Gene Phelps


When I started covering high school and college sports 37 years ago, my laptop was a portable typewriter. We didn't tweet back in those days, either. We yelled instead.

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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo has a new-look offensive line this season. Two starters – tackle Reed Sanders (6-4, 270) and guard Jarvis Smithey (6-2, 270), both seniors – are back. A third starter from last season – senior Chase Cannon – has been moved to defensive end. Harrison Broadaway (5-10, 220), a sophomore, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Laurie Bishop can’t help but smile when asked about her super sophomores. Tupelo High’s volleyball coach has seven 10th graders who’ve all contributed to the Lady Golden Wave’s 9-1 start this season. Five of the players saw extensive action last year as freshmen. “We’ve got a great core group of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Kwadra Griggs and D’Andre Belton were friendly rivals and teammates last season as quarterbacks for Itawamba Community College. Belton, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder from Ridgeway, S.C., started the year at QB, but suffered a shoulder injury in the first game. That allowed Griggs, a 6-3, 235 Greenwood native, to […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLARKSDALE – Christmas came early Friday night in the Mississippi Delta. Tupelo supplied the gifts. The Golden Wave suffered five turnovers and had a costly late-game offsides penalty to help Clarksdale escape with a 28-25 season-opening victory at Crumpton Field. “We didn’t play well and we didn’t execute,” Tupelo coach […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s football coaches know the way to Clarksdale, but what they’ll find on arrival in the Mississippi Delta is a different story. The Golden Wave kicks off its 2015 season at 7 p.m. today against the host Wildcats at Coahoma County High School’s field. “We’re going in blind,” third-year head […]

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES CORINTH AT ABERDEEN THE PLAYERS Corinth: Senior QB Antares Gwyn totaled 2,500 yards last season. He has an offer from Alcorn State. … LB Deonte Keith is only 5-foot-8, but is a ball of fury at LB. … ATH Javen Morrison was clocked at a sub-4.5 at Mississippi State. He may be […]

TUPELO I’m not sure how many high school football games I’ve covered as a sports writer during 37 previous seasons. Has to be in the 300-plus range. You don’t forget those sweltering-hot August and September kickoffs or those bitter-cold November playoff nights. But a crisp, cool fall evening trumps them all, and there have been […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Doug Wilson would rather watch his son, the quarterback, throw a football between two defenders than see his son, the second baseman, start a double play. “It’s more stressful for me to see him play baseball,” said Wilson, East Webster’s head football coach and the father of senior quarterback/second baseman […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s volleyball team cranked up its sophomore buzz saw Tuesday night. The Lady Golden Wave, with a lineup featuring a rotation of seven 10th graders, defeated visiting New Albany 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-12) to improved to 8-1 overall. Middle blocker Addie Bridges helped pace the Tupelo attack with seven kills. […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – Tupelo is serious about its plan to throw the ball around this season. Golden Wave senior quarterback Daniel Bristow completed 16 passes to 10 players, including three of his running backs, in Friday night’s two-quarter scrimmage against Itawamba AHS at Renasant Field. An official score was not kept. […]