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Three Tupelo soccer student athletes sign

Tupelo soccer has been a tradition for almost 20 years. That tradition continued Wednesday with three student signing to play at the next level.

Charde’ Hannah, Sabi Malli, and Forrest Timmons inked with colleges of their choice. As seniors, Hannah finished with 21 goals, three assists, and one save; Malli had three goals; and Timmons had three goals and three assists.

Lady Wave forward Charde’ Hannah signed with the University of South Alabama. “I enjoyed my four years at THS,” said Hannah. “South Alabama’s women’s program is on the rise. They just won their first conference championship with their first-year head coach. I’m honored to be recruited by Coach Graham Winkworth (USA).”

First-year Lady Wave head coach Hannah Kimbrough was excited for Hannah. “Charde’ oozes with talent, ” said Kimbrough, a former THS and Ole Miss soccer standout.  “She has a nose for the goal and uses her body well to elude defenders. Charde’ is a player that could make an impact where ever you put her on the field. USA is getting a great one.”

Defender Sabi Malli picked Itawamba Community College. “THS was a good experience and a lot of fun,” said Malli. “I’m going to miss playing with my buddies but I look forward to becoming a better player at ICC.”

Forrest Timmons, a three-year starter, will take his skills to Cleveland when he enrolls at Delta State University in the fall. “Coach Faucette (THS) built me into what I am today. I am prepared to work hard in the off season like I did with Tupelo.”

Golden Wave head coach Harris Faucette is happy to see two of his best players move on to the college rankings. “Forrest is a competitor”, said Faucette. “He’s a leader and he’s extremely smart. Sabi worked hard for us no matter the situation, and I’m very proud of his efforts. Both will be absolutely pleasures to watch and even easier to coach.”

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Tupelo XC standout signs with UNA

Senior Sabrina Hudgins can now officially roar as a Lion.

Hudgins, who’s run with Tupelo XC since the 7th grade, made her decision Wednesday to join the University of North Alabama cross country team in Florence, AL later this fall.

Hudgins has personal bests in the 5K with 20:49, the 4K with 15:50, and the 3200 with 12:45. She ran in her first high school state meet in the 8th grade and competed in Jackson for five-straight seasons.

UNA head coach Scott Trimble will get a strong-willed and dedicated runner from Lady Wave head coach Anna Kathryn Sloan. Last season, UNA cross country ran in six events including Clinton’s Watson Ford Invitational. They finished 6th in the Division II South Regional in 2013.

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Six Tupelo football seniors inking on National Signing Day

Tupelo football head coach Trent Hammond announces six seniors extending their careers on the next level this morning in the Tupelo High School cafeteria at 9:15 a.m.

  • Joel Baldwin (LS, 6’2″- 220 lbs), Mississippi State University [walk-on]
  • Antonio Clifton (DB, 5’9″- 160 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • James Gilleylen (LB, 6’1″- 220 lbs), University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Alyjiawon Johnson (DL, 6’0″- 255 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • Quinn Tiggs (RB, 5’11”- 170 lbs), Itawamba Community College
  • Ashton Wedel (LB, 6’1″- 225 lbs), Itawamba Community College

If attending, please check in J (Administration) Building. You can also watch today’s event LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

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Tupelo duo to sign with Tougaloo volleyball

Lady Wave volleyball will have two seniors ink with the Tougaloo Bulldogs Tuesday, February 4th, at 9:30 in J Building’s conference room on the campus of Tupelo High School.

Outside hitters Morgan Hereford and Crystal Coleman are two-year lettermen for Laurie Bishop’s tradition-rich program. As starters, their teams went 38-23 in two seasons.

“Both were very versatile players,” said Bishop, who just finished her third season as head coach. “They can impact both the offense and defense of a match.”

In their final seasons, Hereford finished with 106 kills, 33 aces, and 30 digs; Coleman had 100 kills, 33 aces, and 61 digs.

Tougaloo, a private Jackson, MS college established in 1869, went 2-23 last season and 2-10 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference under fourth-year head coach Shandrea Taylor.

