By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The best any high school team could hope for during the regular season is to win its division. The Tupelo Golden Wave clinched that best status on Friday night. Overcoming some cold first half shooting, the Wave moved past the Hernando Tigers 56-37. “I was hoping […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal SALTILLO – Technically, Saltillo’s Class 5A soccer playoff opener never ended. A 3-0 win against New Hope was stopped a minute or so early when a red-carded New Hope player got too testy with an official. That won’t stop Saltillo’s playoff road from winding on, today at Ridgeland for the […]

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Belmont's arsenal of dangerous senior basketball shooters includes, from left, Bryson Cass, Luke Alexander and Harrison Fancher.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal BELMONT– You can’t leave Harrison Fancher open from the behind the arc. “No, you can’t,” North Pontotoc coach Chris Pettit said with a wide-eyed reply. Or Luke Alexander. Or Bryson Cass. Pettit knows. His North Pontotoc team will face the Belmont trio Tuesday in a division game at Belmont, where […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ECRU – Age is but a number, but North Pontotoc likes the numbers 15-year-old Clark Mills is delivering. North was having trouble scoring, held under 50 in four of its losses. The freshman has stepped into the equation. “We knew as an eighth grader he could shoot the basketball,” North […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Darrell Robertson has lined up a heavyweight nine-game card for Saturday’s 18th edition of the Robertson’s Sportswear Lady Classic at Pontotoc High School. Six teams in the Daily Journal’s high school rankings are set to play: (1) Pontotoc, (2) Itawamba AHS, (3) Booneville, (5) Belmont, (7) East Webster and (8) […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo and Clinton battled three weeks ago at Arrow Stadium with nothing on the line but pride. When the Lady Wave, the state’s top-ranked team, visits Clinton’s home stadium Saturday, everything’s at stake. The state’s top two girls high school soccer powers play at 1 p.m. in the MHSAA Class […]

TUPELO Everybody knows by now “The Duke” allegedly lost some weight – at least a pound, maybe more – on its recent trip to Foxboro. Super Bowl XLIX and the pending championship game between the New England Patriots and defending world champion Seattle Seahawks is being upstaged this week by “Deflategate.” The Patriots and head […]

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 […]