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

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (21-1, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in last week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 1 in the Daily Journal, defeated South Panola and Memphis Central (TN) last week. The win over South Panola clinched the No. 1 seed in the Division 2-6A tournament February 18th. The Golden Wave (15-8, 5-0) defeated South Panola in their only contest last week. THS can win their division with a win over Grenada Tuesday or with a loss of three points or less. Both teams will also travel to in-county rival Shannon Friday.

SOCCER: Golden Wave soccer (12-3-2) finished their season last week with a win over Southaven and a loss at Flowood against Northeast Rankin. Lady Wave soccer (15-2) defeated Southaven and Clinton to advance to their 4th-straight 6A North Half championship. They’ll face Madison Central in Madison Tuesday. The winner will advance to the 6A final at Clinton High School Friday at 5 p.m. Brandon and Gulfport will battle for the South Half title Tuesday night.

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (9-0-1) defeated Starkville at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville Thursday 4-0. High games came from Taylor Russell (199), Ashleigh Burns (178), and Addison Gable (175). Russell finished with a high series of 514.  The boys (11-0-1) defeated Starkville, 4-0. High games included Clayton Horton (244), Cody Chambers (206), and Drew Turberville (193). Horton took the high series with a 656. Both teams return to the lanes Tuesday when they host East Webster at Rebelanes.

SPRING SPORTS: 2013-2014 spring sports (archery, golf, baseball, track, tennis, fast-pitch softball) will be allowed to practice after school tomorrow.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior forward Asia Partlow had 10+ rebounds in wins over South Panola and Memphis Central.
  • Sophomore defender Liza Wise scored the game-winning goal over Clinton and was the leader on the back line of defense. She also helped keep Southaven and Clinton scoreless in their two playoff wins last week.
  • Senior bowler Ellye Gafford and freshman Emily McCaleb both bowling over their average on difficult lane conditions helping the Lady Wave “roll” to a win over Starkville.
  • Junior bowler Clayton Horton, despite adverse lane conditions, was able to overcome the challenges bowling back-to-back 244 scores for G2 and G3 helping the team win over Starkville.

 

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Meet the Wave for spring sports announced

Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2014 information for spring sports.

Baseball (9th, JV, and varsity boys), tennis, powerlifting (boys/girls) track, fast-pitch softball, archery, and golf (boys/girls) will be introduced in the THS gymnasium Thursday, January 30th at 6:15 p.m.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 for each family. Coaches, players, and team rosters will be presented in an emcee format.

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 26)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (19-1, 4-0), ranked No. 4 is last week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 1 in the Daily Journal, defeated Hernando and Scott Central last week. Despite allowing Dandy Dozen and Mississippi State commit Victoria Vivians to get 60 points, Tupelo played easily their best game of the season against the Lady Rebels at Ackerman Saturday. The Golden Wave (14-8, 4-0) jumped six spots in the Daily Journal’s area rankings to No. 4. Jeff Norwood’s team won a pivotal division game at Hernando and a hard-fought battle in yesterday’s Hotbed Classic against North Pontotoc. Both teams now prepare to host South Panola Tuesday. The girls will also travel to Pontotoc High to take on Memphis Central (TN) Saturday in the Robertson Challenge at 3:15.

SOCCER: No. 3 Golden Wave soccer (11-2-2) finished the regular season last week with a win over Pontotoc and a forfeit win against Grenada. The forfeit gave them the Division 2-6A No. 1 seed. N0. 2 Lady Wave soccer (13-2) defeated Pontotoc Monday but cancelled Thursday’s match with Grenada due to boys not playing. Both teams will host No. 2 seed Southaven from Div. 1-6A in 1st Round 6A playoffs tomorrow (Jan. 27th) at 4 and 6 p.m. Southaven-Tupelo matches will broadcast live at www.goldenwaveathletics.com. Winners advance to 2nd Round Saturday (Feb. 1st).

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (8-0-1) defeated Lewisburg and Neshoba Central at Strikezone in Southaven Thursday 8-0. High games came from Addison Gable (226), Taylor Russell (206), and Ashleigh Burns (178). Russell finished with a high series of 600.  The boys (10-0-1) defeated Lewisburg, 7-1; Olive Branch, 8-0; and Neshoba Central, 7-1. High games included Clayton Horton (247), Cody Chambers (219), and Drew Turberville (210). Horton took the high series with a 583. Both teams return to the lanes Thursday when they battle Starkville at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville.

