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 It’s no secret Tupelo High School’s boys swim team will have an opportunity this year to win a 10th consecutive state championship. “It would be pretty special, but we’ve got to quit talking about it and attack it,” Golden Wave coach Lucas Smith said. “We’ve got some spots to fill […]

HOW THEY FARED LARGE SCHOOLS 1. Starkville (6A): Beat Noxubee County 24-21; Next week: at Oxford 2. West Point (5A): Did not play; Next week: host Louisville 3. Tupelo (6A): Beat Clarksdale 20-6; Next week: host Corinth 4. Shannon (4A): Beat Caledonia 36-27; Next week: at Nettleton 5. Houston (4A): Lost to Pontotoc 24-14; Next […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Mooreville is still Mooreville, even when the Lady Troopers wear blue instead of their traditional green. Wearing blue “Fight Cancer, Team Tracey” jerseys Saturday to honor Tracey Wilburn – the wife of head coach Perry Wilburn – and her ongoing battle against the disease, the Lady Troopers run-ruled […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Quarterback Ray Sandroni entered fall practice as one of three candidates for Tupelo’s key position. The 5-foot-9 senior left the field Friday night 1-0 as the Golden Wave’s starter after leading his team on three second-half scoring drives in a 20-6 season-opening victory against Clarksdale. “It feels good; […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo authored the book on how to lose a season opener in 2015. The Golden Wave traveled to Clarksdale only to commit five turnovers and a couple of costly penalties in a 28-25 loss to the Wildcats. Clarksdale visits the Golden Wave tonight at 7 on the blue turf at […]

Johnny Hill’s retirement from coaching football lasted … all of five months. The longtime Oxford High School coach retired last December after 40-plus seasons on the sidelines. He told me months ago he looking forward to it. His wife of 42 years, Linda, told me she couldn’t imagine her husband not coaching. “He says he’s […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Josh Smith has plenty of confidence and a strong right leg. That combination should produce some big kicks this season for Tupelo. Smith, a junior kicker, returns after a solid sophomore season for the Golden Wave. He connected on 26 of 29 extra point attempts and hit on […]

LARGE SCHOOLS 1. Starkville (6A) The Yellowjackets finished 14-1 and won the state championship in Rickey Woods’ first season. LB Willie Gay, an Ole Miss commitment, returns to lead the defense. The offense will have a new QB. 2. West Point (5A) The Green Wave just missed reaching the championship game last season but returns […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOUSTON – Houston coach Ty Hardin was asked to describe the special qualities of his 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior nose guard, Johnta Walker. Last season, Walker recorded 79 tackles, including 22 sacks. “He’s quick as a cat, strong as an ox,” Hardin said. “He can wreak havoc in the middle.” The […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Don’t tell the folks in Hamilton, Nettleton and Tupelo – anywhere in Northeast Mississippi for that fact – high school slow-pitch softball is a dying sport. Fans were willing to sit in the rain Saturday at Hamilton to watch their teams play in an MHSAA Classic season-opening tournament. “I think […]