Brandon Speck


I am the Daily Journal's high school sports editor. I try to avoid press boxes that play country music.

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BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL After an 11-win season in 2012, Houston has been in rebuild mode. The Toppers won one game in 2013, then five last season. Friday, they won one big one, 9-6 over the Journal’s No. 1 small school, back-to-back North 2A champ Calhoun City. “It’s a big win in the season, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Jarkel Joiner is keenly aware of what his upcoming junior basketball season means to his future. “All my years are important, but this junior year is my most important,” Joiner said, “college coaches coming in and out. I’ve just got to work hard, keep God first and just […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – C.J. Brim drained one, then two, then three, all from 3-point range in last Saturday’s AAU Tournament at Tupelo High. “He can shoot the basketball,” North Mississippi Kings coach Garrett Hereford said. “And he’s got a good sense of it. He’s been playing so long, he’s got a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A.J. Brown doesn’t want to talk much recruiting with the season going on, but he is making it pretty difficult for reporters. The four-star receiver hauled in a career-high 16 catches and a massive 176 yards Friday on ESPNU as No. 4 large school Starkville beat No. 1 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Oxford, the Journal’s No. 1-ranked Large School, is playing today on national television. The 8 p.m. kickoff at No. 4 Starkville is on ESPNU and should be the last game in the state to go final, so all eyes will be on the Little Egg Bowl. Chargers coach Johnny Hill […]

TUPELO Imagine sitting in your chair as a bank teller and being subjected to large speakers blaring the unsightly songs of boy band Florida-Georgia Line. Picture your job as a second-grade teacher, trying to teach 7-year-olds number fact families while Drake blares over the intercom, spitting his curse-laced rap beef with Meek Mill. That’s what […]

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES Baldwyn (1-0) at Booneville (1-0) THE PLAYERS Baldwyn: Duke Upshaw carried 12 times for 123 yards and a TD in a win at Mooreville. … Armontie Price had a 79-yard KR TD, 11 tackles and a sack. … LB Jacob Harper had 11 tackles, two for loss. … Sophomore DT Zack Richardson […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Where Odie Armstrong goes, Arena Football League championships seem to follow. The San Jose Sabercats fullback and former Vardaman standout – the Rams have retired his number – has helped lead San Jose to Saturday’s ArenaBowl XXVII against the Jacksonville Sharks. “Being a vet and being there multiple times, I […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Someone else is going to have to wash Malik Newman’s jersey. Reggie Patterson, Mississippi State’s former basketball manager, now has a jersey of his own. Former Baldwyn star and Journal All-Area selection Patterson has walked on for new coach Ben Howland and a Bulldogs team already heaped with great expectations. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal High school football is taking over ESPN this weekend, with 10 games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The Little Egg Bowl is part of this year’s Geico High School ESPN Showcase, the game between the Journal’s No. 1 Large School Oxford and No. 4 Starkville kicking off an hour later […]