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By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Keaton Halbert had one of the loneliest jobs in high school soccer this season, and he knows who to thank. Halbert, the 6-foot-6 goalkeeper for Tupelo High, gave up five goals and recorded 44 saves in 21 matches this season. “Most of the credit should go to our defense and […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Harris Faucette, the Daily Journal’s 2015 Coach of the Year in boys soccer, is reluctant to take credit for Tupelo’s outstanding season. The Golden Wave finished 17-2-2 overall, but lost in the state quarterfinals to rival Northwest Rankin. “I had a really good group of players,” said Faucette, who just […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal CLINTON – It took two hours, 59 fouls and 90 free throws to complete, but we had a winner Friday in the Mississippi Association of Coaches Girls All-Star Basketball game. The South, behind 23 points from West Harrison’s Ameshya Williams, rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the North […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Katie Bates won a state championship at Ripley and played for one last season with Pine Grove. So this year’s 18 losses in her second season at Pine Grove were hard to take. “Obviously, it wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but I enjoyed watching my players progress,” she said. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Pontotoc coach Jessica Seger didn’t hesitate Tuesday night when it came time to name her MaxPreps Player of the Game. She typed in Morgan Dowdy. The Lady Warriors’ second baseman belted a two-out, RBI single that tied the game in the seventh inning. Pontotoc went on to defeat […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Michael Smith is not ready to proclaim his Booneville Lady Blue Devils the favorite to win anything during the 2015-16 season. It’s his nature to be cautious. However, it’s hard not to notice that his team – 60-9 overall the last two seasons, played in two 3A state championship games, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Antonio Green’s high school basketball career ended Friday night, but the Tupelo High star isn’t hanging up his Nikes. Green, who was held scoreless during abbreviated playing time – 12 minutes – in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game, plans to play AAU ball next month during “live period” […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MONTGOMERY – Marlee Hatcher entered the game with 55 seconds remaining in Friday’s Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game. Alabama was leading Mississippi by 10 points, but Red Bay (Ala.) High coach Donnie Roberts knew they better find Pontotoc’s perimeter sharp shooter. “Who’s got 12?” Roberts asked. “We can’t let them have […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo got solid pitching from eighth graders Ivy Watts and Tay Wren in its Thursday game against 1A power Smithville. However, the 6A Lady Wave defense struggled, committing seven errors in a 6-2 loss. “If you do that you’re not going to beat (Smithville),” Tupelo coach Josh Hegwood said of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – Tupelo’s boys and Kossuth’s girls won weather-interrupted high school state bowling championships Wednesday at Thunder Bowl Lanes, but there’s more to the story. Kossuth’s Lady Aggies bowled a 2,775 March 5 at Fannin Lanes in Flowood to take the lead in the eight-team MHSAA Class I field, then […]