By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Katie Bates won a state championship at Ripley and played for one last season with Pine Grove. So this year’s 18 losses in her second season at Pine Grove were hard to take. “Obviously, it wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but I enjoyed watching my players progress,” she said. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Before heading to New Albany for the season-opener, Bo Sandlin had just told his Booneville baseball team to move vehicles to give Northeast plenty of parking for its home game at the schools’ shared field. “We had three kids get off the bus,” Sandlin said. “I said, ‘Did you not […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Micah McCain is stubborn. “I put him in and he just never gave the job up,” Smithville baseball coach Steve Kerr said. Three years ago, Kerr was a rookie coach with the rookie freshman, who went neck-and-neck with an older teammate for a starting spot. McCain didn’t start the first […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Pontotoc coach Jessica Seger didn’t hesitate Tuesday night when it came time to name her MaxPreps Player of the Game. She typed in Morgan Dowdy. The Lady Warriors’ second baseman belted a two-out, RBI single that tied the game in the seventh inning. Pontotoc went on to defeat […]

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By David Wheeler Special to the Journal PONTOTOC – The Hollow has certainly seen its share of crazy high school baseball over the decades. Chalk the Division 1-4A matchup Tuesday night as the crazy one of the 2015 season. The Pontotoc Warriors scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, stealing a 12-10 […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Ripley fell short of a trip to Jackson, but a season-ending loss came to a team that made it to the state semifinals: Gentry in the opening round of the Class 4A tournament. That was the story of 2015 for Ripley, a talented Tigers team that finished 24-8 and competed […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Michael Smith is not ready to proclaim his Booneville Lady Blue Devils the favorite to win anything during the 2015-16 season. It’s his nature to be cautious. However, it’s hard not to notice that his team – 60-9 overall the last two seasons, played in two 3A state championship games, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Antonio Green’s high school basketball career ended Friday night, but the Tupelo High star isn’t hanging up his Nikes. Green, who was held scoreless during abbreviated playing time – 12 minutes – in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game, plans to play AAU ball next month during “live period” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY – Marlee Hatcher entered the game with 55 seconds remaining in Friday’s Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game. Alabama was leading Mississippi by 10 points, but Red Bay (Ala.) High coach Donnie Roberts knew they better find Pontotoc’s perimeter sharp shooter. “Who’s got 12?” Roberts asked. “We can’t let them have […]