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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Technically, Saltillo’s Class 5A soccer playoff opener never ended. A 3-0 win against New Hope was stopped a minute or so early when a red-carded New Hope player got too testy with an official. That won’t stop Saltillo’s playoff road from winding on, today at Ridgeland for the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BELMONT– You can’t leave Harrison Fancher open from the behind the arc. “No, you can’t,” North Pontotoc coach Chris Pettit said with a wide-eyed reply. Or Luke Alexander. Or Bryson Cass. Pettit knows. His North Pontotoc team will face the Belmont trio Tuesday in a division game at Belmont, where […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ECRU – Age is but a number, but North Pontotoc likes the numbers 15-year-old Clark Mills is delivering. North was having trouble scoring, held under 50 in four of its losses. The freshman has stepped into the equation. “We knew as an eighth grader he could shoot the basketball,” North […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Reggie Miller walked off the court and heard a few harsh words from his Saltillo coach, Craig Lauderdale. Miller barked back. It happened again three days later, in a game against West Point. The random observer may have thought it was a team spinning out of control. Not the case […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo had tasted defeat only once prior to Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thirty extra minutes of soccer didn’t make it any less bitter. New Hope beat the Lady Tigers 2-1 on penalty kicks to advance to the state quarterfinals against Vicksburg. “Very hard to […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Fresh off Friday’s program-defining win against No. 2 Oxford, fifth-ranked Saltillo didn’t want its ship to sink against Ingomar in Saturday’s Kiwanis Hotbed Classic. Ingomar just wanted a chance to sink the Tigers with its top scorer. Neither happened in Saltillo’s 61-46 win at Memorial Gym. “If […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – If Saltillo’s jungle-bunch student section is the Tigers’ sixth man, Oxford at the free-throw line was the seventh. No. 5 Saltillo picked up what some might call the biggest win in program history Friday night, a 66-63 win over No. 2 Oxford. The final tally can be traced […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The 24th annual Hotbed Classic tips off today at New Albany Middle’s Memorial Gym. When Myrtle and Belmont face off at noon, keep an eye on Belmont shooters Harrison Fancher and Luke Alexander. The duo averages more than 18 points apiece and scored a combined 65 last week against Kossuth, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal It’s the little things that make the Hotbed go big. Fans get to show up Saturday at New Albany Middle School’s Memorial Gym, pay their $7 and see the state’s original big-boy basketball tournament. What you won’t see are the things that are taken for granted. “We’re just picking up […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Class 4A boys teams are beating each other up, so much that not even its coaches can quite get a grasp on what’s going on. “How tough is 4A?” Corinth coach Keith Greene repeated when asked. “Good question.” In its own Division 1-4A, Corinth, the Journal’s No. 5 team, went […]