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Buse makes it official with Meridian CC

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.”

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Seven sign with ICC soccer

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.”

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Tupelo football announces 2015 schedule

Trent Hammond’s team will host five games and travel six times in 2015. The Golden Wave finished the 2014 season 8-4 (4-3).

-The season will open August 21st at Clarksdale. The 5A Wildcats went 6-6 in 2014 with a season-ending playoff loss against Pearl.

-THS will travel to Corinth August 28th. The 4A Warriors finished 2014 8-4 with a playoff loss to Yazoo.

-In week three, THS hosts Shannon September 4th at Renasant Field. Tupelo beat the 4A Red Raiders 38-8 last season.

-Tupelo travels to Brandon September 11th. The 6A Bulldogs went 12-2 in 2014 and lost by one point to Oak Grove in the 6A semis.

-Tupelo will enter an open week (September 18th) before opening division play at Hernando (September 25th), vs. Columbus, who replaces Grenada (October 2nd), vs. Southaven (October 9th), at South Panola (October 16th), vs. DeSoto Central (October 23rd), at Horn Lake (October 30th), and Senior Night vs. Olive Branch (November 6th).

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Jarvis Wilson to sign with Georgia

Rivals.com three-star Jarvis Wilson will make it official with University of Georgia football Monday, December 15th in Tupelo High School’s cafeteria at 9:30 a.m. The 6’2″, 195-pound defensive back is graduating December 18th and enrolling early with the Bulldogs in January.

Wilson, who finished his senior campaign with 91 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, and seven deflections on defense, was selected to the 2014 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game and a member to the MHSAA 6A All-State 1st team. He also scored six offensive touchdowns for the Golden Wave.

UGA will have their annual G-Day Spring football game April 11th in Athens, and host the University of Louisiana-Monroe September 5th to open their 2015 season.

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Roberts to ink with WKU

4-time team champion Cris Roberts will make it official with Western Kentucky University Tuesday at 2 p.m.

While at Tupelo, she notched four team titles, two runner-ups, and broke two state records.

Roberts recently defended her state championship in the 100-yard butterfly after setting a state record (which was set in 2006) of 56.26 seconds at the November 1st MHSAA Class II state meet. She also successfully maintained her 2013 state title in the backstroke this year with a 59.60 mark.

Western Kentucky swimming and diving head coach Bruce Marchionda, who carries over 30 years of coaching at both the collegiate and prep levels, was just named an assistant coach for the USA Swimming staff.

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (Nov. 9)

XC: THS boys placed 2nd at yesterday’s MHSAA state finals in Clinton, girls finished 3rd.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo (8-3, 4-3) defeated Olive Branch last Friday 24-7. The win gave them the No. 4 seed in Division 1-6A. The Golden Wave opens 6A playoffs at Starkville Friday at 7 p.m. Whether or not the game will be stream will be determined Monday or Tuesday.

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave (1-0) defeated Madison Central but the boys (0-1) lost to the Jags last night in the NEO Hound Dog Class. Both teams (7:00/8:30) will host West Point in the Tip-Off Classic Tuesday.

BOWLING: Both teams open the 2014-2015 season against DeSoto Central and Lewisburg at Southaven Friday.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • XC recognizes All-State finishers Max Lawson, Logan Long, Darnell Collier, Savannah Hudgins, and Christina Daniels.
  • Lady Wave freshman Reagan Cook stepped up during the team’s foul trouble in last night’s win over Madison Central. Golden Wave guard Antonio Green finished last night with 16 points and two assists in a loss to Madison Central. Green was also selected as a member of the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen last Friday.

 

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Tupelo basketball tips Saturday

The 2014-2015 high school basketball season is here.

Golden Wave and Lady Wave basketball tip off this Saturday with the NEO Hound Dog Classic at THS. It will feature New Albany-Aberdeen girls, Lafayette-Shannon girls, Shannon-Horn Lake boys, Belmont-Baldwyn girls, and Tupelo-Madison Central girls/boys.

