About Donica Phifer

Donica Phifer grew up in Tishomingo, Miss with two older brothers whose extracurricular activities taught her all about sports at an early age. Before joining the Gazette staff as the Sports Editor, she was a sportswriter for The Daily Corinthian and the Online Editor for three years at The Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper of The University of Mississippi. In her free time she's usually at an Ole Miss sporting event, cheering on the Rebels.

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Ingomar’s Lady Falcons girls basketball team pose with the Union County Championship trophy after defeating West Union 58-32 on Saturday.

Ingomar sweeps tournament to claim 2016 Union County titles

MYRTLE – The boys’ final of the Union County tournament featured 52 fouls in 32 minutes, with a late pull-ahead rally from Ingomar allowing the Falcons to edge Myrtle 58-54 for the title on Saturday night. Ingomar’s Kelton Hall and Myrtle’s Jonathan Scales put on an offensive show combining to score 50 points between them. […]

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Bulldogs secure playoff bid, Lady Dawgs stay perfect in division

New Albany assured themselves of a spot in 4A soccer playoffs with their 5-2 win over Tishomingo County on Friday. The Bulldogs were led by Payton Snyder and Joseph Rainey as the duo scored two goals apiece and Eduardo Zaragoza added the remaining goal. Rainey and Zaragoza each had an assist and Jose Favela also […]

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25th Anniversary Kiwanis Hotbed Classic

2016 New Albany Kiwanis Hotbed Classic will be 1/23/2016 9:00 – West Union vs Smithville 10:15 – East Union vs Houlka 11:30 – Ingomar vs Mooreville 12:45 – Myrtle vs Quitman 2:00 – Center Hill vs Mitchell (TN) 3:15 – Pontotoc vs Bolton (TN) 4:30 – New Albany vs Lawerence County 6:00 – Clinton vs […]

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West Union sweeps Blue Mountain in division 2-1A hoops

West Union picked up a pair of Division 2-1A wins at home on Tuesday as they defeated Blue Mountain 60-39 in the girls’ contest and the Eagles followed that with a 69-64 win over the Cougars in the nightcap. West Union welcomed back Kylie Massengill who missed a month of action with an arm injury […]

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Lady Bulldogs take division title; boys’ postseason hopes stay alive

CORINTH – New Albany girls clinched their fourth consecutive division title on Tuesday by defeating Corinth 4-1 and remaining unbeaten in Division 1-4A with two division matches remaining. “Overall, I thought we played pretty well tonight,” New Albany girls coach Bert Anderson said. “Friday against Olive Branch was the best overall game as a team […]

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Savannah Shirley drives up court against the Ingomar pressure by Gara Beth Self and Sydney Roberts. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ingomar overcomes tempo and Lady Eagles for win

BY DENNIS CLAYTON ENTERPRISE – Ingomar girls got the win over county-rival West Union despite having to play at a tempo not to their liking as well as not being able to use their full-court pressure to force turnovers in the narrow 38-32 win on Friday. “Fortunately, on this day it was enough, but we’ve […]

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Cynthia Betancourt had a hat trick with her three goals against Olive Branch. File photo. 

New Albany splits with Olive Branch

BY DENNIS CLAYTON New Albany hosted Olive Branch of 6A on Saturday in non-division play and the teams split decisions with New Albany girls taking the opening match 4-0 and Olive Branch won the boys contest by a 4-1 score. Cynthia Betancourt recorded the hat trick in the girls match, scoring three goals to pace […]

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DeJuan Hubbard drives in for the layup as Eli Thompson defends. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

East Union, Ingomar advance in county junior high tournament

BY DENNIS CLAYTON INGOMAR – Ingomar girls and East Union boys won their opening round games on Monday in the Union County Junior High Basketball tournament as the Lady Falcons defeated Myrtle 26-22 and the Urchins held off Myrtle 39-33. Sanaa Finley sparked the Ingomar comeback in the third quarter, scoring 10 points to help […]

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Marley Long tries to beat the full-court defensive pressure by Maggie Smithey on Friday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ingomar takes two from West Union

BY DENNIS CLAYTON ENTERPRISE – Ingomar traveled to county rival West Union on Friday and took both games on the hardwood, winning the girls contest 38-32 and the boys game by a 74-64 margin. The girls game featured a matchup of two of the top girls basketball programs in the area. West Union was able […]

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Ashland’s inside game defeats Hawks

MYRTLE – Myrtle’s offense was clicking along in the early stages of their Division 2-1A matchup with Ashland, but when the Blue Devils checked out of their man-to-man defense to zone, the inside game took a hit. The Blue Devils took the lead for good and went on to a 61-51 win. “When they went […]

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