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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Making History: Urchins win first state title in baseball

PEARL – East Union closed the book on their baseball season with a bit of gold. The Urchins defeated Loyd Star in a 5-1 final on Saturday, earning the series sweep to claim the Class 2A state championship. That win is a first for the program, which made their seventh appearance in Pearl this year. […]

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Urchins dominate to take lead in championship series

PEARL – East Union turned in a complete performance on the field on Tuesday, taking a 5-1 win over Loyd Star and a 1-0 lead in the Class 2A Championship Series at Trustmark Park. On offense, Joel Wilkinson provided the spark for the Urchins, finishing with two RBIs from a base clearing triple that put […]

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Five in a Row: Bulldogs win fifth consecutive 4A state tennis title

OXFORD – For the fifth consecutive year, the Bulldogs brought home a state title. New Albany defeated Newton County 6-1 for the Class 4A tennis championship, in seven matches that could have gone either way through the opening sets. “I think just the excitement of the day, it made it a bit closer of a […]

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Seven athletes medal in individual state tennis tourney

OXFORD – New Albany closed out the 2016 tennis season with a few more titles. Seven members of the Bulldogs team finished the season as state champions after the three-day Class 4A Individual Tournament in Oxford. “It’s been a great week,” Bulldogs head coach Suzy Bowman said, “Just a storybook ending for all my seniors, they […]

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Seth Male serves the ball back across the court during Tuesday’s 2-4A Division Tournament Mixed Doubles final.

Bulldogs win individual titles in division tennis tournament

NEW ALBANY – On four of the five courts in the finals of the 2-4A division tennis tournament, the Bulldogs were featured players. New Albany took home individual division titles in boys singles, girls doubles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles during Tuesday’s tournament at the BNA Tennis and Soccer complex, with the Bulldogs running the […]

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East Union’s Witt Roaton serves up a pitch for Ingomar during the second inning of the 1-2A division game on Tuesday. Roaton struck out nine for the Urchins during the contest.

Roaton leads Urchins to 5-3 win over Ingomar

INGOMAR – In the battle for the lead in Division 1-2A, the Urchins came out on top. East Union defeated Ingomar in a 5-3 decision on Tuesday, aided by timely hitting from the batting rotation and the arm of Witt Roaton, who pitched a complete game for the Urchins and recorded nine strikeouts on the […]

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McCullough hired as Lady Eagles basketball coach

The West Union Lady Eagles will have a new face calling the shots on the court next season. The Union County School Board approved the hire of Jenny McCullough on April 4 to replace three-year Lady Eagles head coach Matt Thompson. “She was somebody that we had heard a lot about and just knew about […]

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East Union’s Joel Wilkinson pitches for a strike against Baldwyn during Tuesday’s 1-2A Division game.

Wilkinson pitches complete game; Urchins roll Baldwyn

ELLISTOWN – The bats did most of the work. East Union served up 12 hits during Tuesday’s 1-2A division contest with Baldwyn, ending the game in six innings with a 12-2 score. Still, defensive play proved the key for the Urchins (8-2), East Union coach Chris Basil said. “Defensively we were good tonight,” Basil said, […]

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West Union’s Ryder Willard tosses up a pitch to an East Union batter during the first inning of Thursday’s game.

Seventh inning shot lifts West Union over East Union

ENTERPRISE – West Union earned both the first and the last runs of the night on Thursday, as Riley Bogue’s walk-off two-RBI double lifted the Eagles to a 4-3 win over East Union. Bogue’s hit arrived after a lead-off double from Cole Phillips and a single into left field from Caleb Jennings that earned an […]

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Ally Smith moves the bat for a single for Myrtle during Monday’s game against Ingomar.

Strong bats lift Lady Hawks over Ingomar

INGOMAR – Myrtle’s 16 hits did a lot of damage on Monday as the Lady Hawks took a 15-5 win over Ingomar in non-division play. For Myrtle head coach Marty Cook, that offensive output and strong defensive play is the result of a grueling opening schedule that has the Hawks carrying a 2-6 record. “We […]

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