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BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL RIDGELAND – Kelsy Minga’s yellow missile was seeking a rain-soaked patch of green grass to land on Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park. Instead, Minga’s bomb landed in Kenyatta Moore’s brown leather-gloved left hand. Moore, a centerfielder for Philadelphia, made a running, diving grab of Minga’s bases-loaded line drive to right-center […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL RIDGELAND – Admitted “old school” Mooreville softball coach Perry Wilburn was a bundle of nerves Friday night. His Lady Troopers were just the opposite – extremely loose. The combination of old and new worked well in Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 3A best-of-three state championship fast pitch series against […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal RIDGELAND – Smithville should be well-prepared for its MHSAA Class 1A state fast-pitch softball series against Nanih Waiya, at least Lady Seminoles coach Jeremy Duke thinks so. Smithville (28-4) earned its berth in the best-of-three title series at Freedom Park with a tough North series sweep – 7-4, 8-7 – […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Tupelo’s young doubles tandem of Hogan Harrington and Eric Huey are aggressive, fearless, focused and now … state champions. Harrington, a sophomore, and Huey, an eighth grader, defeated Madison Central’s Trey Randall and Patrick Ross 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 Wednesday to win the MHSAA Class 6A state boys doubles […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – It’s all about the bling. At least it was for Kossuth sophomore Taylor Heavener, who won the 3A mixed doubles state title with partner, senior Zak Harbin, 6-2, 6-1 against Sumrall at the Bridges Tennis Center. “I get a ring now!” an excited Heavener said. Heavener and Harbin […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Mooreville last won a state fast-pitch softball championship in 2006. The Lady Troopers haven’t been back since. That all changes this weekend in Ridgeland when Mooreville (21-5) plays Philadelphia (27-3) for the Class 3A state title. Game 1 is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday and Game 2 for noon Saturday. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s school administration is confident it has hired a slugger in Dana Rhea to coach high school fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball. “I do believe we’ve hit a home run,” said Dr. Gearl Loden, Tupelo’s superintendent of schools, during Tuesday’s board meeting, where Rhea’s hiring was announced. Rhea helped […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Four Northeast Mississippi high schools are playing today for MHSAA state championships in tennis at Bridges Tennis Center in Jackson (1A-3A-6A) and Ridgeland Tennis Center (2A-4A-5A). In Class 5A, Oxford plays Stone County. The Chargers have won seven consecutive state championships in 5A (five) and 4A (two). In Class 4A, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – Jeremy Hinds won a state championship Saturday … by the blink of an eye. Hinds, a Tupelo junior, edged Northwest Rankin’s Gralyn Jones in a bang-bang finish to win the 300-meter hurdles in the MHSAA Class 6A Track and Field Championships at Pearl High School. Both runners were […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal PEARL – Christina Daniels left it all on the track Saturday, but it wasn’t enough. Tupelo’s senior distance runner finished second to Starkville’s sophomore sensation Kate Mattox in the 3200 meters at the MHSAA Class 6A Track and Field Championships at Pearl High School. Mattox won her fourth consecutive state […]