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Tupelo football announces 2014 schedule

After a successful 2013 season, a solid spring, and a good showing at the Tupelo Combine, Trent Hammond and Golden Wave football announce their fall football schedule. It includes six home and five away games. No new opponents have been added, only flipped home-away venues.

THS opens the 2014 season in Oxford at Lafayette County August 22nd.

With the new construction of a track and blue turf at Golden Wave Stadium, Tupelo’s field will be officially introduced as Renasant Field Friday, August 29th when Center Hill comes to THS. This kickoffs four-straight home games: Shannon (September 5th), Saltillo (September 12th), and division foe Hernando (September 26th).

Other division games at Grenada (October 3rd), Southaven, (October 10th), DeSoto Central (October 24th), and Olive Branch (November 7th) pose interesting match ups for the Golden Wave.

Tupelo will conclude at home with games against South Panola (October 17th) and Horn Lake (October 31st). Homecoming will more than likely be against the Tigers and Senior Night versus the Eagles. THS snapped a 12 game losing streak to the Tigers after defeating them 12-3 in last year’s North Half title game.

6A playoffs begin November 14th while the championship, which hasn’t decided on a final venue yet, will be December 5th. Oak Grove defeated Tupelo, who finished 13-2, in 2013’s 6A finals 14-7.

Tupelo’s open date will be September 19th.


Full recap of Tupelo High School sports in 2013-2014

Red indicates a 6A title. Green is a second place finish in 6A.


VOLLEYBALL: THS finished the season 12-16 and 2-5 in division.

S-P SOFTBALL: Tupelo (15-8-1) captured a division title but lost in the 1st Round to Columbus.

FOOTBALL: THS (13-2) earned a trip to Jackson for the first time since 1992 but lost 14-7 to Oak Grove.

XC: Both teams swept 6A state titles. Since 2001, the girls have won 12 while the boys have 11. Both programs have 33 trophies in their history.

SWIM: Both teams swept Class II state titles. The boys won their seventh consecutive while the girls won their third-straight. Both squads won every meet in 2013.

CHEER: Coed won their third-straight Small Varsity Coed state championship. They later finished ninth at Nationals in Orlando, FL.

BASKETBALL: Girls (26-3) won a division title but lost to Olive Branch in the 1st Round. Boys finished their season 19-11 with a loss to Horn Lake in the 1st Round.

SOCCER: Boys (12-3-2) won division but lost in the 1st Round at Northeast Rankin. The girls (15-3), who also won division, lost in North Half at Madison Central.

BOWLING: Both teams swept Class II state titles. The boys finished 15-0-1), girls were 14-0-1.

POWERLIFTING: Boys won a division title and Otis Wilson won his 6A weight class. THS individual girls also competed in Jackson.

BASEBALL: THS (24-10) won division but lost to DeSoto Central in North Half.

F-P SOFTBALL: THS ended the season 8-18.

*TENNIS: THS (12-4) won division but lost to Madison Central in North Half. The team did qualify 11 out of 12 players for state, and *finished No. 1 and No. 2 in 6A boys doubles.

GOLF: THS girls claimed a division title and finish third in 6A. The boys finished 2nd in Jackson.

ARCHERY: THS finished third in 6A for the second-straight season.

TRACK: Both boys and girls captured division titles. Boys went on to finish second in 6A, girls went 10th.


Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger will release their annual All-Sports Award in mid-June. THS has won the overall award 18 times since 1987. The Golden Wave claimed points in 20 of MHSAA’s 22 sports. Madison Central, who captured the title in 2013, has won it eight times.



Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (May 18) – FINAL

This marks the final edition of R., P., B.o.t.W. for 2013-2014. A full recap of all THS teams will be sent next weekend.

BASEBALL:  DeSoto Central swept Tupelo (24-10) last Thursday and yesterday to advance in 6A final in Pearl. THS finished the season winning their last six out of eight games.



  • THS baseball’s seniors helped overachieve and finished the season on a great note. Thanks so much, guys.


Really appreciate all of you allowing me to blog Golden Wave accomplishments. Truly hope this helped some of you throughout the year. We will continue these posts in August.

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DeSoto Central homers past Tupelo in the seventh

TUPELO – It basically took the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University to end the 2014 baseball season of the Tupelo Golden Wave. But not before the determined Wave put a scare into perhaps the best team in the state.

