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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.



  • 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.


As always, follow @tbradenbishop or @TupeloHigh for Tupelo High sports updates and pertinent information regarding all Tupelo Golden Wave athletics. is also on Facebook. Be sure to Like us.


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.


  • 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)


  • 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


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.


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 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.



  • 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.


As always, follow @tbradenbishop or @TupeloHigh for Tupelo High sports updates and pertinent information regarding all Tupelo Golden Wave athletics. is also on Facebook. Be sure to Like us.


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.


Three Tupelo soccer student athletes sign

Tupelo soccer has been a tradition for almost 20 years. That tradition continued Wednesday with three student signing to play at the next level.

Charde’ Hannah, Sabi Malli, and Forrest Timmons inked with colleges of their choice. As seniors, Hannah finished with 21 goals, three assists, and one save; Malli had three goals; and Timmons had three goals and three assists.

Lady Wave forward Charde’ Hannah signed with the University of South Alabama. “I enjoyed my four years at THS,” said Hannah. “South Alabama’s women’s program is on the rise. They just won their first conference championship with their first-year head coach. I’m honored to be recruited by Coach Graham Winkworth (USA).”

First-year Lady Wave head coach Hannah Kimbrough was excited for Hannah. “Charde’ oozes with talent, ” said Kimbrough, a former THS and Ole Miss soccer standout.  “She has a nose for the goal and uses her body well to elude defenders. Charde’ is a player that could make an impact where ever you put her on the field. USA is getting a great one.”

Defender Sabi Malli picked Itawamba Community College. “THS was a good experience and a lot of fun,” said Malli. “I’m going to miss playing with my buddies but I look forward to becoming a better player at ICC.”

Forrest Timmons, a three-year starter, will take his skills to Cleveland when he enrolls at Delta State University in the fall. “Coach Faucette (THS) built me into what I am today. I am prepared to work hard in the off season like I did with Tupelo.”

Golden Wave head coach Harris Faucette is happy to see two of his best players move on to the college rankings. “Forrest is a competitor”, said Faucette. “He’s a leader and he’s extremely smart. Sabi worked hard for us no matter the situation, and I’m very proud of his efforts. Both will be absolutely pleasures to watch and even easier to coach.”


Tupelo XC standout signs with UNA

Senior Sabrina Hudgins can now officially roar as a Lion.

Hudgins, who’s run with Tupelo XC since the 7th grade, made her decision Wednesday to join the University of North Alabama cross country team in Florence, AL later this fall.

Hudgins has personal bests in the 5K with 20:49, the 4K with 15:50, and the 3200 with 12:45. She ran in her first high school state meet in the 8th grade and competed in Jackson for five-straight seasons.

UNA head coach Scott Trimble will get a strong-willed and dedicated runner from Lady Wave head coach Anna Kathryn Sloan. Last season, UNA cross country ran in six events including Clinton’s Watson Ford Invitational. They finished 6th in the Division II South Regional in 2013.


Six Tupelo football seniors inking on National Signing Day

Tupelo football head coach Trent Hammond announces six seniors extending their careers on the next level this morning in the Tupelo High School cafeteria at 9:15 a.m.

  • Joel Baldwin (LS, 6’2″- 220 lbs), Mississippi State University [walk-on]
  • Antonio Clifton (DB, 5’9″- 160 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • James Gilleylen (LB, 6’1″- 220 lbs), University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Alyjiawon Johnson (DL, 6’0″- 255 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • Quinn Tiggs (RB, 5’11”- 170 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • Ashton Wedel (LB, 6’1″- 225 lbs), Itawamba Community College

If attending, please check in J (Administration) Building. You can also watch today’s event LIVE at


Tupelo duo to sign with Tougaloo volleyball

Lady Wave volleyball will have two seniors ink with the Tougaloo Bulldogs Tuesday, February 4th, at 9:30 in J Building’s conference room on the campus of Tupelo High School.

Outside hitters Morgan Hereford and Crystal Coleman are two-year lettermen for Laurie Bishop’s tradition-rich program. As starters, their teams went 38-23 in two seasons.

“Both were very versatile players,” said Bishop, who just finished her third season as head coach. “They can impact both the offense and defense of a match.”

In their final seasons, Hereford finished with 106 kills, 33 aces, and 30 digs; Coleman had 100 kills, 33 aces, and 61 digs.

Tougaloo, a private Jackson, MS college established in 1869, went 2-23 last season and 2-10 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference under fourth-year head coach Shandrea Taylor.

“I am proud of them and the hard work they have put in our program. I’m excited to see them take their volleyball to the next level,” said Bishop. “Coach Taylor is getting two excellent players but even better young women.”