When Tupelo Offensive Coordinator John Keith heard the head football job at his old high school would soon become open, he knew it was an amazing opportunity he could not pass up.
Following the Golden Wave’s third consecutive playoff appearance, Keith was approved Monday as head football coach at Mooreville High School.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to be the head football coach for the Troopers,” said Keith. “It is a chance for me to return home and hopefully give back to the community that helped me become the person I am today.”
While under Trent Hammond at THS, Keith helped the Wave reach the 6A championship game in 2013 and winning records all three seasons. Keith has also had assistant coaching stints at Southaven (2005-2006), Shannon (2007), and Amory (2008-2012). At Amory, he helped guide the Panthers to the 4A North Half title game in 2011.
“Tupelo has been great to me. I have truly enjoyed the work atmosphere.”
Keith graduated from Mooreville in 1997, and was a student assistant for the University of Mississippi football team from 2000-2001. John and his wife, Janelle, have two daughters… Analynn (8) and Meredith (6).
Mooreville competes in Class 3A-Region 4. The Troopers went 3-8 (2-3) last season under Kevin Austin.
Bre Thompson only ran one year with Tupelo cross country but she impacted her team and the entire program.
Thompson signed with the University of North Alabama women’s cross country team Friday in the Media Center. She placed 15th overall in 6A and 1st for THS in this year’s state final in Clinton. She also placed 2nd overall in the 2015 New Albany Southern Tees Meet, and 22nd overall at the 2015 Nike Feet Coach Wood Invitation in Gainesville, Florida.
“Cross country has changed my life for the better,” said Thompson. “It has brought me responsibility, discipline, and most importantly, new friendships. I have met so many great people that will hold a very special place in my heart.”
The University of Northern Alabama is located in Florence, Alabama, and is the state’s oldest four-year public university. The women’s program finished 7th at the 2015 NCAA D-II South Regional Championships last weekend.
Since 1993, Tupelo XC boys and girls have accounted for a school-record 33 state championships.
“I can’t wait to see what the rest of my running career holds for me at UNA,” said Thompson.
Taylor Russell had a tough spring season with injuries but when she visited UAB, she knew it was all worth it.
Senior bowler Taylor Russell signed with the University of Alabama in Birmingham Thursday. The 4-time MHSAA Class II state champion is ready to make an immediate impact with the Blazers.
“Tupelo has given me the chance to participate in a great team atmosphere since 7th grade,” said Russell. “I am ready to see what bowling collegiately has in store for me.”
Russell’s high career game is 290 and her high school average is 207. She was awarded the Pop Star Award for Mississippi’s best high school girls bowler from 2010-2013. She also won the Junior Gold Championship in the U15 girls division in 2013 and 5th in 2012.
UAB started its Division I bowling program in 2011. They finished 2013-2014 with a record of 41-55. Earlier this year, UAB president Ray Watts cut bowling, rifle, and football to even out the men’s and women’s teams. Six months later, they were all reinstated. Rifle and bowling will begin competition in 2016 while football will be 2017.
Tupelo baseball coaches knew Jason Garrett had an arm early in high school. Memphis will get to have that arm and 90 MPH fastball next season.
On Wednesday, Garrett, a 6′ 1″ 190 lefty pitcher, officially signed with Memphis baseball in front of his fellow teammates and first-year Tupelo coach Justin Reed.
Garrett, who’s accounted for ten wins, three losses, and an ERA of 3.2 in two seasons, also plays first base. He has notched 50 strike outs on the mound, and hit .325 with 15 doubles, two triples, and four homers at the plate.
“Having played baseball since the age of four, one of my goals for as long as I can remember was to be part of the Tupelo baseball program,” said Garrett. “That privilege has enabled me to reach another goal; baseball beyond high school. I am very excited about my senior season, and really looking forward to being a Memphis Tiger.”
The University of Memphis plays in Division I’s American Athletic Conference and finished 37-21 (12-12 AAC) last season.
Dick’s Sporting Goods will partner with Tupelo High School to host a one-day football camp for children between the ages of 7 and 14. Campers will participate in strength and conditioning work outs as well as learn position tips and tricks. The importance of living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle will also be discussed with campers. Former Mississippi State tight-end Malcolm Johnson and community leaders will coach the camp, and discuss good decisions on and off the field. Johnson was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th Round (195th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The camp is FREE and open to male and female athletes in Tupelo and the surrounding areas. It will be held at Renasant Field at Golden Wave Stadium on the campus of Tupelo High School, Friday, July 17th from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle, cleats, shorts, and a t-shirt. Helmets are not needed. Click here to register.
For more info, contact Amber Rish at email@example.com or 412.310.5421.
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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.