John L. Pitts


John L. Pitts "could have been an actor, but I wound up here," as Sports Editor at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal |

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By John L. Pitts Daily Journal LSU’s change of heart, to again allow opposing marching bands to appear for football halftime shows, won’t have any effect on Mississippi State or Ole Miss this fall. Both the Rebels and Bulldogs will visit Baton Rouge for games, but neither school ever intended to send a full marching […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Muhammad Ali touched many lives – of people both powerful and ordinary – in the years during and after his boxing career. While celebrities and family mourned him at Friday’s memorial, Shannon’s Lurlie Ford reflected on her encounter 30 years ago with “The Greatest.” Ford, who’s retired […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It’s been quite a month of May for Chris Stratton. The former Tupelo High School and Mississippi State ace and his wife welcomed their first child, a son, on Mother’s Day. After a rough start to the season, he’s been pitching better in the minor leagues. And late Friday, […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – An event planned for Saturday afternoon in Tupelo will be no ordinary day in the park. The Day In The Park, sponsored by Sky Is The Limit Ministries, plans to engage young people with both physical activity and inspirational messages. It’s free, scheduled from 2 to 5 […]

By John L. Pitts and Cathy L. Wood Daily Journal TUPELO – Erica Speegle of Birmingham cruised to victory in a Mississippi 10k race for the second consecutive weekend, but Saturday morning’s win at the 39th Gum Tree 10k had an extra twist. Well, it was an extra turn. A wrong turn. “I was running […]

By Cathy L. Wood and John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Saturday was the first Gum Tree 10k finish for Mississippi State middle-distance runner Rhianwedd Price. “I do the 800 and the 1,500, which are less than a mile, but my coach told me to try the 10k, and I always do what my […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k could be anybody’s race. Neither of last year’s overall winners is expected to be in the field when the starting gun sounds Saturday at 8:30 a.m. “It will be a strong field for the male elite runners, and the field of elite females […]

By John L. Pitts and Cathy L. Wood Daily Journal CORINTH – The 35th edition of the Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k saw a repeat overall men’s winner and a new women’s champ. Stanley Boen, 38, who trains in New Mexico, successfully defended his men’s title in 31:49, with Matthew Dunn of Starkville second in 32:40. […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Round 1 of the heavyweight Class 3A state semifinal softball series went to the Troopers. Mooreville was on the ropes Friday night but escaped with a 6-5 victory over Nettleton. The visiting Tigers had the tying run on third in the top of the seventh but couldn’t […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Delta State is steaming into the Gulf South Conference baseball tournament with a pair of Northeast Mississippi products leading the way at the plate. Will Robertson, from Falkner, leads the GSC in a handful of hitting categories, including average (.457), hits (86), RBIs (69) and doubles (27). After missing […]