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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 15)

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (9-0) continued their undefeated streak with dominate wins over Booneville, West Point, and Belmont last week. The Golden Wave (5-4) beat Booneville and Sumter Central (AL) but lost to West Point for the second time this season. Both squads will travel to Pontotoc Friday.

SOCCER: Lady Wave soccer (7-0, 2-0) remains undefeated with division wins over Grenada and Hernando last week. Golden Wave soccer (5-0-1, 2-0) is unbeaten with two weeks last week, too. Both teams will travel to West Jones High Friday to make up tournament games from two weeks ago.

BOWLING: Girls (2-1) defeated Pontotoc 8-0 while the boys (3-1) defeated Pontotoc 8-0 and TCPS 7-1. Girls will host East Union Tuesday at Rebelanes at 4 p.m., and boys return to the lanes when they host the Tupelo Holiday Tournament Saturday, December 21st.

CHEER: THS coed won their third-straight Small Varsity Coed state title yesterday in Jackson. Kama Alford’s squad will compete at Nationals February 8th in Orlando, FL.



  • Junior guard Jaleigha Polk averaged 17 points and four steals last week. She had a season-high 24 points and MVP versus Belmont in the CrossTown Challenge. Senior guard Bre Jernigan had 16 assists and 15 steals last week. She also had and zero turnovers in 28 minutes against Belmont.
  • Junior forward Marquise Rivera had three goals against Grenada (1) and Hernando (2) last week.
  • Junior Addison Gable stepped her game up and bowled her highest series, 566 (157, 199, 210) of the season against Pontotoc. Eli McCaleb, Dalton Tudor, and Drew Tuberville worked together to beat TCPS. After a slow start, they refocused to win games 2, 3, and total pins.
  • All THS coed seniors were recognized for their third-straight state championship.


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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 8)

FOOTBALL: What a season. Tupelo lost a 14-7  battle with Oak Grove in last Friday’s MHSAA 6A championship. The Golden Wave held the high-powered Warrior offense scoreless at the half. Turnovers and a controversial trick field goal hurt Tupelo’s chances to take the lead. The defense held Oak Grove to a season-low 14 points in the loss. 28 Tupelo seniors played in their final game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Trent Hammond and his staff will return to the field in the spring.

BASKETBALL: Friday’s game at Oxford was postponed last week due to both schools participating in football. The boys lost a close game to Corinth Saturday in the Baldywn Shootout. Both teams will host Booneville Monday, travel to West Point Friday, and play in the CrossTown Challenge at the Bancorpsouth Arena Saturday (girls face Belmont at 4:15, boys battle Sumter Central, Alabama at 7:45). Saturday’s Tupelo games will broadcast LIVE at

SOCCER: Both squads had weekend matches in Jackson cancelled due to inclement weather. Both teams will travel to Grenada Tuesday and host Hernando Friday.

BOWLING: Ms. Dudley’s teams will host Pontotoc at Rebelanes Thursday at 4.



  • All senior football players. Thanks for dedication and an incredible season. Bravo!


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6A MHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Oak Grove preview, television/radio information

PREVIEW: OAK GROVE (13-1, 6-1)

  • Mascot: Warriors
  • City: Hattiesburg (Lamar County)
  • Division: 3-6A
  • Colors: Black and Gold
  • 2012 record: 7-4 (3-4)
  • Coach: Nevill Barr (14th season)
  • Last meeting: Never
  • 2013 roster:
  • Football history: Zero titles, two State Runners-Up (2003, 2009), three division titles (2003, 2005, 2006), ten playoff appearances, two undefeated regular seasons, fifteen winning seasons, seventeen losing seasons.



  • When: Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m
  • Tickets: Pre-sold at THS for $12 (parking included), $13 in Jackson
  • Venue: Jackson State University’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (Click here for Google Maps and directions to stadium), Tupelo fans will sit on the visitor east side.




Official TPSD release regarding events/6A title game Friday

Here’s the official release from TPSD regarding this week’s events leading up to the 2013 MHSAA 6A football game in Jackson Friday at 7:30


In honor of the upcoming THS vs. Oak Grove 6A state championship football game, the following events and schedule changes are taking place:

  • Pre-sale of tickets will take place at THS’ J Building (Administration) from 8am-3pm this week. $12 (includes parking) advance tickets; $13 at the gate. A portion of advanced ticket sales will benefit THS.
  • A city-wide pep rally will be held Thursday, December 5th at 4pm at Fairpark. In case of rain, location will be at BancorpSouth Arena.
  • On Friday, December 6thearly dismissal will take place. All TPSD offices will close at 3pm. Teachers will be dismissed by their principals. Student dismissal times for car, day care, and bus riders are as follows:

K-2 schools:  2:05 pm

3-5 schools:  2:20 pm

6-12 schools: 1:50 pm

  • Game time is Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, MS located at 2531 N. State Street. Tupelo fans will be seated on the eastside of the stadium.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (December 1)

FOOTBALL: Party like it’s 1992! Tupelo did what most predicted impossible and knocked off the defending 6A state champions at Golden Wave Field last Friday. The Golden Wave beat South Panola 12-3 in the 6A North Half championship in front of a 2013 season-record crowd. The win was the first over the Tigers since 2001 and snapped South Panola’s 25-game winning streak over Mississippi teams dating back to 2011. Tupelo now prepares for 6A South champion, the Oak Grove Warriors. This is Tupelo football’s fourth trip to Jackson (1990, 1991, 1992).

