In Tuesday's sports section, we'll have reports out of the start of high school football practice and MSU's first day of camp, along with the news that Tupelo High School's Fletcher Johnson won an USGA Sectional in Memphis on Monday and qualified for the U.S. Amateur.
Not the U.S. Junior Amateur, mind you, but the big-boy event – the won that Francis Ouimet won in 1914 (the year after he won the U.S. Open, the story of which got made into a pretty good movie) and that counts among its other winners such greats as Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and that Tiger guy. Very cool.
Joe Savery, a former Rice University college baseball standout with family ties to Northeast Mississippi, has been called up to pitch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
He started for the Iron Pigs -- love that nickname -- on Monday night in Rochester, N.Y., and got the victory, pitching six innings of four-hit baseball, giving up just one earned run while walking five. He didn't have any strikeouts.
It's been a pretty quick ride up the ladder for Savery, a first-round pick (19th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007. He was 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA at Double-A Reading this season.
Loyal Journal readers know we have often checked in on Savery -- who has family in Tupelo and Oxford -- during his college days and also since getting drafted by the Phillies.
We keep hearing reports that one SEC football coach -- not in Mississippi, so don't even go there -- keeps taking his team to local car dealerships, trying to get some of that government cash for clunkers. We'll keep after that story.
Don't blink or you might miss the reference to Tupelo's Chris Garrett in this story about LSU's quarterback situation.
Garrett's in a challenging spot, with sophomore Jordan Jefferson the starter, third-year sophomore Jarrett Lee pushing him and heralded true freshman Russell Shepard also in the wings. Garrett helped himself by getting out of high school last December and going through spring practice.
Without a crystal ball, of course, there's no way to know how this plays out. Garrett could eventually be one of those fifth-year seniors who leads the Tigers to glory, or he might wind up taking his last snaps at Delta State -- like Baldwyn's Blake Barnes did after several years of carrying a clipboard at Georgia.