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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.



  • 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.



  •  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.



  • 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.



  • 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.


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.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 15)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (9-0) continued their undefeated streak with dominate wins over Booneville, West Point, and Belmont last week. The Golden Wave (5-4) beat Booneville and Sumter Central (AL) but lost to West Point for the second time this season. Both squads will travel to Pontotoc Friday.

SOCCER: Lady Wave soccer (7-0, 2-0) remains undefeated with division wins over Grenada and Hernando last week. Golden Wave soccer (5-0-1, 2-0) is unbeaten with two weeks last week, too. Both teams will travel to West Jones High Friday to make up tournament games from two weeks ago.

BOWLING: Girls (2-1) defeated Pontotoc 8-0 while the boys (3-1) defeated Pontotoc 8-0 and TCPS 7-1. Girls will host East Union Tuesday at Rebelanes at 4 p.m., and boys return to the lanes when they host the Tupelo Holiday Tournament Saturday, December 21st.

CHEER: THS coed won their third-straight Small Varsity Coed state title yesterday in Jackson. Kama Alford’s squad will compete at Nationals February 8th in Orlando, FL.



  • Junior guard Jaleigha Polk averaged 17 points and four steals last week. She had a season-high 24 points and MVP versus Belmont in the CrossTown Challenge. Senior guard Bre Jernigan had 16 assists and 15 steals last week. She also had and zero turnovers in 28 minutes against Belmont.
  • Junior forward Marquise Rivera had three goals against Grenada (1) and Hernando (2) last week.
  • Junior Addison Gable stepped her game up and bowled her highest series, 566 (157, 199, 210) of the season against Pontotoc. Eli McCaleb, Dalton Tudor, and Drew Tuberville worked together to beat TCPS. After a slow start, they refocused to win games 2, 3, and total pins.
  • All THS coed seniors were recognized for their third-straight state championship.


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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 8)

FOOTBALL: What a season. Tupelo lost a 14-7  battle with Oak Grove in last Friday’s MHSAA 6A championship. The Golden Wave held the high-powered Warrior offense scoreless at the half. Turnovers and a controversial trick field goal hurt Tupelo’s chances to take the lead. The defense held Oak Grove to a season-low 14 points in the loss. 28 Tupelo seniors played in their final game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Trent Hammond and his staff will return to the field in the spring.

BASKETBALL: Friday’s game at Oxford was postponed last week due to both schools participating in football. The boys lost a close game to Corinth Saturday in the Baldywn Shootout. Both teams will host Booneville Monday, travel to West Point Friday, and play in the CrossTown Challenge at the Bancorpsouth Arena Saturday (girls face Belmont at 4:15, boys battle Sumter Central, Alabama at 7:45). Saturday’s Tupelo games will broadcast LIVE at

SOCCER: Both squads had weekend matches in Jackson cancelled due to inclement weather. Both teams will travel to Grenada Tuesday and host Hernando Friday.

BOWLING: Ms. Dudley’s teams will host Pontotoc at Rebelanes Thursday at 4.



  • All senior football players. Thanks for dedication and an incredible season. Bravo!


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6A MHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Oak Grove preview, television/radio information

PREVIEW: OAK GROVE (13-1, 6-1)

  • Mascot: Warriors
  • City: Hattiesburg (Lamar County)
  • Division: 3-6A
  • Colors: Black and Gold
  • 2012 record: 7-4 (3-4)
  • Coach: Nevill Barr (14th season)
  • Last meeting: Never
  • 2013 roster:
  • Football history: Zero titles, two State Runners-Up (2003, 2009), three division titles (2003, 2005, 2006), ten playoff appearances, two undefeated regular seasons, fifteen winning seasons, seventeen losing seasons.



  • When: Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m
  • Tickets: Pre-sold at THS for $12 (parking included), $13 in Jackson
  • Venue: Jackson State University’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (Click here for Google Maps and directions to stadium), Tupelo fans will sit on the visitor east side.




