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 TUPELO – The stage was set for a potential disaster last Friday when Tupelo played South Panola. It was early in the second quarter. Golden Wave starting sophomore quarterback Stephon McGlaun suffered an ankle injury throwing an incomplete pass. His replacement, Ray Sandroni, came in facing a third-and-11 … from […]

Benton County (6-2) at Kossuth (8-1) Benton County: Richard Brooks leads the team in rushing, passing and receiving with 1,989 rushing yards and 22 TDs, 251 passing yards and 2 TDs and 112 receiving yards and 2 TDs. … RB Rob Reaves has rushed for 716 yards and 5 TDs. … Juwan Martin has recorded […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Reagan Cook was nearly untouchable Tuesday night in Tupelo’s 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-15) victory against Southaven in the first round of the MHSAA Class III state volleyball playoffs. The Lady Wave’s junior middle blocker recorded 12 kills, six in her team’s crucial first-set rally, against the defensive-minded Lady […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Laurie Bishop has seen her Tupelo High volleyball team respond well this season to adversity in matches. She hopes the Lady Wave will display the same characteristic when the MHSAA Class III playoffs begin today. Tupelo (23-6) hosts rival Southaven at 6 p.m. “We’ve been working on getting through mental […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Ain’t gonna be no rematch? Who says? In the MHSAA slow-pitch softball state semifinals series, scheduled for today, rivals Nettleton and Mooreville clash in 3A while Monroe County rivals Smithville and Hamilton battle in 1A. This will be the fourth consecutive year Smithville and Hamilton have played with a trip […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard needed every ounce of courage they could muster that winter day in 1966 as they stood in the visitor’s dressing room of Mississippi State’s basketball arena. The two members of Vanderbilt’s freshman team had just experienced a harrowing first half as the first African Americans […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL MOOREVILLE – Meagan Edmonds blasted two home runs Saturday for Mooreville in its 14-4, 18-1 sweep of Kossuth in the MHSAA slow-pitch softball state quarterfinals. Her Lady Troopers had 29 hits and belted 10 home runs in the two games. Mooreville (18-8) will need plenty more hits and power bombs […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – Fans entering the stadium for Friday’s Division 1-6A game between No. 2 Tupelo and South Panola had an opportunity – during a promotion – to drive a full-sized pickup truck. Their experience inside the arena was just as powerful. Tupelo flexed its muscle and outslugged perennial power South […]

The film doesn’t lie. Columbus four-star running back Kylin Hill is sprinting toward the end zone on 60-plus yard run. He makes a quick move to avoid contact with Tupelo’s Chris Shannon, who is attempting to cut him off. Hill outruns Shannon’s angle. Shannon stops, plants a foot in the ground, then accelerates. “On film, […]

FEATURED GAMES South Panola (4-4) at Tupelo (7-0) South Panola: QB Patrick Shegog has completed 47-of-111 passes for 575 yards, 7 TDs, 7 INTs. He has rushed for 230 yards, 3 TDs. … RB Jamian Johnson has rushed for 495 yards, 3 TDs. … WR D’jordan Strong has 30 receptions for 395 yards, 4 TDs. […]