped after completing a series sweep of Picayune in dominating fashion on Friday night. 

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We have reached the final three weekends of the 2019 SEC baseball season — or, the stretch run.

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Smithers leads Lady Braves to 11-stroke victory

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“That was probably the longest flip I’ve ever had... I just didn’t know if it’d ever stop.”

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Nearly five months after the West Jones Mustangs’ football team defeated Picayune in the South State championship game, the WJ baseball team will try to dispatch the Maroon Tide to earn a spot in the South State baseball title series.

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The plan seemed a sound one to this wizened sports writer. Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum had pulled to within four hits of the all-time Southeastern Conference hits record. The Bulldogs had a three-game weekend series coming up with Georgia.

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Top photo, Dozens of sky lanterns were launched from the Sportsplex in memory or in honor of cancer victims at Friday night’s Relay for Life.

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Registration for the area’s largest and oldest T-Ball program will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11 in the agricultural building at the Laurel Fairgrounds. The registration fee is $40 per child.

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The Chickasawhay Ranger District of the DeSoto National Forest will host a Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday at the Longleaf Horse Trail. Ages 15 and under are welcome to participate. 

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Laurel Christian School senior Nathan Garick recently committed to Delta State University and will become part of the “Fighting Okra” swim team in 2019.   

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When you choose “YOUR” team in college football, it usually takes an act of Congress or death before you will change your mind. In actuality, neither will make you sway away from those colors that you bleed.

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Rain pushed state baseball playoff games back a day for local teams, so the second rounds got started on Friday night and the second games of the best-of-3 series are scheduled for today (Saturday).

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I have been fortunate as my two sons have grown up to have been one of their baseball coaches every year they played.

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Baseball diamonds will be alive with action around the Pine Belt starting Friday night with six area teams setting their sights winning a state championship.