“I am proud of them and the hard work they have put in our program. I’m excited to see them take their volleyball to the next level,” said Bishop. “Coach Taylor is getting two excellent players but even better young women.”

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (February 2)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (21-1, 5-0), ranked No. 3 in last week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 1 in the Daily Journal, defeated South Panola and Memphis Central (TN) last week. The win over South Panola clinched the No. 1 seed in the Division 2-6A tournament February 18th. The Golden Wave (15-8, 5-0) defeated South Panola in their only contest last week. THS can win their division with a win over Grenada Tuesday or with a loss of three points or less. Both teams will also travel to in-county rival Shannon Friday.

SOCCER: Golden Wave soccer (12-3-2) finished their season last week with a win over Southaven and a loss at Flowood against Northeast Rankin. Lady Wave soccer (15-2) defeated Southaven and Clinton to advance to their 4th-straight 6A North Half championship. They’ll face Madison Central in Madison Tuesday. The winner will advance to the 6A final at Clinton High School Friday at 5 p.m. Brandon and Gulfport will battle for the South Half title Tuesday night.

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (9-0-1) defeated Starkville at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville Thursday 4-0. High games came from Taylor Russell (199), Ashleigh Burns (178), and Addison Gable (175). Russell finished with a high series of 514.  The boys (11-0-1) defeated Starkville, 4-0. High games included Clayton Horton (244), Cody Chambers (206), and Drew Turberville (193). Horton took the high series with a 656. Both teams return to the lanes Tuesday when they host East Webster at Rebelanes.

SPRING SPORTS: 2013-2014 spring sports (archery, golf, baseball, track, tennis, fast-pitch softball) will be allowed to practice after school tomorrow.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior forward Asia Partlow had 10+ rebounds in wins over South Panola and Memphis Central.
  • Sophomore defender Liza Wise scored the game-winning goal over Clinton and was the leader on the back line of defense. She also helped keep Southaven and Clinton scoreless in their two playoff wins last week.
  • Senior bowler Ellye Gafford and freshman Emily McCaleb both bowling over their average on difficult lane conditions helping the Lady Wave “roll” to a win over Starkville.
  • Junior bowler Clayton Horton, despite adverse lane conditions, was able to overcome the challenges bowling back-to-back 244 scores for G2 and G3 helping the team win over Starkville.

 

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Meet the Wave for spring sports announced

Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2014 information for spring sports.

Baseball (9th, JV, and varsity boys), tennis, powerlifting (boys/girls) track, fast-pitch softball, archery, and golf (boys/girls) will be introduced in the THS gymnasium Thursday, January 30th at 6:15 p.m.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 for each family. Coaches, players, and team rosters will be presented in an emcee format.

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 26)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (19-1, 4-0), ranked No. 4 is last week’s Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 1 in the Daily Journal, defeated Hernando and Scott Central last week. Despite allowing Dandy Dozen and Mississippi State commit Victoria Vivians to get 60 points, Tupelo played easily their best game of the season against the Lady Rebels at Ackerman Saturday. The Golden Wave (14-8, 4-0) jumped six spots in the Daily Journal’s area rankings to No. 4. Jeff Norwood’s team won a pivotal division game at Hernando and a hard-fought battle in yesterday’s Hotbed Classic against North Pontotoc. Both teams now prepare to host South Panola Tuesday. The girls will also travel to Pontotoc High to take on Memphis Central (TN) Saturday in the Robertson Challenge at 3:15.

SOCCER: No. 3 Golden Wave soccer (11-2-2) finished the regular season last week with a win over Pontotoc and a forfeit win against Grenada. The forfeit gave them the Division 2-6A No. 1 seed. N0. 2 Lady Wave soccer (13-2) defeated Pontotoc Monday but cancelled Thursday’s match with Grenada due to boys not playing. Both teams will host No. 2 seed Southaven from Div. 1-6A in 1st Round 6A playoffs tomorrow (Jan. 27th) at 4 and 6 p.m. Southaven-Tupelo matches will broadcast live at www.goldenwaveathletics.com. Winners advance to 2nd Round Saturday (Feb. 1st).

