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 TUPELO – Nixon Cherutich was leading a pack of a half-dozen runners after the first half-mile of Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k. When he decided to pick up the pace, it was over. Cherutich, 28, won handily in 30:00. Runner-up Pete Chebii, 37, finished in 30:56. “I wasn’t sure if […]

By Cathy L. Wood and John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Female winner and first-time Gumtree racer Emmy Chepkirui, 26, of Hebron, Ky., said the unexpected humidity on Saturday morning might have slowed her down. “The course was good but it was very hot and humid,” she said, cooling off after the race. Earlier […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – The names may not all be familiar, but the list of elite runners headed to Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k should set a strong pace. “On paper, it’s as deep and fast a field as we’ve had in recent years,” said David Branner, who helps wrangle the elite […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual Gum Tree 10k has seen all kinds of weather, from chilly to stormy to sunny. Saturday’s race shapes up as one where rain won’t be an issue. “It may be a little humid and warm, but that’s Mississippi,” said Jennifer Martin, who’s in her first […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal CORINTH – Stanley Boen, winner of Saturday’s Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k run, said he had a little something left in the tank just in case he got pushed at the end. After dueling with former Coke 10k winner Daniel Kirwa for much of the race, Boen scooted across the […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Brenda Mayes’ first act as the new Northeast Mississippi women’s basketball coach was to pack the house for her official introduction on Thursday afternoon. The seats in the student union meeting room were filled with friends, family, school officials and the returning members of the Northeast team. […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal CORINTH – Noah Essary was the only baseball player from the state invited to last month’s Baseball Youth Future Games in Florida, hit .333 there and played on the winning team in his age group. But none of that success gave him a big head. He already had that. […]

TUPELO After back-to-back Omaha trips for the state’s SEC baseball teams, the road to the College World Series for either this year may be impassible. The experts at rolled out their midseason NCAA playoff bracket projection on Wednesday and no Mississippi teams made the cut – little surprise, really, given that Mississippi State is […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – One great entertainer visited the birthplace of another this week. Billiards Hall of Famer LoreeJon Hasson, an eight-time world champion, stopped by the Elvis birthplace on Thursday after visiting her custom cue maker in Byhalia. “We drove through here once a couple of years ago and my […]

TUPELO Let’s get this out of the way right up front – it’s a blessing that the charter flight carrying the Mississippi State men’s basketball team landed safely after losing an engine on Saturday night. The list of teams that have been involved in airline disasters is already way too long. You’ve probably seen, or […]