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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.


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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.


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 High School joins the Fancred family

Social media is kinda a big deal at THS.

So big that Fancred, a newly-touted social media platform designed around the idea of all-the-time sports, wanted to give our school a try.

On Thursday, Tupelo High School became the first high school to have an official account. The profile will be centered around posting pictures, scores, and other information regarding many Golden Wave activities.

“We’re so excited that Tupelo is the first high school in the country to join Fancred,” said Fancred CEO and Class of 2003 MSU graduate Hossein Kash Razzeghi. “Being from Mississippi, I’m fully aware of their rich tradition in high school athletics. This is a great partnership that we are very proud of.  We welcome all Tupelo High students, alumni, and fans to Fancred.”

Just three days ago, Fancred added Mississippi State University as the first college in the country to have a Fancred profile.

Click here to download the application to your iPhone.

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Q&A with Tupelo football’s Reed Bigham

Last week was a big week for senior kicker Reed Bigham. We sat down with Bigham and asked some hard-hitting questions.

TBB: THS football has always had strong kickers. What do you do daily to become a stronger kicker for the Golden Wave?

  • RB: Really strong kickers are the ones who have their basics down pat. I always go over my basic leg swings and controlling my hips before I do any full kicks. I also stretch at least twice a day.

TBB: Friday night against Lafayette you hit field goals of 39 and 49 yards. Explain what was going through your head on the field?

  • RB: Honestly, when I’m about to take a kick my mind is almost blank. I don’t really worry about what might happen or what’s going around me, all I can think about is going through my kicking motions. Usually I can’t even hear the crowd when I’m lined up.

TBB: You also had an amazing play against Lafayette when you ran down a Commodore kickoff returner to save a touchdown. What did your teammates say to you about this?

  • RB: That’s what my teammates call the “Bigham Curse”. Every year since 8th grade I’ve had to run someone down on kickoff, but fortunately I’ve never had anyone score on me. They just joke that I’m lucky that I’m fast.

TBB: You also play soccer for THS. Which sport do you enjoy more? And why?

  • RB: That’s a tough one. I like football better because of the atmosphere and the pressure that’s put on me. However, I love soccer because of how close-knit our team is and how it keeps me in shape.

TBB: As a senior, what are you expecting from this special football team this year?

  • RB: This year I’m expecting us to do great things. I’m not going to say we will win them all, but we’re going to give everything we have every game. Our other seniors are going to be great leaders and all our games will be played with a different intensity than years before.

TBB: What’s your favorite meal in Tupelo?

  • RB: Definitely a burger and a shake from Dairy Kream.

TBB: Vine or Instagram? Facebook or Twitter? Coke or Pepsi?

  • RB: I use Instagram a pretty good bit. I don’t have a Twitter, and Coke for sure.

TBB: As of right now, what are your plans after high school?

  • RB: After high school I haven’t decided on what school I’ll be attending. I’ve talked to coaches about playing in college, but Im looking for a school that will allow my athletics to help me achieve my academic needs.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (August 25)

Busy, busy week. Let’s take a look at how THS athletics fared last week.

VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Wave improved to 3-3 with a win over New Albany Thursday. Coach Bishop’s team will host Belmont Tuesday (5:30/6:30) and Corinth Thursday (5:3-/6:30) this week. Here is Gene Phelps’ New Albany recap Friday.

S-P SOFTBALL: Pretty eventful week for first-year THS head coach, Josh Hegwood. His slow-pitch team (4-1-1) defeated IAHS, Myrtle, and Houston last week. Hegwood also became a first-time father Sunday night. The Lady Wave will host Oxford Tuesday in their first division game of the season (5/6). WiFi Sports will broadcast the Oxford-Tupelo game live on Here are Gene Phelps’ recaps Tuesday and today.

FOOTBALL: Trent Hammond’s Golden Wave football team opened 2013 with a solid win over No. 21 Lafayette Friday night. David Wheeler recapped the night in Saturday’s edition of the Daily Journal. THS travels to Center Hill Hill in Olive Branch to battle the Mustangs Friday at 7 p.m. Center Hill fell to Horn Lake last week, 55-6. WiFi Sports will broadcast the event live on

XC: Boys and girls both opened 2013 at TCPS Saturday night. Even though team competition wasn’t score, both teams had great showings. Tupelo girls placed four runners in the top 10 of the race, including Christina Daniels notching a time of 15:20 in the 4K event. The boys placed five in the top 10. Here’s David’s recap from today.


  • Senior Lady Wave volleyball middle blocker Kerrigan Buck had 7 kills, 5 aces and 2 blocks against New Albany in the home-opening win (25-21, 25-20, 25-20).


  • In slow-pitch, Rachel Rooney went 4-4 against Myrtle, Lauren Knight had outstanding defense in the South Pontotoc tournament, and Reagan Aldridge had the game-winning hit against Houston.


  • Offensively, the entire football O-line (Ron Millage, Chase Cannon, Nathan Cox, Graham Taylor, Dylan Flanigan, London Ruth, and Devin Hadley) all graded a 100. On defense, Justin Clifton stood out against the Commodores. Special teams was lead by Reed Bigham with two pivotal field goals.


  • Blakely Lollar made a name for herself in her first girls varsity race Saturday. She finished fourth for the team and in the top 10 of race with a time of 17:20. For the boys, Logan Long also made his varsity debut yesterday with an extremely strong showing.


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.