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

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (12-11, 2-1) had an extremely busy week. They lost at Starkville, 3-1, defeated Columbus, 3-0, and went 1-3 at the Clinton Invitational at Mississippi College yesterday. Laurie Bishop’s team will host Olive Branch Tuesday and travel to Southaven Thursday.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball (10-5-1, 5-1) won Division 1-5A/6A Thursday night with a big win over Saltillo. They also defeated Saltillo earlier that week at THS. Josh Hegwood’s team hosts Mooreville Tuesday and travels to Kossuth Thursday.

FOOTBALL: No. 10 Tupelo football (5-0, 1-0) cleaned shop Friday night at Hernando with an impressive Division 1-6A 41-7 win. Coach Trent Hammond and his staff put together a nice showing after a bye-week. This was the second-straight week Tupelo had faced a team for the first time in their history (Saltillo, Hernando). Since Week 1, Tupelo’s defense has only given up a total of 20 points. Check out David Wheeler’s review and recap. Polls should be out Monday (AP), Tuesday (Mississippi Public Broadcasting), and Wednesday (Mississippi Gridiron). The Golden Wave return home for the first time since August 23rd to host a red-hot, undefeated Grenada Charger team. Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast LIVE at at 6:50.

XC: Both teams experienced off-weeks. They now look to fully prep for Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Chili Pepper Pepper race. Lots of stiff bordering-state competition will be on tap.

SWIM: THS swim swept competition at their nine-team meet yesterday at Rob Leake City Park. Both squads showed impressive times despite having “no rest” according to Coach Lucas Smith. Be sure to read Gene Phelps’ recap here. THS hosts another meet with area schools swimming Tuesday at Rob Leake at 4 p.m.



  • Senior middle-blocker Kerrigan Buck racked up a total of 32 kills, 11 aces, and one block in matches against Starkville, Columbus, Madison-St. Joe’s, Germantown, Northwest Rankin, and Clinton last week.
  • Lady Wave S-P softball’s defense committed ZERO errors in their 6-0 division-clinching win over Saltillo Thursday.
  • Junior outside linebacker Justin Clifton had ten tackles, seven solo, and two tackles for a loss against Hernando.


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

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (10-7, 1-0) dropped their fourth-straight match last Tuesday at DeSoto Central. THS will travel to Starkville (13-7, 2-1) Tuesday, host Columbus (0-3, 0-3) Thursday, and travel to Mississippi College in Clinton Saturday to participate in the CHS Invitational Tournament. Tournament opponents include Northwest Rankin, Ripley, Clinton, Jackson Academy, Madison Central, Madison-St. Joe’s, and Germantown.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball (8-5-1, 3-1) defeated Oxford 17-3 last Monday, South Panola 23-5 in Game 1 of their double-header Thursday, and lost to SP 11-9 in Game 2. Tupelo’s Saturday game against IAHS was rained-out. Coach Hegwood’s team will host Saltillo tomorrow 6 and travel to the Lady Tigers Thursday. Monday’s game will broadcast LIVE at at 5:50.

FOOTBALL: After a bye week, THS football (4-0) will focus on the newly-6A Hernando Tigers (3-1). This will be the first division game of the season for both squads. The Golden Wave is currently ranked in three different polls: AP (No. 10), Mississippi Gridiron (No. 20), and Mississippi Public Broadcasting (No. 11). Last week, senior LB James Gilleylan was chosen at MLM Player of the Week and Farm Bureau Defensive Player of the Week with his performance against Saltillo. Craig Horton, Todd Jordan, and WTHS will broadcast Friday’s game LIVE at at 6:50 p.m.

XC: Tupelo produced yet another dominate performance at the Saltillo Invitational yesterday. Check out David Wheeler’s recap here. Both teams now look to prepare for a week off before traveling to Fayetteville’s (AR) Chili Pepper meet Oct. 5th.

