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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.


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.


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.


Ticket, chairback information for Friday’s 6A North Half Championship

Advanced tickets for Friday’s South Panola-Tupelo 6A North Half football championship go on sale tonight.

The Lost Pizza Company on North Gloster Street in Tupelo will sell $8 MHSAA tickets from 5-8 p.m. Athletic Director Andy Schoggin, head coach Trent Hammond, and other football coaches will also be in attendance. All fans and supporters are encouraged to show up during those times.

Home and visitor ticket booths at Golden Wave Field will open two hours before kickoff Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

If you are a season ticket holder of chairbacks, you will need to still purchase a ticket. Those who have reserved seats from the regular season will have until 6:30 to use those spots. After that time, all seats (including chairbacks) will be first come, first serve.

Friday’s winner will face Meridian or Oak Grove Friday, December 6th at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson at 7:30 p.m.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 24)

FOOTBALL: Tupelo did something Friday night they haven’t done in 18 years… they won a 2nd Round playoff game. THS defeated Madison Central 27-15 in Madison. This is Tupelo’s first 12-win season since 1992, their lone state title season.

The win now sets up a rematch with South Panola at Golden Wave Field Friday at 7 p.m. The Golden Wave have lost 12-straight to the defending Class 6A champions. Earlier this season, the Tigers defeated THS 14-8 in Batesville. Here are quick facts from the October 13th regular season game.

Tickets for Friday’s 6A North Half championship will be $7 and only State Passes will be allowed. Also, it will be streamed LIVE at

Here are highlights from Friday’s win:

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball improved to 2-1 with a win over Shannon last Tuesday. They now prepare for Biggersville Friday at 4:50 in Corinth’s Lighthouse Classic and Velma Jackson Saturday at Clinton High in the 4th Annual Capital City Hoops Challenge at 5:30.

Lady Wave basketball (5-0) defeated Shannon, Olive Branch, and Lafayette last week. They’ll face Oxford in the Oxford Shootout finals Monday at 8:30.

SOCCER: Lady Wave (5-0) defeated Pontotoc, Amory, Starkville, and Saltillo last week. The Golden Wave (4-0-1) defeated Pontotoc, Horn Lake and tied with Starkville. Both teams will be off during Thanksgiving Break.

BOWLING: Both teams lost tough 5-3 matches to Hardin County (TN) last week. They will travel to Olive Branch Monday for a 3:30 match.



  • Senior defensive back Otis Wilson had nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), four pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and one interception in Friday’s 27-15 2nd Round win at Madison Central.
  • Senior forward Charde Hannah pulled a hat trick against Pontotoc, had two goals against Amory, and played keeper against Starkville. 
  • Junior midfielder Hunter Johnson had a total of four goals last week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell bowled a 643 series for the first 600 series of the season for the Lady Wave.
  • Freshman bowler Josh Turberville overcame adverse lane conditions during game 2 against Hardin County. He bowled a clean game for a score of 193.


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.


Information about Friday’s check-out procedures, student pep bus to Madison Central


THS students will be allowed to check-out at 2 p.m Friday to attend the 2nd Round 6A football playoff game at Madison Central. In order to be able to leave, parents MUST come to the attendance office prior to Friday at 2 p.m. to pre-check-out.

In order for students to receive an excused absence, students MUST sign-in with an administration on the visitor side at Madison Central High School.

Seniors who have senior leave do NOT need to sign-in.

If a student check-outs incorrectly or doesn’t sign-in, an unexcused absence will be given.



A pep bus will also go to the game at 2 p.m. The cost is $10. This does NOT include admission to the game ($7) or any meals. Students will need to follow the same instructions as mentioned for checking out.

A sign-up sheet will be in J Building until Friday. Athletic Director Andy Schoggin will also be available to help answer questions and take up money in the cafeteria all this week.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 17)

FOOTBALL: On to the 2nd Round. Last week, Tupelo (11-1) defeated Warren Central 20-17. Senior kicker Reed Bigham hit the game-winning FB with only seconds left to catapult the Golden Wave. This week’s game is the first 2nd Round playoff game for Tupelo since 2007 (THS lost to South Panola 28-21).

Trent Hammond’s team now prepares for a 3-hour drive to long-time rival and 1-6A, 1 seed, Madison Central. The Jaguars defeated DeSoto Central 38-18 last week. If THS wins, they’ll host the Starkville-South Panola winner next Friday for 6A North Half. As always, the game will stream LIVE at

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (2-0) opened 2013-2014 in impressive fashion with dominate wins over West Point and Mooreville last week. Coach Matt Justice’s team now looks to host Shannon Tuesday and travel to the Oxford Shootout Thursday (vs. Olive Branch at 5:30 p.m.), Saturday (vs. Cleveland/Lafayette at 4 or 7 p.m.), and Monday (TBA).

Jeff Norwood’s Golden Wave boys (1-1) lost a tough one to West Point but dominated Mooreville. They also look to get their second win of the season as they host county rival Shannon Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

SOCCER: Lady Wave (1-0) and Golden Wave (1-0) soccer swept Saltillo last Thursday in their season-openers at Ballard Park. The teams will travel to Pontotoc Tuesday and host their annual tournament Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. See the schedule below for teams and times:


BOWLING: Susan Dudley’s teams swept East Union in their season-openers Friday. The varsity teams will host Hardin County, Tennessee at Rebelanes tomorrow at 4 p.m.



