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BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL ECRU – North Pontotoc woke up today alone atop Division 1-3A, with the title still at home. The Vikings won their second straight division title with a 35-22 win Thursday night against Mooreville, ending the perfect division run for Tay Rucker and the Troopers. “We were underdogs from the get-go,” […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The two coaches have joked around on the phone this week, but when Kevin Austin’s Mooreville Troopers and Brian Sutton’s North Pontotoc Vikings meet tonight at 7, there won’t be anything funny on the night before Halloween. North Pontotoc (8-1) is the Journal’s No. 1-ranked medium school. Mooreville (7-2) is […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Oxford has played a month’s worth of football without junior quarterback Jack Abraham – and Kyree White, one of three leading receivers. Sophomore Ben Bianco took over under center and Oxford rolled right along. Don’t expect Bianco to keep the bench warm now that Abraham, the Journal’s reigning player of […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Van Pearson has seen it all – finally. The Hatley principal said he’d have to do some figuring on how many years he’s been in the position, but it’s 15-plus. Just narrowed to 15 years, Hatley hasn’t had a winning season. Three of those years were winless. And since the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Calhoun City has earned respect – and a big target on its back. With one more win, on Halloween Friday against Okolona, the Wildcats will have avoided all 10 strikes at the target. And no one has really come close. “Ah, practice every week, just practice hard, stay focused and […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal RIDGELAND – The big hit eluded Hatley. Errors did not. East Webster took advantage and won the first slow-pitch championship in school history. East Webster swept Hatley, 7-3 and 1-0 in the Class 2A state championship series on Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park. “Second game, we really played great defense. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal EUPORA – Calhoun City played like the No. 1 ranking it has. The Wildcats made Eupora’s No. 3 look like it had a couple of zeros at the end. Calhoun City fizzled what was billed as a top five state showdown with a 42-7 win at Eupora, wrapping up the […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Both enter tonight’s game once beaten, ranked as the Journal’s second and third small schools. When No. 3 Walnut goes to No. 2 Baldwyn tonight at 7, that’s all the similarities. Baldwyn (8-1, 3-0 Division 1-2A) has dominated the series. Since becoming familiar 2A opponents, the Wildcats are winless. Walnut […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Hickory Flat softball coach Cyndal Cleveland died Thursday evening in a car accident in Itawamba County. Cleveland was in her second year as a teacher and coach. She was a standout basketball and softball player at Mantachie and in 2010 wrapped up a standout softball career at Itawamba CC. Itawamba […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal MARIETTA – The concession stand rolls in. So do the port-a-potties. Home football at New Site is a rough draft of what it looks like on most Friday night fields. The product on the field has gone from rough to roughhousing, a seventh-year football team gone from punching bag to […]