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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School reports Jeremy McClain, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Southern Miss for the past three years, was introduced Thursday as the new Director of Athletics at Troy University. The 39-year-old McClain, a native of Houlka, was AD for five seasons at Delta State, starting in 2007. “I could not be more excited,” he told […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal They rounded up the usual suspects as defending national champion Ohio State topped the USA Today coaches preseason football poll released on Thursday. Ole Miss was 15th and Mississippi State missed the Top 25 by three points to stand 26th. The rest of the top five: TCU – which […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Nettleton’s Riley Ann Mayhew and Walnut’s Kye Meeks were among the winners on Wednesday as the Coca-Cola Junior Tour wrapped up its summer season with championship play at the Starkville Country Club. Mayhew, the defending Class I state high school champion, shot a 76-80 – 156 for […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal STARKVILLE – On a hot day at the Starkville Country Club, nobody was hotter than Kye Meeks. The 13-year-old from Walnut shot a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to lead all golfers after the first round of the championship event for the Coca-Cola Junior Tour. Meeks leads the Boys 12-13 […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Fulton’s Brian Dozier, the Minnesota Twins’ outstanding second baseman, has been added to the American League roster for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Major League Baseball made the announcement late Saturday afternoon. Dozier, who finished second in online voting for the final AL roster spot, was named to […]

Daily Journal, school reports LANCASTER, Pa. – Ally McDonald didn’t get much warning, but the All-American from Fulton was all set for today’s 7:24 a.m. tee time at the 70th U.S. Women’s Open. The former Mississippi State product was a first alternate for the event and learned Tuesday night that she had made the field […]

Buckeyes’ World Ohio State, the defending national champion, is sure to be everyone’s preseason No. 1. The Buckeyes return 16 starters and are blessed to have three quarterbacks who could start anywhere. But it’ll be tough to repeat, as so much went right for this team last season. Clemson? Really? Could Clemson crash the national […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – The 31st Green Street Mile will be contested early Saturday morning, rain or shine. The annual Fourth of July race down South Green St. is scheduled to begin promptly at 7 a.m. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. Tupelo Running Club officials said the race would go […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Gary Enis has stepped down as head baseball coach at Tupelo High School to take an administrative position with the school. Tupelo Public School District superintendent Dr. Gearl Loden made the announcement early Friday afternoon. Enis will serve as a “THS Athletics Game Administrator and will continue […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Just like golfers eager to test out an unfamiliar U.S. Open course ahead of time, some of the South’s best young swimmers are headed to Tupelo this weekend. The Tupelo Aquatic Center will host the Southern Zone Age Group Championships in August, and this weekend’s meet is […]