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 KOSSUTH – Former football coach Charlie Dampeer doesn’t remember why he selected the iconic Texas Longhorns logo as a helmet decal during Kossuth’s 1998 season. “I know we liked it,” said Dampeer, now retired, but a volunteer coach for Kossuth’s football team this season. Kossuth, a school with a rich […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – The first full day of competition in the 2016 Mississippi Swimming Long Course Championships is scheduled for today at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. Swimmers ages 8 to 18 from 12 Mississippi teams, including the host Tupelo-based Shockwave, opened the meet Thursday night with distance and relay events. The […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Damon Palmer’s grocery business in Tupelo has kept him off the golf course for much of the summer. He did, however, manage to slip in three solid rounds over the weekend to win the 2016 Trustmark Invitational by seven strokes with a 12-under-par 204 score at the Country Club of […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SHANNON – Keegan Huddleston wanted to follow in the football footsteps of his father, Fred, and uncle, Fuzzy. That means playing for the Shannon Red Raiders. Huddleston, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back who led Tupelo High in rushing last year, has transferred to Shannon for his senior season. “Coming back […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo will head into the 2016 football season with four new assistant coaches, including co-offensive coordinators. “We’ve had some turnover, but we’ve been able to hire good people,” Tupelo fourth-year head coach Trent Hammond said. Cody Stubblefield, the run game coordinator last season for Lafayette, and Michael Campbell, […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOOVER, Ala. – OK, it was just 7-on-7, but Mississippi Class 4A Shannon played yard-for-yard Friday against Alabama power Hoover in the USA Football Championships. Hoover, a program with a 96-10 record and four state titles since 2010 in the state’s largest classification, 7A, needed a last-minute touchdown to defeat […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal SHANNON – Before Shannon begins its preparation to win a Division 1-4A football championship, the Red Raiders have an opportunity to play on a national stage. Shannon qualified earlier this summer to play in the inaugural USA Football 7-on-7 National Championship tournament in Hoover, Alabama. The three-day, 43-team event begins […]

BY GENE PHELPS DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – Sophomore wide receiver Danny Porter knew he better be ready when his coach, Fred Davis, was running the passing drills. Davis, 76, who died Friday, was a longtime baseball, football and track coach at Tupelo’s former George Washington Carver High School and Tupelo High School. He was also […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Devin Hill’s grandmother used to take him once a year to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “It’s beautiful there,” said the Hamilton native, a former Itawamba AHS boys and girls basketball coach. Thursday, the region officially became his home, after he was approved by the school board to become the new […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal Tupelo swimmer Bailey Scott’s race strategy when she competes Saturday in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha is a personal one. She is swimming for her mom, Melissa, who died four weeks ago, following a bout with cancer. “I’m doing this for her now,” said Scott, a junior on […]