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Baseball rights ship quickly in Saturday double-header

TUPELO – In a pair of non-division home games Saturday, Tupelo bats were a bit on the silent side. But The Silencer had the situation under control.

Senior Ty Wheeler was four outs from a perfect game, but pitched a complete seven innings to silence the Belmont Cardinals 1-0. And senior Luke Weeden made the most of his first start of the season, also throwing seven innings to help defeat the Itawamba AHS Indians 2-0.

“Those seniors had to step up, and they did,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “A win is a win, and we’ll take them. The main thing was to get momentum for Monday and Tuesday.”

Enis was pointing toward the first of the coming week, where the Wave are scheduled to be at Hernando Monday, then host Hernando Tuesday. Tupelo and Hernando are tied for first place in Division 2-6A play with 5-2 marks, and if Tupelo wins one of he two games, the Wave win the division.

But the matter at hand Saturday included Belmont, which is in second place in Division 1-3A. Despite having only one inning in the books for the 2014 season, Wheeler was throwing to the plate the entire game. The senior was a pitch away from going into the seventh inning with a chance for a perfect game before No. 9 hitter Ryan Gray for Belmont blooped a single over third base to break up the bid for perfection.

Jon Mark Payne followed with a double, then Luke Alexander was intentionally walked. But Wheeler induced a pop to Carson Roberts at second base to get out of the bases loaded situation.

Tupelo, now 17-5, got its only run in the bottom of the third. The Wave had three straight singles, beginning with Hudson Roy and Carter Clayton. Michael Ray then got the RBI hit, all the offense Tupelo would need.

With a noon starting time, the Tupelo-Itawamba contest was a tight affair. In the second inning, a Weeden walk eventually set up a Roberts run-scoring hit. In the third frame, Roy and Clayton got hits, Ray walked, then William Ikerd drew a bases-loaded walk for a two-run lead.

In the meantime, Weeden scattered eight hits to the Class 4A Indians. The Tupelo defense contributed to the effort, highlighted by a Clayton diving stab of a hard-hit grounder to third that the senior turned into a force out in the top of the third. And in the fifth, left fielder Matthew Miley made a nice running catch in the corner to end the inning.

Hernando now is the prime concern for Tupelo. The division winner gets a bye in the playoffs, avoiding the playin round that begins April 25. Also, rain is in the forecast for Monday.

“We’ll tarp our field Sunday, but Hernando does not have a tarp,” Enis said. “But we still have to prepare for Monday. It is time for everyone on the team to step up and get the job done.”

If the games stay as scheduled, Roy should pitch Monday. The senior has not pitched since March 28. Clayton threw in a complete game win over South Panola Thursday, and sophomores Drew Hurst and Jason Garrett threw in a Friday loss to Grenada. Enis indicates that whoever is feeling the best Tuesday between the three would get the start.

Also on the horizon, Tupelo will host Madison Central Friday and the top-ranked team in the state DeSoto Central Saturday.

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

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (April 6)

BASEBALL:  THS (14-4, 4-1) dropped two spots to No. 12 in last week’s Clarion-Ledger poll at No. 10. The Golden Wave posted wins over Hernando, New Albany, and Saltillo. Last Friday’s division game at Hernando was postponed to Monday, April 14th. This week, they travel to South Panola Tuesday, host Greanda Friday, and IAHS and Belmont Saturday. All games will stream LIVE at

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: THS (7-13, 0-3) defeated Vardaman in the Golden Wave Tournament but had loses to Saltillo, Grenada, and Baldwyn. Lady Wave softball will host Grenada Tuesday, travel to Mooreville Thursday, and host Myrtle Friday.

TENNIS: THS (10-3, 3-0) had a successful first THS Tennis Tournament. Another loss to Oxford was overshadowed with wins over Pontotoc, New Albany, and Alcorn Central. They’ll now host 1st Round Thursday against an opponent that will be determined Monday afternoon.

GOLF: THS had a remarkable showing at Jackson’s Gator Invitational. They placed 1st over 20+ schools from three states. Golf will travel to Oxford tomorrow and hosts a number of area teams at TCC Thursday.

ARCHERY: THS won 6A North Half last week. They’ll host South Pontotoc and Guntown tomorrow at 5:30.

TRACK: Track and field boys placed 1st at yesterday’s Daily Journal Relays. Girls came in 2nd after Pontotoc. THS will travel to Meridian Saturday to compete in the East Mississippi Invitational.

