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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 10)

FOOTBALL: For the first time since 1999, Tupelo football (10-1, 6-1) finished the regular season with 10 wins. The Golden Wave shut out Olive Branch on Senior Night 7-0 and locked the No. 2 seed in Div. 1-6A. The win was also first over the Conquistadors since 2003. THS nows enters the playoffs for the 24th time in school history.

Tupelo hosts Warren Central Friday at 7 p.m. The last time WC and THS met was the 1st Round of 5A Playoffs in 2005… THS won 3-0. The winner will face the winner of DeSoto Central-Madison Central Friday, November 15th. As always, you can watch the Friday’s 1st Round game LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

XC: SWEEP! Both teams recaptured state championships Saturday at Clinton. After disappointing losses to Ocean Springs in the finals last year, THS XC came into the 2013 season on a mission. The girls won their 12th title since 2001, the boys took their 11th. Together, both programs have 33 state championships in their history at THS.

Junior Darnell Collier won the 6A 5K race, senior Andrew White placed second, senior Michael Robinson got 7th, and junior Max Lawson, senior Mako Dijkwel, and sophomore Logan Long finished 16th, 17th, and 18th. On the girls’ side, junior Christina Daniels placed 4th, 7th grader Savannah Hudgins got 8th, junior Mika Takahashi got 10th, senior Sabrina Hudgins got 11th, and 8th grader Anna McCoy got 14th for THS.

BASKETBALL: After a week “off”, THS basketball will open the 2013-2014 season hosting their annual Golden Wave Tip-Off Challenge Tuesday. New Hope-Center Hill girls will tip at 4, boys at 5:30. Lady Wave and Golden Wave will host West Point at 7, boys at 8:30. Both teams will also also Mooreville Thursday at 6 and 7:30. This game was originally scheduled for Friday but Tupelo’s football playoffs moved it back a day.

SOCCER: Just like basketball, THS soccer will open the season hosting Saltillo at Ballard Park Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m. Until football concludes, Ballard will host home contests.

BOWLING: Susan Dudley’s teams will open their season against East Union at Rebelanes Friday at 4. Boys and girls varsity will bowl first, and JV will follow.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Junior defensive lineman Demarcus Rogers had 10.5 tackles (four for a loss, six solo, and one assisted) in Tupelo’s 7-0 win over Olive Branch Friday.
  • Seniors Andrew White, Michael Robinson and Mako Dijkwel had an incredible grinding consistency though heat, mud, and cold. These three guys have been Tupelo XC’s top five runners for every race this year, from instrasquad in August to the state meet yesterday.

 

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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Basketball, soccer move games for football playoffs

Two Lee County teams will face Tupelo High a day earlier than expected.

Due to Tupelo football hosting a first round 6A playoff game against against Warren Central Friday, November 15th, basketball and soccer will move scheduled games that same evening to Thursday, November 14th.

Boys and girls basketball welcome the Mooreville Troopers at 6 and 7 p.m. Boys and girls soccer will host Saltillo at Ballard Park. Girls begin at 5, boys at 7. Until football concludes, all soccer matches will be at Ballard.

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@MyTupelo to host 2013 CrossTown Challenge

Here’s the official press release from the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau:

 

TUPELO, Miss—Following the December 13 Mississippi State University vs. Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball game at the BancorpSouth Arena, 12 high school basketball teams will hit the court to participate in the 2013 CrossTown Challenge, presented by Tupelosports.net. The tournament will commence at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14.

“We are excited to showcase girl’s and boys’ basketball teams from across Northeast Mississippi during the 2013 CrossTown Challenge,” said Seth Gaines, Director of Sports Development for the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From the Mississippi State game Friday night to the full day of high school hoops on Saturday, it will be a perfect weekend to watch some great basketball games in Tupelo.”

Cost is $7 for all day entry into the 2013 CrossTown Challenge tournament. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the BancorpSouth Arena Box Office and through www.ticketmaster.com starting November 8 at 10:00am. A tentative schedule of events is listed below. For more information, please contact the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau at (662) 841-6521.

Schedule:

11:00 a.m. – Itawamba Indians vs. Pine Grove (Boys)

12:45 p.m. – Florence vs. Alcorn Central (Girls)

2:30 p.m. – Carbon Hill AL vs. Shannon (Boys)

4:15 p.m. – Tupelo vs. Belmont (Girls)

6:00 p.m. – Olive Branch vs. Florence MS (Boys)

7:45 p.m. – Tupelo vs. Sumter Central AL (Boys)

 

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Tupelo basketball to host Midnight Madness this Friday

THS basketball begins next Tuesday but the real fun will be after the Olive Branch football game Friday night.

Midnight Madness

Tupelo’s Midnight Madness will begin at 10 p.m. The evening will feature a student vs. teacher 3-point contest, a presentation honoring former Tupelo basketball greats, a performance from the drum line and coed cheerleading, and a girls and boys scrimmage. Admission is $3.

