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Baseball opens division play in Batesville tonight

The real season is here for the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team.

The Wave open Division 2-6A play today/Tuesday when they travel to Batesville to face South Panola. “I think the last two games we’ve played well, but we’re looking to turn it up a notch now,” said head coach Gary Enis, whose Wave are coming off recent wins over Lake Cormarant and Oxford. “We need to be more focused on what needs to be done.”

Game time for the varsity matchup is set for 6 p.m., with junior varsity playing at 4 p.m. Tupelo enters this contest with a 6-2 record, while South Panola has posted a 6-3 effort.

The two teams will also be pitted against each other Friday in Tupelo, with 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. game times as well.
A season ago, Tupelo managed a 6-3 division record, good enough to claim the 2-6A No. 1 seed. But the Wave did lose two of three to South Panola.

“I know South Panola has both of their starting pitchers back from last year,”Enis said.

This season, the Tigers boast two pitchers with 0.00 ERAs. Austin Towles has thrown 7.2 innings, and Macen McGee 7.0 innings. Also, Hunter Ivy is 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA over 8.1 innings.

Enis expects to start senior Carter Clayton for the road game. Clayton has thrown 16.1 innings on the young season, including an epic 10 innings versus Pontotoc, a game Tupelo won in 12 innings.

On Friday, senior Hudson Roy will get the nod, boasting a 3-0 record, having only allowed one run in his 19 innings thus far. Offensively for the Wave, the bat of senior Ty Wheeler is at a .464 batting average, and leads the team in extra base hits. Roy is at .400, with senior Michael Ray starting shake off a slow start at .360. Junior William Ikerd leads the team in RBIs at nine. “I’m proud of our senior leadership this season, but we still have room to improve,” Enis said. “I want consistency, and I want this team to put fear in the mind of other teams. We’re not there yet.”

South Panola has Dashawn Lindsay at .467, with Ivy at .462 with the bat.

Also on the schedule this week, the Wave will be in Fulton Saturday to face Itawamba AHS (5-4) in a varsity only contest starting at noon.

Tupelo will continue division play with a pair of games against Grenada (5-1) the week of March 24, and Hernando (6-5) the week of March 31.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (March 16)

BASEBALL: Baseball (6-2) went 1-1 at Oxford’s Spring Break Tournament, lost to Southaven but defeated Lake Cormorant. Head coach Gary Enis also earned his 250th career win Friday  when THS beat Oxford. Tupelo will open Division 2-6A play at South Panola Tuesday, host the Tigers Friday, and travel to IAHS for a varsity only game Saturday at noon. All three games this week will stream LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Softball (3-4) went 1-1 at last week’s South Pontotoc tournament, losing to the Lady Cougars but defeating Water Valley. They will have a busy schedule this week. The Lady Wave travels to Smithville Tuesday, open Division 2-6A play at Hernando Thursday, travel to Saltillo Friday, and host the Tupelo Tourney at Veteran’s Park Saturday.

TENNIS: THS (1-1) opens division-play by hosting Grenada at Rob Leake Park Tuesday,  JV only will host Oxford Wednesday, and varsity will travel to South Panola Thursday. All matches begin at 4 p.m.

GOLF: THS boys/girls host Lewisburg, Itawamba, Starkville at Natchez Trace golf course Monday, host Corinth, Pontotoc, and Ingomar at Tupelo Country Club Tuesday (boys only), and travel to Covington (LA) for the Beau Chene Invitational Saturday and Sunday (boys only).

ARCHERY: THS (1-0) will travel to Saltillo Monday at 5:30 p.m.

TRACK: Track and field will compete in the Ole Miss Invitational in Oxford Friday.

RIPTIDE: Tupelo’s Riptide ensemble placed 2nd overall at yesterday’s WGI competition in Hattiesburg. It was Tupelo’s first group to ever compete.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Senior Ty Wheeler went 6 for 9 with two RBIs in three games last week. Wheeler is currently batting .464 with 13 hits, eight singles, five doubles, four walks, and five RBIs this season. Sophomore Drew Hurst pitched in his first career start and earned the win over Lake Cormorant.
  • Powerlifters Satsha Burden, Otis Wilson, James Gilleylen, and Tavonta Hadley qualified for state finals April 5th.
  • Jeremy Hendrix, a sophomore, has done well for the Riptide indoor percussion ensemble. He does a phenomenal job working and going above and beyond to make sure he didn’t disappoint anyone. Jason Grant, a sophomore, is a newcomer that was invited by his friends to test the waters of the Riptide indoor percussion ensemble. He has gone full speed and has never looked back. Jason works very hard on and off the scene.

