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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – It didn’t take long for Hoover to get to know Itawamba’s Tori Mallory – about 11 minutes and 17 points to be exact – in the Alabama school’s 53-41 win against the Daily Journal’s No. 2-ranked girls team. “I told my players at halftime we were not going […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Darrell Robertson has lined up a heavyweight nine-game card for Saturday’s 18th edition of the Robertson’s Sportswear Lady Classic at Pontotoc High School. Six teams in the Daily Journal’s high school rankings are set to play: (1) Pontotoc, (2) Itawamba AHS, (3) Booneville, (5) Belmont, (7) East Webster and (8) […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo and Clinton battled three weeks ago at Arrow Stadium with nothing on the line but pride. When the Lady Wave, the state’s top-ranked team, visits Clinton’s home stadium Saturday, everything’s at stake. The state’s top two girls high school soccer powers play at 1 p.m. in the MHSAA Class […]

TUPELO Everybody knows by now “The Duke” allegedly lost some weight – at least a pound, maybe more – on its recent trip to Foxboro. Super Bowl XLIX and the pending championship game between the New England Patriots and defending world champion Seattle Seahawks is being upstaged this week by “Deflategate.” The Patriots and head […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SPRINGVILLE – South Pontotoc Horrace Kitchens rattled off the dimensions of a soccer goal following Wednesday’s 8-0 opening-round playoff win against Southeast Lauderdale. “That goal is 24 feet wide and 10 feet high,” he said. “We need to put a few more in the net. I know what we’re going […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal South Pontotoc’s girls soccer program has achieved success – two trips to the state finals in 2013 and ‘14 – and more is likely on the horizon. The Lady Cougars (19-2) open the Class 1A-2A-3A state playoffs at 5:30 p.m. today when they host Southeast Lauderdale. “(Center midfielder) Mattie Mills […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – The only statistic that mattered Tuesday night for Tupelo’s Lady Wave was the “zero” glowing on the guest side of the scoreboard. Tupelo, sparked by two first-half goals and a stingy defense – lead by Liza Wise, Madeline Harrison and Maura Chiles – defeated visiting Northwest Rankin 2-0 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Forest forward TaNissa McNair came into Monday’s Class 1A-2A-3A state soccer playoff against Mooreville averaging three goals per game. She left town with one goal. The credit goes to senior defender Lily Pittman and Mooreville’s defense by committee in the Lady Troopers’ 5-2 opening-round victory. “She was a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal To be the best, Tupelo’s boys and girls soccer teams will have to beat the best during the next two weeks in the MHSAA State Playoffs. The Golden Wave (17-1-2) and Lady Wave (17-1) host powerful Northwest Rankin on Tuesday in the first round. The Cougars handed Tupelo’s boys their […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Conner McKay wants the basketball in his hands during pressure situations. Saturday night, in the nightcap of the Hotbed Classic, Baldwyn’s junior guard was definitely in his element as he dribbled toward the goal with fans screaming, opposing coaches pleading for a “carrying” call, the clock’s final […]