SWIMMING: THS swim recorded nice showings in Starkville last Thursday when they swept the Starkville Invitational at the Sanderson Center on the campus of Mississippi State University. They’ll host Madison Central, Oxford, and Starkville at Rob Leake City Park this Saturday.



  • Senior volleyball outside hitter Crystal Coleman had five digs and five kills against DeSoto Central.
  • Senior softballers Abby Stafford and Paige Cox had eight hits, four RBIs six runs, and seven hits, five RBIs, and three runs respectively versus Oxford and South Panola
  • Senior Andrew White and junior Darnell Collier placed 1st and 2nd for the second-straight week, switching places from last week. In fact, the only Mississippians they’ve lost to in the last four races have been each other (twice each).


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Tupelo football in the polls

One thing that comes with success is the confusing nature of different polls. Tupelo football (4-0) is in the middle of three major polls in the state. Let’s break them down, shall we?

THS continues their third-straight week in the Mississippi Public Broadcasting poll, this week at No. 12. They’ve risen each week since entering No. 24 in week 2. Since then, they’ve been No. 23 in week 3 and No. 16 in week 4. Views the entire list here (via @RobbyDonoho at WCBI).

A panel of Associated Press state sports writers released the selections of the top high school football teams in the state yesterday. THS entered for the first time at No. 10. They received votes in the Class 6A rankings, too. View the entire list here. (via Northeast Mississippi’s Daily Journal)

The Mississippi Gridiron introduced THS at No. 20 this week‘s MHSAA Top 20. This is Tupelo’s first ranking in the 2013 poll. They also feature them at No. 10 in 6A. Learn more about Chris Brooks and the Mississippi Gridiron here.

The Golden Wave also remain at No. 2 in the Daily Journal’s 5A/6A poll via Brandon Speck.


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

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Bishop’s team fell to 10-6 on the season after losses to Ripley, 3-2, Tuesday and Southaven, 3-0, Thursday. They will travel to DeSoto Central Tuesday for a non-division contest.

S-P SOFTBALL: Coach Hegwood’s team (6-4-1, 1-0) lost a hard-fought scuffle with Mooreville, 10-5, Thursday. The Lady Wave will travel to Oxford Monday and South Panola Thursday. Both will be pivotal division contests.

FOOTBALL: They win in Lee County again. Coach Hammond’s 16th-ranked group, now 4-0, defeated Saltillo, 29-10, Friday evening. This was the first time both teams had ever faced one another. Relive the night’s tweets here. Be sure to read David Wheeler’s recap here and here. THS will have a week off before returning to action next week when they open division at newly 6A opponent Hernando.

XC: Coach Sloan and Coach Begnauds’ teams took 1st place finishes at Saturday’s Pontotoc Invitational. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and David recapped it here. The squads now prepare to travel to Saltillo Saturday.

SWIMMING: Both boys and girls teams competed in Oxford and both took 1st place finishes. Teams competing included Hernando, Oxford, and Cleveland. THS swim will travel to Starkville Thursday and will compete in Mississippi State University’s Sanderson Center complex.



  • Junior middle blocker Georgeanna Bowen collected three aces, 11 kills, four blocks, and one dig against Ripley and Southaven.
  • Seniors Abby Cox and Abby Stafford had three and two hits respectively against Mooreville.
  • Senior linebacker and University of Tennessee-Martin commit James Gilleylen had three tackles, one sack, four assists, one tackle for a loss, one pass deflection, two blocked punts, and one touchdown off a blocked punt against Saltillo.
  • Junior girls runner Mika Takahashi placed 2nd overall and ran a personal best of 15:22 to lead THS in the Pontotoc Invitational Saturday. For the boys, senior Michael Robinson finished 7th overall and ran 16:55.


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.


Reliving last night’s football win through tweets

What a win.

Tupelo and Saltillo squared-off for the first time in football history and it wasn’t a disappointment. THS took over the second half and won 29-10. The entire environment at SHS was electric and wild from the beginning. Let’s take a look back at it through memorable tweets.