POWERLIFTING: THS had a successful trip to Jackson’s state meet yesterday. Otis Wilson (6A, 165 lbs) took 1st place, Danielle Sharp (Class III, 132 lbs) capture 2nd, and Nijah Fields got 4th (97 lbs).



  • Senior Carter Clayton, sophomore Drew Hurst, and sophomore Jason Garrett all picked up complete game wins against Hernando, New Albany, and Saltillo.
  • Senior Reagan Aldridge, a Holmes CC commit, picked up her second win of the season against Vardaman. Freshman Lauren Knight had the game-winning hit against Vardaman. The win snapped a six-game losing streak.
  • Sophomore Andrew Hildenbrand won all three matches 6-0, 6-0; 6-2, 6-1; 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (singles, doubles) at this weekend’s tournament. Freshman Hogan Harrington won all four of his matches 7-6, 4-6, 1-0; 6-1, 6-1; 6-1, 6-3; 6-4, 3-6, 1-0. (doubles, mixed doubles)
  • Seniors Hayden Buckley and Daniel Purnell posted 76, 77 and 76, 79 during their team’s 1st place victory at the Gator Invitational.
  • Track boys: 4 x 800 relay (Darnell Collier, Max Lawson, Andrew White, and Mako Dijkwell), 4 x 200 relay (Quinton Lauderdale, Reed Bigham, Rodney McIntosh, and Jayland Dillard), shotput (Aliajawon Johnson), long jump (Antonio Clifton), and 400 dash and 4 x 400 relay (Alex Cayson).
  • Track girls: 100 hurdles and 4 x 100 relay (Charde Hannah), 100 dash and 4 x 100 relay (Reagan Cook), 300 hurdles (Blakely Lollar), long jump (Breanna Jernigan), high jump (Eliza Bigham), triple jump (Sarah Ewing).
  • Senior Otis Wilson (6A, 165 lbs) took 1st place in his powerlifting weight class at yesterday’s state meet. Danielle Sharp (Class III, 132 lbs) capture 2nd in hers.


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Tupelo takes two from New Albany and Saltillo

TUPELO – The Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team had pair of Saturday games, and sophomore pitching helped to make the weekend schedule successful.

In an afternoon matchup, the Wave scratched out a 6-2 victory over the New Albany Bulldogs. While the Tupelo offense could manage only five hits, pitcher Drew Hurst pitched a complete game, striking out seven while allowing just five hits.

“We sort of jumped on New Albany early, and again Hurst threw strikes,” Tupelo head coach Gary Enis said. “And Woody Goss had a good squeeze later in the game.”

In the first inning, two hit batters, an error, and a sacrifice fly from Michael Ray helped Tupelo score two. And a Luke Weeden single plated the third run for a 3-0 lead. The Wave then padded that margin in the fourth inning as Chase Cernigliaro reached on an error, Woody Goss singled, and a run scored on a Hudson Roy sac fly.

New Albany responded in the top of the fifth, scoring two on a Jake McDonald double. Tupelo covered that by playing small ball in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, a Goss bunt scored one, followed by a Matthew Miley RBI single. Tupelo bunted three times in the inning.

SALTILLO – In the Wave’s second game of the day, the Tupelo offense supported the four-hit pitching of Jason Garrett for a 7-3 victory over the Saltillo Tigers as the Wave improved to 14-4.

“We had good, clutch hitting, and Jason kept us in the game,” Enis said. “I’m real pleased with our sophomore pitching, they’ve been really productive lately.”

Tupelo got on the scoreboard in the top of the third with RBI hits by Ray and  Weeden. Three Tupelo errors helped Saltillo grab a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning.

Not deterred, the Wave retook the lead in the fourth at 4-3 on a Cernigliaro RBI double and a Roy RBI single. Tupelo added a solo run in the fifth helped by two Saltillo errors. Then in the seventh, Cernigliaro iced the win with a two-run hit.

Tupelo returns to Division 2-6A play Tuesday with a road game at South Panola, then host Grenada Friday. Also of note, the road game at Hernando that was rained out Friday has been rescheduled for Monday April 14.

“The ball is in our court, and we have to answer the challenge,” said Enis, whose Wave are currently in first place in the division with a 4-1 mark. “I know that we need to beat Grenada and Hernando right now to win the division.”

Division winners get a bye to open the playoffs.