 

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Sophomore goes the distance for Tupelo

OXFORD – Tupelo Golden Wave bats were very much alive for the second straight night Wednesday. And sophomore Drew Hurst pitched for the second-straight night. That was a winning combination for the Wave.

Tupelo rebounded from a tough loss Tuesday with a 13-hit effort against Lake Cormarant, and Hurst pitched a complete game to help the Wave claim a 9-2 victory over the Class 5A Gators.

“I’m glad to get the win,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “Drew Hurst did what he had to do, and the team did what it had to do. It was a great bounce-back win.”

Tupelo was bouncing back from a 14-13 defeat at the hands of Southaven Tuesday. Southaven scored a pair of runs in the sixth and final inning of that contest, with Hurst pitching to the final five batters in the loss. “Hurst had been throwing well in scrimmages,” Enis said. “We decided to give him a chance tonight, and hopefully we can build on that.”

The Tupelo offense began building its lead in the bottom of the first inning. Three straight singles by Carter Clayton, Michael Ray, and Ty Wheeler plated two runs. The Wave pushed across two more runs in the second inning, with Ray connecting on a two-run double for a 4-1 lead. And Tupelo added a run in the fourth on a run-scoring ground out by Clayton. After giving up a first inning run, Hurst settled down with the lead in hand, and solid defensive play.

Lake Cormarant added a solo run in the fifth, but Tupelo bats had a response. Pinch hitter Jason Garrett drew a bases loaded walk to push the Tupelo advantage to 6-2 through five innings. Then in the sixth inning, Tupelo scored three on five hits, with Clayton, Ray, and Luke Weeden getting RBIs.

The game was called with one out in the sixth because of time limit.

Tupelo is scheduled to return to action Saturday, hosting Oxford. But the weather forecast might prompt the matchup to be moved to Friday, with the determination being made sometime Thursday.

The Wave open Division 2-6A play Tuesday on the road against South Panola.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Tupelo hits can’t beat Southaven

OXFORD – The Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team had some hot bats, but in the end were on the cold end of a 14-13 loss Tuesday to the Southaven Chargers in action in the Oxford Spring Break Tournament.

Tupelo (4-2) out hit Southaven (2-2-1) 15 to 10, but the Chargers scored eight runs in their last two at bats, including two in the bottom of the sixth, to claim the win. “This was just a tough loss for the team,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “we’ve got to be able to hold the lead, and we were not able to do that.”

Tupelo had as much as a 12-6 lead against the defending Class 6A State Champions, but saw Southaven score six runs in the fifth to tie the score.

In the top of the sixth, Ty Wheeler ripped a one-out double. Tucker Whittenton came in to pinch run, and scored on William Ikerd’s single to give the Wave a 13-12 lead. Tupelo later loaded the bases with one out, but failed to score further. Because of a time limit, the sixth inning was to be the last with a winner, and Southaven made sure of that.

A leadoff single set up a bunt situation, which Tupelo committed an error on allowing one run to score, with the batter ending up on third. Following and infield pop out, a short fly to right was caught by a diving Matthew Miley, but the run scored for the Southaven win.

“Southaven put pressure on us by making contact and working the count for walks,” Enis said. “We had double-digit hits, and I’m very proud of that, but as a coach, you want better. Leaving the bases loaded in the sixth, that hurt.”

Five straight hits to lead off the top of the first to score four Wave runs,  with RBI hits by Michael Ray, Wheeler, Ikerd, and Cernigliaro. Tupelo pushed across five runs in the third, on a double steal, and RBI hits by Ikerd, Miley, Woody Goss, and Hudson Roy. The Wave added three more in the fourth on a double steal, and RBI hit by Cernigliaro, and a sac fly by Luke Weeden. Wheeler had four hits for the Wave.

Tupelo used five pitchers in the contest, with Wheeler starting, followed by Weeden, Garrett Hill, Graham Taylor, and Drew Hurst. For Wheeler, Weeden, and Hurst, it was their first pitches thrown of the 2014 season. Southaven also scored two in the first, and four in the second.

