By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s road to the Class 6A state championship game kicked off on a cold, damp Friday night at Renasant Field. The Golden Wave ended the regular season with a 1-0 win over Hernando to win Division 2 and clinch a top seed headed into the postseason, which begins […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal RIPLEY – The jockeying for the regular season Division 2-4A title almost got really interesting. Hustling for that top spot, the Ripley Lady Tigers and New Albany Lady Bulldogs squared off in the fourth quarter Friday, with the Lady Tigers finally claiming a 42-41 victory. “With the new […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal The 24th annual Hotbed Classic tips off today at New Albany Middle’s Memorial Gym. When Myrtle and Belmont face off at noon, keep an eye on Belmont shooters Harrison Fancher and Luke Alexander. The duo averages more than 18 points apiece and scored a combined 65 last week against Kossuth, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal It’s the little things that make the Hotbed go big. Fans get to show up Saturday at New Albany Middle School’s Memorial Gym, pay their $7 and see the state’s original big-boy basketball tournament. What you won’t see are the things that are taken for granted. “We’re just picking up […]

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Tupelo's senior midfielders – from left, Hunter Johnson, Zach Ellis, Cameron O'Daniel, Marquise Rivera and Boston Hampton – have played a key role in the team's success. In its first 19 games, the Wave boys are 16-1-2 and have given up just five goals.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The midfield play of Tupelo High’s boys soccer team made an impression on observers during a recent three-match visit to the competitive Jackson area. “I’ve had a couple of high school coaches tell me Tupelo’s midfield is the best they’ve seen,” said a college scout. Golden Wave senior center midfielder […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal A rifle, not a racket, was Andrew Hildenbrand’s weapon of choice this month. Hildenbrand, recently named 2014 Mississippi Tennis Association Junior Player of the Year, harvested a seven-point buck Monday on his deer hunt. “I’ve taken a break from tennis,” said the Tupelo High School tennis player. “I’ve been deer […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal A season ago, the Tupelo Lady Wave were cruising along at this point on the calendar with only one loss, the Division 2-6A lead, and about to perhaps play their best game of the season. And now? With much the same cast of players, the Lady Wave (12-7, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Class 4A boys teams are beating each other up, so much that not even its coaches can quite get a grasp on what’s going on. “How tough is 4A?” Corinth coach Keith Greene repeated when asked. “Good question.” In its own Division 1-4A, Corinth, the Journal’s No. 5 team, went […]

Patrick Magee and Patrick Ochs The Sun Herald (TNS) BILOXI – Bobby Hall was retired for one month, but that was as much of a break as the veteran football coach needed. “I told my wife I was bored,” Hall said. “I felt like I had some good years left in me.” Hall was approved […]