Thanks to everyone for making it exciting!


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

VOLLEYBALL: THS opened division play at Horn Lake Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over the Lady Eagles. Gene Phelps had the recap. They hosted their annual Volleyfest Saturday and went 4-1 on the day. Here’s that recap. Coach Bishop’s team will travel to Ripley Tuesday and host Southaven Thursday.

S-P SOFTBALL: THS lost a tough battle to Baldwyn Tuesday, 11-0, but won a huge contest against South Pontotoc in eight innings Thursday, 5-4. The Lady Wave will hosts division foe South Panola Tuesday and hosts Mooreville Thursday and Saturday. Tuesday’s division game will be broadcasted LIVE at by WTHS at 6 p.m.

FOOTBALL: Trent Hammond’s team improved to 3-0 on the season with a blowout win at Shannon Friday night. Here’s a look back at David Wheeler’s summary. Tupelo now prepares for another in-county but an undefeated rival off HWY 45 North… the Saltillo Tigers. This will be the first time they’ve ever met in high school football history. WTHS will broadcast the game LIVE at Friday at 6:55 p.m.

XC: Both teams competed in Moulton, AL Saturday. Boys and girls teams will compete at Pontotoc High School this Saturday.

SWIMMING: Both teams opened the 2013 season with wins at Rob Leake City Park last Tuesday. Read Gene’s summary. Boys and girls teams will travel to Oxford Saturday.



  • Softballer Katie Rieves had the game-winning hit, Abby Stafford racked up three hits, Ally Watt had three RBIs, and Avery Goggans finished a key outfield assist against South Pontotoc.
  • Senior running back Quinn Tiggs had seven rushes for 141 yards with one touchdown along with two receptions for seven yards against Shannon. For the year, Tiggs has rushed 34 times for 315 yards (9.27) with three touchdowns.
  • Junior setter Alexis Zosel guided her team with a total of 11 kills and 12 aces in last week’s six matches. She also averaged 20 assists a match.


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.


Lady Wave volleyball goes 4-1 at Volleyfest

Laurie Bishop’s team began their first match of the day at 8 a.m and concluded around 8 p.m. Saturday was a fairly busy day for all 15 teams at the 14th Annual Tupelo Volleyfest.

Between those 12 hours, Tupelo volleyball (10-4) defeated Caledonia, Middleton (TN), Lafayette County, and Cleveland. Their final match featured an exhausted but strong-willed THS, the No. 2 tournament seed, losing to Starkville (18-25, 27-26, 9-15) in a fabulous three-set semifinal match. Starkville, the No. 6 seed, eventually lost in the tournament title match in three games against back-to-back Volleyfest champs, No. 1 seed Ocean Springs (23-25, 25-17, 15-13).

“I’m proud of our team, winning in straight sets throughout pool play to earn a bye in the tournament,” said Bishop. “Starkville played a strong, smart match against us and then had an impressive match against a powerful Ocean Springs team.”

Starkville head coach Lauren Love was pleased with her players, too. “Runner-up is the best tournament finish for the program in at least five years. We are very proud of our girls. We worked hard and made some big plays,” said Love. “More importantly,  we learned more about our team and what we can do if we play together and take care of our side.”

Ocean Springs head coach Brooke Engle didn’t get to make the trip but was extremely pleased of her team’s second-straight tournament title. “I am very proud of them for rallying together and winning without me,” said Engle. “They have so much potential. They showed not only themselves but everyone there what they’re capable of doing.”

Lady Wave volleyball returns to action this Tuesday at Ripley and Thursday when Southaven comes to THS. The match Thursday will not be a division game.


Tupelo football moves up one spot in MPB poll

A day late but the Mississippi Public Broadcasting poll is still good news for Tupelo.

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Special thanks to @PineBeltSports.