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (8-0-1) defeated Lewisburg and Neshoba Central at Strikezone in Southaven Thursday 8-0. High games came from Addison Gable (226), Taylor Russell (206), and Ashleigh Burns (178). Russell finished with a high series of 600.  The boys (10-0-1) defeated Lewisburg, 7-1; Olive Branch, 8-0; and Neshoba Central, 7-1. High games included Clayton Horton (247), Cody Chambers (219), and Drew Turberville (210). Horton took the high series with a 583. Both teams return to the lanes Thursday when they battle Starkville at Bulldog Lanes in Starkville.

BAND: Seven THS band members have been chosen for the Mississippi All-State Lion Band. This is the highest honor in the state for a band member. They will travel to Canada this summer for the International Lion’s Band Parade competition. Isaac Palmer, Patrick Knight, Zach Campbell, Treyce Bannerman, Kai Brieck, Deja Vaughn, and David Neely will leave for the trip June 27-July 9. Brandon Gregory and Diego Fleitas were also chosen as alternates.

MEET THE WAVE: Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2014 information for spring sports. Baseball (9th, JV, and varsity boys), tennis, track (boys/girls), fast-pitch softball, archery, and golf (boys/girls) will be introduced in the THS gymnasium Thursday, January 30th at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for each family. Coaches, players, and team rosters will be presented in an emcee format.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • The entire Lady Wave basketball team did a great job preparing and playing last week.
  • Sophomore midfielder Logan Little scored one goal and had one assist last week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell bowled a 600 series against Lewisburg leading the team to a decisive win. This was the highest series for the day by any bowler… including the boys.
  • Junior bowler Jake Houston had impressive spare shooting in Games 1 and 2 Thursday. He made five out of five ten pin spares.

 

As always, follow @tbradenbishop or @TupeloHigh for Tupelo High sports updates and pertinent information regarding all Tupelo Golden Wave athletics. themblankets.com is also on Facebook. Be sure to Like us.

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No. 4 Lady Wave battle Scott Central and Victoria Vivians

Scott Central’s Victoria Vivians had an interesting evening yesterday.

The 6’1″ senior forward, who’s averaging 45.3 PPG, scored 41 points and broke the Mississippi girls all-time scoring record in a 77-44 win over Union. With 5:31 left in the first half Vivians drained a 3-pointer to push her over 5,034 career points.  The No. 24 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 of 2014 is committed to Mississippi State University.

Lady Wave basketball (18-1) will tangle with Scott Central (17-3) at Ackerman’s Mid-Mississippi Challenge today at 5:45. Tupelo’s lone loss this season was at No. 3 New Hope three weeks ago.

Matt Justice’s team has faced a better teams this season than 2A Scott Central but never an individual player quite like Vivians. “She’s probably the best female to ever play in Mississippi,” said Justice. “I know she’s the best I’ve ever seen. Not many girls can be doubled all night and still put up 45+ points. They’re scrappy but I’m excited to play them.”

Vivians, 2013 Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year, needs 45 points to top Missy Thomas (Gibsland-Coleman, LA – 1992-1995) as 2nd on the all-time national girls scoring list.

BOYS

On the boys side, Jeff Norwood’s Golden Wave (13-8) will travel to New Albany to play North Pontotoc (13-8) in the 23rd Annual Hotbed Classic at 3:30. THS is currently No. 5 in this week’s Daily Journal boys rankings. North comes in a No. 9.

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Tupelo High fall sports report 3.44 GPA

Per a release from THS athletic director Andy Schoggin, 21 fall sports revealed their GPA for the 1st semester of 2013-2014.

“This is a direct reflection on the emphasis our coaches place on the term ‘student-athlete'”, said Schoggin. “We had a very successful fall sports season and these numbers represent academic success inside the classroom as well.”

