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New Aberdeen head coach Cornelius Gilleylen picked up his first win as the Bulldogs' head coach with a 67-62 win over defending 1A champ Biggersville.

Gilleylen out as Aberdeen basketball coach

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Aberdeen boys basketball coach Cornelius Gilleylen has been forced to resign from his...

TUPELO Times, they have changed. Twitter has changed the way sports journalists operate. Popular mobile apps have changed stat taking. Change happens. We adapt. Well, most of us. Enter MaxPreps, a national website that allows high schools to post their rosters, results and statistics. If coaches want to, that is. “We ask schools to participate […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Pontotoc had to have a win to make the Class 4A playoffs. Amory had seven full innings to play. The Lady Panthers, already locked in the top spot thanks to an loss by Itawamba AHS earlier Tuesday night, beat Pontotoc 4-3 with a seventh-inning rally. It ended the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – There’s no reason to believe today’s MHSAA Class 6A state semifinals tennis match between Tupelo and Madison Central will be anything but close. The teams have played twice this season and have split – both winning by scores of 4-3. The third match, played today in Madison, will […]

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Tupelo pitcher Hudson Roy struck out seven, and he also had three hits at the plate against Southaven on Tuesday.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Ty Wheeler struck out in his first two at-bats Tuesday. The Tupelo first baseman’s final trip to the plate ended a whole lot better – a game tying, two-out single in the seventh inning of a 7-6 comeback win by the Golden Wave against visiting Southaven. “I was […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – A year ago, the fanfare surrounding the beginning of spring practice for the Tupelo Golden Wave football team was not even a blip on the radar. Since, the Wave won 13 ball games, including wins over South Panola and Madison Central. And Tupelo earned its way […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Chalk it up as a learning experience. That’s the take Tupelo baseball coach Gary Enis had after his team’s 7-0 loss Saturday to prospect-loaded DeSoto Central. “They are very talented,” Enis said of the Jaguars, who have six Division I commitments in their lineup. “It was a learning […]

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Pontotoc's Kayla Russell was the defensive stopper for a team that won 115 games in four seasons, including a 34-0 state title season in 2012.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Kayla Russell, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Player of the Year, was sold on playing defense from an early age. She didn’t have much choice. She was the coach’s kid. “She knows, being my daughter, how important defense is to me,” Pontotoc coach Bill Russell said. “I think our defense the […]

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Devin Hill led the Itawamba AHS girls to the state Class 4A state championship game in his first season.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Devin Hill of Itawamba AHS’, the Daily Journal’s 2014 Coach of the Year in girls basketball, can bury his Underdog cape. When your team – considered the third-best in its division – wins the state basketball championship, you lose that motivational ploy. “Being the underdog all year, that’s what helped […]


FIRST TEAM Marlee Hatcher, Pontotoc Junior, Guard Stat line: 16.3 ppg, 74 3-pointers Buzz: Joined Lady Warriors teammate Kayla Russell as part of a deadly 3-point shooting tandem. Kim Mallory, Itawamba AHS Senior, Foward Stat line: 14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg Buzz: Signed with Freed-Hardeman after leading Indians to 4A state championship. Alexandrea Metcalf, Shannon Senior, […]