Tupelo is at it again Wednesday against Lake Cormarant in Oxford.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (March 9)

BASEBALL: Baseball (4-1) played three tough games in a matter of 24 hours Friday and Saturday. The squad defeated North Pontotoc in Ecru Friday, and Alcorn Central and Pontotoc at Pontotoc Saturday. Hudson Roy, Jason Garrett, and Carter Clayton picked up the wins for the Golden Wave.  They’ll play three games over Spring Break: Tuesday vs. Southaven at Oxford at 3:45 p.m., Wednesday vs. Lake Cormorant at Oxford at 6 p.m., and host Oxford Saturday at 1 p.m. All three games this week will stream LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Softball (3-1) lost to IAHS Tuesday but defeated Valley View (AR) and Lake Cormorant at South Panola yesterday. Thursday’s game versus Smithville was postponed due to weather. It will be made-up Monday, April 7th. THS will participate in the South Pontotoc tournament Thursday in Springville. They’ll face the Lady Cougars at 11:15 a.m. and Water Valley at 1:15 p.m.

TENNIS: Tennis (1-1) lost at Oxford Tuesday but defeated New Albany Friday. They’ll open division-play by hosting Grenada at Rob Leake Park Tuesday, March 18th.

GOLF: Boys golf defeated Baldwyn at TCC Tuesday and Amory/Saltillo at Riverbirch Wednesday. Austin Rose medaled against Baldwyn and co-medaled, with Daniel Purnell, against Amory/Saltillo. The girls defeated Amory Wednesday. Michaela Bryan medaled in the win. THS will battle Lewisburg and Starkville at TCC Monday, March 17th.

ARCHERY: Archery defeated Starkville 2960-2319. Top male shooter was Trevor Bates Webb and female was Jessie McGee (259). Tupelo will travel to Saltillo Monday, March 17th.

TRACK: Track and field boys placed 1st while the girls came in 2nd at Friday’s USM Invitational. They’ll compete in the Ole Miss Invitational in Oxford Friday, March 21st.

POWERLIFTING: Boys placed 2nd in Saturday’s North Half in Charleston. Two lifters won their individual weight class. State finals are Saturday, April 19th.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Hudson Roy got the win at North Pontotoc, and has pitched 13 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit in 2014. Carter Clayton pitched 10, yes 10, solid innings against Pontotoc in the 12-inning win. William Ikerd provided the game-winning three-run home run against Pontotoc Saturday.
  • Ivy Watts pitched softball to their second win of the season. Paige Cox went 3 for 6 in Batesville yesterday.
  • After dropping a tight 3-setter against Oxford, Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth captured her first, well-deserved win of the season on the mixed court at New Albany with fellow Blanket, Hogan Harrington. Hogan won his second and third matches of the season this week. The first at Oxford, winning the second boys doubles court, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0, with partner, Eric Huey. The second came at New Albany on the mixed court with Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0.
  • Austin Rose and Daniel Purnell were co-medalists at Amory. Rose was also the individual medalist against Baldwyn Tuesday. THS girls golf had a strong showing against Amory Thursday.

 

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THS baseball conquers marathon evening

PONTOTOC – Tupelo Golden Wave senior Carter Clayton had to be one tired puppy after Saturday.
Especially his right arm.
Clayton threw an exceptional 10 innings and junior William Ikerd blasted a game-winning home run as the Golden Wave outlasted the Pontotoc Warriors 5-3 in a marathon 12 innings.
“I’ve never come that close to pitching that many innings,” Clayton said. “I’m just glad the team stayed through the game.”
Clayton started the contest, striking out 10 and scattering seven hits over the course of the contest. Clayton gave way to Graham Taylor in the eleventh inning, but went back to the mound and threw one pitch to begin the twelveth inning to be e pitcher of record.
Garrett Hill eventually earned the save for Tupelo (4-1).
“I was real proud of the way we fought, and kept fighting,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “I think we’ll be a very dangerous team once we start hitting one through nine in the order.”
Tupelo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a Hudson Roy single. Luke Weeden scored on the play from second base, knocking ball loose at the plate on his slide.
Pontotoc’s Will Howard tied the contest in the sixth inning on a solo home run.
Play kept progressing past regulation, thanks in part to the Wave defense. In the ninth inning, Pontotoc had the bases loaded, but second baseman Carson Robets snagged a hard grounder and flipped to Woody Goss to get Tupelo out of trouble.
In the tenth, walks to Taylor and Michael Ray, along with a single by Ty Wheeler loaded the bases, and Ikerd drew a walk to give the Wave a 2-1 lead. Pontotoc responded in the bottom of the frame as Caleb Barnes hit a solo home run, and the contest was tied again.
Finally Tupelo gained a nice enough margin in the twelveth as Ray was hit, Wheeler walked, and Ikerd blasted his game-winner to left field, all with two out.
Pontotoc did managed to score once more in the bottom of the inning before Ray hauled in the final out on a fly to center.
“Carter had quick innings, and a low pitch count,” Enis said. “Ikerd is certainly capable doing that with the bat, and the guys who got on ahead of him deserve credit for extending the inning.
Tupelo is in action again Tuesday at Oxford versus Southaven, and Wednesday at Oxford versus Lake Cormarant. Tupelo will host Oxford Saturday.

