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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Sebastian Rios knows the things Tupelo tennis must do well in the postseason in order to win the program’s first state championship since 2009. “Play with a lot of confidence. Play with a lot of intensity. Take it very seriously,” said the junior Ole Miss commitment. Tupelo, the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SALTILLO – Grant Smallwood left Big Oaks on Monday feeling pretty good about his Tupelo Christian Prep golf team. TCPS, the defending MHSAA Class 1A state champions, won their own Eagle Invitational by six strokes (311) against 4A New Albany (317) in the 11-team field. “This was probably our best […]

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal A desire to work closer to his family was the driving decision for Joe Dan Roberts to resign from the Kossuth boys basketball coaching position and accept the same position at Blue Mountain High School. Roberts lives in New Albany and had around a 50 minute commute everyday to and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo Christian Prep’s 14-team Eagle Invitational golf tournament tees off today at Big Oaks in Saltillo. The host Eagles, led by seniors Parker Brooks and Joshua Miles, and freshman Jackson Mills, are the defending MHSAA Class 1A state champions. TCPS will again host the state tournament May 3-4 at Big […]

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal What drove Oxford’s Jarkel Joiner to be one of the leading scorers in the country, play every minute of every game and ultimately be named the Daily Journal’s 2017 Boys Basketball Player of the Year? His drive had been there from a young age with his family and faith, but […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal When Rick Howell and his son, Mitch, get together for a work project, or just to fish, the conversation always turns to basketball. It’s in their DNA. “We talk basketball; that’s what we enjoy,” the elder Howell said. This season, the father and son basketball coaches experienced success in their […]


FIRST TEAM Jarkel Joiner Oxford, Sr. 6-1, G The Buzz: Averaged 36.4 points, 5.4 rebounds in leading Chargers to 5A semifinals. The 2017 Player of the Year signed with Cal State-Bakersfield. CJ Brim Shannon, Sr., 5-11, PG The Buzz: Averaged 24.6 points, 2.5 rebounds in leading the Red Raiders to the 4A semifinals. The lightning-fast […]

By Blake Morgan Daily Journal The talent had always been there, even when she was an eighth-grader. Alayjah Sherer had the ability to dominate every inch of the basketball court for the Tupelo Lady Wave for years, but to make the leap to the next level she had to get her mind right. “It’s never […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Pine Grove’s Katie Bates, the 2017 Daily Journal Coach of the Year in girls high school basketball, wants everybody to know the Lady Panthers’ Class 1A state championship run wasn’t a one-person show. She had plenty of help. “I have to say thank you to my God, my girls and […]