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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – On a whim, Dick Hollaway and some friends went to the old Tupelo Gun Club one Saturday to “shoot some skeet.” Sounded like a good idea to Hollaway, 23 years old at the time. He had hunted, but he had never shot clay targets. “They were having […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – A streak of “Red” blazing down the blue turf looked great Friday night to Tupelo Golden Wave fans. Jarvis “Red” Wilson scored on a 76-yard run with 2:22 remaining to help No. 4-ranked Tupelo escape Renasant Field with a 21-9 victory against Saltillo. “The offensive line had a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo senior first-year safety Jarvis Wilson played his best game of the young season – statistically speaking – in last week’s win against Shannon. He’ll need another solid performance at 7 tonight when the Associated Press No. 4-ranked Golden Wave (3-0) hosts Saltillo (3-0) and its star running back Diamante […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Brett Thompson made his completions count Thursday night. Northeast’s freshman quarterback completed 12 of 25 passes for 206 yards and four second-half touchdowns – including a 13-yard game-winner to LaVontis Smith in overtime – to lift the Tigers to a 25-19 victory against Northwest in their MACJC North […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jack Cristil was definitely the lead dog in the Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi radio market, but he was well-liked and respected by his colleagues. Cristil, who died Saturday at age 88 in his hometown of Tupelo, was not only the voice of Mississippi State athletics, but for a time, Tupelo […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Kate Mattox was disappointed with her time – 19 minutes, 29 seconds – in last week’s Mobile (Ala.) Challenge of Champions cross country run. “I was trying to go 18:30 and beat my last year’s time of 18:52,” said Starkville High School’s standout sophomore distance runner. “I didn’t […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s defense pitched another shutout Friday, but it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. The Golden Wave, ranked No. 5 in the state’s Associated Press poll, defeated Shannon 38-8 at Renasant Field, but the Red Raiders’ points came on a defensive touchdown. Shannon(0-2) was held to 85 yards total […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Two freshmen and a sophomore were in the starting rotation when Tupelo hosted Horn Lake in Thursday’s Class III Region 1, District 2 volleyball opener. “We’re extremely young,” said Lady Wave coach Laurie Bishop, whose 11-player roster features five freshmen. “This is the youngest team I’ve ever coached. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell wasn’t surprised by the numbers quarterback Brady Davis put up in last week’s 52-29 win against Oxford. His senior, a transfer from New Hope, completed 21 of 32 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns. In two games, he has passed for 594 yards and nine […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo saw two running backs – Deamio Garmon and Tavonta Hadley – top the 100-yard mark in last Friday’s 48-7 win against Center Hill. Golden Wave fans know who they are. Now, let’s introduce you to Tupelo’s offensive line, the group that helped pave the way for Garmon’s […]