The Tupelo-Pontotoc game was the Wave’s second game of the day. The first game saw Tupelo make four runs in the first two innings stand up, edging the Alcorn Central Bears 4-3.
In the first innings, Hudson Roy doubled, scoring on a Michael Ray hit.
The Wave plated three runs in the second, as Matthew Miley hit a one-out double, scoring with two outs on a Luke Weeden single. Roy and Chase Cernigliaro then followed with RBI hits for a 4-1.
Central scored a run in the top of the second on a double steal, in the third on a solo home run by Tyler Moore, and in the fifth on a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore left Jason Garrett got his second start of the season, throwing five and a third innings. Graham Taylor came on for the save.

Tupelo’s Roy dominates pitching battle at North Pontotoc

ECRU – Senior Hudson Roy of the Tupelo Golden Wave and junior Trey Jolly of the North Pontotoc Vikings squared off in a high-quality pitching duel Friday, especially for the first week of the baseball season.

Roy got the better of the individual pitching numbers, and the Wave got the better of the Vikings in a 5-0 victory.

“Hudson made us go tonight,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “He just got better as the game went on.

“He kept them off balance, and threw a lot of first pitch strikes.”

Roy pitched a complete game against North Pontotoc, allowing only a third inning single. The Wave pitcher also struck out 12.

“I knew Jolly was going to pitch, and he’s a pretty good pitcher,” Roy said. “I had to match his performance.”

Jolly was also stingy against Tupelo batters, striking out 10 in his five-plus innings, while scattering three hits. Two of those hits came in the first inning, with Roy leading off with a base knock, and driven in by Michael Ray for a 1-0 lead.

Tupelo edged that margin to 2-0 in the third as Roy singled, eventually scoring on a wild pitch.

The Wave plated two more runs in the fifth as Reed Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Ray had a sacrifice fly.

Matthew Miley added an RBI single in the sixth to pad the Tupelo lead.

Now in two starts, Roy has pitched 13 innings, allowing only one total hit.

“We want the team to get into a rotation of playing games,” Enis said. “The more we put this bunch of players in game-like situations, the better they’ll be.”

Tupelo is back in action today/Saturday in Pontotoc, playing Alcorn Central at 3 p.m., and Pontotoc at 5 p.m.

During spring break, Tupelo is in Oxford playing Southaven Tuesday, and Lake Cormarant Wednesday. The next home game for the Wave is Saturday when they host Oxford.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (March 2)

BOWLING: SWEEP! The Lady Wave (14-0-1) made it four-straight crowns while the boys (15-0-1) won their sixth of the last seven. Congrats to Coach Susan Dudley and her teams on their Class II championships!

BASEBALL: THS (1-1) opened the season with a win over Saltillo Friday night and a loss to Louisville Saturday. They will travel to North Pontotoc Friday and Pontotoc Saturday. At Warrior Field, they’ll face Alcorn Central at 3 p.m and Pontotoc at 5 p.m.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Softball (1-1) opened 2014 with a loss to Tishomingo County and win over Kossuth at yesterday’s Kossuth Classic. They’ll host IAHS Tuesday and Smithville Thursday at 6:30. Josh Hegwood’s squad will then travel to the South Panola Tournament Saturday.

DECA: Five students placed at last week’s state conferences and six qualified for international competition in Atlanta in May.

ATHLETIC AND DEBATE TEAM: A&D competed in the ICC Invitational Tournament last week and placed 2nd. THS will host a tournament March 29th and the next road venue will be April 5th at Madison Central.