BAND: Seven THS band members have been chosen for the Mississippi All-State Lion Band. This is the highest honor in the state for a band member. They will travel to Canada this summer for the International Lion’s Band Parade competition. Isaac Palmer, Patrick Knight, Zach Campbell, Treyce Bannerman, Kai Brieck, Deja Vaughn, and David Neely will leave for the trip June 27-July 9. Brandon Gregory and Diego Fleitas were also chosen as alternates.

MEET THE WAVE: Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2014 information for spring sports. Baseball (9th, JV, and varsity boys), tennis, track (boys/girls), fast-pitch softball, archery, and golf (boys/girls) will be introduced in the THS gymnasium Thursday, January 30th at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for each family. Coaches, players, and team rosters will be presented in an emcee format.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • The entire Lady Wave basketball team did a great job preparing and playing last week.
  • Sophomore midfielder Logan Little scored one goal and had one assist last week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell bowled a 600 series against Lewisburg leading the team to a decisive win. This was the highest series for the day by any bowler… including the boys.
  • Junior bowler Jake Houston had impressive spare shooting in Games 1 and 2 Thursday. He made five out of five ten pin spares.

 

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No. 4 Lady Wave battle Scott Central and Victoria Vivians

Scott Central’s Victoria Vivians had an interesting evening yesterday.

The 6’1″ senior forward, who’s averaging 45.3 PPG, scored 41 points and broke the Mississippi girls all-time scoring record in a 77-44 win over Union. With 5:31 left in the first half Vivians drained a 3-pointer to push her over 5,034 career points.  The No. 24 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 of 2014 is committed to Mississippi State University.

Lady Wave basketball (18-1) will tangle with Scott Central (17-3) at Ackerman’s Mid-Mississippi Challenge today at 5:45. Tupelo’s lone loss this season was at No. 3 New Hope three weeks ago.

Matt Justice’s team has faced a better teams this season than 2A Scott Central but never an individual player quite like Vivians. “She’s probably the best female to ever play in Mississippi,” said Justice. “I know she’s the best I’ve ever seen. Not many girls can be doubled all night and still put up 45+ points. They’re scrappy but I’m excited to play them.”

Vivians, 2013 Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year, needs 45 points to top Missy Thomas (Gibsland-Coleman, LA – 1992-1995) as 2nd on the all-time national girls scoring list.

BOYS

On the boys side, Jeff Norwood’s Golden Wave (13-8) will travel to New Albany to play North Pontotoc (13-8) in the 23rd Annual Hotbed Classic at 3:30. THS is currently No. 5 in this week’s Daily Journal boys rankings. North comes in a No. 9.

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Tupelo High fall sports report 3.44 GPA

Per a release from THS athletic director Andy Schoggin, 21 fall sports revealed their GPA for the 1st semester of 2013-2014.

“This is a direct reflection on the emphasis our coaches place on the term ‘student-athlete'”, said Schoggin. “We had a very successful fall sports season and these numbers represent academic success inside the classroom as well.”

Here’s the individual breakdown:

  • football – 3.24
  • volleyball – 3.72
  • tennis – 3.94
  • slow-pitch softball – 3.84
  • baseball – 3.7
  • cross country (boys) – 3.58
  • cross country (girls) – 4.0 [96.1 average]
  • swim (boys) – 3.8
  • swim (girls) – 3.8
  • cheer (Varsity) – 3.58
  • cheer (9th grade) – 3.53
  • soccer (boys) – 3.5
  • soccer (girls) – 3.8
  • basketball (boys) – 3.18
  • basketball (girls) – 3.36
  • bowling (boys) – 3.19
  • bowling (girls) -3.4
  • powerlifting (boys) – 3.6
  • golf (boys) – 3.6
  • golf (girls) – 3.9

582 students from 9th-12th grades totaled these 21 sports. Cross country was the largest with 106 athletes while girls golf has two. Overall, the average GPA for each sport was 3.44.

“I’m proud of these results,” said third-year THS principal Jason Harris. “This is a true reflection of our outstanding coaches and student-athletes at THS. When you have GPAs over 3.0, students are obviously placing a priority on their academics.”

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 19)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (17-1, 3-0) moved up five spots to No. 4 in last week’s Clarion-Ledger Girls Super 10 rankings. Only Horn Lake, Clinton, and New Hope, which is actually their only loss this season, are ranked higher. They also debuted at No. 1 in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s area girls rankings. Matt Justice’s team defeated South Panola in Batesville and Grenada at THS to bring keep Division 2-6A record perfect. They will travel to Hernando Tuesday before battling 5A Scott Central in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge at Ackerman Saturday at 5:45. Mississippi’s leading girls scorer senior forward Victoria Vivians (45.0 PPG) has Scott Central at 15-3. Golden Wave basketball (12-8, 3-0) is currently riding a four-game winning streak entering this week. Jeff Norwood’s squad pulled a comeback win away from South Panola Tuesday and dominated Grenada Friday. They will also travel to Hernando Tuesday but will face North Pontotoc in the 23rd Annual Hotbed Classic at New Albany Middle School Saturday at 3:30. FYI: New Clarion-Ledger and Daily Journal rankings will be released Monday.

