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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLINTON – Tyler Hasson was the option master on Saturday. The Oak Forest, La., senior quarterback scored two second-half touchdowns on runs of 55 and 57 yards to lead his team to a 37-12 win against Starkville Academy in the MAIS Class AAA, Division II state championship game at Mississippi […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOLLANDALE – Jack Wilson absorbed some vicious hits in Friday’s MHSAA Class 2A state quarterfinal game against Simmons. However, East Webster’s quarterback was the one who landed the knockout blow. The junior threw two second-half touchdown passes – 35 yards to Malcomb Jones and 16 yards to Deangelo Liggins – […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal After seven seasons as New Albany head football coach and a 1-10 finish this season, Ron Price said he felt it was time for a fresh start for both parties. Price resigned on Thursday. Price was named head coach as a 28-year-old by then superintendent Charles Garrett. Then-middle school principal […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jeff Terrill directed Starkville Academy to the postseason in each of his first three seasons as head coach, including a trip to the MAIS Class AAA, Division II championship game in 2011. Last year, with a young team, a 4-7 record was all Terrill’s Volunteers could muster. The year of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal East Webster’s defense was the star in last week’s 34-7 victory against Baldwyn. The Wolverines (11-2) need another stellar performance by the stop troops Friday when they travel to Hollandale Simmons (11-1) for a Class 2A state quarterfinals game. “I was very pleased with our defense,” East Webster coach Doug […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo Lady Wave soccer coach Hannah Kimbrough was surprised, and thrilled, when Katie Taylor asked for a tryout. Taylor, who is expected to sign a national letter with Arkansas, had planned to skip her senior season of high school soccer. “She had to try out … she made the team,” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s Cris Roberts, the state high school record holder in the 100-yard butterfly, signed an NCAA national letter of intent Tuesday to swim for Western Kentucky University. Roberts won the butterfly earlier this month in the MHSAA State Swim Championships at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. Her record time was 56.26 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Tupelo’s quest to return to the state championship game ended Friday night. The Golden Wave, a 6A state finalist last season, lost 30-0 to the state’s No. 1-ranked team, Starkville, in the opening round. The Yellow Jackets (12-0) advanced to the second round and will host Southaven, a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal No. 1-ranked Starkville is a solid favorite headed into tonight’s 6A first-round state playoff opener against visiting Tupelo. Maybe so, but Brady Davis, the Yellow Jackets’ senior quarterback, doesn’t look for the Golden Wave to roll over and play dead. “They’ve got a great defense with some big-time players,” said […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PONTOTOC – The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Pontotoc, a 49-21 winner against Ingomar, dominated this early season high school girls basketball matchup. The Lady Warriors (3-0), No. 5 in the Daily Journal preseason rankings, held the visiting and previously unbeaten Lady Falcons (2-1) to 10 percent shooting in the first half […]