TENNIS: THS opened classic play at Ridgeland last week. Laurie Bishop’s team lost to Ocean Springs and Madison Central both 2-5. They’ll travel to Oxford Tuesday, host Meet the Wave at Rob Leake Park Wednesday, and travel to New Albany Friday.

GOLF: Boys golf opened 2014 with wins over New Albany and Baldwyn at Natchez Trace golf course last Monday. Hayden Buckley was the individual medalist. Girls golf tied with New Albany and defeated IAHS. They’ll travel to Riverbirch in Amory tomorrow.

ARCHERY: Archery opens 2014 in the rubber floor gym against Potts Camp and Starkville tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

TRACK: Track will travel to Hattiesburg Friday to participate in the USM Invitational.

POWERLIFTING: Boys will travel to Charleston to compete in North Half Saturday at 9 a.m.

TPSD AT A GLANCE: March’s episode will air Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 a.m. on WTVA.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Freshman bowler Emily McCaleb provided the spark the girls need to keep spirits high during the state championship tournament. Freshman bowler Josh Turberville remained calm and provided needed strikes and spares in the 10th frames during the boys Bakers finals.
  • Senior pitcher Hudson Roy pitched six shut-out innings and only allowed two walks in Tupelo’s win over Saltillo.
  • Senior pitcher Reagan Aldridge went 6 for 8 hitting with a triple and an RBI versus Tish. Co. and Kossuth yesterday. Sophomore left-fielder Ali Watts had a solo home run against Tish. Co., and seventh-grade pitcher Ivy Watts had two hits and two RBIs against Kossuth.
  • A&D’s Charlie Davis averaged over 48 points per game at Vanderbilt and ICC tournaments. This puts him in the top 5% of individuals of both tournaments.
  • Junior Mitchell Ostrander continued his dominance on the court for tennis, winning both doubles matches against Ocean Springs and Madison Central in Friday’s classic matches. Seventh-grader Eric Huey got off to a fast start with tennis in Friday’s classic matches. He earned his first career win on the Boys Doubles 1 court against last year’s State Champion, Ocean Springs, and played an impressive match against last year’s Boys Singles State Runner-Up from Madison Central.
  • Senior Hayden Buckley shot a 35 (-1) and was the individual medalist at the Natchez Trace last week.

 

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Tupelo baseball opens 2014 campaign against Saltillo

The 2014 baseball season is here for a senior dominated Tupelo Golden Wave squad with high expectations.

 

“I like the enthusiasm that we have on this roster,” longtime Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “To play the competition we’ll be playing will only make us better.”

 

A tough and unique schedule awaits Enis’ charges, and the Wave begin their challenge today in the Tupelo Classic. The renovated Golden Wave field will host five games in two days, with Tupelo playing Saltillo at 6 p.m. today, and Louisville Saturday at 5 p.m.

 

Other games include Nettleton versus Itawamba AHS at 3 p.m. today. The games Saturday are Nettleton-Corinth at 11 a.m., and Saltillo-Itawamba at 2 p.m.

 

Looking potentially to produce more than its share of runs, Tupelo has two experienced seniors at the top of the lineup as key cogs of the game plan – Michael Ray and Hudson Roy. Way under the radar of many observers, Ray posted one of the best batting averages in Northeast Mississippi at .482 last season, while Roy is a slick hitting left-hander, and two year starter.

 

“They have to set the table for us,” Enis said. “We do have a lot of returning guys who have been in the lineup. Overall, I think we have a better contact hitting team that will put pressure on defenses. I feel good about this squad.”

 

Some of the players looking to come along for the offensive ride of the Wave are seniors Reed Taylor, Carter Clayton, Ty Wheeler, and junior William Ikerd.

 

Enis will be looking for the Wave pitching staff to keep opposing offensive damage to a minimum. “Right now, we’ll pitch the guys who will throw strikes, and have been getting people out in our scrimmages,” Enis said. “We have a lot of guys who have good enough stuff to get outs. “I couldn’t tell you who will be our division starters, but we’ve got eight games to determine who they will be.”

 

Tupelo does have eight games before its division opener March 18 at South Panola, and Enis hopes the staff gels in that span. Roy has the most experience on the staff, with Clayton, Wheeler, senior Luke Weeden, and sophomore Jason Garrett as top contenders.

