Tupelo High School has complied a record number of scholarships during the 2014-2015 school year. Almost $11.1 million were offered to 434 Golden Wave graduates. Here are other accolades for the Class of 2015.
- 29 graduates with a 4.0 GPA
- $11,095,871.00 in overall scholarships
- $88,250.00 in local scholarships
- One Presidential Scholar Nominee
- One National Merit Finalist
- Two Star Students
- Two West Point Military Academy appointments
- 23 Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships
- One Clarion-Ledger Overall All-Sports Award
- One Band Sweepstakes Award
- Four Choral Superior Ratings
- Two Show Choir National Qualifiers
- A-Rated high school two years
- 114 ACT Scholars
- 30 different national collegiate offers
Graduation will be at the BancorpSouth Arena Friday at 7 p.m. It will stream LIVE on the Persicope app, and DVDs of the ceremony will be sold inside the lobby by WTHS News for only $15. Comcast will not record or broadcast the event like in years past.
A pair of Tupelo seniors from two different sports continued their careers Tuesday morning. Braxton Thomas signed Millsaps Majors women’s basketball team, and Christina Daniels will run both track and cross country for Loyola University.
Thomas averaged 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals during her senior campaign for the Lady Wave. She shoot 30% behind the three point line, and notched a season-high 23 points against 6A runner-up Olive Branch last December. “She’s one of the most consistent players on and off the court the last four years,” said head coach Matt Justice. She’s the fifth member of her 2015 class to continue to the next level. Division III Millsaps College in Jackson finished 22-6 last season and 12-2 in the Southern Athletic Association.
Daniels has won a number of individual and team awards during her high school career. She was a member of the Lady Wave cross country team for six years (All-State member every season) and Tupelo track and field for five. She led her team to 6A state titles in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and she was the individual 6A champion in 2011 (runner-up in 2010 and 2012). She also won Gatorade Mississippi Runner of the Year in 2011. In track, she was the 3200 meter 6A state runner-up in 2013 and third in 2012. The Loyola Greyhounds are a Division I school that participates in the Patriot League in Baltimore, Maryland.
Lady Wave basketball isn’t finished yet.
Forward Marqueesha Hoskins will sign with Pearl River CC tomorrow in the Media Center at 9:10 a.m.
During the 2014-2015 season, Hoskins averaged 10 PPG, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. She also notched four double-doubles. Hoskins scored a season-high 20 points against the eventual 6A champs Horn Lake in the 2015 playoffs.
“She’s one of the best rebounders I have ever coached,” said head coach Matt Justice. “She dominated the glass on both ends of the floor. She was strong in the post and always guarded much taller post players her entire career.”
Hoskins played on a Tupelo team that grabbed three-straight 2-6A division titles and two-straight division championships in four years.
Head coach Matt Justice will have three talented and seasoned seniors officially move on to the next level Wednesday morning.
Point guard Jaleigha Polk, post player Brianna McMillian, and forward Asia Parlow will continue their basketball careers next fall.
Jaleigha Polk, who averaged 15 PPG and shot 30% from 3-point land, will ink with Mississippi College in Clinton. JP started 87 times in four years and won Team Offensive MVP and Free Throw awards last year.
Brianna McMillian will take her defensive talents to Coahoma CC in Clarksdale. McMillian was known for her ability to come off the bench and add momentum instantly for THS. She led the team with 18 charges last season.
Asia Partlow, who averaged eight PPG and five rebounds, will play for Nanci Gray and the Itawamba CC Lady Indians in Fulton. Partlow’s physicalness on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball will help her earn minutes instantly on the next level.
The signings will take place in the THS cafeteria April 15th at 9:10 a.m.
Katie Taylor had a chance to graduate early last August but she decided to stay and play her senior season with the Lady Wave.
It paid off.
For almost half of the season, Taylor’s Lady Wave soccer squad ranked atop the state’s girls soccer poll. Tupelo finished with only two losses and a 6A north half appearance during the 2014-2015 season.
Head coach Hannah Kimbrough was proud to have Taylor. “I am so happy for Katie,” said Kimbrough. “It is special to have a player sign D-1 college soccer. She is talented but even a better leader and person.”
Taylor carried her team to four-straight division titles, two 6A north half trips, and one 6A state championship trip in Clinton. During her senior campaign, she led her team with 10 goals.
Arkansas soccer finished last season with a record of 9-7-6.
