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Sophomore right-handed pitcher Aiden Moffett of Taylorsville High School announced Tuesday morning that he is committed to play baseball for Louisiana State University.

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Bay Springs native Don Hinton announced on Tuesday that he will retire as Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, effective December 31, 2020.

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West Jones grad responds to flag removal, firestormOn Saturdays in the fall, West Jones alum Byron Young can be found on the front lines of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s defense, one of the most renowned units in all of college football. In recent weeks, however, he and many other local athlete…

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Race car driver Tommy Joe Martins, who answers to his double first name, is as down-home Mississippi as they come. He grew up in the tiny Panola County town of Como. He went to high school at Magnolia Heights Academy in nearby Senatobia, where he played football and basketball and where he s…

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“He’s been showing me how to work with my feet and how to catch the ball,” said Jack, who is a student at West Jones Elementary and a player for the Soso Colts. Zach Evans, a running back at Laurel High who graduated in 2006, is now a full-time personal trainer and owner of Build A Body Fitn…

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We’ve reached the time of the year when all eyes begin to turn toward the glorious return of football season. Everyone has begun checking schedules, saving dates and discussing how we think our favorite teams will fare in the fall of 2020. 

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High school teams throughout the Pine Belt regrouped this week to begin summer workouts after the MHSAA voted to allow organized practices to begin on Monday. Among few exceptions was Wayne County High School, where student athletes will not begin workouts until June 15 due to a recent spike…

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To say it is rare for there to be no baseball being played during the opening weekend of June would be quite the understatement. The game has been an American summertime tradition for roughly 150 years, and if the Lord tarries, we’ll enjoy many more summers at our local ballparks. 

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Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order containing a set of guidelines that youth athletic teams in Mississippi will be required to follow when returning to practices and games next week.

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It’s awfully hard to believe, but on Monday, I will have officially completed my first full year as sports editor for the Laurel Leader-Call. It might not be that grand of a milestone in the overall scheme of things (I’m still decades away from retirement and nine years away from getting one…

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MHSAA slowly opening doors for competition in the fall

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Fourth-year Jones College head football coach Steve Buckley preaches that at JC he wants to develop players academically, athletically and socially. And more than winning a national championship on the field, he wants kids to win in the classroom first.

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They called him Gentle Ben. But Jim Carmody, who coached history-making, trail-blazing Ben Williams at both Ole Miss and then the Buffalo Bills, would like to expound on that nickname.

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This past Sunday night, we reached the part in Michael Jordan’s "The Last Dance" in which Jordan – at age 31 and having not played baseball in 14 years – leaves the Chicago Bulls to try to make the Major Leagues.

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On Tuesday evening, the West Jasper School Board approved the hiring of Ellisville native Trista Magee as the next head girls’ basketball coach at Stringer High School. 

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When it comes to the quarterback market, the 2020 offseason has been one of the wildest we’ve ever seen as professional football fans. I guess that’s only fitting, considering everything else that has happened over the past few months. 

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Francis Marion University men’s basketball coach Gary Edwards announced the signing of 6-foot-8 forward Zach Malone of Saline, La. Malone comes to FMU from Jones College and will have two years to suit up for the Patriots.

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Seventeen years ago, during the summer of 2003. I had an assignment to cover the inductions of Alcorn State’s Marino Casem, the iconic coach, and Jackson State’s Willie Richardson, the splendid pass receiver, into the College Football Hall of Fame, then located in downtown South Bend, Ind.

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Editor's note: Laurel High senior athlete Keno Shelby wrote this for the Leader-Call about how his and his teammates' senior years have been affected by the COVID-19 virus.

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After months of anticipation leading up to last week’s 2020 NFL, I had almost convinced myself that there was no way it could possibly live up to the hype. 

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The NFL Draft was rocking along, nearing its end, and then, rolling across the bottom of our TV screens, came this bolt out of the blue: The New Orleans Saints, with pick No. 240 in the seventh round, take Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens.

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The Pine Belt area made itself known this weekend, with several local standouts being signed by NFL teams. Some were drafted, and some were signed as undrafted free agents, but all will receive the opportunity to compete for permanent roster spots entering the 2020 football season.

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Like many of you, I’ve been watching the annual NFL Draft for just about as long as I can remember. For me, personally, it’s one of the most exciting events of the year. 

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Ole Miss basketball manager Gray Spencer doesn’t remember his horrific automobile crash on March 16. He doesn’t remember the emergency helicopter ride and the two-week stay in a Tupelo hospital that followed.

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Tonight marks the beginning of the 2020 NFL Draft, which is said to be one of the most anticipated drafts in recent memory. For football fans around the Pine Belt area, more specifically, it may very well be the most anticipated draft of all time. 

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Jones College women's soccer has announced the signing of a program-record nine student-athletes transferring on to participate at four-year schools across five different states. 

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Earlier this week, Laurel High School welcomed Ken Topps as the newest member of the Tornadoes' football coaching staff as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

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It probably wouldn’t be fair for me or anyone else outside of this year’s class to say we know how you feel. Because of circumstances you had no control over, you’ve been stripped of the opportunity to make timeless memories with your friends, families, teachers, coaches and teammates.