The winner of the 3-point contest will receive $50, a 2013-2014 basketball season pass, and a THS basketball t-shirt. Those interested in participating should see Coach Norwood.

Here’s the 2013-2014 Tupelo basketball schedule.

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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (November 3rd)

FOOTBALL: It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win. No. 6 Tupelo (9-1, 6-1) defeated Horn Lake 17-7 last Friday. THS now has nine wins for the first time since 2007. With the win, Tupelo locks the two seed in Div. 1-6A. They’ll host either Madison Central or Warren Central Friday, November 15th. They now look to an opponent Friday they haven’t beaten since 2003… Olive Branch. The Conquistadors have won nine-straight over the Golden Wave, and dominate the series record with 10 wins with only three losses since 1999.

XC: Both teams look to avenge last year’s losses to Ocean Springs this Saturday at they compete at the MHSAA state finals in Clinton. Be sure to follow @TupeloXC on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news regarding the squads this week.

BASKETBALL: THS boys and girls competed in the West Point Jamboree yesterday. Both teams faced Starkville and West Point in a controlled 20-minute running clock game. The Lady Wave lost to Starkville 15-13 but beat West Point by double-digits. The boys took care of Starkville 30-29 but lost to West Point. Tupelo basketball will host a Midnight Madness Friday at the Olive Branch game in the gymnasium. A three-point contest and scrimmage will take place. Admission is $5. Both teams will open the regular season when they host the Tupelo Tip-off Classic Tuesday, November 12th.

SOCCER: Both teams will host Meet the Wave at Ballard Park’s Paul Eason Field Thursday at 5:30.

CHEER: THS coed was named Mid-South Regional Small Coed Champs in competition at Southaven yesterday. The win earns the team a bid to nationals February 8th.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Tupelo’s entire defensive unit forced three Horn Lake turnovers Friday night. Through ten games, the defense has only allowed 10.3 points per contest, fewest in all of Class 6A.

 

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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Review, Preview, and Blankets of the Week (October 27)

FOOTBALL: After a tough loss to South Panola two weeks ago. No. 8 Tupelo (8-1, 4-1) bounced back to defeat DeSoto Central, 38-21. The win solidified at least a 3 seed in the 2013 playoffs. The Golden Wave now prepare to travel to Horn Lake (3-6, 1-4). A win against the Eagles will lock up a 2 seed in playoffs. More importantly, it would guarantee THS a 1st round home game Friday, November 15th. Here’s David Wheeler’s recap from Friday.

XC: THS teams swept their annual invitational at Ballard Park yesterday. The boys finished with 21 points and were followed by Saltillo with 51 and Oxford with 52. Darnell Collier was Tupelo’s top finisher. In the girls, THS scored 20 points with Saltillo next with 73 and Oxford with 87. Christina Daniels took first while Savannah Hudgins finished third. Here’s David Wheeler’s recap. Tupelo will be off this week before competing in the MSHAA final in Clinton Saturday, November 9th.

SWIM: Tupelo boys and girls defended their crowns Saturday at Delta State as they both captured the 2013 MSHAA state championship. Here’s Gene Phelps’ recap from yesterday. Both squads finished the season winning every meeting they competed in in 2013.

BAND: Varsity received all 1’s, all Superior, and Grand Champions at yesterday’s PC Bobcat Classic Marching Competition in Phil Campbell, AL.

-Tupelo will host Meet the Wave for winter sports Tuesday at 6 p.m. Basketball, bowling, and will be introduced in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family.

-Check out Friday’s football runout compliments of broadcast journalism and WTHS:

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Senior Connor Anderson had four first place finishes in the 2013 swim state championship. Junior Cris Roberts set two state records and had three first place finishes at yesterday.

 

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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Meet the Wave evening announced for winter sports

Tupelo High Athletic Director Andy Schoggin has announced Meet the Wave 2013 information for all winter sports.

Basketball (9th, JV, and varsity boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), and bowling (boys/girls) will be introduced in the Performing Arts Center at Tuesday, October 29th at 6 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 (October 20)

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Wave volleyball concluded the 2013 season with losses to Lewisburg and Hernando last week. Laurie Bishop’s squad finished the season 12-16 and 2-5 in division.

S-P SOFTBALL: Lady Wave softball finished the 2013 season in the first round to Columbus last week. Tupelo took Game 1, 2-1, but lost Game 2, 13-4, and Game 3, 15-1. Josh Hegwood’s team finished the season 15-8-1, and 5-1 as division champs. Here’s Gene’s recap from last week.

FOOTBALL: Tupelo left everything on the field Friday night. In an instant classic, South Panola narrowly defeated the Golden Wave, 14-8. THS will now regroup to host DeSoto Central Friday at 7 p.m. Here are THS-SP articles from last week from us, Brandon Speck, and David Wheeler: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Be sure to watch THS (7-1, 3-1) take on the Jaguars LIVE at www.goldenwaveathletics.com.

