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 East Union can end East Webster’s run for a second straight MHSAA Class 2A state slow-pitch softball championship today. It’s no easy chore for the Lady Urchins, who have won 20 games this season. “I think it’s a great draw for us,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “They’re going […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Southaven needed one play in overtime – a 10-yard pass to a wide-open Dylan Leggette from quarterback Matthew Martin – to defeat Tupelo 13-7 on Friday in a division showdown delayed by rain and lightning. The Golden Wave (3-4, 1-2) was looking to rebound from its 33-9 Division […]

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES Southaven (3-3, 0-2) at Tupelo (3-3, 1-1) THE PLAYERS Southaven: Sophomore QB Matthew Martin rushed for 1 TD and passed for 3 TDs in last week’s OT loss to Hernando. … K Luis Lopez kicked a 32-yard FG in Hernando game. … DB KJ Davis had a 52-yard INT return for a […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The games are only getting bigger for Shannon. The Red Raiders are 4-2 overall with an impressive win against 3A power Aberdeen in their hip pocket as they head into the “meat” of their Division 1-4A schedule. First up, former Daily Journal No. 1-ranked Itawamba AHS. The home-standing Indians are […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal AMORY – Amory’s been to the mountain top in slow-pitch softball the last two seasons, only to come home empty handed. “We’ve got to win the big game,” Lady Panthers coach Chris Pace said. “We’ve won some big games, but we haven’t won that big one.” Newton County has taken […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Jett Johnson spent his previous three football seasons avoiding the hit. This year, Tupelo’s sophomore inside linebacker, is the man applying those rib-crunching body shots. “It’s been hard from a physical standpoint … going from not being hit to hitting every play,” said the former quarterback. “It’s a […]

TUPELO Adam Lindsey had one word to describe the 27-carry, 543-yard rushing performance turned in last Friday by Kossuth’s Jaley Adams. “Unbelievable,” said the former Mantachie star running back, now 34 and an assistant principal at Tupelo High. “I don’t think he ever came off the field. He played defense and special teams. And it […]

TONIGHT’S FEATURED GAMES Calhoun City (3-3) at East Webster (6-0) THE PLAYERS Calhoun City: Sophomore QB Jojo Gray has rushed for 611 yards and 2 TDs on 90 carries. … Brieton Sykes has rushed for 544 yards and 10 TDs on 50 carries. … Jaalen Thomas has rushed for 389 yards and 5 TDs on […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo’s Daniel Bristow played quarterback in a state championship game as a sophomore, so he knows what success means to younger players. Now a senior, Bristow hopes his young teammates build on their early success in Division 1-6A play. The Golden Wave opened league play last week with a 31-17 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Chelsie Gray’s final year of high school swimming has been anything but easy. “This year will be the toughest year,” said the Tupelo High senior. “There are a lot of good, young swimmers.” One of those, 13-year-old Marissa Michael, is a teammate of Gray’s. As a matter of […]