Friday’s Class 6A finals at Mississippi Veterans Memorial  Stadium in Jackson will stream LIVE at and televise on Mississippi Public Broadcasting at 7:30.

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball (3-2) traveled to Corinth’s Lighthouse Classic Friday and defeated Biggersville. The traveled to the Capital Challenge at Clinton High and lost to Velma Jackson yesterday. Lady Wave basketball (6-0) defeated Oxford to capture the Lady Charger Shootout trophy last Monday. Both teams will reschedule their contest Friday at Oxford due to both schools football programs playing in Jackson. The boys will play Corinth in the Baldwyn Shootout Saturday.

SOCCER: Both teams had last week off. The Golden Wave (3-0) will travel to Northwest Rankin Friday and West Jones Saturday. The Lady Wave (4-0) will also be in the West Jones tournament Friday and Saturday.

BOWLING: Boys defeated Olive Branch 8-0 in Southaven last Monday. Both teams will battle Pontotoc Thursday, December 12th at Rebelanes.


  • Freshman bowler Drew Turberville bowled a 600 series (238, 200, 162) last week.


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2013 6A NORTH HALF QUICK FACTS: South Panola at Tupelo

Friday’s North Half championship is one of the biggest Tupelo games in 20 years. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about both teams:

  • Tupelo (12-1) has lost 12-straight meetings with the Tigers (13-1), including a 14-8 loss in Batesville on October 13th.
  • Tupelo’s last win versus South Panola was in Batesville under Coach Phil Ferguson in 2001.
  • Since their playing history began in 1988, Tupelo is 7-20 overall against South Panola.
  • South Panola has outscored THS 783-392 over those 26 years.
  • South Panola finished 2001 with a losing season. Since then, they’ve won eight state titles (10 total) while THS has won eight Clarion-Ledger All-Sports titles (18 total).
  • THS has had five coaches (Ferguson, Eric Collins, Lamar Aldridge [interim for three games in 2009], David Bradberry, Trent Hammond) since 2001. South Panola has had three (Ed Stanley, Ricky Woods, Lance Pogue) since ’01.
  • South Panola has won 26-straight games against Mississippi opponents. THS has won five-straight since October 13th. The Tiger’s last loss to a Mississippi team was Madison Central in the 6A quarterfinals on November 18th, 2011. Jags won 28-14.
  • Tupelo has only scored more than 17 points on South Panola once since 1999.
  • No school in any classification has won more state titles than South Panola since 1981.
  • The last time THS-SP met in the playoffs was the 5A quarterfinals in 2007. SP won 28-21.
  • South Panola won their first state title in 1993 after defeating Tupelo 34-6 in the 5A North Half championship.
  • Tupelo hasn’t won a North Half championship since beating Clarksdale in 1992. Friday’s NHC is the first for THS since 1995 (Starkville won 21-13). THS was 2-5 in THCs between 1984-1995.
  • South Panola is 13-2 in 5A/6A North Half championships since 1993.

Be sure to watch the game LIVE at Friday at 6:40 p.m.


Ticket, chairback information for Friday’s 6A North Half Championship

Advanced tickets for Friday’s South Panola-Tupelo 6A North Half football championship go on sale tonight.

The Lost Pizza Company on North Gloster Street in Tupelo will sell $8 MHSAA tickets from 5-8 p.m. Athletic Director Andy Schoggin, head coach Trent Hammond, and other football coaches will also be in attendance. All fans and supporters are encouraged to show up during those times.

Home and visitor ticket booths at Golden Wave Field will open two hours before kickoff Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.

If you are a season ticket holder of chairbacks, you will need to still purchase a ticket. Those who have reserved seats from the regular season will have until 6:30 to use those spots. After that time, all seats (including chairbacks) will be first come, first serve.

Friday’s winner will face Meridian or Oak Grove Friday, December 6th at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson at 7:30 p.m.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 24)

FOOTBALL: Tupelo did something Friday night they haven’t done in 18 years… they won a 2nd Round playoff game. THS defeated Madison Central 27-15 in Madison. This is Tupelo’s first 12-win season since 1992, their lone state title season.

