Brandon Speck


I am the Daily Journal's high school sports editor. I try to avoid press boxes that play country music.

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By Brandon Speck Daily Journal CORINTH – Corinth players beat the sun in the 5 a.m. hour of Monday morning, filing into the locker room, then onto the turf for the first practice of the 2015 football season. They did beat the heat, opening the season’s first official practice at 6 a.m., but Warriors coach […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ELLISTOWN – After the Friday drowning of East Union junior football player T.J. Hamblin, people in the Journal coverage area, and much of the state, went to Twitter to show support, with hashtags of #PrayForEastUnion. The social media support was appreciated. So are the hugs and the physical support that […]

ELLISTOWN Young T.J. Hamblin began his weekend journey to heaven with his teammates cheering him on. East Union lost a teammate this weekend when junior lineman Hamblin drowned in a team trip to Iuka’s J.P. Coleman State Park. Through the sadness and questions why, memories of the much-loved teammate have surfaced, one from practice that […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Today is the first official practice day for MHSAA football teams. Teams will work in shorts through Wednesday before putting on helmets Thursday and Friday. Some teams will play jamboree games on Aug. 14. Oxford and Starkville host all-day jamborees on Aug. 14-15. The season begins Aug. 21. One of […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The anticipation of football season took a tragic turn Friday for the East Union Urchins. Junior lineman TJ Hamblin, 17, drowned on a team trip to Iuka’s J.P. Coleman State Park. “He was a wonderful kid, gentle giant,” East Union coach Kevin Walton said. “I’ve just never dealt with anything […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal CORINTH – In the Crossroads City, Corinth will travel an unknown road this football season. “The biggest difference for us this year is probably going to be having two-way players,” Warriors coach Doug Jones said. It’s not something they typically do at the Class 4A establishment, but Jones says it […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Ty Jones could have stayed in Pontotoc all summer and eaten high on the hog every day at Boondocks. Instead, he took his basketball and helped the North Mississippi Kings 16U AAU team eat good – and win good, too. The Kings have had plenty of successes, the biggest coming […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BELDEN – The weather would be better. The courses would be in better shape, the golfers at a higher level. But moving MHSAA golf from spring to fall may not be that simple. That was one of the proposals brought at Wednesday’s MHSAA District I meeting at ICC’s Belden campus. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal It was just a broken collarbone, no biggie. Not to Ryan Hall, anyway. His collarbone is just one bone the New Albany motocross racer destroyed to reach Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee ranch next week for the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur National Motocross Championship. “The first bone was just a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi State associate head baseball coach Butch Thompson was at Tupelo Christian on Thursday. With TCPS baseball coach Will Lowrey hosting the Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase, there was plenty to see, including Class of 2018 Houston catcher Luke Hancock. Hancock (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) has been committed to Mississippi […]