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 Kyle Bond had just one thought as he watched Jordan Jernigan break free near midfield on his 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Corinth. “They weren’t catching him,” said Tupelo’s receivers coach. “He can absolutely run.” The freshman wide receiver ran a 4.49 40 this summer. Jernigan is one […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL CORINTH – First-year coach Kelly Wright wasn’t pleased with her Corinth High School volleyball team’s performance in last week’s 3-0 victory against Alcorn Central. “They were really flat,” she said, following a three-set (25-17, 25-12, 25-9) win. “I wasn’t pleased with the effort.” Wright, however, is extremely pleased with her […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CORINTH – Trent Hammond had a passionate message for his Tupelo team following Friday’s 24-14 win against Corinth. “We’ve got to learn to finish,” he told his troops. “We were good enough tonight to win.” The Golden Wave (1-1), the Journal’s No. 5-ranked large school, bounced back from last week’s […]

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES Baldwyn (1-0) at Booneville (1-0) THE PLAYERS Baldwyn: Duke Upshaw carried 12 times for 123 yards and a TD in a win at Mooreville. … Armontie Price had a 79-yard KR TD, 11 tackles and a sack. … LB Jacob Harper had 11 tackles, two for loss. … Sophomore DT Zack Richardson […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The Skunk Bowl between Baldwyn and Booneville was huge before the stinky varmint interrupted play during the 2012 game. “The skunk is a big thing, but it’s been a big rivalry forever,” Booneville coach Mike Mattox said. Added Baldwyn coach Mike Gray, who also played in the rivalry, “I think […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Co-Lin came to town ranked No. 7 nationally, but likely left feeling more like it was No. 107. The visiting Wolves needed a fourth-quarter interception and four field goals by freshman kicker Greg Nickles to escape Eaton Field with a 26-14 season-opening MACJC win against Itawamba Community College. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo has a new-look offensive line this season. Two starters – tackle Reed Sanders (6-4, 270) and guard Jarvis Smithey (6-2, 270), both seniors – are back. A third starter from last season – senior Chase Cannon – has been moved to defensive end. Harrison Broadaway (5-10, 220), a sophomore, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Laurie Bishop can’t help but smile when asked about her super sophomores. Tupelo High’s volleyball coach has seven 10th graders who’ve all contributed to the Lady Golden Wave’s 9-1 start this season. Five of the players saw extensive action last year as freshmen. “We’ve got a great core group of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Kwadra Griggs and D’Andre Belton were friendly rivals and teammates last season as quarterbacks for Itawamba Community College. Belton, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder from Ridgeway, S.C., started the year at QB, but suffered a shoulder injury in the first game. That allowed Griggs, a 6-3, 235 Greenwood native, to […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLARKSDALE – Christmas came early Friday night in the Mississippi Delta. Tupelo supplied the gifts. The Golden Wave suffered five turnovers and had a costly late-game offsides penalty to help Clarksdale escape with a 28-25 season-opening victory at Crumpton Field. “We didn’t play well and we didn’t execute,” Tupelo coach […]