John L. Pitts


John L. Pitts "could have been an actor, but I wound up here," as Sports Editor at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal |

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By John L. Pitts Daily Journal FULTON – The life of former Itawamba AHS standout Maikhail Miller was celebrated with tears, music and laughter on Saturday afternoon. A funeral service for Miller, 23, who died in an auto accident last weekend in Marshall County, was held in the IAHS gym. A crowd of several hundred […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Logan Little and Brandon White weren’t going to let their team lose on Saturday. The Tupelo High School seniors played key roles in a second-round Class 6A playoff victory over Northwest Rankin. The Golden Wave won 5-4 on penalty kicks in a match that was tied at […]

TUPELO If Mississippi State sticks with Vic Schaefer and if Vic Schaefer sticks with Mississippi State, he’s got the best chance of any current Bulldogs coach of bringing a national championship to Starkville. Maybe the best chance of any coach at any school in the state in the current alignment of things. And just like […]

Ole Miss 103, Alabama A&M 42: Bretta Hart scored a career-high 20 points with nine rebounds for the Rebels (8-5) in their final tuneup for SEC action. Erika Sisk scored 19 points and Shandricka Sessom added 13 points added a career-best seven assists for Ole Miss, which led 58-18 at halftime. The 103 points are […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal CORINTH – A spirited crowd got an early Christmas present as the Corinth and Biggersville boys battled into overtime on Tuesday night. Senior Antares Gwyn finished with a game-high 18 points as the host Warriors (10-1) escaped with a 60-58 victory. Class 4A Corinth was ranked No. 6 last […]

While it’s hard to imagine that the saga of the Nkemdiche brothers at Ole Miss could take any weirder turns, it has. Robert Nkemdiche, a likely high NFL draft pick, turned up Thursday night at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, playing sax in a jazz band that includes his older brother, Bryan. That […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal NETTLETON – Tuesday night was a night for memories, hugs, smiles for members of the 1970-71 Nettleton High School basketball team. They helped integrate the school in 1968-69 and reached the 1971 state championship finals, where they lost by a point to Mendenhall. The team, along with former coach […]

TUPELO Could Ole Miss and Mississippi State be playing on Saturday for a berth in the Sugar Bowl? Assuming Alabama is headed to the College Football Playoff semifinals – Auburn will have a little something to say about that, of course – the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans is in line to feature […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Chardé Hannah and her South Alabama teammates will try to shock the college soccer world this afternoon. The Jaguars (18-2-2) will visit defending national champion Florida State (15-2-4) for a second-round NCAA tournament game at 3:30 p.m. Hannah, a sophomore from Tupelo, is the leading scorer for a South […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Danny White, a former senior associate athletic director at Ole Miss, will be the new AD at Central Florida. White has been the AD at Buffalo since May of 2012. He’s the brother of new Florida men’s basketball coach Michael White, who played at Ole Miss and was an […]