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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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Tupelo baseball finds early spark in jamboree win over Baldwyn

The Golden Wave baseball team hit the field against an opponent Saturday at the Nettleton Jamboree for the first time in 2014.

Tupelo made a quality offensive first inning stand up over the four inning format, defeating the Baldwyn Bearcats 5-2 in its first game of the day. “It was good to get the guys some at bats against other pitching,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “It was good to work out some kinks.” 

Tupelo scored all five of its runs in the top of the first inning with its senior dominated lineup. Michael Ray led off with a solid single to right, Ty Wheeler fisted a single to second, and Tupelo scored it’s first run on junior William Ikerd’s sacrific fly. Reed Taylor then added a single to right, and Chase Cernigliaro knocked in another run with a hit up the middle. Two more runs scored on an error off the bat of Luke Weeden, and Reed Taylor wrapped up the scoring with a single to left. 

Hudson Roy got the start on the mound for Tupelo, with each pitcher limited to two innings under the jamboree format. Roy was in a bit of a jam in the bottom of the first with the first three Baldwyn batters reaching. But Wheeler at first base snagged a line drive for a double play, and Roy handled a come-back to get out of the frame.

Baldwyn, which was a win away from the Class 2A championship series a season ago, scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. “We could have played better defensively, but all that will work out as the season goes on,” Enis said. “I think we’re ahead of where we should be, we just have to stay consistent.”

 

THS shutouts Nettleton

Tupelo got a solid two innings on the mound from sophomore Jason Garrett, and scored three runs in its last at bat to claim a victory.

Garrett, a left hander, started the contest against a veteran but still junior dominate Nettleton club. The sophomore struck out five in his two innings, but had to work out of difficulty in the second frame. A hit batter and a walk had Nettleton with two on base with two out, but Garrett got out of the inning. Wheeler came on to throw the third inning, facing four batters. Carter Clayton hurled the fourth inning, facing three batters.

Tupelo bats were held in check for the most part until the top of the fourth. There, singles by Roy and Ray set up a run-scoring ground out by Wheeler. Then the big blow of the game was a two-run home run by Ikerd to left field.

Tupelo officially opens the season Friday in the Tupelo Classic. The Wave face Saltillo at 6 p.m. Friday, then squares off against Louisville at 5 p.m. Saturday.

 

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 16)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball got a small taste of a playoff atmosphere at THS Thursday. Matt Justice’s No. 2-ranked girls (24-2) suffered their second loss of the season against No. 1 Horn Lake. They may see each other against in a few weeks if both keep winning. His team turned around 24 hours later and defeated Corinth on Senior Night. Golden Wave basketball (18-9) pulled off two of the most impressive back-to-back wins of the season against Horn Lake and Corinth. The boys were down ten starting the fourth with Horn Lake, and Corinth was ranked No. 1 in the Daily Journal’s boys rankings. Tupelo hosts the Division 2-6A tournament Tuesday and Friday. Click here for seeds, times, and the schedule.

BOWLING: Both teams captured Class II Regional titles at Depot Bowling Center in Philadelphia yesterday. The girls (13-0-1), led by Taylor Russell’s high series of 803 and high game of 247, defeated Neshoba Central 3-2 in Bakers finals. The boys (14-0-1), led by Clayton Horton’s high series of 864, also defeated Neshoba Central 3-0. Both now prepare for another Class II championship at Fannin Lanes in Brandon Friday, Feb. 28. The Lady Wave will try to make it four-straight MHSAA crowns, the boys have won five of the last six.

POWERLIFTING: Boys powerlifting won the Division 2-6A title Friday night. Eight lifters qualified for North Half at Charleston Saturday, March 8th. Girls will travel to Regionals at Oxford Friday at 1 p.m.

BASEBALL: Coach Gary Enis and his 2014 squad will participate in the Nettleton Jamboree Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. They will face Baldwyn and Nettleton.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Coach Josh Hegwood and his 2014 girls will compete at the Mooreville Jamboree Saturday.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Seniors bowler Ashleigh Burns, Ellye Gafford, and Marcus Robinson lead their teams to Class II North Regional titles yesterday.
  • Junior Asia Partlow had 10 points, nine rebounds, and three charges in Thursday’s loss to Horn Lake. Senior Bre Jernigan totaled 25 points against Horn Lake and Corinth. Jernigan also had five assists and four steals against the Lady Warriors.
  • Junior Antonio Green notched 20 (points), five (rebounds), five (assists) and 21, seven, and six in wins over Horn Lake and Corinth. Junior Malik Douglas put up 16 points and seven rebounds in Friday’s regular season finale.

 

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Tupelo basketball announces Div. 2-6A tournament schedule

Tupelo High School will host the Division 2-6A basketball tournament Tuesday, Feb. 18th and Friday, Feb. 21st. Admission each day will be $7.

Here are times, opponents, and seeds for each day. Schools listed first are designated as the home team.

Tuesday:

  • 4 p.m.: No. 2 South Panola vs. No. 3 Grenada (girls)
  • 5:30 p.m.: No. 1 Grenada vs. No. 4 Hernando (boys)
  • 7 p.m.: No. 1 Tupelo vs. No. 4 Hernando (girls)
  • 8:30 p.m.: No. 2 Tupelo vs. No. 3 South Panola (boys)

Friday:

  • 6 p.m.: Finals (girls)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Finals (boys)

ATTN: Tupelo High dismisses students at 3:20. Due to campus and Cliff Gookin Boulevard traffic between 3:20-3:45, fans, teams, and other personnel should plan accordingly for the tipoff at 4 p.m.