It took a solo home run by Austin Riley in the top of the seventh inning to give the DeSoto Central Jaguars the winning margin it would need in Game 2 of their Class 6A playoff series, 5-4 over the Wave. With the victory, the Jaguars win the series 2-0, and advance to the 6A championship series versus Oak Grove. But not before the Wave (28-10) came within the blink of an eye of at least sending the series to a Game 3.

“Our guys played hard,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “Hudson Roy pitched well. We played one of the best high schools in the state. You have to tip your hat to DeSoto Central the way they battled, and we wish them well.”

Tupelo also battled, trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning against the Jaguars, who have six players that have signed or committed to either Ole Miss or MSU. That was when the Wave made their bid to grab the game. Ty Wheeler led off the inning with a rope off the foot of Jaguars pitcher Keegan James. That began a procession of five straight Tupelo batters reaching base.

William Ikerd had an RBI single, and so did Luke Weeden, as Tupelo pulled within 4-3. Still with no outs and the bases loaded, Woody Goss got down a nice squeeze bunt to score Micky Sesin and tie the score. 

The Wave attempted one more bunt in the at bat with runners at second and third, but the attempt turned into a double play, allowing the Jaguars to escape further damage.

Tupelo still was looking fortune in the eye in the top of the seventh as the visitors recorded quick outs on a grounder to Wheeler at first and a splendid diving stop and throw from shortstop by Goss. But up stepped Riley, who already had three hits in the game including a two-run home run. On the second pitch he saw, he lofted the ball to left center that just cleared the fence for the go ahead run.

“We talked about putting him on base,” Enis said. “But I second guessed myself. He got just too much of the barrel of the bat on the ball. It was either face Riley, or face the guy on deck (Clay Casey) that had already hit 14 home runs this season.”

Carter Clayton did draw a one-out walk, and reach second base in the bottom of the seventh for the Wave.

DeSoto Central broke the ice on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning. A walk, a fielders choice, then an error scored the first run, and a double by Hayden Tapper scored another for a 2-0 lead.

Tupelo responded in its half of the frame as Ikerd led off with a single, pinch runner Sesin advanced to second on a bunt by Weeden, then scored on a double by Matthew Miley to cut the margin to 2-1. But like the sixth inning, the second inning ended with an attempted squeeze that turned into a double play.

The contest progressed to the fifth, where with one out and a runner on base, Riley blasted a ball easily over the left center wall for a 4-1 DeSoto Central lead.

Roy hurled a marvelous contest on the mound for Tupelo. In six and two-thirds, Roy scattered four hits to eight Jaguar batters, but also the additional four to Riley. James started and pitched into the sixth inning, with ace reliever Dallas Woolfolk on the mound for the final six outs. Tupelo out hit DeSoto Central with nine hits.

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Tupelo High graduates tally school-record scholarships

The Class of 2014, Tupelo’s 100th in history, will walk 441 graduates at the BancorpSouth Arena tonight at 7 p.m.

The group notched a school record $8,285,831 in overall scholarships.

Of the 441, 24 students will graduate with a 4.0 cumulative QPA. 76 students will be recognized with special distinctions honors and 140 with distinction. Special distinction students hold a final GPA between 95-100 for all courses taken 9th-12th. Distinction students graduate with a 89-94.

Last year’s class graduated a school record 451 students.


DeSoto Central nabs opening game from Tupelo

SOUTHAVEN – The Tupelo Golden  Wave baseball team needed to play flawless defense Thursday. It did not. Tupelo needed to keep the DeSoto Central Jaguars from getting extra base hits. It did not.

The highly-favored DeSoto Central squad did not dominate, but they did defeat Tupelo 9-2 in Game 1 of their Class 6A semifinal matchup. DeSoto Central takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series, which continues with Game 2 Saturday in Tupelo at 6 p.m.

“We got beat by the better team today,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “We’re going to practice tomorrow (Friday), and then come back and play them Saturday. We’ve got to get better in both phases of the game.”

At the plate, DeSoto Central (26-8) had a very effective eight hits. But at the same time, The Wave helped the Jaguars with five errors and four walks.

The Jaguars started off the scoring in the bottom of the second with runners on base through an error and a walk. Hayden Tapper then connected on a solid single that scored the two runs.

More of the same in the third as Keegan James had a no-out RBI single. Following a walk, an error, and a hit with an error, Central scored two more for a 5-0 lead.

DeSoto Central kept the pressure up in the fourth as a walk and a single was eventually followed by a James two-run triple. James later scored on a sacrifice fly, and the home team had a 7-0 lead.