  • Junior nose guard Jamal Wren had 5.5 tackles (two sacks, two tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one assisted) in Tupelo’s 20-17 win over Warren Central.
  • Freshman center back Hannah Ellis stepped up for Lady Wave soccer last week, and played with poise and maturity in their win over Saltillo.
  • Senior midfielder Forrest Timmons had one goal and two assists in Tupelo soccer’s win over Saltillo.
  • Junior bowler Clayton Horton had a series-high 558 and a 186 average for the week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell had a series-high 576 and a 186 average for the week.


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 (November 10)

FOOTBALL: For the first time since 1999, Tupelo football (10-1, 6-1) finished the regular season with 10 wins. The Golden Wave shut out Olive Branch on Senior Night 7-0 and locked the No. 2 seed in Div. 1-6A. The win was also first over the Conquistadors since 2003. THS nows enters the playoffs for the 24th time in school history.

Tupelo hosts Warren Central Friday at 7 p.m. The last time WC and THS met was the 1st Round of 5A Playoffs in 2005… THS won 3-0. The winner will face the winner of DeSoto Central-Madison Central Friday, November 15th. As always, you can watch the Friday’s 1st Round game LIVE at

XC: SWEEP! Both teams recaptured state championships Saturday at Clinton. After disappointing losses to Ocean Springs in the finals last year, THS XC came into the 2013 season on a mission. The girls won their 12th title since 2001, the boys took their 11th. Together, both programs have 33 state championships in their history at THS.

Junior Darnell Collier won the 6A 5K race, senior Andrew White placed second, senior Michael Robinson got 7th, and junior Max Lawson, senior Mako Dijkwel, and sophomore Logan Long finished 16th, 17th, and 18th. On the girls’ side, junior Christina Daniels placed 4th, 7th grader Savannah Hudgins got 8th, junior Mika Takahashi got 10th, senior Sabrina Hudgins got 11th, and 8th grader Anna McCoy got 14th for THS.

BASKETBALL: After a week “off”, THS basketball will open the 2013-2014 season hosting their annual Golden Wave Tip-Off Challenge Tuesday. New Hope-Center Hill girls will tip at 4, boys at 5:30. Lady Wave and Golden Wave will host West Point at 7, boys at 8:30. Both teams will also also Mooreville Thursday at 6 and 7:30. This game was originally scheduled for Friday but Tupelo’s football playoffs moved it back a day.

SOCCER: Just like basketball, THS soccer will open the season hosting Saltillo at Ballard Park Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m. Until football concludes, Ballard will host home contests.

BOWLING: Susan Dudley’s teams will open their season against East Union at Rebelanes Friday at 4. Boys and girls varsity will bowl first, and JV will follow.



  • Junior defensive lineman Demarcus Rogers had 10.5 tackles (four for a loss, six solo, and one assisted) in Tupelo’s 7-0 win over Olive Branch Friday.
  • Seniors Andrew White, Michael Robinson and Mako Dijkwel had an incredible grinding consistency though heat, mud, and cold. These three guys have been Tupelo XC’s top five runners for every race this year, from instrasquad in August to the state meet yesterday.


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.


Basketball, soccer move games for football playoffs

Two Lee County teams will face Tupelo High a day earlier than expected.

Due to Tupelo football hosting a first round 6A playoff game against against Warren Central Friday, November 15th, basketball and soccer will move scheduled games that same evening to Thursday, November 14th.

Boys and girls basketball welcome the Mooreville Troopers at 6 and 7 p.m. Boys and girls soccer will host Saltillo at Ballard Park. Girls begin at 5, boys at 7. Until football concludes, all soccer matches will be at Ballard.


@MyTupelo to host 2013 CrossTown Challenge

Here’s the official press release from the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau:


TUPELO, Miss—Following the December 13 Mississippi State University vs. Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball game at the BancorpSouth Arena, 12 high school basketball teams will hit the court to participate in the 2013 CrossTown Challenge, presented by The tournament will commence at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14.

“We are excited to showcase girl’s and boys’ basketball teams from across Northeast Mississippi during the 2013 CrossTown Challenge,” said Seth Gaines, Director of Sports Development for the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From the Mississippi State game Friday night to the full day of high school hoops on Saturday, it will be a perfect weekend to watch some great basketball games in Tupelo.”

Cost is $7 for all day entry into the 2013 CrossTown Challenge tournament. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the BancorpSouth Arena Box Office and through starting November 8 at 10:00am. A tentative schedule of events is listed below. For more information, please contact the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau at (662) 841-6521.


11:00 a.m. – Itawamba Indians vs. Pine Grove (Boys)

12:45 p.m. – Florence vs. Alcorn Central (Girls)

2:30 p.m. – Carbon Hill AL vs. Shannon (Boys)

4:15 p.m. – Tupelo vs. Belmont (Girls)

6:00 p.m. – Olive Branch vs. Florence MS (Boys)

7:45 p.m. – Tupelo vs. Sumter Central AL (Boys)