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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Basketball minds across the country are still talking about Corinth’s second annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic. It has established Corinth as a place to be for national high school basketball on Thanksgiving weekend. “We’re working on it for next year. If we get everybody that we’re going after,” co-organizer Vince Overholt […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Marshall Academy hasn’t built its championship basketball pedigree by softening its schedule. And this may be as tough as coach Craig Dailey has made it. The Patriots are playing three games in nearly 24 hours this weekend and that’s not even the toughest part. The first of those three games […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Saltillo’s basketball reputation is growing. It could hit warp speed tonight as the Journal’s No. 2 Tigers visit No. 1 Baldwyn in a showdown of unbeatens. “They’re pumped up, excited for the matchup,” Saltillo coach Craig Lauderdale said of his surprising Tigers (10-0). A fast start was expected for the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal New Albany completed a short but thorough coaching search on Friday, naming Oxford assistant coach Jake Hill as its new head football coach. “Jake came in prepared and had the answers we were looking for and then some great ideas we hadn’t even thought of,” New Albany athletics director Shane […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal A Pontotoc basketball trio plays to the beat of a different drum, literally. Freshmen guard Jacob Ginn and forward Jon Fleming and starting sophomore G/F Ty Jones have more in common than their contributions to the No. 8 Warriors. “In two years, we could have three starters that are all […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Corinth expects a lot from its basketball team. That’s far from a burden for the Warriors. Corinth won state titles in 1989, 1990, 1993, 2000 and 2002, lost in the semis in 2009, and appeared in three straight finals from 2011-2013. Coming up short of last season’s state tournament magnifies […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The Natchez newspaper says one thing. Mississippi High School Activities Association executive director Don Hinton says something very different. Hinton, in Tupelo on Monday for the District I winter meeting, denied the newspaper’s report that Natchez Cathedral quarterback Wyatt Boothe, who led his team to Friday’s 1A state championship, has […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Pontotoc’s Lady Warriors are proven, yet doubted. But at 9-0 after losing yet another group of productive seniors, it’s starting to get tougher to doubt what has become a trend. Pontotoc loses players, keeps winning games. For the first time in four years, Pontotoc did not make it to the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal In two seasons, Daily Journal area teams are 0-for-7 in the MHSAA state football championships. Last season, five teams went to Jackson and lost. Friday and Saturday, Calhoun City and Oxford made repeat trips, Calhoun City losing to Bassfield again and Oxford losing to Laurel. But the move from Jackson’s […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Before Saturday night’s Class 5A state championship, Oxford coach Johnny Hill destroyed last season’s runner-up trophy in a fiery pregame speech. But Laurel made sure the Chargers went home with another one, winning 29-26 at Davis Wade Stadium. “We didn’t do very good on special teams and that’s […]