Wednesday, February 21, 2018
by Clip Syndicate
Three years into the Bobby Hall era of Biloxi football, the second winningest coach in the history of the state is parting ways with the school district over a dispute with his contract. First reported by the Sun Herald, News 25 can confirm Hall’s departure which was prompted by attempts to restructure his deal. Hall says the two parties were unable to come to terms and that he’ll be leaving Biloxi at the end of February. The Hall of Fame coach isn’t hanging it up for good as he intends to add on to his 310 career wins by the time it’s all said and done. Hall just turned 63 last week and led the Indians to the playoffs as recently as 2016 with an overall record of 6-6. Hall tells News 25 “many times closure is difficult. However it always creates new beginnings.” Yesterday, Larry Dolan stepped down from his post at Pearl River Central after going 5-17 during his two years on the job. Sunday, Ole Miss head men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy, the winningest coach in program history, exited gracefully amidst a disappointing season.   [READ MORE]
Longtime local high school coach Tim Clive died Saturday at age 71.   [READ MORE]
Santander Arena Spotlight
by Clip Syndicate
Michael Fiucci talks with Santander Arena General Manager David Farrar about upcoming events and performances at the arena and the SPAC; BCIAA Basketball Chair Tom Legath discusses the Berks County HS Basketball Championship played at Santander Arena; and Mark Wallace talks about the upcoming Reading Royals home games and promotions.   [READ MORE]
Just Say Sports
by Clip Syndicate
Rob Galtere and Chris Barto discuss the Eagles post Super Bowl plans, basketball and hockey.   [READ MORE]
Whereas a lot of states would rank football, basketball, and then baseball in terms of most popular sports, Mississippi would probably flip the second and third especially at the college level where the numbers support the Magnolia State baseball fever. Of February 16th, Southern Miss will open up the season against in-state foe Mississippi State, the same team the Golden Eagles ended the season against last year in the Hattiesburg regional. Thus renewing a rivalry that’s been limited to Trustmark Park in the regular season, ever since the two squads last met in the Hub City in 2010. Adding Ole Miss to the mix, these three division I powers outdraw any other states in attendance and USM Head Coach Scott Berry says it’s not even close. "You look at the state of Mississippi and you take the big three programs - us, State and Ole Miss - and you look at the total attendance for the year, and you compare it to other states - all the other states' big three programs - they don't even come close. You're talking about a state with a little less than three million people that outdraws anybody else - Texas, Florida, doesn't matter. You can do the research, I have. And that says volumes about our state and what we think about baseball." Combined, USM, MSU, and Ole Miss draw an average crowd of just under 20,000 fans more than Louisiana’s 17,000 plus and the nearly 15,000 of Texas.   [READ MORE]
Notre Dame @ VVS boys basketball   [READ MORE]
After four years with Forrest Williams at the helm, the Long Beach football program will have a new man in charge next season. However, he’s still part of the Bearcat family, just in a different capacity. On Monday, Long Beach High School announced the end of the Forrest Williams era on the field. Off the field, he’ll be taking a step forward as the new assistant principal. "It's about serving kids and doing what's best to help our young people, and it's just going to be a different avenue for that." In 2014, Williams took over a winless team from the year before and in one short presidential term led the Bearcats to their first winning season since 2011. "Four years ago, had a coaching staff that came in and really bought in to what we were trying to do. And leaving here, stepping away four years later, we've left on a firm foundation when it felt like we played seven homecomings my first year. This year, we were the No. 2 offense in 5A." Moving the ball was a big part of the 6-5 turnaround which had the Bearcats just one win away from returning to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Williams says that probably wasn’t his last crack at post-season high school football. "Coaching is not something you do, it's who you are. And I feel like a good football coach, if the right opportunity presented itself I'd love to - it's got to be an opportunity that's good for me and my family, but also a community that wants to win in football." In a press release, Long Beach officials have announced former girls basketball coach Terry D’Angelo as the next director of athletics starting July 1st. The school will begin its search for the next head football coach immediately.   [READ MORE]

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