Soccer playoffs ready to kick off

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal To be the best, Tupelo’s boys and girls soccer teams will have to beat the best during the next two weeks...

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Tupelo is 14-3, headed to division foe Grenada tonight with a 2-0 start in 2-6A and better than anyone expected. Except for its coach. “I knew that playing Madison the first game would be really tough. I was kind of hoping to be able to handle Provine at the time […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOULKA – Seth Burt’s daily travels on Chickasaw County Road 408 have given the Houlka principal a glimpse at his school’s basketball future. Burt lives just down the road from Houlka’s newest hoops sensation, 6-foot-1 freshman guard Madarius Hobson. “He’s usually outside shooting baskets,” Burt said. “He’s a good player […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Maria Lauderdale, a sophomore guard at Booneville, plays her game, changes as fast as any girl can and heads south to Saltillo. Craig Lauderdale, Saltillo’s boys basketball coach and more importantly her dad, goes to as many of Maria’s games as he can. When he can’t, they make up for […]

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Ingomar's Lauren Thompson comes up just short of getting the ball away from West Union's Marley Long on Thursday. Thompson scored 13 points to lead her team in the victory.

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Ingomar freshman 6-footer Mallory Russell’s home is under the goal. On the final play of Thursday’s Union County Tournament opening-round game against West Union, the coaches had her guarding an inbounds play near midcourt. The strategy worked. Russell stole the inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds remaining to help […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal THRASHER – New Site’s record isn’t as sparkling as its yearly resume. The Lady Royals are ranked as the No. 9 team in the Daily Journal coverage area, yet have just 11 wins to seven losses. “We scheduled a tough schedule early on purpose to try to get us ready […]

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By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal AMORY – It was nearly deja vu for Hamilton coach Drew Garvin. Once again, his Lions had to hold off a late charge from division rival Smithville, this time to secure a 55-49 win in the first round of the Monroe County Tournament. “We don’t know how to play with […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – New Albany didn’t get as much preseason attention as some of its Class 4A counterparts and that is just fine with them. “I definitely like to stay under the radar,” Bulldogs coach Brad Gray said. “I think any coach does.” The Bulldogs may like people overlooking them, […]

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Tupelo's Kyree Bradford goes up for a basket while defended by South Panola's Terry Williams and Howard Smothers during Tuesday night's game at Tupelo.

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave rebounded from a disheartening loss in emphatic manner Tuesday, routing South Panola 70-37 in 2-6A action. “We came back from Saturday and played with some energy early,” Wave head coach Jeff Norwood said. “We tried to play the right way tonight, with […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal VARDAMAN – Madarius Hobson hit a little bit of everything in his offensive arsenal Tuesday, but he was still held under his 23-points-per-game average. Houlka’s multi-talented 6-foot-1 freshman guard scored all 21 of his points in a lopsided first quarter to lead the Wildcats (15-4, 1-0) to a convincing 75-11 […]