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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.


Tupelo Golden Wave football game day information, reminders

Football is here.

Tupelo hosts Lafayette tonight at 7 p.m. Trent Hammond and his anxious group of young men look to knock off the No. 21 preasoned-ranked Commodores.

The Daily Journal’s David Wheeler has tonight’s preview here. Be sure to also look for David’s recap in tomorrow’s paper.

THS will also host a community-wide tailgate on the practice fields at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

WTHS, Craig Horton, and Todd Jordan will broadcast tonight’s game live on They’ll cover all Tupelo football games this season. WTHS will cover other sporting events throughout the 2013-2014 sports year.

Be sure to follow Tupelo High or T. Braden Bishop on Twitter for updates throughout the game.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (August 18)

This weekly post will give you a review of last week, a preview to this week, and Blankets of the Week according to the head coaches of those sports.

Two fall sports opened their regular season this past weekend. Volleyball and slow-pitch softball both have eventful games/matches. Football and XC open up their regular season Friday and Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (2-3) defeated Hattiesburg and Starkville but lost to DeSoto Central, Our Lady Academy, and Lewisburg last week in the Set It Off Challenge at Ridgeland. They look to rebound this week with a home match against New Albany (5:30/6:30) and a JV tournament at Center Hill Saturday. Follow @LadyWaveVB on Twitter.

S-P SOFTBALL: Slow-pitch softball (1-1) opened their season with a loss Kossuth and a win against O’Brannon last weekend at the Kossuth Classic. The Lady Wave will host IAHS Tuesday and travel to Myrtle and South Pontotoc Thursday and Saturday. All games will start with JV at 5 p.m. and varsity will follow. Follow @LadyWaveSB on Twitter.

FOOTBALL: Golden Wave football traveled to Fulton last Friday. They scrimmaged against IAHS for two quarters. Here’s the Daily Journal’s recap. THS now looks to opening the 2013 season up against Lafayette County this Friday at 7 p.m. Lafayette defeated Amory 21-0 in a controlled scrimmage last Friday. The season-opening contest with the Commodores and the Golden Wave will be broadcasted live online at

XC: Boys and girls XC participated in intrasquad competition last Friday at Ballard Park. They will open their season at TCPS Saturday night. Follow @TupeloXC on Twitter.


  • Senior pitcher Reagan Aldridge helped Lady Wave slow-pitch defeat O’Bannon, 16-1, with solo and a 3-run homers last week (first two home runs in her career).
  • Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Wilson had team-highs with 18 kills and 15 digs in five matches at the Set It Off Challenge. Wilson’s five starts are the first of her varsity career.

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.


Times, opponents confirmed for opening fall sports

Volleyball, XC, football, and slow-pitch softball have all confirmed times, opponents, and venues for this week.

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Laurie Bishop and her Lady Wave varsity squad will travel to the Set It Off Challenge in Madison Friday and Saturday. They’ll play Hattiesburg at 4:30 and division rival DeSoto Central at 8:30 Friday. Both matches will be played at Ridgeland High School in Jackson. Saturday’s times and opponents are TBA.

XC: Coaches Anna Kathryn Sloan and Johnathan Begnaud will allow their XC teams to compete against each other in an intrasquad meet Friday at Ballad Park at 6:30 (girls) and 7:00 (boys).

FOOTBALL: The Trent Hammond Era will technically begin next Friday night when THS hosts Lafayette County at  7 p.m. Until then, the Golden Wave will travel to Fulton this Friday to battle Itawamba Agricultural High in a controlled-scrimmage jamboree at 7 p.m.

SLOW-PITCH: Coach Josh Hegwood confirmed in a tweet earlier that his team will travel to the Kossuth Classic Saturday to play Kossuth at 10 a.m. and O’Bannon at 11:30.

FYI: THS will hold Meet the Wave for fall sports in the Performing Arts Center Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $4 per family.

Make an effort to support these dedicated teams.


Tupelo XC teams look to regain crowns in 2013

One point.

One point separated Tupelo and Ocean Springs boys XC in the MHSAA state meet at Clinton last season.

“That was really tough to hear when it went official,” said senior Andrew White. “All you can really do is focus on the future and not let it happen again.”

Almost a year has passed and THS is looking to avenge last season. Tupelo’s state team lost three seniors but have six returnees.

The girls placed 3rd behind Ocean Springs and Madison Central in 2012.

“We are vert excited about the upcoming season,” said third-year girls’ coach Anna Kathryn Sloan. “We have a young, but driven team. We are going to rely on younger runners to get fast times.” Sloan, a Golden Wave alum, also said last year was disappointing but her girls look forward to a “new winning streak.”

Here’s the 2013 meet schedule:


Teams will be split for competition August 16th for an intrasquad run. The squads will run locally August 24th (TCPS), September 14th (Pontotoc), September 21st (Saltillo), and October 26th (Tupelo). Meets in Memphis, Moulton (AL), Fayetteville (AR), and Clinton will provide heavy competition from surrounding states. Also, the Choctaw Invitational in Clinton October 19th is the same course for state November 9th.

“Competition will be at a high level for us prior to November,” said boys’ coach and THS alum Jonathan Begnaud.