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

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (March 30)

BASEBALL:  THS (11-4, 3-1) entered this week’s Clarion-Ledger poll at No. 10. They posted wins over Grenada and Ridgeland but lost their first division game to Grenada Thursday and a non division contest to Madison Central Saturday. Tupelo will host Hernando Tuesday, travel to HHS Friday, host New Albany Saturday at 1 and travel to Saltillo Saturday at 4 p.m. All games this week will stream LIVE at

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: THS (6-11, 0-2) lost to New Hope, South Panola, and Mooreville last week. They’ll travel to Grenada tomorrow, host Baldwyn Friday, and host the Golden Wave Tournament Saturday at THS.

TENNIS: THS (7-2, 3-0) posted wins over Hernando, Madison Central (2013 6A runner-up) and St. Andrew’s (2013 3A champs) this week. Their only loss came to Newton County in the NC Tournament Saturday. JV will travel to Oxford tomorrow and varsity will host the THS Tennis Tournament at Rob Leake Park Friday and Saturday.

GOLF: THS notched two wins last week at Natchez Trace, Tupelo CC, and Old Waverly in the Tournament of Champions. The boys will participate in the Gator Invitational in Jackson Tuesday and Wednesday, and against Baldwyn at TCC Thursday.

ARCHERY: THS defeated Pine Grove and Ripley last Monday. They’ll travel to Coffeville Tuesday and Wednesday to qualify for North Half.

TRACK: Track and field boys placed 1st at Meridian’s Wildcat Invitational yesterday, girls posted 3rd. Both will host the Daily Journal Relays Saturday at THS.

SHOWCHOIR: Synergy won Grand Champions at the Fame competition in Brandon, Missouri yesterday. With the win, the group advances to Nationals.



  • 8th grader Sebastian Rios went 3-0 this weekend with wins against NWR’s Cody Wolf, 6-0, 6-0, MC’s Brighton Lowther, 6-3, 6-3 and St. Andrews’ Darian Raucher 6-0, 6-0.
  • Another 8th grader, Jessie Nabors, went 3-0 this weekend with wins against NWR’s Lana Taylor 6-3, 6-3, MC’s Laura Terry/Maggie Turnbull 6-1, 6-4 and St. Andrews’ Meg Case 7-5, 6-3. Jessie’s partner in the win against MC was Megan Ware.
  • Junior Miles Johnson shot a 78 at Old Waverly’s Tournament of Champions and also medaled against New Albany and Amory.
  • Showchoir’s Adam Ward and Molly Homan get noticed for this weekend’s championship competition. Adam shows great leadership among his peers. He using creativity to enhance and encourage everyone. Molly uses positivity to bring others together and inspire hope and a sense of community to those around her. She performs at the highest level no matter at rehearsal or in front of an audience.


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Tupelo baseball goes 1-1 in Jackson

The Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team ventured outside of the Northeast corner of the state for a pair games in the Jackson area Saturday, only coming away with a split, including a 6-4 loss Madison Central.

The Jaguars (6-7) were aggressive with their bats early, scoring in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead. A single, a bunt, and an error set up a sacrifice fly for Central’s first run in the first. A double, two singles, and an error helped the Jaguars plate two more in the second.

Tupelo (11-4) bats finally woke up in the top of the fourth. Luke Weeden reached on an error, and Ty Wheeler singled, and William Ikerd singled to score Weeden. Later, pinch runner Tucker Whittenton scored on a Jason Garrett sac fly to pull the Wave within 3-2. Scoring went back and forth from this point.

Madison Central scored three in the fifth. Tupelo tried to respond with a two-run single by Woody Goss in the sixth.

“It all evened out in the end,” said Tupelo head coach Gary Enis of the Wave’s split for the day. “We learned enough today about the team to help, and we have a big week coming up. We had a fine performance from our offense against Ridgeland, and Jason Garrett pitched a fine game.

Tupelo did rebound in its second game of the day, downing the Class 5A Ridgeland Titans 9-2. The Wave offense punched out 12 hits, with Carter Clayton collecting three of them. And Garrett threw seven innings, scattering five hits.

Tupelo scored at least one run in every inning but the fourth, beginning with a two-run double by Ikerd in the first. Mickey Sesin scored on a double steal in the second, and Reed Taylor crossed the plate on an error off the bat of Wheeler in the third for a 4-0 lead.

In the fifth, Weeden tripled and scored on a Chase Cernigliaro hit. Michael Ray had a two-run triple, then scored on an Ikerd sac fly in the sixth. And in the seventh, Weeden doubled and scored on a Garrett ground out. Ridgeland (4-9) scored two in the bottom of the seventh.

