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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal First-year Oxford girls basketball coach Cliff Orman is thankful for high school summer league play. “It’s great for someone like me who’s going into a new situation,” Orman said, moments after watching his Lady Chargers play his former school, Ripley, in a recent game at Ingomar. “We’ve practiced several days […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Ashton Wedel’s thoughts of making bone-crunching tackles on the football field have turned to drop-kicking cancer. Wedel, a sophomore linebacker at Itawamba Community College and a former standout on Tupelo High’s 2013 defense, was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on May 19. He just completed his second round of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal When selecting a favorite to win this week’s 100th Mississippi Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Jackson, think “young,” says 2010 champion Fletcher Johnson. The former Tupelo High and Mississippi State golfer should know. He was 17, a junior in high school, when he won his […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Mississippi Golf Association tournament director Don Hershfelt believes this year’s 100th State Amateur golf tournament chase is wide open, thanks to the course. The 72-hole event is scheduled to be played Thursday through Sunday at the 6,900-yard Country Club of Jackson. “The course is in absolute perfect shape,” said Hershfelt, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal There’s nothing angelic about Angel Guyton’s play on the softball field. She’s a slugger at the plate, a dirt devil at third base and a tireless worker at practice and in the weight room. “Her work ethic … it’s unbelievable, awesome,” Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said of his sophomore infielder/pitcher. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Jeremy Duke is now the winningest championship coach in his family. Smithville won the Class 1A state championship in fast-pitch softball last month, giving Duke his sixth softball state title in 12 years at the Monroe County school. That’s one more than his father, Roger, won during his successful tenure […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Jarkel Joiner doesn’t mind being labeled a gym rat. Oxford’s talented combo guard is spending a lot of time this summer playing AAU and high school basketball. Thursday, the junior played for the Oxford Chargers in Itawamba Community College’s High School Summer League. “This is a lot of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Baden Honeycutt was looking for a few good boys and girls during Tuesday’s high school 7-on-7 soccer tournament at Itawamba Community College. Honeycutt lost some talent from his Mooreville teams last season. “I’ve got a lot of new players this year,” he said as he watched his boys […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal ELLISVILLE – The North 4A/5A/6A all-stars saved the day Saturday in the annual MAC All-Star Fastpitch Softball Games at Jones County Junior College. The South won the 4A/5A/6A opener 19-7, but the North rallied to win 5-2 in Game 2. The South swept the 1A/2A/3A two-game series with 8-2 and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal ELLISVILLE – Mooreville’s Kelsey Minga saw her all-star experience end with a wrist injury on her first at-bat in Saturday’s 1A/2A/3A game. Minga was hit on her right wrist by a pitch, but the umpire called a foul ball. She was treated by the trainer and completed the at-bat, a […]