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 INGOMAR – Trent Adair wasn’t sure what type of game he witnessed Friday night – a defensive struggle or a poor offensive showing. What mattered most is Ingomar’s coach saw his Lady Falcons, ranked No. 2 in Northeast Mississippi by the Daily Journal, take a 46-37 victory against No. 5 […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Logan Little is looking forward to playing in one last high school soccer match. Tupelo’s attacking midfielder, who help lead the Golden Wave to a an 18-2-1 record and a berth in the Class 6A state semifinals, was one of six Northeast Mississippi boys players selected to play in today’s […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BALDWYN – Seniors Coby Agnew and Connor McKay didn’t wear capes, but they played like super men Thursday in Baldwyn’s 74-42 victory against rival Booneville. Agnew scored 27 points – 25 in the first half – to give the Bearcats, ranked No. 3 in Northeast Mississippi by the Daily Journal, […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL The Mississippi High School Activities Association recently passed legislation to enhance this spring’s fast-pitch softball state championships and the state track meet. In softball, the MHSAA legislative and executive committee last week voted to play this season’s best-of-three game championship series in three days instead of two. This season’s tournament […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SALTILLO – To say Saltillo boys basketball coach Craig Lauderdale enjoys watching his team clicking on all cylinders – and winning – would be an understatement. Lauderdale’s Tigers have won eight of their last 10 games, including Tuesday’s convincing 74-39 victory against a visiting 16-win Nettleton team. “We’ve started jelling […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – The disturbed look on Matt Justice’s face at halftime Monday said it all. He had just watched his Tupelo Lady Wave get out-hustled in the first half and trail in their Division 2-6A basketball game against South Panola. Whatever his halftime message was, it worked. The Lady Wave […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal MADISON – Oxford’s strategy is no secret: Find Mo. Morgan O’Connor, the Lady Chargers high-scoring eighth-grade forward, knocked in the game-winning goal off a header from senior Zoe Scruggs in the 76th minute to give Oxford a 2-1 victory against West Harrison for the MHSAA Class 5A state soccer championship. […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Amory will likely need its “never give up” attitude in today’s Class 4A state championship boys soccer match against two-time defending state champion St. Stanislaus. The Panthers rallied Wednesday to defeat visiting Florence 4-3 in a shootout. Amory (17-1-2) trailed 1-0 during overtime, but tied the score on a header […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – In a match that featured big plays, Madison Central made one more than Tupelo. The visiting Jaguars scored on a header off a corner kick with eight minutes remaining in the second overtime to defeat the Golden Wave 2-1 in the MHSAA Class 6A state soccer semifinals at […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal FULTON – National signing day was somewhat bittersweet for the Miller and Itawamba AHS families. Twin brothers Tray and Vijay Miller signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play football five days after the death their older brother, Maikhail, in an auto accident. Tray signed with Itawamba Community College, Vijay […]