Gene Phelps


When I started covering high school and college sports 37 years ago, my laptop was a portable typewriter. We didn't tweet back in those days, either. We yelled instead.

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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Given a choice, Tupelo running back Kegan Huddleston would run prefer challenging South Panola’s helmet-cracking defense than take one more ride on Goliath, Six Flags Over Georgia’s hypercoaster. Huddleston, to put it mildly, lost his lunch during the thrill ride’s 170-foot drop. “I had to clean up, change my shirt,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s football coaches hope Jett Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound sophomore linebacker, becomes a tackling terminator for the Golden Wave this season. Thursday night, Johnson’s mom, Frances, and a host of other player moms attended a “Ladies Night” Football 101 course taught by their sons’ coaches. They had questions. They got […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The 2018 and 2019 Mississippi High School Activities Association state football championships will be played at the University of Southern Mississippi, pending approval of a submitted contract by the school. Ole Miss is hosting this season’s six championship games in the second year of a four-year contract with the MHSAA […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Thursday’s winner of the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Tennis tournament was … the 102-degree heat index. Brandon coach Scott Huskey, the event’s manager, said the decision to cut the matches to pro sets was for the safety of the players. “I don’t like pro sets, but we […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Lafayette’s Emily Robinson closed out a successful all-star summer Wednesday with a strong performance on the volleyball court. Robinson, a senior setter for the Lady Commodores, registered seven digs and six assists in the North’s 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) victory against the South in the Mississippi Association of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jordan Roberts lost just six matches in six seasons playing varsity tennis for Shannon High School. Roberts, who won three state championships – two in singles, one in doubles – and reached the state semifinals all six seasons, plays her final high school match Thursday at the Bridges Tennis Center […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Laurie Bishop was impressed with Kaitlyn Wilson’s leadership qualities in her first season as a member of Tupelo High’s varsity volleyball team. “She’s a natural-born leader,” said Bishop, the Lady Wave coach. “She wanted to lead the varsity as a ninth grader.” Wilson, a senior libero, finally gets the leadership […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL CUMBERLAND – Mamie Hollenhead truly appreciates the three Class 2A state championships she was a part of this year at East Webster High School. Hollenhead played infield for the Lady Wolverines championship teams in slowpitch and fastpitch softball, and was a starting guard on a basketball team that suffered through […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL Tupelo High School has a new baseball coach for only the third time since 1986. Justin Reed, 34, who coached the last three seasons for Tupelo’s Division 2-6A rival South Panola, was named Thursday head coach of the Golden Wave. He replaced Gary Enis, who stepped down last month to […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL Lyman Hellums was the game-day eyes for thousands of Ole Miss football fans during his 41-year tenure as a radio color analyst for the Rebels. His folksy, insightful delivery was comforting prior to the kickoff, during the game and after, no matter the outcome. “He had a beautiful voice, almost […]