NEMCABB: West wins shootout in 4A/6A game

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal CORINTH – The 4A/6A NEMCABB All-Star game Saturday night had its share of extremes. It was the...

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – Chris Basil’s East Union baseball program, which has earned 500-plus wins during his 24 seasons, was missing one element. The teams dressed in brown and gold – nicknamed the Urchins and sporting a seahorse logo – had never won a state championship. That is no longer the case. […]

Tupelo Christian players mob hitter Cade Hall after he delivered the winning hit. (Bob Smith)

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – Cade Hall is not a natural two-strike hitter. He became one on Saturday. Tupelo Christian Prep’s sophomore shortstop slapped a walk-off single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 to give the Eagles a 5-4 comeback victory against Ethel and an MHSAA […]

East Union players celebrate with the 2A trophy after winning a state championship on Saturday. (Bob Smith)

By Brandon Shields Special to the Journal PEARL – The sixth time was the charm for East Union. Behind two big innings and the pitching of a freshman, the Urchins finally got over the postseason hump Saturday by defeating Loyd Star 5-1 to win the MHSAA Class 2A baseball state championship at Trustmark Park. The […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – When a 30-win team loses by eight runs, it obviously wasn’t their day. That was the general consensus around the Houston Hilltoppers’ dugout following Saturday’s 9-1 loss to Newton County in Game 2 of the MHSAA Class 4A Baseball Championship series at Trustmark Park. The decisive Game 3 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – It’s rare to see a triple play in baseball, but Tupelo Christian Prep fans witnessed one pulled off by first baseman Easton Hood, shortstop Cade Hall and pitcher Austin Laney in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game. In the top of the sixth inning with no outs and […]

Kossuth players celebrate with the Class 3A trophy after defeating St. Andrew's in the decisive championship game on Friday. (Bob Smith)

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – Jacob Wilcher remembers the late night in May 2013 when he nearly feel asleep in the outfield. It happened during Kossuth’s 18-inning playoff victory against Independence, one that propelled the Aggies – thanks to an alert Wilcher’s RBI single – to championship series sweep of favored Sumrall. Four […]

By Brandon Shields Special to the Journal PEARL – Coming into the season, Kossuth’s seven seniors knew they could accomplish something special. Mission accomplished Friday. Kossuth’s seniors won their third state title in four years after beating St. Andrew’s 7-1 to claim the MHSAA Class 3A Baseball State Championship at Trustmark Park. Not only have […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – It’s all come down to one game. Tupelo Christian Prep plays Ethel at 4 p.m. today at Trustmark Park in Game 3 of the MHSAA Class 1A Baseball State Championship best-of-three series. “In Game 3s you have to make sure the grit is there, the fire is there, […]

JACKSON Legendary high school football coach Ed Reed won several championships in Mississippi and several more in Alabama. He won at small schools such as Rolling Fork and large ones such as Jackson Provine and Tuscaloosa Central. Reed won in an eccentric river town (Natchez), in the Piney Woods of Lumberton and at Picayune. He […]