“This is going to be the biggest week of the season for us,” said Enis, whose Wave are tied for first in Division 2-6A with Hernando, which they host Tuesday and travel to play Friday. “Some guys are going to have to step up.”

With both teams at 3-1 in the division, Tupelo will host Hernando (10-8) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. After traveling to Hernando Friday, Tupelo will host New Albany at 1 p.m. and play at Saltillo at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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

Tupelo sees Madison for the first time since 2011

Madison Central!

Not much else need be said when the Tupelo Golden Wave and the Madison Central Jaguars are pitted against each other in sports. That certainly applies to baseball, where Tupelo-Madison Central matchups have produced some memorable series.

But how about the regular season?

As a player and a coach, Gary Enis can not remember Madison Central on the regular season schedule for Tupelo. Until Saturday, when the Wave travel to the Jackson area for a pair of games that includes a noon pairing against the Jaguars. “It’s become a good rivalry,” said Enis, the Tupelo head coach. “It will be good to see how we match up with them.”

“I’m glad we’re playing them,” Tupelo senior Luke Weeden said. “This way we won’t be surprised when we play them in the playoffs.”

Tupelo, which was ranked No. 10 in the state this week by the Clarion Ledger, will be entering Saturday’s game off a disappointing 6-5 loss in eight innings Thursday to Divison 2-6A foe Grenada. Tupelo, now 10-3 overall, fell to 3-1 in division play, but is still in first place in league play. Within the timeframe of Thursday’s Grenada game, and Tuesday’s Hernando game, the Tupelo pitching staff might be stressed to varying degrees Saturday. Hudson Roy pitched Thursday. Luke Weeden pitched Thursday and Tuesday. And Carter Clayton should pitch Tuesday.

Who will pitch Saturday?

Sophomores Drew Hurst and Jason Garrett seem likely for Tupelo’s two games Saturday. Senior Ty Wheeler could be in the mix, as could juniors Garrett Hill or Graham Taylor.

“We’ve been fortunate that most of guys have pitched complete games,” Enis said. “We’re going to have to have some guys step up. We don’t have an idea who will start the two games Saturday.”

The last time Tupelo and Madison Central (5-6) matched up in baseball was 2011 in the semifinals of the Class 6A playoffs. That was a series Tupelo won in three games, advancing the Wave to the  championship series against Petal.

“Madison Central is a big rival of ours in 6A,” said senior Michael Ray, who played against the Jaguars in November in the 6A football playoffs. We get our bats going, it would be a big victory for us. Plus we always seem to play better against them.

“I think the Madison Central game on all our players minds is Game 3 from 2011 when William Goss threw out a runner at the plate to end the game,” said Enis, a game Tupelo won 5-4, and the current Wave seniors were only freshmen at the time.

“It is good to get a series going with Madison Central.”

The last weekend of the regular season, Madison Central will visit Tupelo for an April 18 game versus the Wave. Then on April 19, Madison Central stays in Tupelo, with the Wave and Jaguars each playing the No. 1 team in the state DeSoto Central.

Not to overlook the back end of the Wave’s Saturday doubleheader in the Jackson area. After the Madison Central noon contest, Tupelo will play Class 5 Ridgeland at 4 p.m. Ridgeland (4-7) won the 2011 5A state championship. Then to complete this four game test over six days, the Wave will host Hernando (9-7, 2-1) Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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

Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (March 23)

BASEBALL: Baseball (9-2) went 3-0 last week with two division wins over South Panola and a non division win at IAHS. They’ll continue division play this week by host Grenada Tuesday and traveling to GHS Friday. THS will travel to Jackson this weekend when they play at Madison Central (noon) and Ridgeland (2 p.m) Saturday. All games this week will stream LIVE at

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL: Last week, softball (6-8) lost to Smithville, Hernando, Saltillo, and Neshoba Central but defeated Oxford. THS will host New Hope (6:30 p.m.) Tuesday, travel to Batesville (6:30 p.m.) Friday, and host Mooreville (2:30) Saturday.

TENNIS: THS (3-1, 2-0) defeated Grenada and South Panola to open division play. JV also defeated Oxford Wednesday. They’ll host Hernando Tuesday and travel to Jackson this weekend. It features at Northwest Rankin (1 p.m.) and Madison Central ( 4 p.m.) Friday, and at the Newton County Tournament Saturday.

