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As far back as the late 1980s, I can remember picking an NCAA basketball bracket. In the early 2000s, I won a pool of more than 400 people and have a plaque that the administrators mailed me somewhere.

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Editor’s note: Bob Hutto of Laurel traveled to every boxing show in Alabama for more than 20 years, serving as commissioner, judge and chaplain during the years Alabama didn’t have a commission. He served Alabama as commissioner for 15 years and is credited with keeping the sport alive in th…

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John Mitchell drove in two runs and pitched a complete-game win to lead South Jones to a 5-3 win over East Central on Saturday.

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One year after getting beaten in the Class 2A boys’ basketball state championship game, the Bay Springs Bulldogs exacted a bit of revenge with a 54-52 victory over Coahoma County in the state semifinals.

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West Jones girls reach state championship game

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Soso held on to the pigskin and, at the end, the Colts were holding the gold ball. Rase Jones ran for two touchdowns and the defense dominated to give Soso a 13-0 win over Ellisville in the Jones County Youth Football League Super Bowl.

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A passing prayer was answered to give Sharon a thrilling 19-12 win over Soso in the Jones County PeeWee Football Association. Kymarion Lindsey’s Hail Mary to Tavion Wolverton straight down the middle of the field was the game-winner, after the teams were tied 13-13 at the half. When the 30-y…

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Laurel Christian senior pitcher and dual athlete Karsten Knobles, who played in the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., has accepted athletic and academic scholarships to play for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Knobles, a 3.98 GPA student, plans to fol…

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Tired of getting one bid annually to the NCAA Basketball Tournament – and believing it deserved more — Conference USA is trying something bold and different this season.

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Tirzah Ginn has been a part of the Laurel Christian School varsity tennis team for four years and she has also been a part of the varsity basketball team since the eighth grade. She signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has been a member of the Kiwanis Key C…

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Jared Naylor’s performance in the West Jones gymnasium was as good as any that was going next door at the show-choir competition in the Performance Arts Center — especially the encore.

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The Jones College Bobcats have something to prove heading into 2019. The Bobcats posted an impressive 38-11 record, but finished second in the MACJC last season. They were eliminated in the MACJC best-of-3 playoff series by Hinds and did not qualify for the Region 23 Tournament. And they are…

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The MACJC Tournament will be at A.B. Howard Gymnasium on Feb. 25-28. The No. 4 Jones College Lady Bobcats made sure of that by whipping Southwest 90-64 here Thursday night to clinch their third consecutive MACJC South Division title. The division title assures that Jones College will be the …

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Second-half flurry ends West Jones’ season in South State

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Laurel High School football standout Brian Cooley signed a letter of intent with defending national champion East Mississippi Community College. Cooley, a Principal’s List scholar, was selected to the 2017 All-Region 3-5A team. He plans to major in sports communication. He is seated with his…

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Laurel High School football standout Levi Walker signed a letter of intent with Northwest Mississippi Community College. Walker is an honor roll student and a member of the track team. He was selected to the 5A All-State team as a first-team return specialist and was an All-Region 3-5A selec…

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A brother and sister who are students at Laurel Shotokan Center won state championships in the Mississippi Karate Association and were presented with their awards at a ceremony at Mississippi College last Saturday. Emily Harris, 26, received the award for Women Beginners in Weapons and Kata …

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Laurel High School football standout Jontarius Henderson signed a letter of intent with defending national champion East Mississippi Community College. Henderson was selected to the 5A All-State team as a first-team wide receiver and was an All-Region 3-5A team selection. He is a member of t…

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Laurel High School football standout Zias Perryman signed a letter of intent with defending national champion East Mississippi Community College. Perryman was selected to the 5A All-State team as a second-team running back and was an All-Region 3-5A team selection. He is an honor roll studen…

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Laurel stayed undefeated in region play with a 75-61 victory over rival West Jones on Friday night. It was the ninth consecutive victory for the Tornadoes (13-6, 6-0 region), who wrap up region play this week. They host Hattiesburg (18-7) tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 and go to Jim Hill (4-19) i…

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Bri Carr had a goal and an assist to lead West Jones to a 3-1 win at West Harrison on Saturday, and now the Lady Mustangs are headed back to the South State championship.

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This weekend, much of the country will be watching a Super Bowl that Saints’ fans — and anyone else who can see, for that matter — will view as a tainted matchup between the Patriots and Rams.