XC: Boys and girls teams both placed first in competition (JV, V) yesterday at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. Via @TupeloXC, boys placed 10 in the Top 13, and go 1-5 to score perfect 15 points. The girls placed 10 in the Top 12. THS will host the Ballard Invitational Saturday.

SWIM: Boys and girls swim captured North Half crowns yesterday in Jackson. Both teams will complete at Delta State University for state titles Saturday. The boys are looking for their seventh-straight title while the girls are looking for three-straight.

BAND: Out of nineteen of the finest high school marching bands in two states that made up the field of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s annual Dixie Marching Band Championship, Tupelo High School claimed the title, Grand Champion yesterday evening. Here’s the official press release.

TUPELO TIDAL TECH: Tupelo Tidal Tech received 3rd for the BEST Robotics Overall award in Starkville yesterday. The award was a combination score of a presentation speech, display booth design, research notebook, and a robotics course competition. Not bad for a first-time appearance in Tupelo High’s history.

REMINDER – Monday starts a new season for high school teams. Basketball, soccer, bowling, and powerlifting may begin after-school practices tomorrow.

 

BLANKETS OF THE WEEK:

  • Senior Crystal Coleman had a total of three aces, six digs, and 13 kills against Lewisburg and Hernando. Coach Bishop also says this season was special and memorable because of seniors Crystal Coleman, Kerrigan Buck, Morgan Hereford, and Nichole Davis.
  • Sophomore Ali Watts led off the bottom of the 7th with a double that later led to the game-winning run over Columbus in Game 1. Junior Paige Cox batted-in both runs in the 2-1 win. Coach Hegwood and Coach Roberson would also like to say “THANK YOU!” to seniors Reagan Aldridge, Abby Stafford, and Abby Cox.
  • Senior LB Ashton Wedel had 18 total tackles (nine solos, nine assisted) and a fumble recovery in No. 9 Tupelo’s 14-8 loss at No. 2 South Panola.
  • XC JV girls traveled to Clinton only to compete… themselves. Jesse Davis also won her first race of the season. Boys Darnell Collier won the guys race with a time of 16:34. According to Coach Begnaud, that’s the fastest time on that course by any THS runner since Max Holman in 2009.

 

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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Tupelo claims Dixie Marching Band Grand Championship at Northeast

Here’s today’s official press release from Blake Long, Sports Information Director at Northeast Mississippi Community College:

 

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Out of nineteen of the finest high school marching bands in two states that made up the field of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s annual Dixie Marching Band Championship, Tupelo High School claimed the title, Grand Champion.

 

Under the direction of Tim Matlock, Jeremy Greenwood, Darius Fant, Lesley Shields, Deanna Kieffer and Taylor Sparks, Tupelo not only claimed the overall title, but was also selected the Sweepstakes Winner for classes 4A, 5A and 6A.Booneville High School was the Sweepstakes Winner for classes 2A and 3A.

 

First, second and third place winners were named in each of the five classes of competition. Mantachie High School took home first place honors in class 2A while Baldwyn High School placed second. Booneville High School won first place in class 3A while South Pontotoc High School came in second and Mooreville High School, third.

 

Kosciusko High School claimed first place honors in class 4A with Ripley coming in second place and Pontotoc High School finishing in third place.

 

First place honors in class 5A went to Athens (Ala.) High School. Saltillo High School claimed the second place trophy.

 

In class 6A South Panola High School placed third and Starkville High School finished runner-up to first place Tupelo.

 

Other awards are listed below by category.

 

Best Drum Major

2A  Mantachie

3A  Booneville

4A  Ripley

5A  Athens, Ala.

6A  Tupelo

 

Best Guard

2A  Mantachie

3A  Booneville

4A  Ripley

5A  Athens, Ala.

6A  Tupelo

 

Best Percussion

2A  Mantachie

3A  Booneville

4A  Ripley

5A  Athens, Ala.

6A  Tupelo

 

Best Majorettes

4A – New Albany

5A – Athens, Ala.

 

Overall Outstanding Soloist

Also Sax from Starkville

Overall Best Drum Major

Booneville

Overall Best Guard

Booneville

Overall Best Percussion

Tupelo

Overall Best Majorettes

New Albany

 

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Tupelo High School marching band from Tupelo, Miss., performs at the Dixie Marching Band Championships on Saturday, October 19 at Tiger Stadium on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Tupelo captured the overall championship and the Classes 4A/5A/6A Sweepstakes trophy for the one-day competition.

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Northeast Mississippi Community College executive vice president Ricky Ford (left) presents the Classes 4A/5A/6A Sweepstakes trophy to Tupelo High School of Tupelo, Miss. during the awards ceremony of the Dixie Marching Band Championships held on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, October 19.

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Northeast Mississippi Community College executive vice president Ricky Ford (back row, second from left) along with members of the Northeast dance line present Tupelo High School of Tupelo, Miss., with the 6-feet tall Grand Champion trophy during the awards ceremony of the Dixie Marching Band Championships held on the campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, October 19.

 

Via @blongsports.