About Donica Phifer

Donica Phifer grew up in Tishomingo, Miss with two older brothers whose extracurricular activities taught her all about sports at an early age. Before joining the Gazette staff as the Sports Editor, she was a sportswriter for The Daily Corinthian and the Online Editor for three years at The Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper of The University of Mississippi. In her free time she's usually at an Ole Miss sporting event, cheering on the Rebels.

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Brick by Brick: Myrtle football program opens with win

NEW ALBANY – History comes in many forms. On Tuesday night it arrived with the blow of a whistle and the snap of a ball. Shoulder pads and helmets slapped together to the cheers of a crowd bearing witness to something that once seemed impossible. Myrtle Attendance Center, known across Mississippi as a basketball school, […]

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Friday Night Lights: Deep ball upends Bulldogs

Itawamba opened the second game of the 2016 season with a statement. Senior quarterback Austin King hit receiver Caleb Whittle for a 68 yard touchdown pass on the first snap of the ball, and the Indians went up 7-0 on the Bulldogs en route to a 21-7 win. Both teams racked up over a 100 […]

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Friday Night Lights: Defensive battle goes to Bulldogs

NEW ALBANY – One pass made all the difference. The Bulldogs 7-0 win over Bruce in the season opener came in the first quarter as quarterback Sam McMillin hit senior wide receiver Sam Cagle with a touchdown pass. “It was all we needed,” McMillin said, “It was enough.” Following that score, the two offenses entered into […]

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The Pontotoc Red Sox Senior American Legion team won the Mississippi Senior Legion State Tournament on July 24 with a 13-3 win over the Tupelo 49ers. The Red Sox will travel to Little Rock, Ark. to compete in the regional Senior Legion Tournament on August 3. The team includes five members from Union County: Witt Roaton of East Union, Cade Hall and Kelton Hall of Ingomar, Anthony Lipsey of Myrtle, and Sam McMillin of New Albany.

Red Sox nab American Legion senior state title

TUPELO – In 2015 when the Pontotoc Red Sox made it to the title game in the Senior Legion Tournament, they were on the losing end. On Sunday, the Red Sox took home the trophy, posting a 13-3 game final over the Tupelo 49ers just hours after the 49ers handed the team an 8-3 loss. […]

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Everett Garrett stands on one of the courts at the BNA Tennis Complex. Garrett will compete in the Little Mo national tennis tournament in Austin, TX in October in the eight-year-old division.

Garrett to compete in national tennis tournament

NEW ALBANY – It started with a flyer. A Nickelodeon Kids Tennis Clinic advertisment was placed into the hands of Sarah Garrett  in 2012 and Garrett took a chance, she signed up her then four-year-old son Everett to attend. Everett stepped onto a tennis court for the first time at that event at the BNA […]

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Going Ga-Ga: Youth group brings new game to Union County Fair

NEW ALBANY – A helping of dodgeball, a dash of volleyball and just a pinch of soccer. It might sound odd, but when combined, those three games make up what is known as ga-ga ball; a friendly competition brought to Union County by the youth group at Harmony Baptist Church. Ga-ga ball, which also known […]

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Making History: Urchins win first state title in baseball

PEARL – East Union closed the book on their baseball season with a bit of gold. The Urchins defeated Loyd Star in a 5-1 final on Saturday, earning the series sweep to claim the Class 2A state championship. That win is a first for the program, which made their seventh appearance in Pearl this year. […]

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Urchins dominate to take lead in championship series

PEARL – East Union turned in a complete performance on the field on Tuesday, taking a 5-1 win over Loyd Star and a 1-0 lead in the Class 2A Championship Series at Trustmark Park. On offense, Joel Wilkinson provided the spark for the Urchins, finishing with two RBIs from a base clearing triple that put […]

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Five in a Row: Bulldogs win fifth consecutive 4A state tennis title

OXFORD – For the fifth consecutive year, the Bulldogs brought home a state title. New Albany defeated Newton County 6-1 for the Class 4A tennis championship, in seven matches that could have gone either way through the opening sets. “I think just the excitement of the day, it made it a bit closer of a […]

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Seven athletes medal in individual state tennis tourney

OXFORD – New Albany closed out the 2016 tennis season with a few more titles. Seven members of the Bulldogs team finished the season as state champions after the three-day Class 4A Individual Tournament in Oxford. “It’s been a great week,” Bulldogs head coach Suzy Bowman said, “Just a storybook ending for all my seniors, they […]

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