“Honestly, I think I threw good pitches, they just hit my best stuff,” said Tupelo starting pitcher Carter Clayton, who was on the mound for all six innings that Central batted. “We had a few mental mistakes, but that’s not the reason they scored runs. They’re a good hitting team.”

Meanwhile, Tupelo bats looked fairly solid against the formidable DeSoto staff, which saw Austin Riley start and throw five innings, with Dallas Woolfolk throwing the seventh inning.

The Wave had three hits through four innings, then saw Chase Cernigliaro and Ty Wheeler lead off the top of the fifth with singles. Williams Ikerd followed, hitting a rocket up the middle. But the ball bounced off the glove of Riley. The DeSoto pitcher had basically tipped the ball to himself, and then doubled Wheeler off first.

Tupelo broke through on the scoreboard in the sixth. Woody Goss reached on an error, and scored on Hudson Roy’s double. Then with one out, Michael Ray doubled in Roy. The Jaguars added a run in the sixth on an error, a walk, and a single by Riley.

“I was pleased with the overall offense,” Enis said. “But we couldn’t match their offense with ours, but you have t attribute some of that to Riley.”

Thanks to David Wheeler for the post. Read his specials in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and follow him on Twitter at @OldManDavid.

Tupelo-DeSoto Central preview

TUPELO – DeSoto Central came, they saw Tupelo and Madison Central Saturday, and they won.

The Clarion Ledgers’ No. 2 team in the state was able to cruise through a doubleheader at Golden Wave field, dispatching the Wave 7-0, and get past Madison Central 11-3.

“We had just two bad innings,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “It was good to play two playoff teams this weekend, and see how we match up.”
The Tupelo offense had to match up against DeSoto starter and Mississippi State signee Keegan James threw five innings against the Wave, limiting the home team to just two singles by Ty Wheeler and Carter Clayton.

DeSoto scored all of its runs in just two innings, beginning in the second. Ole Miss signee Kyle Watson led off with a double, as the visitors used two walks, a hit batter, a single, and a wild pitch to score four runs.

In the fourth inning, DeSoto needed only three hits to score three runs. Brant Blaylock led off with a double and scored on MSU signee Autsin Riley’s single. Ole Miss signee Clay Casey followed with a towering home run to left for all the runs DeSoto would need.

“Not only did they have good hitters, they threw good pitchers against us,” Enis said. “We had some good at bats, we swung too early at times, but this was part of a learning experience.”

Ole Miss signee Dallas Woolfork closed out the Wave in the seventh inning, with Tupelo facing two of DeSoto’s top three pitchers. Tupelo did threaten in the second inning as Luke Weeden walked, and Wheeler hit his hit. In the fourth, Hudson Roy walked and Clayton got his hit for Tupelo’s two biggest threats.

Sophomore Jason Garrett pitched the first four innings for the Wave, and junior Will Buse threw the final three frames.

In the first contest of the day, DeSoto stung Madison Central for eight runs in the bottom of the first. DeSoto out hit Madison Central 10-4.

Next up for Tupelo is its last scheduled home game against Southaven Tuesday.  It will senior-night for the Wave. Tupelo is scheduled to play at Belmont Friday, but that date is the middle of the play in round of the playoffs, and Belmont can finish no better than second place in 1-3A. Enis indicates Tupelo will look to play another division winner, perhaps Louisville, over the weekend.

The 2-6A champ, Tupelo will begin its playoffs May 1 against the winner of the Madison Central-Horn Lake series.

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (May 11)

BASEBALL:  Tupelo (24-8) defeated Columbus last Friday and yesterday to advance in 6A playoffs. THS will now host either Northwest Rankin (27-5) or DeSoto Central (24-8) in the MHSAA 6A semifinals. Due to graduation being Friday, dates and times will not be determined until late Monday or early Tuesday. The winner of the series will face either South foes Oak Grove (21-5)-Gulfport (19-11) or Brandon (25-7) in the 6A finals. All games will stream LIVE at

TRACK: THS boys captured 2nd place in the 6A finals in Pearl yesterday. The girls finished 10th overall. Amazing seasons by both squads this year.



  • Track’s Heston Lollar, Antonio Clifton, Andrew White, Darnell Collier, Max Lawson, Mako Dijkwell, and Christina Daniels all individually medaled yesterday at the 6A finals in Pearl.


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