Monthly Archives: May 2008


Photo by Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

Just got done here in Corinth. Enjoying some Taco Bell.

The East won the 3A/4A/5A game, 7-2. Tupelo’s Gardner Richey had a two-run blast to give the East a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. His Golden Wave teammate, Joseph Koon, tossed three shutout innings in middle relief for the win.

Lee County represented. Besides those two, Tupelo’s Nathan Flanagan played superb defense in right field; Saltillo’s Adam Hill had three hits and two RBIs; Nettleton’s Ladarrius Cole had two hits; and Mooreville’s Cody Franks pitched a scoreless ninth to close things out. Saltillo’s Austin Burns got the start, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings.

In the 1A/2A game, the West won 5-3 behind strong pitching. East Union’s Zane Treadaway hurled the first three innings and got the win, while Eupora’s Devin Jones polished it off with three no-hit innings. Calhoun City’s Dante’ Jennings had a solo homer for the West, and Hatley’s Jake Sloan went yard for the East.

Read more about this story in Sunday’s Daily Journal.


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NEMCABB Baseball

Photo by Shelby Daniel

The annual NEMCABB All-Star Baseball Games will be held in Corinth today. My preview in today’s paper focused on New Albany’s Daniel Tunnell, who had a breakout season for the Bulldogs.

The 3A/4A/5A game is at 2 p.m., with the 1A/2A to follow at 5:30. Both will be nine-inning games, which means I’m going to be there a while. Apparently the only substitution rule is that you must make at least five per inning. I’m not even going to try using my scorebook; I’ll have to figure out another method for keeping track.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of players I didn’t get to watch during the season: Guys like Tunnell, Ricky Ware (Houston), Adam Kay (Belmont), Hunter Leech (Smithville) and Jake Sloan (Hatley). I’d love to blog it live, but I don’t think Jesse Bynum Field has wi-fi. Maybe I’ll do it via my phone. I’ll at least post an update after the games.

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Best Photos of 2007-08

In today’s Journal, I took a look back at the 2007-08 sports year. I listed the top 10 stories, wrote about East Webster’s spring dominance, highlighted some of the year’s top performances, and reviewed some of our area athletes’ likes and dislikes.

I have also selected the 10 best photos, according to me, taken by our photographers for the 2007-08 sports year. They do a great job. Click on the images for a larger view.

By Thomas Wells

By Thomas Wells

By Shelby Daniel

By C. Todd Sherman

By Thomas Wells

By Thomas Wells

By Deste Lee

By Thomas Wells

By Charles A. Smith

By Shelby Daniel

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Players of the Week: The List

A little tardy, but as promised, here is the list of honorees for the Players of the Week feature for 2007-08. There were some weeks we received no nominations or had no prep page.

Aug. 31: Kortny Tucker, Hickory Flat; JoJo Pearson, Hebron Christian
Sept. 7: Katherine Steinman, Tupelo; Marcus Hinton, Aberdeen
Sept. 14: Lori Crudup, Pontotoc; Hubert Crawford, Corinth
Sept. 21: Raven Combs, Booneville; Xzadrian Shelley, Baldwyn
Sept. 28: CeCee Austin, South Pontotoc; Willie Grady, Okolona
Oct. 5: Danielle Frederick, Wheeler; Jordi Vernor, Ripley
Oct. 12: Hannah Howell, Hamilton; Jeremy Cannon, New Albany
Oct. 19: Bree Harris, New Site; Damien Hughes, Corinth
Oct. 26: Hannah Wilson, Tupelo; Jacob Sesma, Walnut
Nov. 2: No nominations
Nov. 9: Ivan Perez, North Pontotoc; Braxton Melancon, Tupelo Christian (no female nominations)
Nov. 16: Spence Wicks, Booneville (no female nominations)
Nov. 23: David Bowen, South Pontotoc (no female nominations)
Nov. 30: Delsean Cowan, Thrasher (no female nominations)
Dec. 7: Nick Tutor, Mantachie; Anna Brooke Page, Belmont
Dec. 14: Shaunvanta Ingram, Bruce; Yalonda Davis, Biggersville
Dec. 21: Ethan Reece, Pine Grove; Anna Lisa Powell, North Pontotoc
Jan. 11: No nominations
Jan. 18: Tamara Wadlington, Oxford; Jessi Hayles, South Pontotoc (no male nominations)
Jan. 25: Noel Prestage, Itawamba AHS; Bree Harris, New Site (no male nominations)
Feb. 1: No nominations
Feb. 8: Yalonda Davis, Biggersville; Johnathan Ware, South Pontotoc
Feb. 15: No honors
Feb. 22: No honors
Feb. 29: No honors
March 7: No honors
March 14: No honors
March 21: Katie Cole, Tupelo; Daniel Tunnell, New Albany
March 28: Lela Dudley, Tupelo; Ben Carsten, Itawamba AHS
April 4: Sydney Clayton, Nettleton; Lee Wilson, Wheeler
April 11: Tara Lanham, Nettleton; William Herron, Okolona
April 18: Kami Roberts, Smithville; Taylor English, West Union
April 25: No nominations
May 2: No nominations

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In Today’s Journal

Turns out the new baseball playoff format was not set in stone. Coaches met Wednesday with the MHSAA and made a couple of tweaks to the current setup: a revised first-round schedule for Class 5A, and fewer coin flips to decide Game 3 sites.

In basketball news, West Point hired Winston Varnado to coach its boys team. He comes from Brownsville, Tenn., where he coached his son, current Mississippi State standout Jarvis Varnado.

Remember, in Friday’s Journal we’ll take a look back at the 2007-08 school year. It’s the final prep page until August.

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West Point Hires Varnado

You know the name. Jarvis Varnado is Mississippi State’s 6-foot-9 center, who led the nation in blocks last season as a sophomore. His father, Winston Varnado, is now in the area. He’s been named as West Point’s boys basketball coach.

The hiring will become official in June, but Varnado will meet the team Thursday. He comes from Brownsville, Tenn., where he coached at Haywood High School. Jarvis played under him there.

For all you MSU fans, be glad I didn’t write a headline like this one. Gregg, you’re wrong for that.

Read more about this story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.

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Coaches: All-Area Time

I just went over the nominations I’ve received so far for the Daily Journal’s All-Area baseball and fast-pitch softball teams. I have received nominations from 13 baseball coaches and seven softball coaches. The deadline for submissions: FRIDAY!!!

That means a lot people out there need to get on the ball. You know who you are. Just send me your nominations and include each player’s class, position, all stats (and I mean all of them), and postseason honors. E-mail them to, or fax to 842-2233. Again, the deadline is FRIDAY!!!

That’s in three days. That’s plenty of time, especially with school out, and much thanks to the coaches who have already sent theirs in.

There will be three teams selected in each sport, along with players and coaches of the year. I’ve already picked our top coach and player in baseball (you can guess, but I’m not telling), and I’m pretty close on the softball. That’s the easy part. The hard part is picking the teams, specifically the second and third teams. The first team usually picks itself; any dolt could do it (which I’m sure leaves some of you critics grasping for ways to explain my basketball All-Area teams; keep grasping, I enjoy watching it).

So all you fans out there, nag your coach until he or she sends in those nominations. Because, you know, the deadline is FRIDAY!!!


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