By John Davis Oxford Citizen “Unreal” is the word Alley Houghton used to describe how the past month has felt since the Lafayette Lady Commodores won their first state championship in soccer. The junior forward even said there have been times where she has thought the win actually didn’t happen, that she was dreaming LHS […]

By John Davis Oxford Citizen Hard work triumphed over everything else when it came time for the Lafayette Lady Commodores to become champions in soccer. Alley Houghton said the thing she likes most about her coach, Melinda Scruggs, is how she leads the team. “She works us as hard as the guys, or worse, to […]


FIRST TEAM Alley Houghton Lafayette, Jr., Forward The Buzz: Scored state-high 69 goals. Mattie Mills South Pontotoc, Sr., Midfielder The Buzz: Scored 19 goals, 30 assists. Alyssa Stanford Mooreville, Sr., Midfielder The Buzz: Scored 27 goals, had 15 assists. Katie Taylor Tupelo, Sr., Forward The Buzz: Arkansas signee scored 10 goals on balanced offensive team. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Keaton Halbert had one of the loneliest jobs in high school soccer this season, and he knows who to thank. Halbert, the 6-foot-6 goalkeeper for Tupelo High, gave up five goals and recorded 44 saves in 21 matches this season. “Most of the credit should go to our defense and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Harris Faucette, the Daily Journal’s 2015 Coach of the Year in boys soccer, is reluctant to take credit for Tupelo’s outstanding season. The Golden Wave finished 17-2-2 overall, but lost in the state quarterfinals to rival Northwest Rankin. “I had a really good group of players,” said Faucette, who just […]


FIRST TEAM Lance Crabtree Saltillo, Sr., Forward The Buzz: Scored 20 goals, recorded 8 assists. Austin Fikes Lafayette, Sr., Midfield The Buzz: Scored 30 goals, had 5 assists. Keaton Halbert Tupelo, Sr., Keeper The Buzz: His defense gave up five goals in 21 games, posted 15 shutouts. Bryce Hunt Tupelo, Sr., Defender The Buzz: Top […]

By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel RIPLEY – Ripley coach Joel Gafford wanted to see his team’s response to an early game following a late finish. The Tigers passed with flying colors. Saturday, Ripley had 11 hits and two big innings against the Pontotoc Warriors to win 12-4 in a battle of potential 4A playoff teams. […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott is accustomed to being in the spotlight. The quarterback guided Mississippi State to a 10-3 record and a No. 1 ranking for five weeks last season while finishing eighth in the Heisman Trophy race. But Prescott saw his name in the headlines over spring break when […]

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 Mississippi Association of Coaches Girls All-Star Basketball game. The South, behind 23 points from West Harrison’s Ameshya Williams, rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the North […]