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 After years as the state’s second-best team, New Albany won its first Class II girls golf championship on Tuesday in Cleveland. Bulldogs’ junior Lucy Martin won the individual title, beating her good friend – and playing partner – Presley Baggett of Germantown with a birdie in a playoff after […]

TUPELO This is one of those weeks that could go down as among the best in Mississippi football history. And it’s not even football season. The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night in Chicago, and four players from the state’s SEC schools have been invited to attend – suggesting that all four could be […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal A long and winding road has taken Scott Thompson from Biggersville to this weekend’s Final Four. Thompson, video coordinator and radio analyst for the Oklahoma Sooners, is quick to point out that “this is less about me and more about all the people who helped me along the way.” […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Blue Mountain College has announced plans to expand its athletic program. The private Christian college will add varsity teams this fall in bowling and tennis, along with junior varsity teams in three existing sports – baseball, softball and women’s basketball. Also, the school will resume efforts to build an […]

If you’re staring at your NCAA bracket this morning and hoping to take a flyer on a couple of longshots, consider Cal State Bakersfield and Middle Tennessee. Both have strong Mississippi connections on the bench. Bakersfield, making its first NCAA appearance, is led by former Ole Miss All-SEC player and coach Rod Barnes. Middle Tennessee […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It’s warming up around here just in time for college baseball season to begin. Ole Miss gets started at 4 p.m. today in Oxford, opening a three-game weekend series against Florida International. Mississippi State’s first pitch against Florida Atlantic is set for 4:30 p.m. Last season, Ole Miss went […]

The state short course swimming championships begin today at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. About 350 youth swimmers are expected for the four-day meet, aquatic center director Amy Kennedy said. “This will be our third year hosting this event, so we have a good handle on our preparations,” Kennedy said. The event generates about $250,000 in […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal FULTON – The life of former Itawamba AHS standout Maikhail Miller was celebrated with tears, music and laughter on Saturday afternoon. A funeral service for Miller, 23, who died in an auto accident last weekend in Marshall County, was held in the IAHS gym. A crowd of several hundred […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Logan Little and Brandon White weren’t going to let their team lose on Saturday. The Tupelo High School seniors played key roles in a second-round Class 6A playoff victory over Northwest Rankin. The Golden Wave won 5-4 on penalty kicks in a match that was tied at […]

TUPELO If Mississippi State sticks with Vic Schaefer and if Vic Schaefer sticks with Mississippi State, he’s got the best chance of any current Bulldogs coach of bringing a national championship to Starkville. Maybe the best chance of any coach at any school in the state in the current alignment of things. And just like […]