By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s football coaches hope Jett Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound sophomore linebacker, becomes a tackling terminator for the Golden Wave this season. Thursday night, Johnson’s mom, Frances, and a host of other player moms attended a “Ladies Night” Football 101 course taught by their sons’ coaches. They had questions. They got […]

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Jackson Burkhalter and Sheldon Layman are slinging a football around a grassy field on a muggy fall evening in Mobile, Alabama, under the watchful eye of David Morris, who spent most of his college football career as Eli Manning’s backup and is now tutoring aspiring QBs. The […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi State associate head baseball coach Butch Thompson was at Tupelo Christian on Thursday. With TCPS baseball coach Will Lowrey hosting the Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase, there was plenty to see, including Class of 2018 Houston catcher Luke Hancock. Hancock (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) has been committed to Mississippi […]


By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel RIPLEY – Ripley High School has turned to the junior college ranks for its next boys’ basketball coach. Adam Kirk, 35, who spent the last season serving as men’s basketball assistant at Itawamba Community College, has been hired, pending South Tippah School Board approval, according to Ripley principal Buck Buchanan. […]

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Due to a limited number of players, Houlka Attendance Center’s football program will drop out of the Mississippi High School Activities Association 1A division and play independent games this year, Superintendent Betsy Collums said this week. Only the football program will play independently; the school’s […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Vijay Miller was literally wearing two hats Wednesday. Figuratively, he wears two hats for Itawamba AHS, too. The 2016 two-sport prospect was at Tupelo Christian for the Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Baseball Showcase, where he played shortstop and pitched. In a couple of weeks, he’ll be in the heat […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Da House 15U wrapped up its AAU season Saturday at the Under Armour Association Finals. Here are five things we learned at Suwanee (Ga.) Sports Academy. 1. Strickland surging: Headed straight for the rim in Da House’s final game, Corinth guard Tada Strickland took a hard foul and landed on […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal TUPELO – Getting baseball scholarships can be costly. Will Lowrey is trying to ease the pain in the pocket. For the second straight year, the Tupelo Christian baseball coach is hosting this week’s Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase, one place for the area’s top baseball players to play and drill in […]

By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel RIPLEY – After five seasons of leading the Ripley High School boys’ basketball program, Grant Gardner has stepped down. The Baldwyn native turned in his resignation to Ripley principal Buck Buchanan on Friday. Gardner stated “personal reasons” for his departure from the Class 4A school and did not say if […]