Tupelo entered the poll last week at No. 24 after defeating Lafayette County, 36-21, in Week 1. They defeated Center Hill, 27-3, last week.

Seven of the top 10 teams in the state are 6A schools. Interesting enough, THS travels to No. 1 South Panola October 18th and hosts No. 3 Olive Branch November 8th.

Tupelo (2-0) will now travel to Shannon (1-0) this Friday to battle the in-county Red Raiders. Shannon was off last week and defeated Aberdeen, 21-14, in Week 1. The Red Raiders are coached by former Tupelo wide recievers assistant coach Darryl Carter.

You can watch the game LIVE on


TPSD needs your help with specialized car tag


Tupelo Public Schools District is attempting to sell a speciality Mississippi car tag. Here’ the release from

You can now display your pride in our schools by purchasing a TPSD Specialty Car Tag!  The State Tax Commission will be offering a car tag with a Tupelo Schools design for only $31.00. In addition, our District will receive $24.00 of this fee. To purchase your car tag, pick up a form from any school, the district Central Office or print the attached form.  Our district must pre-sell 300 tags before they will be printed. You may turn in your request form along with a check made out to Tupelo Boosters for $31.00 to the main office at any school or mail the request form to TPSD, P.O. Box 557, Tupelo, MS 38802.  You will be notified when your tag is ready.  If you have questions, call 841-8850. Show your pride in our schools by ordering a tag TODAY!  *Please note that checks will be held until 300 are sold.

This isn’t TPSD’s first attempt at a specialized tag. Very little response was given when it was attempted four years ago. Click here for the TPSD tag application and here for Mississippi’s car tag FAQs.


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

Another great week at THS.

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Bishop’s Lady Wave squad (5-3) defeated Belmont Tuesday (25-15, 25-22, 25-18) and Corinth Thursday (25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21). They open division play Thursday at Horn Lake at 6 p.m., and hosts their 14th Annual Tupelo Volleyfest Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

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S-P SOFTBALL: Coach Hegwood’s team (5-2-1, 1-0) defeated division rival Oxford Tuesday (7-0) but was lost to Kossuth Thursday (7-4). Lady Wave softball will travel to Baldwyn Tuesday and host the Lady Cougars of South Pontotoc this week. JV at 5, varsity following. JV defeated both Oxford and Kossuth.

FOOTBALL: No. 24-ranked Golden Wave football improved to 2-0 this season by defeating a hard-nosed Center Hill group, 27-3, Friday night. Coach Hammond’s team continues their four-game road test this week at in-county rival Shannon. The game will be broadcasted live on at 6:50 p.m.

XC: THS opened the 2013 season at the Memphis Twilight last Saturday. Boys placed 7th behind two teams from Missouri and Tennessee, and one team from Alabama and Arkansas. They were paced by Darnell Collier who finished 12th out of 601 high school boys with a time of 16:50. The girls placed 5th behind two team from Missouri, and one team from Arkansas and Tennessee. Junior Christina Daniels led THS to a 4th place finish overall, out of 439, with a time of 19:04. XC travels to Moulton, AL to participate in the Chickasaw Trails race this Saturday.

SWIMMING: Coach Lucas Smith and his teams will open the 2013 season at Rob Leake Park Tuesday afternoon. Both squads won state in 2012.



  • Senior OH Morgan Hereford finished the week with a total of eight aces and 15 kills versus Belmont and Corinth.
  • Senior DL Alyjiawon Johnson. Johnson had several effective tackles on defense against Center Hill. He notched one sack, two pressures, four assists, and three tackles. According to Coach Andrew Jones, he graded at 80%. Also, he came up with big plays on special teams.
  • 8th grader Koji Dijkwel led THS middle school XC boys to team victories at the Memphis Twilight two-straight years. He was 16th last year and 3rd last Saturday.
  • Junior Christina Daniels led THS to a 4th place finish overall, out of 439, with a time of 19:04.


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