Saltillo football building with youth

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL Pat Byrd knows exactly what he has coming back from last season’s Saltillo football team. Before you...

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Nearly a month after the lone blemish on Oxford’s historic baseball season, Chargers coach Chris Baughman is still taking the blame for the New Hope walkoff home run that handed his team its only loss. “Completely my fault,” Baughman says. “I’ve got to give credit to Will Godfrey. He put […]


JASON BARBER Oxford Junior Infielder/Pitcher Buzz: 12-0, 0.00 ERA in 78 innings pitched … 110 strikeouts … Eight shutouts … Hit .337 with 8 HRs … Ole Miss commit. Coach Speak: “Jason has a unique ability to hit another gear when he has to, when the pressure is on.” DENVER McQUARY Houston Junior Infielder/Pitcher Buzz: […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Jarkel Joiner doesn’t mind being labeled a gym rat. Oxford’s talented combo guard is spending a lot of time this summer playing AAU and high school basketball. Thursday, the junior played for the Oxford Chargers in Itawamba Community College’s High School Summer League. “This is a lot of […]

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal Aberdeen has announced the promotion of Eric Spann to head football coach. This is the first head coaching job for Spann, who has served as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Spann replaces Mark Bray, who announced his retirement in May after three seasons as Aberdeen’s head […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal OXFORD – Eli Johnson flirted with Nebraska, but as always, came back to his first love, Ole Miss. Lafayette’s 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman is a 3-star prospect with a list full of suitors including Mississippi State, Duke and the Huskers. But he has no intention of leaving Lafayette County, where […]

By Ryan Moody Pontotoc Progress PONTOTOC – The East beat the West 17-16 in the Robertson Sportswear slowpitch all-star game. The game had seven lead changes, 11 home runs, and a walk off home run by Smithville’s Ashtyn Hensley. Seven of the home runs came off the bats of the East team but three errors […]

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Charlie Davis, left, and Tupelo rugby coach Guy McCoy practice a scrum on Friday evening at Ballard Park.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo native Randy Pannell began traveling from Starkville back to his hometown in March to help teach Tupelo High School rugby players the game he loves. Pannell helps coach the Mississippi State University rugby club team, having played rugby there in college himself. Pannell went to MSU in […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Baden Honeycutt was looking for a few good boys and girls during Tuesday’s high school 7-on-7 soccer tournament at Itawamba Community College. Honeycutt lost some talent from his Mooreville teams last season. “I’ve got a lot of new players this year,” he said as he watched his boys […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal He can’t drive legally on Mississippi roads, but 15-year-old Robert Woodard is in Argentina this week, basketball in hand, American flag on display. Woodard, a Columbus High School sophomore, was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball U16 Team. The team left Saturday for the FIBA Americas Championship. […]