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Hildenbrand goes with Delta State tennis

Andrew Hildenbrand didn’t know what was in store for his tennis future after breaking his right wrist in February. After getting a surgical plate from Dr. Bryan Fagan and an intense rehab routine by Mark Bresee, Andrew won the Mississippi High School Athletic Association’s 6A individual boy’s singles championship in Jackson last week.

On Monday, Hildenbrand signed with Delta State University men’s tennis in Cleveland, Mississippi.

“THS molded me into a team player,” said Andrew. “Leadership and maturity are big aspects I will take with me to DSU.”

Hildenbrand is no stranger to MHSAA tennis accolades. In 2014, he won the 6A individual boy’s doubles championship, and was runner-up in 2015 and 2013.

“DSU was always an option when deciding on my future. After breaking my wrist and talking to the DSU coach, I found Cleveland to be the perfect tennis location for me.”

Delta State University, an NCAA Div. II college, competes in the Gulf South Conference.



Hoover goes with Kansas Christian College

Jaron Hoover had an idea of his basketball future a few weeks ago. All he needed was the letter of intent. He received that document earlier this week.

Hoover signed with Kansas Christian College men’s basketball Thursday. The 5’3″, 185 lb guard saw important action in all 33 games for the Golden Wave this season. He said he felt a lot of weight was lifted off his shoulders when he made it official.

“KCC felt like the best fit for me,” said Hoover. “I like their coaching style. It reminds me a lot of Coach (Jeff) Norwood’s philosophy at THS.”

Tupelo finished 2015-2016 with a record of 27-6, and a trip to the 6A Semifinals in Jackson. Three other Class of 2016 members have already signed to play on the next level: Tre Jenkins, Joseph Jones, and EJ Fuller (all Itawamba Community College).

Kansas Christian College in Overland Park, KS, formerly known as Kansas City College and Bible School, will participate in intercollegiate athletics next season for the first time since 2005. The private institution is set to compete as part of the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) and face teams from the NCCAA, NAIA, and NCAA Div. II.


Wilson digs Mississippi College volleyball

Kaitlyn Wilson knew at an early age volleyball would be a huge part of her future. From grabbing varsity minutes as a sophomore to being a team captain her senior year, Wilson has spent almost every day in the fall sharpening her defensive skills on the court. She will now take her incredible talents to Mississippi College.

On Friday, Wilson made her college decision official with Tupelo High School, teammates, and her peers. She is the sixth Lady Wave player to advance to the college level (third to the Lady Choctaws) under fifth year head coach Laurie Bishop.

“I am very familiar with the campus and coaches because of high school tournaments at Mississippi College,” said the Tupelo libero, a volleyball position that specializes in mostly defense.

Wilson played libero for the Lady Wave, but also saw action as an outside hitter early in her career. During three years on varsity, she played in 262 sets, recorded 669 digs (2.6 per set), 1,586 serve receptions, 243 kills, and 165 aces.

Last fall, Tupelo (31-9) made it to the MHSAA Class III quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion DeSoto Central.

Mississipi College is located in Clinton and competes in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference.


Tupelo trio sign with ICC basketball

Itawamba Community College head men’s coach Grant Pate is getting three out of five Tupelo basketball starters in Fulton next fall.

Joseph Jones, Tre Jenkins, and EJ Fuller signed letters of intent to ICC Friday morning. The three Golden Wave athletes helped their team reach the MHSAA 6A semifinals in Jackson last month.

Jones, a 6’1″, 165 lb guard, averaged 7.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, and .5 steals in all 33 games. In the first game of the Tupelo season, Jones scored a game-high 22 points against Okolona. During his junior season, he was also selected to MaxPreps’s Dunks of the Year in with a monster And-1 slam versus Aberdeen.

Jenkins, a 6’2″, 165 lb guard, capped his senior campaign playing in all 33 contests while averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He was also selected to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area 1st team and the Clarion-Ledger’s #MSPreps All-State 4th team.

