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 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 […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Looking at the early part of the SEC football season, both Mississippi State and Ole Miss – and their fans – will be tackling some late starts. The league released the complete details of the first three weeks of the season on Thursday. We already knew that Mississippi State’s […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal As a youngster, Roger Bean would listen to the Indianapolis 500 on the radio and dream of being there, flying around that legendary track. It was the start of a lifetime love affair with the Brickyard. Bean, 80, will be in the crowd again today at the 99th running […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Nixon Cherutich was leading a pack of a half-dozen runners after the first half-mile of Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k. When he decided to pick up the pace, it was over. Cherutich, 28, won handily in 30:00. Runner-up Pete Chebii, 37, finished in 30:56. “I wasn’t sure if […]

By Cathy L. Wood and John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Female winner and first-time Gumtree racer Emmy Chepkirui, 26, of Hebron, Ky., said the unexpected humidity on Saturday morning might have slowed her down. “The course was good but it was very hot and humid,” she said, cooling off after the race. Earlier […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – The names may not all be familiar, but the list of elite runners headed to Saturday’s Gum Tree 10k should set a strong pace. “On paper, it’s as deep and fast a field as we’ve had in recent years,” said David Branner, who helps wrangle the elite […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual Gum Tree 10k has seen all kinds of weather, from chilly to stormy to sunny. Saturday’s race shapes up as one where rain won’t be an issue. “It may be a little humid and warm, but that’s Mississippi,” said Jennifer Martin, who’s in her first […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal CORINTH – Stanley Boen, winner of Saturday’s Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10k run, said he had a little something left in the tank just in case he got pushed at the end. After dueling with former Coke 10k winner Daniel Kirwa for much of the race, Boen scooted across the […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Brenda Mayes’ first act as the new Northeast Mississippi women’s basketball coach was to pack the house for her official introduction on Thursday afternoon. The seats in the student union meeting room were filled with friends, family, school officials and the returning members of the Northeast team. […]