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THS also hosts the Tip Off Classic Tuesday, November 11th. Center Hill, New Hope, and West Point will attend the one-night event.

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The Lady Wave, the defending Div. 2-6A tournament champs who finished last season with an impressive 26-3 record, will compete in the Neshoba Central Shootout, BallN’ Prep Invitational in Mongomery, AL, Trojan Classic in New Hope, and the Mid-Mississippi Challenge in Ackerman.

The Golden Wave, who went 16-11 last season, will play in the Neshoba Central Shootout, Saltillo Thanksgiving Shootout, the Lighthouse Classic in Corinth, the ICC Indian Shootout, the Lausanne Collegiate Challenge in Memphis, and the Hot-Bed Challenge in New Albany.

The 2015 Division 2-6A tournament will be at Grenada High February 17th and 20th.

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (Nov. 2)

XC: THS will compete in the 2014 MHSAA state championship in Clinton Saturday.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo (7-3, 3-3) defeated Horn Lake last Friday 42-22. The win keeps THS in the playoff race. THS will travel to Olive Branch Friday for Senior Night. A win gives the Golden Wave a No. 4 seed in the division, a loss would end their season. The pregame show and entire game will be streamed LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

SWIM: Boys swim captured their eight-straight state and 22nd overall program championship yesterday at the Tupelo Aquatic Center. The girls placed second behind Madison Central.

BASKETBALL: Tupelo hosts the NEO Hound Dog Classic Saturday. Lady Wave and Golden Wave basketball battle Madison Central at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

CHEER: Tupelo coed won division at Regionals in Southaven yesterday. The win gives them a bid at Nationals.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  •  Senior swimmer Cris Roberts set a new state record in the 100 fly and also won the 100-backstroke in yesterday’s Class II state championship. She was also part of the winning 400-freestyle relay.
  • Tupelo’s offensive linemen set a high standard in Friday’s 42-22 win over Horn Lake.

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (Oct. 26)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (15-14, 4-3) ended their season last Tuesday with a hard-fought loss at Madison Central.

XC: THS will compete in the 2014 MHSAA state championship in Clinton Nov. 8th.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo (6-3, 2-3) outlasted DeSoto Central last Friday 14-7. The win keep THS in the playoff race. THS will host Horn Lake Friday for Senior Night. The pregame show and entire game will be streamed LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

SWIM: The city of Tupelo will host the 2014 MHSAA state championship at the Tupelo Aquatic Center Saturday.

MEET THE WAVE: Basketball, soccer, and bowling programs will be introduced tomorrow night in the Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m.

 

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (Oct. 19)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball (15-13, 4-3) defeated Corinth and Hernando last week. Their win over Hernando gave them the No. 3 spot in this week’s playoffs. THS will travel to No. 2 Madison Central Tuesday at 5:30. The winner will travel to DeSoto Central Thursday for the Class III quarterfinals.

XC: THS will compete in the Tupelo Tune-Up Oct. 25.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo (5-3, 1-3) battled a strong No. 2 South Panola last Friday but lost 27-10. The loss was Trent Hammond’s first at Golden Wave Stadium. THS will travel to DeSoto Central Friday for a must-win division game. The pregame show and entire game will be streamed LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

WINTER SPORTS: Basketball, soccer, powerlifting, and bowling may begin after-school practices tomorrow. Contests starts Nov. 13th and 14th.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Sophomore defensive specialist Raven McHaney continues her leadership through enthusiasm and endless positive energy on and off the court. She finished the regular season with 75 digs.
  • 8th grade runner Leanna Long continues to put in very solid performances in key spots. Her 21:18 5K made her Tupelo’s 4th finisher at Starkville. 9th grader Grant Yancey had a breakout race, running 18;32 on a tough hilly 5K course in Starkville.
  • Senior RB Tavonta Hadley had 100 yards on 18 carries in Friday’s loss to South Panola.

 

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