By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Kenneth Williams has returned to Boston to “finish the job.” Heather Duley is there to make some new, happier memories. Roger McMillan gave up on his hopes to run this year, only to find a surprising route to the starting line. There will be a dozen runners from Northeast […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Chalk it up as a learning experience. That’s the take Tupelo baseball coach Gary Enis had after his team’s 7-0 loss Saturday to prospect-loaded DeSoto Central. “They are very talented,” Enis said of the Jaguars, who have six Division I commitments in their lineup. “It was a learning […]

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School reports COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mississippi State’s Ross Mitchell delivered again for the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The junior left-hander threw his third complete game in six career starts to help MSU clinched a weekend SEC series by knocking off Missouri 6-2 at Taylor Stadium. No. 24 MSU (25-15, 9-8 SEC) won a conference series […]

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Pontotoc's Kayla Russell was the defensive stopper for a team that won 115 games in four seasons, including a 34-0 state title season in 2012.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Kayla Russell, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Player of the Year, was sold on playing defense from an early age. She didn’t have much choice. She was the coach’s kid. “She knows, being my daughter, how important defense is to me,” Pontotoc coach Bill Russell said. “I think our defense the […]

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Devin Hill led the Itawamba AHS girls to the state Class 4A state championship game in his first season.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Devin Hill of Itawamba AHS’, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Coach of the Year in girls basketball, can bury his Underdog cape. When your team – considered the third-best in its division – wins the state basketball championship, you lose that motivational ploy. “Being the underdog all year, that’s what helped […]


FIRST TEAM Marlee Hatcher, Pontotoc Junior, Guard Stat line: 16.3 ppg, 74 3-pointers Buzz: Joined Lady Warriors teammate Kayla Russell as part of a deadly 3-point shooting tandem. Kim Mallory, Itawamba AHS Senior, Foward Stat line: 14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg Buzz: Signed with Freed-Hardeman after leading Indians to 4A state championship. Alexandrea Metcalf, Shannon Senior, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Some dads make their sons mow the yard or rake leaves, maybe for a small allowance. Baldwyn coach Jason McKay made Conner McKay shoot free throws. At 7 a.m. Before middle school. For no pay. So neither were surprised when he calmly knocked down clutch free throws in the final […]

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Booneville's Michael Smith, front, with fellow coaches Micah Moment, left, and Brian Windham.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Booneville assistant coach Micah Moment showed up in shorts as he coached the first junior high game of the season. He really had no other option. Moment, along with assistant Brian Windham and head coach Michael Smith – Smith calls them a “coaching staff,” with no designation for head coach […]


FIRST TEAM Conner McKay, Baldwyn Sophomore guard State line: 15 ppg, 91.6 % FT, 5 apg, 1.5 spg, 3 rpg Buzz: McKay hit 18-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter of the state semifinals. Ismael Ruedas, Blue Mountain Senior guard Stat line: 19.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.4 spg Buzz: According to one opposing […]