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Former Tornadoes partner with city to provide free meals for kids

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With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the Pine Belt, many residents have opted to practice social distancing in hope of avoiding or spreading the virus. While the health benefits to doing so are clear, experts believe it is also important to make sure other areas of hea…

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When the 2020 college baseball season ended so abruptly last week, Southern Miss senior second baseman Matt Guidry owned a school-record 72-game on-base streak.

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If I have learned anything about myself through these past couple weeks of chaos, it is that sports play an even bigger role in my everyday life than I had imagined. Being cooped up in the house for long periods of time can always be a bit of a drag, but it becomes even tougher to tolerate w…

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If all was right in the world, this would be the first weekend of the greatest tournament in all of sports — the NCAA basketball tournament. We’d all be hanging out with our friends at sports bars this afternoon, eating wings and watching teams compete for the first four spots in the Sweet 16. 

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Missy Bilderback, the coach who helped build the Jones College Lady Bobcats basketball program into a perennial regional power, has accepted a new position as head coach of Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. 

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HATTIESBURG – The fear of coronavirus is severely impacting the U.S. blood supply as Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories and avoid a critical blood shortage. With school closures and business shutdowns, 25 percent of Vitalant’s bl…

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Mississippi State’s Ben Howland has coached college basketball for 37 years, 24 as a head coach. Only once before has he conducted a team meeting as emotional as the one last Thursday in Nashville when he told his Bulldogs their season was over.

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The second week of March 2020, will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most historic weeks ever experienced in American sports. For many collegiate athletes near and far it will be remembered as the time they were stripped of an opportunity to pursue lifelong dreams. 

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After several years of hard work and persistence from members of the community, local skaters and skateboarders now have their own public skatepark. Constructed within a section of Daphne Park on North 10th Avenue, the grounds were officially opened to the public at the beginning of March an…

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Given the widespread sports postponements and cancellations this week, perhaps we should remember what happened when our nation faced the most threatening global crisis of the 20th century. That would be World War II.

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Antwan Hatten, the senior standout basketball player who helped lead the Laurel Tornadoes to the MHSAA Class 5A quarterfinals last month, has signed a letter of intent to continue his career on the court as a member of the Jones College Bobcats. 

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Smith's stellar pitching boosts NEJ Tigers to strong start 

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Mississippi State swept the 2020 C Spire Howell and Gillom awards Monday as sophomore forward Reggie Perry and freshman forward Rickea Jackson were selected the state’s best college basketball players this season.

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Kermit Davis Jr. is a basketball coach — not a bracketologist — but he had a message for those who will select the NCAA Tournament field next weekend.

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Mayor Johnny Magee was responsible for providing the Laurel Rotary Club program on Tuesday afternoon. Magee's guest speaker was Deion Ulmer, the head baseball coach at Laurel High School. Ulmer shared  his vision for the LHS baseball program, his passion for the game of baseball and his comm…

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The Great Chickasawhay River Race, affiliated with the American Canoe Association, is a 22.3-mile competition involving kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on a scenic stretch of the Chickasawhay River from Shubuta to Waynesboro.  

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Local athletes go the extra mile with intense workouts 

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Earlier this week, I was scrolling through posts on Facebook and came across this question: “Which sport takes the most skill?” 

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CLINTON – Destiny Haymer poured in her second career triple-double and Jatyjia Jones and Chyna Allen added career highs to help propel Jones past LSU Eunice, 84-72, Thursday night in the NJCAA Region 23 Semifinals.

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This is the first week of March, so you know basketballs are bouncing and sneakers are squeaking in Mississippi Coliseum right off of I-55 in downtown Jackson. 

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On Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m., the Delta Tau ​Delta fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority will​ host the “Great Strides 5K​ Run For Breath” at the Longleaf Trace Gateway in Hattiesburg.

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JACKSON — Considering how far her team had come and the numerous obstacles they had hurdled along the way, head coach Sherri Cooley found it difficult to be anything but proud of her Lady Tornadoes after their 57-29 loss to Columbus at the Mississippi Coliseum in Tuesday’s Class 5A state bas…

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Lady Tornadoes reach 5A Final Four with memorable comeback victory

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The South Jones Braves captured their first victory of the season Friday night in Waynesboro, besting the Wayne County War Eagles 12-4 to gain much-needed confidence heading into the third week of the season. 

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Dear Rob Manfred,I’m writing to you today on behalf of baseball fans far and wide. On behalf of coaches from every level of the sport who have spent years teaching players to respect the game and play the right way. On behalf of the parents who hope to instill honesty and integrity as strong…

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The Laurel High Tornadoes and Lady Tornadoes basketball teams both got hot when it counted most, battling their ways through local competition to earn spots in the “Elite 8” rounds of their respective tournaments. 

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SCOOBA – It just wasn't meant to be for the three-time defending MACJC Champion Jones College Bobcats Thursday night at Keyes Currie Coliseum.

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The Taylorsville Lady Tartars are off to a hot start to the 2020 softball season. Thursday night’s 12-0 victory over West Jones advances their overall record to 2-0, with both wins being shutouts over higher-classification opponents. Head coach Mason Grissom believes his team — which only lo…

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SCOOBA – Destiny Haymer (Holmes County Central) flirted with a triple-double, finishing two assists and three rebounds shy, and Jatyjia Jones (Pontotoc) added a double-double as No. 10 Jones knocked off Itawamba, 67-56, Wednesday afternoon at Currie Coliseum to advance to its fourth straight…

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The Wayne Academy Jaguars, runners-up for the 2019 MAIS Class 3A state championship, have carried momentum from their previous season into the opening weeks of baseball in 2020. A significant part of the team’s early success has been the tremendous play of senior Logan White and junior Will …

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With the NFL Scouting Combine set to begin this weekend, analysts and experts have begun breaking down the pros and cons offered by intriguing players throughout this year’s draft class. Among those drawing interest is former South Jones Brave, Jones Bobcat and Ole Miss Rebel Scott Phillips Jr. 

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OXFORD — Hayden Leatherwood’s two-run, pinch-hit home run gave Ole Miss a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh, and relievers Max Cioffi and Braden Forsyth made it stand up.

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Many Mississippians will remember colorful Ed Murphy from his basketball coaching days at Delta State (1983-86) and Ole Miss (1986-92). He was a tall, husky, friendly Irishman with a booming voice and a sharp, often self-deprecating wit. Murphy died Sunday in Carrollton, Ga., after an extend…

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Debbie Brock, the magical point guard on Delta State’s three national championship teams in the mid-1970s, has so many memories of her college days, including winning basketball games in Madison Square Garden, in the Louisiana Superdome and of winning 120 while losing only nine.

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-0) broke in their new turf field at Pete Taylor Park with an opening weekend sweep over the Murray State Racers (0-3). Despite several ups and downs, including an early bite from the injury bug, head coach Scott Berry and his team rolled with the punches an…

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OXFORD — It hadn’t been an exactly flawless weekend for Ole Miss shortstop Anthony Servideo, but it had been pretty close.