Fuller, a 6’3″, 170 lb forward who also played in all 33 games, found his shooting stroke mid-way through his senior year. He finished the season averaging 9.2 points and 3.2 rebounds a game. EJ also received MaxPreps Player of the Game seven times during 2015-2016.

Tupelo finished No. 3 in the final #MSPreps Super 10 poll of the season.



Jenkins commits to ICC basketball

Tre Jenkins took a few weeks after falling to Starkville in the MHSAA 6A semifinals back in March to think about his future in basketball. It didn’t take long before he knew exactly what he wanted to do.

On Wednesday, the 6’2″, 165 lb guard from Tupelo verbally committed to Itawamba Community College men’s basketball in Fulton. Jenkins joins Golden Wave teammate EJ Fuller, who committed to ICC last month.

“When I took my visit to ICC, I loved how the atmosphere felt when I walked in the gym,” said Jenkins. “I’ve always wanted to play for Coach Pate.”

Jenkins capped his senior campaign playing in all 33 contests while averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He was also selected to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area 1st team and the Clarion-Ledger’s #MSPreps All-State 4th team. Tupelo finished No. 3 in the final #MSPreps Super 10 poll of the season.

Grant Pate, who guided Tupelo basketball to the 6A finals in 2012, took the ICC men’s job in Fulton in the spring of 2012. The Indians finished last season 11-8 and 4-4 in MACJC North.


Tupelo announces 2016 football schedule

Head coach Trent Hammond is preparing for six home and five away games in 2016. On the other hand, the Golden Wave will travel to four division opponents and host three. Hammond, who will be entering his fourth season at Tupelo, went 6-6 in 2015, and has guided the Wave to the playoffs each season.

  • Tupelo will open the season hosting 5A Clarksdale August 19th. Last season, Clarksdale beat Tupelo, 28-25.
  • 4A Corinth comes to Tupelo August 26th. In 2015, Tupelo defeated the Warriors, 24-14.
  • Longtime in-county rival 4A Shannon will host the Golden Wave September 2nd. THS won last season, 55-16.
  • 6A South foe Brandon visits Renasant Field September 9th. The Bulldogs beat Tupelo 41-17 last year.
  • Tupelo will be open in Week 5.
  • Tupelo opens division play at home September 23rd with Hernando. THS won 31-17 in 2015.
  • The Wave travels to Columbus September 30th. The Falcons won 33-9 last season.
  • Southaven welcomes THS October 7th. Southaven defeated Tupelo in OT in 2015, 13-7.
  • South Panola comes to town October 14th. The Tigers blanked the Wave in 2015, 35-0.
  • THS will travel to DeSoto Central October 21st. THS beat DC last season, 34-32.
  • Tupelo Senior Night will feature Horn Lake October 28th. The Wave won at Horn Lake last year, 34-13.
  • Tupelo concludes the regular season at Olive Branch November 4th. THS outlasted OB 25-28 in 2015.


Tupelo football, soccer ink on National Signing Day 2016

National Signing Day always comes with anticipation and excitement. Tupelo High School football and soccer have had those two emotions all season.

Head football coach Trent Hammond had four seniors sign with respective colleges. DE/LB Kyree Bradford (Jackson State University), DE Chase Cannon (Northeast CC), CB/FS R’Darious Edwards (Northeast), and G/C Jarvis Smithey (Itawamba CC)

Kyree Bradford, 6’7″, 235, will join former Mississippi State football assistant and now head coach at JSU Tony Hughes. Bradford only played in nine games due to two hand injuries but he finished the season with 27 tackles (11 solo, 16 assisted). He also plays center for the No. 2 ranked boys basketball team.

Chase Cannon, 6’2″, 215, signed with Northeast Community College football in Booneville. Cannon saw action in all 12 games in 2016. He has also played tightend and offensive tackle since his sophomore year. Cannon had 68 tackles (45 solo, 23 assisted), two sacks, and three defensive touchdowns his senior season.

R’Darious Edwards, 6’2″ 153, will also follow Chase Cannon to NECC. Edwards had 38 tackles as an anchoring defensive back for the Wave. He played in all 12 games and helped Tupelo only give up 26.2 PPG in 2016. NECC is guided by Greg Davis who finished his third year with the Tigers.

