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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.

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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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Senior Clayton hurls, hits Tupelo to the next round

“And the thing is, they still haven’t played their best ball yet.” Tupelo Golden Wave head coach Gary Enis obviously still thinks there is an upside to this season, and now there at least two more games left to reach that potential. And the Wave are just two games away from playing for a state championship.

The Wave did all the basics well enough Saturday, scratching out enough runs, playing error-free defense, and pitching well to defeat the Columbus Falcons 3-1. The victory in Game 2 of this series gave the Wave a sweep, and advanced them to the semifinals of the Class 6A Tournament. Tupelo awaits the winner of the DeSoto Central-Northwest Rankin series, with the semifinal round scheduled to start Thursday.

“We came into this game relaxed and focused, but I didn’t want us to be too laid back.” Enis said. “We have done better at playing relaxed the last half of the season. And I can’t say enough about out pitching right now.”

Against Columbus (23-9) in this Game 2, Tupelo (24-8) senior starter Carter Clayton pitched in to the fifth inning, scattering seven hits during his stint. Sophomore Drew Hurst got the final out of the fifth, then finished off the contest, allowing only two hits.

Offensively, part of Tupelo’s success has been scoring in the first inning, which the Wave have done in three of four post-season games. Against Columbus this game, Clayton singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, followed by a Michael Ray walk. Ty Wheeler then grounded to short, with Clayton scoring on the play.

Tupelo then backed that up in the second inning. Game 1 hero Chase Cernigliaro led off with a single, followed a batter later by a perfect bunt single by Matthew Miley as Tupelo loaded the bases. Clayton then knocked in Woody Goss with a single to left for the 2-0 lead.

The Wave then added one more run in the top of the fifth as Wheeler stroked a shot to right that turned around the fielder, who was also battling the sun. Garrett Hill came on to run, scoring as on a strike out as the Columbus catcher threw short to first, allowing the Tupelo junior to score on the play.

“I knew we had a senior-led team this season, and I knew that if we could get the job done between the lines, we could get the job done in the playoffs,” Enis said. “This team is still waiting to play its best ball.”

The Northwest Rankin-DeSoto Central series is tied 1-1 after Central won Game 2 Saturday 11-6. Northwest Rankin won Game 1 Friday 7-5. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday at DeSoto Central. 

Tupelo would travel for Game 1 if DeSoto Central wins, or would host Game 1 if Northwest Rankin wins. It is still up in the air how the schools would handle scheduling around Tupelo’s graduation Friday.

And the championship series for all classifications in the state are scheduled for May 20-24 in Pearl.

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

Late surge, Cernigliaro walk off give Tupelo Game 1

In April, senior infielder Chase Cernigliaro thought his baseball season might be over because of a broken finger. Now, the Tupelo Golden Wave are certainly happy that Cernigliaro had a few more games left in his high school career.

Cernigliaro delivered the game-winning hit Friday with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping an emotional game and a 7-6 victory by the Wave over the Columbus Falcons in the Class 6A playoffs. Tupelo takes a 1-0 lead in the second round series, with Game 2 scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at Columbus, weather permitting.

“I actually thought my season was over at one point,” said  Cernigliaro in his third game back from the injury. “Now hopefully, I can stay hot. In the at bat, I just said to myself you’ve got to step up big.”

Tupelo (23-8) needed big as Columbus stormed back in the sixth inning in a contest the Wave were already beginning to chalk up in the win column. With Tupelo up 5-1, the Falcons scored four in the top of the sixth on two walks, a hit batter, and three hits. Columbus (23-7) then took the lead in the top of the seventh, with two Tupelo errors helping to set up a sacrifice fly with which the Falcons took the lead.

Now Columbus was beginning to write this one down in the books, with Carter Clayton reaching base on an error to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but followed by two Tupelo outs. William Ikerd then reached base on an infield error, scoring Clayton.