The win now sets up a rematch with South Panola at Golden Wave Field Friday at 7 p.m. The Golden Wave have lost 12-straight to the defending Class 6A champions. Earlier this season, the Tigers defeated THS 14-8 in Batesville. Here are quick facts from the October 13th regular season game.

Tickets for Friday’s 6A North Half championship will be $7 and only State Passes will be allowed. Also, it will be streamed LIVE at

Here are highlights from Friday’s win:

BASKETBALL: Golden Wave basketball improved to 2-1 with a win over Shannon last Tuesday. They now prepare for Biggersville Friday at 4:50 in Corinth’s Lighthouse Classic and Velma Jackson Saturday at Clinton High in the 4th Annual Capital City Hoops Challenge at 5:30.

Lady Wave basketball (5-0) defeated Shannon, Olive Branch, and Lafayette last week. They’ll face Oxford in the Oxford Shootout finals Monday at 8:30.

SOCCER: Lady Wave (5-0) defeated Pontotoc, Amory, Starkville, and Saltillo last week. The Golden Wave (4-0-1) defeated Pontotoc, Horn Lake and tied with Starkville. Both teams will be off during Thanksgiving Break.

BOWLING: Both teams lost tough 5-3 matches to Hardin County (TN) last week. They will travel to Olive Branch Monday for a 3:30 match.



  • Senior defensive back Otis Wilson had nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), four pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and one interception in Friday’s 27-15 2nd Round win at Madison Central.
  • Senior forward Charde Hannah pulled a hat trick against Pontotoc, had two goals against Amory, and played keeper against Starkville. 
  • Junior midfielder Hunter Johnson had a total of four goals last week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell bowled a 643 series for the first 600 series of the season for the Lady Wave.
  • Freshman bowler Josh Turberville overcame adverse lane conditions during game 2 against Hardin County. He bowled a clean game for a score of 193.


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Information about Friday’s check-out procedures, student pep bus to Madison Central


THS students will be allowed to check-out at 2 p.m Friday to attend the 2nd Round 6A football playoff game at Madison Central. In order to be able to leave, parents MUST come to the attendance office prior to Friday at 2 p.m. to pre-check-out.

In order for students to receive an excused absence, students MUST sign-in with an administration on the visitor side at Madison Central High School.

Seniors who have senior leave do NOT need to sign-in.

If a student check-outs incorrectly or doesn’t sign-in, an unexcused absence will be given.



A pep bus will also go to the game at 2 p.m. The cost is $10. This does NOT include admission to the game ($7) or any meals. Students will need to follow the same instructions as mentioned for checking out.

A sign-up sheet will be in J Building until Friday. Athletic Director Andy Schoggin will also be available to help answer questions and take up money in the cafeteria all this week.


Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 17)

FOOTBALL: On to the 2nd Round. Last week, Tupelo (11-1) defeated Warren Central 20-17. Senior kicker Reed Bigham hit the game-winning FB with only seconds left to catapult the Golden Wave. This week’s game is the first 2nd Round playoff game for Tupelo since 2007 (THS lost to South Panola 28-21).

Trent Hammond’s team now prepares for a 3-hour drive to long-time rival and 1-6A, 1 seed, Madison Central. The Jaguars defeated DeSoto Central 38-18 last week. If THS wins, they’ll host the Starkville-South Panola winner next Friday for 6A North Half. As always, the game will stream LIVE at

BASKETBALL: Lady Wave basketball (2-0) opened 2013-2014 in impressive fashion with dominate wins over West Point and Mooreville last week. Coach Matt Justice’s team now looks to host Shannon Tuesday and travel to the Oxford Shootout Thursday (vs. Olive Branch at 5:30 p.m.), Saturday (vs. Cleveland/Lafayette at 4 or 7 p.m.), and Monday (TBA).

Jeff Norwood’s Golden Wave boys (1-1) lost a tough one to West Point but dominated Mooreville. They also look to get their second win of the season as they host county rival Shannon Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

SOCCER: Lady Wave (1-0) and Golden Wave (1-0) soccer swept Saltillo last Thursday in their season-openers at Ballard Park. The teams will travel to Pontotoc Tuesday and host their annual tournament Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. See the schedule below for teams and times:


BOWLING: Susan Dudley’s teams swept East Union in their season-openers Friday. The varsity teams will host Hardin County, Tennessee at Rebelanes tomorrow at 4 p.m.



  • Junior nose guard Jamal Wren had 5.5 tackles (two sacks, two tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one assisted) in Tupelo’s 20-17 win over Warren Central.
  • Freshman center back Hannah Ellis stepped up for Lady Wave soccer last week, and played with poise and maturity in their win over Saltillo.
  • Senior midfielder Forrest Timmons had one goal and two assists in Tupelo soccer’s win over Saltillo.
  • Junior bowler Clayton Horton had a series-high 558 and a 186 average for the week.
  • Sophomore bowler Taylor Russell had a series-high 576 and a 186 average for the week.


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