GOLF: Boys golf finished tied for second at the Beau Chene Classic in Covington (LA) yesterday. Missouri signee Hayden Buckley and Mississippi State University signee Austin Rose made the All-Tourney team. Both teams will host New Albany and Amory tomorrow at Natchez Trace golf course, and New Albany, Oxford, and Baldwyn Thursday at TCC.

ARCHERY: Saltillo archery defeated THS, 3260-3028. Tupelo’s top shooters were Trevor Bates-Webb and Sarah Barron.

TRACK: THS will travel to the Wildcat Invitational in Meridian Saturday.




  • Pitchers Carter Clayton (2-1), Hudson Roy (4-0), and Drew Hurst (2-1) all earned complete-game wins last week.
  • 9th grader Kendall Brooks had 10 hits in 13 at-bats last week. Senior pitcher Reagan Aldridge picked up her first win of the season against Oxford.


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Tupelo baseball outlasts IAHS

FULTON – The formula used by the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team in recent wins has been pitching, defense, and timely hitting. If it is not broken, do not fix it.

Sophomore Drew Hurst pitched a complete game, and senior Luke Weeden had a crucial hit in the sixth inning as the Wave edged the Itawamba AHS Indians 2-1 Saturday.

This was the fifth the win in-a-row for Tupelo, which now claims a 9-2 record. “We’ll take it,” said Tupelo head coach Gary Enis of the victory. “These last three games, we’ve depended primarily on pitching and defense. That does win games, but we have to shore up our hitting.”

In the second start of his short varsity career, Hurst kept the Indians hitters off balance over the length of his seven innings. That included allowing only one Itawamba hit. That hit was a leadoff single to Trevan Quigley in the bottom of the fifth inning. Quigley moved to second on a balk, with Hurst turning his ankle on the play. A bunt moved the runner to third, and Quigley scored on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

The Tupelo offense woke up in its next at bat. Carter Clayton reached base on an error, then scored with two out on a wild pitch and an error. Chase Cernigliario then singled, stole second base, and scored the go ahead run on Weeden’s single to center.

“I was just trying to put the ball in play,” Weeden said. “I knew Chase would score from second if I did.”

Hurst handled the remaining two innings in 1-2-3 fashion. That included a neat defensive effort by Cernigliario at second base on a ball up the middle in the bottom of the seventh.

“That was an excellent performance,” said Enis of the pitching effort of Hurst. “He was around the plate, and changed speeds. And when they did hit it hard, it was right at us.” The Tupelo offense did collect six hits on the day.

Tupelo returns to its Division 2-6A schedule Tuesday, hosting Grenada (6-3, 0-2). Tupelo will then be on the road at Grenada Friday, and play a tough Saturday pairing at Madison Central and at Ridgeland.

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

Tupelo’s Carter Clayton pitches division-opening gem

BATESVILLE – There was a sense of purpose abut the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team Tuesday. The squad had not won a division opener in two seasons.

The Wave ended that streak, surviving a good pitchers duel, scratching out runs to back the complete game of senior Carter Clayton to claim a 3-1 victory over the South Panola Tigers in the Division 2-6A opener for both teams.

“I thought the key tonight was Carter Clayton,”Tupelo head ooach Gary Enis said. “On the road, and even after the long layoff between starts, he was sharp. After the first week of division play a year ago, we were 0-2, so it was good to get this win.”

Making his second start of the season, Clayton scattered 3 hits while striking out five and only walking one.

“We’re real excited to get this win,” Clayton said. “This pushes us off to a good start in division play.”
And while the Tupelo (7-2, 1-0) offense was mostly held in check by South Panola (6-4, 0-1) stater Austin Towles, the Wave were able to manufacture enough runs for the victory.

South Panola cracked the scoreboard first, in the bottom of the first. Dashawn Lindsay connected for a one-out double to left, eventually scoring on a passed ball with two away for the 1-0 Tigers lead. Tupelo squared the affair in the top of the third as Hudson Roy reached base on an error, as did Clayton. Roy then scored as Clayton was caught in a rundown.

Tupelo then tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning,  Reed Taylor was hit by a pitch, then scored on a triple by Roy down the right field line. Michael Ray then lofted a sacrifice fly to score Roy, and the Wave made the advantage stand up.

“This was great for our team,” said Roy, who will be the starting pitcher Friday when the Wave host the Tigers at 6 p.m. “I’m looking forward to getting the ball. South Panola is a good hitting team, and I’ll have to work hard.”

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