Official TPSD release regarding events/6A title game Friday

Here’s the official release from TPSD regarding this week’s events leading up to the 2013 MHSAA 6A football game in Jackson Friday at 7:30


In honor of the upcoming THS vs. Oak Grove 6A state championship football game, the following events and schedule changes are taking place:

  • Pre-sale of tickets will take place at THS’ J Building (Administration) from 8am-3pm this week. $12 (includes parking) advance tickets; $13 at the gate. A portion of advanced ticket sales will benefit THS.
  • A city-wide pep rally will be held Thursday, December 5th at 4pm at Fairpark. In case of rain, location will be at BancorpSouth Arena.
  • On Friday, December 6thearly dismissal will take place. All TPSD offices will close at 3pm. Teachers will be dismissed by their principals. Student dismissal times for car, day care, and bus riders are as follows:

K-2 schools:  2:05 pm

3-5 schools:  2:20 pm

6-12 schools: 1:50 pm

  • Game time is Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, MS located at 2531 N. State Street. Tupelo fans will be seated on the eastside of the stadium.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 1)

FOOTBALL: Party like it’s 1992! Tupelo did what most predicted impossible and knocked off the defending 6A state champions at Golden Wave Field last Friday. The Golden Wave beat South Panola 12-3 in the 6A North Half championship in front of a 2013 season-record crowd. The win was the first over the Tigers since 2001 and snapped South Panola’s 25-game winning streak over Mississippi teams dating back to 2011. Tupelo now prepares for 6A South champion, the Oak Grove Warriors. This is Tupelo football’s fourth trip to Jackson (1990, 1991, 1992).

Friday’s Class 6A finals at Mississippi Veterans Memorial  Stadium in Jackson will stream LIVE at and televise on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7:30.

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball (3-2) traveled to Corinth’s Lighthouse Classic Friday and defeated Biggersville. The traveled to the Capital Challenge at Clinton High and lost to Velma Jackson yesterday. Lady Wave basketball (6-0) defeated Oxford to capture the Lady Charger Shootout trophy last Monday. Both teams will reschedule their contest Friday at Oxford due to both schools football programs playing in Jackson. The boys will play Corinth in the Baldwyn Shootout Saturday.

SOCCER: Both teams had last week off. The Golden Wave (3-0) will travel to Northwest Rankin Friday and West Jones Saturday. The Lady Wave (4-0) will also be in the West Jones tournament Friday and Saturday.

BOWLING: Boys defeated Olive Branch 8-0 in Southaven last Monday. Both teams will battle Pontotoc Thursday, December 12th at Rebelanes.


  • Freshman bowler Drew Turberville bowled a 600 series (238, 200, 162) last week.


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2013 6A NORTH HALF QUICK FACTS: South Panola at Tupelo

Friday’s North Half championship is one of the biggest Tupelo games in 20 years. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about both teams:

  • Tupelo (12-1) has lost 12-straight meetings with the Tigers (13-1), including a 14-8 loss in Batesville on October 13th.
  • Tupelo’s last win versus South Panola was in Batesville under Coach Phil Ferguson in 2001.
  • Since their playing history began in 1988, Tupelo is 7-20 overall against South Panola.
  • South Panola has outscored THS 783-392 over those 26 years.
  • South Panola finished 2001 with a losing season. Since then, they’ve won eight state titles (10 total) while THS has won eight Clarion-Ledger All-Sports titles (18 total).
  • THS has had five coaches (Ferguson, Eric Collins, Lamar Aldridge [interim for three games in 2009], David Bradberry, Trent Hammond) since 2001. South Panola has had three (Ed Stanley, Ricky Woods, Lance Pogue) since ’01.
  • South Panola has won 26-straight games against Mississippi opponents. THS has won five-straight since October 13th. The Tiger’s last loss to a Mississippi team was Madison Central in the 6A quarterfinals on November 18th, 2011. Jags won 28-14.
  • Tupelo has only scored more than 17 points on South Panola once since 1999.
  • No school in any classification has won more state titles than South Panola since 1981.
  • The last time THS-SP met in the playoffs was the 5A quarterfinals in 2007. SP won 28-21.
  • South Panola won their first state title in 1993 after defeating Tupelo 34-6 in the 5A North Half championship.
  • Tupelo hasn’t won a North Half championship since beating Clarksdale in 1992. Friday’s NHC is the first for THS since 1995 (Starkville won 21-13). THS was 2-5 in THCs between 1984-1995.
  • South Panola is 13-2 in 5A/6A North Half championships since 1993.

Be sure to watch the game LIVE at Friday at 6:40 p.m.