Here’s the individual breakdown:

  • football – 3.24
  • volleyball – 3.72
  • tennis – 3.94
  • slow-pitch softball – 3.84
  • baseball – 3.7
  • cross country (boys) – 3.58
  • cross country (girls) – 4.0 [96.1 average]
  • swim (boys) – 3.8
  • swim (girls) – 3.8
  • cheer (Varsity) – 3.58
  • cheer (9th grade) – 3.53
  • soccer (boys) – 3.5
  • soccer (girls) – 3.8
  • basketball (boys) – 3.18
  • basketball (girls) – 3.36
  • bowling (boys) – 3.19
  • bowling (girls) -3.4
  • powerlifting (boys) – 3.6
  • golf (boys) – 3.6
  • golf (girls) – 3.9

582 students from 9th-12th grades totaled these 21 sports. Cross country was the largest with 106 athletes while girls golf has two. Overall, the average GPA for each sport was 3.44.

“I’m proud of these results,” said third-year THS principal Jason Harris. “This is a true reflection of our outstanding coaches and student-athletes at THS. When you have GPAs over 3.0, students are obviously placing a priority on their academics.”

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (January 19)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (17-1, 3-0) moved up five spots to No. 4 in last week’s Clarion-Ledger Girls Super 10 rankings. Only Horn Lake, Clinton, and New Hope, which is actually their only loss this season, are ranked higher. They also debuted at No. 1 in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s area girls rankings. Matt Justice’s team defeated South Panola in Batesville and Grenada at THS to bring keep Division 2-6A record perfect. They will travel to Hernando Tuesday before battling 5A Scott Central in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge at Ackerman Saturday at 5:45. Mississippi’s leading girls scorer senior forward Victoria Vivians (45.0 PPG) has Scott Central at 15-3. Golden Wave basketball (12-8, 3-0) is currently riding a four-game winning streak entering this week. Jeff Norwood’s squad pulled a comeback win away from South Panola Tuesday and dominated Grenada Friday. They will also travel to Hernando Tuesday but will face North Pontotoc in the 23rd Annual Hotbed Classic at New Albany Middle School Saturday at 3:30. FYI: New Clarion-Ledger and Daily Journal rankings will be released Monday.

SOCCER: Golden Wave soccer (9-2-2) suffered their first two losses of the season last week. Hernando and No. 1 Madison Central gave No. 3 THS a minor setback in a matter of four days. N0. 2 Lady Wave soccer (12-2) demolished Hernando Tuesday before losing 2-0 at No. 3 Madison Central Friday. The girls are currently without six starters due to various injuries. Both teams will host three games this week at 5 and 7 p.m.: Pontotoc Tuesday, Grenada Thursday, and South Panola Friday. First Round playoffs begin Tuesday, January 28th. Sites and seeding should be determined this week. FYI: New Clarion-Ledger rankings will be released Tuesday.

BOWLING: Lady Wave bowling (6-1) defeated rival West Union at Action Lanes in New Albany Monday 8-0. High games came from Addison Gable (195), Ellye Gafford (183), and Ashleigh Burns (179). Addison Gable finished with a high series of 496.  The boys (6-0-1) defeated WU 7-1. High games included Drew Turberville (216), Marcus Robinson (209), Cody Chambers (199), and Eli McCaleb (198). Drew Turberville took the high series with a 563. Both teams return to the lanes Thursday when they battle Olive Branch and Lewisburg at Strikezone in Southaven.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior guard Jaleigha Polk outscored Grenada 19-17 in the first half Friday. She finished with a game-high 22 points.
  • Freshman midfielder Reid Chapman stepped up and played back line for the Lady Wave despite not playing or starting there all season.
  • Senior forward KJ Armstrong scored Tupelo’s lone goal at Madison Central Friday.
  • Senior bowler Ellye Gafford stepped up to bowl a 490 series, her highest of the season, against West Union.
  • Junior bowler Eli McCaleb came off the bench to spark his team to win pivotal games over West Union.

 

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