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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Mooreville’s softball field was definitely a launching pad Tuesday night for Nettleton’s big bats. The visiting Lady Tigers propelled themselves into Saturday’s MHSAA Class 3A state championship series in Ridgeland by blasting 16 home runs in a two-game sweep – 22-12 and 23-13 – against their Division 1 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Five slow pitch softball teams – four from Monroe County and one with Monroe County ties – play today with a state championship series berth on the line. The five teams – Amory, Hamilton, Hatley, Nettleton and Smithville – have collectively won 16 state championships in slow pitch. Hamilton has […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FLOWOOD – Lucas Smith wasn’t sure how his defending state champion swim teams would fair in Saturday’s MHSAA North Mississippi Swim Championships. He was pleased. Tupelo’s boys won and the girls placed second in the Class II meet. “I thought we competed pretty well,” Smith said, as he watched the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Darrell Henderson cannot be contained. South Panola’s top-rated running back rushed for 188 yards and scored three touchdowns Friday night to lead the No. 2-ranked Tigers to a 27-10 victory against Tupelo in a Division 1-6A game. The loss was the third straight for the Golden Wave (5-3, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The white flag of surrender is not flying today at Renasant Field. Beaten and banged-up Tupelo – four more starters have joined the list of the wounded this week – has no plans to retreat when it battles the state’s No. 2-ranked team, South Panola, at 7 p.m. in a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SPRINGVILLE – Mooreville opponents must pick their poison when facing the Lady Troopers’ one-two power punch of Hallie Donald and Summer Cryder. In Thursday’s MHSAA Class 3A first-round slow pitch softball playoff series – won 9-7 and 6-2 by Mooreville – South Pontotoc coach Adam Patterson walked Donald twice and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Lucas Smith takes his Tupelo High girls and boys swim teams to Jackson for this weekend’s MHSAA North Mississippi Class 2 Swim Championships as the underdogs, not the favorites. Smith’s young squads – Lady Wave and Golden Wave boys – have had success in the pool this season, but maybe […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Nettleton’s Lady Tigers have won 20-plus slow pitch softball games this season, but you wouldn’t know it when talking with their coach, Dana Rhea. “This time of year, your record is erased,” he said. “Everybody is 0-and-0.” Nettleton begins its new season – the state playoffs – at 5 p.m. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal GLEN – Mooreville dialed long distance Friday night – a lot. The Troopers, behind an 89-yard kickoff return to open the second half by junior quarterback Tay Rucker, remained unbeaten in Division 1-3A play with a 37-2 road victory against Alcorn Central. Mooreville (5-2, 2-0) faces its toughest test of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tay Rucker is back where he belongs. Mooreville’s junior quarterback, who has passed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, played slot receiver and cornerback last season after seeing some time under center as a freshman. “He’s really grown up, matured,” Troopers coach Kevin Austin said. “He’s making better […]