Luke Weeden drew a walk for the Wave, but there were still two out in the inning, with Columbus ace Trace Lee still on the mound. Cernigliaro then stroked a solid single to center, scoring pinch runner Mickey Sesin to cap the Wave rally.

“They just kept fighting,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “Somehow tonight, we found a way to get it done.”

Excellent defense and timely offense the early innings of the contest aided Tupelo in grabbing a lead. Hudson Roy drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, advanced to third on a Michael Ray single, then scored on a sac fly by Ty Wheeler. 

Columbus knotted the contest at 1-1 in the third on two walks, a bunt, and a slow, bouncing infield grounder. Meanwhile the Tupelo defense saw stellar plays by Matthew Miley with a diving effort in right field in the first, and diving stab by Clayton at third base in the fourth to keep Columbus at bay.

The Tupelo offense moved into gear in the middle innings, beginning in the bottom of the fourth as Cernigliaro had an RBI single, a Woody Goss bunt scored a run, and a Miley grounder scored another. Then in the fifth, Wheeler just missed a home run with a shot off the left-center wall that was good for a triple, and pinch runner Tucker Whitenton scored on a wild pitch.

“These were closely matched teams,” Columbus head coach Jeffrey Cook said. “We just didn’t make the plays the last inning. I told the team this was baseball, and you get another chance tomorrow.”
Roy had the start on the mound for the Wave in Game 1, pitching into the sixth inning. Jason Garrett relieved in the sixth inning, and Drew Hurst threw to the final two batters in the seventh.

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

Falcons, Golden Wave continue rivalry today

TUPELO, MS – With reclassification at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, longtime division baseball foes the Tupelo Golden Wave and Columbus Falcons were left scratching their heads why they were not league rivals. Now in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs, Tupelo and Columbus will be butting heads.

Weather permitting, Tupelo and Columbus will renew their rivalry today as the Wave host Game 1 of the best of three series at 6 p.m. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Columbus at 6 p.m., with Game 3 if needed back in Tupelo Monday.

Tupelo (22-8) comes into the second round off a two game sweep of Madison Central, winning games 2-1, and an eight inning 6-5 affair. Columbus also swept their first round series over Clinton, including an extra-inning win in Game 2.

Tupelo had a bye during the playin round thanks to its No. 1 seed out of Division 2-6A. Columbus finished second in 3-6A behind Northwest Rankin and ahead of Madison Central.

Northwest Rankin and DeSoto Central are on the other side of the bracket in the North, with the winners of these two series scheduled to play May 15-17 in the 6A semifinals.

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

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BASEBALL:  Tupelo (22-8) defeated Madison Central last Thursday and Friday to advance in 6A playoffs. THS will now host Columbus (23-6) in the MHSAA 6A quarterfinals Friday at 6 p.m. They’ll travel to Columbus Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip, and return to THS, if necessary, next Monday at 6 p.m. The winner of the series will face either DeSoto Central or Northwest Rankin in the 6A semis next weekend. All games will stream LIVE at

TENNIS: Tupelo competed in the individual championship in Jackson last week. Andrew Hildenbrand and Mitch Ostrander defeated Eric Huey and Hogan Harrington in three sets for the 6A boys doubles state title.

GOLF: Girls competed in the 6A finals and got 3rd; boys finished 2nd. Austin Rose finished 2nd individually in 6A.

TRACK: THS boys captured the 6A North Half title at Madison Central yesterday; girls placed 3rd. For the boys, this was their first North Half title since 2008. 13 boys entries qualified for state (12 individual, one relay); girls qualified eight (seven individual, one relay).



  • Hudson Roy, Carter Clayton, Drew Hurst, and Matthew Miley contributed immensely in Tupelo’s series swept over Madison Central.
  • Andrew Hildenbrand/Mitch Ostrander and Eric Huey/Hogan Harrington went No. 1 and No. 2 in 6A for boys doubles in tennis.
  • Girls and boys golf had strong finishings at state.


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