SOCCER: Golden Wave soccer (9-2-2) suffered their first two losses of the season last week. Hernando and No. 1 Madison Central gave No. 3 THS a minor setback in a matter of four days. N0. 2 Lady Wave soccer (12-2) demolished Hernando Tuesday before losing 2-0 at No. 3 Madison Central Friday. The girls are currently without six starters due to various injuries. Both teams will host three games this week at 5 and 7 p.m.: Pontotoc Tuesday, Grenada Thursday, and South Panola Friday. First Round playoffs begin Tuesday, January 28th. Sites and seeding should be determined this week. FYI: New Clarion-Ledger rankings will be released Tuesday.

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (6-1) defeated rival West Union at Action Lanes in New Albany Monday 8-0. High games came from Addison Gable (195), Ellye Gafford (183), and Ashleigh Burns (179). Addison Gable finished with a high series of 496.  The boys (6-0-1) defeated WU 7-1. High games included Drew Turberville (216), Marcus Robinson (209), Cody Chambers (199), and Eli McCaleb (198). Drew Turberville took the high series with a 563. Both teams return to the lanes Thursday when they battle Olive Branch and Lewisburg at Strikezone in Southaven.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior guard Jaleigha Polk outscored Grenada 19-17 in the first half Friday. She finished with a game-high 22 points.
  • Freshman midfielder Reid Chapman stepped up and played back line for the Lady Wave despite not playing or starting there all season.
  • Senior forward KJ Armstrong scored Tupelo’s lone goal at Madison Central Friday.
  • Senior bowler Ellye Gafford stepped up to bowl a 490 series, her highest of the season, against West Union.
  • Junior bowler Eli McCaleb came off the bench to spark his team to win pivotal games over West Union.

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 12)

BASKETBALL: Tupelo Lady Wave basketball (15-1, 1-0) retained their No. 9 Clarion-Ledger ranking despite losing their first game of the season two Saturdays ago. They opened Division 2-6A with a solid win over Hernando Friday and completely demolished Aberdeen yesterday. The Golden Wave (10-8, 1-0) currently rides a three-game winning streaking with recent wins over Hernando and Aberdeen. Both squads will continue with division games this week when they travel to Batesville Tuesday and host Grenada Friday.

SOCCER: No. 3-ranked Lady Wave soccer (11-1, 2-0) suffered their first loss of the season at No. 6 Clinton Friday night. They quickly turned around and defeated No. 10 Germantown and No. 4 Brandon yesterday at Germantown High. The No. 4 boys (9-0-2, 2-0) remain unbeaten after tying with Clinton Friday, and defeating Germantown and No. 3 Brandon yesterday. Both teams will host division rival Grenada tomorrow (Monday), travel to Hernando Tuesday, and travel to Madison Central Friday. Madison Central’s girls are ranked No. 5, boys are No. 2.

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (5-1) defeated first-year DeSoto Central at Southaven Tuesday 8-0. High games came from Ellye Gafford (166), Caitlin Gardner (159), and Patrice Sharp (158). Addison Gable finished with a high series of 452.  The boys (5-1) defeated DC 5-3. High games included Cody Chambers (277), Jake Houston (226), Marcus Robinson (217), Drew Turberville (208), Clayton Horton (201), and Eli McCaleb (201). Jake Houston took the high series with a 628. Both teams return to the lanes tomorrow (Monday) when they’ll travel to New Albany and battle West Union.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior forward Braxton Thomas powered her team to a division win over Hernando Friday with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Sophomore forward EJ Fuller had 14 points and six rebounds in Tupelo’s win over Aberdeen.
  • Freshman midfielder Lexi Pund, having never started a Varsity match, scored the game-winning goal versus No. 4 Brandon Saturday.
  • Senior forward Chase Cernigliaro scored three goals last week; one versus Clinton and two versus Brandon.
  • Junior team anchor Addison Gable bowled two strikes in Game 2’s 10th frame of the Lady Wave’s win over DeSoto Central.
  • Junior Jake Houston and Senior Marcus Robinson each bowled a 600 series and led their individual squads to wins over DC.

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 5)

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball (8-7) defeated Neshoba Central in yesterday’s New Hope Trojan Classic. The No. 9-ranked Lady Wave (12-1) was handed their first loss of the season by No. 5 New Hope. Both teams will travel to DeSoto Central Tuesday before opening division at home Friday against Hernando. They will also travel to Aberdeen Saturday.

