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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Smithville won its division – 4-1A – and earned a first-round bye in the MHSAA fastpitch state playoffs, which begin today. That doesn’t mean the Lady Seminoles (20-3) are taking a break. Coach Jeremey Duke plans to keep his team postseason sharp with games this week against top-seeded 2A powers […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Saltillo’s Landon Jones frequently busted the bullseye in last week’s Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) State Shoot in Jackson. Jones recorded 25 perfect 10s and posted the state’s top score – regardless of classification – with his 294×300 shoot. His accuracy helped lead the Tigers to a fourth straight Class […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Lynn Holland, a self-proclaimed nonconformist, was usually the easiest person to spot during a high school cross country meet. He was the one running around with the floppy hat and the crazy-looking socks. Holland, 54, still wears the hat. “It’s purely functional and practical. It keeps the sun off my […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Division 2-6A tennis has a new champion in boys doubles. Hogan Harrington and Eric Huey, Tupelo High’s No. 2 doubles team, defeated the Golden Wave’s No. 1 team, Andrew Hildenbrand and Mitch Ostrander, 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday in the division’s championship match. Both teams will advance to the MHSAA […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal NETTLETON – Dana Rhea wasn’t ready to proclaim Nettleton the Division 4-3A champion Tuesday night. He was quite reluctant moments after his team defeated North Pontotoc 6-0 to improve to 15-2 overall and 8-0 in division play with two games remaining. “There’s still softball to be played,” the Lady Tigers […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi’s quest for state high school archery superiority took a giant step in the recent North state shoot. Schools from the Daily Journal coverage area won North championships in Coffeeville in every classification: (1A) Tremont, (2A) Mantachie, (3A) South Pontotoc, (4A) Amory, (5A) Saltillo, (6A) Tupelo. Saltillo, Mantachie and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Pontotoc star guard Marlee Hatcher going one-on-one against former South Pontotoc and Ole Miss guard Wanda Austin, in her prime. The winner? “She would beat me. She has a lot more skills than I had,” said Wanda Austin Hatcher, Marlee’s mom, without hesitation. Marlee Hatcher, a 5-foot-7 senior who averaged […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The clock was draining on East Webster’s hopes of winning a state championship. Down seven points to West Tallahatchie with 47 seconds remaining, Bill Brand saw his players fighting back tears. Brand, the team’s interim head coach and school principal, preached hope instead of doom in the huddle. “I kept […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Chris Higginbottom has won three state championships in girls high school basketball during his 10-year coaching tenure at Belmont. Great accomplishment anywhere else, but this is Belmont. The 2015 gold ball brought home to Tishomingo County by the Lady Cardinals was the program’s 11 overall and ninth since 1983. “It’s […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Luke Dixon pole vaulted 12 feet, 4 inches earlier this year at the Earl Bell Pole Vault Camp in Jonesboro, Ark. “It’s been all downhill from there,” said Dixon, a Tupelo High senior, who won the event with a vault of 11-6 in Saturday’s 46th annual Daily Journal […]