South all-stars rally in second half

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLINTON – It took two hours, 59 fouls and 90 free throws to complete, but we had a winner Friday in the...

Okolona's Jaylon Bailey passes between two West Tallahatchie defenders on Thursday. Bailey is part of a freshman trio that led an improbable run to the state championship game. (Chris Todd)

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Jaylon Bailey, Cameron Smith and Ladarius Spears grew up together playing backyard basketball. Today at noon, the three Okolona High School freshmen venture inside for the biggest test of their young careers – the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament’s championship game against Bay Springs. “It’s a blessing to […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Principal Bill Brand was reluctant at first when asked to be Coach Bill Brand again. East Webster High School needed its former coach to return to the sidelines following the tragic death in December of first-year girls coach Stan Hughey. Brand is glad he said, “Yes.” Today, he […]

By Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck Daily Journal JACKSON – Nobody knows more about the highs and lows of winning a state championship than Booneville basketball coach Michael Smith. Smith made his fifth straight trip to the championship game Friday. This one ended in a 41-39 loss to Belmont in the girls Class 3A title […]

JACKSON (AP) – Malik Newman scored a game-high 27 points to lead Callaway past Ridgeland 66-43 to win the Mississippi Class 5A boys state championship on Friday night at the Mississippi Coliseum. It’s the Chargers’ (31-3) fourth straight Class 5A state championship and sixth state title in school history. The 6-foot-4 Newman, who is one […]

JACKSON (AP) – Malik Walker scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Shaw past Coffeeville 56-46 for the Class 1A boys state title on Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum. Shaw (24-8) won its second straight state title. It wasn’t easy for the Hawks, who watched a 17-point lead evaporate in the second half […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal For such a young school, the Tupelo Christian Eagles have a good old-fashioned success streak on the baseball field. TCPS has been in three straight Class 1A semifinal series – just one step away from the state championship series. Eventually, every small school must rebuild a team instead […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – It’s a dream matchup, spawned from a strong division. Division 1-3A rivals Booneville (32-2) and Belmont (30-4) play at 2 p.m. today in the Mississippi Coliseum for the second straight season with the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament championship and gold ball on the line. It’s established tradition, […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JACKSON – Callaway’s Malik Newman has seen more than any high schooler sees. He has been to more places than high schoolers go. He has more attention and fame than 99.9 percent of high schoolers have. But today, he will be just like every other high school player, facing the […]

By Brandon Speck and Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Okolona lost to Baldwyn – by 34 points. Okolona lost to Calhoun City – by 21. Okolona was never in the Journal’s Top 10 this season. That seems like a long time ago. With the North favorites – Bearcats and Wildcats – back home after […]