 

The Tupelo defense will look to aid efforts on mound.
A potentially strong outfield could see Ray in center, surrounded by Roy, Weeden, or senior Matthew Miley.

 

The infield has Taylor at third, Clayton at shortstop, senior Chase Cerniglario at second, and Wheeler at first. Junior Carson Roberts and Woody Goss have been dynamic in practice thus far, and should see action as well.

 

Ikerd will get the call behind the plate, with Ray as the No. 2 catcher. “Our position players could change from game to game because of who will be pitching,” Enis said. “There are several options, but we have to keep guys in the lineup who are producing offensively.”

 

The Tupelo schedule will include its usual fare of nine Division 2-6A games against South Panola, Grenada, and newcomer Hernando. Perhaps he biggest eye-opener on the schedule is the inclusion of usual Tupelo nemesis Madison Central. For the first time ever, the Wave will play a home-and-home regular season series with the Jaguars.

 

On March 29, Tupelo will play at Madison Central, as well well as a former  Class 5A champion Ridgeland.
Then on April 18, the last weekend of the regular season, Madison Central comes to Tupelo. Turning around on April 19, Madison Central joins Tupelo in a doubleheader against the preseason No. 1 team in Mississippi – DeSoto Central.

 

“We want to play the best,” Enis said. “We’re not in the playoffs yet, but if we are there, facing teams like Madison Central and DeSoto Central will not be shock.”

 

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (February 23)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (26-2) defeated Hernando and South Panola to win the Div. 2-6A tournament title last week. They will host Div. 1-6A No. 2 Olive Branch tomorrow (24-5) at 6 p.m. The Lady Conquistadors and Lady Wave played November 21st at Oxford. THS won 57-53. Winner of Monday’s game will advance to North Half at THS (if THS wins) Thursday and Saturday nights. The Golden Wave (19-10) beat South Panola Tuesday but lost a close one to Grenada in Friday’s finals. They now travel to Horn Lake Tuesday to battle in a do-or-die at 7 p.m. Tupelo defeated Horn Lake at THS Feb. 13th. If THS beats Horn Lake and Greenville-Weston beats Starkville, THS boys will host North Half Friday and Saturday. If THS beats Horn Lake but Starkville wins Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets will host boys North Half.

BOWLING: Both teams prepare for another MHSAA Class II championship at Fannin Lanes in Brandon Friday. The Lady Wave (13-0-1) will try to make it four-straight crowns this weekend while the boys (14-0-1) have won five of the last six.

POWERLIFTING: Six girls qualified for North Half after placing 3rd at the Oxford Regional last Friday.

BASEBALL: THS opened jamboree-play at Nettleton with wins over Baldywn and Nettleton yesterday. Read David Wheeler’s recap. They’ll open the 2014 season at home this week as they host the Tupelo Classic. THS will face Saltillo Friday at 6 p.m. and Louisville Saturday at 5 p.m. Both games will stream LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Softball notched wins over IAHS and Mantachie at yesterday’s Mooreville Jamboree. Coach Josh Hegwood’s team opens the 2014 season with games against Tishomingo County and Kossuth at the Kossuth Classic Saturday.

SHOWCHOIR AND STRUCTURE: THS Showchoir and Structure received 1st Runner Up at the Music City Show Shoppe in Nashville yesterday. According to their tweet,  they changed their entire show less than 24 hours ago.

DECA: 24 members will compete at state Monday and Tuesday in Jackson. Those that place in the top three of their event will qualify for internationals in Atlanta in May.

ATHLETIC AND DEBATE TEAM: Tupelo competed at Regionals at Vanderbilt University in Nashville yesterday.

TENNIS: Tennis will play classic matches against Madison Central and Ocean Spring at Ridgeland Tennis Complex Friday. Coach Laurie Bishop’s team will open the 2014 season at Oxford next Tuesday.

GOLF: Boys and girls golf will host classic matches against New Albany, Itawamba (girls), and Baldwyn at Natchez Trace golf course tomorrow at 3.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Lady Wave basketball claimed their first division tournament titles since 2008-2009 last week.
  • Senior Isaiah Traylor had 29 points, five rebounds, and two steals in Tupelo’s loss to Grenada Friday.
  • Freshman Katie Rieves totaled four hits, three RBIs, two stolen bases, and scored two runs in jamboree wins over IAHS and Mantachie. Freshman Lauren Knight had the game-winning hit to beat IAHS.

 

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