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 CHARLESTON – Aberdeen’s Bulldogs were road warriors in last week’s convincing 22-point win at Cleveland East Side. Friday night – in the MHSAA Class 3A state semifinals – the Bulldogs’ playoff highway was filled with too many potholes in their 37-6 loss to defending North champion Charleston. “We lost 24 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal History has not been kind to Aberdeen on its postseason football visits to Charleston – losses in 2011, ’12 and ’13. This year’s Bulldogs are hoping to add a successful chapter to the MHSAA Class 3A series tonight when they travel to Charleston to play with a state championship berth […]

TONIGHT’S STATE SEMIFINAL GAMES CLASS 1A Simmons (10-0) at Smithville (13-1) THE PLAYERS Simmons: The Blue Devils’ stats were not available. Their MaxPreps page stats were updated only through the second game of the season. Smithville: QB Blake Comer has thrown for 1,101 yards, 12 TD, 6 INTs on 61-of-124 passing. … Dee Moore has […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Johnny Hill’s in no hurry to retire from coaching, even though the maximum his coaching tenure in Oxford can last is two games. Of course, if Hill’s Chargers lose Friday night to West Point in the MHSAA Class 5A state semifinals, he hangs up his whistle a week early. “To […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal ABERDEEN – If wide receiver Jerrick Orr is considered Aberdeen’s offensive sparkplug, then quarterback Tramonte Prather has to be tagged the piston. Prather, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, has cranked out 3,018 yards in total offense – 2,336 passing, 682 rushing – and accounted for 39 touchdowns in his first varsity […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLEVELAND – The scoring summary from Aberdeen’s 28-6 Class 3A state quarterfinals victory Friday against Cleveland East Side will show Jerrick Orr scored two points. The senior wide receiver/defensive back and Memphis commit, as always, contributed a whole lot more. His pass interception late in the first half prevented an […]

TUPELO Tupelo High bowler Taylor Russell tolerates pain well. There’s no other way to explain what happened last December, the day before she was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in her right elbow. “I bowled in a holiday tournament,” she said. Her surgery went well. The doctor found a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Gara Beth Self called West Union a “jumper cable” game for Ingomar. The Lady Falcons’ freshman point guard packed plenty of charge Tuesday night, scoring 15 points – 11 in the first half – to lead Ingomar to a 48-34 victory against county rival West Union. “I thought […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Marcus Green was just about untouchable during his high school playing days at North Pontotoc. His senior year, he amassed 1,957 all-purpose yards – including 922 receiving, 801 rushing – and 24 touchdowns for the Vikings on his way to becoming a first-team all-state selection. “In high school I was […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Justin Clifton’s cell phone was blowing up the night of Oct. 13 and all day Oct. 14. The reason, the former Tupelo High linebacker, now a freshman safety for Arkansas State, intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to seal the Red Wolves’ 49-31 Sun […]