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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Chet Barber could have stayed local and played football. “I’ve never played football in my life, actually,” said Barber, who said that’s what Northeast CC wanted him to play. Instead, Baldwyn’s 6-foot-5 basketball center is headed north, to Riverland Junior College in Austin, Minn. Barber is a ramblin’ man. “I […]

Luke Alexander poked the last prep pitch he’ll ever see into Trustmark Park’s outfield, an RBI single. It was the tail end of Belmont’s Class 3A state championship series loss, but a perfectly fitting end to the Mississippi State signee’s career, one last blow to an opposing ERA. Here are five more moments to take […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Twelfth century Tartars were subjugated to Mongolian control under Genghis Kahn. Saturday at Trustmark Park, Taylorsville’s Tartars were subjugated to Cumberland control under Wes Johnson’s East Webster Wolverines. East Webster won Game 3 12-2 to take the Class 2A state championship in five innings. “I’m proud for the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Belmont left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two in the second inning. That’s all the reprieve Sumrall starter Joseph McLaurin needed. McLaurin went on to strike out 13 Cardinals in a 7-2 championship win in Game 3 of the Class 3A title series at […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Four years after leaving the game, Jason Cobb is back on the softball field, named this week as Amory’s new fast-pitch coach. Cobb left a successful stint at Hamilton four years ago and went to the other end of the employment spectrum. “Prior to this year, I was at Severstal,” […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – The ball and Reid Carter’s foot met simultaneously at third base. As abruptly as a game can end, so did Houston’s season, in a 5-4 loss and Class 4A championship series sweep by St. Stanislaus. “You’ve got to tip your cap,” Houston coach Scott Gann said. “We hit […]

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal PEARL – Two errors in the third inning ended up being the difference betweeen Smithville forcing a Game 3 in its Class 1A state championship series and going home in second place. A confusion on a fielder’s choice to second and a cutoff throw at third that went into the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Belmont players didn’t spend much time thinking over their 6-0 loss Friday to Sumrall, not if Cardinals coach Andy Deaton had it his way. Deaton wanted them in the bed. Because after Sumrall dispatched the Cardinals behind Drake Nightengale’s nine-strikeout, three-hitter at Trustmark Park, the two were scheduled […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Luke Alexander has dazzled in Belmont’s talented middle infield, making highlight-reel plays in the Cardinals’ two championship series games at Trustmark Park. He has the stage to make one more statement. The biggest moment of his decorated career. Alexander will get the ball for today’s 10 a.m. first […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Mark Bray is synonymous with Mississippi football. For the first time in a long time next season, the state’s sidelines will be without him on Friday nights. The Aberdeen head coach and former Vardaman coaching legend announced his retirement Thursday night. “I’ll miss being around the kids on Friday night. […]