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.”
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).
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.
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.
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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