SOCCER: Both squads participated in yesterday’s round-robin tournament at Oxford. No. 3-ranked Lady Wave soccer (9-0, 2-0) defeated Southaven and Oxford while the No. 4-ranked Golden Wave (7-0-1, 2-0) took care of Jackson Academy and Jackson Prep. Both teams will host Grenada Tuesday and travel to Jackson to face Clinton, Germantown, and Brandon this weekend.

BOWLING: Both teams were off last week. THS will travel to Southaven Thursday and battle DeSoto Central 3:30. Sophomore Taylor Russell is currently competing in the Team USA bowling trials in Las Vegas until Thursday of this week. Today she finished 53rd out of 105 nationally. She’s currently 85th overall with yesterday’s points.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  •  Sophomore guard Darius Wilson came off the bench to hit three consecutive 3-pointers in Tupelo’s win over Neshoba Central.
  • Senior forward Charde Hannah had six goals in the Lady Wave’s two soccer wins in Oxford. Sophomore keeper Madeline Harrison didn’t allow a goal the entire weekend.
  • Junior defender Sam Dexter scored a pivotal goal yesterday for Golden Wave soccer.

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 29)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (12-0) remains undefeated after beating Ripley Friday and Corinth yesterday in the Booneville Kiwanis Classic. The No. 10-ranked Lady Wave, expected to rise higher in tomorrow’s Clarion-Ledger MS Prep poll, will battle New Hope in their Trojan Classic Saturday at 6:30.

Golden Wave (7-6) defeated Antioch (TN) last Monday and went 1-2 in last weekend’s Gulfport Hardwood Classic. In Gulfport, the boys defeated Mobile- and fell to Pascagoula and St. Martin. The boys will face Neshoba Central in the New Hope Trojan Classic Saturday at 5.

SOCCER: Both Lady Wave and Golden Wave soccer were off last week. Teams will return to action when they play in the Oxford Tournament Saturday, Jan. 4th: girls will play Southaven at 10:15 and Oxford at 5:15; boys will play Jackson Academy at 10:15 and Jackson Prep at 2:45.

BOWLING: Tupelo’s match versus Starkville Thursday has been rescheduled. A date has not been set. Their next match will be in Southaven against DeSoto Central Jan. 8th at 3:30.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • The entire roster of Lady Wave basketball helped the team go 12-0 during November and December. 

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 22)

FOOTBALL: RB Quinn Tiggs, LB James Gilleylen, and K Reed Bigham participated in the 65th Benard Blackwell All-Star Classic at Milner Stadium at Gulfport High Saturday. The South won the contest 24-9. Bigham, who nailed a 48-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter, was named North Offensive MVP. Gilleylen, a University of Tennessee-Martin commit, had six tackles and received the Bill Stewart Award for sportsmanship and character. Tiggs finished his high school career with three rushes for 12 yards and one catch for nine yards.

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (10-0) remained undefeated after beating No. 8 Pontotoc at Warrior Gym Friday night. The win was Coach Matt Justice’s 50th of his career. The Lady Wave will face Ripley in the Booneville Christmas Classic at 6:30 Friday and Corinth at noon Saturday.

Golden Wave (5-5) dropped a tough battle to Pontotoc. The boys will host Antioch (TN) Monday night at 6 p.m. This will be a boys ONLY game. THS will travel to Gulfport Thursday to face Pascagoula in the Hardwood Classic. Their opponents Friday will be determined after a win or loss.

SOCCER: Both Lady Wave and Golden Wave soccer matches were cancelled at West Jones last weekend due to weather. Teams will return to action after Christmas when they play in the Oxford Tournament Saturday, Jan. 4th.

BOWLING: Both teams won the Tupelo Holiday Tournament yesterday at Rebelanes. THS will host Starkville Jan. 2nd at Rebelanes at 3:30.

BAND: Band director Tim Matlock was named to the Top 50 of  School Band and Orchestra’s Directors Who Made a Difference in 2013.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Seniors Quinn Tiggs, James Gilleylen, Reed Bigham, Hunter Jones, and Denarius Norman represented THS at the 65th Benard Blackwell All-Star Classic.
  • Juniors Marqueesha Hoskins (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Asia Partlow (10 points, 12 rebounds) tallied double-doubles against No. 8 Pontotoc Friday night.
  • Junior Georgeanna Bowen was a motivational anchor in Saturday’s win over Kossuth. Junior Cody Chambers kept his team moving forward in their win over West Union.

 

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