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 MYRTLE – Booneville senior guard Adallice Young may be limping, but her teammates continue to take up the slack. In Saturday’s Myrtle Invitational, 5-foot-9 senior forward Maria Lauderdale stepped to the front, leading the unbeaten Lady Blue Devils to a 66-29 victory against Holmes Central in a battle of defending […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Clayton Knight has been around West Point football long enough to know what’s expected in December – a state championship. West Point has won seven state championships in classes 4A and 5A, the last one a 5A crown in 2010. The Green Wave (13-1) plays Laurel (13-1) at 7 p.m. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Nick Ratliff’s talents on the basketball court haven’t gone unnoticed. Tupelo’s 6-foot-1 senior forward is a playmaker. His late heads-up play Friday night led the unbeaten Golden Wave to a 50-43 victory against Pontotoc. “He’s a raw-boned competitor,” Tupelo coach Jeff Norwood said of Ratliff. “People just don’t […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Pearl coach John Perry watched the video and was enamored by the talents of Clinton’s Cam Akers. “He is the best football player these two eyes have seen,” said Perry, whose team plays Akers-powered Clinton tonight at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium for the MHSAA Class 6A state […]

CLASS 6A Clinton (13-1) vs. Pearl (11-3) Kickoff: Today, 7 p.m. Clinton: ATH Cam Akers has thrown for 2,900 yards and 29 TDs and rushed for 1,888 yards and 29 TDs. … RB Darrius Maberry has rushed for 1,162 yards and 17 TDs. … WR Jordan Patton has 453 receiving yards and 7 TDs. Pearl: […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal West Point learned how to play under the Friday Knight Lights this season. Senior quarterback Clayton Knight, a transfer from Saltillo, gave the historically run-oriented Green Wave an added dimension offensively with his passing ability. “The addition of Clayton helped us open up our offense,” West Point coach Chris Chambless […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLINTON – Perry Liles remembers the excitement generated when his Calhoun City Wildcats played for a state championship at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium in 2014. “It’s more fun and enjoyable for the players to play in a college stadium,” Liles said. “We really enjoyed playing on campus at Mississippi […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CORINTH – Okolona had Ashland shootist DeAnthony Tipler right where it wanted him Saturday – on the bench. The Blue Devils’ talented guard still scored 30 points against a box-and-1 scheme, but it wasn’t enough as the Class 2A contending Chieftains defeated defending 1A state champions Ashland 87-81 in the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal WEST POINT – Slumbering giant West Point finally answered its wake-up call Friday. Too bad for visiting Lake Cormorant. The Green Wave erupted for three touchdowns in a 5-minute span late in the third and early in the fourth quarter to break a tie and roll to a 40-7 victory […]

TONIGHT’S GAMES (All kickoffs at 7 p.m.) CLASS 6A Madison Central (10-3-1) at Clinton (12-1) Madison Central: QB Jack Walker has completed 174 of 292 passes for 2,009 yards, 16 TDs. He’s rushed for 412 yards, 9 TDs. … RB Gabe Short has rushed for 1,019 yards, 9 TDs. … WR Braden Boykin has 56 […]