Tupelo football head coach Trent Hammond will have 11 seniors officially sign with colleges Wednesday morning.
- Nathan Cox (OL, 6’0″- 265 lbs), Itawamba Community College
- Justin Clifton (DB, 6’1″- 200 lbs), Arkansas State University
- Zach Ellis (PK, 6’0″- 170 lbs), Itawamba Community College
- Devin Hadley (DL, 6’5″ – 250 lbs) Mississippi State University [walk-on]
- Tavonta Hadley (RB, 5’10” – 190 lbs) Itawamba Community College
- Shaun Kohlheim (DL, 6’2″- 245 lbs), Northwest Community College
- Jarren McKinzie (DB, 5’10” – 175 lbs) Northeast Community College
- Alex Norwood (WR, 6’0″ – 175 lbs) Northwest Community College
- Demarcus Rogers (LB, 6’0″- 220 lbs), Northeast Community College
- Jarvis Wilson (DB, 6’3″- 205 lbs), University of Georgia*
- Demaris Wise (DB, 5’11” – 170 lbs), Northeast Community College
*Signed in December/enrolled in January.
Signings will take place in the media center. It will also stream LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.
Keaton Halbert decided last week he wanted to join the ICC soccer party in Fulton. Today, he made it official.
Halbert is the eighth Golden Wave soccer player to sign with Itawamba in the last week. He will fill a walk on position for Coach Mike Sullivan’s men’s team.
“This is such a unique opportunity for me,” said Keaton. “I am ready to take on the new experience in Fulton. Being with a lot of my current teammates will add another level of competitiveness.”
Tupelo head coach Harris Faucette thinks Keaton will make an instant impact. “He is a great leader on and off the field,” said Faucette. “His dedication to soccer and excelling in the classroom will make ICC even better.”
Halbert has impressive stats as Tupelo’s goalkeeper in 2014-2015. He has recorded 13 shutouts while only allowing four opponent goals in 18 games.
Shortstop Rachel Rooney made it officially official with EMCC Tuesday morning.
“I’ve enjoyed the softball environment at Tupelo,” said Rooney. “I look forward to the opportunity of playing on the next level especially with the Lady Lions.”
The Lady Wave standout, who participated in the 2014 Slow-Pitch Softball All-Game in November, will continue her fast-pitch career in Scooba, Mississippi.
At Tupelo, Rooney hit .355 with one home run and 40 RBIs through three seasons. Rooney played her junior and senior seasons under THS head coach Josh Hegwood.
“It was an honor to coach a player like Rachel,” said Hegwood. “As a coach you want players that are difference makers, and Rachel is easily one of those. She is a key part to Tupelo softball moving forward for years to come.”
EMCC softball, under third-year head coach Kyndall White, will kickoff their spring season February 10th. White played softball at Auburn University.
Pitcher Will Buse continued the next-level baseball tradition when he inked with Meridian Community College Thursday morning.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity, ” Buse said. “I want to thank my coaches and family for supporting me along the way. It’s exciting to think about Meridian and the winning seasons they’ve had for many years.
The 6’3”, 210 lb. right-hander saw action in five appearances (7 innings, 1.0 ERA) for the Golden Wave during the 2014 season. Buse was a junior on last year’s 24-10 team that made it to the 6A North Half finals.
Gary Enis, who’s entering his 12th year as Tupelo’s head coach, has noticed progression with Buse. “Will has improved each and every year with us,” said Enis. “He has a lot of potential to excel during his senior campaign as well as with Meridian Community College.”
Harris Faucette, head boys coach for Tupelo, might want to get a condo in Fulton next fall.
The Golden Wave will send seven seniors to the Itawamba Community College men’s soccer team.
- Sam Dexter (defender) – one assist [current 2014-2015 stats]
- Zach Ellis (midfielder) – four goals, two assists
- Boston Hampton* (midfielder) – one goal, seven assists
- Bryce Hunt (defender) – one assist
- Hunter Johnson (forward) – seven goals, two assists
- Cameron O’Daniel* (midfielder) – three goals, five assists
- Marquise Rivera* (forward) – five goals
*Rivera, Hampton, and O’Daniel will sign as walk-ons.
“I am happy they are signing with ICC,” said Faucette. “They are great athletes who have shown great dedication to the program. These hard-working students will make great leaders for Coach (Mike) Sullivan.”