Jarvis Smithey, 6’2″, 300, joins second year head coach Sean Cannon at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Smithey has played both offensive guard as well as center for Coach Hammond for three seasons. He was selected to the 1-6A All-Division 1st Team for 2015. The ICC Indians went 5-5 last season with a trip to the MACJC playoffs.

Tupelo soccer center back Cade Fremont, 6’0″, 175, also signed Wednesday to play at Delta State University. Fremont had one goal his freshman year, one goal and two assists as a junior, and six goals through his senior campaign. Fremont is the 12th signee under Coach Harris Faucette in the last 13 months. Tupelo boys soccer is 18-1-1 this season, 17-2-2 last season, and 12-3-2 two years ago. The boys host Madison Central in the 6A North Half Thursday for a trip to the 6A finals this weekend.


Tupelo soccer trio sign with Mississippi College, ICC

Tupelo continues its tradition to pump soccer signees on to the next level.

Lauren Kate Carter, Chase Huddleston, and Liza Wise decided on their colleges of choice Tuesday. Carter and Wise inked with the Mississippi College Lady Choctaws while Huddleston continued the Tupelo-Fulton connection with the Itawamba Community College men’s program.

Lauren Kate Carter, a four-year varsity letterman, will look to play midfielder for the Lady Choctaws in Clinton. Carter is the recipient of this year’s Wendy’s High School Heisman for Tupelo High and a finalist for Mississippi. She also led the Lady Wave with nine goals in 2014-2015.

Chase Huddleston will be Tupelo head coach Harris Faucette’s 11th signee in the last 13 months. He looks to fill the position of attacking center midfielder for Mike Sullivan’s men’s soccer squad at ICC. This is Huddleston’s first year with the Wave, but he has many accomplishments as a club soccer athlete. He has participated in the Olympic Development Program since 2010 as well as the National Premier League which consists of the top 32 teams in the country.

Liza Wise will join Carter at Mississippi College. Wise, a center back selected to February 13th’s Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star game at Clinton High, was a 1st Team honoree on last season’s Clarion-Ledger Best of MS Preps and Daily Journal soccer lists. She was also chosen Lady Wave Defensive Player of the Year three-straight years by her team.


Bogle signs with ICC soccer

Colby Bogle loves everything about Tupelo soccer. Those experiences are going to continue when he heads to Fulton next fall.

Bogle officially signed with Itawamba Community College men’s soccer Friday. The 6’0″, 184 lb. midfielder becomes the tenth Golden Wave player Mike Sullivan has offered in the last year.

“Coach Sullivan has been talking to me since the beginning of my junior year,” said Bogle. “It was not hard for me to decide if I wanted to continue playing with my former Tupelo teammates.”

Bogle, who’s one of 16 seniors in Mississippi selected for February 13th’s MAC All-Star soccer game in Clinton, finished with three goals and five assists in 2015. Through 11 games this season, he’s already matched those numbers.

“I’m really going to miss Coach Harris Faucette,” said Bogle. “His coaching, joking, and bus rides are things I will never forget.”


Little inks with ICC soccer

When Itawamba Community College signed a record eight THS seniors last spring, Logan Little decided he wanted to keep playing with his long-time teammates and friends.

The senior mid-fielder inked with the ICC men’s soccer program Thursday.

Little said ICC head coach Mike Sullivan offered him a chance to play attacking mid-fielder or forward when he gets to Fulton. That opportunity is exactly what he wants at the next level.

“After being around soccer for so long and Coach Sullivan found out what it meant to me, I knew ICC was my option,” said Little.

Little has led Tupelo to the 6A playoffs all three years he’s been a starter. His sophomore year, he had six goals and eight assists. As a junior, he notched ten goals and 16 assists with a Golden Wave team that finished 17-2-2.

Last week, Little was one of 16 North participates selected to play in this year’s MAC All-Star Soccer game in Clinton February 13th.