ALL games will be streamed LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

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No. 1 Horn Lake turns defense up in 59-52 win over No. 2 Tupelo

A few called this a preview to a possible 6A playoff game. Let’s hope they are right.

No. 1 Horn Lake Lady Eagles (24-1) defeated the No. 2 Tupelo Lady Wave (23-2) at Tupelo High, 59-52. This non-playoff contest could be played again in two weeks if both teams win in division tournaments next week.

A back-and-forth game for most of three quarters, it eventually favored Horn Lake in the 4th when a stingy half court defense forced THS to throw it away during opportunistic times. Matt Justice’s girls took their first lead of the game two minutes into the second half but Horn Lake never gave up their intensity. They outscored Tupelo 22-10 in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles were led by Dandy Dozen standout Olivia Cunningham and Alondrea Rush who each notched 20 points. A’Queen Hayes, another Dandy Dozen senior, finished with nine points.

For Tupelo, lone senior Bre Jernigan provided 15 points, junior Asia Partlow had 10, and freshman Alayjah Sherer finished with 10. The Lady Wave’s leading scorer, junior Jaleigha Polk (14.3 PPG), had nine in the THS loss.

Horn Lake will conclude their regular at Senatobia tomorrow while Tupelo hosts Corinth on Senior Night. Both will begin division tournament play Tuesday and conclude Friday. 1-6A will match up with 2-6A in the 1st Round Monday, February 24th.

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

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball (16-9) couldn’t capture the Div. 2-6A No. 1 seed Tuesday night when they lost to Grenada but they did capture Lee County bragging rights with an exciting OT win over Shannon Friday. The No. 2-ranked Lady Wave (23-1) defeated Grenada and Shannon in fairly easy fashion. Both teams will host Horn Lake and Corinth Tuesday and Friday night this week. Horn Lake girls are No. 1 in the state. THS has never hosted a No. 1-No. 2 basketball match in 30 years. Friday will be Senior Night for both squads as they conclude regular season play.

  • FYI: Tuesday’s games could be affected by winter weather moving through the area Monday evening. If games stay as scheduled both will be broadcasted live at www.goldenwaveathletics.com at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

SOCCER: Lady Wave soccer (15-3) concluded their season at Madison Central last Wednesday as the Lady Jags defeated THS in the 6A North Half championship. Madison Central eventually went on to defeat Brandon to win the 6A title Friday.

BOWLING: Both squads defeated East Webster, Northwest Rankin, and East Union last week. The Lady Wave (12-0-1) won all three matches 8-0. Highlights included sophomore Taylor Russell posted a MHSAA girls record 290 against East Union Friday and senior Ashleigh Burns getting a high game of 233 against East Webster Tuesday. The Golden Wave (13-0-1) won 7-1 twice and 8-0. High games included Jake Houston and Josh Turberville. Both teams will participate in the MHSAA Class II North Regional tournament at Depot Lanes in Philadelphia Saturday.

THS COED: Cheerleading finished 9th out of 33 in the Small Coed Varsity division at Nationals in Orlando, FL yesterday.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Be sure to check out our articles from #NSD last week: Football, volleyball, soccer, and XC.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior guard Jaleigha Polk had 17 points and four steals in their win over Shannon Friday.
  • Junior forward Malik Douglas totaled 12 points (eight in OT) and seven rebounds in Tupelo’s OT win at Shannon Friday.
  • Senior Ashleigh Burns bowled a 233 high game versus East Webster. Sophomore Taylor Russell bowled a MHSAA girls record of 290 against East Union. She also recorded a 745 series, which is the first 700+ series for either Tupelo teams this season, against the Urchins.
  • Junior Jake Houston bowled a 188, 246, and 233 in Tupelo’s win over East Webster. Junior Clayton Horton lead THS to a win over East Union by bowling a 244, 217, and 217 for a three-game series of 675.

 

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Q&A with Lady Wave point guard Bre Jernigan

Being the lone senior on the No. 2-ranked Lady Wave basketball (22-1) team is a tough job… but someone’s got to do it.

 

TBB: With being the only senior on the team what do you do to keep the other players’ minds right daily?

  • BJ: “I’m tough on them but I try to stay positive and make sure we’re all on the same page. We say – T. ogether E. veryone A. chieves M. ore. We all make sure we stay humble and always work together.”

TBB: You’re No. 2 in the state. Did you ever expect a season like you’re having right now?

  • BJ: “Coach Justice set our standards high coming into the season and we’ve been working hard because of them. I expected it because we want it. I also knew what we were capable of as a team.”

TBB: You’ve come a long way in four short years. What have you done individually to better your game on the court?

  • BJ: “My everyday motto is ‘Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard’. A little bit of talent and a lot of hard work goes a long way. I got in the gym and did what I had to do… early mornings and late nights.”

TBB: A select group of guys practice with y’all during 3rd block. What’s that like? Is it intimidating or do you honestly feel that’s taken your team’s tempo to another level?

  • BJ: “It’s not intimidating at all. It’s taken us to the next level. We always like a challenge. This is preparing us for the big stage. I give them a lot of credit because they’ve helped us tremendously.”

TBB: The Lady Wave will host probably the No. 1 team in the state Tuesday… I know you have Shannon next but are y’all thinking ahead and wondering if this could be a future North Half test for the team?

  • BJ: “We aren’t thinking any differently about them. We’re going to prepare and go hard just like we always do. They’ll definitely get our best game just like we will get theirs.”

 

Matt Justice’s squad will take on the Lady Raiders at Shannon tonight. In their first meeting back on November 19th, THS won 75-66.

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