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TUPELO Everybody knows by now “The Duke” allegedly lost some weight – at least a pound, maybe more – on its recent trip to...

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Reggie Miller walked off the court and heard a few harsh words from his Saltillo coach, Craig Lauderdale. Miller barked back. It happened again three days later, in a game against West Point. The random observer may have thought it was a team spinning out of control. Not the case […]


By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SPRINGVILLE – South Pontotoc Horrace Kitchens rattled off the dimensions of a soccer goal following Wednesday’s 8-0 opening-round playoff win against Southeast Lauderdale. “That goal is 24 feet wide and 10 feet high,” he said. “We need to put a few more in the net. I know what we’re going […]

By John Davis Oxford Citizen Oxford High’s most successful football coach has decided to make 2015 his final one on the sidelines. Johnny Hill said Wednesday evening that his 40th fall to coach will be his last. He broke the news to his team late Wednesday afternoon after coming to a decision following a meeting […]

Pontotoc coach Bill Russell poses with his team after earning his 600th win on Tuesday. (Jay Tidwell)

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal PONTOTOC – It took less than 15 seconds for the undefeated Pontotoc Lady Warriors to hit their first field goal Tuesday versus the Amory Lady Panthers. That also meant Lady Warriors head coach Bill Russell was on his way to his 600th career win, a 65-22 Division 1-4A […]


By Gene Phelps Daily Journal South Pontotoc’s girls soccer program has achieved success – two trips to the state finals in 2013 and ‘14 – and more is likely on the horizon. The Lady Cougars (19-2) open the Class 1A-2A-3A state playoffs at 5:30 p.m. today when they host Southeast Lauderdale. “(Center midfielder) Mattie Mills […]

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Tupelo's Lexi Pund celebrates her first-half goal in Tuesday's playoff win over Northwest Rankin.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – The only statistic that mattered Tuesday night for Tupelo’s Lady Wave was the “zero” glowing on the guest side of the scoreboard. Tupelo, sparked by two first-half goals and a stingy defense – lead by Liza Wise, Madeline Harrison and Maura Chiles – defeated visiting Northwest Rankin 2-0 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo had tasted defeat only once prior to Tuesday’s opening round of the Class 5A playoffs. Thirty extra minutes of soccer didn’t make it any less bitter. New Hope beat the Lady Tigers 2-1 on penalty kicks to advance to the state quarterfinals against Vicksburg. “Very hard to […]

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By John Davis Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Amory played aggressive and physical, but still composed, against Lafayette in Tuesday night’s MHSAA Class 4A boys soccer playoff match. Even though eight Panthers got a yellow card at William L. Buford Stadium, they never lost their cool and earned a 2-0 win over a veteran Commodore team […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Forest forward TaNissa McNair came into Monday’s Class 1A-2A-3A state soccer playoff against Mooreville averaging three goals per game. She left town with one goal. The credit goes to senior defender Lily Pittman and Mooreville’s defense by committee in the Lady Troopers’ 5-2 opening-round victory. “She was a […]