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Tough division There’s not a more competitive division in the Journal’s footprint than 4-2A, the home of Bruce, Calhoun City, East Webster, Eupora and Okolona. Calhoun City and East Webster were North playoff finalists last year. Everyone has stars, the biggest maybe Calhoun City RB Brieton Sykes. Hill’s swan song Retiring Oxford coach Johnny Hill […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal OXFORD – Shea Patterson walked over to the table to have his mug shot taken at Wednesday’s Southern Elite Combine. In a rare occasion in Oxford, he was asked his name. Patterson, the No. 2 pro style quarterback in the country and an Ole Miss verbal commitment, was one of […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal OXFORD – Beside Willie Gay’s name on his 247Sports profile, it gives a, “100%” prediction he is a future Mississippi State Bulldog. It would be an easy transition for the 2017 Starkville outside linebacker. Like most Starkville players, the assumption is he’ll stay in town and go to Mississippi State. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal MYRTLE – Dribble-happy in last week’s summer-league game against DeSoto Central, Myrtle junior point guard Dee Johnson had the basketball stolen from him. He quickly raced to the other end and blocked his thief at the rim. “My freshman year if I turned the ball over, I would have probably […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Josh Baty is right where he wants to be, relishing his first head football coaching gig right at home. Baty is the new coach at Hamilton High, his alma mater. “Something I’ve always wanted to do and never had a chance to do until now,” Baty said. “This is a […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Reed Lindsey is halfway to defending his Butch Lambert Invitational crown. “I try to look at everything as another tournament. I’m not here to necessarily defend last year,” said Ripley’s Lindsey, one of two golfers to shoot a 2-under 70 at Natchez Trace on Saturday. “I’m here to […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal AMORY – Football players laid their faces on the water spouts Wednesday on the Amory practice field, water cooling their tongues only briefly as the Southern sun continued to beat down on their necks. The sweat on football Friday is made possible by the sweat of June and July middays, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal For sports-loving families, Father’s Day comes more than once per year. “I am not ashamed to tell you I’ve spent my whole life trying to be just like my father,” New Site baseball coach Wesley McCullough said. “My whole childhood consisted of people talking about how great of an athlete […]

TUPELO I would leave a basketball game at Aberdeen and go to the NMMC Tupelo Women’s Hospital to see my newborn son, late night after late night. Laying in his cube, born more than two months early, touching that two-pound, three-ounce new love of my life was life’s ultimate joy. He was tiny. He didn’t […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Pernell McPhee has a Super Bowl ring. And to Mississippi State and Baltimore Ravens fans, he is a household name. Now he has a new home and a chance to become the newest nationally known Monster of the Midway. After four seasons with Baltimore – with six starts […]